The much-anticipated Magic Millions Gold Coast January Yearling Sale catalogue was released last week, and it features the first crop of horses to be eligible for the inaugural running of the $1.5 million VOBIS Sires race series.
A total of 1062 yearlings have been entered in the Sale, which runs from January 10 to 16.
Within the catalogue, 109 lots have been nominated to the Super VOBIS incentive scheme, 76 of which are eligible for the exciting VOBIS Sires initiative.
VOBIS Sires eligible yearlings have been consigned by a number of Victorian vendors, including Woodside Park Stud, Three Bridges Thoroughbreds, Sun Stud, Rosemont Stud, Musk Creek Farm and Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm amongst others.
The most represented VOBIS Sire is Written Tycoon, with 22 of his progeny entered for the sale and also eligible for the inaugural running of the feature races worth $1.5 million.
Brazen Beau, Zoustar, Unencumbered, Street Boss and Toronado will also be strongly represented at the Gold Coast Sale.
Lot 13, a colt by Written Tycoon out of La Paris, will be the first of the VOBIS Sires yearlings to go through the ring on the Gold Coast.
The Woodside consigned lot is a full relation to the impressive Henry Dwyer filly, Je Suis Tycoon.
“It’s a huge thrill to be selling the first yearling eligible for the $1 million VOBIS Sires 2yo race, and we hope to set a strong precedent for the rest of the Victorian sired yearlings at the upcoming sales,” Woodside’s Matt Tillett said.
“Je Suis Tycoon was a winner of the VOBIS Gold Strike earlier this year so she is no stranger to the rewards of the VOBIS incentive scheme.
“Her full brother is bigger, more robust and impressive, and he has the perfect pedigree to line up in the inaugural running of the VOBIS Sires 2YO race in Autumn 2019.
“We’re also really excited to be selling the very first Zoustars to be bred here in Victoria at Woodside Park. It’s great that his Victorian-bred progeny are eligible for the VOBIS Sires incentive scheme too.”
Established in 2015, VOBIS Sires is a joint initiative of Racing Victoria and Thoroughbred Breeders Victoria, which aims to enhance Victoria’s respected owner and breeder incentive scheme, VOBIS.
VOBIS Sires is designed to encourage further support of Victorian-based stallions and provide those that do invest in their progeny with the opportunity for lucrative returns.
The progeny of Victorian stallions nominated to VOBIS Sires will be eligible to compete in two exclusive races on the annual Victorian Owners and Breeders Race Day, including:
• A $1 million 2yo race over 1200m to be run for the first time in Autumn 2019; and
• A $500,000 3yo race over 1600m to be run for the first time in Autumn 2020.
The 2016 foal crop is the first eligible for the $1.5 million VOBIS Sires feature races, should they be nominated to Super VOBIS and VOBIS Gold, and their Victorian-based sire be entered into the VOBIS Sires scheme.

Originally published by Thoroughbred Breeders Victoria.