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Spring 2014 Issue #19

Jane Gollan Gollan Racing

Spring Carnival Fever 2014

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From the Editor Letters to the Editor Jane and Tony Gollan’s Wedding to Remember

The Caulfield Cup 2013 Fashions on the Field

Crown Oaks Day – Flemington

Jessica Payne’s Ride of a Lifetime

The 13th Birthday of the Victorian Wakeful Club

Nadia Horne – Racing & Sport – The Female Voice of RSN

Sarah Ashworth’s Unbridled Love for Retired Racehorses

A Noble Horse and Rider – Samantha Noble

Voice of Equestrian Commentary Sarah Nevile-Lavingdale

North East Thoroughbred Breeders Awards Night

Love of Horses Leads to Life Balance Deryn Rowe Strides Ahead Louisa’s Love Drives her Passion

Kentucky Derby was a Trip of a Lifetime with Ambassador Behind the Scenes at Sky Racing

A Passionate Grace Forbes Gets a Buzz from her Job Jumping is Leaping Ahead

Melbourne Racing Clubs’ Charity Raceday

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Another Irish Girl’s Eyes are Smiling

Life’s a Breeze Lucinda’s a Jock of all Trades! A Fairytale Finish

Newcastle Jockey Club Spring Racing Carnival

Coffs Harbour Gold Cup Fashions on the Field

My Story – Barbara Wenman Belinda’s Going the Distance

Le Dain Designs Cocktail Party Grafton Cup Fashions on the Field The 2014 Singapore Cup

The 154th Running of the Warwick Cup

Oh Henry…That’s Some Ride with Sonntag!

Doomben 10,000 Fashions on the Field

Magic Millions Employs Ladies across all Departments

Oaks Day BRC Fashions on the Field

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BRC Stradbroke Success for Natalie McCall

Stradbroke Day Fashions on the Field Ireland the Emerald Isle 2014

Darwin Cup Fashions on the Field

Northam Race Club Embracing Spring Celebrations

South Australia Fashions on the Field

The Launceston Mitsubishi Think Pink Cup

Durban July 2014 Turf & Industry Tidbits

Heston Blumenthal joins Highclere Thoroughbred Racing 2014 Spring Racing Fashion

Celebrate your Curves at TS14+ Racing Millinery Directory I Want that Hat!

Great Beauty Buys

Look Amazing with Revolutionary New Skincare

Book Reviews Advertisers Index



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elcome to our Spring Racing Issue of Ladies in RACING Magazine. Victoria is expecting a large influx from Australia and overseas of the world’s racing industry, who will temporarily change their spring address to the Garden State, where they are can be sure to receive a very warm and hospitable welcome. The Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival is the highlight of the racing year in Australia, as it brings together the very best of Australian and International thoroughbreds and industry stalwarts for 50 days of world-class horse racing action. The whole State of Victoria comes alive with a carnival like atmosphere, with restaurants and venues hosting many special lunches, dinners and parties. The major racing carnival is the four-day Melbourne Cup Carnival at Flemington, commencing on November 1st, with the Emirates Melbourne Cup run three days later. The three-day Caulfield Carnival starts on October 11th, with the final day showcasing the running of the Crown Golden Ale Caulfield Cup. Following the Caulfield carnival, Australia’s Premier Weight-for-Age race, the Sportingbet W S Cox Plate is featured at Moonee Valley on October 25th. One week after the Flemington carnival ends on Emirates Stakes Day, the action continues at Sportingbet Park, Sandown with all nine races being a Group or Listed race. Across Australia a large number of race clubs celebrate their own Melbourne Cup race day, with their own “Fashions on the Field” competitions, which are keenly contested by the Fashionistas vying for the big prizes on offer. South Australia hosts its popular “Fashion at the Races “competition, which is held from September, 2014 to May 2015.

FRONT COVER: Jane Gollan (nee Ormsby) on her wedding day Our cover image of the lovely Jane Gollan (formerly Ormsby), with Temple of Boom with Temple of Boom on her wedding day to Brisbane’s leading trainer Tony, is a tribute to how many love Image by stories have evolved from the horse racing Industry. I am looking forward to catching up Ross Stevenson. with Jane at this year’s Cairns Amateurs, where she will be a Fashion on the Field Judge.



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We bring you a heart-warming story from the Mare and Foal Sanctuary in the United Kingdom about an orphan foal Breeze and his newly found friend, Buttons, a giant teddy bear, that has given the lonely foal the warmth and companionship of a mother figure. The lucky winners of our subscription draw for Issue #18 are Heidi Kendler and Ann Student from Victoria, Glenda Newick and Jenny Medcalfe from Queensland and Cathryn Warner from South Australia. Each of these ladies have won a $300.00 gift voucher from Perri Cutten. We have five more of these vouchers from Perri Cutten on offer once again for all new and existing Two Year subscribers in this Spring Issue. I just had to include the photo below of the adorable daughter of TBQA, Secretary Stacey Silver, Phoenix, that shows you are never too young to be a “Lady of Racing” We hope you enjoy our bumper 112 page issue, with so many interesting stories to read about some of the wonderful ladies within the horse industry, Yours in RACING

Cathryn Meredith

The first six 'Letters to the Editor' received will win one of the books each on pages 110 and 111. Simply advise which book you would like with your letter!

Dear Cathryn,

Hi Cathi

My love of all things horse racing started when as kids, on rainy weekends, the four of us would sit in the car listening to the radio (the only place we could tune into the racing channel!) with the newspaper form guide, picking our winners.

As usual, my latest copy of Ladies in RACING Magazine contains so many interesting stories, which I love and the imagery from the photographers is simply brilliant …. You must be proud to produce such an excellent product which enhances the enjoyment of ladies who embrace the racing industry.

I now have a share in a racehorse, have been on two racing club committees and I love everything a day out at the races has to offer. Your magazine is a brilliant reflection of all the hard work and flare put into the racing community by all these wonderful women. I would also like to say thanks to Antler, as I was thrilled to win one of their luggage packages from your latest promotion! Packing outfits for the races will never be limited by suitcase space again!

Well done to all the team. Sharon Harris – Racehorse Owner MD, Sharon Harris Migration Law Dear Mrs Meredith,

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What a lovely surprise to receive an envelope from Australia, and what a glossy magazine it contained. I just had a quick glance through it, but I will definitely enjoy reading it all in the evening hours. The mere fact that you have a magazine about racing entirely geared to women shows that racing is indeed big in Australia.

Hi Cathryn,

Thanks again and will you come to Berlin next month?

Congratulations on a great magazine, all the best.

I would like to thank you personally for your gift of the annual subscription and Toscana bracelet that I received from you at the Cairns Amateurs Racing Carnival last year, which was a Judge’s Fashions on the Field gift. I thoroughly enjoy reading the thoroughbred articles, as I own and show ex-race horses so it is always interesting reading about the industry and the thoroughbreds before they end up in my paddock. In addition to keeping me in touch with the latest fashions and styles throughout the country, Ladies in RACING Magazine is a pleasure to read. Please find attached my 2 year subscription for Ladies in Racing Magazine – can’t wait to receive the next issue!! Kind regards Stacie Kidner

Best regards, Henneke Secretary General DARC Ifahr Newsmaster Dear Cathryn, How are you? I am Mr Ken Szeto, I am HK Racehorse owner and I am very interested in your Ladies in Racing Magazine. I enjoy your Victorian horse racing big race meeting day. I hope you could please subscribe me to your Ladies in Racing Magazine. I am very happy to enjoy it with my Hong Kong friends. Thank you very much and good luck to you. Ken Szeto Hong Kong Thoroughbred Owner




Story by Cathryn Meredith

Images by Ross Stevenson


ony Gollan has so much more to thank Temple of Boom for (one of his stable stars), other than the horse being his first Group 1 winner. When Tony decided to enter Temple of Boom in ‘The Galaxy’, little did he know that on that raceday he would meet his future wife Jane, the love of his life. Tony said, “I don’t know if our paths would have crossed as I shouldn’t have been at Randwick that day. Even then the gods were on side, with Temple of Boom winning from Nobby Snip, trained by Gai Waterhouse, who had her beautiful Personal Assistant, Jane Ormsby at her side. The much-loved racehorse was there when they first locked eyes; and as they say in the classics, the rest is history. He even watched on from his stable when Tony popped the question. Temple of Boom and his half-brother, Spirit of Boom have been an important part of their romantic journey ever since. Jane Ormsby wed Tony Gollan at the beautiful Polish Catholic church ‘Our Lady of Victories’ in May and with her Polish ancestry, she said she knew her deceased grandma ‘Bubcia’ would have been watching over them. The grounds of the church overlook the Brisbane River and most of the Ascot area. You can almost see the illuminated crucifix on the top of the steeple from their home. “The ceremony was simply beautiful” said Jane. “I walked down the aisle on the arm of my step-father Ross to an instrumental rendition of “The Horses” by Darryl Braithwaite. I had my two sisters



Megan and Sarah-Jessica as bridesmaids, along with two long time best friends, Fallon and Jude, who all looked lovely in nude/peach, which tied in well with our contemporary black and white style with accents of peach. “Tony also had four groomsmen: Justin, Nathan, Brian and Lyndsay, surprisingly only one works within the racing industry, but they were mates from school and his rugby league days. Brian however is a very lucky horse owner being in both Temple and Spirit of Boom, and also mare Pure Purrfection who won the Bribie Stakes during the Winter Carnival.

“It was great to have a personal connection with Father Peter Schultz who married us. He knew Tony from his school days at St Mary’s Catholic School; he actually ran the water out for the boys when they were playing footy! “We had 110 people in attendance; with many friends and family travelling from Sydney and other States to celebrate with us. I married my best friend on the first weekend of May; we had a beautiful sunny Autumn day, perfect in every way. “It definitely was an emotional day that made me cry, especially when both our mothers lit candles to symbolise our families coming together.” Jane said. Following the ceremony the bridal party left for photos and these were predominantly done around the Eagle Farm racecourse. The Club were kind enough to have them based in the committee room for their own private drinks and canapés. Meanwhile, before the formal dinner, the guests congregated for a cocktail style party in the mounting enclosure of the racecourse. The dinner was held in the Tote room with tables of ten, each seat had a black horse-shoe with the guests name personalised on it. Flowers on the table consisted of tulips and white disbuds and was romantically lit with tea candles and an amazing lolly buffet kept everyone happy. We felt we had received an early wedding present when Temple of Boom won the Group 2 Victory Stakes from his younger sibling at Eagle Farm on April 26th. For us, it all started with Temple of Boom and that is why it was such an emotional time on our wedding day, which was one of the best days of our lives,” Jane said. It must have been fate that Temple Of Boom won at 40-1, it was the now eight-year-old gelding’s first win since Tony met Jane in 2012 at Randwick. Jane and Tony enjoyed their honeymoon in the snow resort of Queenstown, in New Zealand’s South Island. They departed after Stradbroke Cup Day, enjoying another celebration before they left, when Spirit of Boom reversed the placings with Temple when he won the Group 1 Doomben 10,000 on May 24th. Riding on a crest of a wave, Tony promised Jane that when he won the Brisbane Trainers Premiership, they would enjoy a second honeymoon in Fiji, in the sun. Since returning from Fiji, Gollan Racing has continued in the same vein in the new season as they finished the last. We can expect them to come out fighting to retain their hard won Title.



Sunday 28th September, 2014 –

Melbourne Racing Club’s Melbourne Racing Club (MRC) has announced the launch of its inaugural Bendigo Bank East Malvern Charity Race Day as a part of the 2014 Crown Golden Ale Caulfield Cup Carnival, with key charity partners and their Ambassadors in attendance. Ron Williams spoke with the MRC Charity Event Coordinator, Melissa House, who supplied


Rebel Dane, Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes 2013 winner

details of the day.

he Melbourne Racing Club’s Bendigo Bank East Malvern Charity Race Day will take place on Sunday, September 28th, with Melbourne Racing Club donating proceeds from general admission ticketing, hospitality and sponsorship sales to support fundraising and provide awareness for the 19 charitable organisations involved. The feature race on the day will be the Group 1 Bendigo Bank East Malvern Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes Charity Cup, supported by the Group 2 Schweppes Thousand Guineas Prelude, the Group 3 Beck Caulfield Guineas Prelude, the Listed Testa Rossa Stakes and four other Handicap races. According to MRC CEO Brodie Arnhold, the event is an invaluable opportunity for the Club to assist local organisations in need. “It’s extremely important for Melbourne Racing Club to support both national charities and local community organisations; particularly within the areas that our venues are located,” said Mr Arnhold. “The Bendigo Bank East Malvern Charity Race Day is the first concept to be launched under The Melbourne Racing Club Foundation, which was established to provide a centralised, coordinated approach to charitable activity, to ensure our support and resources are utilised in the best way possible to support our communities. This year, Charity Race Day will aim to raise over $500,000.00 for our participating partners.” Bendigo Bank East Malvern Chairman, Peter Norman, said the business was thrilled to align with Melbourne Racing Club to assist in raising funds for the local community. "Bendigo Bank East Malvern is delighted to join the Melbourne Racing Club as naming rights partner for its inaugural Charity Race Day at Caulfield. The two organisations share a great desire to give back to the community in which they exist, and we see so much



potential in this event’s capacity to do that.” Those charities involved will be allocated 1,000 general admission tickets each to sell in the lead up to the event, with the opportunity to raise approximately $20,000 each through ticket sales. Charities are also able to raise additional funds through hospitality and sponsorship sales and will have a presence at Caulfield Racecourse on the race day to promote brand awareness through various activations. In addition to profits from ticket sales, selected organisations will be allocated a horse running in the Group 1 Bendigo Bank East Malvern Sir Rupert Clarke Charity Cup, with the top three winning horse’s charities to receive a share in the $30,000 charity prize pool. Charities have been encouraged to partner with an ambassador who will select the charity’s horse at the Barrier Draw on Wednesday September 24th. The charity with the highest ticket sales will make their horse selection first, followed by the second highest and so on. "The Victorian Coalition Government is proud to join forces with the Melbourne Racing Club to support Melbourne Racing Club's Charity Race Day. The racing industry has a long and proud association of supporting charitable organisations that provide outstanding work within the community,” said The Hon Dr Denis Napthine MP, Premier and Minister for Racing. “I encourage all Victorians to head to Caulfield on Sunday September 28 to show their support for Charity Race Day. It will be a great event to witness some exciting equine action on the track, while also generously supporting those charitable organisations and individuals most in need." There will be plenty of entertainment for the kids including: Mascot Race, Animal Farm, Inflatable Basketball Game, Combination Jumping Castle, Stilt Walkers, Magic Show and

Charit y Race Day

– Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes Day

a liveMusic Performance featuring Boom Crash Opera and Chocolate Starfish.

Partnering Charities and Community Organisations will be utilising the area to provide entertainment, food, games and activities such as Cancer Council Victoria’s Garden Party in collaboration with Red Dust Role Models, Pony Grooming with Riding for the Disabled Association of Victoria, Ronald McDonald House Monash with Face Painting, St John’s Ambulance with volunteers and vehicles, Arts and Crafts area from Fight Cancer Foundation, Rotary Club of Glen Eira with a sausage sizzle, Jockey Dress Up’s with the National Jockey’s Trust and a Red Nose social media activity from SIDS and Kids Australia, plus there will be other surprises on the day.

Camp Quality

Cancer Council Victoria Caulfield RSL Welfare Fund CitiOpera Down Syndrome Victoria Fight Cancer Foundation Leukemia Foundation Victoria Living Legends Melbourne Legacy

This is an ideal family day not to be missed; supporting great organisations which provide a lot of joy, excitement and support for many families.

National Jockey’s Trust

Tickets for the Bendigo Bank East Malvern Charity Race Day are available for sale now on:

Pancare Foundation

Riding for the Disabled Association of Victoria Inc (RDAV)

Confirmation of the Ambassadors for each Charity will be advised at a later date.

Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation

Red Dust Role Models

Ronald McDonald House Monash-

Follow the Caulfield Cup Carnival on social media via

Rotary Club, Glen Eira

@melbourneracingclub on Instagram,

SIDS and Kids Australia

@MRCTrackNews on Twitter and at

St John Ambulance Australia (Vic) Inc

The Shane Warne Foundation



Caulfield Cup


October 19th, 2013

– Images courtesy Melbourne Racing Club





1. Stylish Ladies 18-40 Years Winner: Viviana Parish 1st runner up: Elise Crewes 2nd runner up: Lauren Vella 2. Stylish Gentlemen Winner: Ramis Issac 1st runner up: Steve Calder 2nd runner up: Peter Tran 3. Stylish Ladies 40+ Years Winner: Amanda Macor 1st runner up: Jenny Beard 2nd runner up: Beverly Dillon


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CROWN Oaks Day Thursday 6th November

The third day of the Melbourne Cup Carnival is Crown Oaks Day – Ladies Day where women of all ages come together dressed in their most feminine ensemble.


his is the day for cosmetic bloom, romantic looks and delicate fabrics. Be it mothers and daughters, aunts and nieces, sisters, or simply friends, Crown Oaks Day is truly a time for women to connect and enjoy Ladies Day - a Day of Indulgence. Whether it’s just for fun, or for the lure of fame and prizes in Myer Fashions on the Field, Flemington becomes awash with colour as it hosts one of the world’s great outdoor fashion events. The winner of the national competition of Myer Fashions on the Field is announced on Crown Oaks Day, reinforcing its importance on the fashion calendar. The racing highlight is the Group 1 Crown Oaks, an A$1 million



classic for three-year-old fillies over 2500m – the oldest fillies classic in Australia. As expected, the food offerings and dining packages on Crown Oaks Day match the sophistication and style of this popular raceday. If you wish to experience premium dining, then look no further than the Rose Room - a multi-tiered state of the art marquee combining first class hospitality with magnificent views of the racecourse. For something a little more intimate, the Makybe Diva® Marquee offers racegoers a prime location to soak up the amazing atmosphere with private betting facilities and pamper lounge services.

