FROM THE PRESIDENT’S DESK

As members are aware, Property Identification Codes (PICs) came into force from 1 September 2012. From this date all properties in New South Wales with one or more resident horses must have a PIC.

Hereunder for your information is an extract from advice received from the NSW Chief Veterinary Officer, Dr Ian Roth regarding Property Identification Codes.

Following the equine influenza (EI) outbreak in 2007, a task-force representing all major NSW horse industry groups (including racing, eventing, breed and show societies) recommended to Governments that PICs for horse properties be introduced. This decision was based on the recognition that it is essential in an emergency involving horses to know where horses are located.

The initial response to EI was hampered by not knowing the location of horses, especially where there were high concentrations of horses. It is likely that the disease would have been controlled more rapidly if we had been able to target areas with the highest density of horses for surveillance and vaccination.

As a result of this industry consensus, the Chief Veterinary Officers from all jurisdictions agreed in 2008 that PICs should be mandatory for properties with one or more horses.

In 2009, the Australian Horse Industry Council (AHIC) strongly expressed its support for the introduction of PICs for properties where horses are kept to the NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI).

PICs are a well-established national system of property registration used by all States and Territories for other livestock. Many horse properties would already have a PIC as they run other livestock or pay rates to Livestock Health and Pest Authorities (LHPAs). Extending PICs to all horse properties makes low-cost use of existing administrative systems and databases.

The introduction of a PIC system for horse properties brings NSW into line with Queensland, Victoria, Tasmania, South Australia, Western Australia and the Northern Territory which already have this requirement.

Please note that the introduction of PICs for horse properties DOES NOT mean that horses will be subject to any requirements of the National Livestock Identification Scheme (NLIS). It is not mandatory to supply a PIC before a horse can be bought, sold or moved, nor record the horse’s movement on the NLIS database. However, it would be good practice for horse owners to keep a diary or other record of where their horse has been, which ideally would include the PIC of the property or event ground.

In time, sections of the horse industry, as part of a biosecurity risk mitigation strategy, may require entrants to provide the PIC of the property the horse normally resides on when attending an event. This has already been introduced in Queensland and for some events in Victoria. It is this industry requirement that is expected to encourage the uptake of PICs for horse properties in NSW. It is not the intention of NSW DPI or LHPAs to enforce compliance from September 1 and we expect that industry will encourage compliance over time as best practice.

The requirement for PICs for horse properties has been introduced primarily for the benefit and protection of the horse industry. The NSW Minister for Primary Industries has recently written to the AHIC thanking them for their strong support for the introduction of PICs for horse properties and requested that their support for PICs be conveyed to NSW AHIC members. NSW is the state with the largest horse population and possibly the largest economic impact if another disease outbreak occurred, so biosecurity measures such as PICs increases the knowledge and contact with the horse industry, which is a positive step.

Property and horse owners can apply for a PIC by contacting their local Livestock Health and Pest Authority, or applying on line. More information is also available in the Frequently Asked Questions for horse owners on the LHPA website.

For further information CLICK HERE.

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34TH ASIAN RACING CONFERENCE

NSWROA Committee member, Justice Wayne Haylen, attended the 34th Asian Racing Conference in Istanbul and presents this report for the interest of readers.

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The 34th Asian Racing Conference was held in Istanbul in mid-July 2012. Twenty-three countries sent delegates to the Conference and there were participants from a total of thirty-six countries (including UK, Ireland, France, Germany, Belgium, Netherlands and the USA). The four-day Conference traditionally commences with meetings of the Executive Committee, Stewards and the Stud Book Committee. The following three days are described as plenary sessions dealing with a wide range of issues concerning the racing industry. There were a number of social functions, including a visit to the night races at Veliefendi Racecourse, closing with a tour of the Karacaby Stud. It was somewhat surprising to be informed that Turkey has a thriving racing industry with eight tracks and a number of stud farms. They race both thoroughbreds and purebred Arabian horses: there are periods of the year when racing or night racing is available every day of the week. If our trip to the track is any indication there is a strong presence of American sires but also a sprinkling of Australian and New Zealand bred horses.

