FROM THE PRESIDENT’S DESK

With almost two months gone in 2016 we are soon to see the excitement of Carnival racing again.  Like most racing devotees, I simply can’t wait for the Autumn Carnival to commence.  There is no doubt that Sydney in the Autumn is definitely the place to be.

The Association will also be conducting our annual Autumn Carnival Function on the last day of the Carnival, 16 April 2016 for All Aged Stakes Day and I look forward to seeing you there.

The Association continues to work behind the scenes on a variety of issues including race programming.  A particular focus is on the need for a comprehensive and workable Owners and Trainers Agreement.  This has been a long term project and hopefully soon there will be some light at the end of the tunnel.

Due to my ever increasing work schedule, late last year I reluctantly had to excuse myself from representing the Association on the Racing Industry Consultation Group (RICG) – a role I have thoroughly enjoyed for over eight years.  NSWROA Vice President and Treasurer, Peter Beer volunteered to take on the role of the Association’s representative on RICG and I am very pleased to advise that at the most recent meeting of the group, Peter was appointed the Deputy Chairman.  Mr Bob Pavitt the Racing NSW Country representative was appointed Chairman.   May I take this opportunity to congratulate both Peter and Bob on their appointments.

The Association held our first function of the year last weekend at Royal Randwick and I thank members who attended the function.  An item appears later in the newsletter regarding the function.

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank those who have rung or sent notes to me following the sad passing of Intergaze recently - it was very much appreciated.  Intergaze took me on the “ride of my life” and he will forever have a place in my heart.

 

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

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ROYAL RANDWICK RACEDAY FUNCTION – APOLLO STAKES DAY

Our thanks to members who attended our first function for the year – the raceday function at Royal Randwick on Saturday, 13 February 2016 – Apollo Stakes Day.

We returned to Suite E of the Randwick Ballroom of the grandstand for the function and it was fantastic.  The ATC staff as usual were very helpful and supplied a wonderful array of food and beverages to sustain us for the day.  A special thank you to Clinton and Roger Brassington for their assistance. 

Hereunder are some happy snaps from the function.

 

COUNTRY RACING UPDATE

The first heats of the Country Championships will be held this weekend at Goulburn on Saturday and Scone on Sunday.  Nominations for each meeting are strong and will result in competitive fields.  Wagga Wagga will follow next Saturday.  There will be no Provincial meetings on either of the Saturdays to highlight the importance of the Country Championships.

The very best of luck to those owners with horses entered and competing for the grand prize on Saturday, 2 April 2016.

Country racing remains strong with good fields and steady turnover.  The current programming format seems to be working.  With the reintroduction of Class 1, 2 and 3 races, owners and trainers are able to gauge the ability of their horses.  Those that are above average can go onto the Highway Handicaps and/or higher benchmark races.  Those with lesser ability can still earn prizemoney by dropping back to the lower benchmark events.  With this recipe, hopefully Country Racing will continue to grow.

 

MEMBER UPDATE: TRAINING AGREEMENTS

As members are aware, the Association endeavours to keep you up-to-date with information relating to ownership.

With this in mind, the issue of training agreements has arisen recently following receipt by a member of a training agreement which is used predominantly in Victoria.

The Association urges members to always check the terms of any agreement before signing any documentation.

Racing Australia is said to be reviewing Training Agreements currently in use with a view to producing a standard Industry Agreement.

After careful consideration your Association has submitted a draft Agreement which we believe to be suitable to Racing Australia for it’s consideration.

 

2016 ANNUAL RACING FRATERNITY MASS

The 2016 Annual Racing Fraternity Mass will be conducted on Sunday 13 March 2016 in the Royal Randwick Ballroom, Level 2, Queen Elizabeth II Grandstand, Royal Randwick.  The Mass will commence at 11.00 am.

The Racing Mass is attended by all denominations and by people who are representatives of all sections of the racing industry, and is offered for the well-being of the racing industry as a whole.

Everyone is welcome with light refreshments served after the Mass.

 

RESULTS OF 2016 EARLY BIRD MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL COMPETITION

The 2016 Early Bird Membership Renewal Competition, was drawn on Monday, 8 February 2016 by NSWROA Life Member, Mr Noel Bracks.

