The NSW Racehorse Owners Association welcomed the decision of the three Federal Court Judges to rule in favour of Racing NSW on the Race Fields Legislation appeals before the Court. The decision will enable Racing NSW to charge wagering operators a 1.5% turnover fee on the NSW racing product and retain funds paid by corporate bookies since July 1, 2008.

The Association is delighted that Racing NSW successfully defended its position regarding Race Fields Legislation. This verdict will now allow the distribution of much needed funds to an industry that has suffered greatly from the lack of adequate funding.

The racing industry is now able to move forward and cement its position as the premium industry of the State which will in turn put NSW racing into the forefront of the Australian racing scene.

The Association also reiterates its view that the decision of the AJC and STC to merge will be a contributory factor towards making racing in Sydney successful and profitable which in turn will give a flow-on effect to support all racing in New South Wales.

It was therefore very disappointing that, after reaching agreement in Parliament and the relevant legislation being passed, the introduction of the new super club may be delayed from its scheduled 1 January 2011 commencement date as a result of an investigation by the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) into the unification of the AJC and STC.

As you are aware the Association has been working hard with the AJC and STC to deliver the racing industry in Sydney with a new and better product and will continue to do so regardless of what “hurdles” are placed before it.



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This new item in the Newsletter features a NSWROA Committee Member each month. Peter Beer is “in the spotlight” this issue.

1. What was your “introduction” into the racing industry?
Did I find the racing or did it find me? I had the calling as a young boy in Wagga Wagga. Each year on holidays in Sydney Dad would take me out to Randwick and from then on I dreamt of moving to Sydney and living near a racecourse. Our home is a 5 minute walk from the track, and my office is 2 minutes away. Dream come true!!

2. Why did you decide to become a racehorse owner?
I bought the first one on a whim and some very good advice from my racing partner Oliver Goodwin. The wins weren’t forthcoming but we had some great commissary drinks…, lunches…., dinners....

3. How many horses do you currently race?
None at present, I treat all of Patinack’s horses as my own!

4. Who has been the “best” horse you have owned?
I don’t think any of the horses I have personally owned could be described as ‘best’. A good barometer of my success has been opening the SMH one morning and having my trainer Bede Murray describe my filly Pochette as ‘the slowest Encosta de Lago he has ever seen!’.

5. Who has been the “best” horse you have seen?
Quite simply Kingston Town.

6. What has been your most memorable moment on a racecourse?
Anytime seeing your horse win and sharing the moment with your friends.

7. What is your “vision” for the industry?
A uniform national approach to the industry.

8. If you were down to your last $20.00 – what would you spend it on?
Is this a trick question? My wife of course!!


The 2010 Racing NSW Country Awards for Excellence were held at Royal Randwick Racecourse on 26 November 2010 with a large audience in attendance.

The awards give recognition to individuals and clubs who have gone above and beyond in their efforts to improve and develop NSW Country Racing.

For the second year in a row, NSWROA President Mr Ray McDowell was the guest presenter of the Country Owner/Breeder Award. This award, which was only being presented for the second occasion, acknowledges the contribution of a country owner and/or breeder. The winner of the award this year was NSWROA member Mr Oliver (Sandy) Tait.

Members would be well aware of the involvement of Sandy and indeed the entire Tait family, in not only country racing and racing throughout the State, but also their record as breeders.


(L) Ray McDowell and Sandy Tait


Far right - Michael Inglis accepting the
Premier Country Race Club Award

NSWROA Secretary, Mr Michael Inglis wearing his other hat as Deputy Chairman of the Murrumbidgee Turf Club (MTC), very proudly accepted the Premier Country Race Club Award on behalf of the MTC and made a very moving speech which was very well received.