From a personal perspective one of the highlights of the Conference was the presentation delivered by Ian Mackay, Chief Operating Officer of the ATC. A stunning DVD showing the plans for the re-development of Randwick Racecourse supported the presentation and featured the facilities that will be made available to racegoers. The DVD gave a floor-by-floor representation emphasising the racegoers viewing experience and then dealt with the hotel development proposal, the introduction of the super screen, the availability of technology, partnerships with suppliers and joint venture partners and also referred to the stage 2 plans that may include a lifestyle and commercial centre, the use of light rail, an exhibition centre and an improved stables complex. There is no doubt that the presentation captured the imagination of Conference participants and left them all with the strong sense that something truly spectacular was happening in Australian racing. It was definitely a "can't wait" moment.

A number of the other sessions focused upon attracting a wider audience to the track and in particular, the Y generation also known as "the net generation." The Conference addressed the necessary elements of the entertainment package that was needed to attract and maintain the interests of this generation. In these presentations it was almost a given that there would be, necessarily, high quality facilities and high quality racing. The presenters persuasively argued that, unless the racing industry addressed the means by which this generation informed itself and became involved in social events, it would fail to ensure its long-term survival. This is a generation that informs itself and communicates largely through a wide range of electronic devices using formats such as social networking. Racecourses that do not offer free Wi-Fi and provided information electronically to assist this generation in understanding the sport and how to participate in it will fail to attract their attention and participation, especially at racetracks. This is a generation that is used to gathering information and making choices using the electronic sources available to them. They would not be distracted in having to approach something new, nor apprehensive in coming to grips with it but for racing the challenge is providing them with the information necessary for them to make informed choices about wagering and becoming involved in the racecourse experience. The presenters provided a compelling argument for this approach.

Having attended the last few Conferences and accepting that they are of general interest to participants in the racing industry, from the perspective of horse owners there has been a lack of sessions or panel discussions dealing directly with owners and encouraging participation in racehorse ownership and how those issues have been approached by various racing authorities. Future Conferences do not have to be focused primarily on the wagering dollar and there is clearly an opportunity for discussion and debate concerning issues of direct concern to racehorse owners.

COMMUNITIES COMBINED TO LEND A HAND TO RETIRED RACEHORSES

The first week of September promised a fresh start to more than just spring, with Paul Harragon and the Tooheys New Crew giving former racehorses the best chance to fresh start in a new career.

The NSW Thoroughbred Rehabilitation Trust, which is dedicated to the rehabilitation and re-homing of former NSW racehorses received a helping hand in a building project conducted at the Trust’s headquarters at Canterbury Racecourse.

Until now, the facilities at the Canterbury stables were certainly functional; however a lot of time was lost over the winter months due to wet weather. The Tooheys New Crew stepped in to offer their help, and were able to provide a brand new undercover arena in a previously dilapidating block of stables, as well as improving drainage in the existing arena and around the stabling facilities.

The week long project brought together people from many parts of both the racing and local community, and with the passion and determination of those involved, a fantastic new facility was established.

Rugby league legend Paul ‘The Chief’ Harragon, who heads the Tooheys New Crew in helping out various communities and mates in completing local building projects heard the plight of the Trust and jumped at the chance to get involved.

“ The racing industry and their passion about the horses really struck me, and this is our first real specific project in helping out animals” Harragon said. “It’s so great to see so many different types of people from all aspects of the industry pull together to achieve this.”

The real winners of this project are most certainly the former thoroughbred racehorses. Racing NSW’s Thoroughbred Retraining Manager Scott Brodie believes that with the new facilities, more horses will be able to receive dedicated re-education from his team all year round, allowing more retired thoroughbreds to pass through the program.

Paul Harragon echoed Brodie’s sentiments, saying “I like to think now you can get on with the business of rehabilitating thoroughbreds and helping to raise the percentage of the number of horses you can save with the new facilities here.”

In an official unveiling on a windy Friday afternoon, Paul Harragon passed the new facilities back over to the Trust, represented by Scott Brodie and Racing NSW’s CEO Peter V’landys. Other important guests attended to support the handover and congratulate the initiative included Ray Williams, MP Member for Hawkesbury and Stuart Ayres, MP Member for Penrith. Supporters from the racing industry included Leading Sydney Jockeys Hugh Bowman and Nathan Berry, as well as former jockey Malcolm Johnston.

