FROM THE PRESIDENT’S DESK

We have just passed the halfway mark in the Sydney Spring Carnival and haven’t we seen some fantastic racing to date?

As is always the case at this time of the year, the cream has truly “risen to the top”, and this year is no exception to the rule.

My best wishes in particular to all members who have runners at the various Spring Carnivals.  I wish you every success at this wonderful time of year.

I am very pleased to advise that the Australian Turf Club (ATC) has generously adopted a suggestion from your Committee to name the last metropolitan race of each racing year the “NSW Racehorse Owners Trophy” race.  My thanks to the ATC for supporting our suggestion and also to Committee Member Mr Tom O’Callaghan for his outstanding efforts on this matter.  Further details regarding the NSW Racehorse Owners Trophy can be found later in the newsletter.

This month sees the introduction of a Country Racing Update into the newsletter as a new regular item with Secretary Mr Michael Inglis, the driving force of the item.

To quote a well known saying …. “but wait there is more”, I am also pleased to advise that the Association is now on Twitter thanks to the skills of Committee Member Mrs Kerry Carpenter.   So don’t forget to follow our twitter account @nswroa.  Full details regarding same also appears later in the newsletter.

May I also take this opportunity to advise members that Mr Glenn Fraser has recently joined the NSWROA Committee.  Glenn is introduced to members in the “A Quick Word With” column this month.

The Association, via its participation on the Racing Industry Consultation Group (RICG), continues to fight for members on various industry issues with the payment mandate, of course, being of greatest importance at this time.  We again call on Racing Australia to listen to stakeholders before it's too late and permanent damage is done to our industry.

I close my column on a sad note this month with the news that one of racing’s most respected administrators, Mr William (Bill) Rutledge, AM has passed away.  On behalf of the Association I offer our condolences to the Rutledge family.

 

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A QUICK WORD WITH ……GLENN FRASER



In mid September, the Association was delighted to welcome Glenn Fraser as a member of the NSWROA Committee. 

By way of introduction I thought we would put Glenn “in the spotlight” this issue so members can get to know the newest member of the NSWROA Committee.

1.   Firstly, congratulations Glenn on your appointment to the NSWROA Committee.
A.   Thank you.
     
2.   What was your “introduction” into the racing industry?
A.   In 1973 my dad took me to see Ron Quinton ride Analie to victory in the Doncaster. I would never have imagined that almost 30 years later Ron Quinton would train our first ever stakes winner, La Rieuse and 10 years later our family and friends would be fortunate enough to actually win the Doncaster.
     
3.   Why did you decide to become a racehorse owner?
A.   In the early 1990’s I assisted the then public company Arrowfield Limited raise debt finance. I learnt a lot during that assignment and subsequently bought a share in the stallion Bellotto from the Ingham family and a “cheap" Kenmare broodmare who turned out to be a very expensive broodmare.
     
4.   How many horses do you currently race?
A.   Kerry and I have small shares in about a dozen horses at present.  Half of them are unraced so we still live in hope we will get another good horse.
     
5.   Who has been the “best” horse you have owned?
A.   I was lucky enough to see Frankel win twice and Sunline win the Doncaster twice, both champions in their own right.
     
6.   Who has been the “best” horse you have seen?
A.   I was lucky enough to see Frankel win twice and Sunline win the Doncaster twice, both champions in their own right.
     
7   What has been your most memorable moment on a racecourse?
A.   I thought it was when Sacred Choice beat Typhoon Tracey in the Myer but that did not compare to beating More Joyous and 15 others in the 2011 Doncaster. 
     
8.   What is your “vision” for the industry?
A.   To see the industry grow and provide more enjoyment and returns to a greater number of stakeholders. We need to attract younger generations and provide them an ownership experience that other sports just can’t offer.
     
9.   If you were down to your last $20.00 – what would you spend it on?
A.   I’d give it to World Vision, it’s amazing how far $20 goes in some parts of the world.