The award winners for 2010 were:

Simon Nivison Special Achievement Award – Bede Thomas
Country Owner/Breeder Award – Oliver Tait
Country Horse of the Year Award – Border Rebel
Premier Country Race Club Award – Murrumbidgee Turf Club
Most Popular Feature Race Meeting Award – Scone Race Club
Regional Race Club Award – Coffs Harbour Race Club
Supporting TAB Club Award – Mudgee Race Club
Community Race Club Award – Cobar Miners’ Race Club
Outstanding Achievement Award – Cooma Monaro Race Club
Country Trainer Award – Brett Cavanough
Media Award – Bill Poulos
Leading Country Jockey – Greg Ryan
Leading Country Approved Rider – Ben Duggan
Leading Country Apprentice Jockey – Tim Bell

In addition, special achievement awards were made to Kevin Sweeney, Bob Scherf, Bob Foran and Peter Kennedy recognising their length of service and significant contribution to country racing over many decades. Sniper’s Bullet and Alverta were also recognised for their performances on the racecourse during the year.

Our congratulations to all award winners, finalists and nominees for their fantastic efforts during the 2009-2010 season.


January marks the commencement of the Australasian Yearling Sales. In this issue of the newsletter we have compiled for the benefit of members, a short preview of the sales that are to be conducted during January.

Magic Millions
The Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale is the first sale of the year and runs from 12 to 19 January 2011.

This sale which is conducted during the holiday period, is synonymous with the glitz and glamour that the Gold Coast is renowned for. With some 1,117 lots on offer, catering to all price ranges, owners are sure to find a yearling to suit their requirements.

Last year this sale grossed some $67,976,500 at an average price of $128,743. Top price sale honours went to a bay colt by Redoute’s Choice out of They Say which was knocked down for $925,000. The colt, is a half brother to the 2003 Champion 2YO in Australia, Hasna.

With an Honour Roll comprising the likes of Sebring, Heavenly Glow, Princess Coup, Stratum, Special Harmony, Regimental Gal, Dance Hero, Private Steer, Hasna, Belle Du Jeur etc, the 2011 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale is sure to produce some stars of the future.

For further details regarding the 2011 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale, visit the Magic Millions website or telephone (07) 5504 1200.

The Inglis Sydney Classic Yearling Sale, held at Newmarket on January 23, 24 and 25 in 2011 has a proven track record for buyers willing to back their judgement.

At an average of just $30,000 few sales in the world can boast Classic’s remarkable record in producing outstanding racehorses capable of winning all over the world, particularly with the progeny of young sires.

Caulfield Guineas winners Whobegotyou (Street Cry), God’s Own (Redoute’s Choice)and In Top Swing (Beautiful Crown) were all second crop progeny of their respective sires and were all astute purchases at Classic.

Carry On Cutie was a first crop daughter of More Than Ready, and the G1 Champagne Stakes winner has recently been joined by Pressday (Domesday), Secret Admirer (Dubawi) and Chance Bye (Snitzel) as Classic graduates who were offered in the First Crop of their respective sires, with the later three all going through the ring in 2009.

In addition to a host of promising First & Second Season Sires, the increased 575-strong catalogue for 2011, of which 82% are BOBS eligible, includes yearlings by Australasia’s top echelon stallions.

For catalogues visit or call (02) 9399 7999.

New Zealand Bloodstock
New Zealand Bloodstock’s annual Karaka Yearling Sale Series is rapidly approaching, and with kiwis winning 35 stakes races and 11 Group 1 races in Australia already this season, and the exchange rate offering the best buying power in years, there’s sure to be a few with their eye across the Tasman.

The 2011 Karaka Premier Sale is the showpiece of sales week in New Zealand, where the top pedigrees and types are on show. This year the 503 Premier lots are as strong on paper as ever seen at Karaka, with progeny from 20 Group 1 winning dams and full or half-siblings to 34 Group 1 winners highlighting the strength of the selection.

This year New Zealand is the source of the largest selection of current hot sire High Chaparral with 33 of them – 19 colts and 14 fillies - making their way to the Karaka Premier Sale. New Zealand champion Zabeel also features prominently this year with 31 yearlings whilst New Zealand sires O’Reilly, Pentire, Pins, Volksraad, Darci Brahma, Perfectly Ready, Thorn Park and Keeper are amongst those also well-represented.

With a bold international flavour this year there is also strong representation by Australian sires such as Commands, Danehill Dancer, Encosta de Lago, Flying Spur, More Than Ready, Fastnet Rock, Rock of Gibraltar, Red Ransom and many more.

