I am very pleased to advise that the 2009 Racing’s Night of Champions was a great success and a wonderful time was had by all.

For those of you who would like to “re-live the excitement and glamour of our night of nights” or if you were unable to attend, photo galleries of the night are now available on the NSWROA website (www.nswroa.com.au) for viewing.


Our thanks again to everyone who supported the night and we look forward to seeing you at the 2010 Racing’s Night of Champions.

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As you are aware, at present much controversy surrounds the new National Whip Reforms. The Association is most anxious to hear from members regarding this very important issue.

If you are interested in expressing your thoughts, please do so by:
• emailing the NSWROA office: nswroa1@ozemail.com.au;
• fax to 9299 3212; or
• post GPO Box 1506 SYDNEY NSW 2001 .


A WINNER – there are no better words for an owner to hear!

As members are aware, as part of our membership renewal process, NSWROA requested members to forward the names of their racehorses in order for us to acknowledge their racing triumphs in our publications.

By popular demand, this feature has been “upgraded” for the 2009/2010 racing season. Accordingly, hereunder are the lucky NSWROA members who had winners in August 2009:

Owner Meeting Horse
R Balding Rosehill Definite Choice
N Blizard Gosford Nicolai (NZ)
B Burke Newcastle Fully Armed
J Callinan Scone Sutton Friend
I Champion Cessnock Jeffery Joe
F & Mrs C Cook Randwick Strike One (GB)
M Crismale Rosehill D/H Mentality
C Dawson Kembla Zeta
K & Mrs H Delforce Muswellbrook Roadakatwo
S & R Dickerson Kembla Tink
Randwick Ivory Pegasus
W Dougherty Grafton Sam's Gift
M J & Mrs E Frankel Leeton Sharni's Rein
M Gazzoli Gundagai Razzack
Gooree Pastoral Company Hawkesbury Obama
Randwick (2) Moti
Swift Alliance
Rosehill Swift Alliance
G Harvey Gosford Miss Juventus
Kembla Megara
Tamworth Parkstone
C Horne Hawkesbury Spirit of Destiny (NZ)
S Iskander Bathurst Tidy Package
K Keady Mendooran Diamond Dance
R J Lazarus Muswellbrook Sutton Mist
R K Lees & L Hoyle Grafton Peterswood (NZ)
P Linnegar Canberra Expect A Dance
His Excellency Nasser Lootah Randwick Bandar
B Mackie Muswellbrook Euge
P Mathews Canterbury Street Lover
L Macri Caulfield First Command
Leeton Panis Angelicus (NZ)
B McHugh Tamworth Ollie Vollie
W McNally Muswellbrook Feorlan
A Menzies Albury The Boondock Saint
Wagga The Boondock Saint
N Moraitis, AM Kembla Bondit
Taree (2) Cluso
Naturally Mine
Dato Tan Chin Nam Rosehill D/H Kroner (NZ)
Patinack Farm Racing Synd Kembla Chateau Le Tour
Randwick Trusting
R Pensch Coffs Harbour Gems Pocketrocket
J Poot Randwick Gazza Guru
Ramsey Pastoral Company Kembla Speedy Star
D Rex Newcastle Orpenitcanappen
P Richardson Grafton Double Honour
R Robinson Hawkesbury Vonrob
G Rogerson Gosford Gentley Man
Randwick Mazzini
B Rutter Hawkesbury Spirit of Destiny (NZ)
D Scott Nowra Falvel On Diva
Sheikh Mohammed Canterbury Tollemache
Gosford Shakes
Kembla (3) Counterspy
Forty Days
Newcastle Freudian
Randwick (2) Rarefied
Randwick Sigma
Rosehill (2) Denman (2)
Wyong Reprobate
Ms L Stockman Hawkesbury She's A Rock Star
F M & Mrs S Tagg Moonee Valley Carrara
O P Tait Goulburn Isola
Wagga Dolphin Exprress
J L Thompson Randwick (2) Morecombe Bay
Song for Guy
M Walcott Queanbeyan The Pope's Choice
TW, Mrs D, JW & Miss H Wallace Muswellbrook Maunder
Scone Croire
M Whitby Hawkesbury Dictatorial
D Wilton Gosford Gentley Man
Muswellbrook Magic Phoebe
Miss S Woodcock Canberra Drewcilla

I advise that the bold type entries recorded black type wins in August.

