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56 Caroline’s Sharp Eye for the Thoroughbred

4 Letters to the Editor

57 Rosehill Garden’s Inaugural

6 Michelle and her Prince –

Crashed Through the Grass Ceiling

14 Maddie Raymond –

Behind the Scene with ‘POP’

16 Sharon Lee Chapman’s Spring Carnival 2015

20 Speed to Safety

Women in Racing Lunch

58 Girls Day Out at the Races 60 It’s More than just the Horses 62 Alena’s the Belle of the Ball 63 Moet & Chandon Spring Champion Stakes Day Fashions on the Field

64 Mad Hatter’s Tea Party

23 Lady of Racing Award 2015/2016

66 The Ultimate in Coastal Getaways

24 The VRC’s Spring Racing Carnival

68 Racing Repays Anne’s Dedication

26 Who Really Owns Your Horse?

70 Jeep Magic Millions –

Melbourne Cup

30 Generosity Flowed at Caulfield on The Melbourne Racing Club’s Charity Race Day

32 Chadstone Fashion Stakes BMW Caulfield Cup

34 Take a Break With Peace of Mind 36 Red Cadeaux – Thanks for the Memories

Australia’s Richest Raceday

72 Magic Millions Insurance is a Must 74 Make Sure Your Operation is Safe 75 Goldner Horse Transport – a Brief History 76 The Birdsville Carnival 80 Birdsville Races Fashions at the Track 82 Cairns Amateurs Fashions at the Track

38 A Jockey’s Mindset

84 Racing on the Darling Downs

40 Tanita’s Big Step

86 Hopping to Get Back into the Saddle

42 New Zealand Trotting Club Triumph –

88 Spring Sizzle in SA Fashions at the Races

Another first for Ladies in Racing

44 Donna Logan is a Can Do Kiwi 46 Ladies Dominance Within the Greyhound Industry

47 A Great Cause to Help Michael’s Son Joey 48 Ambassador Travel’s Kentucky Derby Tour 50 The Catanach’s Celebration 51 Girl Power to the Fore in Kiwi Riding Ranks

90 Gannon’s Ladies Day Northam WA Fashions on the Field

92 2015 World Championships in Abu Dhabi 96 Perri Cutten Resort Wear 2015 98 Penelope Loorham –

Creative Director Perri Cutten

99 Celebrate your Curves at Taking Shape with Fashion the Fits and Flatters!

100 Magnificent Millinery

52 It’s Been a Journey, Not a Waugh

101 Fabulous Milliners – Fabulous Designs

54 Bankstown Mob are Real Sports

102 Book Reviews

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Cathryn Meredith Ron L. Williams Corinne Randall

Graphic Designers

Gumboot Graphics Mark Westaway

at Glorious Goulburn

22 Belinda’s Stepping Stones

28 In the Birdcage at The Emirates 2015

Managing Editor Editor Production and Subscriptions

Accounts Manager Extra Graphics

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CONTRIBuTING WRITERS

Mark Brassel, Alastair Bull, Sharon Lee Chapman, Bonnie Chignall, Lisa Coffey, Donna Willett-Flockhart, Colleen Goth, Tim Guille, Rachel Jones, Caitrin O’Rourke, Jenny McAlpine, Victoria Shaw, Graeme White, Cody Winnell

CONTRIBuTING PHOTOGRAPHERS

Andrew Watson Photography, Atkins Photography, Bradley Photographers, Debbie Burt - Creative Equine Media, Bruno Cannatelli, Sharon Lee Chapman - Fast Track Photography, Scott Ehler, Fab Photos, Eddie Furlong, Janian McMillan, Kaon Photography, Darren McNamara, Simon Merrit, Western Racepix, Shane O’Neill, Racing SA, Ross Stevenson, Andrew Watson

Cover Image Michelle Payne Cover Image courtesy Racing Victoria (RVL) Photographer Darren McNamara

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elcome to the Summer Issue of Ladies in RACING Magazine, which we are sure you will enjoy. How exciting it is for women within the racing industry with the historic win by Michelle Payne in the 2015 Emirates Melbourne Cup. Her name is now a household word and the media attention she has generated is enormous. Every news and current affairs channel across all stations, featured an interview and the famous speech she made after her win. Michelle has certainly helped pave the way for future female jockeys and women who want to be a part of this exciting industry. We share part of her journey starting on page 6. Michelle generously shared her win with brother Stevie who is one of the strappers of Prince of Penzance, we bring you the story of one of his other strappers, Maddie Raymond starting on page 14. Seven days after Michelle became the first lady jockey to win the Melbourne Cup another Victorian, harness driver Kerryn Manning won Harness Racing’s equivalent, The New Zealand Trotting Cup. Her story starts on page 42. Once again Sharon Lee Chapman from Fast Track Photography has provided us with some amazing images of her time over the Spring Racing Carnival, with a selection from the main days and some interesting behind the scene images. Sharon Lee used a “steps app” on her phone and she actually walked over 15 kilometres per day photographing each event over the Carnival. Sharon Lee also travelled to Birdsville with equine artist Janet Hammill for their Carnival and her pictorials staring on page 76, demonstrates the vastness of this outback town, where the population swells from 100 to around 7,000 for this unique two day event. Who really owns your horse? Every racehorse owner should read the article on page 26 written by Anette English from Thoroughbred Legal that explains the Personal Properties Security Act 2009. Don’t be caught out. Many thanks and congratulations go to the hardworking Cairns Amateurs team for a fantastic four days of fun, fashion and races. Once again the Cairns Amateurs took out the Tropical North Queensland Tourism Award for Major Festivals & Events, for the third consecutive year. Congratulations and a big thank you to Graeme Thornton and Christine Buddle for their wonderful hospitality. We have a colourful fashion pictorial on pages 82, 83 and we will bring you a story on this fantastic event in our AutumnWinter Issue and hope you join them in 2016. A first on my racing travels was a trip to Northam, Western Australia, situated on the way to Kalgoorlie and only two hours’ drive from Perth. I was invited to attend the 2015 Gannon’s Ladies Day as a guest judge of Fashions on the Field, having the pleasure of meeting many of the ladies we have written stories on in previous issues; including Roz Bynder, Nikki Gogan and female jockey Lucy Warwick, who just happened to win The Gannon’s Cup on the day. We bring you a pictorial on pages 90, 91 and we will bring you a detailed story in our next issue. Thank you to the Northam Race Club and Secretary Nicole Bell, for their wonderful hospitality. With Summer here we can all look forward to great racing and I hope to see many of you over the Magic Millions Carnival, to be held at the Gold Coast Turf Club from January 1st -12th. For details of events see page 69. Congratulations to our past subscription winners who have each won a $300.00 Perri Cutten Voucher, Alison Roach, Anne McDonnell and Leonie Apps all from NSW, Margaret Wischusen and Sue Rees from Victoria and Karen Burke from QLD. Peter Harney from Ambassador Travel has given us five $300 Travel Vouchers that can be redeemed for any Ambassador Travel Group Racing Tour as advertised on their website. To subscribe see page 49. Ladies in RACING Magazine wishes you all a happy, safe and enjoyable, festive season.

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Letters to the Editor Hi Cathi, I would like to congratulate you on the great content in each Issue of your magazines. My partner Michelle, subscribes to your Ladies in RACING Magazine and I must admit I have been hooked into reading it also. Some of the articles about the Ladies that work with in the industry are simply outstanding and very informative. I have no doubt that people who read your magazine are more motivated to enter the industry, as well as attend the races on a more regular basis and attend some of the events you promote. All the best in the future and bring on Magic Millions 2016. Regards Brett Cook - Chairman Gold Coast Turf Club Hi Cathryn I received a copy of latest Ladies in RACING Magazine – fantastic spread of our Gold Cup Fashions on the Field, as well as stunning layout of Le Dain High Fashion, Hats and High Tea. Thank you ever so much. Kind regards Simon Chladil Events Manager & Licensee Coffs Harbour Racing Club Ltd

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Hi Cathi Thank you so much for the Ladies in RACING Magazine I received. It and the articles of Nikki, Mrs Gannon, Lucy and I are all amazing!! You and your team do a fantastic job with the magazine and it gathered a lot of fast interest around our office as soon as I opened it! Great job and I am very proud to have been featured in the Spring Issue. I was very pleased to meet with you at Northam and having the opportunity to have a photo taken with the four of us and yourself on race day.  Thank you once again. Roz Bynder Racing WA Marketing Officer

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

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

Ross got involved in photography when he started racing horses with his brother. Now he is one of the leading racing photographers in Australia and has had much of his work published in some of the leading horse racing publications in Australia - such as Racetrack, Best Bets, Winning Post and of course the Ladies in RACING Magazine.

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Dear Cathi

Great story from Trish McIntyre in issue 22 of Ladies in RACING Magazine. I just loved the article on Carol-Anne’s wedding to Jamie Mott. Who doesn’t love a wedding? Carol-Anne did well to fight off tonsillitis on her wedding day.

I opened up my Spring Edition of Ladies and RACING magazine and it was staring back at me..... My gorgeous daughter. I loved the caption; Charlotte Kanowski, fashionista in training. I am looking forward with excitement to take her to the Flemington Carnival .

Kind regards, Pamela Jolly

My sewing machine is working overtime. Lol, Jessica Kanowski Dear Cathi

Hi Cathryn, Just to let you know that the Perri Cutten voucher I won has arrived! Thank you and your team for organising that, it’s very much appreciated. Once again, the new issue of the Ladies in RACING Magazine is superb and wonderful reading! It’s definitely worth having the subscription. I hope you had a wonderful Spring Carnival and continued success with the magazine.

I loved your last issue of the Ladies in RACING Magazine, it was so fantastic, the stories and tales of ladies in the industry were so informative. My friend Eileen Maher, who Ron Williams wrote the story on in the last issue, loved the magazine as well. Keep up the good work. Maxine Glennan - The Victorian Wakeful Club Hello Cathryn

Many thanks again. Kind regards, Ann Student

Thank you dear Cathryn Meredith for such a colourful and beautiful spring edition of Ladies in RACING Magazine. Alla Dimech xx

Dear Cathi I received my copy of Ladies in RACING Magazine and it’s wonderful. A damn good read as usual.

Hi Cathryn

Hope your day is a lovely one! Can you tell me if my subscription to Ladies in RACING Magazine has expired, or when it ends please? I do so love to receive your magazine. If it has ended I wish to subscribe again.

Upon a recent visit to Australia I picked up your Spring 2015 issue of 'Ladies in RACING' & what a lovely suprise it was. Having been out of the racing industry for many years in NZ it really brought home to me just how much I miss it & what a shame it is not to have that passion in my life anymore. Australia is very lucky both to have such a thriving racing industry and class publications such as yours to support it. Thank you for the inspiration...& keep the good stories such as Indigenous Legacy coming...

Thanks & kind regards Lynda

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

As Racing Victoria's Workforce Development Officer, Lisa designs and delivers innovative training programs to introduce new workers and upskill current workers in the racing industry across all job roles. With a strong jumps racing and equestrian background from Ireland, Lisa has over 20yrs experience in the racing industry. Lisa is currently a Director of the Board of the Australian Jumps Racing Association and Member of the Victorian Wakeful Club. Follow her on twitter @ lisacoffey01

Caitrin has been an active horse woman from an early age from the hunting fields of Co. Meath in Ireland, the racecourses of Ireland, and the UK as an amateur jockey. Caitrin’s journalistic career spans 3 countries; Ireland and London before continuing in Australia following a move here in 2012. She is a Paediatric Intensive Care nurse at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne, an amateur milliner and also acts as Practice Manager for Racetrack Veterinary Services in Mornington. In 2014/15 Caitrin was Melbourne Racing Club’s “Face of Mornington Racecourse”.

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WHEN MICHELLE PAYNE ZIPPED PASSED THE FINISH LINE RIDING PRINCE OF PENZANCE IN THE 154th RUNNING OF THE MELBOURNE CUP ON TUESDAY NOVEMBER 6th, SHE CHANGED THE COURSE OF HISTORY, NOT ONLY FOR BEING THE ONLY LADY JOCKEY RIDING IN THE 2015 LEGENDARY RACE, BUT THE FIRST LADY JOCKEY EVER TO WIN IT.

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ichelle and her Prince defied 23 other blue-blood gallopers and the top echelon of Australian and international jockeys, to claim the $6.2 million feature in a fairytale for her, trainer Darren Weir and a group of owners, led by Stawell identity Sandy McGregor and John Richards. At the age of five, Michelle had a dream of winning the Melbourne Cup and she realised her dream had become a reality and her world would change forever, when she rode Prince of Penzance, an equal longest priced winner at 100/1 in the history of the race. Ballarat trainer Darren Weir was ecstatic as she crossed the finish line to the roar of over 100,000 people at Flemington, in the race that was watched by millions across media platforms worldwide. If you did not know the name Michelle Payne then, you certainly do now. Darren truly believed in Michelle. He watched her dedication as she travelled around the country, driving for hours to follow Prince of Penzance and ride him in races, as well as the hours she spent nursing him in the stables to help manage his recuperation. When Michelle completed her history making ride, she was quick to defend lady jockeys and to let the world know what the win meant to her; and their struggle for credibility, recognition and acceptance of their skills in such a male dominated industry. “Darren Weir has given me a go when it’s such a male chauvinistic sport”, Michelle said after the race. “I know some of the owners were keen to kick me off, and John and Darren stuck strongly with me, and I had put in all the effort I could and galloped him all I could, because

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I thought he had what it takes to win the Melbourne Cup. I can’t say how grateful I am to them and I want to say to everyone else, get stuffed, because women can do anything and we can beat the world.” “Racing is a very male dominated sport,” she said at the victory presentation, clearly alluding to the fact that many owners believe male jockeys are stronger. “But you know what? It’s not all about strength. It’s about getting a horse into a rhythm for you. It’s being patient.” Jockeys always talk about the advantage of having soft hands. It’s racing talk for not jerking too much at the reins. Michelle, like all the best jockeys, is renowned for her soft hands. She also has that other prized asset of the best riders; patience. In the Melbourne Cup, you can’t press the ‘go button’ too early. Do that and half the field will run you down. If you’re lucky enough to have a horse travelling well on the home turn, you have to wait. You need patience. Michelle explained that when Prince of Penzance burst to the front, not even half-way down the Flemington straight, she was excited. She said, “Prince was travelling so well at the turn, I just could not believe it and when I went for the run, I let out the biggest scream of my life. “I thought, ‘this is amazing’. I also thought, ‘I seriously can’t believe it’. I couldn’t work out why I was so calm before the race. I told Darren before the race that I had a feeling we would win the Melbourne Cup and he just chuckled and said, let’s think top 10 finish, so that took a lot of pressure off me” she said.

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"This is everybody's dream as a jockey in Australia and now probably the world," Michelle told Channel Seven after the race. "And I dreamt about it from when I was five years old. There was an interview from my school friends, which they were teasing me about when I was about seven and I said, 'I'm going to win the Melbourne Cup' and they always gave me a bit of grief about it and I can't believe we've done it." “I hope I have helped the lady jockeys” she told ABC’s 7.30. “I feel sorry for all the girls out there that haven’t had the opportunity I have had. I’m the first winner, but I think everyone deserves a chance. I really hope that it helps open up more opportunities for my fellow lady jockeys and we get more of a go”. Michelle continued, "It has always been frustrating that when I ride a bad race, they say it's because I am female, but when the same horse is ridden badly by a male, his gender does not come into it". Co-incidentally Michelle wore purple, green and white silks on the day, the colours worn by the Suffragettes in England, a historical movement which actively campaigned for the right of women to vote. Michelle shared her victory with her brother Stevie, who has Down Syndrome and played a big role in the preparation of Prince before the race, being his strapper. She has a special affinity with Stevie and he was clearly thrilled when Michelle won. Stevie drew the coveted No 1 barrier on the Saturday before as well and won the Tommy Woodcock Trophy as strapper of the winner. “We are the youngest two children and are very close”, Michelle said. “It was great that I could share this with him. He told me when he led me onto the track to make sure I won, because he had backed the horse.” Michelle is also using her knew found prominence to spread an important message about people with intellectual disabilities. Michelle has not had an easy journey and has faced many challenges throughout her career. Born on September 29th, 1985, she was the youngest daughter of 11 children born to Patrick and Mary Payne. She grew up on the family farm at Miners Rest, not far from the Ballarat racecourse. She was the eighth child to become a jockey, following siblings Brigid, Therese, Maree, Bernadette, Patrick, Andrew and Cathy. She became indentured to her father Pat and at 15 won at her first ever race ride aboard Reigning, a horse trained by her father.

fatal fall at Sandown in March 2004. Michelle fell heavily, resulting in a skull fracture and bruising on her brain. With a prolonged recovery period, not helped when she had another fall fracturing her wrist, she was granted an extension of her apprenticeship.

Sadly Michelle’s mother Mary died in a car accident when she was just six months old, but her father Pat, told her daily how much he loved Mary and continued to bring up the children alone. Big sister Brigid who was then 16, also helped raise her baby sister under the watchful eye of their Kiwi father. The Payne girls learned to ride racehorses and they rode them very well. Eight of the 11 Payne children became licensed jockeys. Unfortunately the Payne boys, Patrick (Paddy) and Andrew, eventually were too heavy and went into training and the girls started to retire from the saddle.

Her father Pat, wanted her to give up racing after that nasty fall and he faced more heartache in 2007 when he lost his eldest daughter Brigid when she suffered a heart attack, six months after being placed in an induced coma as a result of a race fall.

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Showing the traditional strength of character that typified the Payne family, in 2005 Michelle became the first lady jockey to outride her metropolitan claim in Melbourne aboard Leroy the Boy for trainer Paul Pruesker. In 2010, Michelle travelled to England to take a break from race riding. She stayed with her sister Cathy and husband, well known jockey Kerrin McEvoy. Two of Michelle’s other sisters, Therese and Maree both married jockeys. Therese married Jason Patton and Maree married Brett Pebble.

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Michelle utilised this trip, by making it a working holiday as she rode for Luca Cumani and Jane Chapple-Hyam in England, Aidan O’Brien in Ireland and Georges Delouze in France. Upon returning from Europe, Michelle helped many of the younger jockeys, both male and female, by providing guidance, advise and support and helping them with gear presentation, track walking, analysis of race replays and assistance in their general presentation. She even helped some of them with transportation to and from race days. Michelle made her breakthrough as a Group 1 winning jockey when she rode Allez Wonder in the Toorak Handicap at Caulfield in 2009, for the legendary Bart Cummings. Bart was so impressed by her ride he immediately offered her the ride in the Caulfield Cup the following Saturday. Michelle was only the third lady jockey to ride in the prestigious race. Michelle became the first lady jockey to ride a Group 1 winner at Randwick when she piloted the two year old filly Yosei, trained by Stuart Webb, to win then AJC Sires’ Produce Stakes in April, 2010. She was to ride Yosei to two more Group 1 successes in the Thousand Guineas at Caulfield in October, 2010 and the Tatts Tiara at Eagle Farm in June, 2011, when I was in attendance. Michelle described Yosei as a little star, who always gave her best in every race.