 

NSW RACEHORSE OWNERS TROPHY RACE

The Australian Turf Club has generously adopted a suggestion from your Committee to name the last metropolitan race of each racing year the “NSW Racehorse Owners Trophy” race.

The first such race will be on Saturday, 30 July 2016.

The importance of this is:

  • It affords all racehorse owners the opportunity of thanking the Club, for its own part and on behalf of all other NSW race clubs, for their providing the venues and prize money for the racing year just closing.
  • It affords the Club, for its part and on behalf of all other NSW race clubs, the opportunity to thank the owners for bringing their horses to compete throughout the year just closing.
  • It affords an opportunity for our Association and the Club jointly to publicly thank Racing NSW, on behalf of all owners and on behalf of all NSW race clubs, for their administration of the Sport over the year just closing.

Two representatives of the owners of the winning horse will receive free invitations to our flagship event, Racing’s Night of Champions, where they will receive the trophy.

Your Committee believes that the strong symbolism of such an occasion will, as the tradition grows over the years, do wonders to foster a relationship, for all to see, of the joint enterprise between the three bodies involved in putting on this marvellous show, day after day, year after year.

 

COUNTRY RACING UPDATE

This month we are pleased to include a new item into the Newsletter, thanks to the assistance of our Secretary Mr Michael Inglis, entitled Country Racing Update which will become a regular feature in the publication.

Primarily the item will include items of interest and updates specific to our country members.

This month we are featuring:


TAB Highway Races

At the time of writing the first “TAB Highway Race” is to be conducted at Randwick this weekend.  This great initiative, which is restricted to country trained horses at Class 2 or Class 3 levels, will be the ninth race scheduled at selected metropolitan Saturday meetings.  I urge our country members to “come to town” and reap the benefits.


2015 Country Racing Awards

The 2015 Country Racing Awards were conducted at the Four Seasons Hotel, Sydney on Friday, 2 October 2015 before a large crowd. The Award winners were:

Award Winners
Simon Nivison Special Achievement Award Anne Hall
Country Horse of the Year Scissor Kick
Country TAB Race Club of the Year Tamworth Jockey Club
Community Race Club of the Year Adaminaby Jockey Club
Outstanding Achievement Award

Murrumbidgee Turf Club
(Kurrajong Charity Raceday)

Country Trainer of the Year Sue Grills
Media Award Doug Ryan
Country Jockey of the Year Greg Ryan
Leading Country Apprentice Jockey Andrew Adkins

Special Achievements Awards were also presented to Bede Murray, Bernie Quinn OAM and Bob Foran.

Our congratulations to all.


Increase in Prize Money for Country Racing

Prize money for country racing has increased by 104% since 2012.  As tax parity is staged in, country owners can expect to be the first to benefit with prize money increasing to $20,000 per race for full TAB meetings.  Racing NSW has also indicated it’s intention to introduce and program showcase meetings which will race for even greater prize money.  Hopefully we will see the first steps taken by no later than 1 July 2016.

 

NSWROA ON TWITTER

Welcome NSWROA to the world of Twitter.  It has taken us a long time to embrace the world of social media, but it has finally happened and we will begin to “Tweet” with enthusiasm.  Our thanks to Committee Member, Kerry Carpenter for her efforts with this project.

We would appreciate a FOLLOW at @nswroa and the occasional tweet to us would be accepted enthusiastically, and we follow back.  We can retweet owner information, runners and results.

Please tweet photographs to us of owners and their horses for us to retweet, or simply let us know when you have a horse running, a horse winning, or even a horse losing that you love.

 

SAVE THE DATE – NSWROA 50th ANNIVERSARY RACEDAY FUNCTION – 5 DECEMBER 2015



I am very pleased to advise members that the Association will be conducting a Raceday Function on 5 December 2015 at Royal Randwick to celebrate our 50th Anniversary.

Details for the function, which will be held in Suite A of the Randwick Ballroom which is located on Level 2 of the new grandstand, are currently being finalised. 

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

Save the date so you can join us at a truly memorable event.

 

“EQUI-COVER FARM” INSURANCE



Hereunder is a reminder to members about “Equi-Cover Farm” a specific farm insurance product available from our good friend and corporate partner Gow-Gates Insurance Brokers.

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Horse insurance has been a core Gow-Gates service for over forty years and we are continually looking to develop unique insurance offerings for Australian horse owners and breeders.

In response to our clients’ need for a product to better manage the risks associated with operating an equine farm business, Gow-Gates has developed a specific farm insurance product in conjunction with Alliance Australia Insurance Limited and Lloyd’s: “Equi-Cover Farm”.

In addition to the insurance of farm assets such as houses, stables, sheds, fencing, machinery, horse trucks and floats, etc, key features include cover for:- 

  • Up to $15,000 provided for temporary accommodation of horses as a result of damage to stables by a defined event
  • Accidental damage to, or theft of, saddlery and tack from a locked building or vehicle either at the farm of when temporarily away from your farm
  • Up to $2,500 per horse for the cost of destroying and disposing of a horse if the horse dies as a result of a defined event
  • Up to $1,000 for the cost to transport horses if the vehicle cannot be driven as a result of a defined event during a land transit

The Equi-Cover Farm package also provides Public Liability cover in respect of agistment/spelling and breeding/stud activities, including Care, Custody and Control liability for claims relating to injury or death of horses in your care, as well as general farm liability. 

Our specialist equine team understands horses and can tailor this insurance product to your particular requirements.

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

 

INDUSTRY UPDATES

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


Vale – Mr William (Bill) Rutledge, AM
It is with great sadness that we advise members of the passing of Mr William (Bill) Rutledge, AM.  Mr Rutledge was one of the industry’s most respected administrators.   He served on the board of the Gosford Race Club for 22 years until his election to the Australian Jockey Club (AJC) Committee.  He then served on the AJC and TAB boards for a further 15 years prior to being elected as Chairman of the AJC and also as the inaugural Chairman of the NSW Thoroughbred Racing Board (now Racing NSW).  Mr Rutledge was recognised with a Member of the Order of Australia for his services to the thoroughbred racing industry in 2005.  On behalf of the NSWROA Committee and our members, we extend our deepest sympathy to the Rutledge Family.


Australian Horse of the Year Awards
The Australian Racehorse of the Year Awards took place on 8 October 2015 in Melbourne.  Dissident took top honours on the night as well as collecting the Champion Sprinter of the Year Award.  These awards are voted on by members of Australia’s racing media, along with senior administrators from the principal racing authorities and metropolitan racing clubs nationwide.  The winners for this year were:

Award Winners
Australian Racehorse of the Year Dissident
Australian Champion Two-Year-Old Vancouver
Australian Champion Three-Year-Old Filly Delicacy
Australian Champion Three-Year-Old Colt or Gelding Brazen Beau
Australian Champion Sprinter

Dissident

Australian Champion Middle Distance Award Contributer (IRE)
Australian Champion Stayer Protectionist (GER)
Australian Champion Jumper Bashboy
Champion Group 1 Trainer Chris Waller
Champion Group 1 Jockey Hugh Bowman
Champion Australian Sire Fastnet Rock

Our congratulations to all winners and in particular to the NSWROA members with interests in Dissident, Vancouver, Brazen Beau and Contributer (IRE).


2015 Provincial Racing Awards

The 2015 Provincial Racing Awards were conducted at the Four Seasons Hotel, Sydney on Friday, 2 October 2015 before a large crowd.   We offer our congratulations to the following Award winners:

Award Winners
Ted McCabe Provincial Recognition Award Geoff Barnett
Provincial Horse of the Year Lucia Valentina (NZ)
Provincial Trainer of the Year Kris Lees
Provincial Jockey of the Year Brenton Avdulla


Racing Australia approves Four Upgrades to Black Type Listings
Racing Australia has endorsed the recommendation of the Australian Pattern Committee for 4 races to be upgraded with effect from 1 January 2016.  Those races are:

  • Guy Walter Stakes be upgraded to Group 2 from Group 3
  • Alexandra Stakes be upgraded to Group 3 from Listed
  • Blue Sapphire Stakes be upgraded to Group 3 from Listed
  • Festival Stakes be upgraded to Group 3 from Listed.

