FROM THE PRESIDENT’S DESK

Well ….. Racing’s Night of Champions is over for another year.  I know it sounds as if I am repeating myself each year but seriously, how good is this function?

It was wonderful to see the industry once again united with Racing NSW re-joining us for our flagship event at the home of racing, Royal Randwick. 

This year we were glad to welcome special guests:-

  • the Hon. John Barilora MP, Minister for Regional Development, Minister for Skills and Minister for Small Business who attended as the Deputy Premier’s representative at the Awards;
  • the President of the Prince of Wales Hospital Foundation, Mr George Kemp and Mrs Kemp;
  • the Chief Executive of Racing NSW, Mr Peter V’Landys;
  • the Member for Coogee, Mr Bruce Notley-Smith, MP; and
  • the Deputy Mayor of Randwick, Mr Anthony Andrews and Mrs Andrews.

I am very pleased to advise that the night was another great success.  May I take this opportunity to once again congratulate all award nominees and winners.

It would be remiss of me indeed if I did not make special mention of the winners of the 2015 NSWROA Industry Recognition Awards - John Tapp, OAM and Ken Callander.  Both gentlemen received a deserved standing ovation when accepting their awards for their fantastic contribution to our industry.  It was one of those occasions that you just had to be at to fully appreciate.  I, like the rest of the guests in the room, was so glad I was there to witness it.

On behalf of both the Prince of Wales Hospital Foundation (our charity of choice for the function) and NSWROA, I extend our thanks to all of those who attended and contributed so generously to the auctions and raffle. A special thanks to those who attended for the first time and we look forward to seeing you again at future functions.  For further details please see item later in the newsletter.

Whilst still in “function mode”, the Association was delighted to once again support the National Jockeys Trust by taking a table at their annual function which was conducted at Royal Randwick on 5 September 2015.  As usual this function was well attended by the industry and raised much needed funds for the National Jockeys Trust.
 
At the time of writing, the first day of the ATC Spring Carnival has just been conducted.  I urge all members to attend the Carnival which runs until 3 November 2015 and includes numerous time honoured races.

It’s Spring in Sydney – 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 …… TOM O’CALLAGHAN



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 Tom O’Callaghan is “in the spotlight”.

1.        Tom, what was your “introduction” into the racing industry?
A.        The day I started at St. Josephs College Hunters Hill in 1967 and I met my great friend ever since, Dick Hickey, who started the same day.

2.        Why did you decide to become a racehorse owner?
A.        One quiet University day, around 1970, a small group of us went out to Inglis Newmarket Stables to watch the sales and to have a beer under the fig tree, and we left with a horse; he raced as Tomorrow The World and was trained by the mighty Bart.

3.        How many horses do you currently race?
A.        I have minor participations in five racehorses at present.

4.        Who has been the “best” horse you have owned?
A.        Square The Circle.

5.        Who has been the “best” horse you have seen?
A.        Vain.

6.        What has been your most memorable moment on a racecourse?
A.        Cheering home So You Think in the 2010 Cox Plate.

7.        What is your “vision” for the industry?
A.        That it continue to have its great essential Australian character, unifying its followers across the length and breadth of the country in admiration of their Champions, and offering a stage on which it is always not the best bred or most expensive, but the bravest, which wins.

8.         If you were down to your last $20.00 – what would you spend it on? 
A.         I’d need to analyse where my investment plans had gone so wrong – and then embark on a rebuilding phase.

 

2015 RACING’S NIGHT OF CHAMPIONS



Before a jam-packed room and with the industry once again united in the Royal Randwick Ballroom of the Australian Turf Club, First Seal was named the Tab.com.au NSW Champion Horse of the Year at the NSW Racehorse Owners Association’s (NSWROA) 2015 Racing’s Night of Champions.


The Proud Owners and Trainer of First Seal the winner of the
Tab.com.au NSW Champion Horse of the Year Award flanked by
Craig Nugent from Tabcorp (left) and Ray McDowell (right)

 

With Racing NSW re-joining the event this year, their annual awards were also presented on the night with Chris Waller once again taking out the coveted Bart Cummings Medal.

 

There were dual winners of the NSWROA Industry Recognition Award with John Tapp, OAM and Ken Callander the very worthy recipients.

 

We saw the “very best” in the racing world in contention for all the awards at this gala event in aid of the Prince of Wales Hospital Foundation which was televised live on Sky Thoroughbred Central.

