Happy New Year to all members.

As we embark upon another year and 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.

You would have noticed when membership renewals were sent out last month, that membership fees to the Association have remained at the same rate as last year but are now on a per person rather than category basis.

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.

At the time of writing this column, some very sad news has arrived.  One of the Association’s Life and founding members, Dr Percy Sykes, AM, has passed away at the age of 93.

Educated in England and completing his veterinary training before World War II, Dr Sykes served in India with the Royal Army Veterinary Corps.  After the war he returned to London where he set up a practice.  Emigrating to Australia in 1951 he created P E Sykes & Partners in Sydney and quickly established a high profile clientele.

It is very hard to put into words that have not been used previously, what a leader in thoroughbred veterinary science in Australia Dr Sykes was.  His introduction of new equipment, techniques and changes to feeding and training regimes were quickly adopted by many leading trainers and in particular legendary trainer Tommy Smith.  Their hugely successful partnership lasted for 30 years and they become close friends and confidants.

In June 1965 Dr Sykes was one of the nine founding members of the NSW Racehorse Owners Association, a company created, amongst other things, to promote, encourage and ensure co-operative effort in all matters pertaining to the interests of racehorse owners.  Upon his retirement from the Committee, he was awarded life membership to the Association.

By the 1970s, Dr Sykes’ practice had grown to employ 12 veterinarians and covered not only the city but several provincial tracks, stud farms and a large number of spelling farms.  In 1988 the practice became the Randwick Equine Centre and Dr Sykes remained a consultant vet to the practice and to Arrowfield Stud until his passing.

Dr Sykes was appointed a member of the Order of Australia in 2003 and inducted into the Australian Racing Hall of Fame in 2006.

The thoroughbred industry has lost one of our greats and on behalf of the NSWROA Committee and our members, we extend our deepest sympathy to the Sykes Family.



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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 Magic Millions Sale is over for another year. In line with International yearling sales at the tail end of 2013 the market was well up.

An ongoing trend in Australian yearling sales has been that yearling sales have followed the stock market. This sale was very tangible evidence of that theory. In 2013 The All Ords Index in Australia was up by 14%... the median at this sale was up by 14%!!

The sale itself was very strong. 521 of the 601 lots offered were sold which was a very high 87% clearance rate, up 4% on 2013. The aggregate sale price was $75.08m up 10.9%. The average price was up 5.8% from $136k to $144k. As average figures can be distorted by several very high-price yearlings the median was up 14.3% from $106k to $120k. In simple terms half the catalogue sold for more than $120k which highlights the willingness of buyers to spend in the pursuit of a good horse.

The dominance of Sydney racing by a few stables is set to continue or indeed become even more dominant. While Darley are happily breeding their arsenal of talent, Gai Waterhouse and Chris Waller were shoring up theirs. Gai Waterhouse and direct associates bought at least 79 yearlings for $12m while Chris Waller and direct associates bought at least 29 yearlings. No doubt both trainers will receive others purchases and passed-in lots to train.

The leading sires at the sale were not as dominant as in some recent years. The star stallions Redoute's Choice and Fastnet Rock still headed the list with averages of $286k and $270k respectively. For Redoute's it was courtesy of the top-priced lot, a $1 million colt out of Hades. Following behind the top two with averages above $200k were four established sires plus new boy I Am Invincible off his promising-looking first crop. In order came Street Cry, I Am Invincible, Northern Meteor, More Than Ready and High Chaparral.

Newhaven Park Stud had a great week. Aside from selling the sale-topper this year, they also sold the Bjorn Baker-trained Unencumbered, winner of the Magic Millions 2yo Classic. He was sold for $70k in 2013, a price that gives all owners hope that a big price does not have to be paid for a top horse!

The Magic Millions Carnival remains a well-promoted and well-organised Gold Coast 'event' that keeps the professionals, enthusiasts and holiday-makers well occupied with plenty of opportunity to enjoy their racing or try to find a top horse. In 2014 it appears likely to have set the tone for a rise in yearling prices across the board for the upcoming sales.

