FROM THE PRESIDENT’S DESK

As members would be aware, 2015 is a very special year for the NSW Racehorse Owners Association (NSWROA) – it is our 50th Anniversary and it is my great honour to be the President of the Association as we recognise and acknowledge this milestone occasion in the Association’s history.

NSWROA is very proud to be celebrating 50 years of service to our members and what better way to commemorate this special time than at a raceday function.  Details for the function have previously been sent to members and an item also follows later in the newsletter.

I encourage members to join us for what will truly be a memorable event.

Although it is hard to believe, another year has nearly come and gone.  That means it is almost membership renewal time.
 
As they say there is strength in numbers! We are always looking out for new members as the stronger we are the more effective we can be in influencing decisions taken by governing bodies and attracting sponsorship.

I invite you to encourage your fellow owners to join your Association to assist us in improving conditions for owners across the board.

In closing it would be remiss of me if I did not make mention of the wonderful success our members have had during the various Spring Carnivals held in October.  Some twenty two black type wins were recorded at Caulfield (3), Flemington (5), Moonee Valley (3) and Randwick (11) with six of those at the ultimate level.

Our members also recorded wins at Albury (2), Ballina, Bathurst, Canterbury (5), Cessnock, Gosford (6), Hawkesbury (3), Kembla (6), Lockhart, Moree, Mungery, Muswellbrook (4), Nowra, Orange, Queanbeyan (2), Randwick (6), Rosehill (2), Scone (3), Wagga (2), Warwick Farm (5) and Wyong (5) during the month.
 
I offer my hearty congratulations to everyone who has had a winner this month.  I am sure you will agree, there is no better feeling in the world.

See you at the races.

 

On behalf of our Members, NSWROA is grateful for the sponsorship and support of Tabcorp.

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A QUICK WORD WITH …… FRANCIS COOK



Recently we have been featuring members of the NSWROA Committee in the “A Quick Word with ….” column in the newsletter in order for members to “get to know” them. 

This month Francis Cook is “in the spotlight”.

1.   Francis, what was your “introduction” into the racing industry?
A.   I met up with a former school mate who was training. We went to the sales and bought a filly for $5,500 in partnership with another couple. We named her “Warning Siren”.  She won the Gimcrack Stakes on protest at her first start in 1993.
     
2.   Why did you decide to become a racehorse owner?
A.   Talked into it by a trainer, how else? My wife Christine and I have loved it ever since!
     
3.  

How many horses do you currently race?

A.   I love going to the sales and inspecting yearlings, so I end up involved with shares in too many I like!  My stock answer is “an undisclosed number” - only my accountant knows. The joy of racing with many others! Our trainers include Chris Waller, Matthew Smith, Joe Pride, Lee Curtis, Bjorn Baker and Tony McEvoy in Sydney, Helen Page in Queensland and Tony Noonan (through Laurel Oak), Shane Nicholls and Wendy Kelly in Victoria. I also l breed commercially (love pedigrees), through “Mystery Downs Trust” with Linda and Ian Duckworth caring for the stock at Fairview Park, Grose Wold.
     
4.   Which has been the “best” horse you have owned?
A.   Gee that’s a “toss-up”! Thanks to the vision of Chris Waller in targetting stayers, Foreteller won three Group Ones then Preferment came along to win the Victoria Derby and Turnbull Stakes and Moriarty a Railway Stakes all at Group One and Kelinni winning a Lexus to get us into the Melbourne Cup!. Before that, there was Doonan, a horse I selected with Helen Page for $30,000 which won the Golden Rose in 2004 which gave Christine and me an enormous thrill at Rosehill with all our friends there and of course good old grey Hadaaf, retrained as clerk of the course Kembla, which won 13 city races for us for with Joe Pride.
     
5.   Who has been the “best” horse you have seen?
A.  

Kingston Town, he was Group One at any distance.

     
6.   What has been your most memorable moment on a racecourse?
A.   When we were married I told Chris I would take her places she never dreamed of.  Chris thought London, Paris, New York.  No - Wellington, Bathurst, Wyong, Grafton, Ballarat to name a few gems.  Seriously though cheering Doonan home in the 2004 Golden Rose with my wife and friends together at Rosehill and Kelinni winning his way into the Melbourne Cup stay forefront in my emotions.
     
