FROM THE PRESIDENT’S DESK

I was hoping to be able to start my column this month with some news regarding the decision by the High Court in the Race Fields Legislation appeal but alas I cannot. The “word” I now have indicates that all will be revealed at the end of the month. I sincerely hope this is the case as I know things are very tough out there for a vast number of participants.

Moving into “positive mode” I am very pleased to advise members that the draft report of the RICG BOBS Sub-Committee has been sent to the Racing NSW Board and we are awaiting a response. As advised previously, I cannot disclose the contents of the report to you, but, I am sure, it will satisfy some of the concerns that have been raised previously.

After celebrating its first birthday last month, it was more good news for the Australian Turf Club (ATC) when John Cornish and Michael Crismale were re-elected to the positions of Chairman and Vice-Chairman respectively. Both gentleman have “the bit firmly between their teeth” and we wish them every success in the future.

Still on the ATC, the redevelopment work at Royal Randwick is well underway with both the Paddock Stand and QEII Stand right in the thick of work at the present time. Rosehill is also in the midst of redevelopment with works underway for the installation of the Super Screen in the in-field. The new 40m super screen will be installed in time for the Myer Ladies Day meeting on 24 March which will allow technicians to make any adjustments prior to its official launch on AAMI Golden Slipper Day.

The ATC have also launched a wonderful new program, the Phantom Owner Program, for ATC Members which gives those attending a day at the track the chance to win cash prizes at the equivalent of a 5% share of prize money. As a ‘phantom owner’, the winners will enjoy the thrills of watching ‘their horse’ race from the Parade Ring with the Club awarding five per cent of the prize money earned by the first three horses across the line to the lucky ATC ‘owners’ for the day. This is a chance for ATC Members and then hopefully the general public down the track to experience the sheer pleasure of owning a winner – which as you know is a wonderful thrill.

Racing NSW is currently conducting a review of the RNSW website and will be holding a series of focus groups for industry stakeholders to get some feedback on what the respective groups use the RNSW website for and what changes they would like to see. The Association will be participating in a Racing Owners Focus Group and we are seeking expressions of interest from members to join this group. It is proposed that the group would meet for approximately 1 hour in the Racing NSW offices. Please note that spaces in the Group will be limited and filled on a “first in” basis. To register your interest email nswroa1@ozemail.com.au or phone 9299 4299.

And in closing a thank you to those members who attended our first function of the year at Warwick Farm recently. The Association will be holding various functions during the year and we look forward to welcoming our members to them.

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SYDNEY CUP DAY LUNCHEON – 28 APRIL 2012

I am very pleased to confirm that the Association will be conducting our annual Sydney Cup Day luncheon again this year on 28 April 2012 – albeit in slightly different circumstances.

With the Randwick redevelopment work now well underway, hospitality options are very limited with only a small amount of marquee hospitality available.

Accordingly, this year our event will be conducted in a marquee on the leger lawn. Contrary to advice received previously, numbers will be slightly less than usual.

(Karen Pfeiffer, Kylie Pride & Sharon Lenton at the 2011 event)

A flyer for the function will be sent to members shortly but in the meantime we are taking advance bookings for the function which is priced at $190.00 per person or $1,900 for a table of 10 people, both amounts are GST inclusive. Simply email nswroa1@ozemail.com.au or telephone the office on 9299 4299 to reserve your place.

As previous attendees will confirm, the NSWROA Sydney Cup Luncheon is an event not to be missed and we look forward to welcoming you to this year’s event.

REMINDER – ANNUAL RACING FRATERNITY MASS

A reminder that the 2012 Annual Racing Fraternity Mass will be conducted this Sunday, 11 March 2012, at Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church, 4 Roma Avenue, Kensington.

The Mass will commence at 11.00 am and light refreshments will be served at the conclusion of the Mass and everyone is welcome. The Racing Mass is attended by all denominations and by people who are representing all sections of the racing industry, and is offered for the well-being of the racing industry as a whole.

