The mission of NSWROA is to further and protect the rights of racehorse owners in New South Wales.

The NSWROA Committee is constantly addressing matters that are of interest and benefit to owners.

In recent times, a number of important matters have been on the agenda for the Committee and I am pleased to advise that a substantial number of these matters have had positive results.

Following extensive lobbying by the NSWROA Committee, Racing NSW agreed to the expansion of the Racing NSW Breeder Owner Bonus Scheme (BOBS). Our thanks again to Racing NSW Board member Kim Harding for her support of our suggestion and its ultimate realisation.

BOBS Extra is an exciting expansion of the BOBS Scheme. The incumbent BOBS series have been highly successful, paying bonuses of up to $20,000 for wins by BOBS eligible racehorses of two and three years of age. BOBS Extra now builds on the success of BOBS, targeting middle distance and staying races for BOBS racehorses aged four years and older. BOBS Extra provides a great incentive for owners to keep horses in work and training after their classic year.

NSWROA encourages all members to support BOBS Extra by nominating their horses for the Scheme.

The Association was also successful in our representations to the Australian Jockey Club to have the loading ramp for horses modified at Randwick Racecourse. Members indicated that they were having trouble with access to the ramps.

NSWROA tabled a submission to the Productivity Commission in response to their Draft Report on Gambling in December. The Committee were unanimously of the view that as racehorse owners have a vital interest in any funding model adopted by the racing industry, it was essential that a submission be sent.

In the coming months, I will keep you updated on some of the many other “projects” we currently have in train.


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A reminder to members that 2010 membership renewal fees are now due.

2010 membership fees, inclusive of GST, have remained at the same rate as last year. We have in 2010 introduced a Country Membership Rate to assist our country friends to continue to participate in membership and also encourage new country patronage of the Association.

Please note that if you renew your membership by Friday 5 February 2010, you are automatically entered into the “Early Bird” Membership Renewal Competition which has three great prizes on offer.

To those of our members who have already renewed your membership our thanks – your support of the Association is greatly appreciated.


The New South Wales Racehorse Owners Association, the Sydney Turf Club and the Sir Stamford at Circular Quay would like to invite you to attend the Enchanted Golden Slipper Hats & High Tea.

The event is to take place on Sunday 21 March 2010 at the Sir Stamford at Circular Quay.

View all the latest millinery trends as the Sydney Couture Milliners showcase their fabulous designs starting at 2.00 pm for pre drinks. There will be entertainment, a viewing of hats followed by a traditional high tea with a parade beginning around 4.00 pm.

At the conclusion of the event you will have the opportunity to talk to the milliners, purchase a new creation or arrange for a unique piece to be made for that special race day.

If you love your fashion - don’t miss this fabulous event.

A reminder that this event was sold out last year, so it would be wise to purchase your ticket early to avoid disappointment.

Contact Samantha Storry on 02 8274 5462 or to purchase your tickets which are $80 per person (includes sparkling wine on arrival with traditional high tea)

For further information, contact Sharon Lenton on 0401 290 666.


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 December 2009:

Owner Meeting Horse
N Blizard Nowra Litigate
S J Bourke Kembla Typhoon Fury
T Burke Tamworth Mr Top Cat
J Callinan Mudgee Sutton Friend
A Cardy Canterbury Straight Edge (NZ)
J Cassim Wyong Gentle Orpen
M J Codling Kembla Typhoon Fury
F W & Mrs C Cook Eagle Farm Jantzen
S Cook Kembla Typhoon Fury
Nowra Litigate
J & Mrs L Durbridge Kembla Frisco's Conflict
M Einfeld Randwick Dandee Topwin
A & L Fleiter Randwick Dandee Topwin
Ms K Fraser Kembla Typhoon Fury
Nowra Litigate
W Gibson Mudgee Helvitia
Gooree Pastoral Co Eagle Farm Joku
  Hawkesbury (2) Essence of Success
Power and Glory
Rosehill Rabbuka
Wyong Essence of Success
S Grant Nowra Litigate
G Harvey Canberra Warning Shot
G Harvey Canterbury (2) Lupara
Hawkesbury Zuzela
Randwick Palacio De Cristal
Randwick Palacio De Cristal
Rosehill Tagus
The Hon T Hughes, AO Canberra Wing Forward
S Iskander Kembla Elstrata
W & Mrs P Jacobs Goulburn Outofafrika
Ms J Jenkins & Miss S Jenkins Canterbury Dillinger
J Keough Canberra Reboot
Laurel Oak Bloodstock Kembla Typhoon Fury
Nowra Litigate
R K Lees & L Hoyle Ballina Waterbury
B Livingstone Sapphire Coast Run For Office
His Excellency Nasser Lootah Canterbury Bashaash
Muswellbrook Nada
B Mackie Sapphire Coast Runaway Claim
B McHugh Tamworth Mr Top Cat
W McNally Nowra Cajo Kellila
J Middleton Gosford Dancing Doll
Hawkesbury Dancing Doll
Sapphire Coast Warrilla
Wagga Pray To God
L Mihalyka Kembla Typhoon Fury
Nowra Litigate
N Moraitis, AM Gosford (2) Market Gal
Sailor Sam
Hawkesbury Golden Delights
Randwick (2) Love Conquers All
Rainbow Styling (NZ)
Wyong Be Elusive (NZ)
J & Mrs P Muir Gosford Canzero
W J Mula Rosehill Zazabeau
J A Munro Canterbury Red Robert
Dato Tan Chin Nam Rosehill Zazabeau
Miss K Nivison Nowra Litigate
T O'Callaghan Goulburn Etype
Patinack Farm Racing Syndicate Newcastle Just Been Lucky
Randwick Mother's Milk (NZ)
Rosehill (2) No Evidence Needed
Mrs C Remond Canberra Biancalaura
Ms J Ritchie Rosehill Trader
G Rogerson Canterbury Chelmsford
Randwick Dandee Topwin
Sheikh Mohammed Canterbury(2) Buffalo
Hawkesbury (3) Daytona Beach
Red Pixie
Randwick Stifle
Rosehill (5) Clothing
L Snedden Kembla Alotta Lute
G & Mrs G Stack Armidale Leige Law
R E Thomas Kembla Typhoon Fury
J L Thompson Canterbury I Don't Recall
Gosford Topi
H & Mrs C Tighe Newcastle Singahyde (NZ)
H E Wallace Kembla Typhoon Fury
G Williams Nowra Litigate

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

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 December 2009 is as follows:


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

Race Name Horse Owner
G1 STC Golden Rose Stakes Denman Sheikh Mohammed
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
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
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
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

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


It was interesting to see at the Magic Millions sale on the Gold Coast in early January that around 90% of the yearlings catalogued were BOBS eligible. That’s not surprising, of course, at a major sale when we know that the Hunter Valley is the powerhouse region of our thoroughbred breeding industry.

What was interesting was the determination of many buyers to consider only those lots which were BOBS eligible, ignoring those which were not. These were not only NSW residents but also many Queensland residents, particularly if they were living on the Gold Coast.

Once again this proves how valuable the BOBS program is to the industry and how those bonuses can make all the difference in making ends meet.

While we advertise that bonuses of up to $20,000 are available, the reality is that the potential bonuses are much larger.

When an owner wins a Saturday metropolitan bonus of $20,000 there are deductions of $4000 ($2500 to the stallion nominator, $1000 to the trainer and $500 to the NSW Jockeys’ Association.) That leaves the owner with $16,000 which can be doubled in value to $32,000 if the owner takes a Double-Up voucher for the purchase of another horse.

So the potential payout by Racing NSW in BOBS bonuses for that one race is $36,000! In a similar vein a $10,000 bonus is potentially $18,000 and a $5000 bonus can be $9000.

