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The Racing NSW Breeder Owner Bonus Scheme (BOBS) has been operating since 2003. In the 2017-18 racing season over $13m was paid out in cash bonuses and Double Up vouchers, bringing the total since the scheme’s inception to over $129m.

To be eligible for BOBS a racehorse must be sired by an NSW-based stallion for which the stallion nomination fee has been paid. That stallion’s progeny may then be advertised or sold as weanlings or yearlings as BOBS eligible.

Owners are then required to nominate the horse for a fee of $990. This is done when in the months leading up to 1 September when the horse is about to turn 2YO or has just done so. The horse can then win a BOBS bonus of up to $22,500 for each win on NSW tracks (except Group and some Listed races) during its 2YO and 3YO racing career.

Owners can also opt to nominate for BOBS Extra which extends BOBS bonus payments to 4YO racehorses over a staying distance of 1800m and beyond. Late nominations are not accepted for BOBS Extra.

BOBS & BOBS Extra Racehorse Nominations for 2019 will close on Friday, 1st September 2019 for horses foaled in 2017 that turn two on 1st August 2019.


BOBS Extra

BOBS Extra is an exciting extension to the scheme which was introduced in 2010. BOBS Extra nominated horses can win bonuses of up to $22,500 through winning events 1800-metres and longer, from the day the horse turns 4YO until the date of its retirement. As with BOBS, Group and Listed races are excluded.

BOBS Extra makes horse ownership more attractive throughout NSW by providing more opportunities and bonuses for owners prepared to show patience with slow maturing horses. It will balance our breeding industry and strengthen middle-distance and staying competition.

Horses which turn two on 1 August 2019 may be nominated for BOBS Extra for a fee of $840, in addition to the BOBS fee of $990. BOBS Extra is optional, but a horse cannot be nominated for BOBS Extra without being paid up for BOBS (total $1,830). There is no late nomination for BOBS Extra.

Nominations for BOBS and BOBS EXTRA 2019 close on September 1, 2019

BOBS Double Up

Racing NSW has led the way with a unique concept allowing owners who win a BOBS bonus to double its value.

The owner(s) of a BOBS nominated horse which wins in NSW may take the cash bonus or elect to get twice its value by taking a Double Up Voucher.

The voucher can then be used for the purchase of a BOBS eligible horse or a share in a syndicated BOBS eligible horse at a yearling sale conducted by a participating Sales Company (Magic Millions, William Inglis, Peter Milling Bloodstock, Brisbane Bloodstock or New Zealand Bloodstock). Certain conditions apply to the use of the voucher.

It can also be used at a "Ready-to-Run” sale as long as the horse is BOBS-eligible and unraced and was not purchased originally through the use of a Double Up voucher.

BOBS Double Up vouchers cannot be used to purchase a weanling or a broodmare.

BOBS Double Up (Stallions)

BOBS Double Up vouchers can also be used for stallion service fee payments for participating NSW based stallions. The stud must be registered for the Double Up programme and the stallion must be BOBS nominated.

A voucher cannot be used when the ownership of the mare is the same in part or full to the ownership of the stallion. Mares owned by commercial breeding operations will be ineligible to participate regardless of which stallion serves the mare.

BOBS Mare Bonus

From 1 January 2017 Racing NSW now pays a larger BOBS Mare bonus to the registered breeder (as set out in the Australian Stud Book) of any horse who wins a BOBS bonus.

As an example, the registered breeder of a broodmare whose BOBS nominated progeny are successful at a Saturday metropolitan race meeting will receive a $5,000 BOBS bonus. Payments will be made at the same percentage rate of the BOBS bonus across all races in NSW excluding Group and some Listed races.

BOBS Sire Scheme 2022

Nominations for stallions standing in NSW during the September-December 2019 breeding season close on 30 June 2019. After 30 June 2019 a late nomination fee will apply, equivalent to twice the stallion’s advertised stud fee.

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