Wednesday, August 24, 2011


A unique event has marked the beginning of the 2011 Victorian thoroughbred breeding season with racehorse breeders, owners and enthusiasts from around the state converging at Caulfield Racecourse for the Stallions Come to Town Parade.
The parade featured five of Victoria’s first season stallions including Kentucky Derby winner Super Saver and former English sprinting star Equiano.
Speaking at the parade, Minister for Racing Denis Napthine said the Victorian thoroughbred breeding industry was on the up helping to attract new investment and generate new jobs across the state, particularly in regional areas.
“Australia’s current world champion, Black Caviar by the great stallion Bel Esprit, was born, bred and raised right here in Victoria providing a massive boost to the state’s vital breeding sector,” Dr Napthine said.

“And, for the first time in more than a decade, a Victorian sire Written Tycoon took the award for Australia’s leading first season sire in 2010-11.

“Victorian racing is strong both on and off the track and the thoroughbred breeding industry plays a major role in achieving that success. We have more than 2,000 registered breeders operating here in Victoria, producing around 4,000 foals a year

“It is a great pleasure to be here at the Stallions Come to Town Parade and join the thoroughbred breeding industry in inspecting some of the stallions which will stand in Victoria this season,” Dr Napthine said.

Dr Napthine said the Victorian Coalition Government was a firm supporter of the breeding industries across all racing codes and recognised the employment benefits breeding generates around the state.
“The Victorian Coalition Government has committed $10 million over a four-year period to support breeding and sales across all racing codes. Thousands of people are employed in this industry and we are dedicated to ensuring Victoria continues to be a prominent player in the international breeding industry,” Dr Napthine said.

- Media Release

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