As mentioned in last month’s Newsletter, our Racing’s Night of Champions Awards Night has again been run and won. I would like to give a special vote of thanks to the workers whose efforts make it such a great success, principally, Sharon Hunt, our Executive Officer, and Pauline Lamb, of Infinity Event and Video Production. I wish, too, to thank Terence Ho, who donates his time and skills to the many functions of our charity partner, the Prince of Wales Hospital Foundation, throughout the year, and whom we can thank for his excellent photographic record of our event. Thanks go, too, to Racing NSW for their invaluable support.

Spring Racing continues to delight racegoers in Sydney. Last Saturday at Rosehill we saw Deploy complete the very rare feat of setting consecutive track records, and we saw the slashing victory of Menari, and the very promising return to racing of the glamour filly of the late Autumn/Winter, Egg Tart.

Today is Newcastle’s turn, with its very strong programme; will the Newcastle Cup unearth another Green Moon! Saturday sees racing return to Royal Randwick, and all eyes will be on the mighty mare, Winx, as she leads an excellent field of entrants for the first Group One of the Sydney Spring Carnival. We will also see the running of the Bill Ritchie Handicap, named in honour of the late father of our esteemed member, and former Committee Member, and now ATC Director, Julia Ritchie.

As at the time of writing, The Everest is now only a month away. Interest and excitement are building daily and will reach fever pitch as the day nears.

I also wish to make mention of our newest member of the Committee, Blake Matthews. Blake is featured elsewhere in the Newsletter, and we welcome him very warmly to the Committee. As with everything else in life, the future of this Association belongs to the youth of today.


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The purpose of the “A Quick Word with ….” column is to introduce the readership to the Committee, Life Members and other members of the Association.

Recently the Association was delighted to welcome Blake Matthews as a member of the NSWROA Committee and in this issue of the newsletter we shine the spotlight onto our newest Committee Member.

1.   Firstly, congratulations Blake on your appointment to the NSWROA Committee.
A.   Thank you. I'm thrilled to be joining the NSWROA Committee and looking forward to working with the Board to represent the interests of our fellow owners here in NSW. Owners are the lifeblood of the industry and I am eager to listen and help with any issues which our owners are facing.

2.   Blake, what was your “introduction” into the racing industry?
A.   My introduction was through a group of friends around 12 years ago who invited me to a day out at Rosehill. With some beginner’s luck backing some winners, the passion and interest quickly grew into what it is today.

3.   Why did you decide to become a racehorse owner?
A.   Like most supporters of the industry it was a natural progression. I have always had the intention of owning shares in racehorses and earlier this year an opportunity presented itself which was a great chance to share my first ownership experience with a group of friends and colleagues.

4.   How many horses do you currently race?
A.   It all starts with one, however part of the reason for joining this Committee was my desire to get our younger racegoers taking their first steps into ownership. There's a number of friends who I will join over the coming months when taking their first steps into ownership and in turn continue my progression.

5.   Which has been the “best” horse you have owned?
A.   At present it's just the one which is a tried 5yo mare. She has black type under previous owners so hopefully we see a repeat of that performance in the coming few months.

6.   Who has been the “best” horse you have seen?
A.   It would be hard to split Black Caviar and Winx. Both are exceptional mares in their own right and to have been able to witness both of those on track within the space of 10 years has been very special.

7.   What has been your most memorable moment on a racecourse?
A.   Some good friends and colleagues asked me to join them in the owners’ enclosure at Randwick in 2015 when their filly Lady Sniper won the Inglis Sprint at 20-1. That was a very special moment to share that thrill with them, and of course to back a $20 winner is always a bonus.

8.   What is your “vision” for the industry?
A.   Race days as a whole have a live atmosphere that can rival the best of our domestic sporting codes.

Coupled with growing prizemoney and competition I see a future where Racing is a true top tier sport for everyone to enjoy.

Having the privilege to join the NSWROA Committee I'm excited to be a voice for the industry’s owners and help best serve their interests going forward.



As advised in the August Newsletter, hereunder are some happy snaps from the Rosehill Raceday function.






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


We get asked “what do you do at the Heritage Centre”? The short answer is “plenty”, but to be a bit more expansive the volunteers at the ATC Heritage Centre are allotted tasks by the Heritage Officer, Margaret Helback, who works in conjunction with Archivist, Hannah Hibbert. Both ladies are employed by the ATC which is very conscious of the responsibility to house, maintain and protect its splendid collection of racing artefacts, paintings, prints, photographs, research files, racebooks and much more. That’s what we do.