If you wish to be amongst all the action, then a visit to Yellowglen Terrace on the front lawn is a must. As Australia’s favourite Sparkling, Yellowglen will offer racegoers the ultimate raceday experience with spectacular views overlooking the main straight. Join the gorgeous Yellowglen hosts and sip on Sparkling cocktails prepared by Australia’s favourite bartenders whilst enjoying DJ’s tunes. Discover the Yellowglen Terrace. The Schweppes Flemington Fling Bar is without doubt the place to meet your friends if it’s cocktails, DJs and excitement you are after this Spring. Make sure you head to the Fling Bar

on Level 1 in the Hill Stand to enjoy this carnival in style – you might even find yourself on the dancefloor. And if you’re caught in a fashion emergency, the always popular ‘Gentlemen to Help’ will return in 2014 to provide female racegoers with fashion first aid. Keep an eye out for them in all general admission areas. Ladies, isn’t it time you experienced a day of indulgence? Purchase your tickets to Crown Oaks Day via Ticketek today! For information on dining and hospitality packages visit or call 1300 727 575.



Jessica Payne’s ride of a Lifet ime

Victorian apprentice Jessica Payne experienced the thrill of a lifetime when she rode in the Prix Longines Future Rising Stars (1800m) race at Chantilly, France on Sunday June 15th.

Jessica Payne (black silks) prior to the Prix Longines Future Racing Stars at Chantilly

Story by Daniel Miles - Racing Victoria


essica, 22, was engaged to ride one of the leading fancies, the Xavier Nakkachdi-trained Seyfeddine. Prior to Sunday’s race, the four-year-old galloper had recorded 21 starts for six wins and 10 placings; however he was unable to add to his impressive tally. Despite the unplaced effort, Jessica was far from disappointed with the experience of riding on one of the most famous racing circuits in the world. “It was such a big thrill, I’m still on a bit of a high actually,” she said. “I’m still trying to come to terms with it. There were so many people there as it’s such a big day, and the atmosphere was absolutely amazing. You don’t even worry about being nervous, because you barely have the time to think. “I was the last one around to the gates, so by the time I arrived there they were already putting the horses in. It was all so surreal; no words could really describe how you feel. “In the run everything went smoothly. He was a lovely big horse, but sadly he was left a little bit flat-footed, he probably didn’t appreciate the ground being a bit firm either.”



Jessica noted that a highlight of the trip was meeting the 13 other apprentices from around the world and sharing their tips and tricks of the trade. “The biggest thing I’ve taken from this trip is the people,” she continued. “That was another highlight of my trip, being able to get out and meet so many different people, especially the riders from the other apprentice schools. “We had dinner and drinks on the Thursday night before the race, where we got to know each other better, all of us making friends for life. There were so many contacts I made, in particular meeting with (Champion French trainer) Criquette Head-Maarek; who is a lovely person and full of wisdom that she was happy to share” The travel-bug was quick to bite Jessica, who is already planning her next International riding stint. “I’ve always had plans to go to Ireland and England,” she said. “Now that I’ve been to France, I’d definitely love to travel and ride in those countries. “Whether it will come sooner or later on, it’s something that’s definitely on my bucket list now.” Jessica noted that she wasn’t looking forward to the flight home, but was keen to again put her feet back on Australian turf. Jessica Payne has a bright future ahead of her.


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THE 13t hBirt hday The Cox Plate Room at Moonee Valley was alive with a sea of colourful femininity with just a splash of male presence, when they celebrated this year’s birthday lunch on Saturday, August 23rd. Debbie Waymouth, Rebecca Waymouth, Victoria Shaw. Jenny Moody.


he Master of Ceremonies for the lunch was the well known and well respected Victoria Shaw, Australia’s only female race broadcaster and one of just three females in the world at present, endeavouring to make a voice to be heard in the male dominated profession. Nearly 100 Wakeful Club members and guests enjoyed the fine fare and Spring like weather, eagerly waiting for the presentations of the 2013/14 Awards to the Leading Female Trainer, Leading Female Jockey and the Leading Female Apprentice Jockey. There was also a special award to be presented to an Industry identity. President Jenny Moody, Secretary Fay Stokes and Treasurer Lisa Johnson gave a warm friendly welcome to all the attendees as they mingled before the festivities of the day commenced. The leading female trainers’ award went to the irrepressible Gai Waterhouse, Australia’s first lady of racing. During the season just ended Gai celebrated her first Melbourne Cup winner in Fiorente, who also won the Australian Cup in the autumn, proving his and Gai’s versatility. Gai’s training skills, which have seen her win in excess of 130 Group races, were also accentuated when she celebrated her first jumps winner, Tenby Lady at the Warrnambool Carnival on April 29th. Gai finished 17th in the Melbourne Metropolitan Premiership with 15 winners from 67 starters, a strike rate of 22.4%. She also finished fourth in the Australian Trainers Premiership with 167½ winners. Gai is a remarkable lady who deserves all the accolades that are given to her, as there is no doubt she has made it a lot easier for all the lady trainers that have followed her into the industry. Gai also finished a close second to Mick Price in the Fred Hoysted Medal for the best training performance of 2013/14. However, she turned the tables on Mick when Fiorente was named Victorian Horse of the Year.



Linda Meech, the winner of the leading female jockey award once again, also celebrated success at Warrnambool on the second day of the carnival. Linda won the Listed Wangoom Handicap (affectionately called the ‘Newmarket of the Bush’) aboard Kneeling, trained by Peter Moody. Linda, who is one of the hardest working jockeys in Australia, male or female, is an important member of the Moody stable, travelling all over Victoria and interstate as per the stable requirements. She is reaping the rewards for all of her hard work and dedication. Linda rode 104½ winners last season to finish 15th in the Australian Jockeys Premiership and 98 winners to finish fourth in the Victorian Jockeys Premiership, both truly remarkable results. She is the perfect role model for all aspiring female jockeys. Who can forget her red letter day at Echuca last season when she booted home five winners? Linda’s award was accepted by Kayla Nisbet on her behalf, as she was doing what she loves most, riding at Wangaratta, where she rode one winner, dead-heated for first in other, plus narrow second and a third, with just one unplaced ride. She sent a moving text message which was read to the large audience, which was enthusiastically applauded. A name synonymous with thoroughbred racing was the winner of the leading female apprentice jockey. Katelyn Mallyon completed a remarkable comeback when she won her second Metropolitan Apprentice’s Title last season, emulating her win in her first full year of riding in the 2011/12 season. Katelyn who commence race riding in October 2010, is the granddaughter of Mick Mallyon, who was a superb jockey and thrilled racegoers when he rode three winners of the Caulfield Cup in seven years; 1968 Bunratty Castle, 1971 Gay Icarus and 1974 Leilani.

VICTORIAN of the WAKEFUL CLUB Story by Ron Williams • Images by Sharon-Lee Chapman, Fast Track Photography

There was loud approval and applause when Victoria Shaw announced that Debbie Waymouth was to receive a special award for her long service to the racing industry over nearly forty five years. Debbie, the daughter of a successful jumps jockey, Bill Londregan, began riding track work for her father at the age of 13. Previously she had had success competing at pony clubs, gymkhanas and show jumping competitions.

Jenny Moodie, Charlotte Jansson, Fay Stokes, Lisa Johnson, Christie Woodard

She obtained her license as an amateur rider at the age of 17 and a year later was a approved as a lady rider in the professional ranks. It didn’t take long before Debbie recorded her first win at Drouin, on a horse trained by her now husband, Robert Waymouth. Debbie has ridden winners at many racecourses including Moonee Valley, Sandown, Mornington, Ballarat, Moe and Traralgon. She has won three Balnarring Cups, the most recent being in 2012. She has successfully combined her passion for racing with having two children with Robert, Rebecca a trainer and Rowan, a jumps jockey. She still rides 12 to 15 horses track work some mornings, with no intention of giving up her passion in the near future.

A highlight of the day was when a beautiful hat donated by well known Milliner, Peter Jago, was auctioned and his Ron Hall, Katelyn Mallyon, Kayla Nisbet, Des O’Keefe. charity of choice, Beyond Blue, received a very tidy sum of $ 1,000.00. Peter explained the materials used in his creation in his inimitable Other members of the Mallyon dynasty are senior jockeys Andrew, her brother and Jordan, a cousin. Katelyn is in the best style and spoke about the fashion trends for the Spring form of her short career; and is apprenticed to the Mathew Carnival. Elliott and Simon Zahra stable. Later in the afternoon, Racing Victoria’s Lisa Coffey, introduced She had to overcome a potential early end to her life as a a number of potential jockeys and show riders from all around jockey when she had a very serious fall, but she showed Victoria. Of great interest, there was only one boy in the large tremendous courage and fortitude to ensure that her passion to group. Lisa will have a comprehensive story for you in our continue her career as a jockey, allowing her to continue riding Summer Issue. and doing what she loves so much, riding winners. Katelyn, A Punter’s Club was held, each table selecting a race to bet who was able to attend the lunch because a suspension she on and all wagers and winnings were donated to the National had received a few days earlier, made a moving speech as she accepted her award. Jockeys Trust.



Nadia HorneRacing& – The female voice of RSN – Nadia Horne is a busy lady and brings a fresh outlook to racing on RSN Racing and Sport.


adia first became interested in thoroughbred racing at the tender age of 13, when her grandfather, Howard, encouraged her to attend race meetings each week in South Australia with him. Although a city girl, she developed a love of racing, whether it was thoroughbreds, trotters and pacers or greyhounds. She was intrigued by race analysis and with her liking for mathematics, developed her own form for all codes of race meetings at an early age.

Nadia had plenty of relatives on her mother Deirdre’s side of the family who contributed to her interest in thoroughbred racing. Her great-grandfather, Bertie Raven, was a trainer in SA and all of her great uncles were jockeys, one of whom, Jack Raven, tragically lost his life in a race fall when he was in his 20s. On her father Kingsley’s side of the family, her Nanna, Mona, was a regular racegoer and an uncle, Stirling, was a professional punter, so she certainly had racing in her blood. Nadia wasn’t into riding horses or joining a pony club, but initially, when she was at University studying Commerce in Adelaide, she had her heart set on becoming an Accountant. However, the racing in her blood was soon to take over. In 1995, an Executive of Radio 5RPH in Adelaide, who knew of her interest in all forms of racing, approached her to host their Saturday morning racing show. This experience led to Nadia being approached by 5AA/ TABRADIO in Adelaide in 1996 to co-host their Saturday morning racing talk back program with dual Melbourne Cup winning jockey, John Letts. Nadia also conducted the analysis and interviews of the participants for the races independently on course on the Saturday. She was also a panellist on their Sunday racing review program and a regular member of Channel 9’s SA racing coverage. In 1999-2000 Nadia also became a racing writer for SA’s TAB publication. Her Adelaide experience gave her the opportunity of being involved with racing on Radio, Television and in the Print media.



After five years in Adelaide, in 2000 Nadia was approached by Sky Channel to become a Presenter on television, during which time in 2003 evolved into her hosting a flagship program on Saturday and Sunday mornings for Station 2KY in Sydney, a similar role to which she had had in Adelaide. Nadia joined RSN in 2008, quickly establishing herself once again as a top class host, presenter and interviewer. She is the Host and Executive Producer of her very popular program “Winners”, which is broadcast between 10am to 1pm weekdays, when she interviews trainers, jockeys and owners, as well as other racing identities. She is currently also the host/form analyst for RSN’s digital platform, ‘Carnival’ and she was recently appointed as a City Jeep ambassador. Her knowledge of the analytical elements, gives a valuable insight to RSN listeners in their endeavours to find a winner on week days. She has a wonderful rapport with all her guests on ‘Winners’ and other programs, such as Racing Ahead. She is also the South Australian form expert for RSN and her analytical and her decisive comments are heard on all SA race days. Nadia has always had and still has an unbelievable passion for racing, she finds it most rewarding to be able to present and pass on that passion to an audience, with the aim of them seeing the sport as she does. She has owned thoroughbreds over the years and she has also owned and bred standardbreds and greyhounds with


reasonable success. Her younger brother, Nathan, currently has an interest in a few thoroughbreds and her family still has an interest in racing. In the past, Nadia has enjoyed the various Carnivals across Australia. With the information and vision now available and her commitment to RSN, she finds it more difficult to travel. Her favourite carnivals are Melbourne in the Spring and Oakbank at Easter. Nadia is pleased to see over the years that females are now widely accepted in most, if not all aspects of racing, whether

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they be owners, jockeys, trainers, veterinarians or stable hands. She feels that more and more ladies are becoming interested in the social side of racing through their friends and/or children, as young racegoers are continually boosting attendances, especially at carnival times in the various states. Another passion of Nadia’s is her love of travel. She endeavours to visit the United States annually with her husband Steve, as it allows her to recharge her batteries for the exciting year that lies ahead.



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Sarah Ashworth’s Sarah Ashworth is a firm believer that there is a special home for all retired racehorses she just has to find it.


arah Ashworth takes great pride in being known as a ‘crazy horse person’.

Sarah, who works as Racing Administrator for Cranbournebased trainer Greg Eurell, has lived a life surrounded by thoroughbreds, admitting that she has been ‘horse crazy’ since she was a little girl. “My horses are the reason I live,” she said. “Me and horses, we’re one and the same. “I’m an equestrian rider myself; I breed and show ponies and have always had an interest in finding nice racehorses. I’ve been horse mad since I could walk and talk, they’re just such beautiful, individual animals you can’t help but fall in love with them.”

Sarah now takes pride in re-homing all of Greg Eurell’s retired racehorses and has helped further the careers of a number of well known gallopers. “I’ve just re-homed a horse that was a Group 2-placegetter for Greg named Coldens Choice,” she said. “I had him for 12 months and evented with him very successfully. I’ve since sent him out on loan to a lovely girl who lost her horse; he got very sick and died about 3 months ago, so our horse has now gone down to look after her, because she needs a bit of moral support.

Sarah is one of a number of dedicated horse-people throughout the state who are using their position within the racing industry to ensure all thoroughbreds live a long and happy life once their racing days are over. Though reticent to boast, Sarah estimated that she had rehomed more than 100 horses in her time in the industry, with a devoted focus on finding the right home for the right horse. “I don’t like to see any of them without a suitable home,” she said. “I even take a few of them home myself. “I just think there’s a place for all of them, there is someone out there for every horse. I refuse to let any useful horse just go to the market or be put down just because the right home hasn’t come for it. I can’t help but feel like we owe them that next step” Sarah takes great pride in her work as an ‘equine matchmaker’, interviewing potential owners to find the right match for each of her off the track thoroughbreds. “I always try and put them in the situation where they have a bright future,” she said. “In the past six years that I’ve been working for Greg I think there’s only been about two or three horses I haven’t been able to find a home for, which is purely because of temperament. “For me, all of this is just part of who you are…it’s not just about horse racing. A lot of people think that behind the scenes, all we care about is racing which is totally wrong. We actually love the horses, which is why we do what we do.”



“It honestly felt like something that was meant to be; it was like a meeting of two souls that really needed each other. A horse can provide you with so much help, they’re better than any counselor I know, that’s for sure. Not too many horse people need psychologists, because they have their horses to look after them.” This is something that Sarah knows better than most, after a devastating horse-related injury almost cost her, her life. “I broke my back nine-years ago in an injury off a young racehorse,” she said. “I was breaking-in a young thoroughbred. We were riding down the paddock and she shied at something and threw me.

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But I think you come out the other side stronger after going through those things. I’m probably even more horsey, if that’s even possible, than I was then. I’m a stronger person now that’s for sure.”

Somehow I ended up landing up on a tree as I came off her, it was a freak accident. I landed the wrong way, and that was it basically.” It was a heart-breaking turn of events for Sarah, who was faced with an incredibly difficult challenge, having lived a life surrounded by the very animal that had so suddenly endangered her life. “It was a really tricky situation,” she said. “At the time of the accident I had about 50 horses and I had to rely on my family to look after them and care for them.

Sarah’s strength and determination shone throughout her recovery, never giving up hope on one day returning to the saddle. After spending a year abroad, Sarah returned with a reignited passion to care for the animal that had played a pivotal role in her life to date. “In the end I could never give up on horses, it’s such a big part of who I am,” she said. “It’s funny, I sometimes ask myself what I’m doing it for, especially now in the middle of winter. But in the end, you do it for the love. I can’t describe it, it’s almost like a nirvana thing; it’s where you belong. And out there with my hands on horses is just where I belong.” For more information on Racing Victoria’s ‘Off the Track’ program visit

“It took a while and unfortunately I had to part with a few horses I didn’t want to, which was an emotional challenge.

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Victorian apprentice jockey Samantha Noble laughs when people use terms like ‘marathon’ and ‘staying test’ to refer to the two-mile journey of the Group 1 Emirates Melbourne Cup.


hen she isn’t race riding Samantha, who is currently completing her third year at Racing Victoria’s Apprentice Jockey Training Program, is forging a reputation on Victoria’s equine endurance riding circuit. As the name suggests, the discipline requires horse and rider to navigate trails over lengthy distances, most commonly 80 kilometres or greater, and while traditionally the domain of purpose-bred Arabs, Noble is chasing success with an off the track thoroughbred. Samantha is in the early stages of transitioning retired race mare Regal Christabel, into a post-racing career as an endurance mount and has been impressed by what the seven-year-old is showing her in the early stages. “Endurance riding sees us go out on the trails and compete over long distances, anywhere between 80 and 160 kilometres,” Samantha said. “It’s a little bit like competitive trail riding and you’ve got certain time limits that you have to complete a set course within. “Regal Christabel has only done a training ride which is 40km and I’ve been hoping to get her out over a longer distance since but I’ve been race riding, so I haven’t had the chance. “Thoroughbreds aren’t very common in these events, because it’s often difficult to find one that will hold the condition and settle well enough to go the distance, but so far she is showing some nice ability.” Bought by Samantha’s parents, Kyneton trainer Steven Noble and her mother Kim, for $600 as a tried horse at the 2012 Inglis March Thoroughbred Sale, Regal Christabel recouped her purchase price and more with victory in an Echuca maiden at just her third start for her new connections. But that 1400m success for one of Samantha’s apprentice classmates Jordan Childs, would ultimately be the highpoint of the daughter of Regal Shot’s racing career that lasted 27 starts and yielded just over $16,000 for connections. Samantha explained that it was her close connection with Regal Christabel, a horse she rode frequently in trackwork during the early stages of her apprenticeship, which provided the motivation to dedicate significant time to retraining the galloper.



