Happy New Year to all members.

As we embark upon another year, I can’t help but think how lucky we are to be Australian and in particular Australian racehorse owners.

The success of the Australian racehorse ownership model is, in my opinion, unsurpassed anywhere else in the world.

It has long been a misconception that racehorse ownership is only for the very wealthy.

Such may have been the case in years gone by, but nothing could be further from the truth now days.  The thrill of owning a racehorse is now readily available to all.

As we enter into the annual yearling sales, it is pleasing to see once again, new people entering into our industry.

The excitement and thrill of racehorse ownership is, as you all know, something that is very hard to match.

As you would have seen when membership renewals were sent out last month, membership fees to the Association are much lower this year.

We are able to make this exciting offer in 2013 thanks to the support of our ongoing partnership with Luxbet and supplementary funding from Racing NSW.

The Association is also hopefully that the decrease in fees will see an increase in our membership.  Fingers crossed that will be the case.

As the representative body for racehorse owners in this State and a major stakeholder in our wonderful industry, NSWROA needs the support of all owners to allow us fulfill our aim of making ownership cheaper and more enjoyable.

My fellow Committee Members join with me in wishing you all every success with your horses and look forward to seeing your names in our winners listing each month.

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You are cordially invited to join NSWROA members and friends of the Association at our first function for 2013, a raceday cocktail function, at Rosehill Gardens Racecourse, on Saturday, 16 February 2013 – Royal Sovereign Stakes Day.

The function will take place in the Winning Post Terrace in the J R Fleming Stand.

The cost is $95.00 per person and includes:-

  • Entrance tickets

  • Racebook

  • a substantial cocktail menu

  • afternoon tea

  • Australian sparkling, white and red wines, Tooheys beers, mineral water, orange juice and soft drinks

  • RSA beverage waiter service

  • TAB facilities

  • TV monitors for race viewing


If you are interested in attending, please complete the booking form and return to the NSWROA office by Friday 8 February 2013 by:

      Facsimile:         (02) 9299 3212
      Post:                GPO Box 1506, Sydney NSW 2001


NSWROA Committee member, Mr Louis Mihalyka, of Laurel Oak Bloodstock, made the trip to the Gold Coast for the Magic Millions Sale and has kindly prepared for the interest of members, the following item.

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The 2013 yearling sale season is off and running with the completion of the traditional start, the Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale.

There is always an air of anticipation about how the market will play, and this year was no different. On the pessimistic side, the feeling was that the world and Australian economies had not really picked up yet, but, despite that, there was some optimism because Northern Hemisphere sales over the past six months have shown improvements in most statistical benchmarks. It proved to be no different in the first Australian sale.

Demand was strong throughout the sale and it was very hard to buy the most sought-after horses. And that was reflected in the sale’s final statistics. Of the 645 lots in the Premier Sessions 1-4, there was a healthy 83% clearance rate, with the average increasing by 7.1% on last year to $136,132.

The median price, which is often considered a better reflection of the health of a sale, showed a slight 5% increase from $100,000 to $105,000.

The stars of the sale were Fastnet Rock, Redoute’s Choice and Gai Waterhouse.

Gai appeared hell-bent on wresting the Sydney Trainers’ Premiership back from Chris Waller as she went on a buying spree, acquiring 26 yearlings for $5.8 million. She was, by some margin, the leading individual buyer and the second-biggest individual buyer was her syndicating offsider, Star Thoroughbreds, who bought twenty yearlings at a cost of $2.25 million, and they will all head to Gai. The top-priced lot of the sale was a Fastnet Rock colt from theLomar Park Stud draft, selling for $1.35 million to Coolmore Stud, and the reports are that he, too, will head to Gai’s stable, so that will be at least 47 new horses for her. Quite a remarkable number from one sale!

On the stallion front, Redoute’s Choice led the averages, with ten yearlings selling at an average of $384,508. John O’Shea bought the top-priced Redoute’s Choice for $800,000, which was the second-top lot of the sale.

While the averages have Redoute’s Choice on top, the runaway leader on aggregate was Australia’s current leading sire, Fastnet Rock. He had 33 sell at an average of $318,030. The quality of his offspring in the sale suggests that he will hold the fort as Australia’s leading sire for some seasons to come.

