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Victorian Breeders Introduce Leasing Scheme
Thoroughbred Breeders Victoria (TBV) has announced the launch of a new system called 'Lease Match' which will attempt to identify "well bred, well conformed horses that have been retained by the breeder but for whatever reason cannot race the horse outright themselves and would like to have them in a reputable stable under a lease agreement." According to TBV executive Richard Andrews, "Not all breeders have the resources to prepare their yearlings for the public auction system and as many are late maturers the yearling auction system isn't suitable, so TBV decided that in order to assist our members in finding a good home for their stock a 'speed dating' service would be worth investigating." With the scheme enjoying support of key industry groups, including Racing Victoria Limited, Country Racing Victoria & the Australian Trainers Association, Andrews added: "TBV are simply acting as an introductory service with all inspections and negotiations to take place between the owner of the horse and the prospective lessee. It is essential for the viability of the Victorian racing industry that horse numbers continue to grow so field sizes and in turn betting turnover continues to increase; having well bred sound horses sitting in paddocks is no good for anyone." For fees and how the scheme works go to www.tbv.com.au.