Speaking of black type wins, another new feature in the Newsletter is the 2009/2010 NSWROA Member’s Black Type Honour Roll which will acknowledge the success of members in the black type arena. The Honour Roll, as at 31 August 2009 is as follows:


2009/2010 NSWROA Members Black Type Honour Roll
Current to 31 August 2009

Race Name Horse Owner
G1 STC Golden Rose Stakes Denman Sheikh Mohammed
G2 STC Premiere Stakes D/H Mentality M Crismale
G2 STC Premiere Stakes D/H Kroner (NZ) Dato Tan Chin Nam
G2 AJC Warwick Stakes Trusting Patinack Farm Racing Syndicate
G3 STC Run to the Rose Denman Sheikh Mohammed
G3 AJC Up and Coming Stakes Rarefied Sheikh Mohammed
LR AJC Toy Show Quality Moti (NZ) Gooree Pastoral Company
LR AJC Show County Quality Swift Alliance Gooree Pastoral Company
LR MVRC Mitchell McKenzie Stakes Carrara F M & Mrs S Tagg
LR MRC The Heath First Command L Macri

What great results! Congratulations to all! Don’t forget to forward the names of your racehorses to the NSWROA office.


After consulting extensively with the industry, Racing NSW will replace the ratings system of programming and handicapping from 1st October 2009 with a revolutionary and innovative system.

The BENCHMARK system will bring together the best elements and resources of modern regulatory handicapping, and private handicapping by form analysts working independently of the regulating authority.

Ratings will be superseded by a published BENCHMARK that denotes the weight each horse will carry at its next start, with each BENCHMARK point equalling half a kilogram.

“The BENCHMARK system is a very exciting development for racing in this State,” said Racing NSW Chief Executive Peter V’landys.

Under the BENCHMARK system handicapping will be truly merit based. Immediately after every start, each horse will be assessed according to the true merits of its performances against the entire horse population racing in NSW. Accordingly, there will be no standard penalties.

The BENCHMARK assessment process will begin with a mathematical (computer-based) calculation from proprietary software developed by Racing & Sports Pty Ltd under contract to Racing NSW. The computation takes into account an exhaustive list of relevant factors such as the quality of the field, sectional and race times, state of the track, number of starters, weight carried, beaten margin and recent and historical individual performances.

The computer ranking is reviewed by experienced form analysts from Racing & Sports who then provide Racing NSW with a recommendation within 48 hours of each horse running.

Finally the panel of the Racing NSW Handicapping Department reviews the background to the recommendation, the race film and other race data, and confirms or varies the updated BENCHMARK for each horse.

A significant step in the start up process is that each horse will be re-assessed before 1 October 2009 using the Merit based system, which may position it higher or lower on the scale than its current rating. This realignment is necessary to launch the BENCHMARK system with allocations that accurately reflect the true merit of each horse relative to the entire NSW horse population.

In particular, Country performed horses will generally be re assessed on a lower range, with the result that they may effectively drop approx 5 - 8 points (2.5 – 4 kilos) from their current assessment when compared to their Metropolitan and Provincial counterparts.

Ratings races will be replaced by BENCHMARK races. The BENCHMARK figure published in the race program denotes the horse that will carry the minimum required topweight of 58kg in that event. Allowances apply for fillies and mares, and for 3-year-olds.

Horses that are assessed above the BENCHMARK number of the race are still eligible to compete, albeit with a higher weight, rather than be pushed to a higher grade as happens with the current ratings races.

“The BENCHMARK systems increases options for every horse as it can be nominated for more races on each program, then the connections can decide which race to contest after assessing its weight and competitiveness,” said Mr V’landys.

For example in a BENCHMARK race of 80 a horse with a BENCHMARK of 80 (with no allowances) will carry 58kg. A horse with a BENCHMARK of 86 (with no allowances) can be entered for the race and will carry 61kg i.e. 6 BENCHMARK points equals 3kg. Alternatively a horse with a BENCHMARK of 77 will carry 56.5kg i.e. 3 BENCHMARK points equals 1.5kg.

A filly or mare is given a 2kg allowance. Accordingly a mare with a 76 BENCHMARK will carry 54kg.

