Amadeus after winning the Racing.com VOBIS Gold Bullion at Racing.com Park Racecourse on December 09, 2017 in Pakenham
More VOBIS Gold riches will be on offer for owners tomorrow - Saturday, 8 December - with the third leg of the $4.45 million VOBIS Gold Premier Race Series to be held on Pakenham Cup Day at Racing.com Park (Pakenham).
Horses aged four-year-old and over will vie for a share of $180,000 in prizemoney and bonuses in the Racing.com VOBIS Gold Bullion (1400m) – one of the feature events on a standalone Saturday metropolitan meeting at Racing.com Park.
The VOBIS Gold Bullion has drawn a field of 12, following the early scratching of Lord Sundowner, with multiple entrants making their VOBIS Gold Premier Race Series debut.
Those of note making their series debut include the Darren Weir-trained Choisborder who will be ridden by in-form stable jockey John Allen. The four-year-old gelding, who was purchased for $280,000 at the 2016 Inglis Premier Yearling Sale, has won four of his last six starts including the time-honoured China Bowl (1300m) at Ararat.
The Robbie Griffiths-trained Mr Money Bags shapes as a leading contender following his win in the $120,000 Silver Bowl Series Final (1600m) at Flemington earlier this year, as does six-year-old gelding Chippenham, trained by Archie Alexander, who was runner-up two starts ago in the China Bowl. Both will also make their series debut.
Defending champion Amadeus, who accounted for Willi Willi and Burning Front in last year’s VOBIS Gold Bullion at odds of $11, returns to Racing.com Park and is one of two runners for trainer Mick Kent, the other being the lightly raced Goethe.
The powerful Hayes, Hayes and Dabernig stable secured the 2016 VOBIS Gold Bullion with Grande Rosso and are hoping that enigmatic talent So Si Bon can finally deliver on his promise and secure his second career win tomorrow.
The five-year-old gelding, who was purchased for $250,000 at the 2015 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale, heads to Racing.com Park off the back of two close-up finishes at Flemington during Melbourne Cup Week.
The next race in the VOBIS Gold Premier Race Series won’t be until the new year, when the three-year-olds race for $180,000 in the VOBIS Gold Carat (1200m) at The Valley on Friday night, 25 January.
The VOBIS Gold Premier Race Series runs from October 2018 to July 2019 and is headlined this season by the introduction of ‘The Showdown’, a $1 million VOBIS Sires race for two-year-olds to be held at Caulfield next April.
To view the full 2018-19 VOBIS Gold Premier Race Series or for further information on the VOBIS program, visit www.racingvictoria.com.au/vobis.
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