Where to start – Sydney in the Autumn of course – where there is no better place to be. Like most racing devotees, the Autumn Carnival holds a very special place indeed on my list of “must do” things.

The Championships will take place on 7 and 14 April 2018 at Royal Randwick.

This wonderful event brings together the best on offer in not only metropolitan racing, but also provincial and country racing.

I understand that record nominations have been received for The Championships (see item later in the newsletter) a wonderful indicator of the growth of the event. On behalf of the NSWROA Committee and our members I wish the Australian Turf Club and Racing NSW every success for the event.

Speaking of events, the Association will once again be conducting our annual Autumn Carnival Function on the last day of the Carnival, 21 April 2018 for All Aged Stakes Day and I look forward to seeing you there. An item regarding this function also appears later in the newsletter.

I would also like to congratulate Inglis on the opening of their outstanding new Riverside Stables Complex at Warwick Farm. Simply fantastic! At the time of writing the first sale in the new complex, the Classic Yearling Sale, is taking place and by all accounts is setting new records.

See you at the track!


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Bookings are now closed for the Association’s first function for the year which will take place this Saturday, 17 February 2018 at Royal Randwick Racecourse with the Group 2 Apollo Stakes the highlight on the card.

We look forward to welcoming those of our members who are attending the function.

A full report on the function will appear in the March newsletter.



I am very pleased to advise members that the Association will be conducting our annual Sydney Autumn Carnival function on 21 April 2018, 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.



The 2018 Early Bird Membership Renewal Competition, was drawn on Monday, 5 February 2018 by NSWROA Life Member, Mr Noel Bracks.

The winners were:

1st Prize – Charles Sala
2nd Prize – Amy Vass
3rd Prize – John Cordina

Our congratulations to all prize winners.



The 2018 Sydney Annual Racing Fraternity Mass will be conducted on Sunday 11 March 2018 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.



A reminder to members that 2018 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.



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.


It is a sad fact that no major racing club in Australia has a complete collection of its racebooks (or racecards as the U.K. folks still call them, or race day programmes to the uninitiated).

What were they thinking, or not thinking?

The ATC (formerly AJC) fares better than most with its racebook collection. At the Heritage Centre we hold a collection which has several racecards, on silk or paper, framed and hung on walls at Randwick. These are from the 1840s to 1860s.

For full racebooks the oldest in the collection is from a minor meeting held at Homebush in 1868 (not an AJC meeting) but the oldest major race day book is the racebook for AJC Derby Day 1870. That Derby was won by the filly Florence.

After that the holdings of racebooks improves slowly to where many of the major carnival days are held from the 1890s through to the mid 1900s and then from there the collection has almost all of the books.

Shown here is a display of racebooks which was prepared in 2010 for an exhibition and also a display of special racebooks for the same exhibition – 200 Years of Horse Racing in NSW – which we call the Victory racebooks. Many racing clubs throughout the state conducted race days to commemorate the end of World War II. The AJC sought from them a copy of the racebook for each of their meetings and we have a collection of them as seen here.

Not these days but once upon a time the AJC racebook covers were a virtual social history of events happening at the time of the race meeting. There were covers depicting the arrival of the “Great White Fleet” in 1908, the benefit meeting for the famous trainer Etienne de Mestre, the Anzac Day covers were always colourful and many others. The one chosen for you to view in this article is for the opening celebrations of the Sydney Harbour Bridge in 1932.



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

Record nominations for 2018 The Championships
The Championships has attracted a massive number of nominations with a record 1454 nominations received following the closing deadline for the fifth running of the highly-successful series. Racing NSW and the Australian Turf Club received 75 (up 5%) more nominations than last year which in itself was a record for the 10 races to be staged during The Championships at Royal Randwick on Saturday 7 April and Saturday 14 April. The $3 million The Star Doncaster Mile (1600m) attracted 181 entries (up 30 noms) – easily the largest number of nominations in the five years of the Group 1 event being held during The Championships. Similarly, there are strong numbers in the $2m BMW Australian Derby (155-up 22), $1m James Boag’s Australian Oaks (148-up 20) and the feature race of The Championships, the $4m Group 1 Longines Queen Elizabeth Stakes (121-up 20).

