Following extensive lobbying by the NSWROA
Committee, Racing NSW has agreed to the expansion of the
Racing NSW Breeder Owner Bonus Scheme (BOBS). Our thanks
to Racing NSW Board member Kim Harding for her support of
our suggestion and its ultimate realisation.
BOBS Extra is
an exciting expansion of the BOBS Scheme. The incumbent
BOBS series have been highly successful, paying
bonuses of up to $20,000 for wins by BOBS eligible racehorses
of two and three years of age. BOBS Extra now builds on
the success of BOBS, targeting middle distance and staying
for BOBS racehorses aged four years and older.
of BOBS Extra
BOBS Extra has been designed to cater
for middle distance and staying horses sired by NSW based
stallions, with the
intention of building additional opportunities for these
horses. Middle distance and staying races have been recognised
by the Board of Racing NSW as an important segment of racing,
ripe for reinvigoration.
It is an objective of Racing NSW
to strengthen middle distance and staying racing in NSW
and BOBS Extra is an important
element of meeting this objective.
More specifically, BOBS
Extra seeks to:
* Reinvigorate middle distance and staying races in NSWROA;
* Retain middle distance and staying racehorses in NSW
(from export interstate and overseas);
* Encourage connections of horses to retain and show patience
with slow maturing horses;
* Balance our breeding and enhance our international reputation;
* Boost interest in middle distance and staying races in
Bonuses for BOBS Extra
BOBS Extra will be a bonanza for owners
and it is expected that more than $2 million will be won
collectively by each
series (generation) of horses eligible for BOBS Extra.
Covered by BOBS Extra
BOBS Extra applies to all races
of a distance 1600 metres and beyond (excluding Group and
Listed), where these are
won by BOBS Extra racehorses aged four years old and older.
of BOBS Extra
BOBS Extra commences in two stages:
1. Horses entered in the
existing BOBS 2008 Series (two year old at 1 August 2008)
are eligible to nominate by 1 September
2009, for an expansion of the existing BOBS series to commence
1 August 2010 (when these horses have turned 4 year old).
fee is expected to be $2,500.
2. Horses nominating
for BOBS 2009 (turning two years old at 1 August 2009)
will have the option of expanding their
nomination to include BOBS Extra. BOBS Extra races for
this series will commence from 1 August 2011 (when these
have turned 4 year old). Nominations close 1 September
fee for BOBS Extra is $840, plus $660 to enter the incumbent
BOBS Series (total of $1,500).
Ultimately all horses by BOBS stallions
will be eligible for BOBS Extra. At the commencement of
BOBS Extra, eligibility
will be as follows:
1. For the extension of BOBS 2008, with
BOBS Extra races commencing in August 2010, horses must
have been nominated
for BOBS 2008.
2. For BOBS 2009, horses must be sired by
BOBS Nominated stallions and nominate for BOBS and BOBS Extra.
The incumbent BOBS series for two and
three year olds remain in their existing form.
BOBS Extra provides a great incentive
for owners to keep horses in work and training after their
encourages all members to support BOBS Extra by nominating
their horses for the Scheme.