7.   What is your “vision” for the industry?
A.   An industry where each sector fully respects the other and work together for the common good. Thoroughbred racing has wonderful people involved, Owners, Breeders, Trainers, Committee members, Directors, Management and staff. We need to work together to ensure the industry thrives in a competitive marketplace and acknowledge the responsibility we have to those who invest and work within the industry.  Mutual respect I believe is essential.
     
8.   If you were down to your last $20.00 – what would you spend it on?
A.   A pie and the train fare home!

 

NSWROA 50th ANNIVERSARY RACEDAY FUNCTION – 5 DECEMBER 2015

 

The Association will be conducting, a raceday cocktail function at Royal Randwick Racecourse, on Saturday, 5 December 2015 to celebrate our 50th Anniversary and you are cordially invited.

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

The cost is $125.00 per person (including GST) and includes:-

  • Entrance ticket
  • Racebook
  • a substantial cocktail menu
  • ATC house beer, wine and soft drinks
  • RSA beverage waiter service
  • TAB facilities located in the southern foyer on level 2
  • TV monitor for race viewing

If you are interested in attending, click here for a booking form and return to the NSWROA office by Friday  27 November 2015 by:

      Email:              nswroa1@ozemail.com.au
      Facsimile:         (02) 9299 3212
      Post:                GPO Box 1506, Sydney NSW 2001

 

COUNTRY RACING UPDATE

TAB Highway Races
The Highway races are off to a flying start. Fields have been strong and Turnover excellent. Although it is still only early days it seems likely that this concept is here to stay.  There is also a likely flow on effect with an increased interest in Country Racing generally which is great news as we head towards the first heats of the Country Championships.

General News

  • Work continues at several Country tracks most notably Port Macquarie.
  • Still no indication as to when we can expect increases in prize money for Country Races but we will let you know as soon we have some news.

 

RACING HISTORY SPECIAL FEATURE:  PHAR LAP MEMORABILIA

 

Having just seen the completion of the Melbourne Cup Carnival, our good friend and NSWROA member, Mr Graham Caves, has kindly prepared for the interest of members, the following item regarding some memorabilia featuring one of the Carnival’s greatest stars – Phar Lap.

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In Melbourne on Melbourne Cup eve a rare and remarkable piece of racing history was sold by the auction house Mossgreen. The item is rare because it is the catalogue for the New Zealand Thoroughbred (to become the National) Yearling Sale of 1928 and that, of course, is when and where Phar lap was sold. It is remarkable because it exposes the little known fact that William Inglis & Son sold Phar Lap.

Quite why that came about is unclear to this writer but the fact is that the New Zealand National Sale began in 1927 and it was structured so that there was a morning and an afternoon session. The morning session was conducted by New Zealand's largest horse auctioneers Wright, Stephenson & Co. Ltd. jointly with Sydney horse sellers H. Chisholm & Co., while the afternoon session, where Phar lap was sold as Lot 41, was conducted by New Zealand's leading South Island auctioneers Pyne, Gould, Guinness Ltd. and Wm Inglis & Son Ltd. also from Sydney.

The auction in 1928 was structured the same way and what a coup to have Phar Lap in just the second National sale.

This catalogue has added significance because it belonged to the sales auctioneer, a Mr. D Gould, and carries hand written notes inside relative to the purchase of Phar lap for 160 guineas and "Telford to take delivery", meaning Harry's brother Hugh. Also notated is the purchase for "Davis of Sydney", owner David Davis who famously leased him to Harry Telford, so underwhelmed was he of his gangling yearling.

A copy of this catalogue sold some years ago for $8,000 if memory serves correctly, but with the added provenance for this copy the sales estimate was put at between $20,000/30,000.

The sale exceeded expectations as the final bid, including buyer's premium, was $46,360. Nice to know that the winning bidder was the National Museum of Australia in Canberra.

An aside: Being unaware, many years ago, of the split selling agents arrangement, this writer broke out in a sweat when locating and buying the January 24 1928 catalogue (for $40), only to learn, soon after, that it was the morning session - no Phar Lap.

 

 

NSWROA ON FACEBOOK

 

Following on from our entry into the world of Twitter last month, the Association has continued its path on social media and has joined Facebook.  Once again our thanks to Committee Member, Kerry Carpenter for her efforts with this project.

