As we go to press the Everest Spring Carnival in Sydney has just commenced with both Home of the Brave (IRE) and Lean Mean Machine starring on opening day, Run to the Rose Day, on 8 September 2018 at Rosehill Gardens.

What a horse racing smorgasbord we have awaiting us in the coming weeks?

Over the following five Saturdays, we will see the cream of Sydney racing on the following race days:

15 September 2018      Colgate Optic White Stakes Day at Royal Randwick
22 September 2018      De Bortoli Golden Rose Day at Rosehill Gardens
29 September 2018      TAB Epsom Day at Royal Randwick
6 October 2018             Moet & Chandon Spring Champion Stakes Day at Royal Randwick
13 October 2018           TAB Everest Day at Royal Randwick

Our best wishes to our members, and indeed all owners, with runners not only on these days but at all race meetings during this time.

As mentioned in last month’s newsletter Racing’s Night of Champions is over for another year. I would once again like to thank our sponsors for their support of our flagship event. This event would not be possible without them. I would also like to acknowledge the wonderful welcoming speech delivered by NSWROA Director Mrs Shirley McGrath at the function – simply outstanding and also the efforts of the RNOC Event Manager, Mrs Pauline Lamb from Infinity Event and Media Production and our Executive Officer Ms Sharon Hunt to bring the event to fruition.

Whilst still in “function mode”, the Association was delighted to once again support the National Jockeys Trust by taking a table at their annual function which was conducted at Royal Randwick on 1 September 2018. As usual this function was well attended by the industry and raised much needed funds for the National Jockeys Trust.

As you would no doubt have read in the press, the Association’s great friend and former NSWROA Committee Member, Mr Laurie Macri, has announced his retirement as Chairman of the Australian Turf Club (ATC).

Without a doubt he has put the Club in a great position going forward and we congratulate him on his success as Chairman. By way of background I advise that Laurie was elected a Director of the ATC in 2010. He has served two four-year terms as an independent Director of the ATC including the past two years as Chairman. In my opinion one of Laurie’s greatest attributes is his vision for the future. From the outset he was very clear on the path to the future for the ATC and he followed this course unwaveringly to the great success of the ATC and indeed the industry as a whole.

On behalf of the NSWROA Committee and our members I would like to take this opportunity to thank Laurie for all he has done for the industry and in particular his assistance to the Association during his tenure at the ATC. Well done mate!


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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.


In the ATC Heritage Collection there are hundreds of photographs of racehorses – framed and unframed. All types of horses are represented, from the champions to the lesser gallopers. Most have been donated to the collection by proud owners or deceased estates looking for a home for their loved one’s memorabilia.

The majority of the framed photos are displayed where they can be seen - on the walls of the ATC grandstands, on the walls of offices and conference rooms in the administration buildings and in the ATC Heritage Centre on course. Some are housed in storage but with the Heritage Collection’s vast data base, they can be retrieved quickly when needed.

In this article I display four photos from the collection, all of well known horses.

TEA ROSE : This filly became the darling of the Australian Turf in the spring of 1944. She won, in succession, the Rosehill Guineas, Craven Plate and then the AJC Derby, beating the colts, and was the first filly to do so since Picture in 1898, a period of 46 years. Unfortunately Tea Rose lost form after that and didn’t win again. She also failed to have one live foal in six or seven tries as a broodmare.

RUSSIA : A fine stayer and a popular horse, he raced when the turf was graced with a number of champions. He met great horses like Flight, Shannon, Columnist and Bernborough, and except for Bernborough, defeated them all on some occasions, especially when the races were at their longest. His most famous victory was in the 1946 Melbourne Cup where he ran them ragged and glided home by five lengths under Darby Munro.

DE LA SALLE : Another popular racehorse was the mare De La Salle. She campaigned during the late 1940s and won three races at what is now Group 1 level, the Epsom, the George Main Stakes and the Caulfield stakes. She stretched her distance range to a third placing in a Caulfield Cup at 2400m.