Medaglia D’Oro is a first-season sire for statistical purposes, although he came to Australia as an established US stallion. He led the first-season sire averages with six sold at an average of $156,666. Of the stallions whose first crops were on offer at a yearling sale, Wanted led the averages with eleven sold at an average of $149,772. His top-priced lot sold for $460,000, and that was a good gamble for the vendors, who pin-hooked him after purchasing him as a weanling last May for $255,000.

So with the 2013 yearling sale season off to a positive start, the road show moves on to the Inglis Classic Sale this coming weekend, 20-21 January, and that will be followed a week later by the Karaka Premier and Select Yearling Sales in New Zealand.

We will report in on those sales next month.


A reminder to members that 2013 membership renewal fees are now due.

2013 membership is at the nominal rate of $27.50, inclusive of GST, for all membership categories.

Please note that if you renew your membership by Friday 8 February 2013, 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.


Back by popular demand, the Thoroughbred Rehabilitation Program will be holding a Demonstration Day for all of our fans and followers, but this time we are able to hold it at our newly refurbished stables at Canterbury Racecourse.

Come join us on Sunday 24th February as our Thoroughbred Retraining Manager puts some of our retired thoroughbreds through their paces and step closer to their new equine career.

There will be a parade of horses for sale, as well as a Q&A session with our staff.

If you’re curious about the retraining program, are thinking about donating your retired racehorse, or just keen to see some beautiful equines in action, then this Demonstration Day is just for you.

Don’t miss your chance to win some fantastic equine prizes through our volunteers’ raffle, and there will be food and merchandise available for sale.

When:       Sunday 24th February – 10am until 2pm
Where:     Canterbury Stables – Entrance off King St Canterbury
What:       Demonstrations by Scott Brodie and TRT Staff
                Gate Entry $10 donation
                Raffles with great prizes to be won
                Sausage Sizzle and merchandise available for sale





With the 2013 Yearling Sales now underway, it is timely to remind NSWROA members that our corporate partner Gow Gates Insurance Brokers offers “Fall of the Hammer” insurance cover. 

Why not consider pre-arrangement of your insurance needs if purchasing a yearling?

At Gow-Gates, NSWROA members can obtain “Fall of the Hammer” cover therefore taking the worry out of their purchase on Sales day.  Gow-Gates takes the hassle out this part of your purchase and will be back in contact after the sales to finalise all the paperwork.

In addition, special discounted rates can be negotiated for all registered members of NSWROA.

To take advantage of this opportunity or for more information, call Gow-Gates on (02) 8267 9999 or email


Gow-Gates Insurance Brokers Pty Ltd,                   A.B.N 12 000 837 785, AFSL 245432.

Disclaimer: The information in the above article is intended as a guide only and should not be relied upon without the consulting the relevant policy wordings and seeking professional advice


Queensland’s Magic Millions sale has kicked off what is to hopefully be a healthy and prosperous year for the NSW breeding industry.

Fantastic results were received from the sale with a number of lots fetching significant dollars. One beautifully bred BOBS-eligible colt from Lomar Park Stud, at the foothills of the Blue Mountains was sold for $1.35 million.

The colt – lot 251, by Fastnet Rock out of Smart Company was purchased by Coolmore Stud and will be trained by effervescent Sydney trainer Gai Waterhouse.

Sure to attract a multitude of attention, the colt may well ultimately be a star, however for now, the focus remains on his champion sire.

With the Inglis Classic Sale just around the corner, it might bode well to remind everyone of the basics of the BOBS and BOBS Extra schemes:

  • Current yearling are BOBS-eligible if they are sired by a NSW stallion paid up as a BOBS sire.
  • BOBS provides bonuses for horses winning in NSW in their two and three-year-old seasons, BOBS Extra bonuses are paid when the horse wins at 1800m or longer from the time it turns a 4YO.
  • BOBS and BOBS Extra nominations are made on the same form – at the same time – with a closing date of September 1, 2013. The fee for BOBS is $990 while the fee for BOBS Extra is an additional $840. You cannot enter a horse for BOBS Extra without having nominated it for BOBS.
  • If you miss the September 1 deadline, a two-year-old can still be nominated for a late fee of $5500 but there are no late nominations once a horse turns three.
  • Instead of taking BOBS bonus in cash, owners may opt to multiply the value by taking a Double-Up voucher which can then be used to purchase a BOBS-eligible yearling at any auction sale. The voucher is valid for two years.