In an article for us at NSWROA I have been highlighting an item or two each month from the ATC Collection for the interest of members.

But what else is the ATC Heritage Centre used for?

We get a steady flow of requests from members and the public for information on racing people and horses, often for family tree research, sometimes for compiling information for a book.

The library at the Heritage Centre is a treasure trove and the many archival boxes of ATC (formerly AJC) material hold a wealth of information about the people of racing, going back many years. Sometimes we can’t assist our enquirers but usually we can find something for them and occasionally, a lot. The ATC Heritage Centre is available to all by appointment. Mostly, the appointments are concentrated to Wednesdays (we meet weekly on Wednesdays) so we volunteers can assist the researchers, but there is some flexibility of days available.

Two people who have availed themselves of the resources of the Heritage Centre are Ken Linnett and Anne Field. Both have recently produced books and used our facilities to assist them. Ken has just released a book on Tulloch, the first book ever written about this Australian turf icon (amazing oversight by the racing world) and Anne last year produced a history of Moorefield Racecourse. She was motivated by a love of racing and living in a house built on the old course at Kogarah.

Pictures of the covers of these books are shown herewith.


Tulloch : The extraordinary life and times of a true champion, is available from the publishers, Slattery Media, or most good bookshops and The History of Moorefield Racecourse, Kogarah, Sydney, Australia (1888 – 1951), is available directly from Anne via email at ..



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 fourth update this month is on the topic of Mortality Insurance and Humane Destruction.

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


Mortality Insurance and Humane Destruction

One of the most common areas of confusion and conflict between owners and insurance companies in equine insurance is whether the condition of the horse satisfies the Policy criteria for humane destruction. It should be stated from the outset that an Insurer will never prevent an owner from euthanasing their horse, but the death of the horse will not automatically give rise to a recoverable insurance claim.

Majority of horses insured in Australia are insured through a local broker and underwritten by Lloyd’s of London. The most common Policy issued in Australia is the Lloyd’s LE (Australia) Equine Policy, which was introduced in 1997. The LE Policy specifically covers Humane Destruction and defined it in terms that require certain criteria are met.


  1.  that the HORSE incurs an injury or is afflicted with an excessively painful disease, and a VETERINARIAN appointed by the Underwriters shall first have given a certificate that the suffering of the HORSE is incurable and so excessive that immediate destruction is imperative for humane reasons; or

  2.  that the HORSE incurs an injury and a VETERINARIAN appointed by the INSURED shall first have given a certificate that the suffering of the HORSE is incurable and so excessive that immediate destruction is imperative for humane reasons without waiting for the appointment of a VETERINARIAN by the Underwriters.”

There are many scenarios where humane destruction is appropriate that do not give rise to recoverable insurance claims. Considerations such as the quality of life the horse will have after the injury/surgery and commercial considerations such as the financial cost of treatment and ongoing care for a horse that may ever race again, can lead to owners deciding to euthanase a horse. This alone does not provide justification for a recoverable insurance claim.

There is also a significant difference between the cover provided by the Equine Policy for Humane Destruction and the Guidelines For Euthanasia of Horses published by Equine Veterinarians Australia and many of the Equine Veterinary Associations throughout the world. Without going into specific circumstances, the principal difference is that the Equine Policy requires the “suffering of the HORSE to be incurable and so excessive that immediate destruction is imperative for humane reasons”.

It is therefore imperative that, where possible, you contact the person nominated in your insurance Policy before making your decision regarding euthanasia of your horse.


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.



Thank you to all who attended 2017 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 2018 Racing’s Night of Champions.

I am very pleased to announce that Mr Martin Field was the winner of the draw. Our congratulations to Mr Field.

My thanks to NSWROA Life Member, Mr Noel Bracks, who officiated at the draw which was conducted in the NSWROA office on 11 September 2017.



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

New Executive Officer for NSW Country Racing Announced
The Board of Racing NSW Country Board have appointed Mr Brian Charman as the new Executive Officer for Country Racing. Brian is a qualified Finance Officer and Accountant with a good knowledge of racing. He is currently the Secretary/Manager of Tweed River Jockey Club and comes from a racing family with his father a former horse trainer. Brian will commence the position in early October and looks forward to meeting many Country racing administrators at the annual Country Racing Conference on 29th September 2017.

