Further incentive for scheme

SYDNEY – Racing NSW chief executive Peter V’Landys has continued his push to increase returns to owners with the announcement of a further incentive to the Breeder Owners Bonus Scheme. The popular scheme currently rewards winning owners of a BOBS-eligible horse with a cash bonus on top of their first place prizemoney.

If their horse wins a Saturday race in town, that bonus is currently $16,000.

However, as of January 1, a winning owner will be given the option of taking the bonus in cash or taking double the amount of cash in the form of a voucher, which is to be exclusively used to buy a BOBS-eligible yearling from the sales.

“The alteration is part of the strategic plan and its objective is to incite winners to reinvest in horses,” V’Landys said.

“It should also be noted that country non-TAB and picnic meetings have now been included in BOBS for the first time.”

John Messara, principal of Arrowfield Stud and chairman of Aushorse, welcomed the announcement.

“This is a landmark initiative by Racing NSW in consultation with the breeders,” Messara said.

Purton chasing Millions ride

BRISBANE – Star Queensland jockey Zac Purton will test the Jack Denham-trained Junebug in Sydney on New Year’s Day as a possible mount in the $1 million Magic Millions (1200m) at the Gold Coast next month.

Purton, who is currently serving a month’s careless riding suspension, will partner Junebug in the Widden Stakes (1100m) at Randwick.

Junebug finished second in the Gimcrack Stakes (1000m) at Randwick on October 2 and impressively won a 900m trial at Rosehill last Tuesday.

Junebug, a daughter of Shovhog, was a $60,000 purchase at the Magic Millions sales.

“I’ve been under suspension for nearly a month and it’s been hard trying to get a ride in the Magic Millions,” Purton said.

“Junebug’s a chance if she can qualify so I’m going down to ride her in Sydney to test her for the Magic Millions.

“She ran well in the Gimcrack Stakes at her only start and she trialled quite well this week.”

Purton, who is now managed by Damian Hay, former long-time manager of champion jockey Darren Beadman, said his decision to ride in Sydney was not a forerunner to a permanent move interstate.

Cropp to ride Aussie sprinter

AUCKLAND – Top jockey Lisa Cropp has dumped Clean Sweep for Australian galloper Not A Single Doubt as her mount in the $186,741 Railway Handicap.

The Melbourne-trained Not A Single Doubt was heavily backed this week on both sides of the Tasman to bring him into $4 favourite on the New Zealand TAB’s fixed-odds market for the Group One race at Ellerslie on Saturday.

Managing owner John Messara said the decision to send Not A Single Doubt to Auckland was made on Tuesday night after an impressive trial earlier that day.

Cropp had been engaged to ride Clean Sweep, winner of the Group One Two Thousand Guineas (1600m) for three-year-olds last month, and rode her in an impressive trial on Tuesday at Ellerslie.

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