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 December 2012:


Race Name Horse Owner

J Abrahams


Target In Sight

G Altomonte






R Balding

Nowra (2)

Perfect Knowledge



Perfect Weapon

C Branthwaite


Very Sheik


Warwick Farm

La Comedienne

P Braude


Ms Wicked Wanda



Al Be Swift

T Burke



A Cardy


Court Connection

J Carmody


Moss Magic

A Chiswick

Taree (2)

Onemore Eightmore (2)

Coghlan Family


Via Facile

F & Mrs C Cook


Jamie's Star



Jamie's Star

J R Cribb

Warwick Farm

Circle of Power

P Duggan



Mrs A Edwards


Savage Blaze (NZ)

J Fleming



W Ford



Gooree Pastoral Company


Stand Strong



Romantic Moon



Osaka Sun

G Harvey

Canterbury (3)




Loch Leven



Royal Descent






Heart Testa


Warwick Farm (2)




Heart Testa

M Hohos


She's A Stalker

G & Mrs D Kolivos


Diamond Drille

W Lanham


Clickety Snip

R K Lees & L Hoyle

Lismore (2)




Haslington (NZ)



Haslington (NZ)

HE Nasser Lootah


Shamekha's Choice

L Macri


Upon This Rock

K Maloney


Young Fun



Lady in Charge



Breakfast in Bed

J Middleton


Swish on By

N Moraitis, AM


Strada's Diamond



Devil In A Dress



Power Aweigh


Warwick Farm

Fiumicino (NZ)

Mrs J Moses





Plutorius (IRE)


Warwick Farm

All Legal

J A Munro


Crown Time



Double Night

Dato Tan Chin Nam

Kembla (2)

Free Thinking (NZ)



Year of the Dragon

Patinack Farm Racing Syndicate






Mrs A Pedersen


Merry Christmas

Ms J Ritchie Canterbury Delagos
Sheikh Mohammed Gosford Agulhas


Goulburn Matignon


Hawkesbury (4) Mouse











Kembla (2) Beaufort





Rosehill Imperil


Warwick Farm (3) Angelus



Babel (2)


Wyong Narcissus
Mrs C Size Warwick Farm Purrfect (NZ)
C Tognolini Albury Spanish Shoes


Rosehill Cantonese


Warwick Farm Twilight Royale
S van Eyk Cessnock Just For Keeps
N & Mrs A Vass Hawkesbury Never Dwell
Ms M Wade Warren Very Sheik


Warwick Farm La Comedienne
M Whitby Bathurst Music Media
G & Mrs V Williams Queanbeyan Sialia Magic
L Young Albury 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 2012-2013 season is as follows:

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

  Race Name Horse Owner
G1 ATC Golden Rose Epaulette Sheikh Mohammed
G1 ATC Flight Stakes Norzita (NZ) Dato Tan Chin Nam
G1 ATC The Metropolitan Glencadam Gold (IRE) J & Mrs A McDonnell
G1 MRC Caulfield Guineas All Too Hard Patinack Farm Racing Syndicate
G1 MRC Thousand Guineas Commanding Jewel M Larmer
G1 VRC Victoria Derby Fiveandahalfstar H Dyball & Ms J Ritchie
G1 VRC Myer Classic Appearance Sheikh Mohammed
G1 VRC Coolmore Stud Stakes Nechita Patinack Farm Racing Syndicate
G1 VRC Patinack Classic Mental Sheikh Mohammed
G2 ATC Warwick Stakes Pinwheel Sheikh Mohammed
G2 MRC Memsie Stakes Sincero G De Vries & P Walker
G2 ATC Chelmsford Stakes Danleigh K & Mrs R Leonard
G2 ATC Sebring Sprint Ambidexter Sheikh Mohammed
G2 ATC Tea Rose Stakes Longport Patinack Farm Racing Syndicate
G2 MVRC Bill Stutt Stakes Pierro G & Mrs D Kolivos
G2 ATC Stan Fox Stakes Kabayan Gooree Pastoral Company
G2 MRC Tristarc Stakes Streama G R J Coghlan, Mrs P R Coghlan & Ms S Coghlan
G2 MVRC Moonee Valley Fillies Cl. Kazanluk Sheikh Mohammed
G2 VRC Wakeful Stakes Zydeco Sheikh Mohammed
G2 VRC Yellowglen Stakes Fontelina G Harvey
G2 MRC Sandown Guineas Tantra Sheikh Mohammed
G2 WATC WA Buineas Academus Sheikh Mohammed
G2 ATC Villiers Stakes All Legal Mrs J Moses
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
G3 ATC The Run To The Rose Piero G & Mrs D Kolivos
G3 ATC Concorde Stakes Tiger Tees (NZ) N Couper
G3 ATC Tramway Handicap Tagus Patinack Farm Racing Syndicate & G Harvey
G3 NJC Newcastle Gold Cup Glencadam Gold (IRE) J & Mrs A McDonnell
G3 MRC How Now Stakes Detours Sheikh Mohammed
G3 ATC Colin Stephen Quality Kelinni (IRE) F & Mrs C Cook
G3 MRC Caulfield Guineas Prelude Epaulette Sheikh Mohammed
G3 MRC David Jones Cup Lightinthenite J Abrahams & G Williams
G3 VRC Lexus Stakes Kelinni (IRE) F & Mrs C Cook
G3 VRC Carbine Club Stakes Lunar Rise Dato Tan Chin Nam
G3 HRC Hawkesbury Gold Cup Darci Be Good (NZ) P De Vries
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
LR ATC Premier's Cup Glencadam Gold (IRE) J & Mrs A McDonnell
LR WRC Mona Lisa Stakes Miss Stellabelle K Maloney
LR WRC Wyong Cup Julienas (IRE) J & Mrs A McDonnell
LR ATC Ming Dynasty Quality Hcp Tatra Sheikh Mohammed
LR ATC Heritage Stakes Ichihara G Altomonte
LR ATC Dulcify Quality Proverb Sheikh Mohammed
LR ATC Reginald Allen Quality Urban Groove N & Mrs A Vass
LR VRC Maribyrnong Trial Stakes Kuroshio Sheikh Mohammed
LR ATC Gimcrack Stakes Brilliant Bisc Ramsey Pastoral Company
LR ATC The Nivison Quidnunc Sheikh Mohammed
LR City Tatt's Club Cup Crafty Irna P Kearney
LR MRC Alinghi Stakes Mrs Onassis G Harvey
LR GRC Geelong Classic Solemn Sheikh Mohammed
LR HRC Ladies Day Cup All Legal Mrs J Moses
LR MRC Twilight Glow Stakes Meidung Sheikh Mohammed
LR ATC Frank Underwood Cup Fiumicino (NZ) N Moraitis, AM
LR ATC Christmas Cup Cantonese C Tognolini
LR WATC Starstruck Classic Upon This Rock L Macri

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


The Australian Turf Club has announced that as a result of enhancements to the Smoke-free Environment Regulation 2007 (incorporating amendments made by the Smoke-free Environment Amendment Regulation 2009) areas within this facility are now considered to be ‘smoke free’.

Specifically smoking is not permitted:

  • in buildings (including grandstand viewing decks)

  • within 4 metres of any entrance / exit to buildings

  • within Betting Rings or Bookmaker Arenas

  • within 10 metres Children’s Playgrounds

  • Taxi Ranks and Bus Stops

Your co-operation is appreciated and if you require any additional information please approach an ATC staff member.


The next TAB Saddle-up Sunday Meeting will be conducted by Bathurst Thoroughbred Racing on Sunday 24 February 2013 – Bathurst Cup Day.

Bathurst is synonymous with racing, whether it is of the four wheeled or four legged kind it’s always a fun day out so make your way to beautiful Bathurst. Don’t miss Fashions-on-the-Field with a range of generous prizes from local businesses on offer. The kids won’t be complaining with jumping castles and games galore.

Just past the idyllic Blue Mountains, Bathurst is a mere three hour drive west of Sydney. Take the scenic route of Bells Line of Road and enjoy the picturesque pit-stops or for a more direct route stick to the Great Western Highway. Trains depart Central Station regularly and include an express (3 hours) or an all stations (4.5hrs).

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



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 either by email, facsimile or phone in order for our records to be updated.

Yours in Racing
Ray McDowell, President
18 January 2013

NSW Racehorse Owners Association • GPO Box 1506, SYDNEY NSW 2001
Ph: 9299 4299 • Fax: 9299 3212 • E: • W: