As members would be aware, the new Benchmark Programming and Handicapping model was introduced on 1 October 2009.

At the time of launching, Racing NSW committed to conduct a six month appraisal and review of the new and innovative system. That sixth month period ended on 31 March 2010 and Racing NSW is now conducting the review and submissions have been invited.

Accordingly as the Association has been asked by Racing NSW to respond on behalf of members, I am writing to members to request their participation in responding to that request. For your information, Racing NSW has listed the following general points when calling for submissions: Please include in your response any statistics, comments or examples of your viewpoint. If you wish you can also provide general answers to the following 3 questions:
• How has the system worked for you?
• What parts of the system didn’t work?
• What would you change?

If you are interested in contributing to the Association’s response, it would be appreciated if you could do so by either email or by facsimile (02) 9299 3212.

Please note that responses are required by 23 April 2010.


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Notice is hereby given that the forty-fifth Annual General Meeting of the NSW Racehorse Owners Association Limited (ACN 000 498 859) will be held at 'The Rugby Club', Rugby Place, Off 31A Pitt Street, Sydney, 1st Floor - Waratah Room, on the 17 May 2010 at 6.00pm.

1. To confirm the Minutes of the last Annual General Meeting held on 19th May 2009.

2. To receive and consider the Company’s Accounts and Report of the Auditors.

3. To receive and consider the Report of the President on behalf of the Committee for 2009.

4. To elect Auditors for the year 2010.

5. To elect four (4) Directors. In accordance with Articles 38 and 44 of the Articles of Association, Mr Darren Farnham and Mr Ray McDowell retire and offer themselves for re-election. Ms Narelle Anderson and Mr Michael Inglis having been appointed as Directors to fill casual vacancies, retire and offer themselves for re-election.

6. To transact any business that may be transacted in accordance with the Company’s Articles of Association.

N.B. Your attention is directed to:

A. Article 40 of the Company’s Articles of Association which provides, inter alia, that: “No person shall be eligible to become a Member of the Committee unless (his/her written consent having first been obtained) he/she shall be nominated in writing by two (2) Ordinary Members of the Association at least twenty-eight (28) days before the Annual General Meeting at which the election is to take place”.

B. Article 30(a) of the Company’s Articles of Association provides that no member shall be entitled to vote at any meeting of the Company unless the member has paid all subscriptions due by him to the Company and such subscriptions have been paid for not less than twenty-eight (28) days before the said meeting.

C. Article 33 of the Company’s Articles of Association which provides, inter alia, that: “An Ordinary Member may appoint another person (being an Ordinary Member) as a proxy to attend and vote in his stead…”

D. Article 34A of the Company’s Articles of Association which provides, inter alia, that: “Such instrument of proxy, to be valid, shall be lodged at the registered office of the Company not less than 48 hours before the meeting at which it is to be utilised”.

E. The registered office of the company is Level 9, 66 King Street, Sydney, NSW 2000.

F. A copy of the Company’s Memorandum and Articles of Association and the Company’s Financial Statements for the year ended 31st December 2009 are available for perusal at the registered office of the company.

Michael Inglis

26 March 2010


A reminder to members that bookings are now closing for the Sydney Cup Day Luncheon at Royal Randwick on Saturday 24 April 2010. As previous attendees will confirm, the NSWROA Sydney Cup Luncheon is an event not to be missed.

The package for the day includes a sumptuous buffet luncheon and beverage package, afternoon tea, Guest Tipsters and Tipping Competition, Best Hat & Best Tie Competition, a Raffle with great prizes, race book and pen and full tote and bookmaker facilities.

The luncheon will be held in the Vista Room, Level 5, Queen Elizabeth Stand, and is priced at $170.00 per person, GST inclusive.

I am very pleased to advise that Network 10 and TVN Media Personality Mr Frank Coletta will be our Master of Ceremonies on the day.

BOOK NOW to avoid disappointment as numbers are strictly limited. Please note that all bookings and payments must be received by 16 April 2010.

Click here for a booking form.


The weather may have been dismal outside, but there were “no sign of clouds” inside the Three Lounge at Bar 333 at the Association’s function on Tuesday, 30 March.

The function, which was held following the AAMI Golden Slipper Barrier Draw, was a huge success with guests having a wonderful time savouring drinks and a cocktail style lunch as well as thoroughly enjoying themselves with the various entertainments on offer.


