Almost two months have passed in 2014 and we are soon to see the excitement of Carnival racing.  I for one can’t wait.  Sydney in the Autumn is definitely the place to be.

The 2014 BMW Sydney Carnival will run from 22 March to 26 April 2014 for six big days of racing with three days a piece held at Rosehill Gardens and Royal Randwick.  This year will see the introduction of The Championships into the Carnival, which is a two day extravaganza of racing conducted on 12 and 19 April, comprising 10 races with over $18 million in prizemoney on offer making it one of the richest racing carnivals in the world.

The first three days of the carnival are held at Rosehill Gardens.  First up is Ladies Day on 22 March 2014 with the Group 1 Coolmore Classic and the Group 1 Ranvet Stakes the highlights.  Day 2 is Rosehill Guineas Day with the best three-year-olds ready to stake their claim for the prestigious Group 1 Rosehill Guineas, the weight for age runners line up in the Group 1 George Ryder Stakes and the sprinters fight it out in the Group 1 The Galaxy.  The third and last day for Rosehill Gardens is Golden Slipper Day on 5 April 2014 with three Group 1 events to be decided.  The highlight of course is the running of the world’s best race for two-year-olds, the $3,500,000 Group 1 Golden Slipper Stakes with The BMW and the Storm Queen Stakes the other Group 1 events on the card.

We move to Royal Randwick for Day 4 of the Carnival and Day One of The Championships series on 12 April 2014, which features four Group 1 events including the famous mile the Doncaster Handicap, the T J Smith Stakes, the time honoured Australian Derby as well as the AJC Sires Produce Stakes.

Day 5 at Royal Randwick is Day 2 The Championships on 19 April 2014.   Four great Group 1 events will be conducted on the day the Queen Elizabeth Stakes (worth an amazing $4 million), the Australian Oaks, the Queen of the Turf Stakes and the Sydney Cup.  The Association will be holding annual Sydney Cup Day luncheon on this day and this function is without doubt one of the best days you will have on a racecourse.  Don’t forget to book your place early for this event as our numbers will be strictly limited in our marquee that day.

And lastly, Day 6 on 26 April 2014 is Schweppes Stakes Day with the Group 1 All Aged Stakes and the Group 1 Champagne Stakes the highlights on the card.

There is so much anticipation about this wonderful upcoming event.  The sparks are sure to fly and the excitement will be fever pitched. 

Speaking of excitement, like the rest of Australia I am eagerly awaiting seeing last year’s NSW Champion Horse of the Year, It’s A Dundeel, as he takes on the world’s best in the Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes.  He took all before him at last year’s carnival and who’s to say he won’t do the same again this year.

Take my tip see as much of this fantastic Carnival as you possibly can.  I can guarantee you won’t regret it.



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NSWROA Committee member, Mr Louis Mihalyka, of Laurel Oak Bloodstock, attended both the Inglis Classic Yearling Sale and the Karaka Premier Yearling Sale in New Zealand and has kindly prepared for the interest of members, the following item.

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Inglis Classic Sale

The second Australian yearling sale of the year is the Inglis Classic Sale held in Sydney over two days in January. This sale continued the worldwide upward trend in yearling sale prices which was had already been evidenced in Australia at the Magic Millions.

In terms of averages, this sale sits fourth in Australia behind Inglis Easter, Magic Millions Gold Coast, and Inglis Melbourne Premier. The sale aggregate of $12.957 million was up 9.3% on 2013 while the number of catalogued and sold was only up 2%. The sale average increased 4.9% to $35,020, although the median was surprisingly down from $29,000 to $28,000. The latter is representative of a growing trend in yearling sale markets of “haves” and “have nots”, whereby certain yearlings are popular with the buyers and sell very well, which helps take the aggregate and average prices up, while if the market is not keen on your horse, then the sale price can be poor.

The top-price lot was a Snitzel colt sold by Carramar Park to McEvoy Mitchell Racing for $200,000. In 2013 the top-price lot sold for $170,000. In all there were fifteen lots by thirteen different sires selling for $100,000 or more.

The leading sire on averages was Not A Single Doubt, who had ten lots sell for an average of $61,600. The new, basically unknown name sitting second on the averages was first-season New Zealand-based stallion Per Incanto, a Champion Italian sprinter by Street Cry standing at Little Avondale Stud in New Zealand. The market was clearly impressed by the types of the four yearlings offered by that stallion.

