Much of that learning Bobic credits towards the Sears stable on the Darling Downs.
Outside of training, Bobic runs Universal Stables, which includes pre-training and spelling gallopers, which the Sears’ family are regulars at.
“They have been instrumental in the training side of things and generous with their knowledge,” Bobic said.
“They were the first people on the phone after the winner.
“They were proud and a really good support, helping me transition from performance horses to racing.”
He also picked up tricks of the trade while working for Lloyd Williams at Flemington for a couple of years.
The up-and-coming horseman uses plenty of his experiences from his dressage and show jumping background with his race horses, riding them on the arena or jumping them, which Espanyol is a regular with.
Espanyol does not regularly go to the Ipswich track for gallops, which has helped him settle down mentally and led to his improved performances on race day.
“We have brought over much of the management style over to the race horses as far as feeding and things like that, I do not give the race horses a lot of grain,” Bobic said.
“I feed them a high fibre diet; I am all for gut health.
“I have kept that quiet because if the horses were running last, I did not want anyone to know that (laughs), but enough time has passed now and all the horses I have raced so far, the horses are improving.”
The Universal Stables property has around 60 horses on it, split between show horses, pre-trainers and gallopers in work.
Almost a year into his training career, Bobic says he was ready for a new challenge after almost two decades in other industries around horses.
“I was lucky to be successful in all of that and I felt like I achieved everything I wanted to do in that,” he said.
“I just wanted a change so with my partner we bought a big property and did some pre-training and spelling.
“I fell in love with the racing as I was following all the horses that we were pre-training and spelling.
“I have become pretty obsessed by the race horses and I do not do show or dressage horses any more."