The NSW Thoroughbred Rehabilitation Trust would like to thank their sponsors, the Australian Stud Book, Thoroughbred Breeders NSW, Inglis and Racing NSW for their donation towards purchasing building materials. Also many thanks to the volunteers and supporters who helped complete the project, including students from TAFE WSI, staff from Darley, and friends and family who came to offer their skills and hard labour.

For more information about the NSW Thoroughbred Rehabilitation Trust visit www.nswtrt.org.au or email NSWTRT@racingnsw.com.au.

LAST CHANCE FOR TICKETS TO JEWEL IN THE NIGHT FUNCTION – 20 SEPTEMBER 2012

Bookings are now closing for the Jewel In The Night function, a very special charity event in aid of the NSW Thoroughbred Rehabilitation Trust (NSWTRT).

The event which is hosted by Sharon Lenton Events, in conjunction with the Association, will take place on Thursday 20 September 2012 at the Sir Stamford at Circular Quay.

As readers would be aware, the NSWTRT is a not-for-profit charity set up to assist the rehabilitation and re-education of ex-NSW Thoroughbred racehorses.

The exclusive function will be hosted by TVN’s Caroline Searcy with special guests Sarah Rawiller and Kylie Brown as celebrity models in the fashion parade. Nash Rawiller has kindly offered his services at the red wine tasting, which is just one of the many highlights on the night.

BOOK NOW by contacting Sharon Lenton via email info@sharonlentonevents.com.au.

BOBS & BOBS EXTRA UPDATE

The 2011/12 racing season has witnessed the first season of BOBS Extra horses, who were nominated for the scheme some six years ago when it began, make their way on to the BOBS Extra winners’ scoreboard.

In between the beginning of the new season in August and up until early September, 6 six-year-old horses have won a BOBS Extra event (events 1600m and over).

Kembla Grange based trainer Shane Kember, trained the first six-year-old to take out a BOBS Extra event in early August when he prepared Galileo’s Son (Galileo (IRE) x Halo Of Gold) at Forbes.

Six-year-old gelding Beaveroo, trained by Wyong based Stephen Schofield became the second original BOBS Extra horse to take out a BOBS Extra event when he won the HTBA Protect Our Industry BM70 Hcp (1600m) in August at Scone.

Beaveroo’s win was quickly followed by The Boondock Saint in September at Wagga. Another three have won since then.

BOBS Extra has already paid $140,000 in bonus prizemoney since the beginning of August. Darley’s Exceed and Excel has taken an early lead in terms of BOBS stallion activity, siring three winners amounting to $40,000.

Despite leading in bonus prizemoney value, the late Refuse To Bend (IRE) has sired five BOBS Bonus winners this season to date.

Nominations closed for BOBS and BOBS Extra on September 1 and are currently being processed. Although there was an increase in fee, nominations have been coming into BOBS headquarters at the same rate as last year, giving the current forecast for nominations to be around the 2700 mark.

BOBS 2015 Sire Guides are still available. To order your free copy simply email bobs@racingnsw.com.au or contact Racing NSW on 9551 7605.

VALE – PATRICIA MARIE RITCHIE. AM

The NSW Racehorse Owners Association (NSWROA) was greatly saddened to hear of the passing of Mrs Patricia Marie Ritchie, AM on 1 September 2012.

Mrs Ritchie was the beloved wife of the late Bill Ritchie and dearly loved mother of Michael, Julia (NSWROA Director) and Ruth.

Mrs Ritchie was a Founding Member and Director of the Bill and Patricia Ritchie Foundation.

On behalf of the NSWROA Committee and our members, we extend our deepest sympathy to Julia and the Ritchie family.

ANNUAL SYDNEY RACING INDUSTRY GOLF DAY

A reminder to all Racing participants and enthusiasts, the Annual Sydney Racing Industry Golf Day is to be conducted on Friday, 28 September 2012 at the St Michael’s Golf Course at Little Bay.

The event is the major fundraiser for Australian Racing Christian Chaplaincy. Champion jockey Darren Beadman is the Event Ambassador and special guest.

