At the time of writing there is just one meeting left to go at the Everest Spring Carnival in Sydney – The Everest Day itself this Saturday.

Haven’t we been treated to some wonderful racing at the first five meetings?

Home of the Brave (IRE) and Lean Mean Machine starring on opening day, Run to the Rose Day. Winx, Ball of Muscle and Avilius (GB) on Colgate Optic White Stakes Day. The Autumn Sun the highlight on De Bortoli Golden Rose Day, Hartnell (GB) taking the honours on TAB Epsom Day and Maid of Heaven on Moet & Chandon Spring Champion Stakes Day.

I am sure that members, like myself, are most anxious to witness the running of Australia’s richest race, the TAB Everest, on Saturday as well as the inaugural running of The Kosciuszko. Our best wishes to all connections.

On behalf of the NSWROA Committee and our members I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Mr Matthew McGrath and former NSWROA Director and current ATC Director Ms Julia Ritchie on their election as Chair and Vice Chair respectively of the Australian Turf Club (ATC). The Association looks forward to continuing the great working relationship we have with the ATC with the new team.

Whilst in congratulatory mode, it would indeed be remiss of me if I did not make mention of Winx being awarded the Australian Racehorse of the Year title last week for the third year in succession. As stated on numerous occasions previously, there are not sufficient words to describe this incredible racehorse. Congratulations to her owners Mr Peter and Mrs Patricia Tighe, Mrs Debbie Kepitis and Mr Richard Treweeke. Further details on the Australian Horse of the Year Awards appears later in the newsletter.

I would also like to offer our congratulations to Mr Brian Judd for being awarded the Ted McCabe Provincial Recognition Award at the recent 2018 NSW Country and Provincial Awards. Brian’s dedication to our industry is well known to all and a fitting tribute to his many years of service in our industry. Further details on the 2018 NSW Country and Provincial Awards appears later in the Industry Updates section of the newsletter.


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Following on from her win as the TAB NSW Champion Horse of the Year at the 2018 NSWROA Racing’s Night of Champions in August, Winx has now been awarded the 2018 Australian Racehorse of the Year Award at a ceremony in Melbourne on 4 October 2018. This is the third year in succession that Winx has taken out both titles.

Winx was also successful on the night in the Champion Middle Distance Racehorse of the Year and the Victorian Racehorse of the Year categories. Congratulations to NSWROA members Mr Peter & Mrs Patricia Tighe and Mrs Debbie Kepitis who co-own the champion galloper with Mr R Treweeke.

In what was a great night for NSWROA members, two other awards went our way namely Champion 2YO of the Year – Estijaab (owned by Emirates Park) and Champion Sprinter of the Year – Redzel (co-owned by Mr J Allen).

Our hearty congratulations to all!

The full 2018 category winners on the night were:



Australian Racehorse of the Year


Bart Cummings Award
(most G1 wins by a trainer)

Chris Waller

Group 1 Jockey of the Year

Hugh Bowman

Champion 2YO of the Year


Champion 3YO Filly of the Year


Champion 3YO Colt or Gelding of the Year

Trapeze Artist

Champion Sprinter of the Year


Champion Middle Distance Racehorse of the Year


Champion Stayer of the Year


Sire of the Year


Champion Jumper of the Year

Gold Medals

Victorian Racehorse of the Year





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.


Today we get our news instantly and in all shapes and forms. That includes our racing news. A ding in the pocket might mean our mobile phone has a tasty snippet for us to digest. The internet provides us with any amount of websites dispensing racing information almost as it happens, though we might have to lower our expectations as to the quality of the writing and proofing a little and weigh that against the immediacy of the news.

Not too many years ago we got all our racing news from newspapers and radio. The men (not a female racing journalist in sight then) that gave us that news were well connected, well trained and unrelenting in quest of a story.

At the ATC Heritage Centre we have many pictures, articles and memorabilia of these men and I’ve chosen four of them to show you and tell you about.