The winners were:

1st Prize – Amy Vass

2nd Prize – Catherine Patrick

3rd Prize – William Cloros

Our congratulations to all prize winners.

 

VALE – MR JOHN CLIFT


The NSW Racehorse Owners Association (NSWROA) was greatly saddened to hear of the passing of one of our longstanding members, Mr John Clift on 4 February, aged 91 years.

The entire thoroughbred industry, but in particular country racing, has lost probably their greatest ever supporter and on behalf of the NSWROA Committee and our members, we extend our deepest sympathy to John’s family.

Throughout his life John has been involved in all facets of the industry as an owner, breeder and racing administrator.  He was however most famously known for breeding a true champion of the turf, Gunsynd.

John was a great supporter of NSWROA and was a regular attendee at our flagship event, Racing’s Night of Champions, where he thoroughly enjoyed catching up with friends and colleagues each year.  The photo above of John and Mary Hill was taken at last year’s event.

May he rest in peace.

Sharon Hunt
Executive Officer

 

2016 MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL REMINDER

A reminder to members that 2016 membership renewal fees are now due.

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

 

INDUSTRY UPDATES

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

Warning to Owners and Trainers regarding the use of IBUPROFEN in Racehorses
On 17 February 2016, Chairman of Stewards, Mr Ray Murrihy issued advice regarding the use of Ibuprofen in Racehorses.  Please note that this supersedes all previous advices on Ibuprofen.  For details click here.

Racing NSW Agrees to Co-ordinated Trail (30 min gaps) of Weekday Metro Meetings
Racing Victoria announced on 16 February 2016 that it will extend its trial of 30 minute gaps between races on all days, excluding Saturdays, to further evaluate their effectiveness in improving the raceday experience for customers and participants.  This announcement means that Saturdays will return to the previously adopted national race times’ template from this weekend’s Black Caviar Lightning meeting at Flemington.  The 30 minute gap trial will continue on all Victorian meetings programmed on Sunday through Friday with Racing Victoria seeking to engage with Sky Racing and other state Principal Racing Authorities (PRAs) as a matter of priority to eliminate direct thoroughbred clashes on these days.  Additionally, agreement has been reached between Racing Victoria and Racing NSW for a co-ordinated trial of 30 minute gaps between weekday metropolitan meetings in the two States.  This co-ordinated trial will commence from 2 March 2016 for a period of six months.

The Championships
The Championships 2016 will boast two spectacular days of world class racing, staged at Sydney’s premier racing venue, Royal Randwick, one of Australia’s oldest and most prestigious racecourses.  Our very best will compete against some of the finest international horses for Championship status in ten races over the two days.  The $20 million race program will also feature The Country Championships and Provincial Championships, both sure to be keenly contested by horses from qualifying races at selected country and provincial racetracks.  For further details, click here to view the official brochure.

 

SAVE THE DATE – SYDNEY AUTUMN CARNIVAL FUNCTION – 16 APRIL 2016

I am very pleased to advise members that the Association will be conducting our annual Sydney Autumn Carnival function on 16 April 2016, All Aged Stakes Day, at Royal Randwick.

The function is on the last day of the carnival, as it traditionally was prior to the introduction of The Championships.  In what should be a fantastic day of racing, six black type races will be featured on the card including the Group 1 All Aged Stakes and the Group 1 Champagne Stakes.

The function will be held in Suite E of the Randwick Ballroom which is located on Level 2 of the grandstand.  The package for the day will include general admission to the track, a sumptuous buffet luncheon and beverage package, afternoon tea, a race book etc. 

Advance bookings are now being taken for the function with full details to be sent in the next couple of weeks as well as appearing in next month’s newsletter.

Space is at a premium and our numbers are strictly limited for the function, so remember to book early to avoid disappointment.


ASX THOMSON REUTERS CHARITY FOUNDATION FUNCTION

Australia’s Biggest Charity Race Day

Come and join ASX Thomson Reuters in the Grand Pavilion at Rosehill Gardens on Saturday 4th June 2016 for a gourmet champagne lunch and 8 Races where they will be supporting 22 Children’s, disability and medical research charities including the National Jockey’s Trust.

