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Winter 2015 Issue #21

Sharon Lee Chapman FAST TRACK PHOTOGRAPHY captures

Red Cadeaux

Mary Sadler – An Australian Icon

From the Editor

Letter to The Editor

Contributor Profiles

A Date with Red Cadeaux

Mary Sadler – An Australian Icon

Sharon Lee Chapman is Fast Track Photography

Remembering Judy Hayley – Greyhound Trainer Brooke Ennis a Rising Star of the Greyhound World Brisbane Racing Carnival 2015 Trainers Talk – Natalie McCall & Tony Gollan Tattersall’s Club Tiara Race Day Stay with Jen Whilst in Brisbane

Race into Brisbane Arcade this Carnival

The 2015 Cairns Amateurs

Rockhampton Sparkling Grandin High Tea

Racing Queensland’s - Girls on Track

Hong Kong International Series 2014

Great Ladies Racing in the West Race into Winter with Perri Cutten The Victorian Wakeful Club – Lady of Racing Awards

Marlborough – The Ideal Equestrian Athlete

Justine Hales – An Outstanding Horsewoman

Super Size Screen Set to Stir Spectators at Caulfield

Purebred Arabian Horse Racing in Australia

Kerryn Manning – Harness Racing Trainer & Driver

Carly Frater Earns Points in the Rising Star Series

Francesca Cumani at the Championships

Coffs Harbour Racing is Gold

Managing Director Ron L. Williams Managing Editor Cathryn Meredith PA/Subscriptions Corinne Randall Graphic Designers Gumboot Graphics - Mark Westaway Olive Dish Design Accounts Manager Nicki Kapar Additional Graphics Dorratt Designs Contributors: Carole Beros, Sharon Lee Chapman, Virginia Dobson, Michael Floyd, Michelle Green, Tim Guille, Daniel Miles, Victoria Shaw, James Tzaferis, Jo Wallace, Graeme White, Cody Winnell, Ron Williams Photography: Clint Anderson, Bradley Photographers, Carole Beros, Sharon Lee Chapman – Fast Track Photography, Sophie Doake, Gollan Racing , Carmen Howells Photography, HRV, Janian McMillan, Helen Sadler, Ross Stevenson, Ross Tinniswood, Steve White

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Priscilla’s Family Affair Rebeka’s Journey from Picnic Racing to the Professional Ranks Life Turns the Full Circle

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Letters to the Editor From the Editor


elcome to the Winter issue of Ladies in RACING Magazine. What an exciting time it is in Queensland with commencement of the QLD Winter Racing Carnival. The Channel Seven Brisbane Racing Carnival, May 9th to June 6th is a key event in the national racing calendar. Drawing elite thoroughbred racehorses from Australia and New Zealand and attracting racegoers from across Australasia, this year total prize money has increased to a record 9.75 million. For all Carnival events and details see page 16. Sharon Lee Chapman from Fast Track Photography has graced our cover this issue. Sharon Lee is a regular contributor to Ladies in RACING Magazine and is a fantastic photographer. A chance meeting with Ron Williams in January 2012, led to her involvement with our magazine and her images certainly bring our pages to life. Read Sharon’s story starting on page 4. When I read Mary Sadler’s story starting on page 8, I was truly inspired. Mary is enjoying a full and exciting life and has been fortunate enough to have seen both Phar Lap and Black Caviar inspiring Australians through the years. To hear she has been playing the piano for over 100 years, with her piano having been played by Sir Paul McCartney, was amazing. For the first time we are introducing stories on some of the wonderful ladies involved in both the Greyhound and Harness Racing Industries. These ladies need to be recognised for the valuable contributions they bring to their respective sports. Congratulations to Gaye Gauchi-Marchant for winning this year’s Victorian Wakeful Club’s ‘Lady of Racing Award’, which was celebrated this year at Leonda by the Yarra. There was not a dry eye in the house after hearing her acceptance speech as she described the challenges her family and herself endured in her passion to achieve her goals. Starting on page 50 we bring you details and photos from the day. Throughout this Issue we have many articles on the talented Lady Jockeys that now make up 33% in the Thoroughbred Industry in Australia and we are sure you will enjoy their stories. Congratulations to our eight lucky subscription winners who have each won a $300.00 gift voucher from Award winning Temelli Jewellery. They are: Jessica Kanowski – QLD; Vivienne Rowe – VIC; Vivien Amalfi – VIC; Denise Osborne – NSW; Jill Nathans – NSW; Sheryl Rowlands – NSW; Renae Richardson – QLD and Bernadette Mahon – VIC. To go into the draw to win one of the six Perri Cutten vouchers, simply fill in the details on page 67, or page 68 for our sister magazine Ladies GOLF, and send through to us. Remember, we reward our existing subscribers as well, so current subscribers will go into the draw for a chance to win from the Iconic Fashion Label – Perri Cutten. Remember a subscription is the perfect gift for every occasion – even the man in your life.

Cathryn Meredith Yours in Racing



Dear Cathi, On behalf of all of us who contribute to Ladies in RACING, I would like to extend our best wishes to a truly inspirational woman, Gold Coast Trainer – Gillian Heinrich. Gillian has provided us all with so much inspiration over many years with her work as a Thoroughbred Trainer. As women we all have much to be thankful for, given Gillian’s extensive contribution to the Australian racing landscape, which has firmly placed women at the forefront of what we all love and enjoy. As Gillian now focuses on her health and the battle before her, I am certain Gillian will be victorious in her fight with cancer, and look forward to supporting her as the winner Gillian is, and always will be to all of us in life! Kind regards, Victoria Shaw. Hi Cathryn, Many thanks to Perri Cutten and Ladies in RACING Magazine fir the wonderful subscription prizes you have on offer. I love the magazine. I have attached a couple of photos of my Perri Cutten dress that I wore to the Kentucky Derby. It was a wonderful day and a fantastic experience to be part of a crowd in excess of 170,000. Regards Elizabeth Spratt Hi Cathi As a member of the Wakeful Club I have, for some time, been meaning to take out a subscription to your wonderful magazine. When I read that you have a feature on Black Caviar in your latest issue that was just the incentive I needed. Thank you for your ongoing support of the Wakeful Club and I am sure we will see you at the Lady of Racing awards in March. Kind regards Christine Downing Goornong Victoria Dear Cathryn, I would like to say a big thank you to “Ladies in RACING” magazine for my $300.00 Perri Cutten voucher. I never win anything usually, however I should have realised that I was definitely on a winner when I started to subscribe to the “Ladies in RACING” magazine. Not only do I get the fabulous and interesting articles, the amazing pictures (your photographer is really quite outstanding!) but I also have a voucher to shop at a very swanky designer store. Thank you all very much. My subscription will be continuing long term and I will certainly be recommending the magazine far and wide!. Regards Margaret Fraumano Hi Cathryn, As a subscriber for three years I appreciate the different emphasis your magazine provides; your promotion of the female involvement in all aspects of racing is to be applauded. Not being aware that all subscribers were eligible for a prize I have to admit to being pleasantly surprised to receive your call advising that I was one of the lucky recipients and I thank Ladies in RACING and Perri Cutten. I commend the magazine to all potential subscribers. Keep up the good work, Sue Caveny

Contributor Profiles Dear Cathryn

ViCToria shaw

Having been born into a horse racing family, horse racing is my passion. Experiencing a lifetime of racing on both sides of the Tasman has meant an exposure to a variety of racing magazines. I can honestly say that Ladies in RACING Magazine is by far the superior. The quality it generates through its thoroughbred articles, the ‘human’ stories, amazing photography, advertisements and the overall layout and colour of the magazine is outstanding. Congratulations!

As the only woman in Australia to actively broadcast live racing trackside and on television and radio, Victoria Shaw is the first woman to go beyond the typical well-worn roles for women within racing and the media. With former television and live radio work to her credit, Victoria continually strives to push boundaries for women within Australian racing and around the world as a race caller. The diversity of her broadcasting opportunities have taken her from “off the beaten track” to working for Arabic royalty and the ability to meet unique and hardworking industry participants that may not necessarily be mainstream, but constantly revealing many “racing gems” as a part of her pioneering quest.

A huge thank you to Perri Cutten as I was a lucky recipient of one of their spring fashion clothing vouchers. I was blown away with the value of the voucher and felt just beautiful in the garment I selected. Thank you all Kind regards Jenny Medcalfe Dear Cathi Many thanks to Ladies in RACING Magazine for this month’s fabulous press coverage on the MMIB Think Pink Cup held in Hobart. A lovely reminder of how much the Hobart Volunteer committee has achieved for the National Breast Cancer Foundation via this popular race day charity luncheon, the largest race day luncheon for charity held in Tasmania!

sharon Lee Chapman In 2011 Sharon Lee Chapman shot to world-wide photographic prominence with her headline imagery of “Banna Strand” leaping into an unsuspecting audience at the Warrnambool Grand Annual. Receiving the prestigious “Quill Award” for her work that has graced many newspaper and magazine covers including the New York Times. Sharon Lee captures so many emotional and intriguing moments that really tell a story and best summarise for so many the continual allure and romance of racing. Sharon is the Managing Director of Fast Track Photography.

Judi Adams Dear Cathryn I was very happy to win an annual subscription to your magazine “Ladies in RACING” at the Girls on Tour Race Day held at the Gold Coast Turf Club on March 14th last year. I was thrilled as I have never seen your magazine, and also as I trained racehorses in Perth for 18 years as a hobby trainer. I was forever being given “recycled” racehorses that were “useless”, but I did eventing with them (dressage, cross country and jumping) whilst they were racing and the difference in their performance was amazing. They were happy horses doing something else whilst racing! I’m also thinking of getting a subscription to your Ladies GOLF publication as I’m still playing golf after 50 years. My ex-husband was Australia’s leading player in the early 1960’s (Alan Murray). Thanking you June Murray Dear Cathryn Wow! What a great surprise to receive my $300 Perri Cutten gift voucher. Many thanks to Perri Cutten, you and your staff. Congrats on a fabulous magazine. Love the reading, love the fashion, love the photos…. Look forward to your next issue. Sincerely Sharon Wicks Scone NSW Dear Cathi Thank you very much for your much appreciated subscription contribution you made at our recent luncheon. We do hope you receive a worthwhile response! So pleased you were able to attend our luncheon, we hope you and your guest enjoyed the day. Very best wishes Wakeful Club - Victoria

Tim GuiLLe Catching the thoroughbred bug from a very young age, Tim Guille has always had a passion for racing. Be it as an spectator, owner, or punter, he is never far away from the racetrack with form guide and binoculars in hand. His writing has now seen him contribute to a wide variety of publications in the thoroughbred and sporting industry over the last 7 years. He has always had a passion for people, and this has led him to focussing his writing on sharing the stories of the the people and characters that work tirelessly to make the magic happen in the sport of kings. You can tweet or follow him on twitter @timbguille or his Facebook page Behind the Barrier

James Tzaferis A member of Racing Victoria’s Media and Communications team, James grew up attending race meetings at tracks around Victoria where he developed a strong passion for the sport and the animal. The 23-year-old regularly produces content to promote Racing Victoria-led initiatives including the Off the Track program, the Apprentice Jockey Training Program and the Community Education Program. Also a part-owner of two thoroughbred racehorses, his dream is to capture an elusive Group 1 win.

DanieL miLes Born in to a racing family, Daniel developed a love of the thoroughbred from a very early age. A childhood spent upon the racetracks of Victoria had Daniel amongst a rare group of teenagers able to recount each Melbourne Cup, Caulfield Cup and Cox Plate winner of the past 30 years. After several attempts to ignore the lure of the track, including a number of years upon Australia's biggest theatrical stages, Daniel returned to his first love in 2014 as a part of the Racing Victoria media team. Daniel loves uncovering some of racing's untold stories and is delighted to have his work featured in this edition of the Ladies in RACING magazine.




Story by Ron Williams

Sizzling - Standing at Newgate Farm

Our cover lady this Issue is Sharon Lee Chapman, Ladies in RACING Magazine’s resident photographer. Her life to date is amazing and is testament to her professionalism in everything that she tackles.


hen I first met Sharon Lee many years ago, I was impressed by her enthusiasm and energy as she went about taking her racing photographs at the various race courses. I was soon to learn that she had the ability to capture amazing images from unusual angles not normally expected.

Package Photographics. After a meeting with Caulfield trainer John Salanitri and his brother Frank, she set up Fast Track Photography, which is dedicated to horse racing. She is a part-owner of several horses with John, i.e. Dainty Miss, Yulalona, To Be Honest and her current star, I Love It.

Sharon Lee first became interested in photography in 2000 when she purchased her first camera, after she was encouraged by an ex boyfriend, Vip, who was a great photographer. She shot her first wedding some six months later for a friend, who hadn’t booked a photographer as she thought they were a little expensive. Her friend was so impressed by Sharon Lee’s work that Sharon Lee decided to look at doing more weddings and family portraits.

After her meeting with John and Frank, her enthusiasm for thoroughbreds took her Warrnambool Carnival, where she captured ‘that’ photograph, Banna Strand jumping the fence into the public area. That photo was to give Sharon Lee international recognition, as besides winning Australia’s Quill Award, her photograph appeared in the New York Times and the Washington Post.

Her exceptional ability behind the lens soon shone through and she started looking for additional photographic work while still holding down a full time day job.

In the last four years, Sharon Lee has travelled to and photographed racemeetings at the Cheltenham Jumps Festival, United Kingdom; Saratoga Summer Festival, United States of America; Durban July, South Africa; TheCurragh, Ireland; Dubai World Cup, United Arab Emirates; Singapore Cup, Hong Kong Cup and Karaka Millions, New Zealand.

Sharon Lee has travelled extensively throughout the world over the last 13 years, visiting over 30 countries. Her first trip was to Africa in 2002, before going to Machu Picchu, Peru in 2005, where she completed the Inca Trail. Also In 2005, she was the official photographer for the International Gymnastics Camp, held every summer in Pennsylvania, USA. They must have been impressed with her work, as she went back in 2006, 2010 and 2011. In 2009 it was back to Africa, with a back packing trip in Lesotho and Ethiopia, where she walked 72 kilometres in two days through the Simeon Mountains. In the same year Sharon Lee participated in a volunteer program in a game reserve in South Africa. In 2011 after her return from the USA, Sharon Lee left her full time position and decided to set up her own company, Whole



The photographs captured at these meetings by Sharon Lee Chapman have been featured in Issues of Ladies in Racing Magazine, together with her other pictorial images of racing from all parts of Australia. We all know that there are plenty more adventures for Sharon Lee Chapman in the future and we wish her every success in her endeavours. HOOFNOTE: Sharon Lee was at Morphettville, Adelaide on May 2nd to see her bonny mare, I Love It finish third in the Group 1 William Hill Sangster Classic. To contact Sharon Lee visit

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A date with Images from Sharon Lee Chapman, Fast Track Photography

An invitation from Victoria Racing CLUB to record a photoshoot with champion Red Cadeaux was an offer too good to resist.

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Red Cadeaux Trained by Ed Dunlop at Newmarket in Great Britain, Red Cadeaux has been a consistent high-achiever around the world with career prize money to date just tipping over $8million. And what is more remarkable, as a 9 year-old he is still performing and shows no signs of slowing down!   He is the only horse in history to run 2nd in 3 Melbourne Cups – 2011, 2013 and 2014. Red Cadeaux's first look at the ocean as he checks out Altona Beach in March 2015. Other photos taken at Werribee Quarantine Centre.



Mary Sadler – an

Helen Sadler, Mary’s daughter, was asked by Ron Williams to tell the story of her well loved, well respected and well known mother. It is a remarkable story of courage and is an inspiration to all Australians. Here is Helen’s story:


ary Sadler was born in 1908 in the small town of Terang in the Western District of Victoria. Her mother, Annie, was a housewife and mother to four children and her father, Abedi, was a cartage contractor using a wagon drawn by four horses. As part of his work, he moved houses from one area to another. Mum’s father also served in the Boer War which lasted from



1899 to 1902. Lance Corporal Abedi Michael Bourke was mentioned in General Cunningham’s dispatch for “conspicuous gallantry during the defense of the Rustenburg convoy against de la Rey on December 3rd 1900” and again in Lord Kitchener’s dispatch on March 8th 1901. Both were recorded in Robin Droogleever’s account of the Boer War, “Colonel Tom’s Boys”. Mum attended St Thomas’ School in Terang where she received her Merit Certificate. She also learned to play the piano and passed her first examination in 1915, which means that she’s been playing the piano for over a hundred years and continues to play at Balwyn Manor for the enjoyment of fellow residents. Mum has played for weddings, funerals and various other events throughout the Western district and was also a member of the Terang Senior Citizen’s band for thirty years. One of the highlights of Mum’s childhood was when she was given a five minute flight over Terang in a single engine, two passenger aeroplane, which was open to the elements, at a cost of One Pound. We can only imagine the cost today in the

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conversion to the Australia Dollar. Her father could not afford to take the flight himself, but was keen for his daughter Mary to have the experience. Another memorable occasion that Mum recalls during her childhood was when local soldiers returned from World War 1 to Terang by train. The station was packed with well wishers with the Terang Brass Band playing in the background – a wonderful celebration of survival.

Mum lived in Terang with her family until her marriage to Lindsay in 1930, after which they took up residence on Lindsay’s father’s dairy farm at Glenormiston, about eight miles from Terang. There was no electricity in the district until 1937 and when it was connected, the Dairy took precedence over the house because it was the money earner, even though Mary had four children under six! Mum and Dad went on to have three more children and she was very grateful to have the ‘modcons ‘ that electricity could provide when it was connected to the house.

Mum was also in attendance for three of the wins at Moonee Valley by Black Caviar and believes that she may have seen two of Australia’s greatest race horses. She has two radios, one permanently set on the ABC’s 774 and the other on RSN 927, so that she can listen to a race at a moment’s notice! Mum has attended major carnivals in Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth and when she was 93, rang me one evening to ask if I would like to go to Dubai with her for a holiday while John was there training for the ruling United Arab Emirates Maktoum family. It was a wonderful trip; we stopped off at Singapore on the way and on coming home and the trip was made even sweeter by attending the races at Nad Al Sheba Racecourse, with John having three winners over the two night meetings. John’s greatest success while he was training in Dubai was when his runner in the 2001 Group 1 Dubai World Cup, State Shinto, ran fourth and returned US $300,000 for its effort.

Mum’s interest in thoroughbred racing was first generated by her father and together they attended meetings in Terang. Mum and Dad later became involved with the Terang Racing Club for several decades, Dad as a committee member, with Mum providing hospitality to dignitaries and owners. One of their greatest thrills in racing was when their horse, Luisillo, trained by John, won the Terang Cup in 1980. Terang racecourse is lovingly known as the “Flemington of the Bush!” This year the Terang Racing Club invited Mum to return to Terang for their Cup meeting in April. She was honoured to be asked to present the Cup to the connections of the winner, the DK Weir trained, Tall Ship, skillfully ridden by Brad Rawiller. Brad just got to the line ahead of the fighting Tuscan Fire, whose rider, Damian Oliver, was having his first visit to the Terang racecourse. Coincidentally, Tuscan Fire is trained by Dan O’Sullivan, who races this horse in what used to be my Dad’s colours! Dan’s grandfather, Jack O’Sullivan, owned the adjoining farm to us at Glenormiston and co-owned and raced horses with Dad. The Warrnambool Racing Club also played a big part in Mum and Dad’s racing interests over many years. Mum first attended the three day Warrnambool Carnival when she was 15 and only missed the event when she had very small children and after she moved to Melbourne at the age of 97, ten years ago. Her love of racing continues today and she and I enjoy being at the races whenever we can, especially if my brother John, a leading Melbourne trainer, has horses running on the day. Mum attended her first Melbourne Cup in 1928 when Statesman was the winner and the following year she witnessed Phar Lap, as an even money priced favourite, run third to Nightmarch. In 1930 she had to be content to hear Phar Lap’s win in the Cup on the “wireless”.

Her piano was played by Paul McCartney when the Beatles were in town One of Mum’s greatest moments in racing was in 2007, when John trained the long priced Efficient to win the Melbourne Cup which left us both slightly stunned as we watched from the grandstand!



Mary's ticket for the 1929 Melbourne Cup

Mary and The Boss

Thomas and John

There is little hope of the racing tradition dying in the Sadler family as the next generation begin to make their mark on the sport. John’s sons, Edward and Thomas, are both showing their dedication and expertise in very different aspects of the racing industry. Edward has always been interested in racing and from about the age of three, I can remember him studying the form guide with the intensity of his late grandfather, the well loved and respected racecaller, Frank O’Brien. Edward began learning his trade as a caller from a very early age and was a finalist in the 2011 John Tapp Racecaller Scholarship which prompted Sky Channel to offer him a position in Sydney as a producer. From there, he accepted a position with the Singapore Racing Club as trackwork reporter and television presenter. In January this year, he returned to Dubai to work as a producer/presenter with the Dubai Racing Channel. Now that the World Cup duties at Meydann are behind him, the selfeffacing Edward has launched a new program in April called Around the Globe, where he will preview feature races from Sydney, Singapore and Japan – not a bad CV for someone who is only 22 and I’m not biased! Tom on the other hand, has chosen to take on the sometimes grueling life of a jockey, apprenticed to his father, John. I remember when he was scheduled to have his first ride at Donald in 2011. Mum and I wanted to be there for the occasion so we stayed the night in Bendigo on our way up, only to get a phone call from John at 7am early next morning to say that the races had been abandoned due to heavy rain. It must have been a big disappointment for Tom after all the anticipation. He eventually had his first ride on Aunty Nova and has gone on to ride in almost 1400 races since then, notching up 145 winners and 300 other placings in country,



The youngest great grandchild - Evie Sadler metro Victorian and National meetings. While Tom battles with his weight, many leading stables seek him for their rides and this is a tribute to his growing maturity and great work ethic. His horse earnings stand at close to $3,500,000! Tom celebrates his 21st birthday in December this year. A future Sadler dream would be for John to have a runner in the Melbourne Cup, ridden by Tom and called by Edward! With all the glamour of big carnivals, Mum still holds the three day Warrnambool Carnival as one of the most enjoyable she has attended over the decades, along with the night meetings at Moonee Valley during the Summer which included this year’s William Reid Stakes, when the Sadler trained Vain Queen ran second to Lucky Hussler. While women have played a role in thoroughbred racing since the 1890s, it was rare to find many female trainers, jockeys and owners when Mum first attended meetings. Today we are experiencing a shift in this area, where several women have burst onto the racing scene and are forging successful careers in what was once known as “The Sport of Kings”. As opportunities increase, so we will soon see the emergence of greater numbers of successful women in all areas of racing. Mum is often asked how she accounts for her longevity and her reply usually includes aspects such as; having lived most of her life on a farm where she and Lindsay grew their own produce, having a good husband for 63 years, a large family and hard work!! Mary Sadler has enjoyed good health during her 107 years and those who know her, hope that it continues the same way for some time to come, playing the piano and enjoying the races.


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RememberingJudy Hayley, Developments within the Greyhound Racing Industry earlier this year certainly highlighted the community’s lack of tolerance with cruelty to animals of any sort.


hile the overwhelming number of the Industry participants would never engage in such heinous behaviour, the rogue element that did, caused more wide scale harm to an industry than they could ever envisage. In addition to the poor animals that were treated so terribly, many representatives of the greyhound community that had always behaved admirably and humanely, were dealt an unfair blow. While government and regulatory bodies started to deal with both investigative and disciplinary matters, the hardworking decent folk of the greyhound world were left reeling. Although assistance for greyhound trainers and owners that have never contemplated such atrocious conduct was evident, I was overwhelmed with the level of support on offer from ladies at the GIRLS NIGHT OUT – FIFTY SHADES OF GREYHOUND at Sandown Park on February 26th this year. Judy Hayley, Greyhound trainer of Victoria’s Devon Meadows, one of the Greyhound Community’s shining lights, sadly left us too soon. Training a greyhound Melbourne Cup Winner – Classic Capri with her partner Glenn Rounds in 2001, Judy unfortunately lost her life to cancer three years ago, she was only 63. Since then, the Sandown Park Greyhound Racing Club have held an annual celebration of Judy’s life and her achievements within greyhound racing by holding a yearly race named in her honour. In just a couple of years the event has grown with great charitable support in honour of Judy by raising much needed money for Breast Cancer research.

later with the most generous incentive donated by the Sandown Park Greyhound Racing Club – a trip for two to Paris for the winning greyhound trainer! The cheers of delight that greeted Jenny Hunt’s Impact Bale after taking out the emotional and celebrated event were loud and welcomed as the shock of the victory’s implications kicked in Jenny was off to Paris! Stepping away from box 5, Impact Bale returned just over $12 on the tote. It was not just the running of the Judy Hayley Memorial Race that provided a highlight for many attending on the night, the Greyhound Adoption Programme (GAP) Volunteers throughout the evening shared wonderful stories with many of us amongst the crowd about the dogs that they had with them on the evening for adoption. Although there were many disturbing aspects to the live baiting scandal earlier this year, one element that made no sense was the abuse of those good people that had taken a beautiful greyhound into their home as a new family member via the Greyhound Adoption Programme. Unnecessary and misguided abuse certainly took its toll on adoption numbers from the sport for a while, causing additional animal welfare issues for greyhounds that require a loving home. However further testimony to the genuine caring and devoted nature of so many people within the greyhound world and their gentle dogs saw many GAP Staff, volunteers and greyhounds working hard to raise $10,000.00 as a donation to the Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal this year.

Nearly 400 ladies came together to celebrate Judy’s life and watch the Lady Trainers race, named as a tribute to Judy and all of the great work that she did within her favourite sport as a greyhound trainer. With heats of the event taking place on February 22nd , the final over 515 metres was only four days

Fifty Shades Of Greyhound, Impact Bale winning the Judy Hurley Memorial 2015



Stepping out amongst the community the GAP group, both four legged and two, took to the streets of Melbourne together to demonstrate to the community how affectionate and well behaved greyhounds are, given some of the recent inaccurate reports on social media. As they walked the City streets to the Royal Children’s Hospital to make their contribution to the annual Children’s fund raiser, the GAP team shared some four legged love upon arrival at the Hospital grounds with many of the ill kiddies too.

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Story by Victoria Shaw Images from Clint Anderson

GAP dogs being walked in city streets As government and industry officials take the necessary steps to deal with the monstrous actions of those greyhound industry representatives caught in the live baiting outrage, real support is required for the majority of the greyhound community that would never contemplate such cruelty. A big part of that support should focus on the real and true nature of the stars of the greyhound world – the dogs themselves, and what adoring companions they are for anyone wanting to provide a genuine loving home to a Greyhound that is available for adoption, once it has LadiesinRacingSandownv2.pdf 1 21/04/2015 9:47 am retired from racing.


For further information about Greyhound Adoption in your State please refer to the following websites listed: (Victoria) (Queensland) (Tasmania) (New South Wales) ( South Australia) Kennel note: It is with great pride that I have the opportunity to broadcast for the first time this year at Healesville in Victoria, The Chairman’s Cup Final, ( a race for Lady Trainers only), on Sunday September 6th,with special thanks to the Healesville Greyhound Association.











Brooke Ennis ARisingSt ar OF THE GREYHOUND WORLD Story by Michael Floyd

At just 27 years of age, Brooke Ennis has already established herself as one of the stars of the greyhound racing world.


rooke, who trains her small team in Lara (near Geelong) in partnership with her husband Jamie, is the latest of a growing number of lady trainers to leave an indelible mark on greyhound racing. There are over 1100 lady trainers in Victoria alone, representing around 20% of registered trainers in that state. During the first three months of 2015, five of the seven top trainers at Sandown Park are lady trainers, as are seven of the top 11 trainers at the Meadows. Brooke features on both of those lists. “There can be some hard times in the game, so when you have a good run you have to enjoy it,” said Brooke. “We’ve been lucky to have some talented greyhounds come through the kennel.” After enjoying a breakout year in 2014 during which Brooke won five group races – including the Group 1 Golden Easter Egg – she has enjoyed continued success in 2015. Brooke has already recorded 18 winners at the two Victorian metropolitan tracks at an impressive strike rate of 31%.

Brooke with Cash Rules Regardless of what happens on the track, Brooke’s greyhounds are set for a life of luxury after their racing career is over.

While sprinters including Group 1 winners My Bro Fabio and Tonk have helped establish her training credentials, it will be a pair of stayers that will take centre stage in the upcoming RSN Sandown Cup series with Lady Toy and the enigmatic Blinker’s On, are set to contest the world’s richest staying race for greyhounds.

“I always keep one too many. I should probably put a lot more through the Greyhound Adoption Program (GAP), but I’m hopeless – I just can’t let them go. I have a big kennel built for them with a heater and a big yard, though they often sneak inside and onto the couch. They’re beautiful animals and are fantastic to have around the place. I always find room for one more!”

“Lady Toy is knocking on the door of a Group 1 win – she’s run second in three Group 1 finals already – so hopefully she can break through in the Sandown Cup. Blinker’s On isn’t as good a chance but she loves Sandown and if she can draw well who knows what could happen,” said Brooke.

The RSN Sandown Cup is the final event of the four week Sandown Autumn Carnival that includes eight black type races – including three Group 1’s – and carries over $800,000.00 in prize money. The final will be run at Sandown Park on Thursday 21 May.

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he Channel Seven Brisbane Racing Carnival, May 9th to June 6th, returns in 2015 as a key event in the national racing calendar, drawing elite thoroughbred racehorses from Australia and New Zealand, and attracting racegoers across Australasia. This year sees the total prize money increase to a record $9.75 million, with the AAMI Stradbroke Handicap increasing to $2 million, making the Channel Seven Brisbane Racing Carnival one of the richest racing carnivals in the Australian calendar.

Former Miss Universe Australia and television personality, Kimberley Busteed has returned home to Brisbane to once again star as the ambassador of the 2015 Channel Seven Brisbane Racing Carnival. Brisbane Racing Club Chief Executive Officer Dave Whimpey said it’s a coup to have Kimberley back to Brisbane as the face of the carnival. “Kimberley represents the style, glamour and excitement of the carnival and we’re excited to welcome her back home for Queensland’s premier racing carnival,” Mr Whimpey said. (cont’)



Breakfast with the Stars and the Stradbroke Eve Calcutta, the Channel Seven Brisbane Racing Carnival is a true feast for the senses. For further information on hospitality packages, accommodation in Brisbane and travel details go to the Brisbane Racing Club website

RACING CARNIVAL 2015 is a year of firsts, with all four days to be held at Doomben Racecourse, and the consolidation of the UBET BTC Cup and Bundaberg Distilling Co. Doomben Cup on UBET Cup Carnivále Day. The social day of the Carnival, this new event will also feature international superstar Jessica Mauboy who will headline the Cup Carnivále Day. The ARIA Award winner is excited to be in Brisbane for the state’s premier racing carnival. “I love Brisbane and a day at the races combined with a concert sounds like so much fun,” Ms Mauboy said. “Like all the race going ladies, I’ve already planned my outfit, and with the Carnivàle theme I can say there’s loads of colour!” Jessica Mauboy will be supported by a strong entertainment line-up across the rest of the Carnival which includes The Choirboys, Slip on Stereo and Pseudo Echo. Racing enthusiasts will revel in an unmissable day of racing on James Boag’s Premium Doomben 10,000 Day, before stunning dresses, gorgeous shoes and spectacular fascinators take centre stage on Treasury Casino & Hotel Ladies’ Oaks Day. The carnival will culminate with one of the most prestigious days of racing in Australia, AAMI Stradbroke Day. With $4.4 million prize money on offer including three Group 1 races, AAMI Stradbroke Day showcases the heart and soul of Queensland racing. With four major race events, along with a spectacular suite of star-studded social events including the Carnival Ball, Carnival High Tea,



On track, On trend The Channel Seven Brisbane Racing Carnival is a winter fashion and social calendar highlight, with four major race days offering the chance to fuse fashion with the enjoyment of the long-standing traditions of horseracing. And of course, the Brisbane Racing Carnival is not complete without the Indooroopilly Shopping Centre Fashions on the Field and this year fashion enthusiasts will compete for a prize pool of over $25,000. Date



9 May 2015

UBET Cup Carnivále Day

Doomben Racecourse

16 May 2015

Carnival Oaks Ball

Satchel Room, Doomben Racecourse

23 May 2015

James Boag’s Premium Doomben 10,000 Day

Doomben Racecourse

29 May 2015

Carnival High Tea

Grand Ballroom, Marriott Hotel

30 May 2015

Treasury Casino & Hotel Ladies’ Oaks Day

Doomben Racecourse

2 June 2015

Breakfast with the Stars

Falvelon Bar, Doomben Racecourse

3 June 2015

AAMI Stradbroke Handicap Barrier Draw

Doomben Mounting Yard

5 June 2015

Stradbroke Eve Calcutta

Brisbane City Hall, Main Auditorium

6 June 2015

AAMI Stradbroke Day

Doomben Racecourse

Indooroopilly Shopping Centre Fashion stylist Laura Churchill shares some racewear fashion tips. Q. What Autumn winter trends do you expect will carry through to the race track? Midi skirts and dresses will be popular and are perfect for racing with boxy jackets, perhaps even knitwear this season. The monochrome trend also translates well for racewear. There are some incredible textured fabrics including mesh, treated leather, laser cut fabrics, lace and metallic. The likes of Australia designers at Indooroopilly Shopping Centre, Manning Cartell, Scanlan Theodore, Carla Zampatti and sass & bide are a stand out and textured pieces are such a big part of their collections this season. Q. What are some style tips for ladies visiting the Brisbane Racing Carnival? To update your racewear style for this season, try pairing ankle boots with a ladylike dress for an edgier look, choose smaller fascinator instead of a brimmed felt hat, or go for something very modern with a clean, structured look and minimal accessories. Q. Do you have any race wear dos or don’ts? I love to see someone who looks great and feels fantastic in what they’re wearing, so DO inject personality into your racewear look – individual touches always stand out from the crowd. As for the don’ts, don’t forget elegance always wins and don’t wear new shoes for the first time – comfort is key for an enjoyable day at the track!

The first race day of the Channel Seven Brisbane Racing Carnival creates a fun and social atmosphere, calling for bright and bold colour and a sense of excitement and occasion. Ladies are encouraged to opt for creative choices in rich winter jewel tones of sapphire blue, magenta and emerald and bright, block colours in imaginative combinations. Men should feature a pop of colour in their attire, which must incorporate the winter racing dress standards of a suit or trousers and jacket, collared shirt, tie and dress shoes. The James Boag’s Premium Doomben 10,000 is one of Australia’s best weight-for-age races and a stellar day of racing in Queensland. Bring an extra element of glamour to the occasion by incorporating structured fashion with a hint of silver, gold, bronze or rose gold, which pair perfectly with pale neutrals. Crystal or metallic accessories complete the look. Men can incorporate a touch of metallic with a standout tiepin, cuff links and either a steel blue or grey suit. Florals and lace typify the ladylike glamour and grace of Ladies’ Oaks Day. The beautifully feminine dress code features a soft colour palette, with ladies opting for muted floral prints, lace detail or feathers to accent their looks. For men, soft tones and hints of individuality also hit the mark, whether it’s a pastel, check or floral shirt, pale chino with a contrast sports jacket or a dapper bow or skinny tie.

UBET CUP CARNIVÀLE DAY DRESS CODE: Colour and Innovation SIGNATURE FLORAL: Salmon Coloured Rose, in Honour of Black Caviar DATE: Saturday 9 May JAMES BOAG’S PREMIUM DOOMBEN 10,000 DAY DRESS CODE: A Touch of Metallic SIGNATURE FLORAL: Yellow Rose DATE: Saturday 23 May TREASURY CASINO & HOTEL LADIES’ OAKS DAY DRESS CODE: Feminine Racewear SIGNATURE FLORAL: White Rose DATE: Saturday 30 May AAMI STRADBROKE DAY DRESS CODE: Black and White with a Touch of Red SIGNATURE FLORAL: Red Rose DATE: Saturday 6 June



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L-R: Tony Gollan, Natalie McCall, Tim Bell & Darren Condon (CEO RQ)

As a Queenslander, The Stradbroke Handicap always was and always will be my favourite race on the Australian Racing Calendar. Capacity fields of extremely high quality, the pressure of the race to the first turn and the all-consuming fight to the finish line, has had my heart racing on many an occasion. But none more so than last year’s edition of the $2 million race.

