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Sunday 10th June 2012

VOBIS Gold boost for Queen’s Birthday in Swan Hill

Victorian breeders and owners will be chasing $160,000 in VOBIS Gold prize money at next year’s Swan Hill June Racing Carnival, the premier racing event every Queen’s Birthday long weekend.

Attending the Swan Hill Cup, Minister for Racing Denis Napthine announced that next year’s Swan Hill Carnival would include a new feature race – the VOBIS Gold Elvstroem Classic for two-year-olds, run over 1,300 metres.

The new VOBIS Gold Elvstroem Classic will be one of five premier races in a special $1 million series for Victorian bred two year-olds,” Dr Napthine said

“The race recognises Elvstroem who won his first race at the Swan Hill Carnival in 2003 and then went on to multiple Group One glory in Australia and Dubai.

“This is the fourth of five VOBIS Gold premier races to be announced. VOBIS Gold's objective, supported by $6.8 million from the Victorian Coalition Government, is to provide greater incentives to breed and race horses in Victoria, thus increasing the economic benefits and number of jobs within the state,” Dr Napthine said.

Member for Swan Hill Peter Walsh said the Murray Downs Golf & Country Club Swan Hill June Racing Carnival had established itself as one of the premier country racing carnivals in the state.

“The Carnival attracts huge crowds, with the Sunday Swan Hill Cup day attracting more than 4,500 people, providing a major tourism boost to the region. This new race will make the Carnival even bigger by enticing top trainers to send their best two-year olds to Swan Hill,” Mr Walsh said.

Racing Victoria General Manager of Racing Greg Carpenter said the Swan Hill Carnival was an iconic event on the Victorian country racing calendar and an ideal raceday to promote the VOBIS Gold racing and breeding incentive scheme.

“With the funding injection from VOBIS Gold we are looking to build upon the success of the Elvstroem Classic to date, with this race now part of a lucrative new series of races for VOBIS Gold nominated two-year-olds across the state,” Mr Carpenter said.

“This announcement serves as a timely reminder for owners that nominations for VOBIS Gold close on 30 June and, with the support of the Coalition Government, it’s only a one-off payment of $1100 to be eligible for the feature races and bonuses right throughout a horse’s career.”

Murray Mallee Racing Chief Executive Aaron Garvie said, the Swan Hill Jockey club was thrilled that it will be part of the VOBIS Gold series in 2013.

“Elvstroem, the five time group 1 winner, had his first win at Swan Hill in this race on this day and we hope the incentive of a VOBIS Gold race in 2013 will produce more Victorian born and bred champions having their first start at Swan Hill as part of the Carnival,” Mr Garvie said.

VOBIS Gold is open to the progeny of all Victorian based stallions and foals of dams owned by Victorian breeders, for a nomination fee. It will see bonuses of $20,000 in up to 350 races each season over and above what is provided through Super VOBIS.

In total, VOBIS Gold will see up to $18 million in incentive bonuses paid to owners of Victorian bred horses.

Premier VOBIS Gold races announced so far:
· Bendigo - Golden Mile Day 2013 - VOBIS Gold Rush for nominated 2 year olds ($280,000 prizemoney);
· Flemington - 13 April 2013 - VOBIS Gold race for nominated 2 year olds ($210,000 prizemoney);
· Warrnambool - 30 April 2013 (1st day of Warrnambool Carnival) - VOBIS Gold Strike for two-year-old fillies ($100,000 prizemoney); and
· Swan Hill – 7 June 2013 - VOBIS Gold Elvstroem Classic ($160,000 prizemoney)