STC Committee Member Judith Foley (L)
and guests


Brother Dan Stafford and Jo McKinnon

From the time our Master of Ceremonies, Jo McKinnon welcomed everyone and invited Brother Dan Stafford to say a few words, everyone relaxed immediately.

Guests were treated to a Phantom Call of the Golden Slipper by the legendary Ian Craig – who made a special return to the microphone for this event.

In fact Ian was kind enough to lend his dulcet tones to calling one of the many races conducted with “The Racing Game” which had such turf greats as “Tie The Knot, Octagonal, Bonecrusher and Kingston Town” matching strides in many a “hard fought” finish.

The Association’s charity of choice, Redkite – supporting children through cancer - were most appreciative of the generosity of guests.


Ian Craig calls another “hard fought finish”
of The Racing Game


Kate Nivison (L) and guests

The barrier draw of Sydney’s premier Weight For Age event, The BMW was next on the agenda with Racing NSW Chief Steward Mr Ray Murrihy and Deputy Chief Steward Mr Greg Rudolph officiating.

The draw brought many cheers from the gathering of expectant owners as they “picked up a car” and “sealed their fate”.


Peter McGauran (L) and guests


Kingsley Edwards and Brad Smith


(L-R) Ian and Marilyn Craig and guest


Sharon Lenton and Doug May

The Association would like to thank Jo McKinnon, Brother Dan Stafford, Ray Murrihy, Greg Rudolph, Sharon Lenton, Doug May and the Sydney Turf Club for contributing to the success of the day.

We look forward to welcoming everyone back again next year to this event.


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 March 2010:

Owner Meeting Horse
J Allen Newcastle Symileo
D Balian Randwick The Mikado
N & Mrs Y Begg Newcastle Yau Chin
A Bennett Flemington Be Positive
W & Mrs E Benson Broken Hill Framboise
N Blizard Goulburn Litigate
Orange Litigate
Randwick Legsman (NZ)
R Bramich Tumut Larrikin Joe
P Brennan Grafton Black Katana
M Burcher Goulburn Litigate
Orange Litigate
P Caldwell Goulburn Litigate
Orange Litigate
P Cater Goulburn Litigate
Orange Litigate
I Champion Newcastle Cruzado
Scone Jeffery Joe
Taree Cruzado
N Chapman Flemington Be Positive
F & Mrs C Cook Randwick Strike One (GB)
L Cook Goulburn Litigate
Orange Litigate
S Cook Flemington Be Positive
Goulburn Litigate
Orange Litigate
K Cremen Goulburn Litigate
Orange Litigate
J R Cribb Warwick Farm Sir Nick
M Crismale Cowra Shadowcast
A E Curtis Rosehill Hot Danish
D Farnham Rosehill Bellagio Wynn
G Fraser Flemington Be Positive
Goulburn Litigate
Orange Litigate
Randwick Sacred Choice
Wagga Dab Touch
Mrs K Fraser Goulburn Litigate
Orange Litigate
Wagga Dab Touch
A Frogley Wyong Timekeeper
F Galluzzo Goulburn Flash O' Fury
Newcastle Garnet Rose
Gooree Pastoral Co Canterbury Kiss From A Rose
Kembla Autumn Ember
Newcastle (3) Autumn Ember
Devils Arcade
Older Than Time
Randwick Dreamscape
Warwick Farm Autumn Ember
Wyong Stage Performer
S Grant Goulburn Litigate
Orange Litigate
G Harvey Albury Mossmine
Randwick Landlocked (NZ)
Rosehill Verballed
Tamworth Christmas Angel
Ms J Henning Randwick The Mikado
M Hohos Taree Musical Script
Wyong Timekeeper
P Johnston Scone Prince Covet
R Kemister Hawkesbury Sasa
J Keough Albury Gandalf The White
Laurel Oak Bloodstock Flemington Be Positive
Goulburn Litigate
Orange Litigate
Wagga Dab Touch
R J & M E Lazarus Armidale Sutton Brave
R K Lees & L Hoyle Bowraville (2) Dowden (NZ)
Eye Might (NZ)
L Macri Randwick Recoup De Fortune
Ms J Marheine Newcastle Ballet Academy
P McMahon Goulburn Litigate
Orange Litigate
P McPherson Coffs Harbour She's Not Guilty
J Meggitt Goulburn Litigate
Orange Litigate
J Middleton Albury Fuhrsty
Moruya Magic Merlot
L Mihalyka Flemington Be Positive
Goulburn Litigate
Orange Litigate
Wagga Dab Touch
N Moraitis, AM Hawkesbury Maluckyday (NZ)
W & Mrs R Mula Canterbury Griffon
  Flemington Rock Classic
Dato Tan Chin Nam Canterbury Griffon
Flemington Faint Perfume
Kembla Think Up
Rosehill Precedence
Ms K Nivison Goulburn Litigate
Orange Litigate
T E O'Callaghan Rosehill Brilliant Light
Ms A O'Neill Rosehill Brilliant Light
Patinack Farm Racing Syndicate Eagle Farm Soiled
  Morphettville Small Minds (2)
  Newcastle Safety In Numbers
Randwick Count Encosta
Warwick Farm Count Encosta
P Peters Goulburn Litigate
Orange Litigate
Ramsey Pastoral Co Newcastle Smart Lady
Randwick El Sonador
G Rogerson Albury (3) King Sabeel (NZ)
Sukab (NZ)
Canterbury So Detached
S Sandridge Goulburn Litigate
Orange Litigate
G Seto Goulburn Litigate
Orange Litigate
Sheikh Mohammed Kembla (4) Jerezana
Morphettivlle Koala Bear
Muswellbrook (2) Classic Guitar
Newcastle Freudian
Randwick Beaded
Randwick Euphemism
Warwick Farm (7) Libertarian
Status Quo (2)
A Surace Rosehill Brilliant Light
O P Tait Hawkesbury Isola
N & Mrs A Vass Warwick Farm Flying Success
M Walcott Albury Willowie Lad
T W, Mrs D, JW & Miss H Wallace Muswellbrook Logically
  Newcastle Kirinata
Scone Levu
R Ward Flemington Be Positive
M Whitby Albury (2) King Sabeel (NZ)
Sukab (NZ)
G Williams Bathurst Runaway Star
Goulburn Litigate
Orange Litigate
Warwick Farm Rockaway Star
Mrs V Williams Goulburn Litigate
Orange Litigate
R Wise Wagga Dab Touch
L Young Cessnock Unravel

