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Call for change as Bel heads north

Bel Esprit

Bel Esprit

A quirk in VOBIS eligibility rules is the reason behind champion stallion Bel Esprit – Black Caviar’ssire – moving to Queensland for the 2015 breeding season, and Eliza Park’s Mark Lindsay and leading trainer Mick Kent have called on Racing Victoria to tighten VOBIS regulations.

Bel Esprit has been a powerhouse of the Victorian breeding industry, having sired 20 stakes winners, including the unbeaten superstar Black Caviar with his third crop.

Eliza Park is sending the seven-time Victorian champion sire to their Queensland base primarily to take advantage of the bolstered Queensland Thoroughbred Investment Scheme (QTIS).

Lindsay, the company’s sales and nominations manager, believes Bel Esprit will serve more mares and help bolster its position in the market up north, but the move has also brought into the spotlight a VOBIS rule that allows Victorian breeders to send mares to any other interstate stallion every year and still be eligible for the bonus system.

Lindsay thinks ‘eligibility category C’ – the one that allows a foal to be conceived outside of Victoria every year – should be removed in order to support the local industry. No other state has this option.

“For some reason our incentive scheme has this thing called category C and it means you can breed anywhere interstate – which is not what Queensland or NSW do – every year and still be VOBIS,” Lindsay said. “The scheme promotes interstate breeding.

“Technically, any Victorian breeder can breed to Bel Esprit every year in Queensland and be VOBIS.

“It means a lot of the servicing income goes interstate and doesn’t help the local industry grow.”

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Posted April 25, 2015 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

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