FROM THE PRESIDENT’S DESK

I can honestly say that there are very few occasions when I am at a complete loss for words.

I did however have one of those moments last Monday when witnessing the magnificent mare Winx at Randwick.  One can only just stand and applaud such a Champion – words simply do not seem adequate.

Having said that, the win by Winx in the Apollo Stakes was sensational and it is a humbling experience indeed to witness her exploits on the track.

We are soon to see the excitement of Carnival racing again and like most racing devotees, I simply can’t wait for the Autumn Carnival to commence.  Sydney in the Autumn is definitely the place to be.

The Championships will take place on 1 and 8 April 2017 at Royal Randwick.  This wonderful event brings together the best on offer in not only metropolitan racing, but also provincial and country racing.

The Association will once again be conducting our annual Autumn Carnival Function on the last day of the Carnival, 15 April 2017 for All Aged Stakes Day and I look forward to seeing you there.

We had our first function of the year last Monday, following it’s postponement due to extreme weather conditions the previous Saturday, at Royal Randwick for Apollo Stakes Day.  I thank those of our members who were able to attend the rescheduled function.  An item appears later in the newsletter regarding the function.

The Australian Turf Club, in conjunction with Racing NSW, have recently launched The Everest as an addition to the Sydney Spring Carnival.  Some further news on The Everest also appears later in the newsletter.

And in closing my column it is with much sadness that I advise that we have lost a legend of the turf in Mr Edgar Britt and longstanding NSWROA member Mrs Jane Pitman since our last newsletter was published.  Our deepest sympathy to their respective families and tributes appear later in the newsletter.

 

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ROYAL RANDWICK FEBRUARY RACEDAY FUNCTION

Despite the postponement of the race meeting from its original date last Saturday due to the extreme weather, our first function of the year finally took place on Monday 13 February at Royal Randwick.

The highlight of the race meeting was, of course, the return to the track of our local Champion, Winx, who extended her winning streak to 14 wins when she duly saluted in the Apollo Stakes, her first start in the current campaign.

Our thanks to members who attended our first function for the year – greatly appreciated.  As it was a “normal” workday for most, unfortunately a vast number of members could not attend on the rescheduled day so we look forward to seeing you at our next function on All Aged Stakes Day in April.

Hereunder are some happy snaps taken by our former Vice President and Treasurer, John Vouris at the function – thanks John for your assistance.

 

 
 
 

 

SAVE THE DATE – SYDNEY AUTUMN CARNIVAL FUNCTION – 15 APRIL 2017

 

I am very pleased to advise members that the Association will be conducting our annual Sydney Autumn Carnival function on 15 April 2017, 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.

 

2017 ANNUAL RACING FRATERNITY MASS

 

A reminder to members that the 2017 Annual Racing Fraternity Mass will be conducted on Sunday 12 March 2017 at 11.00 am in the Royal Randwick Ballroom, Level 2, Queen Elizabeth II Grandstand, Royal Randwick.
 
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

 

VALE – MRS JANE PITMAN

 

The NSW Racehorse Owners Association (NSWROA) was greatly saddened to hear of the passing of longstanding member, Mrs Jane Pitman on 4 February 2017 and on behalf of the NSWROA Committee and our members we extend our deepest sympathy to her husband Dennis.

Jane was a devout participant of the thoroughbred industry, loving nothing better than going to the races and having a “flutter”.  It didn’t matter whether it was Carnival Racing at Randwick or Flemington or her local meeting at the Sunshine Coast, she was just in her element at the track.  Even though it would be fair to say that she didn’t have a lot of success as an Owner, she never lost her enthusiasm for racing.

Jane also loved going to various racing functions with her particular favourite being our annual Sydney Autumn Carnival Function.  Her move to Cooroy on the Sunshine Coast several years ago did not deter her attendance at the function.  She reinforced her great support of NSWROA by introducing her vast array of friends to our sport via this function encouraging them to be a part of the industry and NSWROA members.

Always immaculate in her appearance she was a great lady of style and was a regular winner of various raceday fashion competitions.  I always waited with much anticipation for Jane’s arrival at a function to see the very latest in the fashion stakes.

Those lucky enough to have known this wonderful woman can thank their lucky stars for having met her as we are so much enriched by the experience.  I was most fortunate indeed to become friends with Jane and I will cherish our friendship forever.