TONY GOLLAN SAYS – I think this year’s winter carnival is fantastic and the atmosphere is really building.

Natalie McCall and Tony Gollan

NATALIE MCCALL SAYS – Well it has come around to my favourite time of year again, the Queensland Winter Racing Carnival. My pure passion for this carnival started at a young age, and was breathed life into by my die hard, racing-mad family.

Last year I was lucky enough to experience the feeling of winning the race first hand, a feeling that will stay with me for the rest of my days. It was one of the greatest days of my career, a terribly proud moment to see the horse I have worked so closely with for the past 4 years go past the post first. River Lad (aka Bill) has been a life changing addition to my life, and we have an undeniable bond. He will continue to be the flag bearer for our small boutique stable on the Sunshine Coast and is like part of our family. Part of me is with him every time he runs and he tries his heart out for me knowing that.


It’s great for our stables particularly, as we came off a very good winter carnival last year. It was a breakout carnival for us, in a breakout season. This year’s carnival is a little bit different, especially for us, as last year we had Spirit of Boom winning the 10,000 in his farewell race on Stradbroke Day, and we also had a promising horse Looks Like the Cat coming up through the two year old grades. I think the kick-off at the Gold Coast was fantastic and Racing QLD have done a great job in the way they have shaped their carnival. I believe it will be a strong carnival from head to toe and all the meetings look exciting, though different without Eagle Farm.

This year we will attempt to do what only few have achieved before us, win back to back Stradbroke Handicaps. Once again our opposition will be stiff with the big names, Waterhouse, Moody, Godolpin, Hawkes, and Gollan all trying to steal away our Stradbroke title. In a feat that seems almost impossible when first faced, I remind myself…….this is possible!!! Our little $4000 horse, his humble farmer owners and our small stable, managed to grasp one of the most coveted prizes in Australian racing away from the hands of the industry’s biggest names, not only here in Australia but in the world.

For our stable, we don’t have the Spirit of Boom and Looks Like the Cat, but we still have Temple of Boom there, with a great first up run and heading for the “big four” - the Victory Stakes, BTC Cup, Doomben 10,000, and then Stradbroke, which last year he was narrowly beaten running second. So he will be a headline act for the older horses. We also have a bunch of young horses coming through like Traverston Girl and Hijack Hussy. They’re the next brand of horses coming through our stable and we’re hoping they can get to the top level. We also have two year old, Secret Saga.

I feel stories like River Lad’s are just one of the reason that The BRC Carnival is so amazing, there is always a surprise packet that provides a wonderful story and there are always new stars being unearthed. This year I looked forward to each and every day of this terrific Carnival, but for me, of course Stradbroke day will always be the Jewel in the Crown.

I love the way this year’s carnival is set out, with Toowoomba as a stand-alone Saturday. Love where Sunshine Coast is situated now as a pertinent lead up to Stradbroke, and then we switch to Ipswich and onto the Gold Coast Tatt’s Day. A little more condensed, but nonetheless exciting and the Gollan Stable will play its part in this year’s carnival in one way or another.




Gold Coast Turf Club Celebrate 150 years of Tattersall’s Racing Club,

and the Tattersall’s Cup, in style with Fashions on the Field, live entertainment and great racing. The Tattersall’s Cup, Australia’s oldest race, is now a qualifier for the Caulfield Cup at a new distance of 2,400 metres. Corporate and private bookings available.

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Tattersall’s Racing Club will mark 150 years of racing, friendship and history with the Tattersall’s Club Tiara Race Day at the Gold Coast Turf Club on Saturday June 20th

The increasingly popular Tattersall’s Club Singapore Airlines Fashions on the Field competition returns with fabulous prizes and high end fashion. Hosted by Lise Carlaw, entrants will be putting their best foot forward for their chance to win two return flights to Paris for both the male and female winner. A headliner act will be announced in the coming months and is sure to keep the celebrations continuing well into the afternoon. There will be fantastic prize giveaways and many more features. Stay tuned for updates on the days proceedings.


he day promises to be a fun-filled day of racing, fashion and live entertainment. The Tattersall’s Club Tiara is the premier race day on the Tattersall’s Racing Club calendar and this year is the key 150 year celebratory race day marking the first Tattersall’s Cup, which was run on 16 August 1865.

Gates open at the Gold Coast Turf Club at 10.00am. General admission tickets can be bought at the gate on the day. Adults are $25, or $20 if purchased before the day, and children and pensioners free. Tattersall’s Racing Club also offers race day patrons a wide range of hospitality options to suit all occasions.

As always a stellar line up of live entertainment, fashion, competitions and of course racing is planned for the day. With the Tattersall’s Cup now a qualifier for the Caulfield Cup and extended to 2,400 metres, the racing is sure to be edge of your seat viewing.

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Saturday 9 January 2016 will see Australia’s richest raceday that is held on the Gold Coast as the Jeep Magic Millions Raceday finds itself as one of the top ten richest race meetings in the world.

The initiative, established by Magic Millions owners Katie PageHarvey and Gerry Harvey counts Olympic medallist Zara Phillips MBE as its patron, has made a stunning impact on racehorse ownership amongst females. Creditably, the $500,000 Racing Women’s Bonus run in conjunction with the $2 million Jeep Magic Millions 2YO Classic, has been won in its entirety in all three years since its launch and has resulted in well in excess of 300 2YOs being registered for the Bonus .

This exciting development is indeed a massive boost for Queensland racing but also nationally, now with a grand final to a newly programmed Queensland Summer Racing Carnival that’s sure to attract significant interstate and international participation. The annual Jeep Magic Millions Carnival, Sales and Raceday showcases the outstanding opportunities to enjoy the best of thoroughbred experiences and the high prizemoney reward that is provided through the Magic Millions Race Series. The national program of races, which is the benchmark for sales restricted racing, now offers participants $11.29 million in prizemoney in races held across six states each year. The innovation and development that Magic Millions has brought to the concept of racing exclusive to yearlings purchased through their sales continues to evolve. As well as the Gold Coast news, Australia’s number one thoroughbred auctioneer also recently announced that the Magic Millions Adelaide 2YO Classic will become the richest juvenile race in South Australia in 2016, doubling in prizemoney to $200,000. Through purchasing a yearling with Magic Millions, the Race Series aims to support clients with exclusive returns to owners



The Bonus, which is shared amongst the first four horses wholly owned or leased by women, was won by Le Chef in this year’s Magic Millions 2YO. Raced by Lenore Saunders from Mount Isa, Le Chef earned an incredible $1,465,000 for winning the race and first place in the Bonus. A record seven starters in the field of sixteen were 100% owned by females, with Racing Women’s Bonus winners finishing first (Le Chef), second (Pepperano), fifth (Perignon) and tenth (Saga of the Storm) past the post. The last opportunity to purchase a yearling eligible to participate in the inaugural $10 million Magic Millions Raceday and Racing Women’s Bonus next January will be provided at the Gold Coast National Yearling Sale held on June 2-4 during the Queensland Winter Racing Carnival. For information on attending the sale or getting involved in the Magic Millions Racing Women initiative visit

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eaudesert Race Club Inc. is renowned for hosting one of the best days of country racing in Queensland. The grounds, which are set amongst towering gum trees and nestled beside a delicately flowing creek are the perfect backdrop for the excitement of race day. The club is currently in preparation mode, for their annual Beaudesert Cup Race meeting. The day, held on June 20th, is one of the biggest of their calendar, with a seven card TAB racing program with $92,000.00 prize money. Beaudesert Race Club General Manager, Lisa Hartney says, “Beaudesert Cup has a great a long standing history and is one of the Clubs most significant race days of the year”. Appreciated by those who love a day of festivities and avid race enthusiasts alike, Beaudesert Race Club is again offering various ways to enjoy the day including trackside, in the trackside marquee or in the thick of the action at the betting ring. Their exclusive trackside marquee packages are available for $70 per head, which includes entry to the races, a chef prepared lunch, race book, entertainment and a delicious cheese platter to finish. “It’s definitely a very stylish way to spend the day, everything is taken care of for you and all your racing essentials are at your fingertips,” says Lisa.

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Amateurs THE 2015

RAcINg cARNIvAL by Cathryn Meredith


he Cairns Amateurs Racing Carnival is four days of fun, fashion, glamour, food and entertainment, built around two days of horse racing in Cairns that I look forward to with great anticipation. The beautiful mild September climate entices large crowds of locals as well as interstate visitors and this year will be held in September from Thursday 10th to the Sunday 13th.

The Club is determined to keep abreast with the advances in tourism and population growth, while endeavouring to provide the necessary infrastructure at the Carnival that offers first class racing and social events that capture the interest of all Australians, as well as remaining a viable draw card for the advancement of Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef.

Now celebrating its 57th year, the Cairns Amateurs is complemented by a host of social activities, some formal and some very informal, including a number of Members only and Corporate functions as well as events and areas for the general public on both race days.

Racing aficionados will tell you the action always heats up at the home turn! Imagine the thrill your clients will experience in a Private Aviary Enclosure Package, located on at the bottom of the home straight just metres away from the horses as they race to the finish line!

The race meeting prize money draws interest Queensland wide and attracts large race fields each year, with both new and returning participants. The two-day race meeting has always been held at Cannon Park Racecourse, however the social functions that surround the Carnival vary in style and venue. The Cains Amateurs also attracts many well know racing identities as well as social and media personalities from all over Australia. The Club aims to provide events that appeal to the Community as a whole, as well as to their Members and their Guests. Each year the events evolve to suit the requirements and requests of Members and the public accordingly. The social events are the premier functions held in Cairns each year and see locals mixing with Governor’s and Premier’s mixing with celebrities, with business leaders mixing with fashionistas.



Yellowglen House, the new benchmark in racing sophistication, is elegant but comfortable and is the ultimate racing venue for those who value sophistication and class. Every year, the pinnacle social event on the Carlton Mid Cairns Amateurs Carnival calendar is its black tie ball. This year’s event, held on Friday 11th September, will be no exception. Carlton Mid Cairns Amateurs CEO, Graham Thornton said he is excited by this year’s event. The strong feedback related to the catering and the venue and as such the ball will move to Shed 2 at the Cruise Liner terminal and see a return of the Food Station Buffets showcasing the regions finest produce. The event will now include canapés and beverages on arrival, guests will then move outside to the plaza enjoying the tradition of an open air Black Tie

Ball under the stars, with the safety of a wet weather option inside the terminal. “The Cairns Cruise Liner Terminal is walking distance from a host of city hotels so it will be really easy for visitors or locals who are staying the night in the CBD,” Mr Thornton said. Michael Delaney, President of Far North Queensland Amateur Turf Club Inc (Cairns Amateurs), said plans are shaping well for this year’s Carnival that remains the region’s number one social networking event. “As an event on Tourism and Events Queensland’s new “it’s LIVE” event calendar, which profiles a selection of major and regional events across Queensland’s 13 diverse tourism destinations, our Carnival is a major contributor to the coffers of Cairns, with last year’s event generating 17,594 visitor nights. Our committee takes its role very seriously in continuously re-evaluating the event and making improvements to make sure it provides patrons with the best possible experience.” The Cairns Amateurs ‘Fashions on the Field’ is indisputably the pinnacle showcase of racewear in the region and every year I am amazed by the incredible outfits the ladies showcase. The competition is a highly-anticipated and hotly contested annual event comprising of local and interstate competitors.

Each year judges from across the spectrum of Australian fashion and media cast expert eyes over the entrants. Several Cairns ladies have gone on to compete and win in many of the southern states Fashion on the Field Competitions. The Cairns Cup and the Cairns Amateurs were both judged winners of the best Festival & Event and Best Major Festival & Event at the Tourism Tropical North Queensland Awards. This makes the third year for the Cairns Amateurs winning the Best Major Event and has now been be installed into the Tourism Hall of Fame in 2015. “Winning these awards is recognition for the outstanding contribution that our employees, volunteers and racing stakeholders make to the region,” said Chief Executive Officer

Below: Cairns Amateurs Ball Right: Take a breath-taking helicopter ride over the exquisite Great Barrier Reef



Below Left: Bryce Williams, Krissy Weightman-Topfer, Cathryn Meredith, Tamaryn Bremner, Jane Gollan, Nicole Pana, Kim Fletcher, Lindsay Bennett Below Right: Anita McQueen and Jane Gollan

Kate Waterhouse The Cairns Amateurs is a fantastic racing event. The fashion is world class and the racing is superb. I loved attending in 2013 as I tied it in with a family trip and got to enjoy all the beauty that Cairns has to offer.”

Jane Gollan

Above: Graham Thornton (CEO CTC), Kate Waterhouse, Christina Buddle (CTC), Nadine Edwards (CTC), Kendall Guilding


“I loved the Cairns Amateurs event last year. The events over the Carnival were fantastic and the racing was great. The Fashionistas all looked wonderful and would rival any interstate track”

of both Clubs, Graham Thornton. “We have a very unique product of Racing, Fashion and Fun and it is all set in one of the best regions in Australia.”

with your queries. To book tickets to the many wonderful social events and hospitality packages, or for further information about the Cairns Amateurs visit the

For ladies who love Racing, Fashion and Fun, the Cairns Amateurs is a must attend event. If you are interested in discussing this event with me, please phone me on 1300 783 112 and I will be only be too pleased to help you

Patrons who purchase their tickets early, will also be able to take advantage of discounts on Membership Packages ending June 30th, while avoiding a last minute rush and what is expected to be, a bigger than usual crowd of racegoers.


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Jockeys Nicole Vuille and Tracy O’Hara with the Snapy Halo yearling Photo by Carmen Howells Photography


he Ladies in Racing Function, held as part of the annual Capricornia Yearling Sale Carnival has raised more than $10,000 for the National Jockeys Trust. More than 100 beautifully dressed ladies attended the Sparkling Grandin Hats & Heels High Tea at Rockhampton’s Callaghan Park on Friday, April 10.

Naturally with the XXXX Gold Winter Racing Carnival coming up in Rockhampton in June, the demand for hats is very strong. During the High Tea function local jockeys Tracy O’Hara and Nicole Vuille gave an informative insight into their chances in the $100,000 Capricornia Year Sale 2YO Classic race the following day.

The event, which is in its second year, included a silent auction of racing memorabilia and fashion items donated by the Jockeys Trust, leading trainer Gai Waterhouse and local businesses. Similar to last year the top-priced item was breakfast for four people at the Sydney racing stables of the Waterhouse family.

The star of the day was a yearling from Springton Park, by Snapy Halo (ARG) out of Pokomo, which was Lot 25 at the Sunday April 12 Capricornia Yearling Sale in Rockhampton. The filly was paraded in the mounting yard at Callaghan Park and was the perfect guest allowing ladies to get up close and personal for photos and a pat.

The proceeds raised will be donated to the National Jockeys Trust which has been providing great support to the Rockhampton racing community following the tragic passing of jockey Carly-Mae Pye last October. “We are truly delighted with the manner in which the Rockhampton Jockey Club and local tight knit racing community have embraced the National Jockeys Trust,” said NJT chairman Paul Innes. “The generosity of the ladies at the High Tea, and those who donated to the event have truly set a benchmark of support from regional communities.” The High Tea, under the guidance of local milliner Allana Gregson, included modelling of the latest outfits from local retailers Something Different and Willow and Ivy. Sydney-based milliner Neil Grigg again proved a hit with the ladies not just at the function, but also at a workshop for local milliners over the weekend.



Springton Park’s Bill and Dianne Ouston are successful local thoroughbred breeders with interests in many horses racing in Rockhampton, Brisbane and further south. What a great combination it was – hats, heels, high tea, horses and sparkling Grandin – all for the great cause of raising $10,000 for the National Jockeys Trust. The ladies of Rockhampton and surrounding areas have a number of special events to look forward to over the XXXX Gold Winter Racing Carnival with the prestigious Girls Grammar Day on June 13; 4RO Ladies Lunch on June 18 and the glamorous Fashions on the Field at the Advanced Exhausts Rockhampton Cup meeting on Saturday, June 20. For tickets contact or call 07 4937 4000

Photo by Carmen Howells Photography

Some of the beautifully dressed ladies enjoying the Ladies in Racing Sparkling Grandin Hats & Heels High Tea at Rockhampton’s Callaghan Park on Friday, April 10, 2014.




Queensland’s GIRLS ON TRACK

Images courtesy Racing Qld, The Courier Mail and Ross Tinniswood Story by Victoria Shaw


e have all seen Women’s racing promotions come and go over the years. Race Clubs generally provide some kind of promotional race day aimed at women who want to be involved in the sport and tend to think that a ladies lunch and fashions on the field, is about the extent of our interest. Although I need to acknowledge that many women find themselves happily at the races in a recreational capacity, what about those of us who don’t want to be another bystander in life? What about those of us who dream about Group One Glory in all its guises. How do we get involved? Thank heavens for the sensibility of Racing Queensland’s Inaugural “Girls on Track” promotion! At last, a racing administration body which recognises that many women in the wider community may not know where to seek career advice and how to access training opportunities. Racing Queensland has combined genuine encouragement and ongoing support that is required for a start in racing, while at the same time celebrating the very high standard of those women already actively participating within the racing industry. Racing Queensland’s “Girls on Track” promotion should be commended by all racing regulatory bodies Australia wide, as it is the first of its kind to drive real outcomes across the entire racing industry paving the way for women to be involved at ALL levels of the sport. From horse trainer to harness driver; barrier attendant

Narissa McMullen mid-race Racing Qld Girls on Track Grand Final



to race starter; race track manager to race caller and anything else you can think of! Whatever you desire to achieve within the racing industry the right amount of hard work and drive means it can be yours. From the outback to the city and right around the world, employment opportunities within the racing industry are only limited by those who will not put themselves forward. A career in racing will take you places you have never dreamt about, and the opportunities really are endless. To further showcase and inspire women that are contemplating working in racing, Sunshine Coast thoroughbred trainer Caitlin Lavin and harness driver Narissa McMullen were chosen as the “Girls on Track” program’s role models given their already proven successes in their fields. Caitlin’s overall stakes winners to date have amassed half a million in prize money and Narissa was the leading female driver in Queensland for 2014 - two very accomplished young hard working women who are yet to turn thirty! With well over 300 victories under her belt, Narissa McMullen is a third generation representative of the harness world. Working for her father John McMullen as well as driving and training her own team of horses, Narissa’s family back ground is fairly typical of many women in the racing industry. With great support, encouragement and inspiration from the several successful generations of harness drivers and trainers within her family, little wonder Narissa’s stable

Kelli Dawson & girls holding winning driver certificate

Gold Coast Turf Club celebrates Girls on Track

and achievements are flourishing. However, for many outsiders to the racing industry, irrespective of the code, getting a start within racing appears on the surface to only be available to those with a longstanding family interest in the sport. With so many families steeped in racing tradition like Narissa’s, no wonder the public assume racing is pretty much a “closed shop”. Women in particular, who may have no family interest in racing, don’t really know where to turn for guidance, training or employment possibilities. Caitlin Lavin thoroughbred trainer may not hail from a long succession of racehorse trainers in her family, but her sporting assurance has no doubt helped pave the way to an excellent start as a trainer. A former professional tennis player, and the daughter of an international rugby star, Caitlin has a competitive sporting nature. Her father Peter has had many racehorses over the years which Caitlin had always enjoyed going to the track to watch race. Although Caitlin had never been that hands-on with her family’s horses prior to her university days, the other side of completing her degree she found herself with more spare

time and really enjoyed working with the animals. In a recent interview Caitlin did mention a very relevant and important point “…I have won a few quality races, and am always looking to improve. I think a lot of it has to do with confidence too. I know a lot of girls would like to become a trainer and I’m sure would be really successful, but there is something stopping them from doing it.” Caitlin is very lucky to have the sporting background that she does, which clearly provides her with a competitive edge, but for women from the broader population pondering how to start in racing, the ideals and the platform that Racing Queensland’s “Girls on Track” program provides is long overdue. Racing Queensland also wanted to celebrate and reward those women already working hard as horse trainers, jockeys, harness drivers and trainers within racing. Events were held at various Queensland race tracks for harness and thoroughbred races along with a points scoring system with added financial bonuses. The series provided all eligible participants with the opportunity to race in event

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finals held at both Albion Park for harness racing and Doomben for the thoroughbred final over the last weekend in March. At Albion Park, Kelli Dawson took out the winning driver award overall for the series. Chantal McMullen, the winning harness trainer with the inspirationally named Benazir Bhutto who won the Racing Queensland Girls on Track Mares Final, driven by Hayden Barnes in a four way photo. Fellow reinswoman Amy Rees also took out the BOTRA, ladies invitational race in support of breast cancer in fine style driving Girl with Fire to the line. Jockey Teagan Harrison and trainer Alicia Willick were leading the thoroughbred series going into the final event at Doomben; however the Brisbane Airport Novotel Girls on Track winning mare was Love Shuttle, trained by Toby Edmonds and ridden by Jeff Lloyd. I had the privilege of broadcasting on the date that the finals were held, with the supportive guidance from senior Queensland race callers - David Fowler at Doomben and Chris Barsby at

Albion Park. For many years national radio and television audiences were familiar with David Fowler’s powerful and precise deliveries with a wonderful tenure broadcasting harness events in Queensland. In more recent times David has been providing the mellifluous soundtrack to Brisbane’s big group one gallops as well as regular race days at Doomben and Eagle Farm, combined with his own racing radio show on 4TAB Queensland. Both codes of racing offering David, an established and illustrious broadcasting career. Chris Barsby has developed an immense following Australia wide with harness audiences to date. The voice of harness racing in Queensland, Chris has a wonderful ability and credits David Fowler and the late Wayne Wilson for providing enormous influence with his work. Girls on Track finals day at Doomben also provided me with another opportunity trackside with Brisbane Turf Club’s – Bart Sinclair, one of Queensland’s racing icons to provide selections to racegoers. To be engaged by Racing Queensland to work with these three gentlemen was certainly a highlight in my racing life, and further evidence of Racing Queensland’s authentic commitment to actively involve women in all aspects of racing. Overall the belief and guarantee of Racing Queensland to open up the prospect of education, with a real sense of direction to help foster women’s participation in racing and become key players should be loudly applauded. No doubt Racing Queensland will be looking to continue with future occasions to stage their Girls on Track promotion and they should do so very proudly.

Chris Barsby with Victoria Shaw in the callers box

For any enquiries concerning training within the racing industry in Queensland contact: or phone (07) 3869 9781.


Gates open at 10am • Pink Themed Fashions on the Field WhatRaising startedfunds as a for fundraising function Breast Cancer Research the National Breastfor Cancer Foundation in 2008 has grown into a complete ‘pink’ themed day at the Gold Coast Turf Club.

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The Gold Coast Pink Ribbon Cup founder and Speakers’ Bureau Ambassador for the National Breast Cancer Foundation Robyn Cameron said “Our 2015 Pink Ribbon Cup marks the third year of the pink themed race day. It’s quite simply, a fun day out at the races with everyone wearing something pink and showing their support for breast cancer research. We even have a jockey in each of the races wearing the pink ribbon silks”. Last year’s Pink Ribbon Cup raised $35,000 for the National Breast Cancer Foundation through Sponsors, donations, raffles and auction prizes on the day and Ms Cameron is hoping to top that this year. Enquiries:

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Joao Moreira and Designs on Rome after winning the Hong Kong Cup.




Maxime Guyon on Flintshire winning the Hong Kong Vase.

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Zac Purton and Aerovelocity win the the Hong Kong Sprint

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Joao Moreira and Able Friend win the Hong Kong Mile.




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he Northam Race Club sits in the heart of the beautiful Avon Valley and is the proud home of regular Fashions of the Field competitor Nikki Gogan. Nikki, you could say, has been raised on the green grass of the Northam Track where her father Brian was Track Curator. It is no wonder that the local girl can not only back a winner on the track but is no amateur when it comes to competing in Fashion events trackside all over the country.

Nikki (pictured left) represented WA as State Finalist in the Myer Fashions of the Field competition over the Melbourne Cup Carnival in 2014 and placed second overall. Nikki’s outfit, a Toni Maticevski design, was a dedication to the many women, men and animals that served and continue to serve in our armed forces. A valued member of the Northam Race Club, Nikki is Chief Judge for all of the Clubs Fashion Events and is an inspiration to the many women now competing in WA Fashion events. The Northam Race Club has an exciting Spring, of Racing and Fashions planned with Gannon’s Ladies Day on Sunday October 4th and XXXX Gold Northam Cup Day on Sunday October 25th. The Club along with Caterers Red Robin Hospitality have developed some fantastic “Day at the Races” packages to suit every taste. Coupled with this, the Club’s accommodation partner, The Dukes Inn – Luxury Accomodation, there is a complete package for the traveller to enjoy a weekend in the majestic Avon Valley. Actually, a weekend may not be enough, you may need to stay longer to enjoy the site’s of the Historic Town. Spring will see the National Hot Air Balloon Championships hosted in the town. So come, stay and enjoy the charm of racing in the West. For further information visit



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On a beautiful sunny autumn day in Melbourne, The Victorian Wakeful Club celebrated their prestigious annual Lady of Racing Award on March 14th with a luncheon at the Leonda by the Yarra Restaurant, with in excess of 250 mainly female guests in attendance.


s usual the ladies and gentlemen were in their finest race day wear and the dining room was a sea of colour.

Guests mingled in the foyer of the popular dining venue to meet and greet old and new friends for quite a time before being shown to their respective tables. The Master of Ceremonies for the luncheon was well known racing identity, Andrew Bensley. The Victorian Wakeful Club was established in 2001 by a group of like-minded ladies, with the inaugural President Marie McCullough at the helm, to encourage the network and participation of ladies throughout all facets of the Thoroughbred Industry. Each year, members of the industry are encouraged to nominate a lady who they believe epitomises the aims and principals of the prestigious annual Lady of Racing Award. Previous worthy winners of the Lady of Racing Award have been Robin Levett, Shelly Hancox, Joanne Spiers, Anne Carlyon, Helen Cantwell, Emma Boling, Victoria Armstrong, Kerry Gillespie, Jean Purcell, Andrea Leek, Majella Ballantyne, Margaret Lucas, Wendy Kelly, Pauline Liston, Fran Houlahan, Leonie Bibby, Michelle Payne, Penny Reeve and Christie Woodard last year. Jenny Moodie, the current President of the Victorian Wakeful Club, after being introduced by Andrew, welcomed the members and their guests before they were entertained by The Three Diva’s, with a mixture of operatic and modern songs, as the time for the nominees to be introduced grew nearer. This year’s finalists for the 2014 Lady of Racing award were Gaye Gauci-Marchant, Cara Kavanagh and Courtney Pace. These three ladies were selected by a special panel of Club Member Judges from a wide range of suitable candidates after a very thorough and exhaustive process. Each lady was interviewed comprehensively by Andrew Bensley about their accomplishments and contribution to the thoroughbred industry and all were very worthy of the Award, but as in all contests, there can only be one winner. There was a hush in the room as Robert Roulston, Chairman of Racing Victoria, announced the winner for the 2014 Award was Gaye Gauci-Marchant. Gaye was the recipient of the Lady of Racing brooch, designed and made by Catanach’s Jewellers, who



Christie Woodard, Martin Pakula MP, Cara Kavanagh, Gaye Gauchi-Marchant and Courtney Pace celebrate over 130 years of excellence. Gaye was congratulated by last year’s winner, Christie Woodard. Gaye Gauci-Marchant was nominated by Kentucky Turf Nursery for her sound knowledge of the thoroughbred Racing and/ or Breeding Industry, who also said that she has demonstrated a genuine passion and commitment to the industry over and above what is expected. They know she is well respected personally and professionally by her peers, is an inspiration to others and would be a wonderful Ambassador for the Industry. Cara Kavanagh, Racing Victoria’s Equine Welfare Officer, was nominated by her colleague James Tzaferis for her commitment to Racing Victoria’s ‘Off The Track’ program, being the pioneer of the program which was introduced in 2012 with the aim to increase the demand for retired thoroughbred racehorses as pleasure and performance horses through the sponsoring of equestrian events and clinics and the sharing of success stories. Courtney Pace was nominated by well known picnic racing journalist, John Kennedy, for her commitment to picnic racing after her ambition to ride as a professional was stalled due to limited opportunities when she continued to grow. She has now ridden successfully on the picnic circuit since 2012, where she benefits from the higher minimum weight scale. Her dedication to her riding has resulted in her winning the 2014/15 Picnic Riders Premiership. Apprentice jockey, Jessica Eaton, was the winner of the Victorian Wakeful Club Apprentice Jockey Training Program Scholarship. You can read the comprehensive story on Jessica’s win written by James Tzaferis on page 54. Everyone who attended the luncheon had a fabulous time, if you haven’t been to one in the past, put it on your bucket list for a day of good company, good food and wine and plenty of fun and frivolity. Sharon Lee Chapman took over 260 photos on the day, which unfortunately we couldn’t publish all of them, but if you would like to view them all to see how elegant and pretty you looked on the day, go to http://fasttrackphotography.fotomerchant. com/events/wakeful-club-luncheon-2015

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Jessica Eaton' s first bigWin If a positive attitude and resolute determination are indicators of future success in the saddle, racing fans can expect a lot from the burgeoning career of jockey Jessica Eaton.


he 21-year-old athlete was last month presented with the inaugural Victorian Wakeful Club Apprentice Jockey Training Program (AJTP) Scholarship. The Scholarship recognises excellence in AJTP studies and professionalism both in and out of the saddle, by offering a $1000.00 grant to a female apprentice in Victoria to complete further study to assist with her career development. Inducted into Racing Victoria’s (RV) AJTP in January last year, Jessica has been honing her skills under the watchful eye of Caulfield trainer Mick Price, before making her race riding debut recently at Tatura on Saturday, April 4th. But as much for her talents in the classroom, it is the work she does off the track and outside the AJTP, particularly as a volunteer for the National Jockeys Trust (NJT), that saw Jessica touted as a the most suitable candidate for the Scholarship. Jessica said she was thrilled to be recognised with the Scholarship and was looking forward to using the grant to further develop skills that could be used both in and out of racing. “It was a real honour to be recognised by the Victorian Wakeful Club with the Scholarship and I’m excited about putting it to good use,” Jessica said. “I’ll definitely have to think about my options, but I’d like to look at some sort of personal development course, maybe in

Jessica receiving her award from Jenny Moodie, the current President of the Victorian Wakeful Club an area like public speaking, that will benefit me during my riding career.” Like so many others that pursue racing as a profession, Jessica’s career was born out of a love for the animal, riding ponies before progressing to retired thoroughbreds as a teenager. However, unlike many of her AJTP classmates, Jessica’s family has limited links to the sport, and the dream to become a jockey only arose after stints working as a stable hand and track rider for prominent trainers Danny O’Brien, Mick Kent and her current mentor Mick Price. Racing Victoria’s Athlete Development and Industry Careers Advisor, Melissa Weatherley said, “Jessica’s professionalism since being inducted into the AJTP in January last year was a credit to herself and the program. “Racing Victoria’s Apprentice Jockey Training Program (AJTP) aims to develop professional athletes for successful careers in the racing industry and Jessica epitomises the quality of athlete we are trying to produce,” Melissa continued. “Jessica has taken advantage of every opportunity presented to her since beginning the AJTP, and we’re confident she will use this Scholarship to further develop skills that can be utilised during her riding career, and also skills that can be called upon by her post-racing.”

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A hamper full of Ladies victories, all from this season’s Victorian Picnic Basket!


he Victorian Picnic Racing Season commences at the same time as the Spring Carnival and provides race goers and racing industry participants alike, with a highly competitive but relaxed alternative to big city style racing. It is not unusual for Picnic Race meetings to attract crowds close to the 8,000 mark, as this aspect of Victorian thoroughbred racing continues to be the real growth area of the sport. With a day “at the Picnics” being a much less sanitised affair, patrons can bring their own lunch and a favourite bottle of wine, saving more formal attire for another occasion. With jeans and t-shirts offering welcome relief to many who have spent all week at work in a suit or high heels. Testimony to the standard of spirited competition on the Victorian amateur circuit, for thirteen consecutive seasons amateur rider Adam Bodey has been the leading competitor, not only setting a record for a top jockey with successive season wins, but also for having a winning strike rate of 38%, that rivals those on the professional circuit. However season 2014 – 2015 showed a dramatic shift in the jockey ranks. Courtney Pace became the first lady jockey on the highly competitive Victorian amateur circuit to claim the riding honours. With a tally of 31 wins from 130 rides at the end of the season, providing Courtney with a near 24% winning strike rate. It is interesting to note that of all of Courtney’s victories, her favourite conquest came at the end of the season. The last Balnarring meeting aboard the John Slater trained – Here’s to a King; who defeated the well fancied Balnarring Cup winner Immortal Fire. Courtney’s first professional ride was way back in 2008 at Cranbourne, where very impressively she won her first start for Lee Hope riding Finlayson. After various seasons at 'the Picnics' Courtney rode track work for a month in 2014 with the Andrew Balding stable in the United Kingdom; while she also attributed much of her success and very effective riding skills to working for many years with her father – well known Bendigo trainer Arthur Pace. Courtney was not alone in the winners’ stalls, as a steady stream of Lady rider’s victories were claimed throughout the season… Boxing Day 2014, was the date for the first of 12 Victorian Picnic Cups, and the Drouin Picnic Racing Club’s team of volunteers as usual, worked very hard to ensure that their once a year race meeting and Cup Day was again a success as previously. Less than 100 kilometres from Melbourne in West Gippsland, Drouin was the picturesque venue for the Di Clover trained, Vertigo to take their Boxing Day Cup. As the race caller for this event, it was a huge thrill to see Di triumphant with Vertigo, who led all the way, once she was steered by her jockey Reece Goodwin across from the outside alley, up the hill before the crowd the first time, then crossing the field approaching the point of the judge.



Courtney Pace on Roto at Healesville The trees certainly test any race caller’s ability, as you almost lose 700 metres vision from a 1200 metre race at Drouin. With no tracking camera access for me to refer to throughout the race, Reece’s riding style – “high in the irons” in the Clover colours, made the six year old mare a little easier to spot between the trees with her all the way win over the undulating course with an uphill home run, very exciting to call. Vertigo began to clear out by at least three lengths going to the line, showing no signs of tiring thanks to the extensive work that trainer Di Clover had put into the horse at the beautiful Eric Musgrove training facility – Karasi Park: named in honour of the Australian Steeplechasing Champion, Karasi, who won three consecutive Grand Nakayama Jumps over 4250 metres in Japan for Eric. Originally from Queensland, Vertigo had been in two previous stables prior to arriving at Di Clover’s. At only Vertigo’s second start for Di at Woolamai over 1508 metres back in January of 2014, Vertigo broke the track record and is part of a small team that Di trains, with the stable amassing close to half a million in prize money at both at picnic and professional tracks. Still within the holiday season, Healesville Cup Day attracted a large


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Vertigo with Reece Goodwin winning at Drouin

Reece Goodwin supported by Vertigo's connections relaxed crowd with the Cup being run on the January 10th. Everyone in attendance had the pleasure of seeing Mother and Daughter combination, Debbie and Rebecca Waymouth, Jockey and Trainer victorious with their horse - Tear Away Tommy. A former Ciaron Maher runner, Tear Away Tommy had trouble unwinding amongst the confines of a Caulfield based stable. Rebecca relocated Tommy back at her Mornington Peninsula family farm after purchasing the horse, Rebecca spoke to Ciaron, who was pleased that Tommy was going away from the demands of a city stable. Rebecca noted that Tommy was a "hard going" horse, so she decided to put him through some show jumping sessions to keep the edge off him, as they approached the Healesville Cup, as Tommy is true to his name; Tear Away Tommy by name and Tear Away Tommy by nature. Going into the Cup, Rebecca had five weeks between runs with Tommy and he responded with keen interest to his show jumping

sessions. At 7.20am the morning of the Healesville Cup, Rebecca scratched Tear Away Tommy from another nominated event on the same card, securing Tommy’s place in the Cup with just 10 minutes to spare with scratching’s closing off at 7.30am sharp. With 63 kilos to carry and a nice draw, everything had fallen into place to race Tommy in the feature. After jumping to the front in his customary role jockey Debbie got Tommy to relax well, which is not easy to do. At the 600 metre mark she increased his tempo and Tear Away Tommy won the Healesville Cup by one and a half lengths.