 

BOBS & BOBS EXTRA UPDATE


Update by Matt Jones, Racing NSW Media & Communications Executive

 

Conchita and Cana were the two big movers on the BOBS Bonus Horse Premiership after finding top form during October.

Both horses earned $20,000 in BOBS Bonuses at the same meeting at Royal Randwick on October 10.

Conchita ($7.50) surged up the list of BOBS Bonus winners with an impressive display in the opening event of the day for trainer Paul Perry.  Jumping from barrier three, jockey Thomas Huet drove the Uncle Mo two-year-old to the front from the 1000-metre start and dictated the race.  Huet let the filly go at the top of the rise and she shot clear in a trouble-free run while favourite Star Turn couldn’t get going as he ran into trouble behind runners before running into third place.  “We thought she was a nice filly with quality,’’ Huet said.  “She just missed out on starting in the Gimcrack but maybe it’s better to lose one week (because) maybe she improved a little bit in trackwork and she just won very easily.’’

Just 40 minutes after Conchita, the Team Hawkes-trained Cana raced her way to a second consecutive win to remain undefeated.  Cana ($12) was sent out an even bigger outsider than Conchita and had to do a little bit of work from barrier six before jockey Tommy Berry sat her outside the lead.  Berry nursed the Fastnet Rock filly as long as possible before letting her go in the final 250 metres to hold off the fast-finishing Denpurr by a half head.

The win rocked Cana into second place in the BOBS Bonus Horse Premiership with $25,000 in earnings behind leader Herne’s Oak who has earned $40,000 from two victories.

 

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 September 2015


Owner

Meeting

Horse

J Abrahams

Kembla

Falco

D & Mrs K Ackery

Newcastle

Beyond Thankful (IRE)

 

Wyong

Beyond Thankful (IRE)

G Bachell

Muswellbrook

La Grande

 

Newcastle

Arsonist

 

Scone

La Grande

Mrs D Boyd

Canberra

Ziganui

B & Mrs L Bryant  

Canberra (2)

Atlantic Sentinel

 

 

Flash in the Dark

T Burke

Mendooran

Hector the Sheriff

 

Mudgee

Desert Marshal

 

Scone

Desert Marshal

 

Wellington

Hector the Sheriff

A Cardy

Rosehill

Hellbent

L & Mrs K Carpenter 

Canberra

Flash in the Dark

Mrs C Cook

Kembla

Francais

F & Mrs C Cook

Bathurst

Zatopaz (NZ)

 

Canberra (2)

Flash in the Dark

 

 

High Harmony (NZ)

 

Goulburn

Anecdote

 

Newcastle

Beyond Thankful (IRE)

 

Randwick

Preferment (NZ)

 

Rosehill

Harlem Lady (NZ)

 

Wyong

Beyond Thankful (IRE)

 

Wyong

Toss and Tell (NZ)

S Cook 

Randwick

Rebel Dane

G De Vries

Canberra

Marquee

Ms D Dunn

Rosehill

Music Magnate (NZ)

A Fitzgerald 

Randwick

Rebel Dane

Godolphin

Kembla (3)

Ambience

 

 

Distraught

 

 

Fitou

 

Newcastle

Sabkhat

 

Randwick (2)

Complacent

 

 

Pearls

 

Randwick

Farolitos

 

Rosehill (2)

Exosphere

 

 

Vashka

 

Warwick Farm (2)

Hebden

 

 

Mogador

Gooree Stud

Hawkesbury

Kinagat

 

Randwick

Speak Fondly

 

Randwick

Ruling Dynasty

 

Warwick Farm

Way Too Good

 

Wyong

Muy Bien

G Harvey

Canberra

Cashenti

 

