I start my column this month with some wonderful news.

I am very pleased to advise members that the Association has extended its partnership with Tabcorp.  The partnership, which has now entered its eighth year, will move forward once again under the face of

In addition to being NSWROA’s Exclusive Wagering Partner, will also continue its sponsorship of the NSW Champion Horse of the Year award at the NSWROA’s Racing’s Night of Champions® which takes place in August.

The Association is delighted that our partnership with Tabcorp has been extended.

The issue of Race Handicapping has once again been raised by members of the Association.  As members are aware, the Association has previously made submissions to Racing NSW and RICG on this issue which were well received and incorporated into an update of the progress paper.  We invite members to contribute any thoughts they may have on this very important topic for the Committee to further consider.

It’s now Autumn Carnival time and Sydney is definitely the place to be.  At the time of writing we are up to Golden Slipper day this Saturday, where “the babies” will stake their claim to the richest two-year-old race in the world and one of the most coveted prizes in Australian racing, the Golden Slipper.  May I take this opportunity to wish all owners the very best of luck during the Carnival and I look forward to seeing you at the track.

I close the column on a very sad note this month with the news of the passing of well-know South Coast trainer Mr Bede Murray, following a long battle with illness, and the tragic passing of Miss Olivia Inglis, following an accident at the Scone horse trials.  May I take this opportunity on behalf of the NSWROA Committee, myself and our members, to extend our sincere condolences to the Murray and Inglis families.


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

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Tabcorp returned $735 million to the racing industry in FY14 contributions such as this help to ensure the preservation and improvement of the industry and its people.

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Last year in the “A Quick Word with ….” column in the newsletter, we featured members of the NSWROA Committee in order for members to “get to know” them. 

In 2016 we will introduce some members and Life Members to the readership via this column.

This month, Life Member and former President, Max Whitby, is “in the spotlight”.

1.        Max, what was your “introduction” into the racing industry?
A.        Coming from the country I was around horses when I was a young fella.

2.        Why did you decide to become a racehorse owner?
A.        The love of the horse.

3.        How many horses do you currently race?
A.        About 85.

4.        Which has been the “best” horse you have owned?
A.        Savabeel – the Cox Plate Winner in 2004.

5.        Who has been the “best” horse you have seen?
A.        I am biased and would have to say Savabeel but at this point in time – Winx.

6.        What has been your most memorable moment on a racecourse?
A.        Winning the Cox Plate with Savabeel.

7.        What is your “vision” for the industry?
A.        That one day the owner is recognised as the most important contributor to the industry, not the            administrators, nor the race clubs but owners who drive the industry. 

8.        If you were down to your last $20.00 – what would you spend it on?  
A.        A bet on the next race and turn lemons into lemonade



Join us for the Association’s annual Sydney Autumn Carnival function on 16 April 2016, All Aged Stakes Day, at Royal Randwick in Suite E of the Randwick Ballroom on Level 2 of the grandstand.

The function is on the last day of the Carnival as it traditionally was prior to the introduction of The Championships.

In what will 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 package for the day, which is priced at:-

$205.00 per person or $2,050.00 for a table of ten (both amounts are GST inclusive) for members, and

$230.00 per person (including GST) for guests,

includes general admission to the track, a sumptuous buffet luncheon and beverage package, afternoon tea and race book.

As numbers are strictly limited for this function you will need to BOOK NOW to avoid disappointment.

Click here for a booking form.




Former NSWROA Committee member, Mr Louis Mihalyka of Laurel Oak Bloodstock, has kindly prepared for the interest of members a yearling sales report.

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This is a yearling sale report, catching up on the Karaka NZB, Inglis Classic, Inglis Premier and Adelaide Millions Sales.

Aushorse promote the fact that one in 310 Australians is a racehorse owner. It seems that the other 309 realise how much fun they are missing out on, and want to be part of the action as well!

That seems to be the case, as sale prices at every Australasian yearling sale have soared this year, as both Australian and overseas buyers want to be part of the racing action. The strong market that started the sale season at the Gold Coast Magic Millions Sale has continued unabated. In New Zealand, the aggregate of their Premier Sale increased by a hefty 24% to $NZ55.6 million. The average increased 17% to $NZ176,226, while the median also increased 17% to $NZ140,000.

The top-priced lot was a Frankel colt, which sold for $NZ1.3 million to a partnership of international buyers.

It was noticeable by the number of new faces buying at the sale that there was a fresh, new and very strong international buying bench, highlighted by the growing number of European, Chinese, Japanese and Hong Kong buyers competing against the traditional Australian and New Zealand buyers, with that demand certainly helping to drive prices up.

The strong New Zealand sale continued into their Select session where the aggregate was up 44%, the average 23%, and the median 36%.