While they are traditionally bred for speed and agility, thoroughbreds are considered the ideal equestrian athletes for most equine sports and many possess the temperament and athletic versatility required to succeed as endurance mounts. “Regal Christabel was trained by my dad and I just fell in love with her because she is such a sweet horse,” Samantha said. “I had my first official trial ride on her, rode a lot of trackwork on her and I used to strap her for dad on raceday as well. “When she decided she didn’t want to be a racehorse anymore. there wasn’t much we could do with her because she didn’t have the bloodlines to breed with. “I liked her so much and she was really quiet, so I thought I would give her a shot at the endurance rides.” The 19-year-old, who had previously competed in endurance competitions before becoming a jockey, said she was looking to return to competition aboard Regal Christabel in the coming months. Each year across Australia, there are more than 100 endurance riding events of distances from 80km to 400km, with the Victorian season running between March and November. Upcoming events on the Victorian calendar include competitions just held at Mirboo North in July and Ararat in August, with the Victorian State Championships to be held at Moyston in September and the Eldorado Gold Cup in Wangaratta over the Melbourne Cup long weekend in November.



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Story by Victoria Shaw • Images from Sharon-Lee Chapman, Fast Track Photography & Rose Mackey

If you had never attended an Equestrian event before, walking onto the course at this year’s Melbourne International Horse Trials at Werribee Park, you soon realized you did not have to keep referring to the event’s programme to work out what was going on. The commentary teams at this year’s competition held at the Equestrian Centre at the historic Victorian Werribee property were truly outstanding. A consistently informative and engaging delivery on all days of competition, led by Commentator in Chief Victorian woman, and former competitive Eventer, Sarah Nevile-Lavingdale.


eading the team of six in the commentary box at an International competition is no easy feat, but with Sarah’s unfailing calm elegant voice, drawing on her many years of experience as a former member of Australia’s Elite Eventing Squad, her delivery day after day was truly captivating, as patrons did testify at this year’s Melbourne International Horse Trials held in June this year. However, over twenty-three years ago Sarah NevileLavingdale’s involvement with competitive Eventing riding found her focus and dreams centering on representing Australia. For many of us the early 1990s, does not feel that long ago. In 1990 and again in 1994 Sarah qualified for the World Eventing Championships, now known as the World Equestrian Games, but was unable to ride. In 1999, Sarah had entered for competition in the Melbourne International Horse Trials. Unfortunately one of her horses became lame so she was unable to compete, but perhaps fate was smiling on Sarah that day in an unusual way. Russell Withers was engaged in commentary duties, prior to his appointment as a senior commentator at the Sydney and Athens Olympics. Russell asked Sarah to join his commentatory team, and she found herself “apprenticed” to Russell for the next four years. Fast forward to Werribee this year, and the grueling schedule of events, tested more than just the horses. Sarah, now in her ninth



year as Head Commentator certainly rose to the occasion and carried each day brilliantly. With competition commencing on Friday and concluding on Monday, with several days stretching from 8.30am - 4.30pm, the task at hand was incredibly demanding. It takes more than just a good supply of Strepsils to keep any commentator in good voice, as well as a keen eye and great mental dexterity to convey fluid, fast moving action from many locations with any degree of mellifluous eloquence. Taking in the spectacle of Equestrian eventing at a course like Werribee is a wonderful experience, but the competition circuit is vast. Spectators gather at the water jump, in anticipation of great horsemanship and athleticism as displayed by our Equine friends, negotiating each obstacle with graceful vigor and a splash, or take in the event from comfortable seating and even a glass of wine in hand from a more refined aspect. No matter the spectator’s position, everyone had the opportunity to enjoy the ongoing accompanying expert commentary provided by Sarah and her team. Nevertheless, for a circuit like Werribee, most of the horses and their riders are completely out of Sarah’s view for much of the competition. The broadcast location for Sarah only allowed a brief glimpse of each competitor which certainly tested Sarah’s commentary skills as some events have horse’s competing up to 7,500 meters which is more than the famed Warrnambool

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Grand Annual. Conveying the anticipation and excitement at the water jump, as well as the horse and rider’s capacity at competitive level whilst instinctually knowing how a combination needs to take their approach to each obstacle certainly gives Sarah an amazing edge to her live delivery. At Werribee, Sarah could not physically see beyond the 7th fence, yet there were another 25 obstacles for horse and rider to negotiate. Sarah has really mastered the art of “Blind Commentary”, as you would never have known what she could not see as her delivery matched perfectly each horse’s performance. Racing Victoria’s recent and ongoing commitment to the “Off the Track” series of Equestrian events featuring retired racehorses was another opportunity to experience both Equestrian competition, and Sarah Nevile-Lavingdale’s ability to connect Equestrian action and its’ spectators without the unnecessary alienation that many foreign voices seem to impose on Australian audiences. At Mornington racecourse, I recently had the pleasure to spend some time with Sarah and walked the one star cross - country course with her. Counting the strides a horse would take on its approach to each jump and between each obstacle gave a great feel to the complexity of her understanding and attention to detail. No doubt walking a much larger cross country course like that at Werribbee, Sarah’s meticulous ways certainly play a big part in her ability to acknowledge in depth, not just one competitor attempting the course, but four going

around at any given time. Her expertise as an Eventing Cross Country course designer clearly adds to her comprehensive knowledge and sublime delivery. After listening to Sarah, whether it is at an Equestrian arena or 7,500 metre cross-country course, her audiences have the opportunity to learn something, and perhaps Sarah’s other profession renders an influence as well. With a Masters in Counselling Psychology, specializing in adolescent development in the family system; the gentle intrigue that Sarah builds in her voice while providing instructional enlightenment at what is occurring before you offers a lot more, than simply a points update or score. Australian Olympic Equestrian champion Stuart Tinney remarked “The entertainment success of the Melbourne International Horse Trails Cross Country day hinges on its commentary team, and Sarah Nevile-Lavingdale is truly world class.” As the world looks to the next Olympics and the Commonwealth games on the Gold Coast, and if Australian broadcasting networks are really serious about connecting with their Equestrian national and international audiences’, as well as the general public longing to know more; then they need look no further than Sarah Nevile-Lavingdale as their Principal Commentator.



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The North East Thoroughbred Breeders Group held their annual awards night in early August, celebrating in fine style at the beautiful Mitchelton Winery in Nagambie, the very heart of Victorian Thoroughbred country.


s the evening’s host, I knew that we would be celebrating some award winners that may be familiar to you, as well as some who are not. Equally their outstanding contribution to the thoroughbred community, whatever their area of expertise or bloodline, that sets them apart. All delivering that special point of difference amongst the chain of life events, which turns a thoroughbred into another champion from the North East area of Victoria. Entering a new racing season and standing at the threshold of another Victorian Spring Carnival, the general public will most likely never think about those at Stud farms that sit up all night on foal watch. Night after night in the freezing cold, patiently waiting until that precious moment occurs – new Thoroughbred life. So it was an absolute honour to have the opportunity to meet and spend some time with the people who are the very lifeblood of the Victorian Racing Industry.

Rosemary Inglis (Winner of the Industry Award) and Dr. Terry Lowis (Stud and Stable Vets - sponsors of the Award)

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The region is also known as Victoria’s thoroughbred homeland with many prestigious Melbourne Cup winners bred and trained in the Shire. The famous racehorse ‘Black Caviar’ was born at Gilgai Farm in Nagambie, and now stands immortalised in the form of a life-size bronze statue overlooking the stunning Jacobsons Outlook in Nagambie. We are just a short drive from the city (you can get to us in as little as an hour drive), relax and enjoy your visit by starting that book you have wanted to read for such a long time. Make sure you pick up some magnificent fresh produce from the local market and maybe enjoy a glass of wine from our many famous and local wineries. Our parks and rivers are pristine and will provide the perfect place for you, the kids and your furfriends to roam free.

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1 The North East Thoroughbred Breeders over many years has certainly set some very high standards and those that were presented as award winners on the evening, have achieved more than just accolades. The respect and acknowledgement of their peers extend well beyond the boundaries of North East Victoria. As world champion sprinter – Black Caviar, foaled at Nagambie is a permanent reminder to all in the Thoroughbred Industry that achievements beyond your wildest dreams, can be a reality. Having people work within the thoroughbred breeding industry in so many capacities, constantly applying excellence and dedication to their profession and bloodstock, little wonder the North East Group continue to produce stars of the turf. NORTH EAST VICTORIA THOROUGHBRED BREEDERS AWARD WINNERS for 2014 Congratulations To:


RESET, Stallion of the Year. Darley Stud. CITRIUM, Broodmare of the Year. Chatswood Stud. DARLEY & CHATSWOOD STUDS, A tie for Breeder of the Year TURFFONTEIN, Champion First Season Sire. Blue Gum Farm. ROSEMARY INGLIS, Industry Award JANELLE PITTS, Young Achiever Award


NEVILLE MURDOCH, Over Achiever Award !! TRUST IN A GUST, Super Vobis Award

1 Deb Gifford (left) from Phoenix Broodmare Farm, and Bob and Freda Norris from Wood Nook Farm. 2 Victoria Shaw, Janelle Pitts from Larneuk Stud at Gooram (Winner of the Young Achiever Award) and Councillor Debra Swan (The Mayor of the Shire of Strathbogie – sponsors of the award) 3 Janelle Pitts (winner of the Young Achiever Award) and Neville Murdoch (winner of the Over Achiever Award) both from Larneuk Stud, Gooram.




4 Ian Horwood from Blue Gum Farm, his wife Kerri (left) and his daughter Courtney (right) from Gilgai Farm. 5 Dr. Clarissa Brown – Douglas (from Kentucky Equine Research) presenting the Breeder of the Year trophies to joint winners, Sinead Hughes from Chatswood Stud and Andy Makiv from Darley. 6 Damian Gleeson and Wendy Bartel (Phoenix Broodmare Farm) and Fiona Smith (centre) from W. Inglis and Son

Special thanks must go to the evening’s sponsors and organisers including:

• CEPA Farm Supplies

• W. Inglis & Son

• Kentucky Equine Research


• Stud and Stable Veterinarians

• Shire of Strathbogie

• North East Thoroughbreds Inc

• Prydes Easifeed


In time to come, as the current crops of weanlings and yearlings find their way to a racetrack, the relentless passion of all those in the Victorian North East Thoroughbred Breeders Group will transpire to the palpable energy on race day. Thanks to their hard work, incredible dedication and painstaking planning, with no financial guarantees, all of which drives an Industry's anticipation and enjoyment.


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y dad raced thoroughbreds and trotters and I rode track work for local trainer John Hutchinson, as well as a few other trainers in Dubbo from age 14 when there were only a few lady jockeys riding”, said Maree. Maree also competed successfully in dressage, hacking, show riding and judged many show horses and riders. She was also quite adept at taking broken down racehorses and, following a healing process, trained them to become quality hacks, jumpers or eventers. “My friends tell me I suffer from “Horse Fever” – the chronic condition of those who are afflicted with a sense of joy in all things related to horses and riding. There is no cure!” Michael has memories from a little lad: “My dad was a ‘two bob’ punter and on the day my sister was born, I was sitting on Dad’s shoulders at the track kicking home winners. while Mum was at home delivering the baby” Michael said. His grandfather was a famous pony jockey back in the 1920’s and 1930’s and his uncle also drove and trained trotters. Michael continued, “Horses and racing have always been firmly attached to my DNA, but when my cousin Brent offered me his share in an untried filly, Let’s Rock Again and she won on debut at Kembla, then she won the Group 2 Riesling Slipper, I was hooked and I’ve raced and bred many horses since. “The love of horse racing never left me and later it led to my accounting firm, Hadleys CPAs, becoming known as one the very few specialists in equine accounting and tax. Maree’s firm, Balance Insurance and Financial Advisors and mine work together providing specialist advice to the equine industry.

Michael & Maree with 6 times Group 1Winner Dundeel. Picture by Bronwen Healy courtesy of John Messara. “Maree has worked in the insurance industry for over 20 years. Balance Insurance and Financial Advisors has provided her with the opportunity to combine her two passions: Horses and Insurance. “It occurred to us early on that people who work with horses, or even hobbyists who love their showing and riding, were hard done by when it came to insurance. They either couldn’t get it, or had exclusions with hefty premiums. Maree said “In light of this, Michael and I approached a number of large insurers and negotiated cheaper, fairer cover. There’s no reason now why horse lovers and people who work in the horse industry can’t enjoy the same protection as everyone else.” Maree and Michael live on a small farm in Arcadia on the outskirts of Sydney, where they are pursuing the Balance Insurance and Financial Advisors company motto: Life Balance, Financial Balance, Perfect Balance




We know how good massage feels for us, we know how rejuvenated we feel after a good massage, so why wouldn’t our equine friends get the same benefit? Their training regimes can be rigorous, and without a voice to share their ailments and sore spots, they often don’t perform at their optimum level and we may be left wondering why.


fter a long day carrying around 10kgs of camera equipment on my shoulder, there’s not one part of my body that doesn’t ache. A quick fix is a nice glass of Sauvignon Blanc, but the real key is to receive regular massage therapy. Recently, I was approached by Deryn Rowe from “Strides Ahead” to capture imagery that would showcase what she does and the benefit a horse receives even after one treatment. Deryn explained that, “Most people don’t understand how horses feel; whether they are tight, sore or burnt out. They are not machines, they have feelings and they love the attention of being able to indicate to you what’s wrong. Human elite athletes do not go out to play or compete in their respective sports without having massages. It gives them confidence in their body’s ability to be able to comfortably compete at the level required. The horse’s body is over 60% muscle; they need these treatments so much. Many trainers have not been exposed to this type of work and don’t understand its importance. Horses are way smarter than we give them credit; they know exactly what’s wrong with them.

Massage treatments are a fantastic way to maintain a horse’s condition, provide rejuvenation prior to race day, and assist in the horse’s recovery and psychological wellbeing”. There’s no set time for a treatment, but generally they take at least an hour. Deryn doesn’t go by the clock, rather by what each individual horse needs. Although safety is of high importance, the horses are so comfortable in her presence, they are happy to stand contentedly, not moving, apart from their mouths muzzling uncontrollably, often yawning to release tension. The need to tie them up is often unnecessary, as they have the freedom to walk away at anytime if they feel uncomfortable. Just like us when we have an injury or a sore spot, left untreated for periods of time, our bodies have a natural coping mechanism which often compensates for the affected area, which then affects our overall mobility. This is where Deryn’s work is critical to maintaining a fit and healthy horse. Horses have this same coping mechanism, and often protect themselves when racing, not fully extending, which is sometimes due to an old injury.

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Connecting with the horse and gradually releasing the tension and breaking down those barriers not only in the horse’s muscles, but in their minds, is paramount to her success.

Deryn hasn’t always worked with horses, but she had had a racing interest for many years. Looking for a career change after 30 years in the fitness industry, she came across a massage course advertisement in a magazine and felt instantly connected. The course was in Brisbane, conducted by an American company, “Equinology”. Some 400 hours, and a year later, Deryn emerged having completed the course, with the beginning of a new journey awaiting her.

Deryn working with Smokin’ Joey, and below, Smokin’ Joey showed his appreciation by winning at Morphetville

Deryn’s regular client base includes trainers David Vandyke, Bryce Heys, Wez Hunter, Pat Carey, Luke Oliver and First Light Racing and Woodside Park. Deryn spoke to me about a few of her favourite successes with horses she regularly worked on, one being Smokin’ Joey in the Goodwood Handicap in Adelaide this year, winning after coming from the back of the field and the caller not even seeing him coming and the win by Appearance in the 2012 Myer Classic. Deryn said, “The late Guy Walter loved what I do and how much the horses loved it and he watched me work on Appearance and had me work on her three times before that race. I knew she had improved so much in her body by the third session, I remarked to the strapper that she was going to run a huge race that day. She flew home from the back. Guy personally called me on the Sunday to thank me. A huge privilege from a great man”. In case you’re wondering who some of Deryn’s famous horse clients are, they include Group 1 winners, Buffering, Solzhenistyn, Appearance, Smokin’ Joey and Group 2 winner Arabian Gold to name just a few. Dr. Michael Robinson, Vandyke’s Racing’s Assistant Trainer and Veterinary Surgeon summed up Deryn’s work, “In a field with so many competitors, I believe Deryn offers a truly unique product. You only have to witness how the horses respond to her touch to realise she is doing some good”. Aside from running Strides Ahead, Deryn also runs a successful Pilates Studio in Richmond, running 12 classes a week on Tuesdays and Fridays with over 40 regular clients each week. Deryn said “I believe that Pilates is an amazing method of movement for core strength and muscle lengthening, and that knowledge is relevantly transferable to horses. It should be mainstream in their training to prevent back issues, and done from a very young age.  Stretching is also imperative to all, humans and our four legged friends”. Deryn can be contacted at or visit the website at





Louisa’s love drives her Louisa Penn’s lifelong love of thoroughbreds drives her passion for re-homing ex-racehorses


ouisa Penn’s maternal fondness is something that eminates deeply within every thoroughbred to come through her care.

Louisa is a devoted horseperson and former jockey, who currently works as assistant-trainer to Western District based-horseman Denis Duffy. A fierce advocate for the versatility of thoroughbreds, Louisa plays an active role in re-homing all of the Duffy Stable’s horses following their racetrack careers, a job she completes with pride and care. “You do it because you just want what’s best for them,” she said. “We’re real softies Denis and I, we can’t help but get far too attached to them. When you work in a small stable with pretty much the same horses day-in and day-out, you fall in love with them. They’re all individuals, they all have their own personalities; you can’t help but fall in love and want what’s best for them.” “People often say, ‘Oh, they’re just horses’ - but they’re not. They’ve all got their own little traits and random things they do. You get attached to them all, they’re like family in the end.” Louisa and Denis ensure that a horse is set up for life, from the minute they walk onto their Camperdown-based training facility, including elements of dressage and showjumping within their early race education. “When we break our young ones in, they always do at least a fortnight’s dressage work,” she said. “Not only does it help with their future as a racehorse, but it teaches them that they can go on both legs, and how to balance themselves up if they get a knock. I find that it gives them that better grounding before they go on to become racehorses, that they can do something after racing, because they’ve already got the basics there. “They all do things like jumping too. I’ve got a couple of the blue dairy drums in our round yard and any that want to learn to jump can burl around and hop over them. I really think it helps if they’ve got that good basic education, if they have that they’ll go on to be better horses in the long term.” Louisa has actively re-homed a number of horses following their racing careers, and takes great pride in their achievements off the track. “I get a huge thrill out of seeing our ex- racehorses out here competing,” she said. “There’s a little grey horse running around Colac Pony Club right now called Greyt Batch, who we won at Moonee Valley with. He sat in our paddock for two years before I introduced him to the track rider’s school. From that, two young girls took him and another horse home and are now having a ball doing pony club with him.” Re-homing a thoroughbred is not an easy, nor a cheap exercise.