May she rest in peace.

Sharon Hunt
Executive Officer

 

2017 MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL REMINDER

A reminder to members that 2017 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.

 

RESULTS OF 2017 EARLY BIRD MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL COMPETITION

The 2017 Early Bird Membership Renewal Competition, was drawn on Monday, 6 February 2017 by NSWROA Life Member, Mr Noel Bracks.

The winners were:

1st Prize – Martin Howell

2nd Prize – Karen Ackery

3rd Prize – Lyn O’Brien

Our congratulations to all prize winners.

 

THE EVEREST – THE WORLD’S RICHEST TURF EVENT

 

Racing NSW and the Australian Turf Club have jointly launched The Everest, an exciting new race with prizemoney of $10 million. This not only makes it the richest 1200 metre race in the World, but also the richest turf race in the World.
 
The Everest will be run at Royal Randwick racecourse over 1200 metres for the first time on 14 October 2017 and thereafter on the second Saturday of October each year.

The Everest will be unique in Australian racing in that the race will be open to local and international buyers to purchase a place (slot) in the race at a price of $600,000.
 
Twelve slots will be sold in The Everest through an expression of interest entitling the owner of the slot an entry in the field. The owners of these slots will be able to trade their position or alternatively partner with owners not holding a slot to enter a horse in the final field for the race.

The prizemoney pool is to be fully-funded from subscribers and additional revenues generated from the event.

Run under weight-for-age conditions, The Everest will be an exciting new race in Sydney’s Spring Carnival.

For further information regarding The Everest click here.

 

INDUSTRY UPDATES

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

Record Nominations For 2017 The Championships
The Championships continues to reach new heights with a massive 1371 nominations received at the close of deadlines for the fourth running of The Championships.  Racing NSW and the Australian Turf Club received 81 (up 6%) more nominations than last year for the 10 races to be staged during The Championships at Royal Randwick on Saturday 1 April and Saturday 8 April.  The $2 million Schweppes Sydney Cup (3200m) has attracted 99 entries, the largest number of nominations in the four years of the Group 1 event being held during The Championships.  It is a similar story with the $1m Coolmore Legacy Stakes, 1600m (116 entries), $1m Inglis Sires’, 1400m (285), $600,000 Arrowfield 3yo Sprint, 1200m (120); $600,000 IG Markets Percy Sykes Stakes, 1200m (169) all attracting record nominations. The feature race, the $4m Group 1 Longines Queen Elizabeth Stakes over 2000m on Day 2 attracted 100 nominations (up from 96). For all ticketing and hospitality options go to www.australianturfclub.com.au or for further information on The Championships click on www.thechampionships.com.au.

Wyong first up for Provincial Championships
Wyong will open the Provincial Championships series with the first of five qualifiers run on the Central Coast on Thursday 23 February.  Wyong Race Club’s $150,000 qualifying race allows first, second and third placegetters to gain a berth in the $400,000 Provincial Championships Final (1400m) run Royal Randwick on Saturday April 8.  Hawkesbury Race Club has its Championships Day on Thursday 2 March, with Gosford (15 March), Kembla Grange (23 March) and Newcastle (29 March) to follow. Wyong’s Provincial Championships Qualifier will be contested by horses trained out of provincial centres that are Class 5 and below and have not started in more than 20 races prior to regional qualifying race.

Vale - Mr Edgar Britt
On 29 January, former legendary jockey, Mr Edgar Britt OAM, passed away at the age of 103.  Edgar Britt is one of 39 jockeys inducted into the Australian Racing Museum’s Hall of Fame and during a distinguished career, won over 2000 races in four continents.  A local product from Five Dock, Edgar rode his first winner at Canterbury in 1930 at the age of 16, and first left our shores in 1933 bound for the United States.  He rode successfully in California, Seattle and Baltimore before returning to Sydney a couple of years later and among his many victories was the 1934 Sydney Cup on Broad Arrow.  In 1935 Edgar ventured to India partnering horses for the various Maharajas.  Edgar remained in India for a decade, taking out the jockeys’ premiership on eight occasions before heading to England to ride for the Maharajah of Boroda.  Three years after arriving in England, Edgar was selected as Royal jockey for King George VI and again the big race wins flowed, with Edgar twice winning the St Leger Oaks, 1000 Guineas and 2000 Guineas, as well as an Irish Derby.  Edgar put away his saddle in 1959 and returned to Australia, and in 2004 was awarded an Order of Australia medal for his service to horse racing as a jockey, commentator and journalist.