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outings contesting events north of the Victorian border. Ready Zuca had recovered from some recent leg problems and on a track rated a good 4, Ashlee patiently sat back aboard her mount until about the 600 metre mark. Knowing what her horse had in reserve to be confidently racing wide, the winning combination made the descent down the hill in the run to the line. With impeccable timing Ready Zuca and Ashlee zoomed across the finish late down the outside to take the St. Pat’s Cup by a head on the line, thrilling the crowd, myself and radio listeners as I had pleasure of calling this Picnic Cup live on Casey Radio 97.7FM. As a broadcaster, it was the type of finish you dream about! A wonderful finish not just to the Cup, but also Ready Zuca’s career, as his trainer, Wangaratta based Gary Aldridge, has retired the nine year old gelding on not just a winning note, but with a wonderful post-race career with Riding for the Disabled.

Gary Aldridge with Ready Zuca, Ernie Marchant (strapper/ jockey extraordinaire) and jockey Ashlee Beer The return to work ‘blues’ had well and truly kicked in and the last Sunday in February thankfully presented another much favoured once-a-year picnic cup for punters to enjoy. The Yea St. Pat’s Picnic Racing Club has been racing for 63 years, and although race goers and horses alike braved a very warm day, the race meeting and its faithful were not deterred by the heat. Jockey Ashlee Beer racked up her first Victorian Picnic Cup win aboard the Gary Aldridge trained Ready Zuca. The winning combination had much in common with Ashlee, a former professional rider who had spent much time on New South Wales racetracks as well as riding at northern Victorian racecourses; with Ready Zuca having his last start at Albury and many other

Just on ten years ago Gary was in an induced coma for three months as a result of a very serious riding accident. Ready Zuca was the horse that helped Gary through his rehabilitation. As a yearling, Gary purchased Ready Zuca who had a bent leg, he turned him out in the paddock to let him grow and mature physically. With time the bent leg (which originally turned inwards) had grown straight, giving the horse a more than agreeable nature. Gary let his young nieces and nephews ride him, he is that quiet, making him a perfect candidate for Riding for the Disabled. The special bond between trainer and racehorse was never more evident as I watched Gary greet Ashlee and Ready Zuca when they returned to scale. The unique connection between the racehorse and Gary spoke volumes about both the horse’s genuine adoring nature, and the caring and compassionate ways of his trainer, something truly special to witness. *Hoofnote: Ready Zuca has since been spotted back in work at the time of this magazine going to print, as Gary and Ready Zuca enjoy being together so much, allowing both horse and trainer just a little more time together in preparation to say goodbye.

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“He’s a really special kind of horse, they don’t make them like that often,” Amy said. “He was such a natural when it came to show jumping, an absolute professional. Anything you asked he’d try as hard as he could for you. You come across a lot of horses in your lifetime when you work in this game, but he was special, different to the rest.” Realising the unlimited potential her best mate possessed, Amy quickly sought a new home for her star pupil, so as to expose the gelding to all facets of the equestrian world.

Few gallopers could boast as impressive a CV as retired racehorse Marlborough.


handsome son of Zabeel, the Jim Houlahan-trained gelding burst on to the Victorian jumps scene in October 1998, winning his maiden outing over obstacles at Moe by a conservative three lengths. A natural at the caper, Marlborough won a rare treble - The Australian Hurdle, Grand National Hurdle and Hiskens Steeplechase in an incredible first season that counted seven victories from eight jumps starts. Many revered the gelding for his tenacity and incredible aerial abilities. Few, however, would realise just how illustrious a career he had once his racing days were over. Retired in early 2001 having sustaining a career-ending tendon injury in Japan, Marlborough was never short of admirers. So much so, that Houlahan needed to search only as far as his 15-year-old granddaughter, Amy Johnston, to find a suitable home for his stable star. “I’d always watched him at the track, and I remember even as a child saying to Jim that I wanted him,” Amy said. “There was a huge, long line-up as a lot of the staff who wanted him, but being the granddaughter I was able to pull rank a bit and get him. I couldn’t think of losing him to the family.”

Sophie Doake, a 15-year-old equestrian enthusiast could barely believe her luck when she stumbled upon an advertisement featuring the handsome gelding, who had been renamed, JHB Marlborough. It took just one look for Sophie to fall head-over-heels in love with ‘Marlby’, a quick test-ride confirming the pair’s undeniable bond. “It was instant, I knew just from sitting on him that he was a really special horse,”Sophie said. Originally purchased as a ‘safe hack to learn with’, Marlborough quickly introduced Sophie to a new level of success in the show ring. The pair quickly became a staple of the Victorian equestrian scene, competing in everything from showing to dressage and eventing. “I still say he’s the best horse I’ve ever owned,” Sophie said. “I was incredibly lucky to have him; he was such a versatile horse. He took me from just performing well to winning competitions; it was incredible”. Very few horses are as versatile as Marlborough. The gelding was the consummate professional, reaching the highest of grades in each discipline he turned his hand to, including two appearances at the prestigious Garryowen competition and a victory in the 2008 Barastoc Horse of the Year, Division 1 Owner-Rider competition. It’s been almost 20 years since Marlborough broke his maiden over 1600m at Sale, and Sophie’s all-conquering gelding is still going strong. The now 24-year-old is determined to ensure her best mate lives out the rest of his life in the lap of luxury at her Mansfield property.

Under her loving care, Marlborough excelled.

“He’s out in a paddock with a dam and a gumtree and he couldn’t be happier,” she said.

Amy, who was at the time a member of the Young Rider’s State Equestrian squad, quickly harnessed Marlborough’s explosive power, re-training the gelding for a career off the track as a show jumper.

“He may be 22-years-old, but he still has a ride around the block once a week. He’ll put his head between his legs and have a buck and a play.

In his first year in the ring Marlborough competed regularly at the highest level, securing a top 10 finish in the Barastock Horse of the Year competition for Newcomers with family friend and former Houlahan stable trackrider, Di Barnes, in the saddle.

“I’ve no doubts he’ll stay with us at home in the paddock and live his days out. I hope he never, ever, ever dies; he’s one of the best things that has ever happened to me.”

Story by Daniel Miles – Racing Victoria. Image from Sophie Doake




Justine Hales with Glenn Boss after he rode Foreteller to victory.

hris Waller is a household name in the racing game these days and he has assembled quite a team behind him. One of the most vital people on that team would be his Melbourne Foreperson, Justine Hales.

straw for Justine; she knew working with horses was for her. “I found myself a holiday job working for six months with Paul and Dave O’Sullivan whilst I was studying. It was such a great experience and I just loved working with horses.”

Justine grew up on a farm on the North Island of New Zealand. Justine said, “I used to be able to ride ponies from a very young age, so it allowed me to help my dad out with work around the farm”. But it was through her grandfather, that she was first exposed to the racing game and began to develop a connection with the sport of kings. “My grandfather Joe Bullen bred horses, including How Now (Caulfield Cup winner), and he often took me to the local races. Grandma used to let us have $1 bets for a bit of fun,” said Justine.

With her keenness to develop a career in racing, Justine secured her first full time role in the stable of Laurie Laxon. This turned out to be a great stepping stone and learning environment for Justine. She said, “It was great working there. I got to work with some top class thoroughbreds, like the mares Clear Rose and Champagne (runner up in 98 Melb Cup).” Justine was also starting to get visibility of the world wide racing stage. “I started to get to come over to Australia and go to Hong Kong for work. That really opened up my eyes”, she continued. Justine was also fortunate enough during this period to do some work in Hawkes Bay with jumps trainer Paul Nelson.

Overtime the passion grew. While some girls her age were building up their clothing collections, Justine was collecting pictures of horses. “I used to spend hours cutting out photos of various horses from my grandfathers Bloodhorse magazines and soon got to know all of the great sires and race horses”. When her dad bought a share in a racehorse, it was the last



Overall, this time was invaluable for Justine and the perfect springboard for her to chase bigger things in her thoroughbred career. Armed with her ever growing industry experience, she was keen to head to Matamata. Whilst some people know the

Story by Tim Guille • Images from Sharon Lee Chapman

As any trainer would tell you, they wouldn’t be able to achieve the results they do without a great team behind them. With some of the bigger stables having a truly national focus in the modern era, the role of the foreperson is a critical part of that backing team. area for the Hobbit movie franchise, Matamata is one of the most notable thoroughbred training and breeding environments in New Zealand (NZ). For the first five years of her Matamata stint, Justine worked for NZ trainer Lance Noble at Easdon Lodge as he was beginning his career, playing a pivotal part in the stable in its early days. After gaining even more invaluable experience during her time with Noble, Justine then spent the next two years freelance riding for trainers such as Roger James and Michael Maroney. She said, “This is also the time that I had a little dabble at training, looking after a couple of horses for Mum and Dad which was a bit of fun”. In 2005, an opportunity presented itself to Justine in England. Knowing this would expose her to a whole new array of experiences, she jumped at the chance. “I started working at Kingsclere stable for Andrew Balding, and this was an amazing experience and so good for my development”, she said. After her time at Kingsclere, Justine then had an opportunity to work with renowned jumps trainer Nicky Henderson at his Seven Barrows stables to the east of London. After her two year spell in England, Justine was keen to come back to the Southern Hemisphere to continue building her career. Backed by her now in-depth knowledge of thoroughbred racing, Justine landed herself a job in Australia working for NZ based trainer Richard Otto. Justine said, “Richard was keen to set up an Australian base, so he enlisted my help to manage the new venture. The plan was to set up a stable based with Shannon Hope at Seymour with five NZ horses initially”. Unfortunately for Justine this all fell through, and she had no choice but to go back to NZ as a foreperson at the Otto stable. She continued, “Whilst disappointing, it also gave me another chance to travel to Australia for the Brisbane winter carnival for the stable, and it really reiterated how much I loved the racing scene in Australia and I wanted to be part of it”. They say it is your networks that will help you out often in life, and it couldn’t be truer for Justine as she decided to chase her Australian dream. Back at the O’Sullivans, where Justine had worked in her early years, she formed a relationship with a colleague. She said, “A girl I knew, Analese Trollope, had begun working for a ‘young up and coming’ trainer in Sydney named Chris Waller, and she helped me out so much by helping me secure a vacant foreperson’s job at the Waller stable in Sydney”. After having an operation on a troublesome knee, she made

the move to Australia in mid 2008. It was an exciting time at the Waller stable as Triple Honour had just won the Doncaster Handicap and a key partnership had been built with the Ingham family who were now sending all of their horses to Chris. With such a wide variety of experience built from an array of stables, Justine saw this new opportunity as another great challenge, particularly as the stable was expanding and the quality of horses was outstanding. Over the next five years while based in Sydney, Justine became a key part of the operations and it felt like she had really found her feet. She said, “Chris was quickly establishing one of the premier stable operations in Australia and thrived in the systematic and methodical training environment. Whilst many might feel that the systems in place in the stable are pedantic, I loved how it meant the stable was so well run and that the horses were happy and well looked after”. In March 2013, when Chris decided to increase his presence in Melbourne, Justine jumped at the chance to become the head foreperson at his new 'satellite' operation at Flemington, where she was to oversee the day to day operation of the stable. “Being part of such a successful and growing stable has been so rewarding. The thrill of playing such a big part in winning big Group 1 races is a huge highlight and well worth the long hours and early starts associated with running the stable”, said Justine. The win of Preferment in the 2014 Victorian Derby was a particularly satisfying experience for Justine. “From the moment the horse arrived from NZ, I knew that the Derby was going to be his race”. Along with the glory of winning the big races, Justine has found her new role has opened up other opportunities. She continued, “I now get to represent the stable in a more instrumental role on race day, including ensuring the jockeys are clear on Chris' instructions in the race, dealing with the media commitments such as pre race and post race interviews and hosting owners. I particularly get a kick out of being a part of the joy owners get from winning races”. Chris comes down to Melbourne for the bigger meetings of the year, meaning Justine gets to do what she truly loves, being hands on with the horses. “I don’t mind when he is in Melbourne, it means I don't have to do the media and TV commitments, like the interviews after the race, which is quite nice actually”.



Preferment with Damien Oliver winning Group 1 AAMI Victoria Derby, Flemington on 01-11-14 For Chris, Justine has proved to be such a valuable asset to the team. “Working as a track work rider and foreperson for top trainers in New Zealand, England and Australia has seen Justine develop into a very capable and well-rounded horsewoman who is a valuable asset to our team”, remarked Chris. To the surprise of many that meet Justine, she actually still rides a lot of work for the stable. “Riding work for me isn’t a chore at all; I still really enjoy it… I’m fit and strong enough to do it still so why not? And anyway Chris has told me not to stop”! For Justine though, it feels like a breeze riding work. “The horses are so well educated they are a pleasure to ride”. Naturally being in the racing game for so long, Justine has seen and worked with some great horses. She said, “I loved Champagne as she gave me my first look at Australian racing and Group success. Danleigh was another absolute favourite for me. He had such a great personality and it was great travelling around Australia with him, winning big races. Albert the Fat was another memorable one. He was owned by a big group of my friends and to win the Emirates Stakes was a really rewarding result. I can’t leave out Rangirangdoo either. He was just the ultimate war horse”. When asked about who is the best horse she has ever seen, the answer of course is very simple for Justine. “Black Caviar, no doubt about it. I did see some amazing jumpers in the United Kingdom, like Best Mate and Kauto Star”. So the big question remains. When will it be time for Justine to move into training herself? “To be honest I’m quite happy doing what I am for the moment, and I’m not really sure if I would like to train on my own. It’s a tough business, and after working for the best and with such good horses, I think I would find it very hard having to start from scratch. Since moving into this role in Melbourne, I have developed more of an interest in the less hands-on areas of racing. For example, I’ve really enjoyed getting to be more involved to work with the owners, jockeys and the media has been very enjoyable.’ When reflecting on the diversity that lies within the racing industry at the moment, Justine feels she is involved just at the right



time. “I feel the racing industry at the moment offers women such a great chance to aim higher and achieve far more than in the past. The opportunity for women to become trainers, jockeys, administrators, assistant trainers and media personalities, is now at the stage where if you are willing to work hard, you can aim high and get there.’ There is still a way to go for the industry to absolutely fully embrace diversity according to Justine. “Most women need to leave the industry after they have had children based on the hours required and the cost of child care. Australian women who work in the stable usually get financial assistance, but it is the jockeys and some of the girls that train, who don't get financial support such as maternity pay. It’s also hard for the international girls who are awaiting residency, they don’t really get much. Its not really worth working casually as most of the money that is earned is spent on child care. It means a lot of girls are often lost to the industry for a while and many don’t return, as they have missed their opportunity to go to the next level, instead opting to re-skill and move on”. With an increasing amount of female jockeys entering into the system, Justine feels it hasn’t taken long for the ripple effect to be noticed. “Female jockeys make up more and more of our apprentice intake each year, and I think with the likes of Linda Meech showing that with hard work and dedication, female jockeys can get the support of leading stables and achieve Group 1 glory. The girls still have a long way to be a dominant force at Group level, but the opportunity is there”, she said. Whilst working in the industry has a presented itself with a whole range of challenges for Justine, she is quick to draw back to why she chased this dream to start off with. “For me the racing industry is a labour of love, the thrill of your favourite horse winning, or the stable getting a big race win keep us all going”. With her background and level of experience that continues to grow every day, only time will tell how far and what heights this unique ‘horsewoman’, Justine Hales can achieve.




Caulfield Racecourse launched the future of outdoor display technology at their race meeting on April 18th

t is the biggest High Definition super-screen of its kind in Australia, installed by Mitsubishi Electric Australia Pty Ltd with Diamond Vision Real Black SMD technology. With an image size of 38.4 metres wide by 8.4 metres high, and standing at 13.1 metres tall, all spectators watching the races trackside at Caulfield on and after April 18th will experience world class viewing, with a clear vantage from every angle. The screen, four times bigger than the existing screen at Caulfield, will display live races, betting markets, social media feeds, sponsor messaging, crowd engaging content and other sporting events. Brodie Arnhold, Chief Executive of the Melbourne Racing Club, is looking forward to the on course racing public enjoying the benefits of viewing the new super screen: Brodie said, “As a club we’re committed to delivering a world class entertainment experience and this new super-screen will allow us to offer a unique and improved viewing experience for all our customers. They will be able to feel closer to the racing action, whilst staying up to date with other sporting events such as AFL and cricket matches, which can be shown on one half of the screen.” 1 E UT G A O ST LD SO


Tim Mitchell, Technical Sales Engineer from Mitsubishi Electric Australia explained the advance technology installed at Caulfield: “The screen was made using 75 separate modules comprised of AVL-ODT10 Diamond Vision LED Light Units that provides true 10mm pixel pitch and uses 3-in-1 surface mount LED (SMD) featuring Mitsubishi Electric’s revolutionary Real BlackTM LED technology.” “The display is a massive 319.5 square metres, with a pixel density of 10,000 dots per/m2, it is the highest resolution LED outdoor display in Australia of this size. Other features include 3-D Motion Adaptive Interpolation to reduce jagging in video sources, automatic image scaling, natural colour conversion, as well as power consumption and heat monitoring.” The new super-screen has been financially supported by Racing Victoria and the Victorian Government Minister’s Racing Infrastructure Fund. For more information about racing at Caulfield visit


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PUREBREDArabian Story by Virginia Dobson and Victoria Shaw • Images from Victoria Dobson

International lady jockeys competed in the richest ever Australian Arabian horse races at William Hill Park, Sandown, Victoria, on Australia Day, Monday January 26th, 2015.


ine of the world's top lady amateur jockeys arrived in Melbourne to contest the second leg of the prestigious Her Highness Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies World Championship International Federation of Arabian Horse Racing (IFAHR ) Series. These young women, together with Australian amateur jockey Annelise King, were vying to win a place in the final of the Series which travels around the world, which culminates in the Championship Grand Finale every November in Abu Dhabi, the Capital of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The 1400 metre race for Purebred Arabian horses, together with the Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Cup over 1300 metres, are part of the world renowned Global Arabian Flat Racing Festival, which is sponsored by His Highness Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister of the UAE and organized by his Director of Racing and IFAHR Chairperson of Women's Racing, Ms Lara Sawaya.



This was the first time that William Hill Park had hosted the Global Festival and the contingent from Abu Dhabi were very impressed with this beautiful racecourse, which is owned by the Melbourne Racing Club. To add to the feminine theme, Australia's only lady racecaller, the very glamorous and accomplished Victoria Shaw, who called both races with her usual expertise, taking the rather long and unfamiliar Arabian horse names in her stride. These races for purebred Arabian horses carried the recently increased prizemoney of $30,000 for the HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Championship and $35,000 for the HH Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Cup, which made them the richest Arabian horse races ever run in Australia. The ladies gave a good account of themselves, when Sweden’s Anna Pilroth, riding the indomitable bay mare Keisha, won convincingly by six lengths from Ireland’s Nadine Forde aboard the evergreen Warrawee Naaziq, closely followed by


International jockeys in the HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies World Championship Coolinda Park Winston, ridden by France’s Sandrine Hagenbach finishing third. The Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Cup was won by young amateur Isabella Teh, who saluted once again on the imported chestnut stallion Djehlbi, who was fresh from his recent win at the Gold Coast in Queensland last December. Djehlbi blitzed the field with a 15 length margin to Australian Kim Noble who trained and rode Coolinda Park Kazh, with a further four lengths back in third place to Conderosa Pegasus, partnered by Australia’s Daniel Edmonds. Seven heats in the Series have already been held in January to April at Al Flaij Oman, Melbourne Australia, St Moritz Switzerland, Texas United States of America (USA), Manama Bahrain, Casa Anfa Morocco and Toulouse France.

realized the value of the Arabian horse and brought them home to create what is now known as the “thoroughbred”. This was well before thoroughbred racing became a sport. The Arabian horse seems to have a particular affinity with ladies and with generous sponsors such as His Highness Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan and his Mother, Her Highness Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak, the future of Arabian horse racing looks very bright indeed. All thoroughbreds are descendants of the original racehorses, the Arabian Purebred. Arabian horse racing is now well established the world over as an adjunct to thoroughbred race cards and it will be interesting to see how it continues to develop in Australia.

The remaining heats will be run at Lingfield Park, United Kingdom on May 9th, Sluzeiwiec Poland on May 31st, Stockholm Sweden on June 5th, Duindight Netherlands on June 28th, California USA on July 5th and Ostend Belgium on August 17th, with the 2015 Grand Finale to be held at the Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club on November 8th . As featured in Gallop International Magazine in 2012, Arabian races have been and still are, a part of several of the biggest race meetings at the most prestigious race courses in the world; The Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp, France, King George Day at Royal Ascot, United Kingdom, Preakness Day at Pimlico, USA and of course, Dubai World Cup Day at Meydann in the United Arab Emirates. They all have Arabian races complementing the thoroughbreds on the “card.” In the age of the Crusaders, the heavily armed Knights on their cumbersome horses were easy targets for the Bedouins on their fast purebred Arabian horses. The Europeans quickly Winning jockeys Anna Pilroth (Sweden), Lara Sawaya and Isabella Teh.



Kerryn Manning HARNESS RACING Trainer &Driver Merv Butterworth


Kerryn Manning

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Kerryn Manning trained-and-driven Arden Rooney has taken out the 2015 Del-Re National Food Group Hunter Cup in a stunning upset.

aced by the Butterworth Syndicate, the former Kiwi enjoyed a beaut run in transit in the 3280m Group 1 marathon and put paid to his rivals at the top of the straight for a 4.4m win at odds of $82.90. Arden Rooney defeated two other longshots in fast-finishing Franco Ledger and third placegetter Easy On The Eye at Tabcorp Park Melton on night two of the Summer of Glory. In a race of shocks, the first being that super New Zealand mare Adore Me galloped away hopelessly and blew her chances, Arden Rooney enjoyed the gun run behind leader Philadelphia Man before scooting clear at the home bend. The winner broke the track record for trip, rating 1:58.4 with splits of 28, 29.7, 28.4 and 28.6

Kerryn was the first person to win 300 races in a single season in Australia or New Zealand and her association with trotting stars Knight Pistol and La Coocaracha was legendary. She drove La Coocaracha to victories in races such as the 2001 Australasian Trotting Championship, the Australian Trotting Grand Prix and the Bill Collins Mile at Moonee Valley. For further information visit www.

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Of the beaten brigade Franco Ledger’s run was enormous, sprouting wings late to make up many, many lengths, while Easy On The Eye was a top run for trainer/driver combo Shane Tritton and Lauren Panella. “It's a huge thrill,” a beaming Kerryn said. “We had the right run and were in the right spot. He's a more than handy horse with the right run. And he loves the staying distances.” It has been a super past 12 months for Kerryn Manning, who was named Harness Racing Victoria’s 13th Gordon Rothacker Medal recipient last year Kerryn, 38, who in the 1990s and early 2000s was a trailblazer for women in harness racing, takes her place among the Gordon Rothacker honour roll alongside her father, Peter, who was a recipient of HRV’s highest individual honour in 2007. Peter beamed as Kerryn stood on the stage in front of an adoring crowd, the Great Western trainer glowing with pride at his daughter’s achievement. Once on stage after being announced by host Andrew Bensley as the winner, Kerryn was typically modest and refreshing. “I thought I’m probably not old enough to win the Gordon Rothacker Medal,” she joked when asked if she had thought herself a chance to take home the prestigious gong. But it was her night, and now Kerryn’s name will forever sit proudly alongside legendary past medal recipients including Jim Barker, Ted Demmler, Bruce and Elizabeth Clarke and Graeme Lang, just to name a few.







Carly Frater earns points in the



arly’s a star on the rise, with a well-deserved win by the resilient apprentice jockey in Heat 16 of the NSW Rising Star Series, sponsored by TAFE Western Sydney Institute. In all, there were 25 heats to be run in which apprentice jockeys could win points. Carly, who had previously been involved in a nasty three-horse fall at Wagga late last year, won her first Rising Star heat when she took out Heat 16 in Albury.. She lost consciousness for three minutes in the fall and was hospitalised for two nights, undergoing plastic surgery to mend a gash on her face and she also had a metal plate attached to her broken collarbone. It seems nothing will stop Carly’s burgeoning career with her speedy bounce back. This was just another setback for the 27-year-old from Scotland, who had to wait almost 12 months before getting her apprenticeship with the Barbara Joseph & Paul Jones stable in Canberra due to visa delays. On board A Good Heart at Albury, Carly acquired a much needed seven points which was not long after Tumut where she won the Tumut Cup on four-year-old gelding Girls Own. Carly also showed impressive rhythm in the saddle by scoring on Because We All Can at Bathurst on the first day of the Country Championships Series. Rachel Hunt picked up five points by piloting the David Blundell and Michelle Russell-trained Survivors with second placing in the Series behind Carly on A Good Heart. Hawkesbury-based Claire Nutman is in first place at present with 31 points, two ahead of Samantha Clenton (29),

Story by Michelle Greene Racing NSW

Serg Lisnyy (24), Kasie Stanley (23), Jess Taylor (19) and Rachel Hunt (18). Claire piloted 5yo Still the Man to victory at Scone on February 23rd and picked up nine more points in April to take the lead from long time leader Samantha. Kasie earned the maximum seven points when she won on 5yo mare Dominant Choice at Port Macquarie on April 21st. Points are awarded to the first five apprentices in each heat, with 7 points to the winner, followed by 5 for second, 3 for third and 1 for fourth and fifth place. With just two heats to go, only the above six named riders can win the award and interestingly, there is just one male challenging the five females. With Heat 23 washed out at Newcastle, the remaining heats at Kembla Grange on May 28th and Hawkesbury on June 2nd, so there will be plenty of keen competition for the highly prestigious award. At the conclusion of the final, the apprentice who has accumulated the most points in the series include the Final will receive The Rising Star Cup. HOOFNOTE: In the event of more than one rider finishing on equal points, a count-back will occur. The Apprentice with the most race wins, and subsequently the most seconds and then thirds, will be declared the outright winner.

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Michelle Greene from Racing NSW sat down with The Championships ambassador, Francesca Cumani to discuss her passion for fashion … and horse racing.


s Ambassador of The Championships, what were you most looking forward to on the day?

I'm looking forward to waking up on a beautiful Sydney autumn morning; with the sun rising up over the sea and knowing we are going to be treated to a fantastic day of racing. The pre-race buzz in the Royal Ascot style mounting yard is electric and I can't wait to be right in the middle of it. As you move between your life in Sydney and England, how do you perceive the future of The Championships in the international racing calendar? The best thing The Championships has going for it is a huge desire to make it succeed and to make its presence felt on the world stage. With so much competition for a place on the international racing calendar, recognition is not an easy thing to achieve but like they say, “where there's a will there's a way”. How does your life in Australia differ for your life in England? Well fundamentally it’s very similar in that it revolves around big racing carnivals, but the day to day is different. Between October and April, I live just outside Scone in NSW and I adore the wide open spaces and helping my husband with the farm and his polo ponies when I’m not working. Then from May to September, I’m based in England and I enjoy spending time with old school friends and family and having Europe on my doorstep, whether it’s for work or for pleasure is a bonus. With the substantial increase in prizemoney, what do you believe will be the biggest attraction to people from overseas? Large sums of prizemoney are always a great incentive to attract overseas participants, but from a horseman's perspective, i.e. trainers, I don't think it’s the main attraction. Instead, I think it’s the mainstream appeal of racing in this country that is so inviting. While in many countries racing is a fringe sport, here is it given the exposure and following it deserves (although we are always trying to get more?) Following the success of last year’s meet, what do you think will make the 2015 The Championships different from other racing carnivals? I think The Championships of 2014 was a resounding success but like with any event, new or old, they can always be improved upon. This year the dates provided a great opportunity to make the week into a great festival. For the international contingent and the out-of-towners, it’s also a great opportunity to enjoy everything Sydney has to offer, from the beaches to the great restaurants to the fashion and the weather, which I promise will be better than last year! As the daughter of a legendary racing trainer, Luca Cumani, do you believe that running a horse in The Championships is on his radar? Definitely! He loves to travel horses and his record of 12 Group winners in 12 different countries speaks for itself. He won’t travel a horse unless he thinks it has a really good chance of winning so when he has the right horse watch out!



As a frequent flyer and host of CNN’s Winning Post, did you receive a lot of interest in The Championships during your overseas trips? Very much so, particularly from trainers in places like Japan and Hong Kong. For the European trainers it’s a little trickier because of the time of year and large distances involved, but overseas interest will only continue to grow. You seem to also relish being a commentator with Channel 7, what is the best part of it? I adore it. Firstly I work with a really great team, not only the ones you see on camera but also everyone behind the scenes. Secondly, it allows me to get right amongst the action on raceday and I think Channel 7 is miles ahead of any other live racing broadcast because it provides a unique insight to the viewer that you don't get anywhere else. The fashion and glamour stakes are going to be equally as high; did you have any pointers for the ladies heading to The Championships? Keep it classy. I'm all for different trends and I don't think we should be dictated to in what we wear, but you can't beat elegance. What is your advice for millinery wear on the day? I think there is a huge variety of really great millinery in Australia, so ladies should have a bit of fun with it. My main rule is that long hair should always be put up or kept off the face to best show off the millinery. Having ridden trackwork for many years and being an amateur jockey, do you believe that the track is still heavily male dominated? I think racing is a sport that traditionally has appealed to men more than women, but that is definitely changing, especially here in Australia. It’s actually one of the very few sports where men and women can compete side-by-side as trainers and as jockeys, but unfortunately they still have to overcome some prejudice to get to the top. There is no better inspiration than the Queen of Australian racing, Gai Waterhouse. What do you believe will aid in the advancement of women in the Australian racing industry? I think that traditionally women have been pigeonholed when it comes to racing. It’s presumed that as long as they have a pretty frock to wear and a glass of bubbles in their hand, they will have a great time. Most of the women I know would much rather get stuck in to the action. I think we should be encouraging everyone, men and women, to delve deeper into the sport, get to know the participants and try and have an interest in the races being run, rather than the horses being the background entertainment.

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he Carlton Mid 2015 Coffs Harbour Gold Cup Carnival will kick start on Sunday July 26th with the NBN Community Cups Race Day. This Family Race Day is full of fun family activities with a seven-race TAB program and plenty of children’s entertainment.

The Park Beach Plaza’s Fashions on the Field plays an extremely important part of the Carnival and will be hotly contested this year, with over $20,000 in prizes including generous gift cards from Park Beach Plaza, stunning prizes from House of Le Dain Designs, Novotel Accommodation packages and so much more!

The next Race Day on the event calendar is Wednesday August 5th, which is the Sportsman’s Race Day, which begins with the super popular Westlawn’s Sportsmans Breakfast followed by the Sportsman’s Race Day. This event is ideal for the gentlemen and is jam packed with a host of sporting icons, followed by a TAB seven-race program. An exciting build-up to the ever popular Gold Cup; this carnival really does have something for all of the family!

Touching on how to become an owner of one of those much sought after winner’s sashes, it is all in that extra effort and the detailing. Millinery is always the crowning glory that has to complete the outfit. Requirements are for headwear to have a winter influence e.g. fur, felt or wool. Judges will always be looking out for a well groomed appearance with attention to detail. Being on trend, outfits must be complimentary in style including colour coordination displaying this seasons winter fashion statements.

Simon Chladil from The Coffs Harbour Race Club commented that this year’s Carlton Mid 2015 Coffs Harbour Gold Cup Carnival would be even bigger and better than ever before! “There is extensive facilities available for all race goers, including food courts, centrally located bars, mini beauty parlours for ‘Fashion Refreshers’ and of course the expected TAB’s and bookies,“ Simon said. To cater for the large numbers that attend this successful Race Day there will be two large screens on the Track and large screen TV’s situated throughout the interior of the Club and marquees.



When catching up with Simon Chladil from the Coffs Harbour Race Club, he definitely had some good advice. Simon’s tips for this season are: “There is still a good splash of the seventies look around and this is definitely continuing with rich colours and boho prints, worn back with soft felt hats. Neutral tones and shades of grey will be seen in a range of feminine looks. The traditional black and white should be given a bold treatment in striped prints and strong structured silhouettes.”

Simon is suggesting that with the cooler weather we will be seeing more texture play with interesting fabrics in leather and wool. My suggestion said Simon “is always aim for elegance!” Short skirts and flimsy cocktail dresses are a definitely not for the racetrack, as style icon, Kate Waterhouse always says. Skirts and dresses should range from just above the knee to calf length.”

1. Denise Knight, Carole Beros, and Past Mayoress Jenny Bonfield 2. Leanne Symes 3. Riders coming down home straight in one of the excitingly contested races 4. Barry France and Svetlana Burrows


This is a day filled with fun, frivolity, fashion and of course the main focus - Horse Racing! Tickets available online via the website for general admission or any of the packages. Alternatively tickets can be purchased at the Coffs Harbour Racing Club on 02 6652 1488 or visit


3 House of Le Dain – Cocktails and High Tea On Saturday July 18th, a decadent high tea will be hosted by House of Le Dain Designs one of the Major Sponsors for the annual Coffs Harbour Racing Club’s Fashions on the Field Competitions.


This elegant ladies event, being held at the Coffs Harbour Racing Club will be a great way to start the racing season and encourage visitors to the Coffs Coast to arrive early, in preparation to attend the Carlton Mid 2015 Coffs Harbour Gold Cup Carnival. Ladies will be greeted with cocktails on arrival , followed by a delicious English style Afternoon Tea, whilst being entertained by guest speakers, a mini fashion parade… pop up boutique, beauty parlour, bar facilities and of course a Best Dressed Competition, along with fabulous prizes.

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11th January, 2015 – Images courtesy Carole Beros






1. Entrants Best Dressed Couple Zac Smith and Brittany Dorta 2. Winners Best Dressed Couple Tayla Johnson & Patrick Valance 3. Jenny Bonfield (past Mayor of Coffs Harbour), Cr Denise Knight (Current Mayor of Coffs Harbour) 4. John Tapp, Alan Johnson, Greg Miles 5. Carole Beros, Andrew Fraser MP, Kerrie Fraser





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FamilyAffair PRISCILLA’S

Story by Jo Wallace - Racing NSW • Image from Steve White

She’s had more than her fair share of injuries in a relatively short career, but Priscilla Schmidt has racing in her blood and no amount of metal parts in her body will hold her back.


hat many don’t know about Priscilla Schmidt is she started her working life as an international flight attendant for Jetstar Airways. Based out of Cairns, she spent 12 months flying to Japan, Honolulu, Singapore and Vietnam as part of her jet setting career. Travel must also be in the blood as Priscilla admitted that she’ll “travel just about anywhere” for a ride and has ridden in Perth and New Zealand. When she was based in Queensland, she said it was “not uncommon” for her to be driving across the NSW border. The 25-year-old was born and bred in the NSW mid-north coast town of Port Macquarie. Her father, Dwayne Schmidt is a trainer, her grandfather on her paternal side was also a trainer, as well as her maternal grandfather, Glen Hodge, who still trains out of Port Macquarie. The women in her family are also strongly involved in the industry with both her Mum Theresa and her aunt working for her grandfather in Port Macquarie. Her sister Cassandra is a rival apprentice jockey as well. “I’d always wanted to be a flight attendant,” said Priscilla. “But I just woke up one morning, called my Dad and told him that I now wanted to be a jockey. Being a flight attendant was completely different to what I do now,” added Priscilla. “I loved it but I missed the horses and I wanted a bit of a challenge.” Her Dad wouldn’t have a bar of it and flatly refused her request. Not to be deterred, Priscilla tried her next option and contacted her granddad. He agreed to take her on, but when her father found out, he insisted that he wanted to take her under his wing. “He said I had to do it the hard way and work for him,” said Priscilla. “Although I was working with my Dad, I didn’t get any preferential treatment. I did it as hard as any other apprentice he’d ever had indentured to him. My Dad also rode, which was a big help.” “Working with Dad is hard at times though,” added Priscilla. “We fought like cat and dog sometimes, but I learnt to harden up. I was pretty soft skinned when I started. You’ve got to be pretty thick skinned to do this job and that was one thing he certainly taught me – along with everything else of course – learning to ride and everything.” “My Pop is pretty laid back but I learnt a lot from him as well. He’s an excellent horseman. He doesn’t say much but I learn something new from him every day, whether it’s riding or on the ground with horses. He’s been around for a few years and has a few tricks up his sleeve. Dad has had more of an impact on my career but Pop has always been there for questions. There are

pros and cons being part of a racing family,” commented Priscilla. “It’s great that they understand the job and the industry, but you can never get away with anything because no excuse works!” “They do offer great support though,” she continued. “I just couldn’t do it without them. I guess we have the added advantage that as kids we grew up in the industry – we were always dragged along to the races, so we had pretty extensive background knowledge of how it all works.” Priscilla is now indentured to her 76-year-old grandfather back in Port Macquarie. “I felt the time was right to move from home and try and establish myself for when I do finish my apprenticeship.” She’s learnt a lot from her experiences and no amount of injury has stopped her from keeping on with her career. Priscilla had a fall at Doomben in 2011, which signalled the start of a pretty challenging time in her career. “I’d just made the move to metropolitan meetings and I was lucky enough to hit the ground running,” said Priscilla. “It was a four-horse fall and I broke my right leg. I punctured my lung and broke a few ribs and was off for about six months.” “Then I made my comeback and was back for about two months, when I was cantering to the gates in Townsville and I came off again, but this time I broke my other leg in exactly the same spot as my other leg. Now there’s plenty of metal work in there!” “I came back from that for a while, before a horse flipped over in the barriers at Coffs Harbour and I did some vertebrae in my back, plus some ligament damage to my knee, so was out for about another four months.” Prior to all of these injuries, Priscilla had also broken her wrist earlier on when she was riding barrier trials in New Zealand.