Please "like" our page on Facebook.  You can find us on Facebook as NSW Racehorse Owners Association.

 

DISCOVER THE RACING WORLD WITH AMBASSADOR TRAVEL SERVICES

 

A reminder to members that our good friends at Ambassador Travel Services conduct numerous racing tours, both within Australia and around the world each year.

Why not join Australia’s leading provider of thoroughbred racing tours and travel in the company of like-minded people, experiencing the races in style and comfort.

The 2016 Royal Ascot Tour is just one of the many exciting tours Ambassador Travel has on offer.

For a complete listing of all tours available, visit their website at www.ambassadortravel.com.au or call them on (07) 3229 6555.

 

INDUSTRY UPDATES

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

2015 Racing NSW Annual Report
Racing NSW has advised that the 2015 Annual Report is now available for viewing.  Click here to view the report.

2015 Godolphin Stud & Stable Staff Awards
The finalists have been announced for the 2015 Godolphin Stud & Stable Staff Awards and are as follows:-

*          Dedication to Racing Award – Warren Hughes, Mark Newnham, Hayley Nichols
*          Thoroughbred Care and Welfare Award – Amy Taylor, Lee Purchase, William Adam
*          Horsemanship Award – Ben Cadden, Scott Eeles, Stephen O’Halloran
*          Administration Award – Cassandra Simmonds, Colin Tuck, Don Healy
*          Dedication to Breeding Award – Vikki Cannon, Bernadette Hamill, Gerard Ryan
*          Leadership Award – Richard Nettleton, Brian Gorman, John Livingstone

The inaugural Australian Godolphin Stud and Stable Staff Awards ceremony will be held at The Stables, Royal Randwick on Tuesday, 24 November, 2015.

Vale – Mr Timothy Bell
It is with great sadness that we advise members of the recent passing of Mr Timothy Bell.  Timothy died in a non-racing related incident in Singapore where he was on a three-month riding contract.  He was just 22 years of age.  He enjoyed his best season in 2013/14 when he took out the Brisbane Jockeys’ Premiership, riding 135 winners before being runner-up last season. He captured his first Group 1 victory on Tinto in the Queensland Oaks in May 2014 whilst his last NSW win was on Legendary Luke on Ramornie Handicap Day at Grafton in July 2015.  Timothy rode a total of 651 winners with his final victory being on short-priced favourite Lim’s Bullet in the final race at Kranji Racecourse, Singapore on 1 November 2015.  On behalf of the NSWROA Committee and our members, we extend our deepest sympathy to the Bell Family.

 

BOBS & BOBS EXTRA UPDATE


Update by Matt Jones, Racing NSW Media & Communications Executive

 

The John O’Shea-trained Morton’s Fork was one of the big BOBS winners in the early weeks of November after he brought up his first career win at Canterbury Park in the TAB More Than Just Winning Plate (1100m).

The son of Ad Valorem was sent out a $2.80 chance after finishing fourth on debut three weeks earlier and jockey Sam Clipperton rode strongly to drive him to the line and defeat Babooshka by a quarter of a length.

Morton’s Fork joins a large number of horses that have secured $20,000 in BOBS Bonuses this season and with leader still Herne’s Oak with $40,000 from two BOBS bonus wins.

Champion Thoroughbreds syndicator Jason Abrahams praised the BOBS Bonus scheme, particularly the Double Up feature where owners can elect to take twice the normal BOBS bonus winnings in the form of a ‘Double Up’ voucher.  That voucher can then be used to purchase another BOBS eligible horse.

“It makes more sense if you have a BOBS horse, it’s a huge advantage and we see people gravitate towards them more than non-BOBS horses for financial reasons,” Abrahams said.

“We encourage it to all our owners, especially the BOBS Double Up, which are great for helping people buy their next share in a horse, and it encourages us to buy NSW-bred horses.”

