Have you ever watched the races and wondered how you would begin to be a racehorse owner?
Many of us have dreamt of owning a racehorse, yet we don’t realise just how achievable that dream can be!
Racehorse ownership can be accessible to all types of people with all types of budgets, the biggest question is deciding which type of ownership suits your best.
There are many benefits of owning your own racehorse, from naming your horse, to choosing jockey silks, not to mention the thrill and prospect of winning.
The biggest benefit of direct racehorse ownership is obviously prize money, bonuses and trophies earned by your horse. Did you know that one Saturday win in the Metropolitan area could cover training costs for a year or more?
Behind the Scenes Access
When you become a racehorse owner, you are opening the doors to racing’s elite. Imagine rubbing shoulders in the mounting enclosure with Gai Waterhouse, or walking alongside champion jockeys like Hugh Bowman. Having your horse race, gives you that backstage access to racing royalty, and hopefully may propel you into the spotlight if your horse wins!
Ticketing & Race Day Privileges
After all the careful work in choosing the horse, and the patient time and preparation it takes to train the horse, you will no doubt want to be trackside to watch your investment launch around the track.
As an owner you are privileged with tickets to the racecourse when your horse is running, including tickets to the Member’s Enclosure and Winning Enclosure. This access will ensure you are standing with your trainer as the last words of advice are given to the jockey, moments before he is whisked up on your horse. You can then watch the race in the members stand for a great view, or stand by the rails in the enclosure, as close to the action as you can get.
If you are lucky enough to win the race, you will get your picture taken with the horse, receive the trophy in a presentation (if applicable for bigger races) and then you and the horse’s connections are invited to the Winning Owners room to celebrate in style.
The Breeder Owner Bonus Scheme (BOBS) is a NSW incentive scheme designed to reward owners for racing horses in NSW by providing ADDITIONAL prize money to owners. In 2014 over $12 million was paid in BOBS cash and BOBS Double Up vouchers. Progeny of BOBS stallions standing in NSW are eligible for the scheme, and are paid up by their owner. BOBS horses are then able to win BOBS bonuses in all races in NSW with the exception of Group and Listed races.
BOBS Extra is an initiative started in 2010 which supports owners who have greater expenses when they race older staying types of four years and over.
The aim of BOBS Extra is to improve the quality of middle distance and staying races in NSW, to preserve the racing careers of thoroughbreds and to reward the patience of owners and breeders with slower maturing horses,
BOBS Double-Up is an innovative incentive to reward owners and encourage participants to reinvest BOBS earnings back into the racing industry. With BOBS Double-Up, owners can elect to take DOUBLE their earnings in the form of a voucher which can be used towards the purchase of an unraced BOBS eligible yearling.