Overnight Stables at Sapphire Coast Turf Club
Trainers travelling to the Sapphire Coast Turf Club now have another option to break up the journey. New overnight stables have been built at the racecourse to accommodate visiting horses. The new overnight stables were jointly funded by Sapphire Coast Turf Club and Racing NSW and include internal and external CCTV. Trainers wishing to book them can do by contacting the club. The next race meeting hosted by Sapphire Coast Turf Club is scheduled for Friday, 9th March.

New PolyTrack for Hawkesbury
Hawkesbury Race Club will soon boast a new PolyTrack with construction on schedule for completion in mid-April. The first dozers and heavy machinery from Abax Contracting rolled in just before Christmas and began transforming the aged sand track into an all-weather surface. The Australian Turf Club has installed a PolyTrack at the home of night racing, Canterbury Park, in anticipation of internationally-trained horses utilising the course for preparations when in quarantine for Sydney’s leading race meetings, the Championships during the Autumn and The Everest during the Spring. With the PolyTrack on schedule, commitments to build 50 on-course stables will further enhance the Hawkesbury Race Club’s commitment to providing outstanding training facilities fit for a provincial club of the future.

The Country and Provincial Championships
The dates for the upcoming heats of the Country and Provincial Championships are:

The Country Championships

Date Venue Distance Region
Sunday, 18 February 2018Port Macquarie1400mMid North Coast
Saturday, 24 February 2018Goulburn1400mSouth-East
Sunday, 25 February 2018Mudgee1400mCentral Districts
Sunday, 4 March 2018Wagga Wagga1400mSouthern Districts
Sunday, 11 March 2018Grafton1400mNorthern Rivers
Sunday, 18 March 2018Scone1400mHunter & North West
Sunday, 25 March 2018Dubbo1400mWestern
Sunday, 1 April 2018Muswellbrook1280mWild Card - All regions
Saturday, 7 April 2018Royal Randwick1400mFinal


The Provincial Championships

Date Venue Distance
Saturday, 3 March 2018Wyong1350m
Saturday, 10 March 2018Hawkesbury1400m
Saturday, 17 March 2018Gosford1200m
Saturday, 24 March 2018Kembla Grange1400m
Saturday, 31 March 2018Newcastle1400m
Saturday, 14 April 2018Royal Randwick1400m - Final



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


Peter and Paul Snowden haven’t made any major changes to the training regime of Emperor’s Way but the penny has dropped this preparation. From five starts he’s recorded three wins and two places, taking his overall earnings to a touch under a quarter of a million dollars. $56,250 of that comes from BOBS bonuses and the connections of Emperor’s Way’s couldn’t be happier.

“We were just talking about it after his Rosehill win,” co-trainer said. “The healthy prizemoney and sweetener of a BOBS bonus makes investing in a racehorse more attractive. Personally, I find it very rewarding to get a BOBS win for our owners.”

At his most recent start at the end of January Emperor’s Way showed a powerful turn of foot. Under the guidance of Glyn Schofield he sat calmly at the rear until the turn for home. There he made his move, swallowing up the ground and each of his rivals before finally nailing leader Get On The Grange at the post.

“It was a very good win,” Snowden said. “Nothing was getting home from the back that day and he had a lot of work to do but he pulled it off. Glyn had won on him the start before and his knowledge of the horse certainly made a difference.”

Two weeks prior to that the Emperor also got his way, bursting through and kicking away to win by a length and a half at Royal Randwick. He came heartbreakingly close to winning the start before that too but went down to Allcash in a photo finish.

Back to back wins have shot Emperor’s Way into contention for the BOBS Horse Premiership. He’s currently equal second with Goodfella and Pendeloque behind Unforgotten who leads with three wins. He has the chance to add to his BOBS tally this Saturday in the Fairfax and Roberts Jewellers Handicap at Royal Randwick. It will be his first attempt at 2000m and a win would put him just $1000 behind Unforgotten.