The award winners for the 2014/15 season were:

Award Winners

TAB.COM.AU NSW CHAMPION HORSE OF THE YEAR

First Seal

NSWROA INDUSTRY RECOGNITION AWARD

John Tapp, OAM and Ken Callander

NSW 2 YEAR OLD OF THE YEAR
Proudly sponsored by the Australian Turf Club

Pride of Dubai

NSW 3 YEAR OLD OF THE YEAR
Proudly sponsored by Gow-Gates Insurance Brokers

First Seal

NSW SPRINTER OF THE YEAR
Proudly sponsored by the Australian Turf Club

Chautauqua

NSW MILER OF THE YEAR
Proudly sponsored by Sydney Horse Transport

Royal Descent

NSW MIDDLE DISTANCE HORSE OF THE YEAR
Proudly sponsored by New Zealand Bloodstock

Criterion (NZ)

NSW STAYER OF THE YEAR
Proudly sponsored by Emirates

Grand Marshal (GB)

QUEEN OF THE AUTUMN
Proudly sponsored by Inglis

First Seal

NSW COUNTRY CHAMPION HORSE OF THE YEAR
Proudly sponsored by Sky Racing

Scissor Kick

NSW PROVINCIAL CHAMPION HORSE OF THE YEAR
Proudly sponsored by Sky Racing

Lucia Valentina (NZ)

 

As well as the Bart Cummings Medal, Chris Waller also picked up the T J Smith Award for the Sydney Premiership Trainer.  Other awards presented included the George Moore Award (Hugh Bowman), the Theo Green Award (Winona Costin), BOBS Horse of the Year (Eisenhower), NSW Racing Writers’ Personality of the Year (Blake Shinn) and the Sydney Strapper of the Year (Vicki Szecsodi).


By popular demand, The Chantoozies returned as the feature entertainment and once again quickly wowed the crowd and had everyone on the dance floor.


The Chantoozies


NSWROA President, Mr Ray McDowell said “on behalf of the Prince of Wales Hospital Foundation and NSWROA, I would like to thank everyone for attending to help us “celebrate the best” of the NSW thoroughbred industry.  My thanks also to our sponsors – we couldn’t do it without you!  Congratulations to all winners and I look forward to seeing you all again next year at this wonderful event.”

Visit the NSWROA website www.nswroa.com.au to view the Photo Galleries from the night.

 

2015 GODOLPHIN STUD AND STABLE STAFF AWARDS

 

In association with Thoroughbred Breeders Australia and Racing Australia, the Godolphin Stud and Stable Staff Awards, recognises and rewards the hard work and dedication of stud and stable staff and acknowledges the huge contribution they make to the racing industry in Australia.

The awards are divided into seven categories, which carry a total prize-pool of $100,000.

The categories are as follows:

1.         Leadership Award (Stud or Stable)
2.         Horsemanship Award (Stud or Stable)
3.         Dedication to Breeding Award
4.         Dedication to Racing Award
5.         Administration (Stud/Racing Stable/Ancillary Services) Award (Stud or Stable)
6.         Thoroughbred Care and Welfare Award
7.         Thoroughbred Excellence Award – Overall Award (Stud or Stable only)

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

The nomination period opened on Tuesday 1 September 2015 and closes at 5.00 pm AEST on Monday 28 September 2015.

Click here for the 2015 Godolphin Stud and Stable Staff Awards Nomination Form

Click here for FAQ information

 

ELECTION OF OFFICE BEARERS

Members are advised that an election of NSWROA office bearers has recently taken place with the following results:


President: Ray McDowell

Vice President: Peter Beer

Secretary: Michael Inglis

Treasurer: Peter Beer

 

2015 RACING’S NIGHT OF CHAMPIONS – MEMBER TICKET COMPETITION



Thank you to all who attended 2015 Racing’s Night of Champions. What a night!    

As advised previously, as a small gesture to say thank you to members who purchased tickets to our flagship event, a post event draw was conducted to win two FREE TICKETS to the 2016 Racing’s Night of Champions.

I am very pleased to announce that Mrs Mary Hill was the winner of the draw. Our congratulations to Mrs Hill.

My thanks to NSWROA Life Member, Mr Noel Bracks, who officiated at the draw which was conducted in the NSWROA office on 15 September 2015.

 

INDUSTRY UPDATES

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

Canberra Racing Club – Capital Cash Race Meetings Once A Month
The Canberra Racing Club has announced that its Capital Cash race meetings will commence on Friday 25 September. Capital Cash is an initiative that will see prizemoney increases at the Canberra track on selected meetings, resulting in $159,000 in prizemoney being offered over an eight-race program. Capital Cash racedays will be held once a month, starting with Tony Campbell Cup day on September 25. Capital Cash days will include a feature race offering $27,000 in prizemoney, along with three races of $20,000 and four races of $18,000. Click here for further details.

Ban on injections One Clear Day before racing to commence 1 October, 2015
Racing Australia has announced a ban on injections One Clear Day before races and official trials from 1 October, 2015. The ban extends to blood tests, vitamin injections and all other injections of any kind. Racing Australia believes there are compelling reasons for the introduction of a new rule to prohibit the use of hypodermic needles during the one clear day prior to racing or official trials. Click here to view media release.

