In today's Q & A, we feature a quick-fire round with David Kobritz, proprietor of Musk Creek Farm.
Favourite moment - racing, sales or breeding-related - for the 2022/23 season?
David Kobritz: Seeing Ain'tnodeeldun return to racing after a serious injury and long layoff to win three city races including the G3 JRA Cup.
Which sire do you consider a value sire? Fee <$50k and not a first-season sire.
DK: Brave Smash has had a very good start to his stud career from limited opportunities.
What young sire (less than three crops) do you think will one day be Champion Sire?
DK: Pinatubo impressed as a type and racehorse and his first foals have been reported as outstanding.
Which yearling purchase in 2023 are you most excited about?
DK: A retained yearling by Ocean Park from Anna Cecelia, from the family of Captivant.
What, if any, is your greatest current-industry concern?
DK: Industry has ignored a younger and wider audience for generations. This must change quickly for racing to remain viable and relevant.
Name an emerging human talent in the industry, and say why?
DK: Vicky Leonard is a young and very talented lady with a broad racing knowledge, passion and a driving force across industry issues behind the scenes.
If you had $10 million to invest in an industry initiative, what would it be and why?
DK: Very simple. Adopt the Irish National Stud model in Victoria. It is a fantastic education platform and pathway for future participants across the entire industry, a wonderful tourist facility and a commercial stud. It was established in 1946 by the Irish Government and is run by an independent Board and is self-funded. This idea was put to Racing Victoria five years ago and was rejected but administrators must think beyond wagering and product and invest for the future to engage with the wider community.