So far this season the Karaka sale ring has claimed Group 1 winners So You Think, Wall Street and Brazilian Pulse, with top line performers Precedence and Maluckyday both having strong spring campaigns.

New Zealand Bloodstock’s Karaka Premier Sale will run from 31 January to 1 February, the Select Sale will run from 2 to 4 February with the Festival Sale on 6 & 7 February. For sales information please visit

Our best wishes to those of our members both buying and selling yearlings at the 2011 sales.


Our good friend and corporate partner Gow Gates Insurance Brokers, have kindly prepared, via Kingsley Edwards, B.Agr.Ec (Syd.), Dip.Fin.Serv. (Ins. Broking), ANZIIF (Snr. Assoc.), C.I.P., the following:

A “Fall of Hammer” insurance policy on a yearling is effected when a lot is knocked down to the buyer at a public auction, thereby coinciding with the risk passing from the vendor to the purchaser. This type of cover is therefore essential to eliminate any gap in insurance to protect your new investment.

Fall of Hammer cover is a mortality insurance that reduces the impact of financial loss from the death of the horse due to accidental injury or illness. It also covers humane destruction when recommended by a qualified vet in the case where the horse’s suffering is incurable and excessive.

The policy is intended to place the owner in the same financial position after the horse’s death, as before it died. It therefore indemnifies the policyholder for loss of their asset by paying them the horse’s fair market value in order to allow them to replace the horse. Fair market value for yearlings bought at sale is generally considered to be their purchase price until they have their first start (provided no circumstances arise which substantially alter their worth in the interim). After their first race, it is recommended the Sum Insured be reviewed in terms of the ability shown and its performance on the track. Such monitoring should continue for the remainder of the policy period.

Insuring yearlings via a Fall of Hammer policy is particularly relevant in the twelve months following purchase at sale for the three specific reasons.

Firstly, horses of this age are exposed to an unique set of risks which arise from being placed in an environment that is completely new to them. Spending extended periods in a stable, breaking-in and training all place stress on yearlings/two year olds which can lead to a greater risk of injury and a higher susceptibility to contracting illness or disease than those of seasoned racehorses.

Secondly, the movement of the yearling from the sale to their new home may involve a considerable distance and result in travel sickness or injury sustained during the journey as well as when loading and unloading onto and off floats. Transit anywhere within Australia and also from New Zealand for yearlings purchased there, is included in the standard Lloyd’s Equine mortality policy.

Thirdly, gelding of yearlings commonly occurs in the months after purchase at sale. This and other surgery, when conducted by a qualified veterinarian under local or general anaesthetic, is covered by the enhanced policy offered to NSWROA members.

Despite the abovementioned higher risk profile of yearlings, the premium rate charged for Fall of Hammer insurance is lower than for racehorses, making it comparatively more affordable and better value for the owner.

Fall of Hammer policies have the added benefit that a Veterinary Certificate is not necessary because it is a condition of sale that horses are presented as sound which satisfies the pre-requisite of the horse being in good heath and without pre-existing illness or injury at policy inception.

To be fully effective, prospective buyers should set up Fall of Hammer cover prior to the intended Yearling Sale. To discuss making such arrangements, please contact Kingsley Edwards at Gow-Gates on (02) 8836 1140 or

Disclaimer: The information in the above article is intended as a guide only and should not be relied upon without reading the policy wording and seeking independent professional advice.


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.

The listing under comprises wins recorded in New South Wales as well as Australian black type successes which are recorded in bold type.

Accordingly, hereunder are the lucky NSWROA members who had winners in November 2010:

Owner Meeting Horse
P Aalto Moruya Etoile Vitesse
G Altomonte Dubbo Surpassing
Ms H Ayres Canberra (3) Spanish Halo (NZ)
  Moruya Etoile Vitesse
Ms J Baird Queanbeyan Eleecopter
M Barsley Moruya Etoile Vitesse
G Besgrove Moruya Etoile Vitesse
Mrs D Boyd Wagga Rebu
P Brennan Grafton (2) Black Katana
R Caruso Cessnock Midnight at Ascot
J Cassim Adaminaby In The Rye
I Champion Gosford Jeffery Joe
A Chiswick Goulburn Al's Gold
A Collins Orange Dreamwinner
S Cook Canberra (3) Spanish Halo (NZ)
S Cottle Moruya Etoile Vitesse
E Covey Hawkesbury Mandlikova
Mrs B Cummings Hawkesbury La Biondina
  Randwick Bellissimo
G Debono Queanbeyan Eleecopter
S & R Dickerson Goulburn All Black Miss
B English Moruya Etoile Vitesse
C English Moruya Etoile Vitesse
Gooree Pastoral Co Newcastle Sweetest Melody
  Randwick Rhythm of Dance
  Warwick Farm Rhythm of Dance
G Gurney Moruya Etoile Vitesse
G Harvey Canterbury (2) Lotus Flower
    Under Arrest
  Flemington Tagus
  Hawkesbury Under Arrest
  Queanbeyan Coimbra
  Randwick Duke of Cornwall
  Sandown Dinner Date
A & Mrs J Hatton Goulburn Curata Time
  Moruya Curata Time
S Heffernan Canberra (3) Spanish Halo (NZ)
  Moruya Etoile Vitesse
R & Mrs G Hilton Orange Ellyonbye
Dr B Hudson Bong Bong El Devo
T Hughes Canberra (3) Spanish Halo (NZ)
D Jeffery Canberra (3) Spanish Halo (NZ)
  Moruya Etoile Vitesse
Mrs C Jeffery Canberra (3) Spanish Halo (NZ)
  Moruya Etoile Vitesse
N & Mrs M Johnson Wellington Curraghsee
P Johnston Canberra (3) Spanish Halo (NZ)
  Moruya Etoile Vitesse
K Keady Dubbo Flash Academy
W Lanyon Port Macquarie Streets Apart
Laurel Oak B'stock Canberra Eye of the Needle (NZ)
  Canberra (3) Spanish Halo (NZ)
  Moruya Etoile Vitesse
C & Mrs L Lawlor Orange Ausbred Gold
His Excellency Nasser Lootah Canterbury Bashaash
  Muswellbrook Rehaab
  Newcastle Bashaash
R K Lees & L Hoyle Ballina Lachlan Valley (NZ)
  Lismore Peterswood (NZ)
  Murwillumbah Eye Might (NZ)
  Tabulam (2) Lachlan Valley (NZ)
    Lord Dubai
W & Mrs V McCully Queanbeyan Eleecopter
B McGilvray Dubbo Conch
L Mihalyka Canberra Eye of the Needle (NZ)
  Canberra (3) Spanish Halo (NZ)
  Moruya Etoile Vitesse
N Moraitis, AM Canterbury Sure Diversion
  Hawkesbury Madame Admiral
W Mula Warwick Farm Secret Destiny
Mrs J Murray Canberra Eye of the Needle (NZ)
Dato Tan Chin Nam Canterbury Polar Circle
Mrs H M North Bong Bong Marionette
Ms A O'Neill Queanbeyan Eleecopter
M O'Sullivan Gundagai Me Me Me
Patinack Farm Racing Syndicate Ascot Gathering
  Flemington Tagus
  Sandown Happy Hippy
D Rex Goulburn (2) Halfwaytolondon
    Man of Honour
Mrs C A Richards Gosford Tigress Lily
G Rogerson Randwick Mazzini
B Rutter Gundagai Me Me Me
M Sanderson Canberra (3) Spanish Halo (NZ)
  Moruya Etoile Vitesse
Sheikh Mohammed Canterbury Zigzag
  Flemington (2) Backgammon
  Goulburn (2) Crunches
  Hawkesbury (3) Crunches
  Newcastle Bereft
  Randwick (2) Aerobatics
  Rosehill (2) Anise
  Warwick Farm Thrillers
D Smith Canberra (3) Spanish Halo (NZ)
R Smith Canberra Eye of the Needle (NZ)
  Moruya Etoile Vitesse
S Snape Moruya Etoile Vitesse
D Stoddart Moruya Etoile Vitesse
R Strachan Canberra (3) Spanish Halo (NZ)
P Stubbs Muswellbrook Falzzon
A Surace Queanbeyan Eleecopter
M Tudehope Bong Bong El Devo
N & Mrs A Vass Newcastle Our Freedom
J Vial Moruya Etoile Vitesse
G Vines Moruya Etoile Vitesse
T W, Mrs D, J W & Miss H Wallace Muswellbrook Santo
  Newcastle Characterise
  Quirindi Musica
  Port Macquarie Calendar Lass
Mrs V Williams Randwick Black Fix
D Wilton Scone Michelle Magic
L Young Queanbeyan Blue Wren
T Zwegers Moruya Etoile Vitesse

