My thanks to members for responding to our recent Member Notice and their overwhelming support of the Association regarding our stance on the proposed Owners and Trainers Agreement.

It is heartening to know that our members agree with the approach adopted by the Association that the draft proposal is grossly unfair on owners.

Comments we have received from members reinforce our belief that, if implemented, this agreement will discourage rather than encourage participation in the ownership ranks. In fact both new owners and owners with many years standing are unanimous in their view that they would rather leave the industry than participate under such draconian conditions.

Members have also voiced strong views that if trainers think it is hard to get owners now it will be nigh on impossible to do so if this agreement is implemented. They are firmly of the view that basic business acumen is all that is required. We can but agree.

The Association will continue to make strong representations on your behalf and will keep you informed of developments.

May I take this opportunity to congratulate our Secretary, Michael Inglis, on his election as Chairman of the Australia Thoroughbred Racehorse Owners Council (ATROC). Please see item later in the newsletter regarding this matter.

And in closing haven't we seen some wonderful spring racing during both the Sydney and Victorian Carnivals?

Our congratulations to those of our members who recorded wins during the period. Whilst all wins are good wins, the Melbourne Cup is another thing and it would be very remiss of me not to make mention of John and Anne McDonnell who are part owners in Fiorente (IRE) the winner of this year's race. John and Anne have had a "wonderful run" since joining the industry and are a great advertisement as to what can happen when Lady Luck is on your side.


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It is with great pleasure that we advise members that our Secretary, Michael Inglis, has been elected the new Chairman of the Australian Thoroughbred Racehorse Owners Council (ATROC).

ATROC is the national peak body representing racehorse owners in Australia and is made up of representatives from each of the constituted State Bodies. ATROC was originally formed in 2003 under an informal charter between ownership representative bodies throughout Australia with its key objective to enhance the representative position of racehorse owners.

By way of background for members, Michael is a Lawyer and Accredited Mediator who joined the NSWROA Committee in July 2009 and was appointed Secretary in October 2009. He has been the Association's delegate at ATROC for three years and also serves as a substitute delegate for NSWROA on the Racing Industry Consultation Group (RICG).

Michael is also the Vice President of the Murrumbidgee Turf Club (MTC) and is a member of the Racing NSW Country Board representing the Southern Region.



NSWROA Committee member, Mr Louis Mihalyka, made his annual pilgrimage to the Melbourne Cup carnival and has kindly prepared for the interest of members, the following item.

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The marathon feast of racing and socialising that is Melbourne Cup Week is over for another year. This report on the Melbourne Cup is prepared in the annual state of jetlag that follows the one-hour flight from Melbourne back to Sydney after another very intense, but extremely enjoyable, Melbourne Cup week.

The race that stops most of the nation, and part of the world, is surrounded by another 36 races at Flemington over the week, and the gaps between the racedays are filled with a raft of organised and impromptu social events and country race meetings that make Melbourne Cup week the best racing carnival in the world in the eyes of many racing fans.

The highlight of course is the Melbourne Cup itself. Personally I am delighted to have backed the Cup winner Fiorente as one of my top two picks but once again the exotics eluded me so I will have to continue to chip away at my mortgage for another year!

Gai Waterhouse broke through for her first Melbourne Cup win, and had Fiorente primed for the big day, aided by a superb Damien Oliver ride to get the horse home. I was with a number of owners of Melbourne Cup runners amongst our group including a table of Fiorente owners. Not surprisingly they didn't return after the Cup! But congratulations go to all of them for fulfilling most racehorse owners' number one dream.

Sydney horses had a great carnival and Chris Waller dominated. With three Group 1 winners for the week, it wasn't a total surprise as he has been churning out winners ad infinitum in Sydney for the past two years. However when it was noted that he is only the second trainer with Lee Freedman to train three Group 1 winners in Melbourne Cup Week, it highlights the degree of difficulty even for the trainer of a large team to achieve that feat in such a time-honoured, highly competitive week of racing.

Cup Week crowds were down 20,000 people on last year over the week, and while 5,000 a meeting is not a lot, especially when the overall Cup Week attendance is still a healthy 331,000, it was the lowest Cup Week crowd since 2001; particularly cold weather on Oaks Day and Stakes Day didn't help, but it may well be a moment for the VRC to consolidate and cap prices for a year or two.

There are a number of traditional stalwart events such as The Carbine Club lunch and the Call Of The Card supported by a number of newer event options on the Melbourne Cup Week schedule, and they are supplemented by a host of impromptu social events that make for a long and gruelling week, where it is very important not to go out too hard too early, otherwise there is no chance to recover!

Despite the long programs the days pass quickly at the races. One purist advocated that there are too many races and the Royal Ascot fare of six quality races per day was a better way to go. However on Cup Day for example, with the first race at 10.20am and the last at 5.15pm, the day passed quickly and the punter in me would have been happier with an eleventh race rather than a reduction to nine! The RSA folk may have an issue with that though, given how some members of the crowd were by then!

As always, I get home, recharge and get on with normal life, but look forward to the next year already, while the dream to one day have a runner, and winner, in the Cup continues to live on.



Our good friend and NSWROA member, Mr Graham Caves, who is also a member of the Australian Turf Club Heritage Society, has kindly prepared the following preview item for the interest of members.

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The Australian Turf Club Heritage Society, a group of folk passionate about racing history and its care and preservation, are especially excited at the moment.

We have just been notified that our application for a grant from the National Library of Australia has been approved. This will assist in improving the knowledge of the ATC collection and how to preserve and maintain it.

Also exciting us is the opening of the ATC Heritage Gallery at Randwick. With the completion of the new grandstand, access has become available to a portion of the southern end of the old Officials Stand in the Members' enclosure and the ATC has generously designated it as an area for the display of some of the treasures in the collection. It is the area that previously contained the Epsom Bar, on the ground floor directly below the Villiers Bar, and it is now open on racedays.

In the next bulletin we will provide more details of what has been done and some pictures but please don't wait, next time you are at Randwick go and have a look.



The TRT has enjoyed exposing themselves over spring with all sorts of activities. In October an Open Day was held at Canterbury Racecourse, with a great crowd witness to a demonstration of the Rehabilitation Program. Over $1,600 was raised for the Trust and there was an overwhelming interest from people wishing to volunteer.

Many former racehorse owners were in attendance, coming to check on their former charges and see how well they had progressed in the program to date. Diane Childs was so pleased to see her former racehorse The Eighties looking fit and happy, and Ian Mackay brought the family along to visit Pergola, who once enjoyed a very successful racing career.

The Mackays and Pergola

Thoroughbred Retraining Manager Scott Brodie also represented the TRT at Equitana Australia in early November. Equitana is the largest equine event in the Southern Hemisphere, and the TRT was exposed to a crowd of thousands in 2 exciting demonstrations.

Scott’s Demonstration at Equitana

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Racing NSW and Australian Turf Club have announced a momentous change to the Sydney autumn racing program, heralding a grand finale event towards the end of the Southern Hemisphere Thoroughbred racing season.

The Championships is an initiative of Racing NSW, to be hosted annually by the Australian Turf Club at Royal Randwick. The Championships, through the support of the NSW Government, is expected to attract horses, trainers and connections from across Australia and the world, providing a significant boost to the NSW economy. Click here to read full article.



Hereunder for the interest of members are some recent industry items:

Licensing of Veterinarians
Racing NSW is duty bound to act in the interests of thoroughbred horse racing in this State. The integrity of the industry is critical and is fundamental to the confidence of the public and the punter. It is essential to the integrity of thoroughbred racing that all persons involved in the care, welfare and management of the horse are bound by the same rules, required to assist the Stewards in their investigations and inquiries and subject to the same sanctions if they breach the rules.

Accordingly Racing NSW has announced that from 1 December 2013, it will be necessary for *all veterinarians who provide veterinary services to a horse in training and/or competing in NSW to hold a Racing NSW licence. Click here for further information.

Anabolic Steroids Rule Released
On 30 October 2013 the Australian Racing Board (ARB) released its new rule banning anabolic steroids from 1 November 2013 and enforced from 1 May 2014. The major elements of the rule are as follows and vary in some notable aspects from the policy position announced by the ARB on 16th September 2013:-

1.  Anabolic androgenic steroids are banned from birth. There are no time or therapeutic exemptions of any kind. The ban applies to all unregistered juveniles and registered racehorses until their retirement as a racehorse.
2.  The penalty for administration of anabolic steroids by a licensed or registered person is a minimum of 2 years.
3.  A registered horse detected with anabolic steroids will be barred from official trials and races for a minimum of 12 months.
4.  Where an unregistered horse is not produced to provide a sample it will be ineligible to start in an official trial or race for at least 12 months from the time it is registered and allowed to start in a race under the rules.
5.  Any person who refuses to produce a registered or unregistered horse to provide a sample may be penalised.

