The Association applauded the decision of the Australian Jockey Club (AJC) and Sydney Turf Club (STC) to merge to secure the future of thoroughbred racing in New South Wales.

I advise that the Association has been working hard with the AJC and STC to deliver the racing industry in Sydney with a new and better product. The Association is firmly of the belief that the decision of the Clubs 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.

I am pleased to advise that the legislation for the merger has been before Parliament and has been passed.

I would also like to take this opportunity to congratulate NSWROA Committee & Life Member, Max Whitby, on his selection as one of the three STC Directors who will sit on the board of the proposed new super race club.



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Last month we introduced a new feature into the Newsletter – “A Quick Word With …. ”. As advised, each month this column will feature a NSWROA Committee Member. Max Whitby is “in the spotlight” this issue.

1. What was your “introduction” into the racing industry?
I was a Jackaroo at Amaroo, Willow Tree and went to the Quirindi races at the age of 15.

2. Why did you decide to become a racehorse owner?
A weak moment back in the late 70’s.

3. How many horses do you currently race?
35 in Australia and New Zealand.

4. Who has been the “best” horse you have owned?

5. Who has been the “best” horse you have seen?
Makybe Diva.

6. What has been your most memorable moment on a racecourse?
Owning and backing Econsul at 70/1 to win the Caulfield Guineas.

7. What is your “vision” for the industry?
We are at the threshold of the greatest opportunity in 200 years with the new merger.

8. If you were down to your last $20.00 – what would you spend it on?
Take my best mate in racing, Ray McDowell and buy a couple of schooners and find a game of two up!


The Australian Racing Board has advised that the Australian thoroughbred racing industry is embarking on a national trial of 30 minute gaps between races.

The trial by the Principal Racing Authorities involved is being coordinated and assessed by the Australian Racing Board’s National Race Planning Committee.

The trial will include all thoroughbred races held each Tuesday over a 4 week period. The trial will commence on Tuesday 16th November, 2010.

The aim of the trial is to determine the benefits to participants of shorter race meetings, at the same time as measuring the operational and wagering impacts of running 30 minute gaps between races. It is anticipated that the knowledge gained as a result of this trial will enable the NRPC to gauge the benefits associated with this initiative.

The trial will be conducted at the following meetings:

Tuesday 16th November Ballina Benalla Mackay
Tuesday 23rd November Scone Moe Townsville
Tuesday 30th November Muswellbrook Kyneton Mackay
Tuesday 7th December Tamworth Kilmore Townsville

For further inquires please contact Mr Jake Howard, Racing Executive on telephone (02) 9551 7700.


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 October 2010:

Owner Meeting Horse
Ms N Anderson Rosehill Turnstiles (NZ)
M Avellino Wyong Emporacat
N Blizard Goulburn Litigate
Mrs D Boyd Cootamundra Rebu
  Harden Rebu
M Burcher Goulburn Litigate
P Caldwell Goulburn Litigate
K & Mrs J Casey Kembla Back To Zero
P Cater Goulburn Litigate
A Chiswick Mudgee Grand Lady
G & Mrs L Clarke Goulburn Single Entry
F & Mrs C Cook Goulburn Christmas Island
  Warwick Farm Digital Fortress (NZ)
L Cook Goulburn Litigate
S Cook Goulburn Litigate
K Cremen Goulburn Litigate
Mrs B Cummings Hawkesbury Bellissimo
  Newcastle Gilded Spur
  Randwick Lovemelikearock
  Rosehill Turnstiles (NZ)
A E Curtis Gosford Hot Snap
  Randwick Hot Danish
S & R Dickerson Goulburn Goodfeeling
P Duggan Ballina Urnfield
  Kembla Al Be Trendy
G & Mrs K Fraser Flemington Sacred Choice
  Goulburn Litigate
D N Fuller Quirindi Arena Spark
Gooree Pastoral Co Hawkesbury Meditation
  Kembla Sweetest Melody
  Newcastle Rhythm of Dance
  Randwick Smart Missile
  Warwick Farm Devils Arcade
S Grant Goulburn Litigate
D Hall Randwick Mr Edison
  Rosehill Mr Edison
G Harvey Canterbury (2) Military Secret (2)
  Flemington Palacio de Cristal
  Gosford Lotus Flower
  Kembla Wonderworld
  Morphettivlle Kittens
J A Janiak Grafton Rockover Target
N & Mrs M Johnson Muswellbrook Albertical
P & Mrs D Kepitis Kembla Ridotto
Laurel Oak B'stock Canberra Mass Exodus
  Goulburn Litigate
R K Lees & L Hoyle Ballina (4) Bradfield (NZ)
    Eye Might (NZ)
  Bowraville Lord Dubai
B Livingstone Canberra Run For Office
L Macri Warwick Farm Upon This Rock
P McMahon Goulburn Litigate
J Meggitt Goulburn Litigate
A Menzies Goulburn Fu Who
J Middleton Canberra Pray To God
L Mihalyka Canberra Mass Exodus
  Goulburn Litigate
N Moraitis, AM Flemington Maluckyday (NZ)
  Randwick Maluckyday (NZ)
A J Moulding Port Macquarie Danes Bullet
J & Mrs P Muir Randwick Secret Admirer
W & Mrs R Mula Canterbury Danza King
  Cessnock Limerock Lass
J A Munro Canberra Happy Time
Dato Tan Chin Nam  Canterbury Swift Judgement
  Caulfield So You Think (NZ)
  Flemington So You Think (NZ)
  Moonee Valley(2) Precedence (NZ)
    So You Think (NZ)
  Newcastle Suyama (NZ)
  Warwick Farm I Think I Do
Ms K Nivison Goulburn Litigate
Mrs H M North Harden Marionette
M O'Sullivan Rosehill Turnstiles (NZ)
Patinack Farm Racing Synd. Canterbury Rumour and Scandal
  Flemington Gathering
  Hawkesbury Atlanta Falcon
  Rosehill (2) Schipper
    Turnstiles (NZ)
W Pegg Kembla (2) Top Spot (NZ) (2)
P Peters Goulburn Litigate
Ms A Phillips Canberra Mass Exodus
Reavill Racing Synd. Newcastle Bassoon
C Reynolds Canberra Mass Exodus
Mrs C A Richards Gosford Tigress Lily
  Hawkesbury Tudor Magic
G Rogerson Randwick C'Est La Guerre
B Rutter Rosehill Turnstiles (NZ)
S Sandridge Goulburn Litigate
G Seto Goulburn Litigate
Sheikh Mohammed Canterbury Palomares
  Caulfield Retrieve
  Flemington (2) Territory
  Geelong Milestone
  Gosford (2) Garvan
  Moonee Valley Zubbaya
  Randwick (2) Celts
  Rosehill (2) Parthian (2)
  Wyong (2) Bereft
G Smith Mudgee Grand Lady
O P Tait Canterbury Isola
  Goulburn Red River
R Thomas Kembla Mistress Murphy
M Tudehope Canberra Mass Exodus
S van Eyk Mudgee Zoomalot
M Walcott Kembla Back To Zero
T W, Mrs D, J W & Miss H Wallace Gosford Kirinata
  Muswellbrook (3) Logically
    Platinum Choice (2)
  Newcastle Platinum Choice
  Wyong Empress Milly
P Webb Gosford Valour
M Whitby Canterbury Savannah Prince (NZ)
  Wyong Savannah Prince (NZ)
G & Mrs V Williams Goulburn Litigate
  Rosehill (3) Karuta Queen (2)
    The Last General
R Willis Newcastle Gilded Spur
J Wilson Canberra Mass Exodus
D Wilton Tamworth The Early Bird

