AVENEL EQUINE CLINIC CHAMPION VICTORIAN BREEDER – GILGAI FARM
- This is the second year in a row Gilgai has won this award.
- The successful group of thoroughbreds bred at Gilgai Farm in the 2016/2017 racing season included Caulfield Cup winner Jameka, Group 2 winner The Quarterback and Group 3 winner Supido.
- Gilgai also bred Lucky Bubbles who won the Group 1 Chairman’s Sprint Prize in Hong Kong.
IRT CHAMPION VICTORIAN SIRE – WRITTEN TYCOON (WOODSIDE PARK)
- In the 2016/17 racing year the progeny of Written Tycoon earned almost $7.8 million.
- Written Tycoon had 6 stakes winners in total including Group 1 Tatts Tiara winner Tycoon Tara
- He is the reigning IRT Champion Victorian Sire and receives this award for the second time.
- He made Victorian history at the Inglis Easter Yearling Sale when a colt by him sold for a Victorian-sired record of $1million.
BASINGHALL FARM LEADING VICTORIAN SMALL BREEDER AWARD (5 mares or less) – GERARD & KATHY HAMMOND
- The Hammonds bred six individual horses that ran during the past racing season with the best of them being the Group 1 Railway Stakes winner Scales Of Justice
- Gerard and Kathy Hammond breed from three or four mares every year and have been long-time clients of Nagambie’s Milford Thoroughbreds.
BELMONT BLOODSTOCK CHAMPION VICTORIAN BROODMARE – MINE GAME
- Mine Game’s progeny were led by the exceptional mare Jameka who claimed two Group 1 wins among other successes.
- Her son Nikitas claimed a win at the end of the season at Caulfield over 1400 metres while the Salanitri trained gelding Logovardi also contributed to Mine Game’s progeny earnings.
TABCORP CHAMPION VICTORIAN BRED HORSE – TYCOON TARA
- Bred by Tony Krushka, he raced the Peter & Paul Snowden trained six-year-old mare with close family and friends.
- The now retired Tycoon Tara achieved Group 1 success in the Tatts Tiara after four previous wins in Stakes races.
TABCORP CHAMPION VICTORIAN BRED SPRINTER – TYCOON TARA
- She claimed three Group victories during the first half of the season with her Group 1 pinnacle coming late in the season during the Brisbane Carnival claiming the Group 1 Tatts Tiara.
- The daughter of Written Tycoon was retired to the breeding barn this season visiting her sire’s barn-mate Zoustar.
EQUILUME CHAMPION VICTORIAN BRED MIDDLE DISTANCE HORSE – SCALES OF JUSTICE
- He was bred at Avenel’s Milford Thoroughbreds by Gerard & Kathy Hammond, and sold through their draft at the 2014 Premier Sale.
- This past season he won the Group 3 RJ Peters Stakes, before taking out the Group 1 Railway Stakes a week later followed by two Group 3 wins later in the season.
BELMONT BLOODSTOCK CHAMPION VICTORIAN BRED STAYER – JAMEKA
- Gilgai Farm bred Jameka’s wins in the 2016/17 racing season included the Caulfield Cup and the BMW Stakes in Sydney.
- She was trained by Ciaron Maher,
NEWMARKET GRANDWEST CHAMPION VICTORIAN BRED TWO YEAR OLD – LIMESTONE
- The Darren Weir trained Limestone, a daughter of Helmet was a brilliant two-year-old, winning down the Flemington straight at only her second start, before backing up and winning the Group 3 Blue Diamond Preview for fillies.
MAGIC MILLIONS CHAMPION VICTORIAN BRED THREE YEAR OLD – GLOBAL GLAMOUR
- The Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm bred Global Glamour, trained by the partnership of Waterhouse and Bott, had outstanding wins in the 2016/17 racing season including the Group 1 Thousand Guineas and the Group 1 Flight Stakes.
- Global Glamour is a graduate of the 2015 Magic Millions Yearling Sale where she was brought by James Bester for a large and international group of racing ladies.
INGLIS CHAMPION VICTORIAN BRED INTERNATIONAL HORSE – LUCKY BUBBLES
- Bred by Gilgai Farm, he was sold by Gilgai for $90,000 through the Three Bridges draft at the 2013 Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale.
- Since then he has matured into one of Hong Kong’s very best horses claiming his maiden Group 1 victory in the Chairman’s Sprint Prize over 1200 metres
GOLDNERS HORSE TRANSPORT CHAMPION VICTORIAN FIRST SEASON SIRE – SQUAMOSA (SUN STUD)
- In the 2016/17 racing year, Squamosa’s winners included Tasmanian two-year-old Derasa and New Zealand stakes winner Kiwi Ida
- Squamosa is a son of Not A Single Doubt who was unbeaten at two and won the Group 3 Run to the Rose as a three year old.
GOLDNERS HORSE TRANSPORT CHAMPION VICTORIAN SECOND SEASON SIRE – HELMET (DARLEY NORTHWOOD)
- Progeny of Helmet earned in excess of $1.6 million in the 2016/17 racing year.
- Among his winners were Group 3 2YO winner Limestone and Group 3 Moonee Valley winner Archives.
RACING VICTORIA VOBIS AWARDS
The VOBIS awards are based on earnings of Super VOBIS and VOBIS Gold bonuses as well as prizemoney earned in VOBIS Gold Premier Races.
VOBIS NOMINATOR OF THE YEAR – HESKET BLOODSTOCK
- Hesket Bloodstock bred horses earned $577,000 in VOBIS bonuses and prizemoney in season 2016/2017.
- Hesket Bloodstock is a partnership of Ashley Hardwick with Jenny & David Moodie with their operation stationed in the Macedon Ranges.
- Some of their best performed VOBIS earners this past season included Sword of Light, River Jewel and Limestone.
VOBIS TRAINER OF THE YEAR – DARREN WEIR
- Darren Weir smashed the records for VOBIS earnings with his horses winning in excess of $1.7 million in VOBIS bonuses and VOBIS prizemoney – a record.
- He was dominant in the VOBIS Gold Premier Races with horses such as Burning Front, Kiwia, Ken’s Dream and Shamport.
VOBIS HORSE OF THE YEAR – BURNING FRONT
- The Justin Lovatt homebred son of Primus, Burning Front, became the all-time leading earner of VOBIS dollars this past racing season surpassing Trust In A Gust
- He has now earned $515,000 in VOBIS dollars as part of his total prizemoney of $1.3 million.
- His major VOBIS wins in the past season included the VOBIS Gold Star, VOBIS Gold Eldorado and VOBIS Gold Mile
VOBIS OWNER OF THE YEAR – JUSTIN LOVATT
- Justine is the breeder and managing owner of the iconic front running, crowd loving, VOBIS poster boy, Burning Front trained by Darren Weir.