Canberra Trained Horses Ineligible for Highway Races from 9 December 2017
Racing NSW has announced that after Saturday, 2 December 2017, horses trained at Canberra will no longer be eligible to contest Highway races. In taking this decision, the Board of Racing NSW considered submissions made on the matter by the Canberra Racing Club and other parties. The view of the Board was that based on the quality of training and other facilities available to them, Canberra trained horses are the equal of NSW provincial trained horses, which are also ineligible for Highway races. “In announcing its decision, the Board has provided a notice period which will still enable Canberra trained horses to take part in the Highway races for a further three months” said Racing NSW Chief Executive Mr Peter V’landys AM. “In addition, Canberra trained horses will also be eligible to enter and contest the $200,000 Anniversary Highway to be run at Royal Randwick on Saturday, 14 October 2017.”

Funding Boost to Country Feature Races and Race Meetings
Racing NSW has announced a further boost for country racing with a significant increase in prizemoney for a number of key country feature races. Prizemoney for five key country feature races will be increased to $150,000. The events are:



Feature Race

6 October 2017

Port Macquarie Cup

26 November 2017

Goulburn Cup

8 April 2018

Wellington Boot

29 April 2018

Tamworth Cup

3 May 2018

Wagga Town Plate

Increase in Showcase Meetings
Racing NSW has also expanded the schedule of Showcase race meetings from 40 to 45 in 2017/18, upgrading five key country carnival race days to a minimum of $30,000 in prizemoney per race. Also at most of these meetings there will be a race carrying prizemoney of $40,000 for horses who have not won a race and that are domiciled and trained in the NSW country area. Racing NSW has also increased the number of country TAB meetings to be conducted for 2017/18 from 645 to 664.

$500,000 Finals to Highlight 2018 Country and Provincial Championships
Racing NSW have announced the dates for the 2018 Country Championships and Provincial Championships Series along with increases in prizemoney for the respective Finals to $500,000. The 2018 Country Championships series will again feature seven regional qualifying heats, each boasting prizemoney of $150,000. The series across eight race meetings, will again be run on seven consecutive Sundays with a single Saturday fixture on the second weekend. The series culminates with a $500,000 Final run at Royal Randwick Racecourse on Saturday, 7 April 2017.

The Country Championships commence on Sunday, 18 February 2018 with the Mid North Coast qualifier returning to Port Macquarie, having staged the first regional heat in 2015. The series then features its double-header weekend at Goulburn on Saturday, 24 February 2018 and at Mudgee on Sunday, 25 February 2018. The 2018 Country Championships will be the first occasion on which Mudgee hosts the Central Districts qualifier after being run at Wellington in both 2016 and 2017. The Southern Districts qualifier returns to Wagga Wagga in early March 2018. Grafton, Scone and Dubbo will again all host their region’s qualifying heats in 2018. The Northern Rivers heat which produced Free Standing, winner of the Country Championships Final in 2017, will be run on Sunday, 11 March 2018. The Hunter and North-West qualifier at Scone will be held on Sunday, 18 March 2018 with the regional qualifiers rounded out with the Western Region qualifier at Dubbo on Sunday, 25 March 2018. The qualifying series will be completed by the Wild Card race meeting scheduled for Muswellbrook Racecourse on Sunday, 1 April 2018.

The full list of Country Championships qualifiers is as follows:





Sunday 18 February 2018 Port Macquarie Mid North Coast
Saturday 24 February 2018 Goulburn South-East
Sunday 25 February 2018 Mudgee Central Districts
Sunday 4 March 2018 Wagga Wagga Southern Districts
Sunday 11 March 2018 Grafton Northern Rivers
Sunday 18 March 2018 Scone Hunter & North West
Sunday 25 March 2018 Dubbo Western
Sunday 1 April 2018 Muswellbrook Wild Card
Saturday 7 April 2018 Royal Randwick Final


For the Provincial Championships in 2018, qualifying races at provincial racecourses will for the first time be held on consecutive Saturdays leading into The Championships, with the Final also to be run for $500,000.



Saturday 03 March 2018 Wyong
Saturday 10 March 2018 Hawkesbury
Saturday 17 March 2018 Gosford
Saturday 24 March 2018 Kembla Grange
Saturday 31 March 2018 Newcastle
Saturday 14 April 2018 Royal Randwick



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



Just four races into his career, Super Ex has already paid for himself.

The Mark Newnham-trained colt debuted with a third at Newcastle and followed it up with successive wins at Kembla Grange, Canterbury Park and most recently Royal Randwick. For his efforts, Super Ex has amassed $95,325 in prizemoney as well as a juicy $39,375 in BOBS bonuses.

“It’s a great incentive for owners, especially for those with young horses as it costs a substantial amount of money to get the horse to that stage before they even race,” trainer Mark Newnham said. “We already have good levels of prizemoney in New South Wales and BOBS is the cherry on top.”