Racing NSW Launch A5 Race Books
Racing NSW has launched a free A5 race book service which is available to both the public and race clubs and aimed at providing a high quality zero cost form option to the industry. Racing NSW's Ian Mackay said: "We've worked closely with RISA to produce a free product for punters and race clubs alike. We hope that by providing this service the cost of supplying a race book at smaller meetings can be greatly reduced yet racegoers can still gain access to quality form." Racing NSW is continuing to partner with RISA to introduce an online ordering system in the new year that enables clubs to add personalised elements to the race book for a small fee, such as sponsor advertising, committee details and fields for other meetings that day. This will deliver a readymade, information rich Club specific look at a low cost.



Update by Ben Flores, Media Officer, Racing NSW

Late last month Racing NSW announced the expansion of the hugely successful Breeders Owners Bonus Scheme (BOBS).

As of January 1st 2014, the owners of the broodmare, at the time of the foal return, will also receive a BOBS bonus when nominated offspring win a BOBS bonus in NSW.

In recognising the contribution breeding makes, Racing NSW has introduced a 2.5 percent mare owner bonus, which comes at no cost to the mare owner.

As an example, the owner of a broodmare whose BOBS nominated progeny are successful at a Saturday metropolitan race meeting will receive a $500 BOBS bonus payment from January 1, 2014. Payments will be made at the same percentage rate of the BOBS bonus across all races in NSW excluding Group and Listed races.

The 2.5% bonus will be payable to the registered breeder, as set out in the Australian Stud Book, of any horse who wins a BOBS or BOBS Extra bonus from January 1.



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 2013




J Abrahams Hawkesbury Super Villain (NZ)


Kembla Truly Ready (NZ)
Ms N Anderson Canberra Girls Own
C & Mrs R Beaton Queanbeyan Lord of the Isles

R & Mrs J Bergstrom

Moonee Valley Toydini
C Branthwaite Coonabarabran Valley of Tears
T Burke Tamworth Zenit
J Camilleri Rosehill Quayside
J Clift Scone Chrysolaus
J Clift & Mrs M Hill Tamworth White Stocking
F & Mrs C Cook Gosford Absolutelyanything
  Randwick Index Linked (GB)
  Rosehill Mulaquen (GB)
N Couper Randwick Terravista
P Duggan Randwick Leebaz (NZ)
Gooree Pastoral Company Gosford Gust of Power
G Harvey Canterbury Our Boy Nicholas
  Gosford Runway Star


Newcastle Blatant


Randwick (2) Chateau Lafaite
  Rosehill Chateau Lafaite
  Warwick Farm Fulminate
M Hohos Canterbury She's A Stalker
S Iskander Muswellbrook Prime Minister (NZ)
  Randwick Zoustar
G & Mrs D Kolivos Gosford Magnetron
  Randwick Raunchy Rocker
M & Mrs E Kowalczuk Coffs Harbour Valistegic
R & M Lazarus Randwick Best Case (NZ)
R K Lees & L Hoyle Grafton Myboymaurie
HE Nasser Lootah Gosford Maysoon


Newcastle Masoora
L Macri Caulfield Atlantic Jewel


Rosehill Zephyron (NZ)
K Maloney Canterbury Our Boy Nicholas


Randwick Polarmore


Warwick Farm Lesley's Choice
J & Mrs A McDonnell Kembla Raceway
B McGilvray Narromine Mercy's Choice
B McHugh Port Macquarie Ollie Vollie
N Moraitis, AM Albury Black Salt


Caulfield Arabian Gold


Gosford Swiss Guard


Muswellbrook Power Ranger


Nowra (2) Power Ranger



Spice of Life
T Morton Gunnedah Goleggo
W & Mrs R Mula Newcastle Foreign Prince (NZ)


Randwick Goldstone


Rosehill Bold Circle
Dato Tan Chin Nam Canterbury Commission (NZ)


Moonee Valley Precedence (NZ)
Miss K Nivison Coonabarabran In Top Gear
B O'Malley Cootamundra Good Bye Girl
R Pegum Newcastle Foreign Prince (NZ)
K Pryke Randwick Index Linked (GB)
Ramsey Pastoral Company Scone War Flower
B Rutter Scone Wailing Jennings (NZ)
Sheikh Mohammed Canterbury (3) Iriomote








Caulfield (2) Aerobatics



Long John


Flemington Paximadia


Hawkesbury Cancel


Gosford (2) Gaillard





Kembla (2) Nightingales





Newcastle (2) Adage





Randwick (2) Complacent





Randwick (3) Generalife








Warwick Farm (3) Gallatin






Mrs C Size Hawkesbury Society Man (NZ)
O P Tait Wagga Tortoni
C Tognolini Goulburn El Toranado
S Van Eyk Gosford Senor Montoya
Ms M Wade Coonabarabran Valley of Tears
M Walcott Bombala Back to Zero
W & Mrs L Watkins Warwick Farm Agent Bauer
Ms L Watson Young Our True Matriarch
P Webb Warwick Farm Fulminate
M Whitby Moonee Valley Savvy Nature (NZ)