The Inglis Classic Sale looks set to continue as a source of quality racehorses at value prices for the Australian buyer.

Karaka Premier Sale

The Karaka Premier Yearling Sale held at the end of January has New Zealand’s finest yearlings selling over two days.

Traditionally the marketing by New Zealand Bloodstock and the hospitality of the sales company and New Zealand vendors attracts buyers from all over the world, and 2014 was no different. From the pedigree point of view New Zealand continues to offer more stamina-orientated bloodlines than you would typically find in Australia.

For Australian buyers, it is usually very difficult to buy at Karaka because we are competing against buyers from other markets, in particular Asia, where the earning power of the racehorse is greater than it is in Australia. Therefore what may be value for an Asian buyer is often considered too expensive for an Australian buyer. That fact was once again no different this year, even though the sales statistics were slightly down on 2013. The aggregate showed a 7.7% drop to $NZ47.122 million despite an extra 28 lots being sold. The average was down 8.5% to $NZ144,548, while the median dropped 8.3% to $NZ110,000.

The statistical drop was largely due to the absence of million-dollar lots at the very top end as there is not a dominant super-sire in New Zealand at the moment, but rather a number of very good stallions. The middle market however remained extremely strong, with many yearlings selling in the $NZ200,000-plus range, which is why it was still tough for Aussies to buy there. The top-price lot was a Fastnet Rock colt which sold for $NZ700,000 by Pencarrow Stud to David Ellis.

David Ellis of Te Akau Stud, which is a major syndicating group operating in New Zealand and Singapore, was once again the mainstay of the sale, buying an astonishing 35 lots for $NZ6.2 million at an average of $NZ183,000. The purchases are geared for either the Singapore racing market, or high-end success in New Zealand that converts to high residual value as future breeding propositions, because the prices paid could not be justified from potential New Zealand prizemoney earnings. David Ellis’s contribution was a remarkable 13.5% of the sale aggregate.

While the pre-sale feeling was that Australians may be less prominent at this year’s sale, because the New Zealand dollar was getting close to parity with the Aussie dollar, the first ten people I ran into at the early inspections for the sale were Australian buyers. While Australian buyers may not have bought as many horses as in the past, there was still a good spread of Australian buying influence amongst Australian trainers and bloodstock agents.

Last year we reported a changing of the guard at the top of the vendor leader board. After over twenty years as the leading vendor, Sir Patrick Hogan’s Cambridge Stud was overtaken by Curraghmore Stud. This year Cambridge managed to leapfrog Curraghmore in the sale aggregate, however Waikato Stud leapfrogged both of them and took the honours for the first time as the leading vendor at the sale by aggregate.

The decision by Waikato Stud to concentrate all of their yearlings in the one sale paid off with top vendor honours. They sold 46 yearlings in the Premier section, and had another 25 in the Select session which followed the Premier Session, and in what was a credit to their professionalism, they had a system for parading their yearlings that was clinically quick and efficient from the buyer’s point of view.

The leading sire by average for three or more sold was once again Fastnet Rock, whose sixteen yearlings averaged $NZ352,188. On the leading sire list, he was followed by stalwart stallions Commands, High Chaparral, Zabeel, Encosta De Lago, Savabeel, Thorn Park, and O’Reilly, who were followed in turn by the leading first-season sire, Rip Van Winkle, whose 28 yearlings sold averaged $NZ132,500.

No doubt the buyers will flock again next year to experience the New Zealand hospitality in the search for a champion racehorse.



I am very pleased to advise members that the Association will be conducting our annual Sydney Cup Day luncheon again this year albeit a week earlier than usual.

This year the Sydney Cup is being run on Saturday 19 April 2014, Easter Saturday, which is Day 2 of The Championships. In what is going to be an absolute knockout card, we will see the running of four Group One events - the Queen Elizabeth Stakes, the Australian Oaks, the Queen of the Turf Stakes and the Sydney Cup, two Group 2 events - the Royal Sovereign Stakes and the Sapphire Stakes, the Group 3 Royal Randwick Stakes as well as two listed races - the South Pacific Quality and the Fernhill Handicap on this fantastic day of racing.

As was the case last year, our event will be held in the Oaks Lawn Marquee but pleasingly we are the first suite in the marquee and therefore much closer to the Winning Post. Space is at a premium and our numbers have been strictly limited so remember book early to avoid disappointment. I advise that the Australian Turf Club have confirmed that there will be a substantial rise in the cost of the function for this year due to its inclusion in The Championships.