On 19 and 20 January Inglis host the Classic Sale while following week New Zealand Bloodstock host their annual Karaka Sales.



The Association will be conducting our first function for 2014, a raceday cocktail function at Royal Randwick Racecourse, on Saturday, 22 February 2014 – Apollo Stakes Day and you are cordially invited.  This will be the Association’s first soiree in the new facilities at Royal Randwick.

The function will take place in Suite E of the Randwick Ballroom which is located on Level 2 of the new grandstand.

The cost is $110.00 per person and includes:-

  • Entrance ticket
  • Racebook
  • a substantial cocktail menu
  • Willowglen sparkling, white and red wines, Tooheys beers, mineral water, orange juice and soft drinks
  • RSA beverage waiter service
  • TAB facilities located in the north foyer on level 2
  • TV monitor for race viewing
  • Access to grandstand viewing area


If you are interested in attending, please complete the booking form and return to the NSWROA office by Friday 14 February 2014 by:

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



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.

Please note that if you renew your membership by Friday 7 February 2014, 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.



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

Licensing Of Veterinarians – Introduction By RNSW (Commencement Deferred Until End Of January 2014)
Racing NSW and the Veterinary Practitioners Board have held a series of discussions on an alternative to licensing of veterinary practitioners by Racing NSW. Both parties are committed to ensuring the integrity of Thoroughbred racing in NSW and the provision of veterinary services to this industry. A Memorandum of Understanding is currently being finalised and the parties are committed to reaching an agreement by the end of January 2014. In order to allow those negotiations to continue, Local Rule 82C and the licensing process will be suspended until the end of January 2014.

The Championships Website Goes Live is now live - designed and built with the aim of keeping racegoers and participants informed and up to date in the lead-up to April's $18.2 million event at Royal Randwick.

The Championships, to be held between 12 and 19 April 2014, are part of the BMW Sydney Carnival and will feature a dazzling array of time honoured events which will draw together the best horses from Australasia and around the world from each age and distance category.

In an industry first, The Championships has collaborated with social media start-up Stackla, with The Championships website displaying the social media aggregation platform prominently on its homepage to give users a visually stimulating and enjoyable way to access social content about the event.

The Championships website, designed and built by key racing industry body RISA, also features a seamless ticketing experience through Ticketek and the ability to purchase hospitality through its partner, the Australian Turf Club. Visit



Update by Ben Flores, Media Officer, Racing NSW

As we enter the New Year, positive rounds of major yearling sales in 2013 where a market was buoyed by encouraging results from overseas has set the scene for 2014 which looks to be just as prosperous.

January is a major month for horseflesh with the Magic Millions Yearling Sales conducted on the Gold Coast from January 8 to 12 and the first of the Inglis sales, the Sydney Classic Yearling Sale to take place over two days on January 19 and 20.

Covering an impressive 480 lots, the Summer Classic Sale last year boasted an enormous 417 BOBS eligible horses – making a massive 89 per cent of the sale eligible for the incentive scheme.

Given the Inglis Classic Yearling Sale is conducted in Sydney’s Newmarket complex, one would feel safe to assume that BOBS eligible horses outnumbering non BOBS eligible horses was a reasonable connection.

However, when viewing the numbers around the Magic Millions Sale on Queensland’s Gold Coast, it can truly be seen how successful a bonus scheme BOBS actually is.

Beginning on Wednesday January 8 and concluding on Saturday January 12, the Magic Millions Sale saw some 926 lots come under the gavel, just under double of that in Sydney.

Of those 926 lots, 777 were BOBS eligible horses; that is an astonishing 84 per cent; meaning a paltry 16 per cent of horses available are not BOBS eligible or just 149 of 926 lots.