THE BMW SYDNEY CARNIVAL 2012 – MYER LADIES DAY 24TH MARCH

Ladies are set to shine on the opening day of the BMW Sydney Carnival. It's the perfect occasion to dress to impress for a stake in the coveted Myer Fashions on the Field competition, rub shoulders with famous ladies in racing at the Ladies Long Lunch, or sip champagne with friends in any one of the bars or hospitality areas.

Cheer home the best horses in the land on a program that features Sydney’s richest race for fillies and mares the $600,000 Group 1 Coolmore Classic and the $400,000 Group 1 WFA Ranvet Stakes.

Be at the track early and take home a beauty gift bag
The first 5,000 ladies through the gates on Myer Ladies Day will receive a beauty gift bag worth $30. The bag will be full of beauty and pamper products to ensure you’re looking your finest well beyond race day. Be there as gates open at 11.00am to claim your free gift.

Ladies Long lunch
A special toast to all ladies. The most stylish event on the Carnival’s opening day is the Ladies Long Lunch, supporting the Butterfly Foundation. Positioned in the upmarket Grand Pavilion at Rosehill Gardens – not only will you have a bird’s eye view of all the racing action, you’ll also rub shoulders with some of Sydney’s colourful social identities including Beauty and Health Director of the Australian Women's Weekly, Kelly Baker, the Foundation’s ambassador and reigning Mrs Australia Globe, Karen Gee and NOVA 969’s Harlee McLeod.

All guests will receive a gift bag worth over $300 thanks to generous donations from Butterfly Foundation supporters including: Bronzalicious, All Saints Cosmedical, Boudoir Lash Bar and Dressed Up, and all money raised on the day through raffles and auctions will go to the Butterfly Foundation – which supports women affected by negative body image.

Tickets are selling fast, bookings can be made at www.thesydneycarnival.com.au.

Fast track your way to the track
Rosehill Gardens: Jump on the train direct to the door, catch the Rivercat from Circular Quay, catch the bus, hire a car, grab a cab, or take advantage of one of 5,000 free car spaces at the track.

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A range of other ticketing and hospitality options are available through www.thesydneycarnival.com.au.

Be sure to book in early as tickets to Royal Randwick are strictly limited in 2012

NEXT TAB SADDLE-UP SUNDAY MEETING –
25 MARCH 2012 – WELLINGTON RACE CLUB

The next TAB Saddle-up Sunday Meeting will be conducted by the Wellington Race Club on Sunday 25 March 2012 – Wellington Boot Day.

One of the biggest events of Country Racing, The Wellington Boot will be a guaranteed highlight of TAB Saddle-Up Sundays. First run in 1981, The Boot, as it is known, has taken on a life of its own attracting huge crowds and even celebrities over the years.

Wellington will come alive for the Wellington Boot Racing Carnival, held over the weekend of March 24th and 25th 2012. It is Sunday’s Boot that you won’t want to miss and this year the stakes have been raised with an increase in prize money taking the pool to a whopping $60,000!

With entertainment for the little ones, fantastic racing for punters and plenty of competitions on track, there’s something for everyone.

The 32nd running of the event is going to be bigger and better than ever!

You could be the lucky winner of the 2012 Yearling Raffle. Back by popular demand, punters can purchase a raffle ticket for only $25 and go into the running to win a Magic Millions Yearling which will be drawn at the TAB Saddle-Up Sunday Carlton Mid Wellington Boot. Previous winners have earned up to $200,000!!

Starting planning your winning outfit for the highly coveted Wellington Race Club Fashions-on-the-Field competition. There is a category for everyone so why not give it a go? Sponsored by Wild Oates Wines, there is fantastic prize money to be won by the most fashionable contenders in the following categories: Best Dressed Lady, Best Dressed Gentleman, Best Dressed Lady under 30, Best Dressed Gentleman under 30, Best Dressed Teen filly, Best Dressed Teen colt, Best Dressed Junior and of course Best Hat.

Visit the website – www.gocountryracing.com.au – for further information on the race meeting, accommodation and local activities to make a perfect weekend away.

