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October 2016

Winter floods at Oakbank The extreme weather at the end of September in Adelaide and across South Australia (including a state-wide blackout!) saw some extreme flooding at Oakbank in the Adelaide Hills.

Perception v Reality – the state of SA jumps racing

Thanks to Chris Biggs and Oakbank Racing Club for sharing these dramatic images of the floods and the aftermath.

“There’s no jumps racing industry in SA. All the prizemoney goes to Victoria. No-one bets on jumps races.” How many times have you heard these and similar laments – often from within the racing industry? The reality regarding jumps racing in SA is in fact somewhat different to the negative picture painted above, as is borne out by the statistics. For instance, of the 19 jumps races held in this state during the 2016 season, 11 were won by SA-trained horses, as opposed to 8 from across the border. In addition, SA horses picked up 12 seconds and 10 thirds (7 and 9 respectively for Victorian jumpers). At the Oakbank Easter Racing Carnival, after Warrnambool Australia’s pre-eminent jumps racing meeting, 43.6% of the starters were trained in SA, and these won 33% of both the races and the overall prizemoney. South Australian jumps owners, trainers and horses can therefore be said to punch above their weight, particularly when you consider the obstacles that are constantly placed in their way. October 2016 South Australian Jumps Racing

This is why it’s important for SA jumps racing supporters to get the good news out there about the industry in this state. Yes, we are beset by uncertainty as we await the outcome of the Select Committee enquiry, but it’s nevertheless important to look ahead to 2017 positively. SAJR is confident that there will be a future for jump racing in SA next year and beyond, and so we should all be prepared to hit the ground running. We all need to encourage more local trainers to take on a jumper or two, SA owners to make an investment and, above all, to get those within the industry to start talking positively about jumps racing again. And the next time someone in the industry makes a complaint such as those above, show them the figures about how SA jumps horses performed this year – odds on they’ll be surprised!


Spying on You – Australia’s most consistent jumper

Spying on You has received national recognition for an outstanding 2016 season, being named Most Consistently Performed Horse at the AJRA Mosstrooper Awards in Melbourne. Trained by Grant Young at Murray Bridge, himself a former Great Eastern Steeplechase winning jockey, Spying on You had thirteen starts in the 2016 season, only finishing out of the places on five occasions. His record for the year included a steeplechase win at Mt Gambier in May, plus three seconds at Oakbank, Gawler and Morphettville, as well as four third places,

including the SA Grand National Steeple at Morphettville. The award for Most Consistently Performed Horse is thoroughly well-deserved and credit to Grant Young and his team for their preparation and in having Spying on You running so well in races across Australia throughout a demanding 2016 season.


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Spying on You - Australia’s Most Consistently Performed Horse in 2016 (Image credit: Peter Fuller)

Nishiazabu named amongst Australia’s best in 2016 Leading South Australian chaser Nishiazabu was among five of Australia’s best jumping horses nominated for Champion Jumper of the Year at 2015/16 Australian Racehorse of the Year Awards. The other outstanding chasers and hurdlers who were nominated for the award included the ultimate winner Zanteco, along with Gingerboy, Sea King and Wells. Trained by Kevin and Heather Frew at Murray Bridge, Nishiazabu had an outstanding year,


winning the Von Doussa Steeplechase at the Oakbank Easter Racing Carnival and the SA Grand National Steeple at Morphettville, along with the Thomas Foods Steeplechase at the Oakbank Prelude Meeting. The 8-year-old gelding was also runner up in the Great Eastern Steeplechase and the Thackeray Chase at Warrnambool, crowning a hugely successful 2016 for connections. The hugely popular SA jumper – who has his own Facebook page – has now had a total of 16 starts over jumps (2 hurdles and 14 steeplechases), for three wins and four places. October 2016 South Australian Jumps Racing

TRSA Industry Awards 2015/16 Best Racing Picture Congratulations to Jenny Barnes on receiving the 2015/16 Best Racing Picture at the TRSA Industry Awards.

Taken during the 2016 Von Doussa Steeplechase at Oakbank, the award-winning photo features (from left to right) Bold Zamour ridden by Richard Cully, Geeceegazza with

Shane Jackson on board, and Regina Coeili, piloted by John Allen. Many thanks to Jenny Barnes for allowing SA Jumps Racing to reproduce her inspiring image here.

TRSA Industry Awards – E.J. Mooney Medal and Trainer of the Year Congratulations to Paul Hamblin and Eric Musgrove for picking up the two leading SA jumps racing prizes at the 2015/16 TRSA Industry Awards. Paul Hamblin was awarded the E.J. Mooney Medal for South Australian Jumps Jockey of the Year after riding local horse Nishiazabu to victory in the 2016 Von Doussa Steeplechase and Thomas Foods Steeplechase at Oakbank (along with second in the Great Eastern), as well as the South Australian Grand National Steeplechase at Morphettville. In addition, Paul partnered with Shiny Manners to pick up three place finishes, and also rode The Hotz to a win at Murray Bridge. Eric Musgrove received the award for South Australian Jumps Trainer of the Year for a consistently successful season that featured five wins, including Thubiaan’s stirring victory in the 2016 Great Eastern October 2016 South Australian Jumps Racing

Steeplechase at Oakbank, along with wins by Compelled at Mt Gambier, About the Journey at Morphettville and Oakbank, and Shearer at Gawler. To round out the season, Eric and his team’s horses also picked up a very impressive ten place finishes at tracks across the state, including running second in the Von Doussa and Somerled Hurdle at Oakbank and in both the SA Grand National Hurdle and Steeple at Morphettville.



Spying on You and Bold Zamour clear the last at Gawler in April (Image credit: Emma Brasier)

2016 South Australian Jumps Races Results 2900m Somerled Hurdle 1st – About the Journey (Clayton Douglas) Eric Musgrove 2nd – Baklava Boy (Richard Cully) Grant Young 3rd – Sir Dylan (Arron Lynch) Grant Young 3250m Thomas Foods International Steeplechase 1st – Nishiazabu (Paul Hamblin) Kevin & Heather Frew 2nd – Spying on You (Arron Lynch) Grant Young 3rd – Mannertone (Shane Jackson) Anne McGrath

Oakbank, Saturday 26 March

2900m Neutrog Young Members’ Hurdle 1st – Auld Burns (Dara O’Meachair) David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 2nd – Shiny Manners (Paul Hamblin) John (MJ) O’Connor 3rd – About The Journey (Clayton Douglas) Eric Musgrove 3250m Thomas Foods International Von Doussa Steeplechase 1st – Nishiazabu (Paul Hamblin) Kevin & Heather Frew 2nd – Thubiaan (Steven Pateman) Eric Musgrove 3rd – Lord of the Song (Brad McLean) Patrick Payne

Oakbank, Monday 28 March

3600m Somerled Hurdle 1st – Now and Zen (John Allen) Darren Weir 2nd – Earthbound (Arron Lynch) Eric Musgrove 3rd – Urban Explorer (Steven Pateman) Eric Musgrove 4950m Thomas Foods Great Eastern Steeplechase 1st – Thubiaan (Martin Kelly) Eric Musgrove 2nd – Nishiazabu (Paul Hamblin) Kevin & Heather Frew 3rd – Lord of the Song (Steven Pateman) Patrick Payne

Gawler, Wednesday 6 April

3340m Wolf Blass Gold Champagne Hurdle 1st – Baklava Boy (Richard Cully) Grant Young

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2nd – Distillation (Niki O’Shea) Nick Smart 3rd – Shiny Manners (Paul Hamblin) John (MJ) O’Connor

Gawler, Monday 25 April

3340m Sportsbet Steeplechase 1st – Bold Zamour (Shane Jackson) John A O’Connor 2nd – Spying on You (Tom Ryan) Grant Young 3rd – Arwoc (Richard Cully) Patrick Payne 3340m Schweppes Hurdle 1st – Angelology (Steven Pateman) Patrick Payne 2nd – Celtic Prince (Richard Cully) Grant Young 3rd – Baklava Boy (Tom Ryan) Grant Young

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SA hurdlers and chasers had great success in local jumps races in 2016. Oakbank, Sunday 13 March


Morphettville, Saturday 25 June

3100m U-Bet Hurdle 1st – About the Journey (Martin Kelly) Eric Musgrove 2nd – Spying on You (Richard Cully) Grant Young 3rd – Honey Steel’s Gold (Tom Ryan) David Hayes & Tom Dabernig

Gawler, Saturday 16 July

2800m Midfield Meats Hurdle 1st – Compelled (Martin Kelly) Eric Musgrove 2nd – Buymebychance (Jarrod Lynch) Bill Smart 3rd – Another Legend (Lee Horner) Amy McDonald

3340m Wolf Blass Wines Steeple 1st – Zed Em (Richard Cully) Patrick Payne 2nd – Bold Zamour (Shane Jackson) John A O’Connor 3rd – Spying on You (Patrick Flood) Grant Young 3340m Sportsbet Cash Card Hurdle 1st – Shearer (Martin Kelly) Eric Musgrove 2nd – Slowpoke Rodriguez (Richard Cully) Patrick Payne 3rd – Milkwood (Arron Lynch) Garret Lynch

Mt Gambier, Friday 13 May

Murray Bridge, Wednesday 3 August

Mt Gambier, Thursday 12 May

3400m Plenary Group Steeplechase 1st – Spying on You (Tom Ryan) Grant Young 2nd – Earthbound (Steven Pateman) Eric Musgrove 3rd – Gotta Cellarbrate (Paul Hamblin) Matthew Williams

3292m Lower Murray Timber Hurdle 1st – The Hotz (Paul Hamblin) John (MJ) O’Connor 2nd – Milkwood (Arron Lynch) Garret Lynch 3rd – Spying on You (Patrick Flood) Grant Young

Penola, Sunday 29 May

2935m BM120 Highweight 1st – The Hotz (Paul Hamblin) John (MJ) O’Connor 2nd – Buymebychance (Jarrod Lynch) Bill Smart 3rd – Compelled (Martin Kelly) Eric Musgrove

3200m Kevern Klemich Memorial Hurdle 1st – Honey Steel’s Gold (Tom Ryan) David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 2nd – The Hotz (Braidon Small) John (MJ) O’Connor 3rd – Spying on You (Richard Cully) Grant Young

Morphettville Parks, Saturday 11 June

Morphettville, Saturday 27 August

3480m Grand National Hurdle 1st – Honey Steel’s Gold (Tom Ryan) David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 2nd – Earthbound (Steven Pateman) Eric Musgrove 3rd – Buymebychance (Paul Hamblin) Bill Smart 3480m Grand National Steeplechase 1st – Nishiazabu (Paul Hamblin) Kevin & Heather Frew 2nd – Zataglio (Martin Kelly) Eric Musgrove 3rd – Spying on You (Shane Jackson) Grant Young

Saturday 1 April 2017 Oakbank 2900m Somerled Hurdle 3250m Thomas Foods International Steeplechase

Morphettville Parks, Saturday 13 August

3200m Australia vs Ireland Hurdle 1st – Honey Steel’s Gold (Katie Walsh) David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 2nd – Shearer (Shane Jackson) Eric Musgrove 3rd – Compelled ( Ian McCarthy) Eric Musgrove 3500m Australia vs Ireland Steeplechase 1st – Hucknall (Ian McCarthy) Robert Smerdon 2nd – About the Journey (Shane Jackson) Eric Musgrove 3rd – Mannertone (Katie Walsh) Anne McGrath

Saturday 15 April 2017 Oakbank

2900m Restricted Hurdle (BM 120) 3250m Von Doussa Steeplechase

Monday 17 April 2017 Oakbank 3600m Somerled Classic Hurdle 4950m Great Eastern Steeplechase

October 2016 South Australian Jumps Racing

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