Story by Daniel Miles - Racing Victoria Yet it’s something that Louisa would never even consider giving up. “It can get very hard and very expensive,” she said, “but that just makes you try harder and harder to re-home them because you just want to do what’s right for them. “Like most horse people, we’ll feed the horses before we feed ourselves. It’s just ingrained in to us that love. “Denis plays a big part in re-homing our racehorses; I couldn’t do any of it without him. They’ve got to have somewhere to stay until they find their new home, and Denis always supplies them with that. It’s not easy, I remember one year we spent something like $28,000 on hay for those horses awaiting new owners. “When you first think of that you think, ‘Oh my god – that’s a huge amount of money!’ But when you care for them like we do, it’s all worth it.” Louisa herself rides an Off the Track thoroughbred she broke and raced named Miles Above, a Flemington winner over 2000m who finished fourth behind Harris Tweed in the Listed Bart Cummings Stakes (2500m) in 2010. “He is the absolute love of my life,” she said. “I helped Dennis pick him from the yearling sales. We saw this great big yearling just caught our eye like nothing else. We bought him, broke him in and raced him. He was a really great horse for us, but more than that, he was always just my special horse, I absolutely adored him. “When he did a tendon for the second time, we asked the owners what they wanted to do with him. One of the owners turned around and said to me, ‘You said there was always a paddock for him at your place, do you want him?’ and I just jumped at it and said yes. The pair have been inseparable ever since, with Miles Above now spoilt by more than just Louisa. “The really sweet thing though is that the owner that gave him to me now comes down and visits him quite regularly, and brings his granddaughter down to feed him carrots,” she said. “It’s just been fantastic for the owners to see him. He will be starting a career as a Show hack soon, but at the moment he’s just sitting out in the paddock being spoilt absolutely rotten.”



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You often hear that phrase “A Trip of a Lifetime” but our most recent Ambassador Travel adventure was exactly that and we really enjoyed every minute of it.


he Americans love to believe that everything is bigger and better in the good old USA, and I’ve got to admit after experiencing the Kentucky Derby of 2014, it’s hard to disagree. 164,000 people couldn’t be wrong…could they? And somehow Churchill Downs not only copes with the massive crowd but there’s no trouble getting a drink, a feed or placing a bet…the three crucial ingredients of a great day out. And talk about friendly, our group mixed openly with the locals soaking up the party atmosphere and soaking up the traditional Derby drink, the mint julep. As always with Ambassador Travel our seating was spot on perched high above the winning post to witness not only California Chrome race his way into the history books but the antics of the most colourful crowd in world sport. While you can’t replace the Derby, the Ambassador Travel visits to the Bluegrass Stud Farms of Darley (where we caught up with Lonhro), and Three Chimneys (Big Brown looked brilliant) were other clear highlights.

Santa Anita Before all that we started with a picture perfect day at Santa Anita with private dining in the winning post restaurant and a private tour and it was the same impeccable organization at the end of the trip at Belmont in New York. Did I mention we also dropped into Las Vegas…I better stop, it’s time to plan our next Ambassador Travel Tour…why not join the fun of Hong Kong in December. Check it out!


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Ladies in Racing takes a peak behind the scenes at Sky Racing to meet some of the women who make the racing broadcaster tick.


Ashleigh says country racing carnivals are the highlight of her racing year and she loves Scone.

Sky Racing employs over 400 people across Australia and is owned and operated by Australia’s leading wagering, racing media, gaming services and Keno operator, Tabcorp.

ALISON DALTON, Supervising Promotions Producer

ky Racing broadcasts more than 95,000 races each year to 2.4 million homes and 5,400 commercial outlets around Australia. Sky also manages the export of Australian and New Zealand racing to 52 countries around the world on behalf of the racing industry.

Sky Racing beams familiar racing personalities around Australia on a daily basis, but it’s also the people behind-the-scenes who help keep the broadcaster at the top of its game. ASHLEIGH MCGREGOR, Producer Ashleigh joined the Sky Racing team over four and a half years ago and is currently the producer for Andrew Bensley and Shawn Cosgrove on Racing HQ on Sky Sports Radio. Racing HQ is a fast-moving weekday show, which keeps the audience up-to-date with racing news and Ashleigh on her toes. As a producer, she hits the road with the team for outside broadcasts from country racing carnivals. She also produces the outside broadcasts for the popular breakfast program, the Big Sports Breakfast with Terry Kennedy and Michael Slater. Ashleigh says racing is in her blood. Her father owned racehorses and she says going to the races with him was a regular activity and drove her love of the industry. “I’ve enjoyed 10 years in television, radio, advertising and digital industries,” she said. “After gaining valuable experience in an array of industry sectors including Fox Sports, I decided my passion of sport and racing was too big not to take on the role at Sky Racing and Sky Sports Radio.”



“Producing the outside broadcasts of the two radio shows at Scone bring the city and country together for two days of brilliant racing and amazing hospitality,” she said.

Alison joined Sky Racing over a decade ago after finishing her Communications degree and enjoyed various production roles before landing in her current Supervising Promotions Producer position. Alison’s role sees her produce and edit Sky Racing’s on air promotions. Alison loves to get out to the track with a cameraman to shoot content for promotional campaigns. She is a big fan of sport and loves the vibrant action of the racing industry. “My position at Sky allows me to get behind-the-scenes at race days and I’m lucky enough to experience it on a more personal level,” she said. “I always find myself devoted to horses I’ve patted!” She calls out her career highlight as conducting a sit down oneon-one interview with Gai Waterhouse and Katie Page-Harvey for Magic Millions. She said another special memory close to her heart is holding the Melbourne Cup on the hallowed turf of Flemington. “I love the vibe of Melbourne Cup Day. It’s great to see so many people enjoying the sport and it’s nice to have a day where the Sky Racing family gets together and celebrates,” she said. JEMMA CUTTING, Producer Jemma is the producer for Sky Racing’s thoroughbred breeding show, Bred to Win and raceday production. Jemma joined the Sky Racing team in 2011.




Jemma loves her role producing Bred to Win and regularly hits the road, travelling to stud farms around NSW. Jemma has had the privilege of getting up close with some of her equine heroes including Sepoy, So You Think, Pierro and Fiorente.



“I was even there waving the Australian flag when Nelly saluted the Queen at Royal Ascot in 2012,” she said. “That’s the good thing about the Sport of Kings, it has the potential to take you all around the world.”

It was always Jemma’s goal to work in the racing media industry.

Hayleigh’s most memorable highlight in her racing career is having a celebratory drink in the winners bar earlier this year with “I was obsessed with racing from a young age and I’ve worked really hard to earn credibility and learn as much as I can,” she said. connections for I’m No Phony. “I juggled three racing related jobs in my final years of study which I believe helped me get to where I am now. I worked in finance at Doomben Racecourse, as a casual stablehand with Shaun Dwyer at Deagon Racecourse and later for Tony Crane at Eagle Farm and did shift work as a producer and tote-caller on air at RadioTAB.” Jemma’s passion for racing and horses is evident with her dedication to her career. She has also recently started to compete in low-level show jumping with her off-the-track grey gelding, Sir Gwynn. Jemma is on board with a number of the ladies at Sky with the Melbourne Cup her favourite race of the year. HAYLEIGH ATTARD, Producer – Racing Hayleigh prepares all racing programs on Sky including Sky Raceday, special events and loves that her role allows her to produce across all three codes of racing. Hayleigh, like many other Sky team members grew up in a racing family. Her grandfather was a greyhound trainer and her father is a horse trainer. She says; “With breeding like mine, I think I was destined to work in the racing industry.” Prior to joining the Sky team four and a half years ago Hayleigh worked in various roles at Racing NSW and was even asked to join the Sydney Stewards panel.

HEATHER MCILFATRICK, Manager Sales and Commercial Heather calls herself the rookie of the group, having joined the Sky Racing team in February this year. She is however no rookie in commercial media having spent most of her career at BBC Worldwide in London and Sydney, where she worked across programs like Top Gear and Doctor Who. Before joining Sky Racing, Heather’s love of racing was for the social aspect. Since joining Sky she has come to the realisation of how massive the racing industry is and gained an appreciation for the breadth and depth of people and personalities involved in the sport. Heather says joining the Sky team just before the inaugural Championships was amazing. Sky Racing hosted 400 racing enthusiasts at Randwick’s new Stables venue on Day 1 of The Championships and Heather was proud to be able to showcase the Sky Racing brand with its key talent and partners. With the Spring Racing Carnival just around the corner, Heather is excited to be heading to Flemington for the 2014 Melbourne Cup. “This will be my first trip to Flemington with the Sky Racing team,” she said.

Hayleigh worked hard behind the scenes during the Black Caviar “The excitement is building within the business. Spring phenomenon and witnessed the great mare up close on a few Carnival is such a key time of year across Tabcorp.” occasions as an oncourse producer in Brisbane and Adelaide.

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Like many young girls, Grace Forbes grew up with a love for horses. Raised on a large sheep farm in Gippsland, Grace was given her first pony when she was just two-years-old.


he Welsh Mountain Pony – named ‘Pixie’ – ignited a passion for the equine which Grace still carries today in her role as Manager – Veterinary Services at Racing Victoria. “Growing up on a farm I always had a love of animals. My passion wasn’t about becoming a jockey or show jumper, I remember making the decision that I wanted to be a Veterinarian when I was still in primary school,” Grace recalled. “Our local vet was very obliging and he let me visit the practice on weekends or during holidays and it was a passion that just grew from there really. “When I graduated from University, I decided to combine my love of horses and veterinarian science and become a horse vet. I love being around horses and it seemed only natural to work in a field which allowed me to be close to them.” If Grace’s face looks familiar, that’s because each week she attends around three race meetings across Victoria – where she carries out inspections, attends to injuries and conducts testing, among other tasks to protect horse welfare and the sport’s integrity. Grace, who joined Racing Victoria in late 2012, also spends a couple of days each week at Racing Victoria’s Head Office in Flemington, as well as dedicating a day to conducting out of competition testing with the Compliance Assurance Team.



“There’s great variety in the role and every day is different and challenging. I might be attending a race meeting or a trial, attending an injury, working with the infrastructure team to improve race day veterinary facilities, or working on the course material for an educational seminar,” Grace said. “It’s a vocation which allows you to interact with people from across the Racing Victoria business and across the industry – from the Stewards to Farriers, Track Managers, Barrier Attendants, the Infrastructure Team and the Media.” The role of the vet has changed significantly since Grace started out at an equine clinic in Kilmore a little over a decade ago, with forensic sampling, vet inspections and comprehensive education programs among the initiatives which are continuing to develop. “The rate of race day forensic sampling of horses has increased substantially, as has the rate of comprehensive post-race veterinary inspections performed at the request of the stewards to investigate the possible causes of disappointing racing performances,” Grace continued. “In addition, the scope of post-race veterinary inspections at metropolitan race meetings has been expanded to include endoscopic examination of the upper respiratory tract, which identifies common and important causes of poor racing performances.”

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from her job. “The technology is much greater these days and our post-race examinations also include the use of a portable ECG monitor, which is attached to an iPhone. Not only do these inspections provide valuable information to the trainer, by identifying ways to improve the horse’s health and welfare, they also protect the interests of the wagering public.” Working with local vets, Grace and the team at Racing Victoria also conduct pre-race veterinary examinations on all Emirates Melbourne Cup runners, as well as each horse engaged in a Victorian jumps race. In February this year, Racing Victoria further expanded its equine welfare program with the introduction of compulsory pre-race inspections for all runners in the Group 1 Sportingbet Blue Diamond Stakes – Victoria’s richest and most prestigious event for two-year olds. According to Grace, the role of the regulatory vet has grown significantly and this trend will only continue into the future. “It is an exciting time to be part of this change. There is a real focus on the health and welfare of racing horses which is fundamental to the success of the industry and is a true passion of mine,” she said.

Story by by Natasha Wade - Racing Victoria “We have improved our response to race day incidents through training, equipment purchases and re-engineered race day procedures which ensure that racing injuries are managed swiftly, so that horses receive the best possible care in order to minimise stress and maximise welfare. But our job is not just about treating or inspecting animals – we are also involved in training and educating industry participants such as local vets, trainers and other race day staff. “We’re continuing to look into new ways to enhance horse welfare and in partnership with the State Government and the University of Melbourne’s School of Veterinary Science, Racing Victoria has created a research fund which is driving key studies which will improve the health and welfare of thoroughbred racehorses. “By working with researchers we’re forming a scientific basis for future horse training programs to help reduce injuries.” Approximately half of the meetings Grace attends at are Regional and she names Casterton and Yarra Valley among her favourite racecourses in Victoria. Her grandfather was a Farrier – another influence which sparked her passion in her formative years; she recalls watching him train and race at Yarra Valley. “At Casterton I love to watch the horses jumping the ‘live hedge’ steeple fences, while Yarra Valley was the first racecourse I ever went to. It has a sentimental value and it’s a beautiful, picturesque racecourse,” Grace said. “I get a real buzz from attending race meetings – there is something special, beyond words, about hearing the horses thundering down the home straight.”



JUMPING isLeaping


Story by Ron Williams • Images by Sharon-Lee Chapman, Fast Track Photography

Jumps racing followers had plenty to be pleased about in the last season. Although in a number of instances the fields were less than the public, the clubs and the betting agencies would have preferred from the wagering aspect, the participants in each of the major hurdles and steeplechases in Victoria and South Australia were of the highest standard.


he most pleasing aspect of the jumping season was the lack of visible anti-jumps protesters; they were conspicuous by their absence. I had heard the protestors were now hassling the cart horses and tourist buggies in the heart of Melbourne. Perhaps their next target will be swimming pools and motor cars because of the number of fatalities that occur. The Oakbank Racing Club continued to enhance their reputation as the hosts of the ’biggest picnic race meeting in the world’, with the exciting jumping at their unique racecourse in their two day Carnival, which is traditionally held over the Easter weekend. It was then off to Warrnambool, who again welcomed bumper crowds for their 3 day carnival which commenced on April 29th. A highlight of the first day was the first win by a jumper Tenby Lady, for Australia’s first lady of racing, Gai Waterhouse. Gai had attended the carnival for the first time the year before and had promised then that she would have a starter in the next season. The action switched to Sportingbet Park at Sandown in June for the Australian Hurdle and Steeplechase, followed a few weeks later by the Grand National Hurdle and Steeplechase at the same venue. Superb jumping was the order of the day at all the racedays, delighting the large number of jump enthusiasts who attend come rain, hail or shine. Bashboy, the top weight in the 149th running of the Grand National Steeplechase on July 27th, with the huge impost of 74.5kgs, trained by Ciaron Maher and ridden by Steven Pateman, Australia’s premier jumps jockey, was attempting to win the race for the third consecutive time. Bashboy was gallant in defeat in finishing second to Wells, but the nine kilograms he had to give to Wells proved to be just too much.



- Sea King winning at Sandown with Steven Pateman below

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Kathryn and Craig Durden with Wells at Betfair Park, Sandown Tenby Lady Wells, now a seven-year-old gelding, became the first horse to win the Grand National at his first attempt over the taller obstacles, previously having had eight starts in hurdles for three wins and four placings, including a third in the Grand National Hurdle a fortnight earlier, which Sea King won with Steven Pateman aboard. Wells, is trained by Kathryn Durden, wife of now retired champion jumps jockey Craig, ridden to perfection by Irish jockey John Allen, outstaying his opposition to win comfortably by six lengths. He was purchased by Kathryn as an unraced three-year-old from Lloyd Williams for $130,000.00 for stable clients and has now won eight races and $453,935.00 in prize money, with four of those wins over the jumps giving a return of $318,955.00. In our next Issue, the legendary John Adams, Australia’s premier jumping form analyst and administrator will preview the 2015 jumping season for you.


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When you first meet Susan McDonald, known as Sue by all her friends, you are greeted with a beautiful smile and there are many reasons for her to smile.


he first, is that she was born in a little country village called Clogh in County Kilkenny, Ireland, May 16th, 1988.

Her father John always had a few mares that he used for breeding as showjumpers and eventers, with a good deal of success. Susan’s original interest in horses was gained from travelling to Shows with her mother Kitty, her father and brother Eoghan, plus being in a horse loving family. Susan didn’t find the riding bug until she was about 12, when she and her best friend and first cousin, Marie, were both eager to learn how to ride. Together they joined a riding school that was just a short walk from Susan’s home. When Eoghan, who had been riding for many years, made the transition to riding horses, Susan was lucky enough to be given her own pony straight away and quickly became enamoured with riding. As her confidence grew, she became involved with the local hunts, North Kilkenny Foxhounds and the Laois Hunt. She did a bit of showjumping over the years, but it never gave her the same thrill that she received from hunting and cross country competitions. Susan and Marie graduated from the ponies to the horses together and they were constantly on the move. Every weekend they would go hunting or just go on day long hacks through the forestry, looking for anything that resembled a jump or a drain. To this day, every time Susan goes home for a holiday, they still follow the same routine. Susan attended primary school in Clogh and secondary college in Castlecomer. She continued her studies and obtained a Degree of Bachelor in Business and Equine Studies at Gurteen Agricultural College and Athlone Institute of Technology. She loved the course as it was very practical, as well as being in a class room. She was able to ride her own horse which she kept on campus. While attending College, Susan worked at weekends for Annemarie Dunphy, an International Dressage rider. She said, “Annemarie is an amazing rider and competes at the top level. She is also an Irish level 2 coach and this year was appointed as Pony Dressage Team Manager.” She also spent some time working for Ger O’Neill of Castlefield Sport Horses. Ger is a top showjumper and sales agent also based in Ireland. She enjoyed both experiences greatly. Initially Susan’s interest in thoroughbreds was going to the races for social reasons, especially dressing up for ladies days. It wasn’t until she arrived in Australia in September 2011, that her interest in thoroughbreds blossomed. Her first job in the thoroughbred industry was with Tony McEvoy at Angaston in the beautiful Barossa Valley. Working in a rural area qualified Susan to obtain her second year working holiday Visa. She



thoroughly enjoyed her time there, saying that Tony and his staff were a pleasure to work with, while helping her gain a lot of experience. Susan then went to work at the Patinack Farm reduction sale on the Gold Coast. Another amazing experience was gained, where she was pleased to meet some really great people. She knew then that she wanted to work at more sales, as it was an excellent opportunity to see more of Australia, as well as being a wonderful way to meet more new people, while earning money at the same time. She went home to see her family in Ireland for Christmas in 2012. She found it difficult to leave again for Australia as she admitted she was a bit of a ‘mummy’s girl’, as she so enjoyed her home cooked meals. She misses her mother who is one of a kind and is always there to offer a helping hand. Returning to Australia, Susan again went to the Gold Coast where she worked at the Magic Million Yearling Sales for the Bowness Stud from New South Wales. After the sales finished she then went to Sydney where the next Bowness Stud draft of yearlings arrived for the Inglis Classic Sale. Susan’s partner Dean, who she met in college, had started working for Darren Weir’s stables while Susan was home in Ireland. At that time, the Weir stable were advertising online for more staff, so she rang the office and spoke to Denita, who

Eyes are Smiling Story by Ron Williams Images from Peter Morganti, Darren Weir’s Stables arranged for her to start in the Ballarat stable of Darren’s after the yearling sales in Sydney were finished. She is very happy that Darren and his office staff were able to extend Dean’s and her Visa’s, allowing them to stay in Australia for another four years. When I approached Darren at Caulfield recently, knowing that he is very generous in his praise of his staff at Forest Lodge, Ballarat and his satellite stable at Warrnambool, I asked him about the female influence in his stables. He said to me, “Why don’t you talk to Susan McDonald, who was his right hand person on that day”. Susan is amazing; she just never stops, from walking the horses, saddling them, parading them, bringing them into the mounting yard, while watching the race with her eyes glued to the race track. Then it starts all over again for the next race. It’s doubly hard if the stable has more than one horse in the race. Susan finds Darren a pretty easy boss to work for, as long as you do your allocated work, there is no problem. Her general morning entails getting horses in from the yards, tacked up and on the walker ready for track work. When they arrive back from trackwork they have to be washed off or on occasions they will have a swim, depending what’s on the list for them to do. She also goes to trials or the races regularly, depending on how many runners have been entered. She enjoys the day out, as it’s a nice change of scenery and it broadens her outlook of

Australia. Susan loves working with Stevie Payne (Michelle’s brother), and finds him a pleasure to work with, as he is always happy and smiling. She especially enjoyed spending last year’s Ballarat Cup with him. Susan found it difficult to nominate her favourite horses, but pressed she mentioned Tilla Bell Rings, Symphonix, Musica Royale and Backbone. Her favourite race meeting day are the Friday nights at Moonee Valley; she finds the atmosphere very beautiful under the lights. Naturally, Ballarat is her favourite country track. She has great admiration for all the female jockeys for their determination to succeed, in what for a long time was considered a male domain, with a special thought for all the Irish jockeys, especially the apprentices, that have made the long trip to Australia, looking to improve their riding skills When time permits, Susan is a keen runner and has competed in quite a few 12km events, including one in Ballarat, which raises money for the sick and injured children of Ballarat. She is looking forward to competing again this year. Susan also loves photography and is currently doing a Digital SLR Photography course with local photographer, Michelle Dunn. She hadn’t realised how much she could learn about her camera and what it could do. Eoghan was married in February this year and Susan made a special flight to join in the family celebrations. When asked where she would be in five years time, Susan said, “Ireland would always be home and I miss not having my family close to me, but the 24 hour flight home is not all that pleasant. I really want to visit Thailand one day and maybe spend some time working in the United States of America. “I love working in Australia and our whole staff was so happy to see Darren win the Australian Trainers, the Victorian trainers and the Melbourne Metropolitan Premierships, what a great achievement by him to win the Treble. It was so well deserved; to play a small part in his stable’s success is a great honour, which I shall always cherish.“

Susan and Stevie

Susan and Dean




LIFE' S A Jane Ormsby

Breeze sleeps with the teddy every night to keep him comforted after being abandoned by his mother in Dartmoor National Park.


ours after his birth in May 2013, Breeze was found stumbling around by a farmer and was suffering from severe malnutrition and dehydration, so he was signed over to the care of The Mare and Foal Sanctuary, England. The Sanctuary aims to rescue, rehabilitate and rehome as many horses in need as possible and Breeze soon received a medical check and began being hand-reared. Although he was growing fast and had lots of care from the staff, he was missing the warmth and companionship of a mother-figure. The Sanctuary then decided to run a campaign to find a giant stuffed toy for Breeze to cuddle, and the public response was fantastic. The foal's new friend was made possible only by the generosity of the local community. However one very special, four foot teddy, Buttons, soon became the foal’s best friend as he is nursed back to health.



Since then, Breeze has grown from strength to strength and is one of the main instigators of playtime in the paddock. He is currently training and although not ready for rehoming, will no doubt continue to bring smiles to faces at the Sanctuary and beyond. Breeze and Buttons have now become inseparable. The Mare and Foal Sanctuary, Honeysuckle Farm, Buckland Road, Newton Abbot, Devon, TQ12 4SA. Email:



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Lucinda’s a Jock trades! Story by Tony Kneebone

Images from Sharon-Lee Chapman, Fast Track Photography

17-year-old Lucinda Doodt will have no trouble staying light enough to be a jockey; she never stops moving!


atthew Hyland from the Racing Victoria Apprentice Jockey Training Program suggested that Lucinda will probably have her first professional ride in a few months time , but before that she has plenty to keep her occupied; schoolwork, dancing, trackwork, trials, stablework, apprentice riding studies and equestrian competition. Before she will have her first ride in a professional race, Lucinda competed in the Melbourne International Horse Trials at Werribee from June 6th to 9th. “Eventing has been a passion of mine for about 12 years”, Lucinda said. “I started when I was five and at the moment I have three horses in work, all competing at different levels”. She started dancing at just three and has won four State titles, taking on most disciplines. “Ballet is the one I’ve concentrated on most since the age of 11 and it’s all I’m doing at the moment because of my workload”, said Lucinda. “I still love it and the few hours I put into it each week allows me to be with a different crowd and gives me a break from the horses; I guess you could call it a freshen up”, she said. “The skills required for dancing are very similar to what’s needed in horse riding; balance, timing, coordination, etc”. Lucinda is in the Racing Victoria Apprentice Jockey Training Program and she is indentured to Mark Lewis in Ballarat.

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A Fairyt ale FINISH

The Australian Racing and Equine Academy (AREA) continues to ‘churn’ out talented apprentice jockeys, with Mollie Partridge and Melinda Graham being the latest to join the winning ranks on the Mid North Coast and Northern Rivers.

Melinda Graham, Malcolm Fitzgerald and Mollie Partridge


he promising riders competed at their first race meeting at Grafton on June 14th, with both riders enjoying a fairy-tale victory on debut.

Unlike Melinda, Mollie Partridge couldn’t resist the urge to follow her jockey aspirations and, she has juggled her school education with part-time work at the stables of Colt Prosser.

Melinda saluted with Rebel Dancer for her mother, and master, Jenny Graham, while Mollie scored with Jack’s Kiss for her master/trainer, Colt Prosser.

“I couldn’t start my career quick enough,” Mollie revealed. “I started working for Colt when I was 14 and-a-half years old and the goal has always been to become a jockey. I’ve finished school now and I’m very happy to give racing my full attention,” the 17-year-old added.

“Nobody could ask for a better outcome than to win on debut,” declared AREA workplace trainer and assessor, Malcolm Fitzgerald. “Everyone who has worked with Melinda and Mollie are very proud!” To prove it was no stroke of luck, the pair ventured to the Casino meeting on June 24th where they again joined the winners’ circle. Mollie was victorious with Curley Mac for trainer Vanessa McLennan while Melinda scored with Pryendi for her fathertrainer Darren Graham. With more race experience under their belt, further success is expected to follow. “It was very exciting to win at each of my first two outings – I couldn’t have asked for a better result,” Melinda Graham declared. While Melinda has a lifelong association with Racing through her family who have trained horses, the 24-year-old decided to put study ahead of her career ambitions in the saddle. “I’ve been involved with racing my whole life but I wanted to go to University first and get a qualification before looking at anything else,” she said. “I went to University at Newcastle where I achieved a degree as a dietician. That was my goal once I left school. After I finished my degree, only then was I going to get into racing by taking the steps to become an apprentice jockey. I’m very happy with what I’ve achieved in the saddle so far, and I’m definitely keen to continue down the pathway of a jockey.”



Malcolm Fitzgerald said that apprentices such as Melinda and Mollie achieve success through a combination of factors that has been put in place by AREA, which is a strategic training partnership between Racing NSW and TAFE NSW – Western Sydney Institute. Fitzgerald said that the Racing Industry also supports the work that the AREA team is doing with the mentoring of apprentice jockeys. “Firstly, nothing is possible without the great support of the whole AREA team, and that’s from the office in Sydney right up to the workplace trainers like myself, who are based around NSW,” Fitzgerald said. The AREA mentor team includes Ron Quinton, Malcolm Johnston, Jamie Whitney, Karlie Triffitt, Michael Donoghue, Melina Remacle, Pat Webster, Rodney Quinn and Dan Power. “We are very grateful also to have the support of industry from a wide perspective,” Fitzgerald said. “That includes the Racing NSW Stewards, and in particularly Drew Smith who plays a pivotal role when working with apprentice jockeys such as Melinda and Mollie on the Mid North Coast. Drew holds them all in good stead. There are also senior jockeys who take the time to mentor the young apprentices at trackwork or on race days– particularly Robert Thompson, Peter Graham, Andrew Gibbons and Dale Spriggs. Many people play a part and the apprentices, themselves, can’t achieve what they have without dedication and hard work.”

Story by Ron Williams • Images from Gollan Racing

Melinda Graham scores aboard Rebel Dancer at Grafton

Mollie Partridge winning at Grafton on Jack’s Kiss AREA can be found online at or by phoning 1800 200 724.



Story by Frances O’Shae • Images courtesy NJC

The 2014 Newcastle Jockey Club Spring Racing Carnival will have something for everyone; with top trainers and jockeys vying for the fantastic prize money on offer in the four feature races.


he fashionistas will be well catered for with an array of wonderful prizes for our best dressed ladies and gentlemen.

Online entries received by September 11th , will be in the running for a Peacock Lane hamper , which includes exclusive jewellery by Samantha Wills.

The carnival kicks off on Wednesday, September 17th, with the running of two Group 3 events, the $125,000 Coca Cola Spring Stakes run over 1600m for 3YOs, with the 1500m Cameron Handicap also offering $125,000 in prize money plus trophies. The winners of both races will be exempt from the ballot for the Epsom Handicap, to be run on October 4th at Randwick.

Popular NBN Television personality Natasha Beyersdorf will be the Master of Ceremony for the day.

The tradition continues on Ladies Day on Thursday, when there will be plenty of entertainment throughout the afternoon, with the feature being the highly anticipated ‘Fashions on the Field’. To be held in the Westfield Ladies Day Marquee, the competition has some amazing prizes including a five night holiday to The Modern, Honolulu, $250 Westfield shopping voucher, 12 month double pass to “Chick at the Flicks” at Events Cinemas Glendale, and a bottle of Peacock Lane sparkling wine with a bouquet of flowers. Top Australian fashion stylist Laura Lupish will head the judging panel; together with milliner Cherie Ableson, NXFM’s Sophie Tiller and racing style expert Sharon Lenton.



There are plenty of other great race day packages available including trackside marquees, exquisite dining in Chevals Restaurant and a number of private function rooms. The racing action will continue on Ladies Day, with the feature race the Group 3 $175,000.00 XXXX Newcastle Gold Cup over 2300m, which is certain to attract a top class field of runners. An added incentive is the winner of the Cup is exempt from the ballot for the 2014 The Metropolitan, also to be run at Randwick on October 4th. The Group 3 Tibbie Stakes, run over 1400m, offers $125,000 in prize money and trophies and will also feature leading gallopers from metropolitan and local stables. All other races during the carnival offer a minimum of $22,000 in prize money, including the Noahs on the Beach 900m Hurricane Stakes. For further information on the carnival contact:





Thursday 7th August, 2014 – Images courtesy Sharon Lenton




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1. Stylish young lady enjoying the Cup 2. Liz William (Board Member Pink Silks Committee) with Kay Skinner (Owner Pier Hotel and Toyota Dealership) 3. Alan Johnson (Chairman Coffs Harbour Race Club) with his beautiful wife, Tanya (Chairperson Pink Silks Committee) 4. Caroline Bleechmore (Park Beach Plaza), Kay Ryan (third), Emma Castley (Winner) & Jodie Evans (Runner Up) 5. Melly & Chris Shute (Judges from the Advocate)





1. Best Dressed Lady – Contemporary Award – Amie Want (third), Sharon Lenton (Judge), Yvette Prewett (winner), Leeanne Symes (runner up) 2. Winners of Best Dressed Couple - Barry France & Svetlana Burrows 3. Looking lovely in the crowd 4. Caroline Bleechmore, Simon Chladil, Carole Beros 5. Brendan McGrath (Best Dressed Man, Winner), Annie Blair (MC), Andrew McPherson (Runner Up 6. Best Dressed Lady – Classical Award Winner – Emma Castley




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My Story –Barbara Wenman

Story and images by Carole Beros


Everyone has a story to tell and Barbara Wenman is no exception to the rule. Barbara’s family has been involved in the horse racing industry for just over 160 years! No wonder she enjoys everything about it and currently has four horses racing or in training.

recently met up with this effervescent stylish lady and had the pleasure of listening to her story. I joined her in reminiscing about being brought up around horses and her passion for the racing world. CB: We know you are an owner, but how did you acquire the passion for the industry and did your family own horses? BW: My family have been involved in horse racing and breeding on the North Coast since 1853, my great, great, Grandfather Thomas Pratt was one of the leading owners, trainers and jockeys of his era. In 1859, Thomas Pratt won the first Clarence River Jockey Club handicap on a horse which he owned called Newbold. He won this event with the same horse again the following year as well as the second and fourth Grafton Cup! He also raced successfully in Armidale, Glen Innis and Tenterfield. His sons George (my great grandfather) Thomas and Stephen were also all noted horsemen. George became a foundation member of the Casino Jockey Club and was the official starter for 25 years. Stephen went on to ride the winner of the 1869 Cup. CB: Was it just the men in the family that was involved in the racing industry? BW: Most definitely not! My Grandmother Alice Pratt was a noted horsewoman winning many dressage competitions in her day. She once told me that if they had used female jockeys in her time, she would have jumped at the chance! My father Eric Lamont was a successful owner, breeder, trainer and jockey for over 25 years in the Casino district. There are still members of the Pratt family who are involved in racing in Casino. Tom Pratt is a successful horse trainer and Bede Pratt is the Vice President of the Casino Jockey Club.



CB: Have you any special childhood memories you would like to share with us? BW: Yes I have actually, I remember that as a child, I would follow my father Eric around and hang over the fence and chat to him while he was shoeing the horses. My brother Ian and I would often accompany him to the races in Ballina, Casino and Lismore and could be seen running around the track on Saturday afternoons. CB: Do you ride Barbara? BW: Yes, I can ride a horse, my father taught me to ride but I had eight brothers so he concentrated on them and they got to compete and win all the ribbons at the local shows. The last time I rode a horse was when I was 16 and on a friend of the family’s cattle property and we moved the cattle. However the last time I was actually in a saddle was when I rode a camel up Mount Sinai. It was one of the most fantastic experiences of my life, the constellations are so close, and you can understand the Three Wise Men going there to study the stars. CB: Tell us a bit about the horses that you own? BW: At the moment I have four horses racing or in training. Don’t Get Me Rong is on the Coffs Coast with Paul Smith. We bought her from a Vinery Stud and she has been a great little horse winning over $90,000 in prize money. Her sire is Dubleo from the Northern Dancer line. CB: Do you get attached to your horses? BW: I actually love ‘Don’t Get Me Rong’ to bits, she is so big, beautiful and strong but very temperamental! One day she wants to smooch and the next she will nearly take your hand off! I race her in partnership with Doug Beedie and my three youngest children who I have given them a share of each horse to encourage them to take an interest in horse racing and keep the family tradition going....They own the tails!

Doug and I have had a partnership in breeding and racing since 2006. We bred 4 horses up at Wattle Brae in Queensland. One I have with Mark Palmer is Danish Hombre whose sire is Caught Courting. He is bred to stay and still going through his paces, I race him in conjunction with my brother Anthony (Tony) Lamont in Casino. Tony also manages another horse Black Bandana whose sire is Danzero. This horse I have with Pat Randall in Casino. She is another lovely little horse and we expect great things from her. CB: Have you any advice to give to new owners? BW: Horses all have their own personality and you need to find the right person to train them and bring out the best in them. CB: What is your latest news you have to share? BW: I have just bought shares in the Darley Racing, Exceed and Excel - Off The Planet filly, which is yet to be named and is being trained by Peter Moody in Melbourne. Very exciting! I am also looking at a couple of other Darley horses. We will eventually breed from ‘Don’t Get Me Rong’ and ‘Black Bandana’. We intend to visiting the stallion parades at Vinery, Darley and Killmore Studs later this month. CB: Have you had any wins just recently? BW: Yes we have, ‘Don’t Get Me Rong’ had a fantastic win in Ballina earlier this month, she led all the way. Always a thrill when this happens! As I said she is temperamental, you never know when she will go in the barrier or not…I hold my breath a lot when she is racing! CB: Do you enjoy any other aspect of the racing industry? BW: I love getting dressed up and going to the races. I’m not really interested in Fashions on the Field anymore, I leave that to

the young ones, however it’s a bit of a giggle to enter and win occasionally. However I entered just recently and won again, runner up on Sawtell Cup Day at the Coffs Harbour Racing Club. I always enjoy cup days and charity events and of course the company of special friends. CB: Have you any favourite designers or milliners? BW: My favourite Australian designers are Perri Cutten, Carla Zampatti, Leona Edmiston and Collette Dinnigan. They all have an understanding of true classic design that flatters the figure and I love that they obviously research and source fabrics for our Australian climate. I also enjoy Alexander McQueen, Issa and Roberto Cavalli for the structure of their garments and the luxurious soft finish of their fabrics; Neil Grigg and Cynthia Jones Bryson are two of my favourite milliners. I also like Brenda Watson, Jonothon Howard, George Giavis and, of course Phillip Treacy. I adore Le Dain Designs Jewellery with all their beautiful pearls, Austrian Crystals and Semi –precious stones. I can always find a special piece to compliment every outfit. CB: What do you enjoy most about our ‘Ladies in Racing’ publication? BW: I so enjoy relaxing and reading ‘Ladies in Racing’. I love the idea of a magazine dedicated to women in racing that isn’t all about fashion but also includes the excitement and glamour of racing as a sport. Racing as a sport has been dominated by men since its inception. It is wonderful to see women receiving reconciliation for their contribution, not just locally, but also internationally. It portrays the joy and sheer excitement of all aspects of racing. Thank you Barbara, see you at the races!



Belinda’s going the Dist ance Story by Jo Wallace - Racing NSW

She’s just turned 25 and has had some substantial setbacks but Belinda Hodder remains positive – racing’s in her blood as is her positive mentality and perseverance


orn in Port Macquarie, New South Wales, Belinda Hodder was raised in Perth, Western Australia, before returning to her hometown at the age of 13. Belinda has recently built a house with her partner Josh Sage (ex-foreman for Port Macquarie-based trainer Tas Morton) and is keen to cement her career in the Mid-North Coast and Northern Rivers areas. Things were going great for Belinda after she completed her apprenticeship in 2012; when she became a senior rider about 18 months ago, doing well until a string of injuries changed everything.

How are you going overall this season despite the setbacks?

Recently I sat down for a ‘fireside chat’ with the talented rider;

Great – I’ve had a few racedays back and I think it takes a couple to get back into the swing of things. I’ve found that this injury was a lot easier to get over than the last one. The ligaments can take a while to come right, as they can be temperamental and swell up but it’s good now.

How did you get into horse racing? My Dad Andrew Guy was a trainer when I was little and my mum, Julie Hodder, is still a trainer at Grafton. I guess I just grew up in the industry.

When did you decide to become a professional jockey? I was riding trackwork when I was about 15-years-old and I managed to get my weight down enough so I decided to pursue it. I didn’t start race riding until I was 19.

Were there any other careers you considered? Not seriously. I’ve looked into media in racing. I started a Bachelor of Media Studies but then racing picked up, so my studies got pushed to the wayside.

I understand you’ve had quite a disrupted season. Tell me a bit about that. Yeah, it’s been a pain! At the start of the season I tore ligaments in my ankle and fractured my shin. I then had three months off. I came back and rode 36 winners in three months. Unfortunately, after that I broke my foot at trackwork earlier in the year and had to take another two months off. I’ve been back race riding for a month now.

What did you do to try to maintain fitness during that time? There is not much you can do when you’ve got a broken foot. Once I was able to get the cast off I was going to the gym about three hours a day, trying to get my weight back down again. It’s not a great piece of the body to break, especially because all three injuries have been on the same leg in the last six months.


Belinda’s hard work is certain to pay off. Picture by Bradley Photographers


Excellent, until I got hurt again. My strike rate was really good and now I’ve got to start all over again.

How are you feeling physically?

What did you learn from the injuries you’ve been through? It’s just part and parcel of racing. You don’t expect it to happen; it’s just a matter of when it does, it could always be worse!

Do you think there are more female jockeys coming up through the ranks now? There are a lot of younger female apprentice riders coming through than what there are young boys – in our area anyway, the Mid-north Coast and Northern Rivers. There are not that many young fellas around but there are plenty of girls. Maybe it’s becoming more accessible and trainers are giving the girls more of a go. In some ways they have a better temperament, but some ways not. It all depends on the person. Overall girls are a bit lighter and people are getting bigger, so it’s harder to find lighter boys. Racing has been great for me and I think it can be great for a lot of other girls too. It’s a good industry. I love the horses and you enjoy the adrenaline – that’s the main thing. It’s all a bit of fun and you learn to love the lifestyle.

Do you think there are better facilities as a result? Definitely! Most of the jockeys’ rooms have been upgraded and everything is fairly equal. A lot of the race clubs have done everything they can to make it more comfortable for us.

Belinda scores aboard French Rules at Port Macquarie earlier this year. Picture by Trackside Photography The jockeys’ rooms have got bigger and they’ve put in more showers and toilets. Race Clubs and Racing NSW have done their part to make amenities bigger and a lot more comfortable.

What about in terms of personal support for girls? We’re lucky enough to have people like Malcolm Fitzgerald – the apprentice mentor here. You couldn’t ask for anyone better and we’re lucky to have him. Girls are a bit softer than what blokes can be, so it’s nice to have someone who understands.

What would you say has been your biggest challenge in life? Staying positive, it’s always a bit of a struggle. I don’t get anything from being negative, so as long as you work hard and keep on moving forward, something will come out right.

Can you tell me a time when you’ve found it hard to stay positive? Weekly! It’s a hard game. You have to work hard to stay where you are. Getting good rides and keeping on getting solid opportunities can be a challenge.

Who is one of the most influential people in your life? My mum as she helped me break into the industry. Mum works very hard herself. It’s just the way I was brought up. She’s always encouraged me to be mostly positive, work hard and keep on riding.

Tell me where do you see yourself in five years’ time? Hopefully winning a premiership in the area and to keep on keeping on! Ladies in RACING Magazine wishes Belinda all the best for her future in racing.



LeDainDesig ns Cocktail Party


arole Beros, owner of House of Le Dain Designs, hosted a cocktail party for 60 VIP guests in her store, to celebrate their first birthday of opening. The lively crowd enjoyed cocktails, canapés and tiered plates of delicious sweet treats, whilst sipping on the Le Dain Designs signature cocktail. This delicious concoction, named Christalina’s, consists of Kruskovac which is a Croatian Pear Liqueur, a dash of vodka and then topped with champagne!


Cuban Salsa dancers Christina Monneron and Peter Skewes from Kulturithmik added exotic pizazz to the night’s entertainment as they later danced in the courtyard under a canopy of twinkling fairy lights. Special guests, Simon Chladil from Coffs Harbour Racing Club and Kerrie Fraser stepped on to the red carpet and opened the fabulous Coffs Harbour Race Day Fashion Parade. Included in the celebrations was the announcement of House of Le Dain Designs, becoming the new major jewellery sponsor for the “Park Beach Fashions on the Field” for the Coffs Harbour Racing Club.




1. Jill Bale and Carole Beros 2. Kerrie Fraser and Jenny Taylor 3.Candice Weick and Kelly Ambar 4.Simon Chladil and Kerrie Fraser 5. Julie Smith and Kristel Pretorius 6. Michelle Clarke and Anne Blair





Dubai International Arabian Races SATURDAY 6TH DECEMBER 2014 GOLD COAST TURF CLUB Gates open 09:00

The UAE Arabian Plate, The Shadwell Arabian Plate; Total prize money $50,000

NARA: +61 3 5429 6985 email:


Graft on Cup


3rd - 13th July, 2014

– Images courtesy Carole Beros



1. Jenine Glenn, Sherida Parker and Julie Smith 2. Michelle Page and Anita Salvestro 3. Ross Dobson and Amanda Essex 4. June Green, Barbara Wenman and Stephanie Haines 5. Rhonda and Warren Tozer On next page… 6. Cheryl Pavitt, Dianne Kenny and Tricia Wicks 7. Kellé Murphy, Greg Hayes and Crystal Campbell (Grafton Shopping World) 8 Emma Binns and Emma Drummond 9. Winners Rebecca Zaffino, Kimberley Cootes and Jacquelene Fox 10. Kay Skinner, Carole Beros and Sharon Lenton






St at ewidePas s on SALE NEW 2014/15



RACING NSW and the AUSTRALIAN TURF CLUB have teamed up again to offer the




n initiative from Racing NSW last Season, the ‘Statewide Pass’, proved a big hit with racegoers and is now on sale.

The Statewide Pass provides racegoers with general admission entry to every race meeting, at every racecourse in New South Wales, for the 2014/15 racing season. Priced at just $249.00, racing fans can attend an unlimited number of race meetings at the 136 race clubs throughout the State. The Racing NSW Statewide Pass is valid from the new racing season commencing 1st August 2014 through to 31st July 2015.


A fan of the Statewide Pass is Ros Scarlett, who has made great use of it since purchasing one in 2013.

Ros, how did you hear about the Statewide Pass? I first heard the pass promoted on TVN. I then went onto the Racing NSW website to find more details about it.


What meetings have you attended with the pass? I have attended around 35 meetings throughout NSW in the last season using the pass, including all five meetings during the Sydney autumn carnival, featuring ‘The Championships’.

Do you think the pass is value? Yes, it is exceptionally good value.

Ros Scarlett used her Statewide Pass at the TAB Saddle Up Sunday meeting at the Sapphire Coast

Are you a member of any race club?


No, I’m not a member of any specific race club. I was considering becoming a member of the ATC, but I thought the Statewide Pass was a better option, as it would allow me to support various NSW race clubs rather than just one. I had no hesitation in purchasing the Statewide Pass again or recommending it to my family and friends. In addition to it being very good value for money, it is convenient and a great initiative. To purchase a Statewide Pass or for more information, visit – – or call 1300 729 668.

Story by Mark Brassel

Image from Kathryn Thomson



THE 2014 Singapore Words & images by Sharon Lee Chapman of Fast Track Photography



CUP The Singapore Cup meeting attracts an array of stars from around the world, and 2014 was no exception. This year’s stars included Lucky Nine, Military Attack, Dan Excel, Side Glance, Medicean Man, Sterling City, Limario, Mull of Killough and Tokei Halo.

The dazzling Opening Ceremony




s one of the few Australian representatives attending this year, my heart was with Tommy Berry and Dan Excel for the Singapore Cup. He wasn’t the punter’s favourite, or the tipsters, or the array of journalists from around the world, but I couldn’t think of any other horse that I wanted to win more than Dan Excel. To say the last few months had been difficult for the Berry family was an understatement; with the tragic and sudden passing of Tommy’s twin brother and fellow jockey, Nathan. The Australian racing community had come together as one in an incredible show of unity and strength in support of the Berry family at such an incredibly emotional time. It was in Singapore that Nathan last sat astride a horse, when he collapsed and was taken to hospital, where he was diagnosed with Norse Syndrome. This was the first time Tommy had been back to Singapore since his brother’s tragic passing. The strength, courage and composure that Tommy had shown since that terrible time was truly awe inspiring. When Dan Excel crossed the line, I couldn’t help but shed a few tears of joy, as Tommy pointed his whip into the heavens in a salute to his brother. The post race interview with Edward Sadler (brother of jockey Tom and son of trainer John) was breathtaking, so pure, so honest and heartfelt, and one of the best I had heard in a long time.



Race 7, Jockey Danny Beasley with the owners of War Affair

In the International Krisflyer Sprint, Lucky Nine was again victorious, streaking ahead to claim his second consecutive KrisFlyer, in an ease that was full of confidence and arrogance by the horse. He knew how good he was and he had the field covered at the 200m mark. Jockey Brett Prebble confidently looked back over his shoulder with a look of defiance willing them to “catch us if you can�. They never did and it was another easy win by Lucky Nine.





To all of our friends in racing, greetings from the Warwick Turf Club in South West Queensland, as the excitement increases as we approach one of the ‘jewels’ of the Queensland country racing calendar, when we celebrate the 154th running of the Warwick Cup in 2014, sponsored by the Warwick Credit Union.


ctober 11th will see the crowds flock into Allman Park, for another day of frivolity, highlighted by a six race card meeting, with record prize money on offer. A wonderful cup day will be experienced by all, whether it is in the Members Lounge, the Public Bar, or the renowned Cassels Automotive Trackside Marquee. Of course Cup Day, or our other meetings wouldn’t be possible without the magnificent support of our sponsors, local and intrastate, to whom we offer a big thank you, as they are integral to the continued success and growth of country racing in Queensland, The Cassels Automotive Trackside Marquee, for the patrons who are attending again this year, or the new racegoers who will be new attendees to the marquee, we hope you enjoy the large onsite racing screen, Tattsbet’s mobile betting outlet, private bars, your own special silent auction with amazing prizes, and the bird’s eye view to the always popular, Brisbane Arcade ‘Fashions on the Field’. As always, cup day will offer a bevy of choices for those just out to enjoy their race day experience, with multiple onsite bars, Tattsbet’s outlets and a host of bookmakers at your service. You can also stay and enjoy the lawn party with live music after the last race. For further information on the Warwick Credit Union Warwick Cup on October 11th held at Allman Park Racecourse, Warwick Turf Club, Victoria St, Warwick, QLD. visit Bookings : Kristen Doyle, 0414 899 854 or email Tickets: From just $35.00 per person, including racecourse admission



Celebrate spring racing with one of Queensland’s best country race days, the 154th

WARWICK CUP October 11 2014

Older than the Melbourne Cup, the Warwick Credit Union Warwick Cup is one of the richest and most respected country race meetings where top class horses race for more than $60,000 of prize money across a six race program. Brisbane Arcade – home to Queensland’s most esteemed fashion and jewellery designers – will once again proudly present Fashions on the Field. With more than $6000 of cash and prizes up for grabs, this is one of the largest race day fashions on the field prize pools in Queensland and attracts stunning fashions. Brisbane Arcade Fashions on the Field categories: Classic | Contemporary | Couples | Best Headwear Tickets for the coveted Cassels Automotive Trackside Marquee start from just $35 including racecourse admission to $75 including a gourmet buffet lunch. General admission is $20.

For further information and ticket bookings, visit

This iconic regional event is supported by:

Gross Wholesale Meats • Warwick Vet Clinic • Warwick Hotel Warwick Daily News • Myoptical • Creed and Lang



Oh Henry…

Story by Ron Williams • Images from Gollan Racing

Henry Dwyer wins the Queensland Derby with Sonntag


aulfield trainer Dywer, 30, could have been talking about his season long adventure and misadventure with the Group 1 Queensland Derby winner Sonntag, but in this case it was reference to winning jockey Chad Schofield, who followed June 7’s brilliant ride on the Teofilo three-year-old at Eagle Farm with a horrible fall at Cranbourne on June 8. When Inside Racing spoke with Dwyer a few days later he was bemoaning Schofield’s misfortune but was thankful that the 20-year-old, although still in the Alfred Hospital with a neck fracture, was expected to make a full recovery and return to race riding (more later). However, with 15 horses in work and a 12-month-old business to build, Dwyer was back in the trainers’ tower at Caulfield, from where he briefly delayed the interview to watch a stable lesser light in “an easy jumpout”. Despite getting his licence to train in 2010-11 when working for Robert Smerdon at Caulfield, Dwyer has been out on his own for only a year. (Racing Victoria has him with 20 starters in the state this season for three wins—Sonntag at Sale and Caulfield and See Me Flash at Sale—not counting the Eagle Farm highlight and Mendivil winning at Warwick Farm in September. RV has him with four wins from 20 starters in the previous season, and with a 0-7 record between March 2011 and January 2012.) Much of the “solo Dwyer” story has been the Sonntag story. He went through it, from paying $58,000 for the Darley cast-off in August in his search for a cost-effective city Saturday horse. He described Sonntag as a lightly raced two-year-old colt who’d



run fourth in a good form race at Caulfield (Trust In a Gust was third) when staying looked to be his forte. He bought on spec, with a few commitments for share in a horse, including RSN commentator and Inside Racing columnist Shane Anderson. He described the purchase as a risk, but said “that’s the model of training—go out and spend and hope to find owners”. The aim was to buy a horse ready to race—he had one start for Darley as an early three-year-old—but the colt was boisterous, so was gelded and tipped out. However, he sooked and lost weight, something he could ill afford to do. “He came back in to Ballarat (where Dwyer has a small yard in addition to his 15 boxes at Caulfield) in January-February and at that point got an infection in a tendon sheath,” the trainer said, adding it came from a pastern puncture. “An infection set in and spread like wildfire.” Sonntag had arthroscopic surgery and Dwyer was told the gelding had a 50/50 chance of living. A week later he was told his purchase would live, but was only 50/50 to race. The vet bill was more than $6000. By March he was well enough to come back in to work. At the start of April, after one trial, Dwyer put him in a 1300m maiden at Sandown to give owners a chance to judge his progress and he was a nice third. Onwards, and upwards as the preparation continued and distances increased. “We thought he’d be limited as to how much racing he could stand, but he’s gone on to be a tough horse,” Dwyer said.

that’s some ride with SONNTAG! That,” said Henry Dwyer, “showed the nature of the game. You’re top of the mountain one minute and have a horrible fall the next day.” “I really liked him at Caulfield until he drew barrier 11,” Dwyer said of his May 17 start over 2000m. “In order to go to Queensland—it’s a $6500 flight—he needed to win and put prizemoney in the bank. He was good enough.”

Sonntag after the Derby with strapper John McLaughlan

With $48,000 jumping in, it was “stamp your ticket for Queensland”. “Tremendous joy,” was Dwyer’s (and the owners’) reaction when Sonntag ($13) beat Pinstripe Lane ($5.50) and Vilanova ($4.80f) and 15 other runners at Eagle Farm. “To share it with a massive group of owners and having travelled and with a horse we thought would never get to the races was sheer joy, really.” Strangely, there was a feeling of guilt, too, that he’d joined the Group 1 club so quickly. “Some trainers go their whole lives without a Group 1 winner and I’ve got one in my first year,” was his explanation. Dwyer will not rush Sonntag back to the track in search of more success. He went to the paddock at Washpool Lodge, near Beaudesert, three days after his win and is likely to have at least two months in the Queensland sun before being aimed for the Perth Cup on New Year’s Day or waiting until the autumn closer to home. Saturday, glorious Saturday, became Sunday, bloody Sunday for Chad Schofield. Twenty-four hours after his fourth Group 1 win of the season, the 20-year-old was one of three jockeys taken to hospital after a chain-reaction fall at Cranbourne—the others, apprentice Ben Thompson and the experienced Steven Arnold, escaped with concussion, but Schofield fractured vertebrae in his neck. Doctors told him he would not need surgery, but his neck was put in a brace and he was likely to be out of the saddle for months. He retained his sense of humour in hospital. Receiving a twitter message from another rising star, Irish apprentice Oisin Murphy, who had 13 winners in Victoria in the summer but now is back with the Andrew Balding stable in England and in the dark about the fall, asking “how are you keeping?’ “Not too good at the moment. Had a fall on Sunday and broke my neck,” was Schofield’s reply. “God almighty, get well soon man,” tweeted Murphy, fresh from his fifth on 100/1 chance Red Galileo in the Epsom Derby and winning the race after the Derby, also over 2400m, on Miss Marjurie (7/1). Schofield’s ups and downs are well documented—this season’s transition from apprentice to senior jockey and Group 1 wins (the

Cox Plate on Shamus Award, Lankan Rupee in the Newmarket, Go Indy Go in the Champagne Stakes and now Sonntag) punctuated by the split with trainer David Hayes, the death of fellow jockey and sister Whitney’s husband Nathan Berry, and the Cranbourne fall. “It was good we could put Chad on (Sonntag) on Saturday,” Dwyer said. “He was meant to be on from the start of the preparation, but circumstances meant 
he couldn’t. Michael Rodd stepped up. “Michael had to ride Amexed (fifth) in the Derby, so first choice obviously was Chad.” With Tommy Berry (Nathan’s brother) and Kiwi James McDonald, Schofield is regarded as one of Australian racing’s brightest young talents. Dwyer, too, has shown he is one to watch. He said winning the Derby was good financially in a business that needs cash flow, but he could not quantify it at this stage and asked would it result in people getting to know him and sending him horses? “If it translates, it’ll be great,” he said.

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his shift is no more evident than at Australia’s leading thoroughbred sales company, Magic Millions. The award winning Gold Coast based company is a leader in innovation and has made a significant investment in promoting female participation throughout the entire breeding and racing industry. With co-owner and business dynamo Katie Page-Harvey at the helm, Magic Millions created headlines in recent years with the introduction of a world first Magic Millions Racing Women’s Bonus. Over the past two years, it has run in conjunction with the renowned $2 million Magic Millions 2YO Classic. This initiative has rewarded the first four horses past the post, owned or leased 100% by females, with $500,000 shared amongst them. Over 200 two-year-olds have been registered in female ownership as a consequence of the initiative, proving the legitimacy and relevance of the scheme. Magic Millions proudly employs females across all departments. Here is an introduction to four outstanding examples of ladies contributing to the ongoing success of thoroughbred bloodstock sales in Australia. CASSANDRA SIMMONDS - RACE SERIES & CRM SYSTEMS The national Magic Millions Race Series is the world’s richest sales based incentive Race Series. Restricted to nominated graduates of Magic Millions yearling sales, the series runs across six states of Australia offering almost $6 million in prize money annually, including the $500,000 Racing Women’s Bonus. From its very beginnings with the breed shaping ‘Snippets’ winning the inaugural Magic Millions 2YO Classic in 1987, Magic Millions has been renowned for its innovation and commitment to returns to industry participants. Cassandra Simmonds joined the Magic Millions team in August 2012 and could be described as a “racing tragic”, with both her work and hobbies revolving around racing. Cassandra manages the Magic Millions Race Series, assisting clients with queries through the nomination process, co-ordinating series requirements with race clubs and principal racing authorities, and developing the national program of races.



Val Cassandra has also been integral in the development of Magic Millions’ client relationship management systems and processes across departments, following the completion of a system migration over the past twelve months. She works closely with Natasha Dawson (Public Relations Executive) on the implementation of the Magic Millions Buyer Incentive Program and client relations activities. Hailing from Geelong, racing has always been in Cassandra’s blood, with family members involved in the industry as trainers, jockeys and bookmakers. Her expertise in industry administration has stemmed from her previous employment with Racing Victoria’s Veterinary Services Department, which saw her undertake day to day administration of the equine drug control program and manage the administration of the vaccination program during the Equine Influenza outbreak. Prior to accepting the position with Magic Millions, Cassandra spent over three years with Inglis based in Sydney in the role of Business Support Manager. Cassandra also regularly contributes as an author to the Breeding & Racing magazine. KYLIE ADAIR - BLOODSTOCK SERVICES Kylie Adair started at Magic Millions in July 2007, originally with the Insurance department. When an opportunity arose to join the Bloodstock team in 2013, Kylie was quick to accept and has thoroughly enjoyed getting more hands on within the sales operations. The new role has presented a wide variety of tasks and she is now looking forward to her first year of being involved in the yearling selection process. Kylie’s first job in the racing industry came at the age of 12 in her native Northern Ireland, when she began working weekends and school holidays for local National Hunt Trainer, Billy Patton. This instilled a great passion for the industry and she still rides trackwork six mornings a week for leading Gold Coast trainer Helen Page. Despite the early mornings, Kylie enjoys being hands on with the animals she loves. Travel is another of Kylie’s passions and she has been fortunate enough to combine work and travel on a number of occasions, including a stint on a Stud Farm in Kentucky, riding trackwork on Newmarket Heath and even taking part in a horse festival in Mongolia!

…across all departments The business of thoroughbred bloodstock sales has historically been a male controlled domain. However over recent years as females have taken a larger and more active role within all facets of the industry, be it as successful jockeys, trainers or administrators, females are now making waves at our auction houses. Outside of the racing industry Kylie enjoys keeping fit and loves the outdoor Australian lifestyle. When not at work she can usually be found somewhere in the Gold Coast Hinterland on her bike and has been training towards her first full Ironman Triathlon in December 2014. She will also be cycling from Sydney to Brisbane in October 2014 to raise funds for cancer research with the “Smiling for Smiddy” charity. MEGHANN RUSCOE - MARKETING MANAGER, EVENTS Meghann is responsible for the delivery of the January Carnival and Raceday, along with interstate events and community engagement. Meghann started at Magic Millions in 2010 after working with the AFL to build the new franchise team, the Gold Coast Suns. During her time with the AFL, Meghann worked closely with the AFL Executive Team to build a successful business model for the new franchise, catapulting her development in the events industry. Meghann was initially contracted to the role of Project Manager for the January Raceday, before her role expanded to a full-time position in 2011.


Although Meghann does not have a thoroughbred industry background, her skills in project management have been integral to delivering the vision for the Magic Millions Carnival set out by Katie and Gerry Harvey. What Magic Millions means to Meghann…”it’s become a lifestyle! It’s an incredibly rewarding and passionate industry. You enjoy the highs and lows with people across the globe and participate in fulfilling dreams. It is an experience industry and when it least makes sense, that is when the real magic happens. The team at Magic Millions work tirelessly to showcase our quality Australian stock and provide our buyers with an exceptional environment to purchase their next champion. We are building our business to share with the world.” Meghann was born in Alice Springs and from a young age has developed an inability to sit still; she loves the outdoors, sport and travelling. After recently buying her first property on the Gold Coast, her new focus will be on updating the early1980s unit to bring it up to speed with the beach and outdoor entertaining lifestyle of the Gold Coast. VAL HAYWARD - MARKETING MANAGER, SALES Few staff have experienced as much growth of Magic Millions as the winner of this year’s Women In Racing Inc Outstanding Contribution to the Racing Industry Award, Val Hayward. Val has been with the auction house since its second year of operation, following a two week temporary assignment that has continued to this day. Originally from New Zealand, Val spent a number of years in London prior to joining Magic Millions during the colourful excesses of the late 1980s, when catalogue pedigrees were hand typed, pink limousines were de rigeur, and Miss Magic Millions bikini competitions were the order of the day. Flip forward a couple of years and Val became involved in the marketing of the company, compiling the Magic Millions Sale Previews, and initiating Magic Millions’ website at a time when

websites were the exception to the norm. Val said, “Instigating the first online catalogues and first ever live sales broadcast in the southern hemisphere is something I’m very proud of.” Later assisting David Chester with the burgeoning Asian market opened the door for some memorable travel experiences and professional development opportunities with the company. Now under the leadership of Vin Cox sees her as the Sales Marketing Manager, managing advertising across all mediums and the company’s promotional collateral such as catalogues, entry forms, sales previews and brochures. “With Gerry and Katie Harvey’s inspiring control and the involvement of Tourism and Events Queensland, the company continues to grow its brand all over the world. It’s a brand synonymous with outstanding types and wonderful value, combined with racetrack success and ground-breaking innovation, with Magic Millions providing Queensland’s richest raceday and the world first Racing Women’s Bonus ownership incentive to promote female participation in the industry,” remarked Val.





Eagle Farm – Saturday 31st May, 2014


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BRC Stradbroke success for

Natalie McCall

Natalie McCall claimed the Jewel of Queensland’s Winter Carnival when her recently turned seven-year-old gelding, ‘River Lad’, bravely fought off of all his challengers to win Queensland’s richest race, the BRC Stradbroke Handicap on June 7th at Eagle Farm. The win gave Natalie her first Group 1 success as a trainer, but it was not her first Group 1 success.


hirteen years earlier, Natalie had strapped Crawl for Hall of Fame trainer, John Hawkes and still has Crawl’s rug at home. Little did she realise at that time, that one day she would be enjoying the plaudits of a big crowd, as a trainer in her own right. Natalie and her partner, Ryan Tyrrell, watched the race unfold on a small TV outside the jockey’s room, where they barracked loudly for River Lad, She was heard to say after the race, “It’s unbelievable, as a Queenslander this race is the pinnacle; I would rather win this race than the Melbourne Cup!” She remarked, “Halfway up the straight, when we were fighting it out with Temple of Boom, I was waiting for someone to come from behind, but nothing did. It was just two horses in a tough battle, but we managed to wear down Temple of Boom and win by a half-head, with the favourite Srikandi, a further length behind running third and Spirit of Boom fourth.” Another very happy member of Natalie’s helpers on the day was strapper Tara Lambert, a freelance track rider and a regular member of Natalie’s team. Just a few weeks earlier, Tara was working a horse, when the horse galloping in front of her threw a shoe; straight into Tara’s mouth. Six of her teeth were smashed, her lip was ripped and so was her chin. However, nothing was going to prevent Tara from strapping her first Group 1 runner. She was elated after watching the race from the grandstand and proudly said, “River Lad was Natalie’s first and my first at the highest level.” Also there on the day to celebrate with her mother was Tayla, Natalie’s 12-year-old daughter. After the race, mother and daughter shared a hug and Tayla said to mum, “I am so proud of you Mum”.



It continued the run of success for Queensland breeders at Eagle Farm, as River Lad was bred; owned and trained by Queenslanders. River Lad has now won $ 1,762,500.00 from his 13 wins, seven seconds and four thirds from his 38 starts for his owner/breeder Ray and Rosemary Anderson after having been passed in as a yearling in Rockhampton for a modest $ 4,000.00 reserve. Natalie was born in Toowoomba in 1980 to her proud parents, April and Ray, a well known Sunshine Coast trainer and educated at Maroochydore State High School. She said, “Being born into a racing family, I always knew that I would become involved in the industry in some way when I finished my schooling.” She remembers her parents first putting her on a horse around the age of two. She had to ride without a saddle initially, until her balance was good enough for her not to fall off. Natalie belonged to the Buderim Pony Club and her mother April has a trophy cabinet full of mementos. She competed regularly as a young girl until she was 13 or 14, but when both of her sporting ponies died within a couple of months of each other, her attention turned completely to the thoroughbred horses. She never had the desire to become an apprentice jockey, as Natalie said, “It was never an option, I enjoy good food too much.” When she decided to embrace the industry as her preferred choice, without any influence from her family, her mum would have preferred a different career for her. Being the wife of a trainer, she was well aware of the amount of time you have to spend away from your family and friends and how hard a life it is.

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Story by Ron Williams • Image from Ross Stevenson

Natalie continued, “I love the industry, so I only ever focus on the positive side, I spent a long time helping Dad and I also spent an amazing four years in Brisbane with the John Hawkes/Woodlands team. Wise heads say that if you love what you do, you never really work a day in your life, so that rings true for me.” Natalie commenced her career as a trainer in 2007, well aware of the sacrifices that have to be made, but she felt that she was ready. She wasn’t given any of her Dad’s horses; she started completely on her own. When she trained her first winner, Recalled at the Sunshine Coast in 2007, she was very proud and found it very satisfying; she was relieved to see that she could do it! She trained for Craiglea Stud in Gympie for a couple of seasons with good results, before returning to the Sunshine Coast in 2009. Natalie has a good relationship with a number of trainers, including Steven O’Dea with whom she loves to bounce ideas and they are great supporters of each other. She is stabled together with Stuart Kendrick and they also get along really well. Natalie is proud to have worked for the Hawkes team, who she absolutely adores. She said, “They do such a wonderful job with their horses; everything is done the right way, which results in them reaping the rewards for their efforts. That is the basis of how I try to run my stable.” At the moment Natalie has 35 to 40 horses on the books, with 18 in work at the moment. River Lad is the star of her stable and she has a special connection with him, which is clearly evident to everyone. She said “We are a little obsessed with each other. We were best mates from the day that he arrived at my stables.” She knows it’s corny but she loves all her horses as they all have their own little personalities and traits. Natalie and Ryan both enjoy riding trackwork when the opportunity arises. Natalie has a ambition in the future to keep improving everything. She is not happy just staying where she is at any moment. She believes that if you don’t keep moving forward, you are going backward as others are going forward. She likes to set goals every year and achieve them. She would love to focus on winning good races and improving the quality of the horses in her stable. She wants to be a contender at all the carnivals in Australia and eventually have a runner overseas. With her very busy racing schedule, Natalie has a limited social life. She loves spending as much time as possible with her daughter Tayla and they spent the last school holidays in the Whitsundays. She also enjoys going to the movies and dining out with friends when time allows. There are more big wins to come for Natalie McCall, with her passion and dedication to training.



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Eagle Farm - 6th June, 2014





1. Georgia Gardner and Shauna Dennett 2. Winner Rebecca Jane Nelson 3. Inessa McIntyre 4. Gentlemen finalists 5 Millie Zeisemer 6. Amy Robson and Ashleigh Robson with male entrant 7. Dale Olsson runner-up, and Shauna Dennett third


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Green, green and more green. Fields as far as the eye can see, horses dotting the horizon Story and Images by Sharon-Lee Chapman, Fast Track Photography


f you’re travelling solo through Ireland as a horse lover, especially through County Kildare, then you won’t be alone for long. Walk into any pub; mention the H word and you’ll be surrounded by friends in no time. The Irish certainly love their horse racing, whether it is on the flat or jumps and boy, do they breed them tough here.



My Irish trip commenced with a visit to Dublin on St Paddy’s Day. There is probably no better place in the world to be on this day, with an amazing atmosphere. After the shenanigans of St Paddy’s Day, I picked up my hire car and ventured down to County Kildare, to the lovely town of Naas.


wherever you look and a region where you don’t belong if you don’t like the Horse!

Trackwork at The Curragh with a Dermot Weld string.



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Foals at Rathberry Park


Other studs I visited included Rathberry Park, home of Robin Des Champs, sire of superstar hurdler Quevega, and Dubai Destination. The Irish National Stud provided many highlights including some time spent with recently passed Melbourne Cup Hero 27 year old Vintage Crop.

Sharon-Lee with Vintage Crop at Irish National Stud, Kildare

Prior to leaving home, I had contacted Irish Thoroughbred Marketing, who were absolutely brilliant and instrumental in arranging all of my visits to the various farms throughout the region. Day One included a visit to Gilltown, the Aga Khan’s Stud, a stunning property where stallions such as Dalakhani, Sea The Stars and Azamour stand. The next few days, included a visit to Coolmore where Atlantic Jewel had just arrived, ready to be served by super sire Galileo. When So You Think came out of his box for a quick photo, I was in awe at how incredible he looked. He has lost none of his superstar good looks and was happy to pose for a few photos.

Dalakhani at Gilltown



My hotel of choice, the famous Lawlors, provided some excitement one night when a fire broke out in the kitchen. Everyone was evacuated, I ran out into the street sporting back to front thermals, a camera with no battery, a handbag with no purse, and no shoes. Not the most appropriate outfit for an evening in Ireland.

Atlantic Jewel at Coolmore The priorities of the restaurant patrons were slightly different, with a couple standing next to me, having exited with a glass of wine and a pint of Guinness. My favourite, however, was the gentleman who’d just received his entrée order, there was no chance he was going to leave a basket of chicken wings behind, so he emerged from the fire with chicken wings in tow. After an hour or so, and a visit to the pub for a much needed glass of wine, we returned to the hotel, rooms intact and a very smoky kitchen that would be closed for the next day.

Track work, Irish style, starts at a very civilized time of around 7:30am. I spent a great morning with Paul Deegan and a morning at The Curragh where Dermot Weld can be seen sitting in the warmth of his 4-wheel drive, binoculars at the ready, while he checks his string of 20 strong horses. He’ll have about five shifts of horses each morning. The morning I chose to head to The Curragh was an icy zero degrees, with a head wind that nearly knocked my 43kg frame over on many occasions. If it wasn’t for my eight kgs of camera gear, I may just have been blown over.

Paul Deegan leading track work at The Curragh



Race 3, Gowran Park, Ireland, 22-03-14 After track work, it was time for some Irish Racing. The first day was at Gowran Park, when I emerged from the car, it was again zero, with an arctic wind blowing a gale. It was a great day of jumps racing action, although I was very pleased when I could get back into a nice warm car!

Race 1, Merry Westerner ridden by M P Fogarty, Gowran Park, Ireland, 22-03-14



So You Think at Coolmore

Australia, (white cap at right) with Joseph O’Brien, 23-03-14, The Curragh

Dermot Weld

The next day was the first day of the flat racing season in Ireland, held at The Curragh. Aidan O’Brien and Dermot Weld both had many starters and Aidan O’Brien traditionally gallops around 60 horses at the end of the day, including superstar and duel Derby winner, Australia. What a fantastic way to finish a brilliant week in Ireland. My special thanks go to Aidan McGarry, Sarah Gavin and Mark O’Hanlon at Irish Thoroughbred Marketing, for their incredible hospitality and organising so many amazing visits for me.



Darwin Cup


Monday 4th August, 2014

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1. Jo Moo, over 40 winner 2. Male Finalists 3. Three of the Best Millinery Finalists 4. Category Winners 5. Olivia Morgan (centre) with parents Chrissie and Brad Morgan.



Its Hats, Handbags and Horses, the essential three things in spring racing. Embracing this is the Northam Race Club.


estled in the heart of the beautiful Avon Valley in Western Australia, just a 60 minute drive from Perth is the Northam Racecourse. Northam is embracing spring with celebrations starting with Gannon’s Ladies Day on Sunday 5th October. Ladies Day is a much loved event with a High Tea Marquee, Fashion Parades, Fashions of the Field, live music entertaining throughout the day and Market Stalls including Gannon’s Launch of their Spring Racing Essential Collection. Gannon’s have been delighting on-course patrons with their wide range of Hats, Hatinators, Fascinator’s and handbags sourced from the world over since 2005 when they launched Ladies Day at Northam. Gannon’s, the proud sponsor of the day and the feature race the $50,000 Gannon’s Ladies Day Cup for fillies and mares. Not to be missed is XXXX Gold Northam Cup Day on Sunday 26th October, it’s a day of celebrating good friends, country charm and of course Fashion. The event hosts one of the Avon Valleys Richest Races, the $125,000 listed Northam Cup. However, not all the action is on the track, live jazz bands keep the crowds entertained throughout the day, fashions of the field is an intense and hotly contested event and then rock band, Peace Love, plays after the last race, ensuring everyone’s day ends on a high.