AMMON RA : When Phar Lap left the Australian racing scene in 1931 it was thought for a time that his successor was ready and waiting in the wings. His name was Ammon Ra, a gelding from New Zealand. He had come to Australia as a two-year-old and proved top class by winning the AJC Sires Produce Stakes. In the spring of 1931 he swept away the locals by winning the AJC Derby and Caulfield Guineas and was a victim of some team riding that deprived him of the Victoria Derby. He came back in the autumn of his three-year-old season to win a string of (now Group 1) weight-for-age races. He then became unsound and never realised his potential, although, being now only able to stand sprint training, he did win two open sprints, at Ascot and Rosebery, as a four-year-old.



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







A reminder to members that it is not long now until the Invictus Games Sydney 2018.

The Games, which are scheduled for 20-27 October 2018, will be officially opened by His Royal Highness The Duke of Sussex who will be accompanied by the Duchess of Sussex.

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.

The Invictus Games Sydney 2018 will give spectators the opportunity to witness 500 competitors participate in 13 sports, cheered on by over 1,500 family and friends from 18 nations. It is truly an event not to be missed.

For further information visit the official website



Star Recruit Vashka with Sue-Ellen & Armani

Readers will recall in last month’s newsletter we included an item on “The Challenge Ride Against Cancer” by blind Paralympian Sue-Ellen Lovett and this month we are delighted to include further details regarding the event.

The ride, which will cover more than 800 kilometres, will take place between 6 – 21 October 2018 and Sue-Ellen will visit the communities of Dubbo, Geurie, Wellington, Goolma, Mudgee, Gulgong, Dunedoo, Coolah, Binnaway, Mendooran, Gilgandra, Collie, Warren, Trangie and Narromine.

Sue-Ellen, as well as her amazing guide dog Armani, will be guided by her vigilant sighted guides. All riders will be mounted on thoroughbreds supplied by Racing NSW from their thoroughbred rehoming program. These wonderful horses are currently undertaking extensive training for this task. Hereunder is a recent photograph taken of the horses during their training.

From a fundraising perspective, the Mudgee Lions Club are the coordinators of the ride and donations can be made via funds transfer to the following account:

Mudgee Lions Club BSB: 082 726 Account number: 631002002 Reference: Ride Against Cancer

We wish Sue-Ellen and her team every success with the ride.




Thank you to all who attended 2018 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 2019 Racing’s Night of Champions.

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

My thanks to Karen Day, Manager – Equine Welfare at Racing NSW who officiated at the draw which was conducted on 10 September 2018.



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

Changes to Inglis Sales Season 2019
Inglis have announced a number of improvements to the sale format for 2019. A record 1000 horses will be catalogued for the 2019 Inglis Classic Yearling Sale, which will extend to a fifth day for the first time.

The Classic Sale – the first of five Inglis Select Yearling Sales annually – will begin at Riverside Stables on the night of Saturday February 9, directly following the Inglis Millennium Race Day at Warwick Farm which will feature the inaugural $2m Inglis Millennium for 2YOs and $1m Inglis Sprint for 3YOs. In a raft of changes to next year’s sales season.

  • Classic Book 1 will run from February 9-12 and consist of 800 horses, with another 200 lots to be offered in Book 2 (to be known as the Highway Session) which will take place on Thursday February 14.
  • A Warwick Farm race meeting is being scheduled for Wednesday February 13 and will feature two Highway Handicaps – one for Country-trained horses and one for Provincial-trained horses. This will make it convenient for country and provincial trainers and owners to travel to Warwick Farm for racing on the Wednesday and the Highway Session the following day.
  • If the winner of either Highway race on Feb 13 is an eligible Inglis graduate (paid up for the current or a former Inglis Race Series), the winning trainer will receive a $50,000 credit voucher to spend at the Highway Session at Riverside Stables the following day.

The Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale will run for the four days of March 3-6 at a newly-renovated Oaklands Junction. A more select Book 1 at Premier will be held over the first two days with the second two days devoted to Book 2.

The flagship Australian Easter Yearling Sale will be streamlined into one Book and will run for three days from April 8-10. It will feature the traditional blue-blooded yearlings with a mix of yearlings that are simply great types by hot commercial sires spread across the three days. This format is aimed at making the Easter Sale more accessible to trainers and syndicators.

The Chairman’s Sale will move to the evening of Thursday May 2 and will see a select offering of high class racing and breeding prospects catalogued, plus stallion shares and breeding rights. The sale will be significantly more selective than it was in 2018 and will not include weanlings - they will be offered in the Weanling Sales in Sydney and Melbourne. The Chairman’s Sale will kickstart the Broodmare and Weanling Sale.

The Australian Broodmare & Weanling Sale will run for three days following the Chairman’s Sale on May 3, 5 & 6. The overwhelming response from vendors and buyers was to provide everyone with a gap after the Easter Sale to recover and return refreshed to Riverside.

The Melbourne Gold Sale takes the place of the Vobis Gold Sale and will be open to all horses not just those paid up for Vobis. Day One will see a Select session followed by a non-Select second session which will assist those breeders with Vobis and non Vobis yearlings to sell at a later sale.

Classic Yearling Sale Book 1 – Riverside Stables, February 9-12
Highway Race Day – Warwick Farm, Wednesday February 13
Highway Session (Classic Book 2) – Riverside Stables, Thursday February 14
Premier Yearling Sale – Oaklands Junction, March 3-6
Australian Easter Yearling Sale – Riverside Stables, April 8-10
Melbourne Gold Yearling Sale – Oaklands Junction, April 28-29
Chairman’s Sale – Evening Session, Riverside Stables, Thursday May 2
Australian Broodmare & Weanling Sale, Riverside Stables, May 3, 5 & 6
HTBA Scone Yearling Sale – White Park, Sunday May 12

New BOBS Sire Guide - Now Available FREE!
A reminder that Racing NSW has produced a BOBS 2021 Sire Guide – listing all the stallions that are paid up for the Breeder Owner Bonus Scheme for the 2018 breeding season. The 20-page full colour publication lists 122 stallions which have been nominated for Australia’s most significant breeders’ incentive plan, together with photographs and pedigrees. The Sire Guide also contains valuable information about BOBS and BOBS Extra, with full details on how they operate. The BOBS Sire Guide is available free of charge by contacting Racing NSW via email - - or by telephone (02) 9551 7605.



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 2018:




J AbrahamGoulburnRegine (IRE)
D & Mrs K AckeryWarwick FarmFollow Suit (NZ)
 WyongCarzoff (FR)
J N AllenGoulburnRegine (IRE)
G AltomonteKemblaOmar
G BachellCanberraI Stole Your Love
A Bennett WyongWaiheke (NZ)
J CamilleriNewcastleImpulsive
A CardyGoulburnSafe Landing
J CarmodyBathurstTony's Reward
A CarusiRandwickLe Romain
China Horse Club Racing Pty LtdHawkesburyGrand Bouquet
 KemblaIntense Focus
A ChiswickTareeLady Evelyn
M CliftGoulburnHandle The Truth
J CordinaRosehillAll Too Soon
N CouperGosfordDream I Can
M CrismaleNewcastleLunar Spin
Emirates ParkGosfordDream I Can
Miss C P EweCanberraI Stole Your Love
A FitzgeraldWarwick Farm (2)Impasse
 Sweet Scandal
M FreeCanterburyWhite Boots
 HawkesburyWhite Boots
GodolphinCanterbury (2)Aramayo
 CaulfieldOsborne Bulls
 Hawkesbury (2)Tiny Taj (2)
 Newcastle (2)Cloak
 Randwick (4)Almanzora
  Avilius (GB)
 RosehillAvilius (GB)
 Rosehill (2)Flow
 Warwick Farm (2)Coruscate
Mrs S GrantWyongWaiheke (NZ)
S GrantMurwillumbahVivid Pink
Warwick FarmSweet Scandal
G HarveyCanberraConstitutional
 GoulburnPick of the Day
 HawkesburyJoy Forever
 MurwillumbahIndian Rocks
 TareeFearless Girl
D HendersonRandwickFiesta
M HohosQuirindiAlbert of Monaco
Ms L InghamWarwick FarmSure Knee
A JohnsonGraftonVacate
J KeoughGundagaiFashion Tip
Mrs D KepitisRandwickWinx
 Warwick FarmSure Knee
Laurel Oak Bloodstock GoulburnHandle The Truth
Warwick Farm (2)Impasse
 Sweet Scandal
WyongWaiheke (NZ)
C & Mrs L LawlorKemblaPlagiarist
R LeghMoonee ValleyBrutal (NZ)
 MorphettvilleDollar for Dollar
A & Mrs L LeopoldTareeCheat'm
Mrs S LilleyNowraMosuo
N MacdonaldWarwick FarmSweet Scandal
WyongWaiheke (NZ)
K MaloneyFlemingtonVoodoo Lad
 LismoreSnow Valley
J & Mrs A McDonnell CanterburyGauguin (NZ)
J Middleton GoulburnHandle The Truth
 ParkesPlanet Reine
L Mihalyka GoulburnHandle The Truth
Warwick Farm (2)Impasse
 Sweet Scandal
WyongWaiheke (NZ)
N Moraitis, AMCanterburyRealise Potential
W & Mrs R MulaNewcastleHomework
Dato Tan Chin Nam CanterburyGauguin (NZ)
 WyongCome Along (NZ)
D Ramage CanterburyGauguin (NZ)
 WyongCome Along (NZ)
Ramsey Pastoral Pty LtdWyongMademe Markievicz (NZ)
Ms J RitchieCanterburyGauguin (NZ)
L Saville GoulburnHandle The Truth
Mrs M SmithBathurstFunky Music
 KemblaSweetest Eyes
 MuswellbrookSweetest Eyes
O P TaitNarranderaMonkery
P & Mrs P TigheHawkesburyMister Sea Wolfe
Torryburn StudGoulburnThe Soloist
 HawkesburySemper Fidelis
N & Mrs A VassCanterburyAperitif
 WyongCarzoff (FR)
M WalcottCanberraAthonis
 GundagaiLe Sacre Blur
T & Mrs D Wallace, J & Miss H WallaceTareeMarathon
W & Mrs L WatkinsNowraBugeisha
Ms L WatsonAlburyGentleman Max
M WhitbyRosehillZa Zi Ba
G WilliamsSconeSecond Island
G & Mrs V WilliamsBathurstSnowminder
D WiltonRandwickMagic 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 2018-2019 season is as follows:

NSWROA Members
2018-2019 Black Type Honour Roll
Current to 31 August 2018

Category Race Name Horse Owner
G1ATC Winx StakesWinxP & Mrs P Tighe, Mrs D Kepitis
G2ATC Silver Shadow StakesFiestaD Henderson
G3VRC Aurie's Star HandicapVoodoo LadK Maloney
G3ATC Show County QualityLe RomainA Carusi
G3SAJC Spring StakesDollar for DollarR Legh
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

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 Lismore Turf Club’s meeting on Thursday, 20 September 2018. This meeting features an eight race program with a BOBS Bonus available on all races. The highlight on the card is the Lismore Cup run over 2100 metres with $60,000 in prizemoney. For further details regarding this meeting visit the Lismore Turf Club’s website at

The Scone Race Club will hold their Showcase Meeting on Friday, 21 September 2018. They also have an eight event card with each race carrying a BOBS Bonus. For further details regarding this meeting visit the Scone Race Club’s website at

The Moruya Jockey Club will hold their Showcase Meeting on Friday, 28 September 2018. This meeting also features an eight event card with each race carrying a BOBS Bonus. For further details regarding this meeting visit the Moruya Jockey Club’s website at

Friday, 5 October 2018 is the date for the Port Macquarie Race Club’s Showcase Meeting. The highlight of the eight event card is the Port Macquarie Cup run over 2000 metres with $150,000 in prizemoney. For further details regarding this meeting visit the Port Macquarie 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
Ray McDowell
13 September 2018


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