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

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 March 2010 is as follows:


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

Race Name Horse Owner
G1 STC Golden Rose Stakes Denman Sheikh Mohammed
G1 MRC Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes Turffontein Mrs B Cummings
G1 AJC George Main Stakes Road To Rock H Dyball
G1 MRC Toorak Handicap Allez Wonder Dato Tan Chin Nam
G1 MRC Caulfield Cup Viewed Dato Tan Chin Nam
G1 MVRC W S Cox Plate So You Think (NZ) Dato Tan Chin Nam
G1 VRC Crown Oaks Faint Perfume Dato Tan Chin Nam
G1 VRC Age Classic All Silent N & Mrs Y Begg
G1 MVRC William Reid Stakes Turffontein Mrs B Cummings
G1 SAJC Schweppes Oaks Small Minds Patinack Farm Racing Syndicate
G1 VRC Australian Guineas Rock Classic W Mula & Mrs R Mula
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
G2 STC Shannon Stakes Drumbeats Sheikh Mohammed
G2 MVRC Bill Stutt Stakes Carrara F M & Mrs S Tagg
G2 AJC Stan Fox Stakes Denman Sheikh Mohammed
G2 VRC Gilgai Stakes All Silent N & Mrs Y Begg
G2 MRC Caulfield Sprint First Command L Macri
G2 VRC Wakeful Stakes Faint Perfume Dato Tan Chin Nam
G2 VRC Matriarch Stakes Purple Sheikh Mohammed
G2 MRC Sandown Guineas Kidnapped Sheikh Mohammed
G2 AJC Villiers Stakes Palacio De Cristal G Harvey
G2 MRC D'Urban Stakes Denman Sheikh Mohammed
G2 MRC Autumn Classic Extra Zero R J & Mrs J K Bergstrom
G2 STC Hobartville Stakes Monton G J Bunt
G2 VRC Kewney Stakes Faint Perfume Dato Tan Chin Nam
G2 STC Canterbury Stakes Hot Danish A E Curtis
G2 STC Ajax Stakes Brilliant Light A Surace, T O'Callaghan & Ms A O'Neill
G3 STC Run to the Rose Denman Sheikh Mohammed
G3 AJC Up and Coming Stakes Rarefied Sheikh Mohammed
G3 VRC Bobby Lewis Quality Swift Alliance Gooree Pastoral Company
G3 STC Research Stakes Hot Danish A E Curtis
G3 MRC Naturalism Stakes Red Lord Ms J Ritchie
G3 MRC Caulfield Guineas Prelude Demerit Sheikh Mohammed
G3 STC Gloaming Stakes So You Think (NZ) Dato Tan Chin Nam
G3 AJC Bill Ritchie Handicap McClintock G Harvey
G3 MRC Betfair Stakes McClintock G Harvey
G3 VRC Carbine Clube Stakes Kidnapped Sheikh Mohammed
G3 AJC Liverpool City Cup Dreamscape Gooree Pastoral Company
G3 VRC Victoria Plate Be Positive