Tables of 10 are $2100 and include:

  1. Entry Tickets to Rosehill Gardens Racecourse on 4th June 2016
  2. Complimentary Parking in the infield of the race track
  3. Entry to the Grand Pavilion Ballroom with viewing terrace of the finishing straight and winning post.
  4. A 3 Course Sit Down  Gourmet Lunch – With full waiter service
  5. A Glass of French Champagne on arrival
  6. A 5 Hour Drinks Package of Sparkling, White and Red Wines, Beer and Soft Drinks
  7. Entertainment and dancing
  8. 8 Horse Races on the day.
  9. TAB betting facilities in the ballroom as well as on-course bookies.
  10. A Complimentary Race Guide for each guest
  11.  A Stunning charity auction – Fully electronic - so no noisy auctioneer
  12. A Charity Raffle with stunning prizes
  13. Coach Transport to and from major suburbs (has to be pre-booked at an additional cost of $20 per person)

 

Please email david.brocklehurst@thomsonreuters.com  or call 0412 411 366 to book your table

Hurry …..1,000 guests have already booked ……

 

BOBS & BOBS EXTRA UPDATE


Update by Matt Jones, Racing NSW Media & Communications Executive

 

River Wild has rocketed up to the top of the BOBS Bonus with back-to-back wins at Royal Randwick and Rosehill Gardens.

The Gai Waterhouse-trained Fastnet Rock colt pocketed $20,000 in BOBS Bonuses for each win with Tommy Berry and Brenton Avdulla riding on each occasion.  The talented colt has made, including BOBS Bonuses, $167,250 from just five starts and is a Group 1 horse in a the making.

Berry rode him to a tough 1.3-length win against Painted Firetail, but the horse really showed what he is all about when Avdulla took over.  He was sent out a $2.20 favourite by punters after his impressive last-start win, but those who bet on him would have felt sick at the 200 metres when he was failing to make ground on runaway leader Niccoco.  But he dug deep to score by a short head, much to Avdulla’s pleasure.

“He needs to be in a dogfight,” he said.

“The blinkers are no good for him and he’s a horse with a lot of ability.”

Long-time BOBS Bonus leader Herne’s Oak, Scarlet Rain, Yankee Rose and Kangarilla Joy sit just behind River Wild on the leaderboard with $40,000 earned each 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 January 2016


Owner

Meeting

Horse

J Abrahams

Gosford

Ammirata

D & Mrs K Ackery

Randwick

Chandana

G Altomonte

Canterbury

Fabrizio

G Bachell

Kembla

Elle Snitz

 

Randwick

Selita

 

Rosehill

Selita

S Bianchini

Queanbeyan

Bond of Faith

P Braude

Tuncurry

Another Valley

B Bryant

Canterbury

Denmagic

B & Mrs L Bryant

Canberra

Fox Tales

B Carlstein 

Kembla

Wide Acclaim

F & Mrs C Cook

Randwick

Chandana

 

Randwick

Zin Zan Eddie

 

Warwick Farm

Ashkannd (FR)

J & Mrs P Cornish

Wyong

Daisy Duke

G & Mrs M de Vries

Ballina

Nieta

P J Duggan

Randwick

Euro Angel (NZ)

T Ford

Moruya

Chief In Command

Mrs K Fraser 

Kembla

Wide Acclaim

D & Mrs M Frew

Canterbury

Trafalgar

Godolphin

Canberra

Kinshachi

 

Caulfield

Cohesion

 

Gosford

Prado Red

 

Goulburn

Spilsbury

 

Moonee Valley

Holler

 

Randwick (3)

Old North

 

 

Raitza

 

 

Tessera

 

Rosehill (2)

Allergic

 

 

Asinara

 

Rosehill

Tessera

Gooree Stud

Dubbo

Claim The Throne

 

Parkes (2)

Intimate Passion

 

 

Title Holder

Mrs S Grant

Kembla

Wide Acclaim

S Grant 

Kembla

Wide Acclaim

G Harvey

Canterbury

Palazzo Pubblico

 