This is better illustrated by the full example below, for a BENCHMARK 80 race to be held in October, which takes into account allowances for fillies, mares and 3-year-olds.

RACE BENCHMARK - 80 / Minimum Weight - 53kg
Allowance for Fillies & Mares - 2kg / Allowance for 3YO - 2.5kg






Purple Prince





Little Pip





Exercise Pad





Boutique Girl





Harding's Boy










George Regal










Rooster Boy





(horse names fictitious) 1 Benchmark Point - 1/2 kilo


In response to recent media reports, NSWROA President Mr Ray McDowell issued a media release regarding the contribution by Owners to NSW racing on 3 September 2009. The release was as follows:

“In light of recent media reports, NSW Racehorse Owners Association (NSWROA) President Mr Ray McDowell would like to go on record and state some facts regarding Owner contributions to the NSW Racing industry in the last year. The figures quoted have been validated by Racing NSW.

Leaving aside the enormous capital outlay Owners spend in purchasing horses at the sales etc., Owners spend some $220 million on training, vets, agistment etc per year.

The return to Owners on this outlay is in the vicinity of $99 million per year (55%) which represents a 45% loss.

Thus, contrary to other reports, the Owners are in fact subsidising the racing industry by $121 million per year.

Mr McDowell went on to say ‘Whilst we understand that the gambling dollar is an important part of the operation of our industry, it is not the ONLY part making enormous contributions’.

‘It is worth remembering that without the Owners there would be no horses, therefore no trainers, no spelling farms, no vets, no employees, no racing organisations nor bookmakers. In fact, without the Owners, there would not be an industry at all.’”

In what is fast becoming “a standard occurrence” for millinery events organized by Sharon Lenton, the Spring Hats and High Tea Party, held on 30 August 2009 at the Sir Stamford at Circular Quay was another sold out event. Our congratulations to Sharon.


Sharon Lenton - Event Organiser
(Photo courtesy of Anna Mott from
Racing Fashion Australia)


Naomi Simpson (left), Winner Best Dressed and Catherine Kelly (centre) from Embellish Atelier designer of Best Derby Spring Hat
(Photo courtesy of Anna Mott from
Racing Fashion Australia)

The guests at the function included not only racing participants but also the “who’s who” of the Sydney millinery world.

On view and paraded for the function guests were the Spring Collections of Sydney's finest milliners namely, Australian Milliners Guild, Embellish Atelier, Hat Box Creations, Lin Teo Designs, Papillon Hats by Margaret Keeble, Pipparella, Shirley Ann Collection, Suzanne O'Brien and Neil Grigg, whilst guests enjoyed a sumptuous high tea.


Best Derby Spring Hat by Embellish Atelier
(Photo courtesy of Anna Mott from
Racing Fashion Australia)


The Wonderful Jean Carroll, OAM
(Photo courtesy of Anna Mott from
Racing Fashion Australia)

Other highlights included the award for Best Dressed which was taken out by Naomi Simpson, in a stunning red and black outfit whilst Catherine Kelly of Embellish Atelier was the designer of the Best Derby Spring Hat and received the Jean Carroll Award.

All proceeds for the day were donated to 'Lou's Place' a refuge for women in need at Kings Cross.


If you are receiving this newsletter by “snail mail” and have recently obtained an email address, please advise the office of your new email address.

Yours in Racing
Ray McDowell, President
11 September 2009


Matthew Talbot Homeless Services will be conducting a Race Day Luncheon at Royal Randwick Racecourse on 17 October 2009, the third day of the AJC’s Sydney Spring Racing Carnival.

This exciting day out is perfectly timed and priced to suit an early office Christmas party; entertain business partners or enjoy time with friends and family, all in the comfort of an air-conditioned marquee with uninterrupted views of the winning post!

This year’s Race Day will raise funds to support a new Matthew Talbot Homeless Service; Vincentian House. Opening later this year in Surry Hills, Vincentian House will accommodate single parents, two-parent families and single women. Vincentian House is not just about somewhere safe to sleep, but about building sustainable lifestyles. By joining us for a great day trackside, you will give hope to so many families that have hit on hard times. Your presence will show them that tomorrow can be different.

For more information or bookings visit the website www.vinnies.org.au or phone (02) 9568 0273.


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