Randwick Multilateral (USA)


Scone Wailing Jennings (NZ)
G & Mrs V Williams Orange Definite

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 2013-2014 season is as follows:

NSWROA Members
2013/2014 Black Type Honour Roll
Current to 31 October 2013

Category Race Name Horse Owner
G1 MRC Memsie Stakes Atlantic Jewel L Macri
G1 ATC The Golden Rose Stakes Zoustar S Iskander
G1 ATC George Main Stakes Streama Coghlan Family
G1 MRC Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes Rebel Dane Laurel Oak Bloodstock, L Mihalyka, Mrs J Mihalyka, S Cook, P Kite, J Murphy, N Parbery
G1 ATC Flight Stakes Guelph Sheikh Mohammed
G1 MRC Caulfield Stakes Atlantic Jewel L Macri
G1 MRC Caulfield Guineas Long John Sheikh Mohammed
G1 ATC Spring Champion Stakes Complacent Sheikh Mohammed
G2 VRC Makybe Diva Stakes Foreteller (GB) F & Mrs C Cook
G2 VRC Let's Elope Stakes Commanding Jewel M & Mrs D Larmer
G2 ATC Furious Stakes Bound For Earth K Maloney
G2 MVRC W H Stocks Stakes Atlantic Jewel L Macri
G2 MVRC McEwen Stakes Kuroshio Sheikh Mohammed
G2 MVRC Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes Fiorente (IRE) J & Mrs A McDonnell
G2 ATC Theo Marks Stakes Riva De Lago G Harvey
G2 ATC Tea Rose Stakes Guelph Sheikh Mohammed
G2 ATC Hill Stakes Moriarty (IRE) F & Mrs C Cook
G2 ATC The Shorts Sessions Sheikh Mohammed
G2 ATC Stan Fox Stakes Eurozone Dato Tan Chin Nam
G2 ATC Shannon Stakes Rain Drum J & Mrs A McDonnell
G2 ATC Roman Consul Stakes Zoustar S Iskander
G2 MVRC Mitchelton Wines Vase Savvy Nature (NZ) M Whitby
G2 MVRC Moonee Valley Gold Cup Precedence (NZ) Dato Tan Chin Nam
G2 MVRC Crystal Mile Toydini R & Mrs J Bergstrom
G3 MRC Vain Stakes Safeguard Sheikh Mohammed
G3 ATC Toy Show Quality Hidden Kisses R Pegum
G3 ATC Show County Quality Rebel Dane Laurel Oak Bloodstock, L Mihalyka, Mrs J Mihalyka, S Cook, P Kite, J Murphy, N Parbery
G3 ATC Ming Dynasty Quality Aussies Love Sport K Maloney & G Harvey
G3 NJC Cameron Handicap Toydini R & Mrs J Bergstrom
G3 NJC Spring Stakes Savvy Nature (NZ) M Whitby
G3 ATC Colin Stephen Quality Julienas (IRE) J & Mrs A McDonnell
G3 ATC Gloaming Stakes Compacent Sheikh Mohammed
G3 MRC Sportingbet Sprint Series Final Aerobatics Sheikh Mohammed
LR ATC The Rosebud Eurozone Dato Tan Chin Nam
LR ATC Premier's Cup Less is More (FR) Ms J May
LR WRC Wyong Gold Cup Wazn (IRE) F & Mrs C Cook
LR VRC Henry Bucks Best Dressed Stakes Long John Sheikh Mohammed
LR ATC Heritage Stakes Barbed Sheikh Mohammed
LR VRC Poseidon Stakes Paximadia Sheikh Mohammed
LR MRC Ethereal Stakes Arabian Gold N Moraitis, AM

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



The next TAB Saddle-up Sunday Meeting will be conducted by the Goulburn and District Racing Club on Sunday, 24 November 2013 - Goulburn Cup Day.

The Goulburn Cup is always an outstanding meeting on the Goulburn Districts racing calendar, so why not bring the whole family along and help celebrate an event that can trace its history back to 1883.

With almost a quarter of a million dollars in prizemoney on offer, the best horses from around the area and also from the city will certainly be making an appearance at one of the best country tracks in Australia.

This year will see the Goulburn Cup offer a $100,000 pool, as well as live bands, plenty of entertainment for the kids, Fashions on the Field, huge marquees and much more!

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



Have your contact details changed?  Perhaps a new postal or email address?

If so, it would be greatly appreciated if you could contact the office in order for our records to be updated accordingly.

Yours in racing
Ray McDowell,
15 November 2013


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