Winx named best Horse in the World on turf
On 24 January, Champion racemare Winx was named the Highest-rated Racehorse on Turf during the Longines World’s Best Racehorses awards for 2016 held at the iconic Claridge’s Hotel in London.  Winx produced a superb rating of 132 to make her the highest-rated turf horse and highest rated filly/mare on the planet.  Our congratulations to all in team Winx.  American colt Arrogate was crowned the 2016 Longines World’s Best Racehorse with a rating of 134, California Chrome (USA) was rated second at 133 with Winx third on 132.  The Longines World’s Best Horse Race award recognises the best-rated race of the highest-rated Group 1 international races as established by a panel of international handicappers. The ratings of the top four finishers in each race serve as basis for the assessment.

 

BOBS & BOBS EXTRA UPDATE


Update by Julieanne Horsman, Media & Communications Executive, Racing NSW

 

SNITZEL IS STREETS AHEAD OF HIS PEERS IN THE BOBS STALLION PREMIERSHIP AND A HUGH BOWMAN DOUBLE ON TWO OF HIS PROGENY FURTHER EXTENDED HIS LEAD

Promising Snitzel colt Invader notched the first win of his career with a hard-fought victory in the 1200m Chris Toogood Handicap at Royal Randwick.  The Peter and Paul Snowden-trained two-year-old finished just outside the placings in two Listed Races prior to earning his win at his fourth start.  He beat Malahat in a home straight duel and held off the fast-finishing Savatiano to claim $22,200 prizemoney plus a $10,000 BOBS bonus.

It was the first of two wins by Snitzel progeny that day, both piloted by Hugh Bowman.

Sizzling Bullet proved he deserved favouritism by blowing his rivals away in the 2000m Greg Carmody Handicap.   The Chris Waller-trained colt settled off the speed and made his move in the straight.  The two-length victory earned connections $22,200 plus a $10,000 BOBS bonus.  It was Sizzling Bullet’s third BOBS win, taking him to equal third on the BOBS leader board.

Zumbelina has headed the BOBS premiership since January and is well out in front with four claims for a total bonus of $70,000. There’s a five-way tie for second involving Invincible Gem, early front-runner My Giuliano, Embley, New Tipperary and Religify.

Snitzel leads the BOBS Stallion Premiership with 37 winners for $360,000.  I Am Invincible is the next best with 26 winners for $220,000.

 

BOBS BONUS LEADER BOARD

Horse Sire Bonus Money Bonuses
Zumbelina Stratum $70,000.00 4
Invincible Gem I Am Invincible $40,000.00 3
My Giuliano Choisir $40,000.00 3
Embley High Chaparral (IRE) $40,000.00 2
New Tipperary High Chaparral (IRE) $40,000.00 2
Religify Choisir $40,000.00 2
Bezel Street Cry (IRE) $30,000.00 3
Eckstein I Am Invincible $30,000.00 2
Invincibella I Am Invincible $30,000.00 2
Niccolance Nicconi $30,000.00 2
Raiment Street Cry (IRE) $30,000.00 2
Sizzling Bullet Snitzel $30,000.00 3
Spright Hinchinbrook $30,000.00 2

 

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 2017:


Owner

Meeting

Horse

J Abrahams

Gosford

Kuro (NZ)

J Allen

Gosford

Onslaught

 

Warwick Farm

Arbeitsam

G Altomonte

Canterbury

Samantha

 

Randwick (3)

Cassadee

 

 

Menari

 

 

Samantha

J Bach

Warwick Farm

Dorf Star

C & Mrs M Branthwaite

Gosford

Hit The Mark

J Camilleri

Randwick (2)

Via Napoli (2)

A Cardy

Canberra

Ruthless Agent (NZ)

J Carmody

Gosford

Centreofattention

A Chiswick

Tamworth (2)

Hesco Gold

 

 

Lukey

M Clift

Randwick

Obsidian (USA)

F & Mrs C Cook

Bathurst

Zatopaz (NZ)

 

Randwick

Obsidian (USA)

 

Scone

Perast

 

Wagga

Veux Winkle (NZ)

