Following the huge success of the Sydney Spring Carnival, culminating in the record-setting inaugural staging of The Everest, the racing spotlight has shifted to Melbourne.

New South Wales horses have been to the fore, with the Champion mare, Winx, taking her third successive Cox Plate, and Ace High storming to victory in the VRC Derby. NSW stables have many other representatives, and many more wins over the Carnival are in store.

New South Wales racing has never been stronger!

With the Spring has come the welcome rain; this will see the racing surfaces in good shape over the Summer months.

Canterbury Night Racing has resumed and our Christmas function is set down for December 1st at this venue. The main purpose of the evening is to celebrate the year that was and to thank the sponsors of our flagship event, Racing's Night of Champions, so we hope to see a good attendance of Members and new Associate Members at the function.

The Australian Turf Club has announced a splendid benefit for owners with runners at these night meetings -- details appear later in the Newsletter.

In closing, we thank Darren Pearce for his long and hugely successful tenure as Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Turf Club. He has been a great supporter of owners' interests, and in that way a dear friend of our Association. We wish him every success with his future career.


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The Association will be conducting our last function for 2017, a night racing cocktail function at Canterbury Park on Friday 1 December 2017, to celebrate Christmas and the year that was and you are cordially invited.

As members who have previously attended our night racing functions will tell you, a fantastic time is had by all.

The function, which commences at 5.45 pm, will take place in the Directors Room, which is situated right in front of the Winning Post, and has its own private lift entry and private tote facilities.

The cost of the function is $88.00 per person which includes a race book and a mouth watering cocktail menu.

If you are interested in attending, please complete the booking form and return to the NSWROA office by Friday 24 November 2017 by:

Facsimile: (02) 9299 3212
Post: GPO Box 1506, Sydney NSW 2001

We look forward to seeing you on the night.



As has been the case for some time now, there are not enough superlatives to use when describing our Champion Galloper, NSW Champion Horse of the Year and Australian Horse of the Year, Winx.

On Saturday 28 October 2017, Winx set yet another milestone, when she saluted in the Group One MVRC W S Cox Plate – her third win in succession in this event. She joins Kingston Town, who many describe as one of our best thoroughbreds ever, to accomplish this amazing feat.

We offer our hearty congratulations to her owners Peter Tighe and Debbie Kepitis (both NSWROA members) and Richard Treweeke, her trainer Chris Waller and jockey Hugh Bowman.

Her record now stands at 26 wins and 2 second placings from 32 career starts and some $15,627,925 in prizemoney with her winning streak now extended to 22 wins. Incredible!!

At the time of writing the new Longine’s World’s Best Racehorse Rankings are soon to be released.

The Longine’s World’s Best Racehorse Rankings is the horse racing’s equivalent to World Rankings by other major sporting organisations. The rankings are based on the ratings earned by horses running worldwide from North and South America, Europe, the Middle East, South Africa and Asia through to Australia and New Zealand.

Last year Winx was rated as the Best Turf Racehorse in the World on a rating of 130 and was only the second Australian horse to hit the top spot – Black Caviar being our first top rater in March 2011. She was also top rated filly/mare in the World.

Surely this year there is more than enough “form on the board” for her to be acknowledged with the pinnacle for all racehorses – the Best Racehorse in the World.

Go Winx!!!!



The inaugural $10 million The TAB Everest certainly lived up to its high expectations with a record-breaking crowd in attendance at Royal Randwick on 14 October 2017 and a massive television audience worldwide.

With a field fitting for any Group One event in the land and, despite not being of black type status as yet, the Peter and Paul Snowden trained Redzel proved too strong for favourite Vega Magic with Brave Smash (JPN) in third place. Crowd favourite Chautauqua came charging home for 4th place after having had a very checkered run up the straight.

Having captured the imagination of not only Sydney but international racing participants as well, we can only assume that The Everest will “peak” again next year.

Run under weight-for-age conditions, The Everest is unique in Australian racing in that the race is open to local and international buyers to purchase a place (slot) in the race at a price of $600,000. Twelve slots were 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 were 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.



NSWROA member Graham Caves, who is also a volunteer member at the ATC Heritage Centre at Randwick, has provided the following review from the ATC Heritage Collection for our newsletter this month.


Seeing that Melbourne Cup time is fresh in our minds, I thought it appropriate to tell of the ATC Heritage Collection containing two Melbourne Cups.

Yes, two Melbourne Cup trophies have made their way into the collection. Donated by owners past they are often displayed when the Heritage Centre conducts an exhibition.

Pictures of both Cups are shown here.

The oldest of the trophies is the 1917 Cup won by Westcourt. Ridden by “Midget” McLachlan and trained by Joe Burton for his owner Mr D U Seaton, Westcourt is an unknown to today’s racegoers but he actually had plenty of ability, although not a sound horse. He was narrowly beaten in the Cup two years earlier in 1915, by Patrobas, and his career placings include both the AJC and Victoria Derbies, VRC St. Leger and the Metropolitan. His only other stakes-win was the Rosehill Racing Club’s Rawson Stakes.

Our second Cup is that won by Backwood in 1924. A remarkable Cup from the point of view of the sensations that led up to the running that year. The probable favourite, Heroic, had to be scratched because his owners were disqualified over the Purser/Caulfield Cup affair.

Backwood was an imported horse owned by Messrs Baillieu, Clark and Hughes, ridden by P. “Bunty” Brown and trained by four-time Melbourne Cup winning trainer Dick Bradfield. He had been a disappointment on the track since coming to Australia but on the eve of the 1924 Cup he showed sudden improvement to place third in the Hotham Handicap. It was enough for him to be well backed from 12/1 to 8/1 and get up to win by a head from Stand By and Spearfelt.

You will note that the 1917 cup was one of the last to have a random design, that is, changed from year to year. In 1919 the VRC chose the now traditional three-handled loving cup design as a permanent model, as per Backwood’s trophy, and as is still seen today.



As advised in the update sent to Members on 24 October 2017, the 2017-2018 Canterbury Park Night Racing Season commenced on 27 October 2017.

The Night Racing season has been increased to ten (10) meetings this season and will cease on Friday, 2 March 2018.

In order to thank Owners for their ongoing support, the Australian Turf Club (ATC) will provide each named Owner with a Food and Beverage voucher that entitles the Owner to a complimentary buffet dinner plus one complimentary drink.

Likewise, any Trainer who has at least one runner at a Canterbury Park Night Meeting will receive two (2) Food and Beverage vouchers in total with each voucher offering a complimentary buffet dinner plus one complimentary drink.

In other news:-

  • for the feature “Evening Star” or “Shooting Star” race at each night meeting, a Best Presented Horse Award will be presented to the Strapper of the winning horse; and
  • any Country or interstate trainer who has one or more starters at a Saturday ATC Metropolitan meeting will be eligible for a $500 travel rebate*, provided they have one or more starters at the Canterbury Friday night meeting the preceding night (*conditions apply).

We encourage members to visit Canterbury during the Night Racing Season.



In June we commenced the first of six updates by Peta Parnell from Noel Riley & Associates on various issues faced in Bloodstock Mortality Insurance.

The fifth update this month is on the topic of Insurance for Wobbler Syndrome.

For your information, Noel Riley & Associates are a firm of Chartered Loss Adjusters who specialise in the area of Bloodstock and Livestock insurance claims.


Insurance for Wobbler Syndrome

As discussed in a previous article, the Lloyd’s LE (Australia) Policy is the common Policy issued to cover horses in Australia. It provides cover for death or humane destruction, with humane destruction requiring a veterinarian to first certify that the suffering of the horse is “incurable and so excessive that immediate destruction is imperative for humane reasons”. It is a mortality policy.

Having said that, numerous endorsements are available, and it is rare to see a Policy issued that has not been endorsed to cover Wobbler Syndrome.

The endorsement defines Wobbler Syndrome as:

“HORSE is suffering from cervical vertebral malformation and/or spinal cord compression and/or cervical vertebral myelopathy”

The endorsement requires the horse to be “a minimum level of Grade 3” ataxic in accordance with the following scale:

“0 = Neurologically normal.
1 = Neurological defects barely detectable at normal gaits; exacerbated by excitatory tests.
2 = Neurological defects readily seen at walk.
3 = Neurologically worse defects and a HORSE may stumble or fall with manipulation.
4 = HORSE may fall at normal gaits
5 = Recumbent”

Further, the endorsement requires the condition “to be chronic and progressive in nature” and the diagnosis to be supported by “radiographic and/or myelographic evidence”.

There are numerous instances where the above wording is not satisfied. Some horses may have radiographic evidence of spinal cord compressive lesions, however their neurological deficits are defined only as grade 1or 2. Further, a horse may have severe neurological deficits of grade 3 or 4, but have no evidence of spinal cord compression or cervical vertebral malformation.

Insured horses satisfying the foregoing criteria are invariably destroyed for humane reasons. Where Insurers are consulted prior to a myelogram being performed, permission is often obtained for the horse not to be revived from the anaesthetic, if the myelogram confirms the diagnosis. However, the Wobbler Syndrome Endorsement does not require the horse to be destroyed. Instead, it provides for the Insurer to be given undisputed ownership of the Insured’s interest in the horse if so desired.

There are a number of reported cases of Insurers having paid claims for horses suffering from wobbler syndrome and the horse having gone on to become a successful sire. There is even one reported case of a horse having gone on to become a champion racehorse and sire. We reported on a claim where one of the owners of the horse did not have his interest insured and that owner would not consent to the destruction of the horse. The horse was therefore sold at auction with the disclosure that it had been diagnosed with Wobbler Syndrome. That horse has stood at stud covering nearly 500 mares in the first five years.


Any reader intending to apply the information in this article to practical circumstances should independently verify their interpretation and the information’s applicability to their particular circumstances with a Chartered Loss Adjuster specialising in this area.



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

Australian Turf Club CEO Darren Pearce Resigns
Mr Darren Pearce has resigned from the Australian Turf Club (ATC) and will farewell the Club and Members at the ATC Annual General Meeting on 30 November 2017. Mr Pearce was the founding Chief Executive of the ATC following the merger of the Australian Jockey Club and Sydney Turf Club. Mr James Heddo (EGM Racing Services and Membership) and Mr Matt Galanos (Chief Financial and Operations Officer) will act as temporary joint Chief Executive Officers from 1 December 2017. NSWROA thanks Mr Pearce for his support of the Association during his tenure.

Hawkesbury Gains New Listed Race for Autumn
Hawkesbury can now boast four black type races on its feature Saturday stand-alone program. This follows the Australian Pattern Committee’s decision to lift the Hawkesbury XXXX Gold Rush (1100m) to Listed Race status. Hawkesbury already has a trio of Group 3 events – the Livamol Hawkesbury Gold Cup (1600m), Blacktown Workers Club Hawkesbury Guineas (1400m) and Godolphin Crown (1300m), the latter for fillies and mares. The Hawkesbury XXXX Gold Rush carries a purse of $125,000. Next year’s Hawkesbury stand-alone meeting will be run on April 28.

Equine Genetics Research Centre
Racing Australia has announced that Australian racing’s first equine genetics research laboratory service is to be established at Scone. The new facility will be established within Scone’s Hunter Valley Equine Research Centre complex and is expected to be operational by April 2018. Building works are due to be completed by the end of this year. The Centre will undertake DNA typing of all Thoroughbred foals to confirm parentage and establish a unique pedigree that is accessible throughout its life. It will also provide services to 30 other horse breed societies across Australia. An estimated 20,000 tests will be analysed at the Centre each year. Dr Natasha Hamilton had been appointed as the inaugural Director of the Equine Genetics Research Centre. Dr Hamilton has worked at the University of Sydney as a researcher and lecturer, most recently teaching neurophysiology & equine science within the Faculty of Science. She is also a contributing member of the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities’ Gene Doping Control Subcommittee, the International Equine Genome Mapping Workshop and the International Society of Animal Genetics.

Mark De Monfort Joins Racing NSW
Former top Sydney jockey Mark de Montfort has commenced working with the Racing NSW apprentice jockey mentoring team as Head Jockey Coach for apprentice jockeys and riders. De Montfort won many major races during more than three decades in the saddle and will bring a vast amount of knowledge and experience to Racing NSW and assist its Australian Racing and Equine Academy partnership with TAFE Western Sydney. De Montfort will lead the coaching and mentoring team of former top jockey Rodney Quinn (Metropolitan and Provincial areas), Group One-winning trainer Pat Webster (Provincial & Country), and former successful NSW jockeys Jamie Whitney (Country), and Dale Jeffries and Brad Clark (both newly appointed additions to the Country area).



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


Goodfella has taken the lead in the BOBS Horse Premiership, collecting $45,000 in bonus prizemoney for his connections.

Back-to-back wins during the Sydney Spring Carnival catapulted promising Bjorn Baker-trained colt, Goodfella, to the top of the BOBS Horse Premiership Leaderboard.

The three-year-old has had four starts this preparation and Baker is happy with his performances so far. “He ran a good race when resuming from a long break in September but was just warming up late,” he said. “He had a nice win second-up over 1400m then we dropped him back to 1200 for the Brian Crowley Stakes.” Goodfella was sent out $2.25 favourite and didn’t disappoint. He was five-wide and copped some interference on the turn for home but battled on to win by half a length from Godolphin galloper, Piracy. “He was tough throughout the race,” Baker said. “It’s always nice to win a stakes race, especially one with a BOBS bonus attached to it.”

For his two wins this preparation, Goodfella earned $137,375 in prizemoney plus $45,000 in BOBS bonuses. “It’s a great incentive for the owners and everyone appreciates it,” Baker said. “It really adds up and makes racing in NSW more viable.”

After his win in the Brian Crowley Stakes, Goodfella shot to the lead in the BOBS Horse Premiership, $5,625 clear of nearest rival, Super Ex.

Both Goodfella and Super Ex are now spelling in preparation for the Magic Millions three-year-old races in January, but will have plenty of opportunities to add to their BOBS hauls during the Sydney Autumn Carnival if all goes to plan. Piracy is next in line but is unlikely to progress as he’s been moved to Godolphin’s Flemington stable, leaving Unforgotten as the main challenger. “I’ve never won a BOBS Premiership before but I’ve come close and would certainly like to,” Baker said. “Goodfella has his easiest races behind him but he’s full of energy and great to have around so we will see what happens.”

Goodfella’s sire, Snitzel, retains the lead in the BOBS Stallion Premiership which he has won for the past two years in a row.


Horse Sire BOBS Bonus Wins
GoodfellaSnitzel$45,000.00 2
Super ExExcites$39,375.00 3
PiracyExceed And Excel$33,750.00 3
UnforgottenFastnet Rock$33,750.00 2
AtaraxiaTeofilo (IRE)$28,125.00 2
TorvillNot a Single Doubt$28,125.00 2
WarrantyAll Too Hard$28,125.00 2
Beau GesteStreet Cry (IRE)$22,500.00 1
Legend of CondorNot a Single Doubt$22,500.00 1
LegislationNot a Single Doubt$22,500.00 1
MenariSnitzel$22,500.00 1



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 October 2017:




J N AllenRandwickRedzel
G AltomonteKemblaMarishka
M AngelosHawkesburyGrand Finalist
J BachWyongDorf Star
R S BaldingCanterburyBraces
S BianchiniQueanbeyanBond of Faith
J CamilleriKemblaWarranty
A CardyCanberraOnly Choice (NZ)
L & Mrs K CarpenterCanberraFlash In The Dark
R & Mrs M ConwayCaulfieldQuilate
J CordinaRandwickAce High
Ms D CowleWyongDorf Star
M CrismaleKemblaPleasantries
P J DugganRandwickFirsthand
Emirates ParkCanterburyIntueri
A Fitzgerald NowraDixie
GodolphinCanterbury (3)Elessedil
  Osborne Bulls
 GosfordTiny Taj
 Moonee ValleyBanish
 Newcastle (3)Istria
 Randwick (2)Interlocuter (USA) (2)
 Warwick Farm (5)Deprive
 Wyong (2)La Chatte
Mrs S Grant CanberraFlash In The Dark
S GrantBallinaVivid Pink
G HarveyOrangeRiva Romance
 RandwickImprovement (NZ)
Ms J B HenningCaulfieldCool Passion
Ms L InghamWarwick FarmHigh Mist
Mrs C IrwinTamworthCrooked Blaze
J JaniakBallinaPolskie Lady
 Coffs HarbourPolskie Lady
R KemisterNowraBurden of Proof
Mrs D KepitisFlemingtonWinx
 Moonee ValleyWinx
 Warwick FarmHigh Mist
Mrs D & P KepitisMuswellbrookBochy
P KiteNowraDixie
M & Mrs E KowalczukRandwickTorvill
W LanhamBathurstItacsa
 Hawkesbury (2)Concessions
 NewcastleMadam Juror
Laurel Oak Bloodstock CanberraFlash In The Dark
GosfordSikhing Glory
Warwick FarmSikhing Glory
C & Mrs L LawlorMungeryAusbred Petal
 OrangeAusbred Diamond
R LeghGeelongVengeur Masque (IRE)
D & Mrs S LilleyCaulfieldInvincible Star
N MacdonaldGosfordSikhing Glory
 Warwick FarmSikhing Glory
J & Mrs A McDonnellCaulfieldCool Passion
 Warwick FarmGauguin (NZ)
 WyongMissybeel (NZ)
L Mihalyka CanberraFlash In The Dark
GosfordSikhing Glory
Warwick FarmSikhing Glory
T Millard CanberraFlash In The Dark
N Moraitis, AMNewcastleBon Equus
 RandwickDestiny's Kiss
J Murphy NowraDixie
M Naptra CanberraFlash In The Dark
A & Mrs A OchiltreeCanberraBring A Secret
K PrykePort MacquarieLoving Home (GB)
Ramsey Pastoral Pty LtdCanterburyEmpress Matilda
C Reynolds CanberraFlash In The Dark
Ms J RitchieCanterburyMadonnica
 KemblaAudacious Choice
 Warwick Farm (2)Gauguin (NZ)
Mrs M SmithNowraAmerican Salute
P TigheCanterburyUnforgotten
 Moonee ValleyWinx
N VassRandwickLegislation
N & Mrs A VassWarwick FarmImprovise
Vinery StudGosfordRaise an Army
 Wyong (2)Antelope
M WalcottBombalaLe Sacre Blur
 Moruya (2)Athonis (NZ)
  Loyal Toast
Ms L WatsonHardenCoogee Beach Boy
M WhitbyCanterburyZa Zi Ba
J Wilson CanberraFlash In The Dark
D WiltonTamworthMagic Choir

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 2017-2018 season is as follows:

NSWROA Members
2017/2018 Black Type Honour Roll
Current to 31 October 2017

Category Race Name Horse Owner
G1ATC George Main StakesWinxP Tighe, Mrs D Kepitis
G1MVRC Moir StakesShe Will ReignG Bachell, M Field
G1ATC Flight StakesAlizeeGodolphin
G1VRC Turnbull StakesWinxP Tighe, Mrs D Kepitis
G1ATC Spring Champion StakesAce HighJ Cordina
G1MVRC W S Cox PlateWinxP Tighe, Mrs D Kepitis
G2ATC Warwick StakesWinxP Tighe, Mrs D Kepitis
G2MRC P B Lawrence StakesHartnell (GB)Godolphin
G2ATC Chelmsford StakesWinxP Tighe, Mrs D Kepitis
G2ATC Theo Marks StakesDeployTorryburn Stud, K Maloney
G2ATC Run To the RoseMenariG Altomonte
G2ATC Tea Rose StakesAlizeeGodolphin
G2ATC The ShortsRedzelJ N Allen
G2ATC Roman Consul StakesViridineGodolphin
G2MVRC Moonee Valley Fillies ClassicBanishGodolphin
G3ATC Show County QualityDeployTorryburn Stud, K Maloney
G3ATC Concorde StakesRedzelJ N Allen
G3MRC The HeathVoodoo LadK Maloney
G3NJC Spring StakesAstoriaGodolphin
G3NJC Newcastle Gold CupBroadside (NZ)D & Mrs S Lilley, I & Mrs C Patrick
G3NJC Tibbie StakesZanbaghO P Tait
G3ATC Kingston Town StakesLibran (IRE)Highclere Thoroughbred Racing, Mrs S McGrath, P Quirk
G3ATC Gloaming StakesAce HighJ Cordina
G3MRC Thoroughbred Club StakesInvincible StarD & Mrs S Lilley
G3MRC Northwood Plume StakesCool PassionJ & Mrs A McDonnell, Ms J Henning
G3MRC Ladies Day VaseQuilateR & Mrs M Conway
G3GRC Geelong CupVengeur Masque (IRE)R Legh
LRATC The RosebudMenariG Altomonte
LRHRC Rowley MileArbeitsamJ N Allen
LRWRC Wyong Gold CupDestiny's KissN Moraitis, AM
LRATC Heritage StakesViridineGodolphin
LRATC Breeders PlatePerformerP Tighe, D N Fuller
LRATC Dulcify QualityAtaraxiaGodolphin
LRATC Reginald Allen HandicapTorvillM & Mrs E Kowalczuk
LRATC City Tattersalls Club CupDestiny's KissN Moraitis, AM

What great results! Congratulations to all! Don't forget to forward the names of your racehorses to the NSWROA office.



In the next week three Showcase Meetings will take place.

First up is the Armidale Jockey Club Meeting on Sunday, 12 November 2017. This meeting features an eight race program with a BOBS Bonus available on all races. For further details regarding this meeting visit the Armidale Jockey Club’s website at

The Port Macquarie Race Club will hold their Showcase Meeting on Thursday, 16 November 2017. They also have an eight event card with a BOBS Bonus available on all races. For further details regarding this meeting visit the Port Macquarie Race Club’s website at

The third meeting will be conducted by the Gundagai-Adelong Race Club on Friday, 17 November 2017. This meeting will also have an eight event program with a BOBS Bonus available on each race with the feature being the Snake Gully Cup, an Open Handicap run over 1400 metres, with some $70,000 in prizemoney on offer. For further details regarding this meeting visit the website at



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

Tom O’Callaghan
Acting President

10 November 2017


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