The strength of the Magic Millions and Karaka NZB sales means that many Australian owners who were unable to buy there know that they must buy at the Inglis Classic, Inglis Melbourne Premier and Adelaide Magic Millions, otherwise they won’t be buying a horse this year, and that was reflected in the significant increases at those sales as well.

At the Inglis Classic Sale in Sydney, the aggregate showed another hefty increase of 40% to $26,760,500 for 466 sold at a 90% clearance rate. The average was up 37% to $57,426, while the median was also up a massive 47% to $44,000 from the 2015 figure of $30,000. Asian buyers were again prominent, with Yu Long Investments, the leading purchaser by aggregate, spending $1,129,500 on eleven yearlings, nine of which were by I Am Invincible.

Similar increases were shown in Melbourne, although the percentage increases were not as good as in Sydney, as the figures were coming off a higher base. The aggregate increased 15% to $51,393,000. With the average at $97,003 last year, it was Inglis ambition to crack the $100,000 figure, and they did that comfortably with a 14% increase to $111,000. The median increased 6% from $80,000 to $85,000.

The Adelaide Millions, which concluded last week, followed a similar pattern with significant increases across the board. The aggregate increased a whopping 55% to $10,279,500, with the average increasing 34% to $43,737,000. The median followed that pattern, increasing 36% from $25,000 to $34,000.

One thing that is noticeable is the sales do not seem to be driven by one or two stallions as has happened in the past. There is an across-the-board demand for a number of stallions and if a certain stallion tops the averages at a particular sale there is not guarantee that he will be doing it at the next sale, unlike the days when stallions such as Danehill or Zabeel simply dominated.

The overall demand of the yearlings is a reflection of generally increased prizemoney in the various States together with the number of feature or sale-related races that allow racehorse owners lottery-style windfall results together with the various state bonus schemes, and this has brought racing to a point where if you do get a good horse, they can be very worthwhile earners, and there appear to be many more owners willing to buy a ticket in that particular lottery.

For domestic buyers, there is a noticeable increase in buying combinations that are pooling together to buy horses so that more and more owners are having smaller shareholdings in more horses simply to be part of the action in striving to get those very lucrative good racehorses.

And the media coverage of the major racing events, whether they are metropolitan carnival meetings, or provincial and country feature meetings, is sending out a positive vibe about what a fun industry this is when you are a racehorse owner.

And long may it continue!



As a preamble to 60th running of the Golden Slipper Stakes, our good friend, NSWROA member and ATC Heritage Society volunteer, Mr Graham Caves, has kindly prepared for the interest of members the following item.

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With the Golden Slipper coming up rapidly, the present day race crowd might care to hear how we, of the vintage years, attempted to celebrate the great race in the early 1970s.

The then committee of the Sydney Turf Club approved the idea to try and get us all involved in the hype of the race by singing along to the melodious old spiritual “Oh dem Golden Slippers”. It is still a popular tune (in the USA) and was sung, usually in black-face, at the minstrel shows from the 1880s.

At the Kentucky Derby, the crowd stands still and falls silent, then joins in while the heart-tugging strains of “My Old Kentucky Home” bring it to tears.

Somehow it wasn’t the same at Rosehill and few sang along to “Oh them Golden Slippers”, played just prior to the running of the race. The words of the song were politically corrected and published in the racebook to help us : “Dem” became “Them” and “I’s a gonna wear” became “I’m a gonna wear”.

The experiment was abandoned after four years or so but maybe we should try again! Okay? Let’s practice!!!

The page from the 1974 racebook is reproduced here to help you, so off you go …… one .. two .. three .. four …. “Oh them Golden Slippers, oh them…………….”.



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.



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

The Championships

A reminder that 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, visit the website or click here to view the official brochure.



Update by Matt Jones, Racing NSW Media & Communications Executive


A two-year-old filly, trained by Muswellbrook’s Pat Farrell, has rocketed up the list of BOBS Bonus winners with a fantastic performance in the $100,000 Wellington Boot.

Al Maher juvenile Alliterate was given a charmed run by top country hoop Greg Ryan and she certainly took advantage of it with a barnstorming win in the club’s most famous race.

It was the third time Ryan and Farrell have combined to win the race and along with the $60,160 in prizemoney for winning the race, Alliterate claimed $20,000 in BOBS Bonuses to take her career earnings to $113,635.

From that BOBS Bonuses have contributed $30,000 in extra prizemoney.

Alliterate is the half-sister to last year’s Wellington Boot winner Alart and she was very convincing in romping home by two-and-quarter lengths.

“Full credit to Pat,” Ryan said.

“This horse has had all sorts of problems but things went to plan.