 

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 October 2015


Owner

Meeting

Horse

J Abrahams

Gosford

Ekklestone (NZ)

D & Mrs K Ackery

Hawkesbury

Spatsizi (NZ)

 

Warwick Farm

Torgersen (NZ)

G Altomonte

Scone

Alessia

J Bach

Gosford

Dorf Star

 

Kembla

Dorf Star

G Bachell

Gosford

Volante

A Cardy

Wyong

Rena's Lady

F & Mrs C Cook

Canterbury

Now's The Time (IRE)

 

Flemington

Preferment (NZ)

 

Hawkesbury

Spatsizi (NZ)

 

Kembla

Bleiler (NZ)

 

Scone

Pennington

 

Warwick Farm (2)

Torgersen (NZ)

 

 

Zin Zan Elsie

N Couper

Randwick

Terravista

F Crews

Gosford

Rituals

Ms D Dunn

Randwick

Music Magnate (NZ)

Emirates Park

Gosford

Taaj

 

Muswellbrook

Beyond

 

Orange

Harir

 

Wyong

Output

T Ford

Nowra

Chief in Command

G Gereaux

Flemington

La Passe

Godolphin

Caulfield

Vashka

 

Flemington

Ambience

 

Hawkesbury

Art Nouveau

 

Moonee Valley

Holler

 

Randwick (5)

Ambience

 

 

Calliope

 

 

Complacent

 

 

Exosphere

 

 

Magic Hurricane (IRE)

 

Wyong

Chamarel

Gooree Stud

Canterbury

Way Too Good

 

Randwick (2)

Ruling Dynasty

 

 

Speak Fondly

S Grant

Rosehill

Dance of Heroes (GB)

Gundaroo Stud

Ballina

Quackerlina

G Harvey

Canterbury

Hieroglyphics

 

Hawkesbury

Hursley (NZ)

 

Moonee Valley

Sovereign Nation

 

Randwick

Dothraki

 

Randwick

Dream Choice

D Henderson

Flemington

Excess Knowledge (GB)

B J Hudson

Gosford

Chosen Prayer

Ms L Ingham

Flemington

Japonisme

Mrs D Kepitis

Canterbury

Electrifyin'

 

Flemington

Japonisme

 

Moonee Valley

Winx

 

Randwick

Winx

Mrs D & P Kepitis

Flemington

Preferment (NZ)

 

Kembla

Bleiler (NZ)

G & Mrs D Kolivos

Randwick

Nayeli

W Lanham

Canterbury

Flys Away

M Larmer

Caulfield (2)

Amovatio

 

 

Vezalay

 

Kembla

Hand from Above

G & Mrs J McAuliffe

Muswellbrook

Weona Gladiator

J Middleton

Gosford

Chosen Prayer

 

Rosehill

Gamblestown (NZ)

 

Warwick Farm

Gamblestown (NZ)

N Moraitis, AM

Bathurst

Devil In A Dress

 

Kembla

Eleni Whirl

 

Wyong

Passionflower

W & Mrs R Mula

Muswellbrook

Goldstone

 

Randwick (2)

Bold Circle

 

 

Mr Manhattan

 

Warwick Farm

Mr Manhattan

Dato Tan Chin Nam

Wyong

Solar Sky

T O'Callaghan

Kembla

Eagle Stryke

R Pegum

Albury

Margiel Stryker

 

Rosehill

Dance of Heroes (GB)

Mrs C Pellegrino

Queanbeyan

Kismet

 

Scone

Salerno

K Pryke

Kembla

Yellen (NZ)

D Ramage

Wyong

Solar Sky

D Skinner

Moree

Sneakin' In 

N & Mrs A Vass

Gosford

Rituals

T & Mrs D Wallace, J & Miss H Wallace

Cessnock

Above Suspicion

 

Muswellbrook

Impuesto

G Watson

Randwick

Secret Prophet (NZ)

 

Warwick Farm

Champagne Rein (NZ)

Ms L Watson

Albury

Our True Matriarch

 

Lockhart

Izzy Squizzy

 

Wagga (2)

Aribaa (GB)

 

 

Surzeal

M Whitby

Randwick

Montauk

Ms D Windschuttel

Queanbeyan

Snippet of Hope

Mrs V Wray

Mungery

Right of Reply


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 2015-2016 season is as follows:


NSWROA Members
2015/2016 Black Type Honour Roll
Current to 31 October 2015


Category Race Name Horse Owner
G1 ATC Golden Rose Stakes Exosphere Godolphin
G1 ATC Epsom Handicap Winx Mrs D Kepitis
G1 ATC Flight Stakes Speak Fondly Gooree Stud
G1 ATC Metropolitan Handicap Magic Hurricane (IRE) Godolphin
G1 VRC Turnbull Stakes Preferment (NZ) Mrs D & P Kepitis, F & Mrs C Cook
G1 MVRC Cox Plate Winx Mrs D Kepitis
G1 VRC Coolmore Stud Stakes Japonisme Ms L Ingham, Mrs D Kepitis
G2 ATC Warwick Stakes Royal Descent G Harvey
G2 ATC Silver Shadow Stakes Speak Fondly Gooree Stud
G2 ATC Furious Stakes Speak Fondly Gooree Stud
G2 ATC Chelmsford Stakes Complacent Godolphin
G2 ATC Theo Marks Stakes Winx Mrs D Kepitis
G2 VRC Let's Elope Stakes Amicus Mrs D & P Kepitis
G2 ATC The Shorts Rebel Dane Laurel Oak Bloodstock, Mrs J Mihalkya, L Mihalyka, J Murphy, A Fitzgerald, P Kite, S Cook, N Parbery, G Zivkovic
G2 ATC Tea Rose Stakes Pearls Godolphin
G2 ATC Hill Stakes Preferment (NZ) Mrs D & P Kepitis, F & Mrs C Cook
G2 MRC Thousand Guineas Prelude Miss Gunpowder Dato Tan Chin Nam, D Ramage
G2 ATC Shannon Stakes Vashka Godolphin
G2 MVRC Stutt Stakes Sovereign Nation G Harvey
G2 ATC Roman Consul Stakes Exosphere Godolphin
G2 ATC Premiere Stakes Terravista N Couper
G2 VRC Blazer Stakes La Passe G Gereaux
G2 VRC Wakeful Stakes Ambience Godolphin
G3 ATC San Domenico Stakes Japonisme Ms L Ingham & Mrs D Kepitis
G3 ATC Up and Coming Stakes Shards Godolphin
G3 ATC Toy Show Quality Amicus Mrs D & P Kepitis
G3 ATC Run To The Rose Exosphere Godolphin
G3 ATC Ming Dynasty Quality Metallic Crown Ms L Ingham & Mrs D Kepitis
G3 ATC Sheraco Stakes Catkins Ms L Ingham & Mrs D Kepitis
G3 NJC Tibbie Stakes She's Clean Ms L Ingham & Mrs D Kepitis
G3 NJC Newcastle Cup Beyond Thankful (IRE) D & Mrs K Ackery, F & Mrs C Cook
G3 ATC Bill Ritchie Handicap Sadler's Lake Ms L Ingham & Mrs D Kepitis
G3 ATC Craven Plate Complacent Godolphin
G3 MRC Moonga Stakes Vashka Godolphin
G3 ATC The Nivison Nayeli G & Mrs D Kolivos
G3 MVRC Red Anchor Stakes Holler Godolphin
G3 VRC Lexus Stakes Excess Knowledge (GB) D Henderson
LR ATC Premier's Cup Magic Hurricane (IRE) Godolphin
LR WRC Wyong Gold Cup Beyond Thankful (IRE) D & Mrs K Ackery, F & Mrs C Cook
LR ATC Gimcrack Stakes Calliope Godolphin
LR ATC Dulcify Qualiry Ambience Godolphin
LR MRC Weekend Hussler Stakes Amovatio M Larmer
LR MRC Alinghi Stakes Vezalay M Larmer
LR City Tatts Club Lightning Handicap Dothraki G Harvey
LR City Tatts Club Cup Ruling Dynasty Gooree Stud

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 – 22 NOVEMBER 2015 – GOULBURN & DISTRICT RACING CLUB

 

The next TAB Saddle-up Sunday Meeting will be conducted by the Goulburn & District Racing Club on Sunday, 22 November 2015 – Goulburn Cup Day.

An exciting eight race card is scheduled with the highlight being the Goulburn Cup, an Open Handicap over 1600 metres with $100,000 in prizemoney on offer.  All eight races on the card will have a BOBS bonus available.

Goulburn is a two hour drive by car some 195 kilometres south of Sydney. Take a scenic drive through the beautiful Southern Highlands and stop off at picturesque towns such as Bowral, Mittagong and Moss Vale.

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

 

GENERAL

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
President

12 November 2015

 

NSW Racehorse Owners Association • GPO Box 1506, SYDNEY NSW 2001
Ph: 9299 4299 • Fax: 9299 3212 • E: nswroa1@ozemail.com.au • W: www.nswroa.com.au