At the Annual General Meeting of the Sydney Turf Club (STC) on 27 September 2010, NSWROA Director Mr Laurie Macri was elected to the Board of Directors. Our congratulations to Laurie.

The STC, like NSWROA, are extremely fortunate to obtain the services of Laurie Macri for their Board. His background in the finance sector and his great passion for racing will make him a valuable addition to the STC Board particularly during this very important time.

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. With the recent failure of the merger voting at the STC, all parties now need to move on somehow without the funding to again make racing in Sydney successful and profitable.



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This month we have introduced a new feature into the Newsletter – “A Quick Word With”. Each month this column will feature a NSWROA Committee Member. Our “first cab off the rank” is our Treasurer – John Vouris.

1. What was your “introduction” into the racing industry?
As a young kid growing up in Redfern in the late fifties /early sixties I was a spotter for the local SP bookie.

2. Why did you decide to become a racehorse owner?
For the enjoyment and the thrill of winning. It is the only place I know where everyone is equal. If you have a good horse regardless of your colour, creed or religion, you will be accepted.

3. How many horses do you currently race?
I have 4 all with Barbara Joseph, a 4 year old, two 3 year olds and a 2 year old.

4. Who has been the “best” horse you have owned?
Before Too Long she ran in the Slipper in 2002 and led till the 300m. She won the Keith Mackay and then the Champagne Stakes G2 at Moonee Valley and broke the track record.

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

6. What has been your most memorable moment on a racecourse?
You can’t beat your first ever win, but when we won the Champagne Stakes I was with 10 of my mates on our annual Cox Plate tour and everyone of them backed her and we all had a great night.

7. What is your “vision” for the industry?
I would like to see all participants work together for the good of racing. Whilst we might have different and varied stakes in the business we should try to achieve a common goal.

8. If you were down to your last $20.00 – what would you spend it on?
Being a numbers man I would have a flexi boxed trifecta with my favourite numbers 2, 3, 5, 8 & 10.


Friday, 24th September 2010 was a very special date indeed - in fact it was an historic date for the NSW racing industry. The day in question was the date for the very first Friday Night Race Meeting ever to be held in Sydney and NSWROA members were “on hand” to celebrate as we “Welcomed In” Friday Night Racing to Sydney.

The function was attended by members and friends of the Association and was held in conjunction with a “Thank You” function for the sponsors and supporters of 2010 Racing’s Night of Champions.

Racing under lights is always a very exciting affair and the more so, of course, for those lucky enough to have runners or even better still, having winners.

Congratulations to NSWROA member Mr N Moriatis, AM who recorded a win with Mayluckday (NZ) in the first race of the night.

On behalf of the President and Committee of NSWROA, I would like to thank our members for their support via membership and attendance at our functions throughout the year.

May I also send a thank you to the Sydney Turf Club for allowing the Association to utilise their Directors’ Room for our function. The room which overlooks the Winning Post, provided our guests with a fantastic view of the action on the track whilst they enjoyed the superb food and beverages on offer.


NSWROA members Diana and Tony Curtis


(L-R) Peter Newsome, Peter Harney (Ambassador Travel) & Tim Harrowell (Emirates)


Caroline Searcy & Peter Wootton from TVN

NSWROA President, Ray McDowell made a moving speech highlighting the great success of the 2010 NSWROA Racing’s Night of Champions. He was glowing in his praise for our event management company Arinex and in particular Melissa Momitsas, whilst his comments regarding Darren Farnham and myself were quite overwhelming for us both. Ray made special individual mention to all the sponsors of the function thanking them profusely for their continued support of our flagship event. He also remarked on the fantastic effort of our hosts on the night, Caroline Searcy and Frank Coletta, our fashionista Ali Mutch and also of our auctioneer, Richard Callander.


NSWROA President Ray McDowell with
Sharon Hunt & Darren Farnham


Paul Boustani & Melissa Momitsas
from Arinex

Ray again highlighted to all present, the wonderful job our charity of choice, Redkite does to ease the pressure and to alleviate distress by providing emotional support, financial assistance and educational services to children, young people and their families throughout the difficult treatment period and beyond.

Without the support of events like Racing’s Night of Champions, Redkite would not be able to provide the valuable and essential services to children, young people and their families. So again to you our generous supporters – a very big thank you.


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 September 2010:

Owner Meeting Horse
P Aalto Moruya Etoile Vitesse
G Altomonte Rosehill Pureness
Warwick Farm Pureness
Ms N Anderson Canterbury Turnstiles (NZ)
M Avellino Wyong Emporacat
Ms H Ayres Moruya Etoile Vitesse
M Barsley Moruya Etoile Vitesse
G Besgrove Moruya Etoile Vitesse
G Bunt Wyong Bradgate Park
A Cardy Canberra Rockabilly Boy
F Cassarotti Hawkesbury Palace Coup
Ms R Charlton Hawkesbury Reigning Rhythm
F & Mrs C Cook Warwick Farm (2) Digital Fortress
Mutawarath (IRE)
S Cottle Moruya Etoile Vitesse
Ms S Coward Hawkesbury Reigning Rhythm
D Cowling Goulburn Battle Ready
J R Cribb Canterbury Circle of Power
Mrs B Cummings Canterbury Turnstiles (NZ)
A E Curtis Rosehill Hot Danish
I Eastaway Grenfell Cleary's Creek
B English Moruya Etoile Vitesse
C English Moruya Etoile Vitesse
W Estephan Canberra Madam Pandora
G Fraser Hawkesbury Reigning Rhythm
Mrs K Fraser Hawkesbury Reigning Rhythm
Gooree Pastoral Company Kembla Live and Learn
  Randwick Kiss From A Rose
Warwick Farm Devils Arcade
J Grady Hawkesbury Reigning Rhythm
G Gurney Moruya Etoile Vitesse
G Harvey Canterbury (2) Carnegie House
Landlocked (NZ)
Kembla Miss Confidential
Newcastle Miss Confidential
S Heffernan Moruya Etoile Vitesse
A House Newcastle Aureo
B Hudson Canberra Big Huey
S Iskander Hawkesbury Elstrata
J Jackson Warwick Farm Mutawarath (IRE)
D Jeffery Moruya Etoile Vitesse
Mrs C Jeffery Moruya Etoile Vitesse
N & Mrs M Johnson Taree Curraghsee
P Johnston Moruya Etoile Vitesse
K Keady Come-By-Chance Diamond Dance
C Kemp Hawkesbury Reigning Rhythm
Mrs M Kemp Hawkesbury Reigning Rhythm
P & Mrs D Kepitis Rosehill Slater
R M Lapointe Warwick Farm Hello Mister
Laurel Oak B'stock Hawkesbury Reigning Rhythm
Moruya Etoile Vitesse
R & M Lazarus Tamworth Sutton Princess
R K Lees & L Hoyle Murwillumbah Dowden (NZ)
P Little Hawkesbury Reigning Rhythm
S McGowan Hawkesbury Reigning Rhythm
P McMahon Goulburn Battle Ready
P McPherson Grafton Mal's Dream
L Mihalyka Hawkesbury Reigning Rhythm
Moruya Etoile Vitesse
N Moraitis, AM Canterbury Maluckyday (NZ)
Caulfield Rainbow Styling (NZ)
A J Moulding Port Macquarie General redoute
J L & Mrs P Muir Canterbury Secret Admirer
W & Mrs R Mula Newcastle Aureo
Warwick Farm (2) Danza King
Dato Tan Chin Nam Caulfield So You Think (NZ)
Kembla Sibling
Moonee Valley Precedence (NZ)
M Naprta Hawkesbury Reigning Rhythm
M O'Sullivan Canterbury Turnstiles (NZ)
Patinack Farm Racing Syndicate Canterbury (2) Rumour and Scandal
  Turnstiles (NZ)
Flemington No Evidence Needed
Randwick Gathering
Randwick Marquardt (NZ)
J Poot Scone Asabelly
D Rex Dubbo Orpenitcanappen
P Richards Hawkesbury Reigning Rhythm
B Rutter Canterbury Turnstiles (NZ)
M Sanderson Moruya Etoile Vitesse
Sheikh Mohammed Canterbury (2) Scarf
Caulfield Divorces
Hawkesbury (2) Bass Rock
Kembla (2) Veneto
Randwick (2) Drumbeats
Rosehill (2) Retrieve
Warwick Farm (2) Celts
Wyong Brasileira
Miss C Smith Collarendri Positioning
Come-By-Chance Positioning
R Smith Moruya Etoile Vitesse
S Snape Moruya Etoile Vitesse
B Speering Hawkesbury Reigning Rhythm
D Stoddart Moruya Etoile Vitesse
W Sweeney Warwick Farm (2) Mr Ponzi (NZ) (2)
O P Tait Hawkesbury Hood
J Tucker Hawkesbury Reigning Rhythm
S van Eyk Hawkesbury Palace Coup
J Vial Moruya Etoile Vitesse
G Vines Moruya Etoile Vitesse
T W, Mrs D, J W & Miss H Wallace Cessnock Santo
P Webb Hawkesbury (2) Valour (2)
M Whitby Nowra Manjenine
Widden Stud Newcastle Gossips
G & Mrs V Williams Queanbeyan Matarie
Hawkesbury Reigning Rhythm
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 September 2010 is as follows:


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

Race Name Horse Owner
G1 MRC Underwood Stakes So You Think (NZ) Dato Tan Chin Nam
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
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
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

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


Our good friends and Racing’s Night of Champions supporter, Ambassador Travel Services, invite you to join them for the spectacle that is the Kentucky Derby.

This tour is designed for you to experience some of the best thoroughbred horse racing, stud farms and destinations the United States has to offer.

With a rich racing history starting back to 1875, The Kentucky Derby has become America’s most iconic race and is run annually in May at the world renowned Churchill Downs, set in the heart of Bluegrass country.

The tour incorporates not only the Derby and opportunity to visit some of Kentucky’s most prestigious stud farms, but also some of the United States most popular destinations including New York, Washington D.C. and Los Angeles. We’ve included race days throughout for you to savour some of the nations’ top thoroughbred racing action while visiting both the East and the West coasts.

You may also take advantage of a range of extensions that we have to offer and take the opportunity to explore North America further.

For further information visit the Ambassador Travel Services website:


Racing NSW invites you to the official celebration of 200 years of horse racing.

Date: Sunday, 14 November, 12-4pm
Venue: The Randwick Pavilion, Royal Randwick Racecourse, Sydney
Tickets: $200 per person (inc. GST). Tables of 10
Dress Code: Smart casual

A three-course lunch including drinks accompanied by an eclectic afternoon of celebrations. Entertainment will include The Great Derbies Phantom Call Calcutta hosted by legendary racecaller Ian Craig OAM, a five-star charity auction and a surprise performance from a mystery act.

Proceeds to the Royal Rehabilitation Centre, Sydney for injured jockeys -

Click here to download a booking form.

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


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
15 October 2010


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