“I sat quietly behind them and they carted me through and the horse accelerated in the straight.”

The Wellington Boot was combined with the Country Championships Qualifier, which was won by the Mack Griffith-trained Pera Pera, and the crowd was 7,500, up at least 1,500 from last year’s Boot meeting.

While Alliterate has $30,000 worth of BOBS Bonuses in the bank, she’s still behind leader River Wild, which has won $45,000.



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 February 2016




D & Mrs K Ackery


Multifacets (NZ)

G Altomonte



M Angelos



Ms K Benson 


All My Loving

C & Mrs M Branthwaite


Fifty States

P Braude


Another Valley

B Bryant



Mrs L Bryant 


All My Loving

L & Mrs K Carpenter 


All My Loving

A Chiswick


Susie's Gold

Mrs K & A Chrysiliou


Wooden Take It

F & Mrs C Cook

Canterbury (2)

Loving Home (GB)



Multifacets (NZ)


Warwick Farm

Ashkannd (FR)

J & Mrs P Cornish


Daisy Duke

G & Mrs M de Vries



P Duggan



Emirates Park

Warwick Farm

Al Nader

A Fitzgerald 


All My Loving

Ms V Gallen


All My Loving





Caulfield (2)

Bow Creek (IRE)





Newcastle (3)









Randwick (2)






Randwick (2)






Rosehill (2)

Arab Dawn (GB)




Gooree Stud


Pera Pera



Moonlight Trance


Randwick (2)

Good Standing



Sultry Feeling

M Gordon


Doc Holliday

Mrs S Grant 


All My Loving

G Harvey


Triple Ex



Sebring Sally



Two Ronnys




P and Mrs A Hickey

Sapphire Coast

Bring A Secret

M Hohos


Single and Free

Mrs P Hunter-Knight 


All My Loving

A Johnson



R Kemister


Heavens Above



Kitty Leroy

Mrs D Kepitis

Randwick (2)

Winx (2)

Mrs D & P Kepitis





Self Esteem

M & Mrs E Kowalczuk

Hawkesbury (2)

Bolero King (2)

Laurel Oak Bloodstock 


All My Loving

R Lloyd 


All My Loving

Mrs J McAuliffe 


All My Loving

J & Mrs A McDonnell


Crosley Hotshot




L & Mrs J Mihalyka 


All My Loving

R L Milne

Wagga Wagga

Man of Peace

N Moraitis, AM


Realise Potential

W & Mrs R Mula


Flying Artie



Himalaya Dream (FR)

Dato Tan Chin Nam


Clear Ripples



Alfred The Great



First Seal

Miss K Nivison





By Golly Molly

J W North


Totally Devoted

A & Mrs A Ochiltree

Sapphire Coast

Bring A Secret

R Pegum

Coffs Harbour

Cliveden House

K Pryke


Loving Home (GB)

D Ramage


Clear Ripples



Alfred The Great



First Seal

Ms J Ritchie


Aurora's Star

Mrs M Smith


Rebel Miss

J L Thompson



C Tognolini


Crosley Hotshot

M Walcott

Sapphire Coast



Wagga Wagga


T & Mrs D Wallace, J & Miss H Wallace












Ms L Watson


Sir Ottavio


Wagga Wagga (2)




Lord Archibald

M Whitby





She's A Rainbow

Mrs V Williams


Star Wars (NZ)

T & Mrs V Wray


Hot Mocha

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 29 February 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
G1 ATC Chipping Norton Stakes Winx 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
G2 ATC Breeders Classic Amicus Mrs D & P Kepitis
G2 ATC Apollo Stakes Winx Mrs D Kepitis
G2 ATC Silver Slipper Stakes Astern Godolphin
G2 ATC Millie Fox Stakes First Seal Dato Tan Chin Nam, D Ramage
G2 MRC Autumn Classic Tally Godolphin
G2 MRC Peter Young Stakes Bow Creek (IRE) Godolphin
G2 ATC Skyline Stakes Good Standing Gooree Stud
G2 ATC Surround Stakes Ghisoni 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
G3 MRC Blue Diamond Prelude (C&G) Flying Artie W & Mrs R Mula
G3 ATC Triscay Stakes Sultry Feeling Gooree Stud
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
LR TRC Strutt Stakes Sebring Sally G Harvey
LR ATC Lonhro Plate Telperion Godolphin
LR ATC Parramatta Cup Arab Dawn (GB) Godolphin

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 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 –  – 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
18 March 2016



ADVANCE NOTICE to Members that the 51st Annual General Meeting of the NSW Racehorse Owners Association will be held on Monday 16 May 2016.


NSW Racehorse Owners Association • GPO Box 1506, SYDNEY NSW 2001
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