THOROUGHBRED RETRAINING PROGRAM –
EX RACEHORSES WANTED

As advised previously, Racing NSW has initiated a welfare program, known as the "Racing NSW Thoroughbred Retraining Program" whose aim is to secure a more certain and productive future for horses leaving racing in NSW.

The Racing NSW Thoroughbred Retaining Program currently has spaces for retired horses. If you have a horse that has finished or is nearing the end of their racing career, please contact the program manager Scott Brodie at scott.Brodie@optusnet.com.au or call him on 0448 088 844.

All horse entering the program are spelled for an extended period before being carefully retrained as pleasure or performance horses and then selectively re-homed.

Racing NSW secured the services of former police horse trainer, Scott Brodie, to head up this new and exciting initiative. Scott has assembled a team of highly skilled horse people to help in the implementation of his systematic approach to the re-education of ex racehorses, honed over the last 25 years though his involvement as a police horse trainer and classically trained dressage enthusiast. The Racing NSW team utilise a surprisingly smooth synergy of natural horsemanship techniques along with the practical application of classical dressage to produce quality performance horses with a foundation to set them up for a future in any discipline.

Racing NSW has also formed a partnership with NSW Corrective Services whereby Scott regularly attends the St Helliers Correctional Centre at Muswellbrook to:-

• train inmates and staff in the skills of natural horsemanship; and
• work in hand and lunging

in order to ready horses for ongoing training at the headquarters of the program at Canterbury Racecourse, where stables have been supplied by the Australian Turf Club.

Horses retiring from racing are sourced by Racing NSW and first sent to the St Helliers facility where they spell for approximately six months before commencing their re-education. The first six weeks of their training is carried out at the prison by inmates under the watchful eye of experienced horse handler/warders, educated in the Racing NSW training program.

After that six week period, horses are rested for a further month to allow them to digest their new knowledge. Once spelled, the horses move to Canterbury where Scott and his team go to work polishing them into pleasurable riding partners. The horses are schooled to a preliminary/novice dressage level and are given a calm and sensible introduction to jumping. From here the horses are put up for sale to suitable homes.

The Racing NSW Thoroughbred Retraining Program is completely not for profit. All money gathered from the re-homing of horses is put back into the training of more horses.

The NSW Thoroughbred Rehabilitation Trust has been set up as the charitable fundraising arm for the program. Funds donated to the trust go wholly to the training and care of the many racehorses that retire from the NSW industry.

For further information on the purchase of trained horses or to donate a retired racehorse, contact Scott Brodie at scott.Brodie@optusnet.com.au, call 0448 088 844, or go to NSW Thoroughbred Rehabilitation Trust on facebook http://www.facebook.com/NSWTRT.

BOOKINGS CLOSING FOR OFF ET LE RACING –
AN AFTERNOON OF INDULGENCE – SUNDAY, 18 MARCH 2012

Bookings are now closing for Off Et Le Racing (formerly the Golden Slipper Hats and Tea) on Sunday 18 March 2012 at the Hughenden Hotel, Woollahra.

This afternoon of pure indulgence with a Parisian theme will be hosted by Australia’s only Female Race Caller, Victoria Shaw. There will be fashion and millinery parades, racing games and loads of prizes on offer as well as the chance to meet the wonderful GG team from Sky Racing World.

Priced at $95.00 per person this is the perfect “lead-up” event to the BMW Sydney Carnival.

To make a booking for the event either:-
• visit www.sharonlentonevents.com.au;
• email info@sharonlentonevents.com.au or
• telephone Jennifer Fisher on 0438 717 247.

BOBS & BOBS EXTRA UPDATE

Recent publicity from down south would have you believe that the VOBIS plan in its various forms is the richest and most successful owner-breeders’ scheme in Australia. Don’t you believe it!

You might have read lines like these: “Horses will race for up to $18 million in bonuses each year” …“VOBIS Gold was given a resounding thumbs up” …“VOBIS Gold was the talk of the Melbourne Sale …”

Well here are a few facts.

The Victorian scheme has not paid out more than $6.5m in any one year. It promises much, but delivers little to owners. VOBIS Gold will make $20,000 bonuses available on up to 350 races, but only on payment of an additional $1,100 per horse.