The three BOBS claims have shot Super Ex to the top of the BOBS leaderboard, well clear of rivals Arbeitsam, Menari and Piracy who have each earned $22,500 in BOBS bonuses.

Super Ex has been sent for a spell in preparation for the Magic Millions and Sydney Autumn Carnival but Newnham still has the BOBS horse premiership in the back of his mind. “I’d love to win it,” he said. “There’s a long time left in the racing year but Super Ex is off to the right start.”

In October last year, Newnham’s friend in Hong Kong asked him to inspect 20 horses at the Magic Millions Breeze Up Sales. Super Ex was the one they decided on with the owner paying $105,000 for the Excites X Superb Lady colt. “I’ve always liked him but he took a little bit longer to develop,” Newnham said of the now three-year-old. “I had him in for a good time during the first preparation but decided to spell with him without a trial.”

The patient approach paid off with Super Ex filling out and returning a much more mature horse. “He had two solid trials then ran well on debut without a lot of luck in a very strong race,” Newnham said. “Both horses that beat him that day have gone on to win Sydney metropolitan races. Between the three of them, it’s a good form race. “This horse has won on fast tracks and soft ground and you need to be versatile to race in Sydney in the autumn. “It’s exciting to have a horse who has won three in a row and broken a track record at Royal Randwick. “We’ll just keep raising the bar each time and hopefully he keeps coming up to it. His best is still ahead.”


Horse Sire Prize Money Wins
SUPER EX Excites $39,375 3
ARBEITSAM Snitzel $22,500 1
MENARI Snitzel $22,500 1
PIRACY Exceed and Excel $22,500 2
ACQUME Sepoy $16,875 2
MOSSMAN GORGE Mossman $16,875 2
PANDEMONIUM Sebring $16,875 2
ISLAND MISSILE Smart Missile $11,250 2
MOLTEN Street Cry (Ire) $11,250 2
PRINCESS LOTTIE Shrapnel $11,250 2



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 2017:




D & Mrs K Ackery


Sayed (USA)




J N Allen







Warwick Farm

Smart Edge



Island Missile

G Altomonte









R J Balding

Warwick Farm

Centro Superior

R S Balding

Warwick Farm

Centro Superior

B & Mrs L Bryant


Fox Tales

Mrs K Carpenter



W Cloros


Crimson Sun

M Curtis


Mossman Gorge



Mossman Gorge

Ms D Dunn


Smooth Tycoon


Canterbury (2)







Hartnell (GB)


Hawkesbury (3)













Osborne Bulls





Warwick Farm (2)






Wyong (2)





S Grant



Gundaroo Stud


Water Boy (NZ)

G Harvey


Catch The Culprit

Ms J Henning


Napoleon (GER)

M Howell


Smooth Tycoon

Mrs C Irwin

Port Macquarie


J Janiak


Polskie Prince

K Keady


Top Magic

Mrs D Kepitis



Mrs D & P Kepitis


Missile Coda

G & Mrs D Kolivos



D Kotel



M Lamond


Curata Princess



Curata Princess

Laurel Oak Bloodstock



A & Mrs L Leopold


Seething Drake

R Lloyd



N Macdonald



K Maloney






J & Mrs A McDonnell


Napoleon (GER)

D McLeish


Chatelard (NZ)

J A Middleton


Bordeaux Bandit

L Mihalyka



T Millard



R Pegum


Iggy The Moocher

J Ryan



L & Mrs V Ryder


Smooth Tycoon

Mrs M Smith



J L Thompson



Torryburn Stud



M Walcott

Canberra (2)

Almost Court (NZ) (2)

P Walker


Another Larga

T & Mrs D Wallace, J & Miss H Wallace


Final Frontier

W & Mrs L Watkins



Ms L Watson


Gentleman Max

M Whitby


Mahalangur (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 2017-2018 season is as follows:

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

Category Race Name Horse Owner
G2 ATC Warwick Stakes Winx Mrs D Kepitis
G2 MRC P B Lawrence Stakes Hartnell (GB) Godolphin
G3 ATC Show County Quality Deploy Torryburn Stud, K Maloney
LR ATC The Rosebud Menari G Altomonte
LR HRC Rowley Mile Arbeitsam J N Allen

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



The Dubbo Turf Club will host the upcoming Showcase Meeting to be held on Sunday, 17 September 2017.

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

The feature race of the day is the Dubbo Gold Cup an Open Handicap over 1,600 metres with some $60,000 in prizemoney on offer.

For further details regarding this meeting visit the Dubbo Turf Club’s 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

15 September 2017


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