Come on your own or with a team of four to compete for the ARCC Perpetual Shield, and sample the fabulous Gooree Park Wines at a special tasting.

Cost is $140 per ticket including green fees, golf cart and lunch. If you can't make the golf, the luncheon only is $45 per person. Tee-off is at 8:30am for 18 holes, followed by lunch at the clubhouse and presentation of the prizes. The event will conclude at 2pm.

For ticketing and sponsorship inquiries, contact Ashley Johnson on (m) 0426 255 022 or by email ashleycmjohnson@gmail.com. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

For all bookings, please go to www.trybooking.com/BUUA

2012 RACING’S NIGHT OF CHAMPIONS – MEMBER TICKET COMPETITION

Our thanks to all who attended 2012 Racing’s Night of Champions.
What a night!

As advised previously, as a small gesture to say thank you to members who purchased tickets to our flagship event, a post event draw was conducted to win two FREE TICKETS to the 2013 Racing’s Night of Champions.

I am very pleased to announce that Viive Williams was the winner of the draw. Our congratulations to Viive.

My thanks to NSWROA Life Member Mr Noel Bracks who officiated at the draw which was conducted in the NSWROA office on Wednesday, 12 September 2012.

I advise that Photo Galleries from 2012 Racing’s Night of Champions now appear on the NSWROA website www.nswroa.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 August 2012:

 
Owner Meeting Horse
J Abrahams Goulburn First Class Flyer
G Altomonte Taree Surpassing
C Beaton Gundagai Angel of Avalon
Mrs R Beaton Gundagai Angel of Avalon
N & Mrs Y Begg Canterbury Written Consent
T Bennett Gundagai Angel of Avalon
W & Mrs E Benson Gosford California Storm
Ms L Brennan Gundagai Angel of Avalon
B Bryant Gundagai Angel of Avalon
J Carmody Bathurst Moss Magic
A Chiswick Warwick Farm Al's Gold
J Choice Gundagai Angel of Avalon
F Cook Warwick Farm Kelinni (IRE)
F & Mrs C Cook Canterbury Coup Acclaim (IRE)
  Hawkesbury (2) Thubiaan (USA)
    Tognetti
A Fitzgerald Canberra Dab Touch
  Gundagai Angel of Avalon
Mrs K Fraser Canberra Dab Touch
S Gorter Nowra Roman Alliance
G Harvey Gosford Quick's The Word
  Kembla Tennessee Love
  Rosehill Mrs Onassis
  Rosehill Velrosso
  Wyong Sovereigh Debt
The Hon T Hughes Canberra Party Dress
J Janiak Coffs Harbour Bondit
  Muswellbrook Another Target
I R Johnson Muswellbrook Union Street
W Lanham Newcastle Honours Essential
R Lapointe Gosford Scarborough
Laurel Oak Bloodstock Canberra Dab Touch
  Gundagai Angel of Avalon
  Nowra Roman Alliance
R & M Lazarus Armidale Sutton Chilli
  Newcastle Dragonzone
A Lees Warwick Farm Thumbtacks (NZ)
P Linnegar Canberra Devil Dance
Mrs L Locke Kembla Doubt Not
His Excellency Nasser Lootah Taree Retrial (GB)
L Macri Canberra Mycup Runneth Over
K Maloney Hawkesbury Sumarand
  Wyong Houston Benefactor
J Malunchuk Gundagai Angel of Avalon
Ms J May Coffs Harbour Maysong
B McGIlvray Dubbo Conch
J Middleton Goulburn Triple King (NZ)
L Mihalyka Canberra Dab Touch
  Gundagai Angel of Avalon
  Nowra Roman Alliance
T Millard Gundagai Angel of Avalon
R Milne Wagga April Rose
N Moraitis, AM Cowra Franz Loves Trees
  Newcastle Trojan Destiny
W & Mrs R Mula Newcastle Dragonzone
  Warwick Farm She's A Fox
Dato Tan Chin Nam Kembla Lunar Rise
  Newcastle Dragonzone
Patinack Farm Racing Syndicate Canterbury Roll The Bones
  Nowra Casinoholic
  Warwick Farm Longport
  Warwick Farm Nechita
R Pegum Kembla Jaipur Princess
K Pryke Canterbury Coup Acclaim (IRE)
  Newcastle Danaura
Mrs C A Richards Canterbury Sorellina
Miss J Ritchie Cessnock Heart'n Soul
B Rutter Warwick Farm She's A Fox
Sheikh Mohammed Canterbury (2) Cliques
    Omniscient
  Gosford (3) Bousquet
    Chiaramonte
    Limes
  Hawkesbury (2) Frankenfurter (GB)
    Keltoi
  Kembla Replicates
  Moonee Valley Rusambo
  Rosehill Sindarin
  Warwick Farm (3) Albrecht
    Pinwheel (2)
A Simpson Hawkesbury Queenstown
Ms C Size Gosford Scandalize
D Skinner Narromine Classical Melody
M & Mrs B Stapleton Goulburn First Class Flyer
F & Mrs S Tagg Canterbury Jordan
M Walcott Cessnock Ohmygod
T W, Mrs D, J W & Miss H A Wallace Gosford Lifou
G & Mrs V Williams Canberra Red Excitement
D Wilton Scone (2) Magic June (2)
R Wise Canberra Dab Touch
  Nowra Roman Alliance
 