Now contrast that with BOBS.

Racing NSW delivers the goods with around $10 million being paid out each season. BOBS and BOBS Extra bonuses are available on all but Black Type races, and that means more than 5000 races a year.

At the Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale – the sale that showcases the best of Victorian thoroughbred breeding – 70% of the yearlings sold were sired in NSW, by BOBS nominated stallions. Those 304 BOBS Eligible yearlings brought more than $23 million, 73% of the gross, at an average price that was 5% higher than the average over the sale as a whole.

Only 88 yearlings sold were sired by Victorian-based stallions, bringing less than $6 million. Of the 20 highest priced lots, 15 were BOBS Eligible, 3 were by NZ-based sires and only 2 were by Victorian stallions.

The figures speak for themselves. Owners and trainers want BOBS Eligible yearlings because bonuses are available across the board, at all meetings in the city and the country, and because BOBS offers the amazing value of the Double-Up option.

In the weeks immediately after the Magic Millions and Inglis Classic sales in January this year, Racing NSW paid approximately $400,000 to each of the auction houses by way of BOBS Double-Up redemptions. That’s $800,000 in just two months, being injected back into horse ownership.

Racing NSW figures show that the BOBS Double-Up option is hugely popular among the owners of horses winning at country meetings. In the 2010-11 financial year, 319 Double-Up redemption forms were received, of which 90 followed metropolitan Saturday or midweek bonus wins, 83 were from provincial meetings, and 146 resulted from horses winning either TAB or non-TAB country races.

The total value of those Double-Up redemptions was just under $3 million!

From all of this there are some clear messages:

  • If you race a horse in NSW that is not BOBS nominated you are sacrificing your chances of having the horse pay its way;
  • If you’re interested in owning all (or a share) of another racehorse, you should give serious consideration to the Double-Up option when a BOBS bonus comes your way;
  • If a horse doesn’t live up to high expectations and is offered for sale as a tried galloper, potential buyers will always ask if it is BOBS nominated; and
  • If you own a current yearling that is eligible for BOBS, get yourself a nomination form and send it in to Racing NSW well before the deadline of 1 September 2012

If you have any questions on BOBS, BOBS Extra or Double-Up, give John Gatfield a call on (02) 9551 7574 or email: jgatfield@racingnsw.com.au.

 

WINNERS ARE GRINNERS

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 February 2012:

 
Owner Meeting Horse
P Aalto Canberra Hirschler
J Abrahams Kembla Carmine King
J Allen Canterbury Margene
Ms H Ayres Canberra Vilakazi Street
R Balding Wyong Naked Gun
W & Mrs E Benson Newcastle Plastic Fantastic
G Besgrove Canberra Hirschler
J Blackburn Wagga Reigning Rhythm
Mrs M Blackburn Wagga Reigning Rhythm
Mrs D Boyd Wagga Rebu
R Bramich Tumbarumba Larrikin Joe
Ms L Brennan Canberra Hirschler
P Brennan Grafton Sam's Gift
B Bryant Canberra Hirschler
A Cardy Canberra Deceiver
  Canterbury Court Connection
  Goulburn Deceiver
J Carmody Goulburn Star of Helicon
Ms R Charlton Wagga Reigning Rhythm
A Chiswick Taree Al's Gem
F Cook Canterbury Kelinni (IRE)
F & Mrs C Cook Kembla Escholido (IRE)
  Newcastle (2) Milson (2)
  Wagga Black Sparta
S Cottle Canberra Hirschler
R Coward Wagga Reigning Rhythm
Mrs S Coward Wagga Reigning Rhythm
J Cribb Coffs Harbour Saucier
M Crismale Goulburn Chalina
C Dawson Canterbury Havana Rey
G de Vries Wyong Assassinate
W Dougherty Grafton Sam's Gift
H Dyball Wyong Ain't She Grant
M Einfeld Kembla Forewarned
W Estephan Canberra Not A Dancer
  Canterbury Not A Dancer
Mrs V Everson Grafton Perfect Timing
J Fleming Muswellbrook Pennyforyathoughts
Mrs K Fraser Canberra Vilakazi Street
  Wagga Reigning Rhythm
Mrs S Gavenlock Taree Camorino
Gooree Pastoral Company Rosehill (2) Laser Hawk
    Wild and Proud
A Gow-Gates Goulburn Chalina
Ms S Grant Canberra Hirschler
K Griffith Wagga Reigning Rhythm
G Harvey Gosford More Than Irish
  Kembla Moonstones (NZ)
  Muswellbrook Gaynor
  Rosehill Fontelina
  Wyong Assassinate
Dr B Hudson Bathurst Kid Snowball
Mrs C Jeffery Canberra Vilakazi Street
D Jeffery Canberra Vilakazi Street
C Kemp Wagga Reigning Rhythm
R Kemp Wagga Reigning Rhythm
W Lanham Scone Clickerty Snip
Laurel Oak Bloodstock Canberra (2) Hirschler
    Vilakazi Street
  Wagga Reigning Rhythm
R & M Lazarus Armidale Sutton Princess
  Quirindi Sutton Queen
P Little Wagga Reigning Rhythm
Mrs J Macbeth Wagga Reigning Rhythm
P Macbeth Wagga Reigning Rhythm
C Malicki Wagga Reigning Rhythm
Ms J May Grafton Maysong
G McAuliffe & Mrs J McAuliffe Kembla Maximus Gladiator
R McDowell Albury Ultimate Gaze
S McGowan Wagga Reigning Rhythm
J Middleton Queanbeyan Our Angelina
L Mihalyka Canberra (2) Hirschler
    Vilakazi Street
  Wagga Reigning Rhythm
N Moraitis, AM Canterbury Trojan Destiny
  Kembla Arkiboum
B Morelli Canberra Vilakazi Street
S Morgan Canberra Vilakazi Street
P Morrison Newcastle Silver Cross
A Moulding Port Macquarie Bindifield
J & Mrs P Muir Kembla Forewarned
M Naprta Wagga Reigning Rhythm
B & Mrs M O'Malley Canberra No Risque
Patinack Farm Racing Syndicate Flemington All Too Hard
  Rosehill No Evidence Needed
K Pryke Kembla Escholido (IRE)
Ramsey Pastoral Company Canterbury Valerio
C Reynolds Canberra Hirschler
P Richards Wagga Reigning Rhythm
Ms J Ritchie Newcastle Plastic Fantastic
B Rodgers Wagga Reigning Rhythm
D Russell Canberra Vilakazi Street
P Ryan Canterbury Havana Rey
Sheikh Mohammed Caulfield Pied A Terre
  Canterbury (2) Appearance
    Forfeiture
  Gosford (2) Catacomb
    Lightens
  Hawkesbury Spain
  Moonee Valley Glows
  Rosehill Aerobatics
D Skinner Bathurst Classical Melody
B Speering Wagga Reigning Rhythm
D Stoddart Canberra Hirschler
J Strachan Wagga Reigning Rhythm
R Thomas Newcastle Doomed Affair
C Tognolini Queanbeyan Spanish Shoes
J Tucker Wagga Reigning Rhythm
D Ulrich Canberra Hirschler
J & Mrs A Vouris Albury Ultimate Gaze
T W, Mrs D, J W & Miss H Wallace Canterbury Empress Milly
M Walcott Canberra No Risque
M Whitby Newcastle Savannah Prince
G & Mrs V Williams Canberra Red Excitement
Mrs V Williams Wagga Reigning Rhythm
J Wilson Canberra Hirschler
D Wilton Canterbury Pesaro
Mrs J Wise Canberra Hirschler
R Wise Canberra Hirschler
M Yates Albury Ultimate Gaze
L Young Queanbeyan Spanish Shoes
 

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

The Honour Roll for the 2011-2012 season is as follows:

 