The BOBS scheme in NSW dwarfs any other incentive plan in Australia, not only in the total amount paid out each season but also by the sheer number of horses eligible.

One of those eligible stallions, champion Sire Exceed and Excel, is currently leading the BOBS Stallion premiership with $235,000 in BOBS bonus money won so far.

The Darley Stallion’s progeny have won 27 races so far this season, with Lonhro sitting next in line with 21 winners and $180,000 in BOBS bonuses won.



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 2013




J Abrahams


Target In Sight



Target In Sight

G Altomonte Canberra Mahara
Ms N Anderson Orange Girls Own
G Bachell Randwick Koroibete
R J Balding Kembla Perfect Weapon




R S Balding Nowra Ateaces
S Bianchini Queanbeyan Bold Reality
Mrs D Boyd Canterbury Rose of Falvelon
A Cardy Canberra (2) Only Once



Shlingas (NZ)



Kazoom (NZ)



Cry Havoc (NZ)

J Carmody Randwick Star of Helicon
J A Clift Quirindi Vibrant Doll
Mrs C Cook Canterbury Hadiklaim
F & Mrs C Cook Canterbury Absolutelyanything
N Couper Hawkesbury Ball of Muscle
B Cowell Canberra Street Money
G De Vries Gosford Coutainville
G & Mrs S Fischl Moruya Kyoto
D Fuller Moree Iron Mistress
Gooree Pastoral Company Gosford New Divide
G Harvey Canterbury Crooked Stick


Hawkesbury (2)

Centre Pivot





Kembla (2)

Blowin' Your Mind



Lucky Lucky Lucky



Dream Choice

B Hill Scone I'm Usain
Mrs D Kepitis Canterbury Hadiklaim
R Lapointe Canterbury Tamariz
HE Nasser Lootah Canterbury Maysoon




K Maloney Goulburn Martilago



Centre Pivot






Ninth Legion

Ms J May Murwillumbah Romp It In
R McDowell Gosford Ultimate Gaze
J Middleton Canberra Cloak of Night



Rose of Falvelon

G Mooratoff Kembla Wine 'n' Dine
N Moraitis, AM Corowa Strada's Diamond
T Morton Quirindi Goleggo
A J Moulding Taree Fun With Indy
W & Mrs R Mula Randwick Paederos (FR)
J A Munro Bathurst Entrée Time



Entrée Time

Dato Tan Chin Nam Canterbury Ashamar



Street Savvy



Prospector (NZ)


Randwick (2)




Street Savvy

R Pegum Corowa Steakandbearnaise (NZ)
K Pryke Kembla Danaura
Sheikh Mohammed Canterbury (2) Fringed








Hawkesbury (2)









Randwick (5)















Rosehill (3)









Warwick Farm


G & Mrs G Stack Muswellbrook Vicar
Ms M Tesoriero Canberra Street Money
C Tognolini Queanbeyan Bold Reality



Pinball Dawn (NZ)

N & Mrs A Vass Wyong Sweet Idea
J & Mrs A Vouris Gosford Ultimate Gaze
T & Mrs D Wallace, J Wallace & Miss H Wallace Canterbury Social Rank








Scone (2)





M Whitby Hawkesbury Hard to Hold (NZ)
M Yates Gosford Ultimate Gaze
L Young Queanbeyan Bold Reality

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 December 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
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

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 Tamworth Jockey Club on Sunday, 19 January 2014 – Country Music Cup Day.

Tamworth is regarded as a must-see landmark of Country NSW and has been lauded as the capital of country racing! Even if you’re not a fan of country music, there’s something on offer in Tamworth on Country Music Cup Day!

Get trackside with Tamworth Jockey Club and celebrate a great day out for the whole family, featuring Fashions on the Field and plenty of entertainment for the kids with FREE entry for under 18’s!

Located approximately 420km north of Sydney, Tamworth is famous for its annual Country Music Festival and is a hive of activity during January each year!

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
17 January 2014


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