Another feature in the Newsletter is the 2010/2011 NSWROA Member’s Black Type Honour Roll which acknowledges the success of members in the black type arena.

The Honour Roll, as at 30 November 2010 is as follows:


2010/2011 NSWROA Members Black Type Honour Roll
Current to 30 November 2010

Race Name Horse Owner
G1 MRC Underwood Stakes So You Think (NZ) Dato Tan Chin Nam
G1 AJC Flight Stakes Secret Admirer J & Mrs T Muir
G1 AJC Spring Champion Stakes Erewhon Sheikh Mohammed
G1 MRC Yalumba Stakes So You Think (NZ) Dato Tan Chin Nam
G1 MVRC W S Cox Plate So You Think (NZ) Dato Tan Chin Nam
G1 VRC L K S Mackinnon Stakes So You Think (NZ) Dato Tan Chin Nam
G1 VRC Myler Classic Sacred Choice G M Fraser & Mrs K A Fraser
G1 WATC Railway Stakes Gathering Patinack Farm Racing Syndicate
G2 AJC Warwick Stakes Metal Bender (NZ) D Fuller
G2 MRC Memsie Stakes So You Think (NZ) Dato Tan Chin Nam
G2 VRC Let's Elope Stakes No Evidence Needed Patinack Farm Racing Syndicate
G2 STC Research Stakes Trim Sheikh Mohammed
G2 STC Premiere Stakes Hot Danish A E Curtis
G2 AJC The Shorts Hot Danish A E Curtis
G2 VRC Blazer Stakes Palacio de Cristal G Harvey
G2 MVRC Moonee Valley Gold Cup Precedence (NZ) Dato Tan Chin Nam
G3 AJC Missile Stakes Love Conquers All N Moraitis, AM
G3 AJC San Domenico Stakes Obsequious Sheikh Mohammed
G3 AJC Silver Shadow Stakes Parables Sheikh Mohammed
G3 AJC Up and Coming Stakes Blackball Sheikh Mohammed
G3 MRC Naturalism Stakes Rainbow Styling (NZ) N Moraitis, AM
G3 MRC Tranquil Star Stakes Divorces Sheikh Mohammed
G3 STC Gloaming Stakes Retrieve Sheikh Mohammed
G3 MVRC JRA Cup Precedence (NZ) Dato Tan Chin Nam
G3 AJC Bill Ritchie Handicap Drumbeats Sheikh Mohammed
G3 AJC Craven Plate C'Est La Guerre G Rogerson
G3 MRC Norman Robinson Stakes Retrieve Sheikh Mohammed
G3 VRC Lexus Stakes Maluckyday (NZ) N Moraitis, AM
LR VRC Aurie's Star Handicap Elusive Touch P Silvestro & M Continibali
LR MRC Quezette Stakes Panipique Ramsey Pastoral Company
LR AJC Toy Show Quality Hcp Illuminates G Harvey
LR STC Premier's Cup Snow Alert Stratheden Stud
LR WRC Mona Lisa Stakes Brasileira Sheikh Mohammed
LR AJC Dulcify Quality Handicap Yulalona Sheikh Mohammed
LR AJC The Nivison Marquardt (NZ) Patinack Farm Racing Syndicate
LR AJC NSW Breeders Plate Smart Missile Gooree Pastoral Company
LR AJC Angst Stakes Lovemelikearock Mrs B Cummings
LR VRC Doncaster Stakes Territory Sheikh Mohammed
LR VRC Maribyrnong Trial Stakes Sepoy Sheikh Mohammed
LR VRC Superstable Stakes Gathering Patinack Farm Racing Syndicate
LR SAJC Hill Smith Stakes Kittens G Harvey
LR AJC City Tattersalls Club Cup Maluckyday (NZ) N Moraitis, AM
LR AJC Governor Macquaire Cup Celts Sheikh Mohammed
LR GRC Geelong Classic Milestone Sheikh Mohammed
LR MVRC Arrow Training Services St. Zubbaya Sheikh Mohammed
LR VRC Lexus Hybrid Plate Palomares Sheikh Mohammed
LR VRC Bundaberg Distilling Co St. Tagus Patinack Farm Racing Syndicate
& G Harvey
LR VRC Myer Spring Fashion Stakes Backgammon Sheikh Mohammed
LR HRC Ladies Day Cup Kanzan Sheikh Mohammed
LR MRC Summond Stakes Happy Hippy Patinack Farm Racing Syndicate
LR MRC Merson Cooper Stakes Dinner Date G Harvey