Bert Woolfe wrote in the 1920s to 1950s and used the nom de plume of “Cardigan”. It seems quaint now but it was the done thing prior to the 1950s for a journo to have a “pen name”. Bert was a particularly inquisitive bloke and came up with a number of “scoops” in his career but always was a reliable, if controversial, wordsmith. His best known venture was to be the only Australian journalist to accompany Phar Lap on his odyssey to America.

Bill Whittaker was a less controversial chap but a tiger to get to the bottom of a mystery. Bill began his journalistic career in the 1940s as a harness racing writer, for which he was acclaimed. He switched to writing about thoroughbred racing mid-career and became just as well known as a writer in that field. Bill was a go to man for many a young journo starting out and his records and knowledge were renowned. He is remembered today by the Bill Whittaker Book Award – presented biennially to the best horse racing book published each two years.

Max Presnell and Ken Callander are racing writers of today. No less inquisitive than their forebears, the scent of a story about to unfold has their nostrils flaring and their eyes wide open. They have both written autobiographies recently and their rivalry was played on by the racing establishment to promote the game. Example – the Max and Kenny sausage sizzle outlet at Randwick a few years ago. In the picture herewith, the two are socializing at the launch of the 1989 AJC Autumn Carnival. Ken at left and Max in the centre. The third gentleman on the right is David Newling from the Illawarra Mercury.




The wait is almost over for the much anticipated Invictus Games Sydney 2018 which are scheduled for 20-27 October 2018.

To be officially opened by His Royal Highness The Duke of Sussex, who will be accompanied by the Duchess of Sussex, Invictus Games Sydney 2018 brings together 500 competitors who will participate in 13 sports and be cheered on by over 1,500 family and friends from 18 nations.

The first edition of the Official Photography Book to commemorate the Invictus Games Sydney 2018 is now available for pre-order. Discover the ambition and confidence of competitors through stunning live-action photography and intimate stories. Why not pre-order your copy at Profits from sales of the book will support work to aid Australian veterans.

The Invictus Games is an international sporting event for wounded injured and ill defence personnel and veterans. The Invictus Games uses the power of sport to inspire recovery, support rehabilitation and generate a wider understanding of and respect for those that serve in the armed forces.

For further information visit the official website



It is almost time for Australia’s Richest Race – The Everest – which will be run this Saturday 13 October 2018 with an incredible $13,000,000 in prizemoney on offer.

In a first for the event, six emergency runners who are entered for the Group 3 Sydney Stakes on Saturday, have been announced just in case one of the starters cannot take it’s place in the field.

Unbelievably that happened on Tuesday when Home of the Brave (IRE) was ruled out by Stewards on veterinary advice and his stablemate Osborne Bulls has replaced him.

The remaining five emergencies for the race are Clearly Innocent, Dothraki, Jungle Edge, Pierata and Spright.

At the time of writing (Tuesday) the contestants for The Everest are:

  • Redzel
  • US Navy Flag (USA)
  • Santa Ana Lane
  • Le Romain
  • Trapeze Artist
  • Vega Magic
  • In Her Time
  • Shoals
  • Viddora
  • Brave Smash (JPN)
  • Osborne Bulls
  • Graff.

We wish everyone involved the very best of luck.




Our country colleagues are the recipients of the wonderful initiative of Racing NSW, The Kosciuszko, the world’s richest country race.

To be held this Saturday at Royal Randwick, The Kosciuszko is restricted to NSW country trained horses only and has $1.3 million in prizemoney on offer.

The field for The Kosciuszko will comprise 12 starters and four emergency runners.

At the time of writing (Tuesday) the field (including emergencies) for The Kosciuszko are:

  • The Monstar
  • Care to Think
  • After All That
  • Belflyer
  • Don’t Give A Damn
  • Victorem
  • Sharpe Hussler
  • Suncraze
  • Snitz
  • Fuel
  • Ruthless Agent (NZ)
  • O’ So Hazy
  • Coolring
  • Prince Mayted
  • Zarhron
  • Awesome Pluck

We wish everyone involved the very best of luck.



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

2018 NSW Country & Provincial Racing Award Winners
The 2018 NSW Country and Provincial Awards Dinner was conducted on Friday 28 September 2018 at the Four Seasons Hotel, Sydney.