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 2012-2013 season is as follows:

 

2012/2013 NSWROA Members Black Type Honour Roll
Current to 31 August 2012

Race Name Horse Owner
G2 ATC Warwick Stakes Pinwheel Sheikh Mohammed
G3 ATC Missile Stakes Pinwheel Sheikh Mohammed
G3 ATC Up and Coming Stakes Albrecht Sheikh Mohammed
G3 ATC Silver Shadow Stakes Nechita Patinack Farm Racing Syndicate
LR ATC The Rosebud She's A Fox B Rutter, W & Mrs R Mula
LR ATC Starlight Stakes Mrs Onassis G Harvey
LR MVRC Mitchell McKenzie Stakes Rusambo Sheikh Mohammed

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

NEXT TAB SADDLE-UP SUNDAY MEETING –
30 SEPTEMBER 2012 – RACING ORANGE

The next TAB Saddle-up Sunday Meeting will be conducted by Racing Orange on Sunday 30 September 2012 – Saddle Up Spring Sunday this September long weekend.

Enjoy an Orange adventure and celebrate this exciting race day in style. Have a flutter on the races and indulge your senses at the gourmet food and wine market. There’s plenty for the kids to do, with a Cupcake MasterChef Master Class, bucking bull, merry-go-round and more! Whether you are an Orange local or need a country adventure, this is one race day you cannot miss!

Orange is only 45 minutes west of Bathurst and 3.5 hours from Sydney city.

The Orange wine region is renowned for being home to some of the most loved boutique wines in NSW, particularly of the red variety thanks to the cool climate.

The beautiful main town has an old-fashioned charm and is home to some lovely stores, restaurants and art galleries. Orange isn’t called ‘Australia’s Colour City’ for no reason, the gardens and parks provide a pallet of vibrant shades that complement the cheerful atmosphere of this country town.

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

ROYAL RANDWICK REDEVELOPMENT UPDATE

Demolition, excavation, the construction of the major structural piles and all in ground services of the Paddock Stand are now complete. The basement slab has been poured and work is continuing on the Ground Floor which is now 80% completed. The construction of the southern drum (one of two drums servicing patrons with lifts, escalators and a stairwell) has been built to level three.

Majority of the demolition work of the QEII Stand is now complete and major ground works continues for the horse, pedestrian and service tunnels.

Excavation work continues for the Theatre of the Horse, major structural piles have been installed for the Owners Pavilion and the building of the lift shaft has commenced.

GENERAL

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
14 September 2012

STOP PRESS: CARRAZZO CONSULTING CHANGES OFFICES

The business offices of Australia’s leading provider of bloodstock taxation services, Carrazzo Consulting, were relocated on Monday 27 August 2012.
New address and contact details are as follows:

Address: Ground Floor, 339 William Street, WEST MELBOURNE VIC 3008
Telephone: (03) 9982 1000
Facsimile: (03) 9329 8355
Paul’s mobile: 0417 549 347
Email: paul.carrazzo@carrazzo.com.au
Website: www.carrazzo.com.au

 

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