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SABOIS helping to keep SA horses racing locally

A trainer’s decision to target SA races with one of his promising gallopers, rather than travel interstate, has underlined the benefits of recent changes to SABOIS – the innovative Breeders’ and Owners’ Incentive Scheme for the South Australian industry.

Brett Campbell landed his first metropolitan winner at Gawler last Saturday, when Indian Gazelle scored a powerful win in a maiden plate over 1100m, and the Gawler trainer says SABOIS incentives would ensure the horse continues racing in SA, rather than Victoria.

“Yeah, we thought about going to Melbourne at some stage,” Brett said.

“But she’s fully SABOIS qualified, and with that bonus and the recent increase, it doubled the prizemoney on Saturday.

“We’ll now go to Gawler in three weeks and after that we’ll start to look at better races, if she gets the job done.

“I think her next race is actually worth $42,500, so the prizemoney is just too good to leave here.”

The headline recent change to SABOIS was a 43 per cent increase in the SABOIS Bonus Pool, which goes from $1.4 million to $2 million per annum effective from December 1 last year, with the bonuses available per SABOIS race increased by the same amount.

TRSA also announced amendments to the qualification categories and corresponding fees and decided to allow purchased weanlings and yearlings into the scheme, provided they are based in SA and primarily owned by South Australians.

Brett said SABOIS had already ensured Indian Gazelle was a “cheap” buy.

“Rather than everyone ambitiously going to Melbourne, because that’s what you do, we’re happy to stay here and take the good prizemoney on offer, and make the most of SABOIS,” he said.

“We paid $4500 for her in the end. We would’ve paid more for, but we got her pretty cheap.”

The SABOIS changes were welcomed by local breeders when announced.


Fully SABOIS-qualified Indian Gazelle winning at Gawler last Saturday and recouping her purchase price multiple times. Trainer Brett Campbell says changes to SABOIS make it easier to continue racing promising horses in South Australia.

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