The Country recipients of the 2018 awards were:



Simon Nivision Special Achievement AwardNoel Leckie
Country Horse of the YearThe Monstar
Country TAB Race Club of the YearMuswellbrook Race Club
Community Race Club of the YearNarrandera Race Club
Outstanding Achievement AwardShoalhaven City Turf Club
Outstanding Achievement AwardCoonamble Jockey Club
Country Trainer of the YearBrett Cavanough
Country Jockey of the YearBen Looker
Country Apprentice Jockey of the YearCejay Graham
Country Approved Rider of the YearRicky Blewitt

The Provincial recipients of the 2018 awards were:



Ted McCabe Provincial Recognition AwardBrian Judd
Provincial Horse of the YearIn Her Time
Provincial Trainer of the YearJames Cummings
Provincial Jockey of the YearBrenton Avdulla
Provincial Apprentice Jockey of the YearJean Van Overmeire

Our congratulations to all.

TBNSW 2017-2018 Annual Awards
Thoroughbred Breeders NSW (TBNSW) held their annual awards function as part of the Directors’ Lunch during Colgate Optic White George Main Stakes Day on Saturday 15 September 2018 at Royal Randwick. The award winners for the season were:



Ranvet NSW Small Breeder Of The YearMary Jane Basson - breeder of Queensland Derby winner Dark Dream (All American)
Horsepower NSW Champion First Season SireZoustar (Northern Meteor) - Widden Stud
Australian Turf Club Champion NSW Sire of Two-Year-OldsSnitzel (Redoute's Choice) - Arrowfield Stud
G1 Goldmine NSW Champion Broodmare of The YearBusking (Encosta De Lago) - owner and breeder Michael Thomas
HQ Insurance NSW Champion SireSnitzel (Redoute's Choice) - Arrowfield Stud

New Chair and Vice Chair of the Australian Turf Club
At a specially convened meeting held on 11 September following the retirement of Mr Laurie Macri as Chairman of the Australian Turf Club (ATC), the Board of the ATC elected Mr Matthew McGrath as the new Chair of the Club. Former NSWROA Committee Member and current ATC Director Ms Julia Ritchie was elected Vice Chair. Both appointments had immediate effect. Mr Macri will continue as a ATC Director.



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 September 2018:




J AbrahamsGoulburnKnock Toff
D AckeryNewcastleJack's Bar
D & Mrs K AckeryNewcastleCarzoff (FR)
J N AllenRandwickRedzel
J CamilleriMorphettvilleFiera Vista
A CardyMoruyaRuthless Agent (NZ)
A CarusiTuncurryGreat Danger
M CliftRosehillHandle The Truth
J CordinaRandwickAce High
N B CouperCaulfieldBall of Muscle
 RandwickBall of Muscle
Emirates ParkRosehillShumookh
Mrs J FoleyWyongBobbing
 Randwick (2)Avilius (GB)
 Randwick (2)Best of Days (GB)
 RosehillHome of the Brave (IRE)
 Rosehill (3)Piracy
 Warwick FarmEsperance
Gundaroo StudGraftonPeak Hill (NZ)
G HarveyFlemingtonDothraki
 MuswellbrookMr Wong
P JohnstonCessnockJackknife
R KemisterHawkesburyKara's Hope
Mrs D KepitisRandwickWinx
P & Mrs D KepitisNewcastleRitmico (NZ)
G & Mrs D KolivosRandwick (K)Amanito
Laurel Oak Bloodstock RosehillHandle The Truth
R LeghFlemington (2)Brutal (NZ)
  Grunt (NZ)
 Randwick (K)Brilliant Choice
D & Mrs S LilleyCessnockTransact
K MaloneyCaulfieldWinter Bride
 RosehillMiss Admiration
D & Mrs M McLeishRosehillNoire
J A MiddletonCanberraRed Heat
RosehillHandle The Truth
L Mihalyka RosehillHandle The Truth
W & Mrs R MulaHawkesburyCostello
Dato Tan Chin NamKemblaPurple Sector (NZ)
 Randwick (K)Savvan (NZ)
K PrykeRosehillZourkhan (IRE)
D RamageKemblaPurple Sector (NZ)
 Randwick (K)Savvan (NZ)
Ramsey Pastoral Pty LtdMuswellbrookIn Good Health
L Saville RosehillHandle The Truth
Mrs M SmithCanberraFunky Music
 NewcastleSweetest Eyes
P & Mrs P TigheRandwick (K)Tough Larry
 Randwick (2)Unforgotten
W ToKemblaMomentum Amethyst
Torryburn StudGoulburnThe Soloist
N & Mrs A VassNewcastleCarzoff (FR)
Ms L WatsonCorowaTearful Kitty
M WhitbyKemblaBlevio
G WilliamsGosfordSecond Island