2011/2012 NSWROA Members Black Type Honour Roll
Current to 29 February 2012

Race Name Horse Owner
G1 ATC George Main Stakes Sincero P Walker
G1 MVRC Manikato Stakes Sepoy Sheikh Mohammed
G1 ATC Epsom Handicap Secret Admirer J & Mrs T Muir
G1 VRC Turnbull Stakes December Draw (IRE) R Pegum
G1 MRC Caulfield Guineas Helmet Sheikh Mohammed
G1 MRC Thousand Guineas Atlantic Jewel L Macri
G1 VRC Coolmore Stud Stakes Sepoy Sheikh Mohammed
G2 ATC Warwick Stakes Pinwheel Sheikh Mohammed
G2 VRC Danehill Stakes Sepoy Sheikh Mohammed
G2 ATC Chelmsford Stakes Trusting Patinack Farm Racing Syndicate
G2 ATC Hill Stakes Trusting Patinack Farm Racing Syndicate
G2 ATC The Shorts Love Conquers All N Moraitis, AM
G2 MRC Caulfield Sprint Sepoy Sheikh Mohammed
G2 VRC Salinger Stakes Sister Madly K Maloney
G2 VRC Wakeful Stakes Atlantic Jewel L Macri
G2 ATC Villiers Stakes Monton G Bunt
G2 MRC Autumn Stakes Pied A Terre Sheikh Mohammed
G3 ATC Silver Shadow Stakes Pane in the Glass Patinack Farm Racing Syndicate
G3 ATC Run To The Rose Smart Missile Gooree Pastoral Company
G3 ATC Tramway Handicap Sincero P Walker
G3 NJC Spring Stakes Darci Be Good (NZ) P de Vries
G3 NJC Cameron Handicap Raspberries Sheikh Mohammed
G3 MRC How Now Stakes Sister Madly K Maloney
G3 MRC Naturalism Stakes December Draw (IRE) R Pegum
G3 MRC Caulfield Guineas Prelude Helmet Sheikh Mohammed
G3 ATC Research Stakes Screen Sheikh Mohammed
G3 ATC Craven Plate My Kingdom of Fife (GB) R Pegum
G3 MRC Betfair Stakes Love Conquers All N Moraitis, AM
G3 MRC David Jones Cup Foreteller (GB) F Cook
G3 MVRC Red Anchor Stakes Karuta Queen G & Mrs V Williams
G3 VRC Carbine Club Stakes Galah Sheikh Mohammed
G3 VRC Maribyrnong Plate Real Stolle Patinack Farm Racing Syndicate
G3 ATC Summer Cup Yulalona Sheikh Mohammed
G3 ATC Southern Cross Stakes No Evidence Needed Patinack Farm Racing Syndicate
LR ATC The Rosebud Aeronautical L Cohen
LR MRC Vain Stakes Sepoy Sheikh Mohammed
LR ATC Show County Quality Skytrain Sheikh Mohammed
LR MVRC William Crockett Stakes Kneeling Patinack Farm Racing Syndicate
LR WRC Mona Lisa Stakes Sweetest Melody Gooree Pastoral Company
LR ATC Ming Dynasty Quality Hcp Ambidexter Sheikh Mohammed
LR ATC Heritage Stakes Karuta Queen G & Mrs V Williams
LR SAJC Tokyo City Cup Zauberin G Harvey
LR ATC Reginald Allen Handicap Disputes Sheikh Mohammed
LR ATC Gimcrack Stakes Hussousa Patinack Farm Racing Syndicate
LR VRC UCI Stakes Isopach Patinack Farm Racing Syndicate
LR MRC Gothic Stakes Galah Sheikh Mohammed
LR City Tattersalls Club Cup Galizani Patinack Farm Racing Syndicate
LR GRC Geelong Classic Induna Sheikh Mohammed
LR MVRC Alexandra Stakes Torah Ramsey Pastoral Company
LR VRC Emirates Airlines Plate Applegate Sheikh Mohammed
LR HRC Skin Fitness Ladies Day Cup Shannara Sheikh Mohammed
LR MRC Kevin Heffernan Stakes Soul Sheikh Mohammed
LR TATTS RC Recognition Stakes Wonderful Lass Patinack Farm Racing Syndicate
LR ATC Festival Stakes Monton G Bunt
LR VRC Kensington Stakes First Command L Macri
LR ATC Australia Day Cup Wazn (IRE) F & Mrs C Cook
LR VRC Talindert Stakes All Too Hard Patinack Farm Racing Syndicate
LR MVRC Typhoon Tracy Stakes Glows Sheikh Mohammed

