BOBS bonuses extended to include mare owners
Clinton Payne - Friday, 19 May 2017

From the start of the new racing season mare owners will also receive a cut of the BOBS bonus scheme when eligible horses win races in New South Wales.

The conditions of the BOBS bonus scheme "will be altered for a three-year trial to pay $2 million of bonuses to the owners of mares breeding to BOBS eligible stallions". The mare owner at the time of foaling will be the beneficiary of the mare owner bonus.

The amount of BOBS bonuses payable to owners, trainers and jockeys will not be affected by the enhancement.

Racing NSW says the catalyst for the enhancement of the popular scheme was representations by Thoroughbred Breeders NSW.

"The significant bonus payments to the mare owners of BOBS bonus winning racehorses will provide a great incentive for owners to breed their mares to BOBS eligible stallions," Racing NSW Chief Executive Peter V'landys said in a statement.

"This will have a positive impact on the NSW foal crops in coming years.

"I greatly appreciate the work done by Thoroughbred Breeders NSW who have been the architects of this new element to BOBS.

"Racing NSW also acknowledges the agreement from stallion owners and studs to change the structure of BOBS bonuses, with a view to an increased number of matings."

BOBS Extra horses are not eligible for the mare owner bonus.

This table summarises changes to the structure of broodmare bonuses replacing stallion bonuses

Bonus type

Existing mare owner bonus

Replaced by mare owner bonus

Metropolitan Saturday races



Metropolitan midweek, Highway races



Provincial, Country TAB races



Non-TAB Races




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