Swats That the poster girl for VOBIS Gold hopefuls

Flying filly Swats That will serve as inspiration for the juvenile sprinters heading towards March’s VOBIS Gold Rush (1000m), which forms part of the money-spinning 2020-21 Premier Race Series.

Swats That started her sparkling career with an eye-catching debut win in the 2019 VOBIS Gold Rush at Bendigo, showing a very smart turn of foot to beat Bella Nipotina by almost two lengths.

Since then, the Leon and Troy Corstens-trained speed machine has collected two further wins – both at Stakes level – with her run in the Group 2 Percy Sykes Stakes (1200m) on an unsuitably heavy Randwick surface the only time she has finished outside the top three in six career starts.

Her last outing, a runner-up finish behind Chris Waller’s filly September Run in the Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) at Flemington, came after her connections reportedly turned down the offer of a start in The Everest.

The winner of the $250,000 VOBIS Gold Rush, which returns to Bendigo on Saturday, 27 March, will therefore have big horseshoes to fill. With $30,000 of Super VOBIS bonuses also on offer, the 1000m contest – one of the feature races on Bet365 Golden Mile Raceday – could prove a very lucrative payday for connections of the winner.

Similarly, a total of $230,000 is up for grabs in prizemoney and bonuses in the VOBIS Gold Reef (1600m), which will be run at The Valley on All-Star Mile Raceday (Saturday, 13 March). And the meeting at Echuca on Sunday, 7 March will now stage the VOBIS Gold Eldorado (1200m), which carries a prize purse of $100,000 with an additional $30,000 in bonuses also on offer.

The 2020-2021 Premier Race Series offers a grand total of $4.7 million in prizemoney and bonuses spread across 18 races.         

View the full race schedule here.