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VOBIS Sires Guineas Keenly Anticipated
The first running of the VOBIS Sires Guineas (1600m), the new $500,000 race open exclusively to the three-year-old progeny of Victorian stallions, will prove a significant addition to Victorian Owners and Breeders Raceday at Caulfield on Saturday, 18 April 2020. Run alongside the second running of The Showdown (1200m), the $1 million race for 2YOs won in spectacular fashion by Prince Of Sussex earlier this year, the inaugural edition of the VOBIS Sires Guineas will enhance one of Victorian racing's premier off-season racedays. Whilst Prince Of Sussex will not be lining up in the VOBIS Sires Guineas, having been sold to Hong Kong interests off the back of his victory in The Showdown, the likes of Ken Keys' All-Star Mile nominee Soul Patch could target the newest addition to Victoria's race program. Both The Showdown and the VOBIS Sires Guineas form part of the VOBIS Gold Premier Race Series, an 18-race series open exclusively to VOBIS Gold-nominated horses which offers a total of $4.68 million in prizemoney and bonuses. Seven races on Victorian Owners and Breeders Raceday feature in the Premier Race Series, with those seven alone offering more than $2.7 million in prizemoney and bonuses, rewarding owners and breeders who invest in Victorian thoroughbred racing. "We were delighted with the field assembled for the inaugural running of The Showdown, and I am certain that the VOBIS Sires Guineas is firmly on the radar of any trainers with a talented VOBIS Sires-nominated miler in their stable," said Greg Carpenter, RV's Executive General Manager – Racing. "Thoroughbred Breeders Victoria's President, James O'Brien, said: "The $500,000 VOBIS Sires Guineas is another valuable addition to the Victorian Owners and Breeders Raceday and, in conjunction with the $1 million Showdown, is a tremendous enhancement to the VOBIS Sires program."