“I’m pretty injury prone,” said Priscilla, “but you don’t come in to this job not knowing the dangers. You don’t think about it. You’re just unlucky if it does happen, I suppose.” But Priscilla said it hasn’t impacted on her riding physically at all: “It’s just the annoying setbacks mainly,” she said. “It was a pretty tough year and a half. Every time when I’d just get started again, I’d be off. It set my apprenticeship back a long way.” “It just makes you more determined though. When I first fell, everyone said that I wouldn’t come back, but it’s all about having faith and proving you ccan get back to where you were, proving everyone wrong.” Priscilla seems to have done just that. She has returned back to her home turf and is more determined than ever to push through despite all the injuries.





hile making the transition from picnic races to professional riding, Wagga Wagga based jockey Rebeka Prest, had a tough 12 months following the tragic loss of her father – it’s this very loss however, that has been a driving force to the change in her career.

you never know when your time’s up.”

27-year-old Rebeka made her debut as a professional rider at Tumut on Boxing Day last year. The track now has many ‘firsts’ for her family, as not only was it her first day as a professional rider, but she also won for the first time as a professional rider on Wild Win for her boss, trainer Chris Heywood.

“I’m looking forward to riding on better tracks compared to the picnic races – that’s a bonus!” said Rebeka. “But my biggest fear is the challenge of professional riding, as it’s so different in some ways to the picnics. Obviously you’ve got a better class of riders and I’ll be riding against them.

Rebeka has since won races at Corowa and Wagga Wagga on Lautrec and Destiny’s Future for Chris Heywood. It was also at the Tumut track that her mother, trainer Debbie Prest, won her first race when she started out some 30 years ago. “It was great because it was the boss’ horse and the boss’ daughter’s horse,” said Rebeka. “My mum was also there to support me. I had confidence in a couple of my rides that day and Wild Win had run really well at Wagga Wagga the start before, so I was expecting to go very well.” Rebeka had ridden 80 winners in her time at the picnic races and has now taken the step into professional race riding. Her father, Phillip passed away from cancer at the early age of 59 almost exactly 12 months ago. “He developed cancer when he was 21,” Rebeka explained. “Every time they got rid of it, something else would come along. He had his whole stomach removed. “He was a tough guy, but he always said there was someone else worse off than him. He was an amazing person. Dad’s passing made me realise a lot of things. I’ve learnt not to take life for granted and that you should do what you want in life, because



With the encouragement of her boss and mentor, trainer Chris Heywood, her mother and numerous other people in the industry, Rebeka decided that life was short and that she would do exactly that.

“It’s different but it’s not so different. I’m also looking forward to the challenges it’s going to give me overall. I’m also looking forward to eventually riding at the provincials and then in the city,” Rebeka continued. But it’s still early days and there was a hint of nervousness in Rebeka’s voice. “I am a little nervous about the whole thing,” she said. “The thing that makes me most nervous though is being on television. “I was really nervous the other day as it was the first time I was on TV and I’m dreading the day I have to do a TV interview as I’m very shy – hopefully I’ll get used to it!” Rebeka grew up around horses and is no stranger to the industry – an industry where she says she has been one of the few female picnic race riders, but she wouldn’t have it any other way. “It’s an industry I’ve chosen to be in and it’s the way it is. The boys have always treated me the same and I like it that way. “I was just one of them pretty much. I believe we should be treated on an equal path and they don’t treat me any different to any of the other riders,” said Rebeka. Rebeka also spent a couple of years at Patinack Farm in South Australia where she worked frequently with jockey Peter Robl. She

Picnic racing to theProfessional ranks


Story by Jo Wallace - Racing NSW • Image from Janian McMillan

said, “Pete’s come from the country as well and I really admire him. He’s a really down-to-earth bloke. I just like Pete – he’s a good fella.

Rebeka said that it’s been her boss Chris Heywood and her mum that have provided her with the most support with her riding.

“I got to ride a lot with him at Patinack. I had my own riding style already, but I guess I admire him because coming from the country, he’s proof that if you put your mind to it, you can do anything you want.

Her mother had stopped training for around seven or eight years, but started up her career again when Rebeka became a picnic race rider so she could come to the picnics for me to ride.

“He got the opportunity to go to Sydney and I guess he probably never thought he would. Patinack gave him the opportunity and he never looked back. It’s just shown me that if the opportunity arises, take it.” “I got to ride a lot with him at Patinack. I had my own riding style already, but I guess I admire him because, coming from the country, he’s proof that if you put your mind to it, you can do anything you want. “He got the opportunity to go to Sydney and I guess he probably never thought he would. Patinack gave him the opportunity and he’s never looked back. It’s just shown me that if the opportunity arises, take it.” After moving to Muswellbrook for a while, Rebeka chose to be close to home to be with her terminally ill father.

Rebeka said, “My mum is happy that I’m racing, but I think at the start she thought that I would never really like it! She’s always fully supportive of whatever I do; she’s backed me 100 per cent. “Mum and Chris just believe in me when sometimes I think I can’t do it,” added Rebeka. “They have confidence in me and tell me that I can do it and it keeps me positive. “I have dips in my confidence from time to time and need confidence boosts. Sometimes I don’t believe in myself as much as I probably should. I’ve learnt a lot over the last 12 months and it’s made me more confident. I now just take every day as it comes. “I’m happy where I am at the moment so I’ll just take it from there. Onwards and upwards I guess and I’ll see where it takes me. I have no idea where I want to be in the future. I’ll just go with the flow and so far, the flow has taken me to great places.”

'My Kitchen Rules' celebrity Manu Feidel enjoying the company of some of our wonderful young lady jockeys.




Life turns the

Story by Sharon Hunt (EO of NSWROA) • Image from Steve White



ifteen years ago Julia Ritchie was appointed to the Committee of the former Australian Jockey Club (AJC), as the first female to serve on the Committee. During this time, Julia was actively involved in the key areas of Membership, Programming, Raceday and Carnival planning and Marketing.

Julia is, without a doubt, one of the most passionate owners the industry has. She is actively involved in all stages of her horses training and development.

She was a member of the then AJC Board when it voted to support the merger of the AJC and the Sydney Turf Club (STC), which subsequently created the Australian Turf Club (ATC).

As the owner of two successful conditioning and agistment enterprises, Wild Oaks and Oak Ridge, she has first-hand knowledge of what it takes to get a horse to its peak.

This led to a massive injection of funds for much needed infrastructure improvements to benefit both the ATC members and racing generally.

When asked how many horses she currently owns, she smiled and said: “That I would admit to? Too many, with not enough fast ones.

In May 2011, Julia was elected as a Director of the NSW Racehorse Owners Association (NSWROA) and resigned in November 2014 to stand for election to the ATC Board, such elections being the first occasion ATC members had been given the opportunity to participate in the election of the Board.

“Over the last twenty years I would on average own parts of 10 to 15 horses on an annual basis, some who race in the wellknown Bangaloe colours of red and black stars plus my broodmares and their progeny.”

Julia was duly elected to the ATC Board at its Annual General Meeting on November 27th, 2014. She was the first female to have been elected to the ATC Board and thus the “full circle” was completed. During her 3½ years with NSWROA, Julia continually contributed to promoting and increasing opportunities for owners. She has also acted as the Dinner Chairperson for the Association’s annual flagship event, Racing’s Night of Champions, in both 2013 and 2014. NSWROA President, Ray McDowell, said that the Association was most appreciative of the contributions made by Julia to various NSWROA activities and in particular, Racing’s Night of Champions. “Julia took on the Chairperson position on Racing’s Night of Champions with great enthusiasm which resulted in wonderful results for both the 2013 and 2014 events,” Mr McDowell said. Julia’s involvement in racing and breeding started with her father Bill Ritchie and Bangaloe Stud over 40 years ago. Julia said, “When my father Bill purchased our stud farm, Bangaloe Stud at Kincumber back in the 60’s, he said he wanted to give his kids a sense of ‘Natural law’ when in fact it was to indulge his passion for racing and breeding. “I remember attending the races occasionally when little, but more as a teenager and growing up with the other ‘Kids of’.”


Julia originally trained and practiced as an Architect before spending the next 22 years working in freelance film production and media on both local and international productions. However, she has returned to her first love - the Thoroughbred industry.


Julia currently owns a percentage of about 17 racehorses in work and has the brag rights to some nice ones including Golden Slipper winner Vancouver, Greatwood, Kaepernick and Fiveandahalfstars. “Brag while you can as the moment can be fleeting!” After Vancouver had impressively won the Group 2 Todman Stakes before his emphatic Slipper victory with Tommy Berry aboard, the colt was ensconced as favourite for the Triple Crown, but it was decided that he would go for a spell and return to racing in the Spring.. When asked to recall her most memorable moments on a racecourse, her immediate comeback was “Celebrating Golden Slipper Day this year with Gai and watching great horses race on the day. “Winning the Victorian Racing Club Derby in 2012 with Fiveandahalfstars was fantastic, as it was just after my mother passed away and we were all pretty sure she had a hand in it. “Also sharing that moment with Anthony Cummings and coowner Hal Dyball who, as a team, we’ve had more than 17 years together and loved every minute of it.” As to who has been her role model and biggest influence on her in the racing industry “no question about it; my dad, who believed you had to be in it and accept the journey whether winning or losing and enjoy the ride.

“He was true to his word, he said what he meant and was fair in all his dealings and I hope I have been true to that mantra. He also loved the relationships and friendships he made through racing that endured throughout his entire life and he is still missed today. “I am also fortunate to have developed wonderful friendships with some of my co-owners and trainers who are my mates outside the industry.” When asked what advice she could give to someone contemplating entering into the ownership ranks, Julia said: “Whether you own an eyelash or a substantial portion of a horse, whether your horse is running in the provincials or on the main stage during a Carnival, it is an amazing journey to be part of.

“Not all of them can be winners, but the experience of owning a horse is a winning experience in itself for the fun, an industry and the people it can introduce you to. “Horse racing is a unique sport where everyone can get to participate in some form or another. And I would always suggest do a little bit of homework and ask people in the industry about what is involved; the more comfortable you are with it, the more you will enjoy it.” Are you also passionate about your horses? If so, why not become a member of the NSW Racehorse Owners Association (NSWROA) and join like-minded people.

LadyJockeys NSWROA membership runs for a calendar year and is now open. Simply visit our website or telephone the NSWROA office on 02 9299 4299 for further information.

are on the rise in NSW

Deanne Panya – has ridden nine NSW winners this season


he ladies are gaining an impressive lead as the Racing NSW Rising Star Series heats up in 2015.

21 year-old Sydney Laotian twin, Deanne Panya, has raced into the ‘Top 10’ of the Rising Star Series, after recording her first victory in Heat 12 at Warwick Farm. On board the Theresa Bateuptrained Lightning Gail, Deanne recorded her second win on the steed having previously been successful at Kembla Grange. Deanne’s win at Warwick Farm in February saw the regular on the country and provincial circuits, take out her first metropolitan win and her third for Theresa. This followed her major success in January at Moruya where she guided Zabeel gelding Retort Courteous, trained by Steve Englebrecht, to win the $30,000 Moruya Cup, her fifth Cup win for the season. The seven points awarded for Deanne’s Warwick Farm win has elevated her to ninth position, putting her in contention in the run to the completion of the Series which concludes with heat 25 on June 2nd at Hawkesbury. Other key performers, Taylor Marshall and Serg Lisnyy have also enhanced their overall standing in the series after rounding out the placings at Warwick Farm. Moving up to fourth position in the series, Taylor Marshall is an apprentice to watch, with the Ron Quinton-apprenticed jockey recording a nail-biting victory on board Absolute Empress at Warwick Farm on the same day. In heat 10 of the series held at Tamworth in December, it was Bathurst apprentice Eleanor Webster-Hawes who was victorious

INSPIRING WINS FROM DEANNE PANYA AND ELEANOR WEBSTER-HAWES HAS ENSURED THE LADIES ARE DOMINATING THE ‘TOP 10’ OF THE APPRENTICE JOCKEYS RISING STAR SERIES. Story by Michelle Green - Racing NSW Image from Bradley Photographers in the saddle on Crooked Blaze and she has also moved into the Series Top 10. Just to make things even better, Eleanor also secured the biggest victory of her career with a win in the Gilgandra Cup on Devilgate Road for Tamworth trainer Craig Martin. In equal sixth position with Koby Jennings and Priscilla Schmidt, Eleanor is just one of the many ladies contending for the title, with Samantha Clenton still holding the top spot on 28 points. Rising Star Point score as at February 28 Samantha CLENTON












Priscilla SCHMIDT




Deanne PANYA






Rachel HUNT


Melinda KINNY





Australian Federal Police (AFP) Legacy, Black Opal Stakes Fundraising Marquee Sunday 8 March 2015


ulie Snook, of the Nine News Network’s Early Edition, MC’d a decadent trackside fundraising event in benefit of AFP Legacy to raise more than $33,000 at the recent Black Opal Stakes. Julie was dressed in stunning race day attire in a Frockaholics dress and millinery by Cynthia Jones-Bryson.

guests who attended the event, meant so much to the families the charity supports, some of whom enjoyed the day’s activities”.

The marquee event attracted the attendance and involvement of local Canberra personalities including Katy Gallagher, Sarah Kelly, Kristen Henry, Jamiee Rogers and local two time Black Opal winning trainer Frank Cleary.

Canberra’s premier race day was celebrated in style on Sunday 8 March 2015, in the AFP Legacy marquee by 150 guests who enjoyed a gourmet luncheon, beauty bar, lucky door prizes and Canberra Outlet Centre Sweepstake. They were also treated to a prominent trainer interview by ACTTAB’s Gerard Middleton and review of the days Fashions on the Field by host Sarah Kelly and judge Kristen Henry from Mix 106.3.

AFP Legacy (formally the Chequered Ribbon Association) has been setup to perpetuate the memory of Australian Federal Police officers killed in the line of duty and to assist families of employees who have died in service to the AFP. AFP Legacy President Detective Superintendent Shane McLennan said “the level of community support from local business sponsors, including Platinum sponsor One Agency and special

Event organiser Danielle Cleary said “with the generosity of event sponsors and partners the charity marquee raised just over $33,000 for AFP Legacy, an amazing effort in it’s inaugural year”. AFP Legacy fundraising marquee will become an annual event due to it’s success, anyone interested in supporting the charity can contact Danielle Cleary Events.

The Black Opal Stakes is Canberra’s premiere race day, contested by top trainers both locally and interstate. Action takes place both on and off the track with Myer Fashions on the Field competition along with live entertainment and music program.

Above: Thoroughbred Park Black Opal race day AFP Legacy Fundraising Marquee, Danielle Cleary Events staff. Above right: Black Opal Experience, Scott and Kaylee Rutland. Right: AFP Legacy Marquee platinum sponsors One Agency Canberra with AFP Legacy President Shane McLennan.



Hotel Realm Black Opal Experience prelude event, exhibitor Arhat Millinery. Black Opal Experience guests.

Above: Black Opal Experience special guest speaker and host, The Cleary Family: prominent trainer Frank Cleary with wife Sue. Danielle Cleary Events, host Danielle and husband Matthew Cleary.

DAnielle CleAry evenTS hosted a prelude

event ‘The Black Opal experience’ that offered guests the ultimate in race day style and knowledge, packaged into an exclusive cocktail event. lizzie Wagner Group provided model styling advice for gents and ladies , with 14 exhibitors showcasing beauty, millinery, racewear, wine tasting and equine art. ACTTAB gave betting advice and prizes were given away to over 160 guests. The event was sponsored by ‘One Agency Blewitt Properties’.





rooke and Sally, the only children of trainer Phil Sweeney and his wife Irene, have only been race riding for a short time, but have the background in other riding pursuits that has helped them arrive at where they are today. At 20 years of age, Brooke was first to jump out of the barriers, followed by Sally last year when she won at her first race riding for her father on Lachlan Lily at Balranald last November. Brooke is based at Wodonga with John Ledger and rode her first winner for him at Towong on Tassie’s Spirit two years ago. Sally 18, is indentured to her father at the family property at Jerilderie, which has produced hundreds of winners with the stable’s current star being Moonee Valley track record holder Sweet Emily. The girls share a love of horses, having competed in pony club and rising to state level competition, whilst also riding trackwork at a young age for their father. Phil was a former jockey himself riding some 80 winners, while Irene was also an amateur rider for 10 years. Irene said, “Having two daughters as jockeys doesn’t feel too out of the ordinary. There are other sisters who are jockeys and the daughters of trainers, so seeing the girls follow their dreams is what is most important. “I’m very proud that they are doing what they love to do and to be able to turn it into a job is even better, they work very hard and it is great to see them rewarded for their efforts,” Irene continued. “It is pretty hectic trying to keep up with them, where they are going and who is riding what, let alone also keeping track of our own horses. “The last year of their school life for both girls was just fullon, doing an apprenticeship outside of school hours, exams, competing at pony club events and cattle competitions, while also playing netball, now we will be able to concentrate on just the race riding.” Phil said he was proud of his girls and had no fears of them riding, despite the recent deaths of other jockeys. Irene feels the same. “We kept them at school to ensure they had a proper education,” Phil said.“I think we always have that bit of anxiousness as we know the risks and being your own child, it is harder, but you have to keep a clear head. I actually worry more about them driving on the roads than race riding,” Irene added. The girls have some similar and different aspects to their riding styles. “Sometimes it’s hard to find Brooke in a race, especially if she has drawn out wide. Sally has beautiful hands on a horse and they travel well for her,” Irene said. “They are close, but have the normal tiffs that siblings have.” The Sweeney trophy cabinet is full of past achievements from the girls’ pony club days. The transformation to race riding was the next step and while it’s early days, both are heading in the right direction.