Kembla

Brazen Moss

 

Queanbeyan

Uncle Gerry

P & Mrs A Hickey 

Canberra

Atlantic Sentinel

Ms L Ingham

Newcastle

She's Clean

 

Randwick (2)

Metallic Crown

 

 

Sadler's Lake

 

Randwick

Sadler's Lake

 

Rosehill

Catkins

P Johnston

Tuncurry

Jackknife

Mrs D Kepitis

Newcastle

She's Clean

 

Randwick (2)

Metallic Crown

 

 

Sadler's Lake

 

Randwick

Sadler's Lake

 

Rosehill (2)

Catkins

 

 

Winx

Mrs D & P Kepitis

Flemington

Amicus

 

Randwick

Preferment (NZ)

 

Rosehill

Harlem Lady (NZ)

 

Wyong

Toss and Tell (NZ)

P Kite 

Randwick

Rebel Dane

G & Mrs D Kolivos

Canterbury

Dark Steel

W Lanham

Bathurst

Flys Away

R Lapointe

Kembla

Happy Snitzel

M Larmer

Kembla

Hand From Above

Laurel Oak Bloodstock 

Canberra (2)

Atlantic Sentinel

 

 

Flash in the Dark

 

Randwick

Rebel Dane

G & Mrs J McAuliffe

Nowra

Weona Gladiator

D & Mrs M McLeish

Warwick Farm

Pioneering

J Middleton 

Canberra (2)

Atlantic Sentinel

 

 

Ziganui

Mrs J Mihalyka 

Canberra (2)

Atlantic Sentinel

 

 

Flash in the Dark

 

Randwick

Rebel Dane

L Mihalyka 

Canberra (2)

Atlantic Sentinel

 

 

Flash in the Dark

 

Randwick

Rebel Dane

T Millard 

Canberra

Flash in the Dark

N Moraitis, AM

Wyong

Eleni Whirl

J Murphy 

Randwick

Rebel Dane

Mrs J Murray

Canberra

Atlantic Sentinel

Dato Tan Chin Nam

Canterbury

Nazir (NZ)

 

Caulfield

Miss Gunpowder

 

Kembla

General Zabeel (NZ)

M Naprta 

Canberra

Flash in the Dark

N Parbery 

Randwick

Rebel Dane

Mrs C Pellegrino

Muswellbrook

Celtic Rush

D Ramage

Canterbury

Nazir (NZ)

 

Caulfield

Miss Gunpowder

 

Kembla

General Zabeel (NZ)

Ramsey Pastoral Company

Ballina

Pop A Bottle

C Reynolds 

Canberra

Flash in the Dark

J L Thompson

Hawkesbury

Cockles

 

Scone

Farah

H & Mrs C Tighe

Scone

Valatia

S van Eyk

Canterbury

Mr Entertainer

T & Mrs D Wallace, J & Miss H Wallace

Cessnock (2)

Breaking Story

 

 

Leavesden

Ms L Watson

Gundagai

Sir Ottavio

M Whitby

Warwick Farm

Montauk

T & Mrs V Wray

Collarenebri

Bright 'n' Blue

G Zivkovic

Randwick

Rebel Dane


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 30 September 2015


Category Race Name Horse Owner
G1 ATC Golden Rose Stakes Exosphere Godolphin
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
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
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

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 – 18 OCTOBER 2015 – SHOALHAVEN CITY TURF CLUB



The next TAB Saddle-up Sunday Meeting will be conducted by the Shoalhaven City Turf Club on Sunday, 18 October 2015 – Mollymook Cup Race Day.

An exciting seven race card is scheduled with the highlight being the Mollymook Cup, a Benchmark 65 Handicap over 1200 metres with $20,000 in prizemoney on offer.  All seven races on the card will have a BOBS bonus available.

Nowra is located on the picturesque Shoalhaven River; just over two hours drive south of Sydney. The Shoalhaven City Turf Club is set amongst tranquil bushland via a major arterial road.

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

15 October 2015

 

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