Ms D Cowle

Warwick Farm

Dorf Star

M Curtis

Canberra

Mossman Gorge

S Dean

Canterbury

Monasterio (NZ)

Ms D Dunn

Rosehill

Music Magnate (NZ)

A Fitzgerald 

Randwick

Obsidian (USA)

D Fuller

Goulburn

Spooky Wooky

 

Newcastle

Level Eight

Godolphin

Canterbury (3)

Bryneich

 

 

Gridelin

 

 

Marsupial

 

Gosford

Chatuchak

 

Hawkesbury

Gloriette

 

Kembla (2)

Divine Sanction

 

 

Submissive

 

Newcastle (2)

Ladder

 

 

Philosophy

 

Randwick (2)

Badajoz

 

 

Raiment

 

Warwick Farm (2)

Lycia

 

 

Philosophy

 

Wyong

Eusebio

M Gordon

Kembla

Delago Thunder

Mrs S Grant 

Randwick

Obsidian (USA)

G Harvey

Gosford

Walk The Streets

 

Randwick

Improvement (NZ)

 

Wyong

Saskia Rose (NZ)

J Hinde 

Randwick

Obsidian (USA)

M Hohos

Newcastle

Single and Free

Dr B J Hudson

Warwick Farm

Chosen Prayer

A Johnson

Randwick

Careless

Ms L Kerin

Tuncurry

Danshari

G & Mrs D Kolivos

Kembla

Ebenos

M & Mrs E Kowalczuk

Port Macquarie

Jemily

W Lanham

Hawkesbury

Concessions

Laurel Oak Bloodstock 

Canberra

Like A Shot

 

Canterbury

Monasterio (NZ)

 

Randwick

Obsidian (USA)

K Maloney

Kembla

Balestrand (NZ)

 

Randwick

Deploy

J & Mrs A McDonnell 

Warwick Farm

Gauguin (NZ)

D & Mrs M McLeish

Randwick

Aquatic

Mrs M McLeish

Warwick Farm

El Novio

J Middleton

Warwick Farm

Chosen Prayer

L Mihalyka 

Canberra

Like A Shot

 

Canterbury

Monasterio (NZ)

 

Randwick

Obsidian (USA)

N Moraitis, AM

Randwick (2)

Destiny's Kiss (2)

 

Tamworth

Oti Thelis

B Morelli 

Canterbury

Monasterio (NZ)

W & Mrs R Mula

Warwick Farm

Colesberg

J A Munro

Goulburn

Orange Time

Dato Tan Chin Nam

Randwick

Exceeds

 

Warwick Farm

Gauguin (NZ)

M Naprta 

Canberra

Like A Shot

Miss K Nivison

Muswellbrook

Cinderconi

J W & Mrs H North

Queanbeyan

Star Surfer

A & Mrs A Ochiltree

Canberra

Like A Shot

D Ramage

Randwick

Exceeds

 

Warwick Farm

Gauguin (NZ)

Mrs C Remond

Kembla

Eva Luna

C Reynolds 

Canterbury

Monasterio (NZ)

Ms J Ritchie

Warwick Farm

Gauguin (NZ)

L Saville 

Canberra

Like A Shot

J L Thompson

Muswellbrook

Kokopu

Torryburn Stud

Kembla

Balestrand (NZ)

 

Randwick

Deploy

Vinery Stud

Randwick

Sizzling Bullet

T & Mrs D Wallace, J & Miss H Wallace

Tamworth

Natadola

M Whitby

Goulburn

The Grandson (NZ)

 

Randwick

Montauk

 

Warwick Farm (2)

Cauthen's Power (NZ)

 

 

Invincible Dame

G R & Mrs V C Williams

Gosford

Red Excitement

J Wilson 

Canterbury

Monasterio (NZ)

J & Mrs R Wingrove

Muswellbrook

Jack's Image


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 2016-2017 season is as follows:


NSWROA Members
2016/2017 Black Type Honour Roll
Current to 31 January 2017


Category Race Name Horse Owner
G1 ATC The Golden Rose Astern Godolphin
G1 ATC George Main Stakes Winx Mrs D Kepitis
G1 ATC Epsom Handicap Hauraki Godolphin
G1 VRC Turnbull Stakes Hartnell (GB) Godolphin
G1 MRC Caulfield Stakes Winx Mrs D Kepitis
G1 MVRC Manikato Stakes Rebel Dane Laurel Oak Bloodstock, L & Mrs J Mihalyka, J Murphy, P Kite, A Fitzgerald, S Grant
G1 MVRC W S Cox Plate Winx Mrs D Kepitis
G1 VRC Coolmore Stud Stakes Flying Artie W & Mrs R Mula
G1 VRC Crown Oaks Lasqueti Spirit F & Mrs C Cook
G2 ATC Warwick Stakes Winx Mrs D Kepitis
G2 ATC Run To The Rose Astern Godolphin
G2 ATC Furious Stakes Foxplay Mrs C Cook, Mrs M McLeish
G2 ATC Chelmsford Stakes Hartnell (GB) Godolphin
G2 ATC Tramway Stakes Hauraki Godolphin
G2 ATC Tea Rose Stakes Foxplay Mrs C Cook, Mrs M McLeish
G2 ATC Hill Stakes Hartnell (GB) Godolphin
G2 ATC Stan Fox Stakes Impending Godolphin
G2 MRC Sandown Guineas Morton's Fork Godolphin
G2 ATC Expressway Stakes Music Magnate (NZ) Ms D Dunn
G3 ATC Toy Show Quality Pearls Godolphin
G3 MRC The Heath 1000 Stakes Redzel J N Allen
G3 ATC Concorde Stakes Felines G Harvey
G3 ATC Kingston Town Stakes McCreery (GB) F & Mrs C Cook
G3 ATC Sheraco Stakes Heavens Above R Kemister
G3 NJC Cameron Handicap Chetwood Godolphin
G3 ATC Colin Stephens Quality Allergic Godolphin
G3 ATC Craven Plate It's Somewhat (USA) Godolphin
G3 MRC Blue Sapphire Stakes Flyng Artie W & Mrs R Mula
G3 MRC Ladies Day Vase Euro Angel (NZ) P J Duggan
G3 MRC Moonga Stakes Voodoo Lad K Maloney
G3 MVRC Red Anchor Stakes Archives Godolphin
G3 ATC Summer Cup Red Excitement G & Mrs V Williams
LR MRC Regal Roller Stakes Voodoo Lad K Maloney
LR HRC Rowley Mile McCreery (GB) F & Mrs C Cook
LR WRC Mona Lisa Stakes Fitou Godolphin
LR MVRC Chandler Macleod Stakes Voodoo Lad K Maloney
LR VRC Cap D'Antibes Stakes Kentucky Miss W & Mrs R Mula
LR ATC Gimcrack Stakes Jorda Godolphin
LR VRC UCI Stakes Wine Bush Ms L Ingham, Mrs D Kepitis
LR MRC Weekend Hussler Stakes Chetwood Godolphin
LR MRC Gothic Stakes Peacock Godolphin
LR ATC City Tattersalls Club Cup Junoob (GB) R Pegum
LR VRC Melbourne Cup Day Plate Fabrizio G Altomonte
LR VRC Mumm Stakes Redzel J N Allen
LR VRC Hilton Stakes Souchez Godolphin
LR ATC Starlight Stakes Kuro (NZ) J Abrahams
LR ATC Cup Malice Godolphin
LR ATC Christmas Cup Destiny's Kiss N Moraitis, AM
LR ATC Canterbury Classic Le Condon Bleu W & Mrs R Mula
LR BRC Nudgee Quality Kinshachi Godolphin
LR ATC Tattersalls Club Cup Destiny's Kiss N Moraitis, AM
LR GRC Gosford Gold Cup Red Excitement G R & Mrs V C Williams
LR GRC Takeover Target Stakes Kuro (NZ) J Abrahams
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.

 

SHOWCASE MEETING – TAREE – SUNDAY, 26 FEBRUARY 2017

Taree will host the upcoming Showcase Meeting to be held on Sunday, 26 February 2017.

The exciting eight event card has a BOBS Bonus available on all races.

The feature race of the day is the MNCA Country Championships Qualifier, a Class 5 event over 1400 metres with some $150,000 in prizemoney on offer.  The race is restricted to horses who have had no more than 20 race starts and are trained in the MNCRA.

For further details regarding this meeting visit the Taree-Wingham Race Club’s website at www.twraceclub.com.

 

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
17 February 2017

 

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