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 2018-2019 season is as follows:

NSWROA Members
2018-2019 Black Type Honour Roll
Current to 30 September 2018

Category Race Name Horse Owner
G1ATC Winx StakesWinxP & Mrs P Tighe, Mrs D Kepitis
G1ATC George Main StakesWinxP & Mrs P Tighe, Mrs D Kepitis
G1VRC Makybe Diva StakesGrunt (NZ)R Legh
G1ATC Epsom HandicapHartnell (GB)Godolphin
G2ATC Silver Shadow StakesFiestaD Henderson
G2ATC Chelmsford StakesUnforgottenP & Mrs P Tighe
G2ATC Theo Marks StakesHome of the Brave (IRE)Godolphin
G2ATC The ShortsBall of MuscleN B Couper
G2VRC Danehill StakesEncryptionGodolphin
G2ATC Shannon StakesNoireD & Mrs M McLeish
G2ATC Golden PendantShumookhEmirates Park
G2ATC Hill StakesAce HighJ Cordina
G3VRC Aurie's Star HandicapVoodoo LadK Maloney
G3ATC Show County QualityLe RomainA Carusi
G3SAJC Spring StakesDollar for DollarR Legh
G3MRC The Heath 1100Ball of MuscleN B Couper
G3ATC Concorde StakesRedzelJ N Allen
G3NJC Spring StakesAramayoGodolphin
G3NJC Newcastle Gold CupCarzoff (FR)N & Mrs A Vass, D & Mrs K Ackery
G3ATC Kingston Town StakesAvilius (GB)Godolphin
G3MRC How Now StakesWinter BrideK Maloney
G3ATC Colin Stephen QualityMiss AdmirationK Maloney
LRATC The RosebudSandbarN & Mrs A Vass
LRMRC Regal Roller StakesOsborne BullsGodolphin
LRHRC Rowley MileMister Sea Wolf (IRE)P & Mrs P Tighe
LRMVRC Mitchell McKenzie StakesBrutal (NZ)R Legh
LRATC Premier's CupAvilius (GB)Godolphin
LRWRC Mona Lisa StakesSavatianoGodolphin
LRWRC Wyong Gold CupCarzoff (FR)N & Mrs A Vass, D & Mrs K Ackery
LRSAJC Morphettville GuineasFiera VistaJ Camilleri
LRVRC Exford PlateBrutal (NZ)R Legh
LRVRC Testa Rossa StakesTrekkingGodolphin

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



Details of upcoming Showcase Meetings are as follows:

First up is the Armidale Jockey Club’s meeting on Sunday, 14 October 2018. This meeting features an eight race program with a BOBS Bonus available on all races. The highlight on the card is the Showcase Spring Cup run over 1900 metres. For further details regarding this meeting visit the Armidale Jockey Club’s website at

The Murrumbidgee Turf Club will hold their Showcase Meeting on Friday, 2 November 2018. They also have an eight event card with each race carrying a BOBS Bonus. For further details regarding this meeting visit the Murrumbidgee Turf Club’s website at

The Gundagai-Adelong Race Club will hold their Showcase Meeting on Friday, 16 November 2018. This meeting also features an eight event card with each race carrying a BOBS Bonus. The highlight on the card with the Snake Gully Cup run over 1400 metres. For further details visit the Club’s twitter page



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
12 October 2018


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