Country & Provincial Championships dates released
The Championships – the richest race series in the Southern Hemisphere – will again feature the highly-successful Country & Provincial Championships in 2016. Goulburn Race Club, representing the South East region of NSW, will have the honour of kick-starting the Country Championships on Saturday, 20 February 2016. Wyong Race Club will open the Provincial Championships on Thursday, 3 March 2016. The final of the two series will be held during The Championships at Royal Randwick Racecourse on Saturday 2 April (Country) and Saturday 9 April (Provincial). Dates for both series are as follows:

2016 COUNTRY DATES
Date Venue Distance Region
Saturday 20 February GOULBURN 1400m South East
Sunday 21 February SCONE 1400m Hunter & North West
Saturday 27 February WAGGA WAGGA 1400m Southern Districts
Sunday 28 February TAREE 1400m Mid North Coast
Sunday 6 March GRAFTON 1400m Northern Rivers
Sunday 13 March WELLINGTON 1400m Central Districts
Sunday 20 March DUBBO 1400m Western
Sunday 27 March MUSWELLBROOK 1400m ‘Wild Card’
Saturday 2 April ROYAL RANDWICK 1400m FINAL

2016 PROVINCIAL DATES
Date Venue Distance
Thursday 3 March WYONG 1350m
Friday 11 March KEMBLA GRANGE 1400m
Wednesday 16 March NEWCASTLE 1400m
Thursday 24 March GOSFORD 1200m
Thursday 31 March HAWKESBURY 1400m
Saturday 9 April ROYAL RANDWICK 1400m FINAL

VALE – Mr Bart Cummings, OAM
The NSW Racehorse Owners Association (NSWROA) was greatly saddened to hear of the passing of Mr Bart Cummings, OAM, the legendary trainer of the Australian turf.  In a career spanning more than six decades, he will forever be remembered as the trainer of 12 Melbourne Cup winners – a feat unlikely to ever be bettered.  He also won 4 Golden Slippers, 5 Doncaster Miles and over 7,000 races as well as 268 Group One races.  On behalf of the NSWROA Committee and our members we extend our deepest sympathy to his beloved wife Valmae and all the Cummings family including son Anthony and Bart’s grandsons James and Edward.

Finalists Announced for 2015 Country and Provincial Racing Awards
The 2015 Country and Provincial Racing Awards function is to be held at the Four Seasons Hotel, Sydney on Friday, 2 October 2015.   The finalists for awards in each category selected from the nominations are as follows:

COUNTRY AWARDS

Award Finalists
Simon Nivison Special Achievement Award No finalists are announced for this award
Country TAB Race Club of the Year

Murrumbidgee Turf Club
Sapphire Coast Turf Club
Scone Race Club
Tamworth Jockey Club

Community Race Club of the Year

Adaminaby Jockey Club
Berrigan & District Race Club
Griffith Jockey Club
Tabulam Racing Club

Outstanding Achievement Award

Back ’O’ Bourke Picnic Race Club
Murrumbidgee Turf Club
Muswellbrook Race Club
Warren & District Jockey Club

Country Horse of the Year

Artlee
Big Money
Faust
Scissor Kick

Country Trainer of the Year

Greg Bennett
Matthew Dunn
Neil Godbolt
Sue Grills

Country Jockey of the Year

Ben Looker
Kody Nestor
Greg Ryan
Robert Thompson

Country Leading Apprentice Andrew Adkins
Country Media Award

Doug Ryan
Josh Fleming
Paul Covington
Outback Radio

 

PROVINCIAL AWARDS

Award Finalists
Ted McCabe Provincial Recognition Award

No finalists are announced for this award

Provincial Trainer of the Year Kris Lees
Provincial Jockey of the Year Brenton Avdulla
Provincial Horse of the Year

Famous Seamus
In Cahoots
Lucia Valentina

 

BOBS & BOBS EXTRA UPDATE


Update by Matt Jones, Racing NSW Media & Communications Executive

 

Chris Waller pair Wudang Mountain and Japonisme are the early BOBS Bonus horses vying for the lead in the new season thanks to some impressive early season form.

Japonisme kicked off Waller’s new 2015/16 season on its very first day by scoring at Rosehill Gardens over 1100 metres, which earned him $20,000 in BOBS Bonuses.

Japonisme was sent out a $1.90 favourite in The Tradie Magazine Handicap and didn’t disappoint punters, recoding an easy four-length win from Tempt Me Not for jockey Nash Rawiller.  Waller said the horse had surprised a few with his continued improvement.  “We often see a horse like this come through our stable every six months but you’re just not sure how they’ll go on race day,” Waller said.  “He carried a big weight and had to improve to win which shows he’s a good sprinter.”