“He’s really come into his own and is starting to reach his potential,” Snowden said. “He’s got all the hallmarks of a classic stayer – easy to train, relaxed, nothing fazes him. He just needed time to mature and his owners allowed us to give it to him.”

January was the most successful month for BOBS horses since June last year with $829,687.50 in bonuses distributed to lucky owners.


Horse Sire BOBS Bonus Wins
Unforgotten Fastnet Rock$56,250.003
Emperor's Way Roman Emperor (NZ)$45,000.002
Goodfella Snitzel$45,000.002
Pendeloque Snitzel$45,000.002
Cordero Gio Ponti (USA)$42,500.003
Super Ex Excites$39,375.003
Brave Song Your Song $33,750.00 2
Charlayne Sebring$33,750.00 2
EpidemicLonhro$33,750.00 2
GongsDawn Approach (IRE)$33,750.00 2
Pretty FastNot a Single Doubt$33,750.00 3
SandbarSnitzel$33,750.00 2
SavatianoStreet Cry (IRE)$33,750.00 2
Sparky LadSmart Missile$33,750.00 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 January 2018:




J AbrahamsGosfordKnock Toff
 RandwickRegine (IRE)
 WyongBuckle Up
D AckeryCanterburyIrish Optimism (IRE)
 GosfordSinging (FR)
 Taree (2)Jack's Bar (2)
D & Mrs K AckeryRandwickCarzoff (FR)
J N AllenKemblaMoss Trip
 RandwickRegine (IRE)
 WyongBuckle Up
G AltomonteGosfordLilith
M CodlingHawkesburyTarabai
Mrs J CookRandwick (2)Aqua D'Ivinia
  Faraway Town
S Dean HawkesburyTarabai
P J DugganWyongDream Charge
Emirates ParkCanterburyShumookh
 RosehillSiege of Quebec
A Fitzgerald HawkesburyTarabai
GodolphinCanterburyBeijing Board (GB)
 Randwick (2)Flow
 Warwick FarmBeijing Board (GB)
 Wyong (3)Absolute
M GordonRosehillSiege of Quebec
S GrantCanterburyWhiskey Shooter
 MuswellbrookRainover Manhattan
 RandwickRunway Ready
Mrs S GrantCanberraBid of Faith
G HarveyQueanbeyanCreative Vision
A & Mrs J HattonTareeOld Man's Angel
D HendersonRandwickPositive Problems
M HohosPort MacquarieAlbert of Monaco
P & Mrs D KepitisTareeBochy
G & Mrs D KolivosCanterburyFrancesco
 NewcastleVaruska (NZ)
 Warwick FarmAmanito
M & Mrs E KowalczukPort MacquarieJemily
Laurel Oak Bloodstock CanberraBid of Faith
MuswellbrookRainover Manhattan
P LinnegarGosfordSinging (FR)
N Macdonald HawkesburyTarabai
B MackieMuswellbrookJust Bute
J & Mrs A McDonnellRandwickPositive Problems
R McDowellKempseySeacraft
D McLeishRandwickCellarman
J MiddletonCanberraWyendra
 Taree (2)I Am Awesome (2)
 Warwick FarmBrook Magic
L Mihalyka CanberraBid of Faith
MuswellbrookRainover Manhattan
W & Mrs R MulaGosfordExcelling
 HawkesburyStella Victoria
P NottageSapphire Coast (2)Halliday Road
A & Mrs A OchiltreeMoruyaVigorish
 RosehillSizzling Bell
 WaggaSizzling Bell
Mrs A PedersenTareeZigamore
K PrykeCanterburyIrish Optimism (IRE)
Ms J RitchieGoulburnArt of Dance
 KemblaMake 'Em Cry
L & Mrs J Saville HawkesburyTarabai
Mrs M SmithRandwick (2)Aqua D'Ivinia
  Faraway Town
Ms S SproatsRandwickFaraway Town
P & Mrs P TigheRandwickSavacool (NZ)
Mrs J A TuckCanterburyWooshka
N & Mrs A VassCanterburySandbar
 Randwick (2)Carzoff (FR)
M WalcottMoruyaAlmost Court (NZ)
M WhitbyKemblaBaby Back Shak (NZ)
 RandwickSnitzel Day
 WallabadahStill Undaunted