With transport options available from the metro area and accommodation within the beautiful Avon Valley, there has never been a better time to experience Western Australia’s best kept secret. Enjoy the country charm trackside with one of the Clubs marquee options or just enjoy the day trackside with other friendly punters, the choice is yours, just make sure you don’t miss the Avon this spring.




SEPTEMBER 3 – Balaklava Cup* 14 – Mindarie-Halidon Cup 28 – Gawler Cup*

OCTOBER 4 – Jamestown Cup 15 – Murray Bridge Gold Cup* NOVEMBER 4 – SAJC’s Melbourne Cup Day at Morphettville*

DECEMBER 14 – Bordertown Cup JANUARY 2015 11 – Strathalbyn Cup 17 – Ceduna Cup

FEBRUARY 8 – Naracoorte Cup 15 – Kangaroo Island Cup* 15 – Lock Cup

*Automatic qualifying to Fashion at The Races final. All other winners will need to progress through finals stages. **Denotes regional final.




GrEAT prIzES up FOr GrAbS IN SA South Australia’s most stylish race-goers will be taking cues from a new fashion ambassador as Thoroughbred Racing South Australia kicks off its popular Fashion at The Races competition for 2014-15. Sixteen lucky finalists will be selected from Fashion at The Races heats at race meetings throughout the year, culminating on the Fashion at The Races State Final at Sportingbet SA Derby Day in May 2015. The grand prize winner will walk away with a brand new Alfa Romeo MiTo, while the runner-up will have a year’s worth of racewear looked after, taking away a $3000 wardrobe and styling session from fashion partner Perri Cutten. Fashion savvy Ten News Weather Presenter Kate Freebairn has been named this year’s Fashion at The Races ambassador and said she’s looking forward to embracing all that the role has to offer. “I am so honoured to be named Fashion at The Races ambassador. It’s an exciting opportunity for me. Although, the pressure is on now, I have to make sure I’m on trend too!,” she said. “I absolutely love fashion and have always thought that dressing for the races is unlike any other event. I’m really looking forward to checking out some of SA’s most stylish and fashionable men and women at different racing events.” Thoroughbred Racing SA Marketing Manager Jane Wellington said Kate, and this year’s judges, have high expectations for the fashions on show. “We’re looking for someone who dresses with class and style as well as a touch of personality,” she said. “We love seeing people dress for the season and put their own spin on the trends of the moment. “With regional pride and incredible prizes up for grabs, we are expecting racegoers from across South Australia to showcase a fusion of city glamour and country style. Kate has frequented country and city race meetings since she was a child and has a keen eye for fashion – hosting and judging numerous fashion events across the state. “I always have an eye out for unique styles and on-trend outfits, which is what Fashion at The Races is all about,” she said. “I’m looking forward to seeing what South Australia has to offer.” In addition to taking home the individual prizes provided by each club, all regional winners will be treated to two nights’ accommodation at Oaks Plaza Pier Glenelg and hospitality for two at SA Derby Day in May 2015 with thanks to the South Australian Jockey Club. MARCH 6 – Port Lincoln Cup* 14 – Penong Cup 22 – Kimba Cup at Port Lincoln 28 – Streaky Bay Cup APRIL 3 – Clare Valley Easter Races**

4 – Penola Cup** 6 – Oakbank Easter Races* 25 – SAJC’s Schweppes Oaks Ladies’ Day at Morphettville*

Entrants to Fashion at The Races must be 18 or over and are judged on appropriateness of the outfit for the particular event, originality and confidence, attention to detail with accessories, appreciation of current fashion trends, grooming and deportment.

MAY 2 –SAJC’s Sportingbet Derby Day (Fashion at The Races Final)*

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The Launceston Mitsubishi

Judi Adams, Lyne Chadwick & Suzannah Kerr

The seventh running of the Annual Think Pink Cup this year was run for the first time at the Mowbray Racecourse in Launceston on Saturday July 19th. Once again, a large crowd was in attendance for the eight race card meeting, conducted by the Tasmanian Turf Club.


he day was in aid of the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) and the weather gods supported the day with fine weather in the middle of winter, allowing all the ladies to wear their finest race day outfits. The Tasmanian Chair of the NBCF, Judi Adams of Hobart, together with her army of Volunteers ensured that all who attended had a great day. Approximately $20,000.00 was raised, bringing the total amount raised by the Think Pink Committee to almost a quarter of a million dollars, continuing their help to the NBCF in their fight against this insidious disease, which affects so many Australians. The NBCF has an aspirational goal to ensure zero deaths from breast cancer by 2030, with fund raising events such as the popular not for profit popular Think Pink Cup race day, which assists in raising the money required to fund research projects, that ultimately assist the 1 in 8 women and 1% of men diagnosed each year in Tasmania. Tasmanian and Interstate companies and residents were generous as usual in providing countless items for attendees to bid for in the form of Silent and Loud Auctions of over 60 items, including Stud Services from Peter Scollard, Christine Crook and Richard Latham, Armidale Stud, and Saskia Umbgrove and Grenville Stud for the Stallions; ‘Swinging Batchelor’, ‘Matsqui’, ‘Tough Speed’ and ‘Cardinal Virtue’. There were also 40+ additional items contributed by Donors for Spin and Win, Door and Spot prizes. The 2014 Think Pink Cup was won by the outsider of the five horse field, ‘Volcanic Sky’, due to a well judged ride by



Jason Lyon, trained by John Keys at Wesley Vale and owned by D T Broomhall, J W Abell, M K Carter, Miss T M Keys and K M Smith. Dianne Ray-Luttrell trained the second and third placegetters, who were ridden by lady jockeys, Kim Moore and apprentice Hayley McCarthy respectively. The mystery judges selected the following best dressed attendees of the day: Young Racegoers in the Colours Room, Best Dressed Lass – Heidi Towns, Best Dressed Lad – Jarrod Smith Best Millinery – Luana Garwood Silks Restaurant, Best Dressed Lady – Virginia Pitt Best Dressed Gentleman – Jeff James Best Dressed Couple – Neil and Rika Pear Best Millinery – Shelley Rodman Best Dressed Table – Table # 6 Namdor Gifts and Antiques. Mark Jesser captured some great photos for the Launceston Examiner which can be seen online. No one embraced this day more than local racing identities Jason Maskiell and Adam Emery. Jason and Adam work in the racing industry and both have been touched by cancer within their families. Jason and Adam sought pledges from the public as these young men were prepared to have the ultimate close shave for charity on the race day.

CUP ThinkPink


Story by Ron Williams • Images from Mark Jesser

If anyone was unable to attend the race day, but still wished to support Jason and Adam in their Think Pink Close Shave, please visit Sharee Marshall’s store in Launceston, contact Judi Adams on or donations can be made securely online at the following site; At the time of printing this article the amount raised by the Think Pink Close Shave was $ 744.95. Donations of $2 and more are tax deductible.

The National Breast Foundation through Judi Adams and her large band of Volunteers wishes to give a big thank you to all Sponsors of Races, Item Donors and all racegoers who attended this special day, presented so well by the Tasmanian Turf Club.

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Last year I decided I’d have a small bottle of “bubbly” on the Melbourne to Perth leg, hoping it would act as a bit of a sedative. One hour later, after feeling faint, I ended up passed out on the aircraft’s bathroom floor, a small gash on my head and a lump the size of a golf ball on the back of my head. It was not the best start to the 2013 Durban July! This year, I was determined to arrive in better condition, so I decided to fly a day earlier. What should have been a routine flight from Melbourne to Perth with Virgin, with a four hour layover in Perth ended up as follows?

45 minute delay boarding aircraft in Melbourne.

• One hour sitting on the aircraft, while they try and fix a broken door/alarm. • Disembark from the aircraft. • Sit in the departure lounge for three hours waiting for the broken door/alarm to be fixed. • Re-ticketed to the next flight, which takes an hour. • Broken plane gets “fixed”, so Virgin decide to re-ticket back to the original flight • Finally board previously now fixed aircraft five hours behind schedule, with South African Airlines prepared to wait for the passengers connecting to their flight. • 20 minutes into the flight from Melbourne after announcing FREE BAR, (I was planning on staying away from the champagne), the captain announced that there is another problem with the aircraft and we have to return Melbourne. • As we returned to Melbourne, we pass the aircraft for which we were re-ticketed, which we could have been on. • Mixed explanations from Virgin, my favourite that someone forgot to close something underneath the aircraft, which meant that we wouldn’t be able to fly above 9,000 feet? • Total journey time including sleeping at the airport = 36 hours. Not the restful journey I’d hoped for, but I finally arrived in Durban!


nce again, the Durban July trip didn’t disappoint.

Our accommodation was first class, situated on the Esplanade at Durban Beach, with fantastic team dinners every night with the International media group that Gold Circle had invited. We spent the first morning at Summerveld Training Centre,

Horse Heaven and Photography Heaven, which is soon to house 1,700 horses with the closing of Clairwood Race Course and Training Centre. You could literally spend days at this place and not even touch the surface of seeing the entire training facility. The facilities are absolutely world class. The South African trainers are blessed to have such an amazing facility available to them.

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Durban July Day is often described as Africa’s Biggest Party and again it didn’t disappoint. The fashions, unique to any racetrack in the world, turned Greyville into a sea of colour. There’s so much to photograph, it was hard to know where to start!



A quick visit to Paul Lafferty’s to see Harry’s Son, bred by a good friend, Peter Franklin, one of the many Australian bred horses contesting the Group 1s on Durban July Day. This year saw four races contested on the new polytrack with all the Group 1s on the turf. Australian bred Harry’s Son put in a great effort in the Golden Horseshoe, the first of the Group 1s, finishing a close third.

The Durban July was filled with drama as Australian bred Wylie’s Hall and Legislate, burst away from the pack, bumping each other in the final mad dash to the finish. Wylie’s Hall had his nose past the post first, but a protest was lodged and upheld with Legislate being awarded the race. It’s always a bit of a downer for a photographer when a protest is upheld, as those euphoric moments when the horse crosses the line are lost forever, but that’s racing!

Brave Tin Soldier at Summerhill Stud. The next day, we headed to Summerhill Stud. Any visit to Summerhill Stud is special, but Stallion Parade Day and an afternoon with Mick Goss is a real treat. Some of the finest Zulu Dancers in the region greeted the crowd with an energy charged performance before each of the stallions were paraded. A magnificent lunch followed in what was a fantastic day.

Wylie’s Hall and Legislate battle it out.

Admire Main at Summerhill Stud.



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What makes the Durban July trip so unique and so traditional to Africa is the three amazing nights we spent at Springbok Lodge in the Nambiti Game Reserve. Amazing food, two game drives daily and a real chance to unwind and get to know your fellow international newfound friends. Having an elephant come within a few feet of your vehicle and decide whether or not he’ll charge you is a sure way to bond forever with new friends. Seeing a lioness grazing in the grass just before sunset, ensures everyone has plenty to talk about over Story by Ron Williams the evening meal.

Another amazing trip, catch-ups with old friends and new friendships formed and one of my favourite race days in the calendar year.

A big thank you once again goes to Gold Circle and Liesl King and Rob Burnet, for their invitation to be part of another amazing day of racing.

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Sharon-Lee and Cheetah friend.


Turf & Industry TIDBITS Rawiller Stable Expands

Carolyn Rawiller had more than one reason to smile recently. She and her popular high profile jockey husband, Brad, celebrated the safe arrival of their first son Lucas in July. Carolyn and Brad also have a daughter, Cleo who was born in 2011. Carolyn plays an important part in Brad’s career as his Rider’s Agent. Naturally she was very happy when Brad won the 2013/14 Australian Jockeys Premiership with a very impressive total of 156.5 wins for the season. The hard work and sacrifices that the wife of a jockey has to cope with managing a family, while also managing her husband’s career, takes a very special lady.

Clare Lindrop Resumes with a Winner Leading South Australian jockey, Clare Lindop made a winning return on her first day back from a severe injury, suffered when she fell from Gamblin Guru in the Listed C S Hayes Stakes on Adelaide Cup Day in March this year. Clare suffered a fractured collarbone and broke 15 ribs in the fall and had a long rehabilitation before being able to commence riding track work again. She was successful on Visual Impact on the Morphettville Parks track on July 16th and also had a second on Exalted Honey from her four rides. Clare finished the season on a high, when from her last two rides of the 2013/14 season; she rode a double at Morphettville with On A Dream and Mr Good Cat being succesful. From her 21 rides to complete the season since returning from her injuries, she had the impressive record of four wins, four seconds and one third, giving her a win strike rate of 19.1% and 42.9% for placings.

Queensland’s Lady Jockeys Fight it Out A remarkable feat occurred on Saturday June 14th at Kilcoy when the feature race, a $ 15,000.00 Brisbane Bloodstock QTIS Bonus race for two-year-fillies, was contested by 10 horses. All 10 of the horses were ridden by lady jockeys, nine of them being apprentices, further indicating the growing number of females who are attending Apprentice Schools all over Australia. All the jockeys were keen to win the unique race, but there could be only one winner. Little Fighter, competently ridden by three-kilogram claimer, Tiffani Brooker for trainer Stuart Kendrick. The winner certainly lived up to her name, careering away to salute the judge with a margin of eight lengths.



Big Win at Seymour

Popular Seymour Racing Club Chief Executive Officer Penny Reeve, also a breeder and hobby trainer, had a very enjoyable and profitable day when she celebrated the win by her fouryear-old mare, Baybury at the very juicy odds of 80/1.

Baybury was ridden by apprentice Jessica Payne and defeated two horses trained by Danny O’Brien, equal favourite and Flying Cruiser. Penny and her daughter, Jessica Jackson, were ecstatic after the win as they bred the horse and they stand the stallion. Penny said, “This is what makes the hard work worthwhile. We needed a wet track and it was a slow 6, which he loved.” Penny, her husband Tim and Jessica, who strapped Baybury, are part owners of the gelding, who was sired by Sunday Knight. They operate the Mountmellick Stud at Tallarook.

Double Fun for Adam Adam Sangster, who had recovered from a double pneumonia, had a double reason to celebrate recently; his three-year-old filly, Seasons in The Sun broke her maiden status when she was successful over 2400m in France in July and the first filly by Melbourne Cup winner Americain was born in early August.

Filly for More Joyous More Joyous, who had been served overseas by the world famous Frankel, gave her owner, John Singleton, good reason to be pleased when she produced a chestnut filly at his Glastonbury Farm. The dam of More Joyous, Sunday Joy, had produced three chestnut full sisters to More Joyous in a row previously.

Jo Stevens Wins Yea Picnic Cup Jo Stevens, who rode five winners in her first Picnic racing season, including a win at her first race ride at Mansfield, Victoria, has set her sights on a new challenge. Jo’s biggest success in the season was when she rode Pegembak to win the Yea Picnic Cup. Jo has relocated to New Zealand for at least six months, where she has obtained a position with a jumping stable and has enrolled at a riding school for potential professional jumps jockeys. She is hoping to gain experience and get a few rides before she returns to Australia to pursue her ambition to be a competent jumps jockey.

Caulfield & Melbourne Cups Last season’s Australian, Victorian and New Zealand Oaks winners are all being set for this year’s Caulfield Cup and possibly the Melbourne Cup. Now mares, all are sure to want bragging rights if they are in the final fields.

a New Zealand trainer who now has stables at Randwick. Kirramosa, who won the Group 2 Wakeful Stakes before her Oaks triumph, resumed racing on August 9th. She has now won four of her nine starts with prize money of $836,046.00.

Rising Romance, who won the ATC Australian Oaks in Sydney at The Championships Carnival, was bred in New Zealand and is co-trained by well known NZ trainer, Donna Logan. She is likely to have three starts in Sydney before transferring to Melbourne. She has had 10 starts for four wins and has won prize money of $921,372.00.

More Than Sacred, bred in Australia, won the New Zealand Oaks has been sold to major Japanese owner, Katsumi Yoshida, and has been relocated to Melbourne to join trainer Robert Smerdon’s Caulfield stable. She will probably have just the one preparation, before she is due to retire and be mated with Japanese stayer, Deep Impact. The most experienced of the three mares, has started 17 times with prize money of $300,342 with five wins.


Kirramosa, successful in the VRC Victorian Oaks, was bred in New Zealand and is trained and part-owned by John Sargent,

HESTON BLUMENTHAL HIGHCLERE THOROUGHBRED RACING British celebrity chef and owner of The Fat Duck, Heston Blumenthal, has become the latest high profile owner to join Highclere Thoroughbred Racing, Europe’s leading racehorse ownership company.

Heston and Acolyte

Story courtesy Highclere Thoroughbred Racing and images by S.Cargill


he Michelin-starred chef is now part owner of four racehorses, Director and Magnum in Highclere Thoroughbred Racing’s Gold Cup Syndicate and Acolyte and Parish in The Coronation Syndicate. Heston, who recently announced the launch of his first international restaurant outside of the United Kingdom at Crown Resorts Melbourne, Australia, said “I am thrilled to become an owner with Highclere Thoroughbred Racing. I have always enjoyed racing but never had the chance to own a horse. I met Harry at Ascot last year and he was extremely persuasive in convincing me to dip my toe into racehorse ownership for the first time.”

Harry Herbert said, “It is great to have Heston on board as one of our owners at Highclere and we wish him all possible luck with these four lovely horses. All have strengthened and developed really well since my brother-in-law John Warren bought them as yearlings last October and hopefully they will be racing this summer. ” Blumenthal has joined other celebrity owners in Highclere Thoroughbred Racing, including Hugh Bonneville, Elizabeth Hurley, Denise Lewis and Sir Alex Ferguson.

Highclere Thoroughbred Racing was started in 1992 by the son of the late seventh Earl of Carnarvon, The Hon. Harry Herbert, whose family home, Highclere Castle, is where Downton Abbey is filmed. Twenty years on, HTR is regarded as one of the most successful racing syndicates in the world with seven champions to date including the 2010 world champion, Harbinger whose wins included the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot, where he knocked half a second off the track record. For further information please contact Tara Myerscough on



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