Later in the month Wudang Mountain won the McGrath Estate Agents Handicap (1400m) for Waller and this time it was another of Sydney’s top hoops on board, Hugh Bowman.  The Big Brown colt was put into a perfect position by Bowman during the race before he was presented at the 350-metres and let down well to finish over the top of Let’s Make It Rain and race favourite River Wild.  “He’s a horse that always showed us plenty of promise and once he gets to a mile he’ll be a very nice horse,” Waller said

Wudang Mountain was also joined in the early part of the season by Kimberly Star, Mardi, Our Boy Nicolas and Sweet Fire as horse which had won $20,000 in BOBS Bonuses.

 

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 August 2015


Owner

Meeting

Horse

D Ackery

Newcastle

Game Pie (IRE)

D & Mrs K Ackery

Rosehill

Beyond Thankful (IRE)

G Bachell

Nowra

Arsonist

S Bianchini

Sapphire Coast

Bold Reality

M W Brown

Coonabarabran

Rockatorio

T Burke

Newcastle

Sahara Chill

F & Mrs C Cook

Canterbury

Loving Home (GB)

 

Gosford

Zin Zan Elsie

 

Hawkesbury

Toss and Tell (NZ)

 

Rosehill

Beyond Thankful (IRE)

G De Vries

Canberra

Marquee

Godolphin

Gosford

Pearls

 

Hawkesbury

Mesa

 

Randwick

Shards

 

Rosehill (2)

Magic Hurricane

 

 

Exosphere

Gooree Stud

Canterbury

Tempt Me Not

 

Gosford

Ocean Tempest

 

Randwick

Speak Fondly

 

Rosehill

Sultry Feeling

 

Wyong (3)

Muy Bien

 

 

Skyline Blush

 

 

Unblemished Mark

F Grainger

Moruya

Lavington Star

S Grant

Canterbury

Dance of Heroes (GB)

G Harvey

Coffs Harbour

Our Boy Nicholas

 

Goulburn

I Wrote The Book

 

Randwick

Royal Descent

 

Rosehill (2)

Centre Pivot (2)

M Hohos

Kembla

Boutique Baby

Ms L Ingham

Canterbury

Laucala

 

Rosehill (3)

Berrimilla (2)

 

 

Japonisme

 

Rosehill

Japonisme

 

Warwick Farm

Metallic Crown

Mrs D Kepitis

Canterbury

Laucala

 

Rosehill (3)

Berrimilla (2)

 

 

Japonisme

 

Rosehill

Japonisme

 

Warwick Farm

Metallic Crown

Mrs D & P Kepitis

Hawkesbury

Toss and Tell (NZ)

 

Randwick

Amicus

 

Randwick (2)

Loophole (NZ) (2)

 

Warwick Farm

Self Esteem

W Lanham

Hawkesbury (2)

Art of Defence (2)

 

Kembla

Flys Away

R & M Lazarus

Inverell

Sutton Bailey

K Maloney

Coffs Harbour

Our Boy Nicholas

 

Murwillumbah

Malpara

 

Rosehill (2)

Centre Pivot (2)

D & Mrs M McLeish

Wyong

Spiritos

J Middleton

Canberra

Beau Tirage

G Mikhael

Newcastle

Game Pie (IRE)

N Moraitis, AM

Canterbury

Emerald City

 

Rosehill

Emerald City

W & Mrs R Mula

Canterbury

Dragon Flyer

Dato Tan Chin Nam

Wyong

Midas (NZ)

R Pegum

Canterbury

Dance of Heroes (GB)

 

Narrandera

Fish and Chips (NZ)

Mrs C Pellegrino

Newcastle

Dalshamar

D Ramage

Wyong

Midas (NZ)

Ms J Ritchie

Wyong

Tammany Hall

J L Thompson

Tamworth

Sobriquet

H & Mrs C Tighe

Scone

Valatia

C Tognolini

Sapphire Coast

Bold Reality

T & Mrs D Wallace, J & Miss H Wallace

Cessnock

Archibald

 

Taree

Tanzen

W & Mrs L Watkins

Kembla

Love Takes Over

M Whitby

Murwillumbah

Wonderful Jester

Mrs V Wray

Carinda

Right of Reply

L Young

Sapphire Coast

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 2015-2016 season is as follows:


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


Category Race Name Horse Owner
G2 ATC Warwick Stakes Royal Descent G Harvey
G2 ATC Silver Shadow Stakes Speak Fondly Gooree Stud
G2 ATC Run To The Rose Exosphere 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
LR ATC Premier's Cup Magic Hurricane Godolphin

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

16 September 2015

 

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