Now that the 2-year-old racing program is in full swing more bonuses are being won. For example, at Rosehill on Saturday 16 January BOBS bonuses went to two 2YO winners and two 3YO winners. Almost half a million dollars had been won by mid-January for that month alone, with the season’s total fast approaching $3 million.

The leading owner was NSWROA member Sheikh Mohammed, with 23 bonuses worth $220,000. Commands was the leading stallion, siring the winners of 21 bonuses valued at $136,250.

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


The importance of vigilance cannot be stressed enough when it comes to the Hendra virus.

The Hendra virus is carried by fruit bats, and may cause fever, respiratory and/or nervous illness when
it infects horses. While horses rarely become infected, infected horses may infect humans, and
the disease has severe consequences.

Minimise the risk to yourself and your horse by:-

• preventing horses from eating or drinking feed or water that may be contaminated by body fluids from fruit bats roosting, feeding or flying overhead, and

• knowing the signs of Hendra and what to do if you suspect infection.

The following links provide information on Hendra virus that will assist you to understand the disease and how to minimise the risk of infection.

A Primefact on Hendra virus is available on the NSW DPI website at:-

CSIRO, the organisation responsible for identifying the virus has published summary information at:-

The Queensland Government Primary Industries and Fisheries website provides comprehensive information on Hendra virus:-

What is Hendra virus? (this includes reducing the risk to horses):-

Hendra virus overview:-

Flying foxes and Hendra virus:-

Signs of infection in humans:-

A detailed article from the Australian Biosecurity CRC:-

This list is to assist you to find information on Hendra virus. Additional information may also be found at other sites.

If you suspect that your horse may be infected with Hendra virus you should call your private veterinary practitioner as soon as possible. In addition, you are legally obliged to report your suspicion to:-

• an inspector working for the Primary Industries division of Industry and Investment NSW at, or

• your local Livestock Health and Pest Authority at

If one of the above cannot be contacted and the matter is urgent, please call the Emergency Animal Disease Hotline on 1800 675 888.


One of the benefits of NSWROA membership is the exclusive racehorse insurance package available from NSWROA corporate partner, Gow-Gates Insurance Brokers.

This leading insurance broking firm was established over 40 years ago and has earned a highly respected reputation for the quality of its service and expertise in a number of specialised areas, including thoroughbred insurance.

The insurance package offered to NSWROA members includes significantly reduced premiums for mortality cover through Lloyd’s of London. This offer is available to all NSWROA members for their ownership interests, regardless as to whether a horse is owned 100%, or in a partnership/syndicate, and covers horses currently racing or horses as yet unraced (including yearlings purchased at sale). Stallion shares, broodmares, foals and pre-sale yearlings can also be covered.

The Lloyd’s mortality cover is basically for death of the horse from any disease/illness or accident/injury, but does not cover intentional slaughter unless a vet certifies that the horse's suffering is incurable and so excessive that immediate destruction is imperative for humane reasons. The policy also covers the horse in the event that it is stolen, as well as all transits anywhere within Australia and to (or from) New Zealand.

Benefits of the policy offered to NSWROA members that are not part of the standard policy include: the death of a horse which becomes ill or injured within the period of insurance for up to 12 months after the policy expires; and surgery conducted by a qualified veterinarian under local or general anaesthetic (both subject to the policy terms and conditions).

Importantly, in addition to these cost savings and special policy inclusions, is the professional and personalised service that is provided with the package.

Should you wish to find out more about the NSWROA horse insurance package, please contact Kingsley Edwards, Thoroughbred Insurance Manager, on (02) 8267 9940 or by email

Gow-Gates Insurance Brokers (Australasia) Pty Ltd, A.B.N 29 069 562 787, AFSL 245433.

Disclaimer: The information above is intended as a guide only and should not be relied upon without the consulting the “Lloyd’s Equine Policy LE (Australia) LMA3069” wording with relevant endorsements and seeking independent professional advice.


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
22 January 2010


NSW Racehorse Owners Association • GPO Box 1506, SYDNEY NSW 2001
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