Full details for the event will be sent in the next couple of weeks as well as appearing in next month’s newsletter.

2013 Special Guests Kathy and Sandy Tait
with Tie The Knot’s 1998 Sydney Cup



The 2014 Early Bird Membership Renewal Competition, was drawn on Tuesday 11 February 2014 by NSWROA Life Member, Mr Noel Bracks.

The winners were:

1st Prize – Mary Hill

2nd Prize – Denis Chow

3rd Prize – Tanya Johnson

Our congratulations to all prize winners.



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

Amazing total of 1207 Nominations for The Championships
A staggering number of nominations from right around the globe heralds the inaugural The Championships following the closing deadline on 17 February.  1207 Nominations have been received for the 10 races to be staged during The Championships at Royal Randwick on Saturday 12 April and Saturday 19 April.  The jewel in the crown, the $4million Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes over 2000m on Day 2, attracted 112 nominations with the $3m The Star Doncaster Mile on opening day drawing an excellent 127 entries.  A remarkable figure is the 203 nominations for the Inglis Sires’ which is more than double the previous two years (99 in 2013 and 97 in 2012). Nominations have been received from every State of Australia plus New Zealand, Japan and Ireland.  Further information regarding The Championships can be found via the website

Licensing Of Veterinarians – Introduction By RNSW (Commencement Deferred Until Tues 4th March)
Racing NSW has advised that the commencement of Local Rule 82C and the licensing process has been deferred until Tuesday, 4th March 2014.

Wyong Race Club Appointments (New CEO & Acting Racecourse Mgr)
Mr John Rouse the Temporary Administrator of Wyong Race Club, has announced that David Jewell has been appointed as the Club’s new Chief Executive Officer.  Mr Jewell is currently the General Manager, Racing and Operations for New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing.  Mr Jewell will commence his new role at Wyong on or before 31 March 2014.

Mr Rouse has also announced that former Warwick Farm Racecourse Manager Dale Jeffs has been appointed Acting Racecourse Manager for Wyong.  Mr Jeffs who commenced work at Wyong on 17 February 2014 will be responsible for the day to day maintenance of the Wyong course proper and training tracks until the Club appoints a permanent new Racecourse Manager.

ATC Confirms New Chairman and Vice Chairman of Board
The Australian Turf Club has confirmed the appointment of Michael Crismale as Chairman of the ATC whilst farewelling inaugural Chairman, John Cornish.  Current ATC board member Laurie Macri has been elected as Vice-Chairman of the Board.  Fellow Board member Mark McInnes has resigned joining outgoing Chairman John Cornish and director Alan Osburg in stepping down.
Mr Crismale said he was honoured to be taking over as Chairman of the ATC as Sydney racing entered one of its most exciting periods in many years, and was in full preparation for the 2014 BMW Sydney Carnival next month.  A keen racegoer and owner of racehorses, Mr Crismale has been on the Board of the Australian Turf Club since the merger in February 2011.
Laurie Macri is also a prominent owner of racehorses, is an Executive Director at Macquarie Bank and a former Committee Member of the NSW Racehorse Owners Association.  Mr Macri said he was looking forward to working with the Members and the wider racing industry to continue to make Sydney racing among the best in the world.



Update by Ben Flores, Media Officer, Racing NSW

Close to 800 mares have been nominated for the Racing NSW mares bonus scheme, which forms part of the hugely popular BOBS Bonus payment system.

From 1 January, 2014 Racing NSW will pay a 2.5% BOBS Bonus to the registered breeder (as set out in the Australian Stud Book) of any horse who wins a BOBS or BOBS Extra bonus.

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

In order to receive this bonus, the registered breeder must complete a BOBS Mare Bonus form within six months of the date of the horse’s win.

The Mares Bonus adds another layer to the already immensely popular bonus scheme. With the Inglis Easter Yearling Sale approaching, it would be wise to take stock of horses that are already BOBS eligible to ensure you get the most out of your investment.

As a reminder, current yearlings are BOBS eligible if they are sired by a NSW-based stallion paid up as a BOBS sire; BOBS provides bonuses for horses winning in NSW in their 2 and 3YO seasons while BOBS Extra bonuses are paid when the horse wins over 1600m or longer from the time it turns 4YO.

BOBS nominations are now open and available on the Racing NSW website – visit to nominate now.



A reminder to members that 2014 membership renewal fees are now due.

2014 membership is at the rate of $27.50 per person, inclusive of GST.