G Fraser, R Ward, A Bennett, S Cook,
N Chapman, L Mihalyka & Laurel Oak

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
LR WRC Mona Lisa Stakes Moti (NZ) Gooree Pastoral Company
LR VRC Henry Bucks Plate Carrara F M & Mrs S Tagg
LR NJC Tibbie Stakes Moti (NZ) Gooree Pastoral Company
LR AJC Angst Stakes Illuminates G Harvey
LR AJC Breeders Plate Run For Wilson Patinack Farm Racing Syndicate
LR VRC Paris Lane Stakes Raheeb Patinack Farm Racing Syndicate
LR AJC Brian Crowley Stakes Love Conquers All N Moraitis, AM
LR AJC City Tattersalls Club Cup Bid Spotter G Rogerson & G Harvey
LR MRC Jayco Stakes Kidnapped Sheikh Mohammed
LR VRC TCL Electronics Stakes Trim Sheikh Mohammed
LR VRC Myer Spring Fashion Stakes Turf Express E Cojuangco
LR HRC Yalumba Wines Cup Beaded Sheikh Mohammed
LR MRC Snowhite Stakes Marquardt (NZ) Patinack Farm Racing Syndicate
LR MRC Triple M Stakes Secession Sheikh Mohammed
LR HRC Gosford Gold Cup Spinney Sheikh Mohammed
LR STC Festival Stakes Rabbuka Gooree Pastoral Company
LR BRC J F Meynink Stakes Jantzen F W & Mrs C Cook
LR BRC Bernborough Handicap Joku Gooree Pastoral Company
LR Tattersalls Club Cup Rainbow Styling (NZ) N Moraitis, AM
LR STC Frank Underwood Cup Rabbuka Gooree Pastoral Company
LR MRC Zeditave Stakes Denman Sheikh Mohammed
LR MRC Barton Stakes Joku Gooree Pastoral Company
LR SAJC Birthday Cup Zagreb G Harvey
LR MRC Manfred Stakes Denman Sheikh Mohammed
LR KTC Kilmore Cup Joku Gooree Pastoral Company
LR SAJC Adelaide Guineas Small Minds Patinack Farm Racing Syndicate
LR SAJC Pewsey Vale Stakes Koala Bear Sheikh Mohammed
LR AJC Aspiration Quality Sacred Choice G Fraser
LR AJC Eskimo Prince Stakes The Mikado Ms J Henning & D Balian
LR AJC Wenona Girl Handicap Beaded Sheikh Mohammed
LR TATTS RC Member's Cup Soiled Patinack Farm Racing Syndicate
LR STC Sky High Stakes Bellagio Wynn D Farnham
LR STC N E Manion Cup Precedence (NZ) Dato Tan Chin Nam

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


As part of the commitment of NSWROA to support our country colleagues, I am very pleased to advise that the Association will be sponsoring the NSW Racehorse Owners Association Maiden Handicap over 1000 metres on Town Plate Day – May 6.

Town Plate Day is of course part of the prestigious Wagga Gold Cup Carnival which commences on 18th April with Prelude Day and concludes on 7th May for Cup Day.

The 2010 Cup Carnival has more than half a million dollars in prizemoney with the featured event the Listed Wagga Gold Cup (2000m), worth $130,000.

The Wagga carnival attracts all the big names in racing with horses from the stables of Bart Cummings, Gai Waterhouse, John O’Shea and Tim Martin and the calibre of jockeys such as Corey Brown, Hugh Bowman, Tim Clark and Jim Cassidy regulars at Wagga each year.