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 31 October 2010 is as follows:


2010/2011 NSWROA Members Black Type Honour Roll
Current to 31 October 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
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

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, I thought it was timely to update members regarding the 2011 membership year.

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

The Association will also continue its Country membership rate. This initiative, which was introduced for the 2010 membership year, has enabled a number of our country friends to continue to participate in membership as well as encouraging new country patronage to the Association.

The “Early Bird” Membership Renewal Competition will return 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.

Renewal documentation will be sent to members by either email or postal service by mid December.

I advise that some of the exciting events on our social program for 2011 are the Golden Slipper Hats & High Tea, a Night Racing Function, the very popular Sydney Cup Day Luncheon and of course our flagship event, Racing’s Night of Champions.

The Association appreciates our members’ previous support and welcomes the renewal of your membership in 2011.


A reminder that Racing NSW’s official celebration of 200 years of horse racing is to be conducted this Sunday, 14 November, 12-4pm at the Randwick Pavilion, Royal Randwick Racecourse, Sydney.

Proceeds from the function go to the Royal Rehabilitation Centre, Sydney -

For further information and bookings please contact Francesca Murchie at Racing NSW by Telephone: (02) 9551 7653 or Email:


Attracting more than 50,000 spectators each year, the Dubai World Cup is the richest thoroughbred race in the world!

Our good friends and Racing’s Night of Champions supporter, Ambassador Travel Services, invite you to join them in Dubai, which lies on the blue waters of the Southern Gulf and is backed by a majestic desert, to discover the amazing culture, traditions, and mesmerising landscapes of this spectacular region!

Enjoy the year round sunshine, five star luxury and the adventure of a unique Arabian experience. The tour is complimented by a range of Race Day seating and dining options and activities.

This promises to be an unforgettable tour as you experience the Cup at the Dubai Meydan Racecourse which set a milestone in global racing history last year with it’s Grand Opening. Unparalleled in luxury, comfort and racing technology this is the world's largest racecourse and home to the Dubai World Cup.

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The National Jockeys Trust (NJT) was established in 2004 as an initiative of The Australian Jockeys Association (AJA). The NJT have assisted over 70 seriously injured or ill jockeys to date. While gratefully welcomed by recipients, the amount the NJT is able to provide barely scratches the surface of the financial needs of some Jockeys, like those requiring around the clock care. With requests for help steadily growing they are urgently seeking donations to give injured jockeys the care and support they deserve. No other workplace on land presents the dangers to its workforce as racetracks do to jockeys.

A few owners have generously given a percentage of their winnings in the past as a donation to the NJT. Others have provided donations from their business or personal funds.

A new website has been developed that allows for Company or Individual donations and will provide an instant tax receipt as the NJT is an approved and registered charity across all States of Australia.

Please visit the website for more information


Following extensive lobbying by the NSWROA Committee, Racing NSW agreed to the expansion of the Racing NSW Breeder Owner Bonus Scheme (BOBS) and so was born BOBS EXTRA.

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.

At the end of the first quarter for the 2010-2011 year, BOBS Extra bonuses to the value of $130,000 have been paid. NSWROA Members who have received bonuses during this period include: Laurel Oak Bloodstock, Sheikh Mohammed, Mr R Lapointe and Mr A Curtis.

NSWROA encourages all members to support BOBS Extra – you will be glad you did!


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 November 2010


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