Hawkesbury

Woman In Love

 

Randwick

Felines

D Henderson

Kembla

Supply and Demand

P & Mrs A Hickey

Wagga

Bring A Secret

Mrs C Irwin

Canterbury

Crooked Blaze

D & Mrs J Kelly

Warwick Farm

Eztensible

Laurel Oak B’stock 

Kembla

Wide Acclaim

Mrs D & P Kepitis

Randwick (2)

All Cerise

 

 

Loophole (NZ)

 

Rosehill

Loophole (NZ)

N Macdonald 

Kembla

Wide Acclaim

L Macri

Kembla

Espelette (NZ)

K Maloney

Goulburn

Rough Ride

 

Newcastle

Queen Tara

D & Mrs M McLeish

Canterbury (2)

Spiritos

 

 

Trafalgar

J A Middleton

Rosehill

Halfpenny Gate

L & Mrs J Mihalyka 

Kembla

Wide Acclaim

R Milne

Randwick

Euro Angel (NZ)

 

Wagga

Man of Peace

Moonee Park Pty Ltd

Coffs Harbour

Ready Zaim Fire

G Mooratoff

Hawkesbury

Wine 'n' Dine

N Moraitis, AM

Gosford

Destiny's Kiss

 

Randwick

Destiny's Kiss

D Morley

Canterbury

French Fern

P Morley

Canterbury

French Fern

W & Mrs R Mula

Canterbury

French Fern

 

Warwick Farm

Kentucky Miss

Dato Tan Chin Nam

Canterbury

Yattarna

 

Newcastle

Cisco Kid

 

Randwick

Lunar Rise (NZ)

J W & Mrs H M North

Kembla

Pretty Peggy

A & Mrs A Ochiltree

Wagga

Bring A Secret

D & Mrs M Payne

Canterbury

French Fern

R Pegum

Coffs Harbour

Clivedon House

 

Wagga

Margiel Stryker

Mrs C Pellegrino

Scone

Don Pellegrino

K Pryke

Kembla

Espelette (NZ)

D Ramage

Canterbury

Yattarna

 

Newcastle

Cisco Kid

 

Randwick

Lunar Rise (NZ)

O P Tait

Nowra

Your Dream

J L Thompson

Muswellbrook

Solicitation

 

Wyong

Rutherglen

C Tognolini

Queanbeyan

Arya

Mrs A Vass

Wyong

Ready Already

T & Mrs D Wallace, J & Miss H Wallace

Muswellbrook

Salterton

P Webb

Randwick

White Dove (NZ)


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 January 2016


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
G2 MVRC Australia Stakes Holler 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
G3 GRC Belle of the Turf Stakes Ammirata J Abrahams
G3 ATC Canonbury Stakes Tessera Godolphin
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
LR VRC Batman Handicap Hursley (NZ) G Harvey
LR BTC Ballarat Cup Junoob (GB) R Pegum
LR ATC Cup Telepathic (NZ) G Harvey
LR ATC Starlight Stakes Dublin Lass W & Mrs R Mula
LR BRC Lough Neagh Stakes Fontelina G Harvey
LR BRC Bernborough Handicap Centre Pivot K Maloney, G Harvey
LR GRC Gosford Gold Cup Destiny's Kiss N Moraitis, AM
LR ATC Carrington Stakes Zin Zan Eddie F & Mrs C Cook
LR MRC Blue Diamond Preview (C&G) Cohesion Godolphin
LR ATC Australia Day Cup Destiny's Kiss N Moraitis, AM

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 – 10 APRIL 2016 – GUNDAGAI-ADELONG RACE CLUB

 

The next TAB Saddle-up Sunday Meeting will be conducted by the Gundagai-Adelong Race Club on Sunday, 10 April 2016 – Gundagai Cup Day.

An exciting eight race card is scheduled with the highlight being the Gundagai Cup an Open Handicap run over 1800 metres with $30,000 in prizemoney on offer.  All races on the card have a BOBS bonus available.

Just three and a half hours drive from Sydney and located on the Murrumbidgee River between Sydney and Melbourne, Gundagai is one of the most picturesque towns in the Riverina area.

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
18 February 2016

 

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