Off the track, the carnival boasts the Myer Fashions on the Field, which prizes exceeding $16,000, musical entertainment throughout the day, 40 plus corporate marquees and 12,000 people enjoying a day of fun.

We encourage all members in the Southern Region to join us on 6 May for a great day out.

For further details on the Carnival, visit the Murrumbidgee Turf Club website at


SOLD OUT! For the second year in succession the Golden Slipper Hats and High Tea function was sold out well in advance of the event being held. Our congratulations to event organizers, Catherine Kelly and Sharon Lenton (who is a recent appointee to the Cornucopia Committee) on another fantastic event this year.

The theme for 2010 was an “Enchanted Golden Slipper Hats and High Tea” with guests being greeted by none other than the “Fairest of them All” Snow White and the Wicked Witch when they walked into the Sir Stamford at Circular Quay on Sunday 21 March 2010.


The Wicked Witch and Snow White


Lesley Brown, Belinda Brown and Judith Foley

The compare for the event was Rachel Watt who did a wonderful job in her “debut role” – surely someone with a bright future within the media and entertainment was provided by Katherine Taliana who was very well received by the guests.

The wonderful creations of the very talented couture milliners, comprising the Australian Milliners’ Guild, Embellish Atelier, Hat Box Creations, Lin Teo Designs, Papillon Hats by Margaret Keeble, Pipparella, Suzy O’Rourke, Suzanne O’Brien and Neil Grigg, were paraded by a team of beautiful models who showcased the millinery in exceptional style.


(l-r) Denise Bromley, Swita Fee, Kathy Macris, Sharon Lenton & Liz Kastanias


(l-r) Shirley McGrath, Rosemary Mula
& Christine Mathers

One of the many highlights of the afternoon was the competition for “Best Dressed” which was enormously difficult for Guest Judge, Gina Kotzoulas of Anthea Crawford, as the level of immaculately dressed women was extremely high. The winner for the day was Lisa Wellings.


(l-r) Gina Kotzoulas, Lisa Wellings
& Sharon Lenton


Jean Carroll (centre) the guest of honour
at the function

The guest of honour at the function was Jean Carroll who delighted guests when she reminisced of her life “in the trade”.

If you love your fashion – this event is a definite must on your calendar.


The 2010 Inglis Easter Yearling Sale closed on 8 April with more than $86m invested in 364 lots – in theory the most select group of yearlings in the country. At an average of around $221,000 that is an enormous investment.

It’s interesting to note that 87% of those in the catalogue were BOBS Eligible and most of those that were not eligible had been bred in New Zealand and shipped across the Tasman for this sale.

A number of studmasters and bloodstock agents confirmed to me that buyers – including clients living overseas – were quite adamant that they wanted only BOBS Eligible yearlings because the BOBS bonuses make it so much more affordable to race a horse from the most successful stables in NSW.

March was a big month for BOBS bonuses with 112 being won. In cash terms that meant an extra $662,500 being pumped back into the industry by Racing NSW, but of course many owners multiply their bonuses by opting for a Double-Up voucher.

That is especially valuable to country owners who are racing horses for lesser prizemoney, and I’m sure we’ll see many BOBS Double-Up vouchers being redeemed after the Scone Yearling Sale in May. More than 400 yearlings are in that catalogue, the vast majority BOBS Eligible.

Once the Asian Racing Conference, Autumn Racing Carnival and Scone Yearling Sales are out of the way I will be looking at ways in which we can improve the BOBS and BOBS Extra system even further. I am happy to receive any suggestions from owners – send me an email: .

For further information please contact:
John Gatfield,
BOBS Executive Officer,
Racing NSW,
(02) 9551-7574,


The NSW Racehorse Owners Association (NSWROA) was greatly saddened to hear of the passing of one of racing’s finest – Mr Des Hoysted in March.

Des who was 86 at the time of his passing, first began race calling in 1952 and entertained many thousands of listeners during the next 31 years at both 2GB and 2UE.

Des is survived by his wife Pat and on behalf of the NSWROA Committee and our members, we extend our deepest sympathy to her.


Have you recently moved, changed your postal address or obtained an email address? If so, it would be greatly appreciated if you could contact the office in order for our records to be updated.

Yours in Racing
Ray McDowell, President
12 April 2010


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