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

PARTICIPATION IN INDUSTRY SURVEY –
YOUR CHANCE TO HAVE A SAY ON HENDRA VIRUS

Horse owners and managers have until the 31st March 2012 to have their say on the Hendra virus as part of a joint survey being conducted by the NSW Department of Primary Industries (NSW DPI) and Biosecurity Queensland.

NSW DPI Project Leader Veterinary Investigations, Dr Therese Wright, said the survey follows a spike in Hendra cases throughout 2011 and aims to get a clearer understanding of horse owners’ attitudes, opinions and horse management practices relating to the virus.

“The valuable information and feedback from the horse community will be used by authorities to gauge the level of awareness on Hendra virus, identify any information gaps and assist us improve risk management strategies,” Dr Wright said.

“Whether you’re a horse breeder, part of the competition and racing sectors, or just have a couple of ponies in the backyard, we want to hear from all areas of the horse community.”

“The survey covers a range of issues, including horse handling, stabling, nutrition and the presence of flying foxes.”

“All information provided is in confidence and no individual data will be released.”

Dr Wright said that ten horses on eight properties in NSW died due to infection with the Hendra virus last year.

“These cases were concentrated in the north east of the State, in the localities of Wollongbar, Macksville, Lismore, Mullumbimby and Ballina,” Dr Wright said.

“We encourage all those that own or work with horses to take the time to complete this survey so that we know how best to work with the horse community to limit future cases.”

The survey can be completed online at: www.agriculture.nsw.gov.au/info/hendra

WARWICK FARM RACEDAY FUNCTION –
SATURDAY 18 FEBRUARY 2012

A big thank you to members who attended our first function for the year – the raceday function at Warwick Farm Racecourse on Saturday, 18 February 2012 – Royal Sovereign Stakes Day.

It was our first visit to the Farm for a function and the ATC staff went out of their way to welcome us to the venue and supplied a wonderful array of food and beverages to sustain us for the day. A special thank you to Greg Andrews for all his assistance on the day and, as always, our thanks to Roger Brassington.

We may not have been at Flemington to witness Black Caviar continue her amazing winning streak but as those who were at Warwick Farm will attest, the crowd rose as one and cheered her all the way to the winning post.

But it wasn’t only Black Caviar that gave as cause to celebrate as there was an abundance of wonderful racing on offer at the Farm with future stars of the carnival on display.

Hereunder are some happy snaps from the day.

 
     
 
     
 
     

GENERAL

A reminder to members that 2012 membership renewal fees are now due.

I confirm that 2012 membership fees (inclusive of GST) have remained at the same rate as last year as have the Country Membership rates.

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

In addition, if you have you recently moved, changed your postal address or obtained an email address, 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
09 March 2012

STOP PRESS –
BMW DONCASTER MILE BARRIER DRAW – 17 APRIL 2012

ADVANCE NOTICE:

The Association is pleased to advise that members will have the opportunity to join in the excitement of the BMW Sydney Carnival at the official barrier draw for the BMW Doncaster Mile.

This inaugural event held by the Association in conjunction with Sharon Lenton Events, will take place on Tuesday 17 April 2012 with Sky Racing’s Greg Radley our host for the day.

Details are currently being finalised and further details will be sent to members shortly. In the meantime note your diaries for a truly unique experience.

STOP PRESS –
ADVANCE NOTICE OF ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

ADVANCE NOTICE to Members that the 47th Annual General Meeting of the NSW Racehorse Owners Association will be held on Monday 14 May 2012.

 

NSW Racehorse Owners Association • GPO Box 1506, SYDNEY NSW 2001
Ph: 9299 4299 • Fax: 9299 3212 • E: nswroa1@ozemail.com.au • W: www.nswroa.com.au