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 January 2018

Category Race Name Horse Owner
G1ATC George Main StakesWinxP & Mrs P Tighe, Mrs D Kepitis
G1MVRC Moir StakesShe Will ReignG Bachell, M Field
G1ATC Flight StakesAlizeeGodolphin
G1VRC Turnbull StakesWinxP & Mrs P Tighe, Mrs D Kepitis
G1ATC Spring Champion StakesAce HighJ Cordina
G1MVRC W S Cox PlateWinxP & Mrs P Tighe, Mrs D Kepitis
G1VRC Victoria DerbyAce HighJ Cordina
G1VRC Darley ClassicRedzelJ N Allen
G1WATC Kingston Town ClassicPounamuJ L Thompson
G2ATC Warwick StakesWinxP & Mrs P Tighe, Mrs D Kepitis
G2MRC P B Lawrence StakesHartnell (GB)Godolphin
G2ATC Chelmsford StakesWinxP & Mrs P 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
G2MRC Sandown GuineasVillermontR Legh
G2WATC Ted Van Heemst StakesPounamuJ L Thompson
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
G3WATC Asian Beau StakesPounamuJ L Thompson
G3VRC Lexus StakesCismontane (NZ)D Lilley
G3VRC Red Roses StakesJordaGodolphin
G3VRC Queen Elizabeth StakesVengeur Masque (IRE)R Legh
G3MRC Sandown StakesDollar for DollarR Legh
G3ATC Summer CupMontaukM Whitby
LRATC The RosebudMenariG Altomonte
LRHRC Rowley MileArbeitsamJ N Allen
LRWRC Wyong Gold CupDestiny's KissN Moraitis, AM
LRATC Heritage StakesViridineGodolphin
LRATC Breeders PlatePerformerP & Mrs P Tighe, D N Fuller
LRATC Dulcify QualityAtaraxiaGodolphin
LRATC Reginald Allen HandicapTorvillM & Mrs E Kowalczuk
LRATC City Tattersalls Club CupDestiny's KissN Moraitis, AM
LRVRC Century StakesBall of MuscleN Couper
LRHRC Ladies Day CupDuca Valentinois(IRE)Godolphin
LRATC CupBroadside (NZ)D & Mrs S Lilley, I & Mrs C Patrick
LRBRC Gold Edition PlateWhypeeoK Maloney
LRATC Christmas CupVassal (GB)D & Mrs K Ackery
LRATC Christmas ClassicMusic Magnate (NZ)Ms D Dunn
LRGRC Gosford Gold CupSinging (FR)D Ackery, P Linnegar

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



The following Showcase Meetings will take place during the remainder of February.

First up is the Quirindi Jockey Club Meeting on Friday, 16 February 2018. This meeting features an eight race program with a BOBS Bonus available on all races. The highlight on the card is the Akubra Quirindi Showcase Cup run over 1600 metres with $50,000 in prizemoney. For further details regarding this meeting give the Quirindi Jockey Club’s office a call on (02) 6746-2476.

The Port Macquarie Race Club will hold their Showcase Meeting on Sunday, 18 February 2018. They also have an eight event card with a BOBS Bonus available on all races. The highlight on the card is the MNCRA Country Championships Qualifier run over 1200 metres with $150,000 in prizemoney. For further details regarding this meeting visit the Port Macquarie Race Club’s website at

The Goulburn & District Racing Club hold their Showcase Meeting on Saturday, 24 February 2018. An eight event card with a BOBS Bonus available on all races is once again to take place. The highlight of this meeting is the SERA Country Championships Qualifier run over 1400 metres with $150,000 in prizemoney. For further details regarding this meeting visit the Goulburn & District Race Club’s website at

The Mudgee Race Club will hold the final Showcase Meeting for the month on Sunday, 25 February 2018. This meeting also has an eight event card with a BOBS Bonus available on all races. The highlight on the card is the CDRA Country Championships Qualifier run over 1400 metres with $150,000 in prizemoney. For further details regarding this meeting visit the Mudgee Race 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
16 February 2018


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