Sally leads Brooke aboard Final Jest at Caulfield – Brooke later rode the horse to victory in last year’s Jerilderie Cup trained by her dad, Phil. “If they keep doing what they love doing and do it well, the rewards will come without a doubt,” Irene added. BROOKE SWEENEY (20yo) Provincial wins: 14 Country wins:


Best horse:

Sweet Emily (wins at Wagga Wagga, Albury and Berrigan)

Best effort(s):

Winning doubles at Corowa, Carrathool, Berrigan and Towong

SALLY SWEENEY (18yo) Country wins:


Best horse:

Lachlan Lily (won Balranald Cup)

Best effort(s):

Balranald Cup win and scoring on Steel Trigger at Goulburn




Story by Graeme White - Racing NSW

Proud as punch – jockey sisters Sally (left) and Brooke Sweeney

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Turf & Industry Tidbits is where racing lives With the wind-up of TVN and its associated services on Saturday March 14th, a new digital service, Racing Live, has emerged on to show Victorian races. Meanwhile, pay-television viewers can watch Victorian racing on Sky Racing as media rights negotiations continue. Racing Live will offer full live race coverage, including interviews and analysis, from 30 minutes before the first race until 30 minutes after the last race every day of the Victorian racing season. Hosting daily broadcasts are Shane Anderson, Jason Richardson, Jo McKinnon, Adam Olszanski, Terry Bailey and Roger Oldridge, supported by a team of form analysts led by David Gately. Racing Live will also tap into the newsroom to broadcast breaking news throughout the day. Further announcements regarding on-screen talent are expected. Racing Live is available via desktop, tablet and a mobile for free through Race replays remain free on all devices, including our app. They are available within 15 minutes of a race. Racing Victoria Chairman Robert Roulston said the media rights and broadcasting of Victorian thoroughbreds had been in a state of flux since December when Tabcorp, Sky Racing’s owner, and TVN, the then rights holder, came to an impasse on a long-term deal. This precipitated the break-up of TVN, owned jointly by Victorian and NSW racing bodies. Mr Roulston said the Victorian industry’s primary focus was on “the future growth of our sport and achieving the best outcome for the Victorian racing industry, today and into the future.” He added: “We are wagering partners with Tabcorp and have a common desire to expand the audience. Our wagering joint venture with the TAB extends until 2024 and we are committed to making it a continued success.” He confirmed that the industry was pursuing the opportunity for a premium Victorian racing service on Foxtel, through the now-closed TVN channel 522, and that a growth in free-to-air coverage was high on the agenda. The digital network came into existence in September last year, thanks to the support of the shareholders of the business; the Melbourne Racing Club, Victoria Racing Club, Racing Victoria and Country Racing Victoria.

Racing NSW has purchased New State of the Art Drug Detection Equipment

They advised they have further strengthened their drug detection processes, when they spent $1,500,000.00 to purchase new equipment which will be able to screen for more than 8,000 types of drugs, in any single analysis of the swab. It was only a few years ago where a swab could only screen for a few hundred drugs at any one time, with the analyst having to stipulate which drugs would be tested for in advance. The further advantage of this new equipment is that it tests for the 8,000 drugs automatically, without the analyst having to stipulate in advance the drugs to be tested for. Racing NSW Chief Executive Officer, Peter V’landys AM said, “This highlights that gone are the days when swabs will only be analysed once. With our policy to freeze swabs means that we will further screen the swabs when the new equipment is operational to ensure all drugs have been tested for. Racing NSW is also continuing its work on the revolutionary equine biological which will monitor the physiology of certain points if any changes are due to the use of prohibited substances or any other unnatural and illegal means. Mr V’landys continued, “We are absolutely determined to have everyone on a level playing field and that drugs or illegal means don’t determine the outcome of a race.”

Ambassador Travel – New Queensland Racehorse Owner’s Association (QROA) Sponsor Ambassador Travel has recently committed to be an ongoing QROA sponsor. They sponsor many racing industry events and organisations and QROA quickly acknowledged their contribution to the industry. Ambassador Travel is Australia’s leading provider of sports and thoroughbred racing tours to Domestic and International destinations. With its early origins in Goondiwindi, Managing Director Peter Harney, moved his business to Brisbane in the mid 1080’s and has played a hands-on role in developing his Company into the success story it is today.

Congratulations to Ben Thompson, a second-year Victorian apprentice: Ben has been selected to ride in a heat of the Her Highness Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak’s Apprentice World Championship (IFAHR) on May 17th, at Lexington, Kentucky, in the United States of America. Ben, who is indentured to Cranbourne trainer, Michael Kent, has a wonderful opportunity to book a place for himself in the Final, which will be held in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates on November 8th, 2015. All racegoers will wish Ben all the best in his quest for success on his trip.



Peter and Ambassador Travel will soon celebrate their 30th anniversary in the travel and racing industries, which is no mean feat, considering the enormous transformations and challenges that both industries have experienced over that time. Having travelled extensively throughout the world, Peter and Ambassador Travel have not only developed a large client base of loyal customers, but they also forged many valuable friendships

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and industry contacts along the way. It is through these relationships that have enabled Ambassador Travel to include many unique and exciting tour opportunities for their guests that remain unmatched in the industry. Peter explained that Ambassador Travel’s most important point of difference is, “We provide our guests with the opportunity to travel with like-minded people who share a common interest, which is a love and passion for the racing industry.” He continued, “At the end of the day, the racing industry support us and so in turn, I like to return our support back into the racing industry. We very much enjoy and we are proud to provide support, through a wide variety of racing sponsorships throughout Queensland and Australia.” HOOFNOTE: The QROA membership drive, sponsored by Racing Queensland, continues to attract new members. The QROA Membership Badge is not the same as the Owners Card and is only available if you are a financial member of QROA. To read about the benefits of being a financial member of the QROA, go to

There are always ’FEEL GOOD’ stories in the racing industry

In March, two bay fillies, a two-year-old in Victoria and a threeyear-old in New Zealand gave their respective owners a thrill that they will always remember fondly. All of the part owners will probably become passionate racegoers for the rest of their lives and encourage other family and friends to embrace the exiting and exhilarating sport. Two-year-old bay filly, The Big Dance, was purchased by Bendigo trainer, Danny Curran, for the modest sum of $750.00 in 2014 at the VOBIS Gold yearling sales. He sent an email to his stable clients, with a five per cent share to cost $100.00 after expenses. The rush to buy a share of the yearling was swift and there are now 13 individual owners and one syndicate. Initially Danny wasn’t sure as to what level The Big Dance could achieve, but was very encouraged after she had had four trials, winning three of them impressively. Local track work watchers were enthused but Danny was a bit more reserved. He said, “It’s a bit like footballers, I’ve seen plenty of March champions become April fools.” Danny continued, “Really you don’t know how they go until they are in a race. She will be against horses than ran midfield in the Blue Diamond Stakes, so she is going to have a good test.” History now shows that The Big Dance powered away in the straight, winning the VOBIS Gold over 1000 metres on March 21st, winning her first start while giving her many owners their thrill of a lifetime and not forgetting the prizemoney of $172,000.00 and a bonus of $21,000.00. The three-year-old bay filly, Exquisite Jewel, was bred and up to now, has only raced in New Zealand. With prizemoney levels so much higher in Australia, it would be logical to think that her

Syndicate co-owners and trainer, Sue Walsh from Foxton, would be eyeing a trip to Australia in the not too distant future. Exquisite Jewel has won four of her 14 starts to date with earnings of $ 91,873.00, winning over distances from 1200 to 2100 metres on good to heavy tracks. In 2012, part-owner, Caroline Marner and her friends, Bronwyn Bentley and Patricia (Trish) Lane ventured to the Annual Karaka Sales. They had been friends for many years and as they had all had a background in horses to a degree, they had decided to see what the sale was all about. They had a good time and discussed returning one day with the thought of buying a horse, although they thought it could have been a pipe dream as they didn’t have lot of money to spend. They returned to Karaka in 2013, had a look at a few, but quickly found that the horses all went for more money than they could afford. Then fate stepped in as the trio sat in the sales auditorium during the Festival session. Caroline recalled that a colt went through the ring and sold for very good money. After the sale the auditorium seemed to empty and the next horse in was a lovely looking filly by Lucky Unicorn and when they all looked at her pedigree, they saw the black type in her family was amazing, so they all thought she would go for a tidy sum. There were no bid initially, and then someone said, $ 100.00, so Caroline said, $ 200.00. There was another bid of $ 300.00, so Caroline said $ 400.00 and to her surprise, her bid was successful. They weren’t even registered to bid, so that had to be sorted out and once they had signed the papers, they had to find someone to take her home. The lucky recipient was Sue Walsh, a friend of Trish Lane, who took possession of the filly from the Montjeu mare Grand Duchess, who was bred by Sir Patrick and Lady Hogan. Featuring in the filly’s extended pedigree is multiple Stakes winner, Marquise, who is the dam of Group 1 winner, Shower of Roses, who hails from the powerful Eight Carat family that includes champion performers Octagonal, Diamond Lover and Kaapstad. Caroline and her friends couldn’t believe that they had purchased the filly from such an illustrious family for only $ 400.00. At the time they were just hoping she could win a nice race, so that she could become a breeding proposition, even if she didn’t kick on in her racing career. Exquisite Jewel won her first start as a two-year-old and they were so appreciative of the job that Sue and Bruce Gregory had done with her, who said they thought she would continue to improve as she matured. The filly provided notice that her forte was likely to be over more ground, winning her second race over 2100 metres. This has proved to be the case when she ran fourth in the Group 1 New Zealand Oaks after being wide all the way, before winning the Group 3 Manawatu Classic at Awapuni. Caroline is not sure at this time as to where the filly would head to in the future, but admitted that there would be plenty of celebrations in the meantime for the syndicate who struck gold with their bargain purchase of $ 400.00.




It is not every day you get to photograph those moments that give you goose bumps; the spine tingling moments filled with raw emotion and pure elation all rolled into one. It's also not every day that you to get to photograph a horse you are not only emotionally connected to, but also a part of the ownership group

n February 6th this year, an 18 hour sea and road journey finally ended when the John Salanitri-trained four-year-old mare, I Love It arrived in Hobart for a crack at the Group 3 Proud Mistress Trophy. This was a race that the filly had been set for way back in November, after she won brilliantly at Ballarat on their Cup Day. Patience and vision were the keys here. The temptation to keep racing I Love It after only two starts that preparation, would have been hard to resist, but John and his brother Frank, who is Racing Manager and Assistant Trainer, decided to give her a freshen up and target her for Hobart. I first met John and Frank four years ago when I arrived on their doorstep with a long time owner, and requested to photograph their horses at track work. They welcomed me with open arms and I soon became the stable photographer, capturing track work, barrier trials and race day images.

Soon after, I found myself owning small shares in several successful horses. My first race day experience as a part owner was with the two-year-old Before You Think who was victorious in his first start at Bairnsdale. To Be Honest followed next and she has been a fantastic mare, winning seven races including the Woodend Cup and also running three luckless metropolitan seconds in her last preparation. John Salanitri, an ex jockey who trained under legendary Angus Armanasco at Caulfield, began training in 1995, when he rented a few boxes off Angus and trained out of his stables. When John purchased an $18,000 yearling at the 1999 Melbourne Premier Inglis Sale, he organized an ownership group made up of close friends, little did he know the journey and ride it would take him on. The horse was appropriately named Road to Success. The horse won the Veuve Clicquot Stakes at Caulfield, but wasn't paid up for the 2000 Blue Diamond Stakes, the richest race for two-year-olds in Victoria. John had a lot of faith in the horse's ability and on his recommendation, the $50,000 late entry fee was paid by the owners, who were overwhelmed at the prospect of their horse running in the Blue Diamond. When Road To Success won, John’s faith was justified and history was made. John amazingly had two runners in the race with only 10 horses in his stable, with his other runner, Dashing Granada, finishing a luckless fifth. John Salanitri at 30 with only 5 years of training, was now a Group 1 winning trainer with the world at his feet, with endless possibilities for new owners to come with their horses to his stable. With all the



Brothers Frank and John Salanitri highs and lows of racing and after their great success, the Salanitri brothers, John and Frank were both struck down with cancer in April 2001, hitting them and the business so hard it forced its closure. A long and hard battle took its toll, but gradually they rebuilt and enticed new clients to get involved in some of the home bred horses that Frank had bred from mares they had raced over the years. The last foal they bred was by Artie Schiller out of their great race mare, Not That Innocent. The foal was named I Love It and given a stable name of Tammy. I Love It started her career as a three-year-old at Warracknabeal, with a sizzling time of 57.75s recorded over 1,000 metres dashing to a five length victory. Such an impressive debut earned her the right to tackle the Group 3 Champagne Stakes at Moonee Valley and after no luck in running, made the stable proud, when she finished third behind Thump and Miracles of Life. As every fan of racing knows the good ones are hard to find, but John and Frank knew they had something special with this filly. A small bone chip was revealed in her knee, which necessitated an operation, after which she was sent to the paddock for recovery time. Privately, unbeknown to many, John and Frank were facing yet another private and intensely emotional battle with the illness of their


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younger brother, Daniel, who was fighting a particularly aggressive cancer. John and Frank's dedication to their brother and determination to be by his side at all costs was amazing. John, after a 1:30am start at trackwork, and finising around 9am and head into the hospital on a daily basis with family to be at his bedside. Sadly, Daniel lost his battle on April 24th, 2014 with his family by his side. Daniel's funeral was the most emotional I've ever attended and the support from the racing community in general showcased how popular the Salanitri brothers are and how much impact Daniel’s illness had on people. I cannot even begin to imagine how tough Daniel's passing must have been for John and Frank, as they are such a close knit family and I respect their

courage and support they gave Daniel. Daniel always believed that I Love It would be the horse that would get the boys another Group winner. Tackling the Group 3 in Hobart was filled with emotion even before she stepped onto the track. Parading in the yard she looked fantastic, all dappled up and a shine on her coat that made her the stand-out, with punters rallying behind her. She had the task ahead from the wide draw 12 of 14, we knew it would take a very good ride from Stephen Baster. I took my position at the rail, standing on a milk crate with my 400 mm lens, as they loaded them into the gates, my heart started to race. By the time they hit the turn and I Love It was wide but traveling beautifully, I knew something amazing was about to happen.



She kicked clear, and at the 100 metre mark, it was all over and she breezed to a brilliant four length victory. Looking up to the stands, seeing Frank and his son James embracing, was one of my most amazing moments I have ever experienced on a racetrack. Knowing what the Salanitri family have gone through, knowing how Daniel thought I Love It was the one, knowing that this race had been hand picked for her, to be victorious so emphatically was something I will remember for a lifetime. John didn't make the journey over, but the emotions would have been flowing watching at home. As Frank and son James came down the stairs to lead Tammy back to scale, I've never been so honored to capture the raw emotional moments that transpired. Words can’t describe what the boys would have felt after her victory and what it meant deep down, as from my whole experience knowing them and their family, there is nothing more important at the forefront of their minds than the love and support they give each other. Those moments captured last a lifetime and to me that’s indicative of the Salanitri way. I cannot begin to thank the Salanitri's for allowing me to be a part of the team and having a share in such an incredible horse like Tammy. I will be forever indebted and humbled. Home is where the heart is and although my racing adventures often take me a long way from Caulfield, there's no place I feel more at home than when I walk into the Salanitri Stable.

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And the excitement continues! I Love It just ran 3rd in Group 1 William Hill Classic at Morphettville on 2nd May.

HOOFNOTE: For ownership opportunities, contact Racing Manager Frank Salanitri on 0416 189 340, or visit the website at


Margaret McDonald receives her trainer’s Licence Margaret, wife of the late Ross McDonald, said, “Ross would have been so proud that I was granted my trainer’s licence”, which she received in April from Racing Victoria. Margaret is the daughter of legendary Caulfield trainer, Bob Hoysted, who played a significant part in the history of the famous Hoysted family. Margaret said, “I will train one or two horses alongside her son Clinton, who has been a great support to me since Ross died last December and will give some purpose in life.”

Irish Apprentice jockey, Emily Finnegan is enjoying life in Australia Emily arrived in Adelaide nearly two years ago from County Meath in Ireland and is pleased she made the change. She felt that her career in Ireland wasn’t going anywhere, as racing is very male-dominated.



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Emily, 21 years old, who still claims 2kgs,is enjoying riding winners at the South Australian metropolitan and country race meetings. As a teenager, she left school to become a jockey, but finding it difficult to earn any money, she returned to her education. Emily’s sister, who was already living in Australia, told her how many female jockeys were riding her and suggested she try the South Australian Jockey Academy. Trainer Phillip Stokes agreed to take her on as an apprentice so that she could enrol in the Academy. When she arrived for her first day in the apprentice room, she was amazed that the majority were females, so it was a pleasant shock to know that she could be a part of them. Emily has racing in her blood and was introduced to riding by her father. Her grandfather, Cathal Finnegan, won the Irish Grand National in 1970. She had to change her riding style since arriving here, as she found that Australian jockeys tend to sit lower and drive the horses harder. The academy’s supervisor, Bill Forrestal, is pleased with her commitment to the sport and the sacrifices she I prepared to be successful. He said, “Emily has a very bubbly personality, a ready smile and is a delight to work with. Behind that smiling face, I can assure you there is a very, very determined lady who wants to achieve.” Emily is the latest character in the growing story of success for lady jockeys in South Australia.

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