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



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 January 2014




K Albert

Coffs Harbour


A Cardy


Only Once

J A Clift


Vibrant Doll

F & Mrs C Cook


Impressive Yield

J R Cribb


Royal Adventure

M Einfeld



Mrs H Fitzgerald


Lady Shaftesbury

M & Mrs E Frankel


Road Fox

P Galvin



Gooree Pastoral Company


Major Conquest



New Divide

A Gow-Gates



G Harvey


Stolen Kisses


Gosford (2)




Idle Chat (NZ)






Dream Choice



Paris Match

B Hill


I'm Usain

The Hon T Hughes, AO


Party Dress

M Inglis

Warwick Farm


P Kearney




Warwick Farm


Mrs D & P Kepitis

Canterbury (2)

All Cerise



Hot Albert



Hot Albert

G & Mrs D Kolivos

Randwick (2)

Almighty Charge




W Lanham



K Maloney


Space Invader



Breakfast in Bed



Space Invader




R McDowell Randwick Ultimate Gaze
J Middleton Canberra (2) Cloak of Night



Impressive Yield

Moonee Park Pty Ltd Coffs Harbour Goodos
N Moraitis, AM Albury Strada's Diamond






Franz Loves Trees

Mrs J Moses Wyong Checonsul
W Mula Goulburn Knockfin Road
W & Mrs R Mula Gosford Rhamdani
J A Munro Canberra American Time
Dato Tan Chin Nam Randwick Shamalia



Green Empire

J W & Mrs H North Kembla Fascinating
R Pegum Albury (2) Marble Prince



Steakandbernaise (NZ)

K Pryke Gosford Rhamdani
Sheikh Mohammed Canterbury Citations














Kembla (2)






Newcastle (2)






Warwick Farm





Mrs C Size Warwick Farm Let's Rock'n'Roll
C Tognolini Goulburn Pinball Dawn (NZ)
J & Mrs A Vouris Randwick Ultimate Gaze
T & Mrs D Wallace, J Wallace & Miss H Wallace Cessnock (2) Lifou





Newcastle (2)

Empress Milly 










P Walker Kembla Choice Larga
Ms L Watson Gundagai Aye Calypso
M Whitby Gosford Rhamdani



Wonderful Jester



Hard to Hold (NZ)




G & Mrs V Williams Randwick Red Excitement
Mrs V Williams Randwick Estonian Princess
M Yates Randwick Ultimate Gaze
R Zappone Hawkesbury Lady Shaftesbury

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 January 2014

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
G1 VRC Coolmore Stud Stakes Zoustar S Iskander
G1 VRC Melbourne Cup Fiorente (IRE) J & Mrs A McDonnell
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
G2 VRC Yellowglen Stakes Fontelina G Harvey
G2 MRC Sandown Guineas Paximadia Sheikh Mohammed
G2 ATC Villiers Stakes Ninth Legion K Maloney
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
G3 VRC Carbine Club Stakes Paximadia Sheikh Mohammed
G3 VRC Queen Elizabeth Stakes Precedence (NZ) Dato Tan Chin Nam
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
LR VRC Desirable Stakes Moderate Sheikh Mohammed
LR VTC Connoisseur Stakes Surge Ahead Gooree Pastoral Company
LR VRC Hilton Hotels & Resorts Stakes Dothraki G Harvey
LR TATTS RC Recognition Stakes Absalon G Harvey
LR GRC Takeover Target Stakes Emblems Sheikh Mohammed
LR ATC Canterbury Classic Knoydart Sheikh Mohammed
LR MRC Blue Diamond Preview (C&G) Mohave Sheikh Mohammed

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 Wellington Race Club on Sunday, 23 March 2014 – Wellington Boot Day.

One of the biggest events of Country Racing, The Wellington Boot will again be a highlight of TAB Saddle-Up Sundays program. 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 22nd and 23rd 2013. With entertainment for the little ones, fantastic racing for punters and plenty of competitions on track, there’s something for everyone.

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.

Wellington is a 4.5hr scenic drive from Sydney and is located where the Macquarie and Bell Rivers meet at the foot of Mount Arthur. If you don’t want to drive, there are regular train and coach services to Wellington Valley. You could also fly in to Dubbo and catch a bus transfer to Wellington.

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.

I advise that the Association has recently moved offices and is now located in Suite 706, Level 7, 66 King Street, Sydney.

Yours in Racing
Ray McDowell
19 February 2014


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