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


With the 2010 NSWROA membership year almost at a close, it is now membership renewal time again. Where has the year gone !!

Membership Renewal documentation was sent to you by either email or post on 1 December 2010.

I confirm that membership fees for 2011, inclusive of GST, will remain at the same rate as last year.

The “Early Bird” Membership Renewal Competition will be conducted again in 2011 with three great prizes on offer. Entry to the competition is automatic if you renew your membership by Friday 4 February 2011.

I am also pleased to confirm that the Country Membership Rate, which was introduced in 2010, will continue again in 2011 and will also remain at the same rate.

The Association appreciates our members’ previous support and welcomes the renewal of your membership.


As we approach the end of the calendar year, we also approach the start of a new round of yearling sales, and by now owners and trainers will be poring over catalogues and making early inspections of as many young horses as they can.

There are two important points I’d make this month regarding the sales.

First, owners should maximise their potential returns by selecting yearlings which are BOBS Eligible. It simply does not make sense to race a horse in NSW if it’s not able to win those valuable bonuses, which can make all the difference just in covering costs.

The second point is to take advantage of the Double-Up option. I’ve had a couple of inquiries lately from people asking if Double-Up vouchers can be used at the Magic Millions sales as well as with Inglis auctions. The answer is Yes! It doesn’t matter if the sale is interstate; so long as the yearling is BOBS Eligible then you can redeem your Double-Up credit. When you buy the horse you send us the invoice and your redemption claim, and we remit the money immediately to Magic Millions or Inglis.

Over the past three years Racing NSW has injected $6.3 million into the yearling sales through our unique Double-Up system. That’s $6.3 million worth of thoroughbreds that we’ve paid for, directly to the auction houses, to support owners, breeders and trainers in NSW.

If you are going to the sales there’s now an “extra” reason to look more closely at those yearlings that may take a little time to mature and which may be best suited over middle distances.

In the first four months of this racing season there were 35 BOBS Extra bonuses won, worth around $200,000 in cash terms.

These wins, for 4-year-olds competing over 1600 metres and longer, showed how beneficial BOBS Extra can be for the patient owner. Ten winners were maiden gallopers. And 16 wins were on country tracks, 13 at provincial meetings, and only 6 on metropolitan courses.

Finally, once you’ve purchased your BOBS Eligible yearling, don’t forget to nominate it for BOBS. The closing date will be 1 September 2011 and it will cost you (as usual) $660 for BOBS, an additional $840 for BOBS Extra. It’s an additional investment that does pay dividends!

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


Members are advised that the NSWROA office will be closed for the holiday period from Friday 24 December 2010 to Friday, 14 January 2011, both dates inclusive.


In closing, may I take this opportunity on behalf of the NSWROA Committee, to wish members and their families all the very best for the festive season.

Yours in Racing
Ray McDowell, President
10 December 2010


ADVANCE NOTICE: Members are advised that the Association will be holding a night racing cocktail function at Canterbury Park Racecourse on Friday, 18 February 2011.

Details are currently being finalised, but I can confirm that the function will take place in the Directors Room, which is situated right in front of the Winning Post, and has its own private lift entry and private tote facilities.

As previous attendees will attest, our night racing functions are a great value night out, so once arrangements have been completed, a formal notice will be sent to members.


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