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This winning image (above) was featured on the Front Cover of Ladies in RACING Magazine Issue #12 published in April 2012 and Ron Williams’s wrote a story on Michelle, even before she had won the 2012 Wakeful Club’s Lady of Racing Award. During forced absences from the saddle, Michelle has worked with television station TVN as a guest commentator on race days. Michelle is a great ambassador for the Industry. Her commitment, passion, poise and depth of knowledge is unparalleled. There’s no doubt she is one of the reasons so many young female apprentices are now forging careers as lady jockeys of the future. Michelle enjoys a wonderful relationship with her father, Pat and is regularly in contact with him. She is an impressive, humble, down-to-

earth woman, whose goal is clearly to inspire other ladies in racing. She now hopes to get her trainers licence under the new scheme to be introduced by Racing Victoria (RV) next season, when they announced the changes in the Jockey Licensing Policy following a detailed review that was undertaken in consultation with the Victorian Jockey Association (VJA) and the Australian Trainer’s Association (ATA). The updated Policy takes effect from 1 August, 2016 In 1996 Tony Kneebone, the Editor of Winning Post Editor, wrote a book on the Payne Family called The Paynes, which is a wonderful read. Here are the last three paragraphs from page 178. His youngest daughter was just six months old when Mary Payne was so tragically taken from the family in 1986. When she gains her riding licence – as is her desire – in the year 2000, Michelle will be the eighth of eleven children to become a professional jockey. Her big sister Therese, the most successful lady jockey in the history of Victorian racing, describes Michelle as a tough little kid with a fierce determination and a ‘certainty’ to make it in the rough world of racing. Her Dad is even more adamant, suggesting this book on the family was “probably premature because the little one is likely to end up better than the lot of them”. How true Pat was then and both he and Therese saw something in Michelle that would lead her to this day.

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Jo Mckinnon said “A monumental moment in world racing.

Flemington today will inspire confidence in many more talented horse Congratulations to Michelle Payne becoming the first female rider to win women to follow and importantly broaden the appeal of racing to the general public at a crucial time when the image of the sport is under fire. the Melbourne Cup. Stunning ride and such a composed and eloquent post-race speech. I will never forget the moment she told me over dinner in Hong Kong several years ago how highly she rated this horse. She said then he was an absolute superstar in the making. That belief was more than vindicated today. No better horse to take her on the greatest journey of her career and help break down huge barriers for women in the sport of kings. The major stage is no longer the domain of men. This historic result at

Sharon Lee Chapman from Fast Track Photography said What Michelle Payne has done for women in racing, not just in Australia, but all over the world, will be remembered for generations. Michelle took on the best the world had to offer while millions around the globe were watching. Her passion for her craft, her passion and dedication to Prince of Penzance has been inspiring. My heartfelt congratulations go to Michelle Payne on her incredible, history making victory.

Michelle Payne, winner of the 2012 Wakeful Club Lady of Racing Award pictured with former Victorian Premier, Dr. Denis Napthine and Bryan Martin

Michelle Payne on Akzar at Ballarat

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HISTORY-MAKING LADIES AT FLEMINGTON IN THE MELBOURNE CUP

1915

Mrs E. A. Widdis becomes the first woman to own a Melbourne Cup winner, Patrobas.

1987

Maree Lyndon breaks ground as the first lady jockey to ride in a Melbourne Cup, finishing 20th on Argonaut Style.

2001

Sheila Laxon makes history as the first lady to officially train a Melbourne Cup winner with New Zealand mare Ethereal.

2007

Two lady jockeys ride in a Melbourne Cup for the first time. Clare Lindop finishes fifth on Dolphin Jo and Lisa Cropp ninth on Sculptor.

2013

Gai Waterhouse becomes the second lady to train a Cup winner when Fiorente is victorious.

2015

Michelle Payne makes history as the first female jockey to win a Melbourne Cup on Prince of Penzance. The 30-year-old and her ride were given little attention in the lead up to the race that stops the nation, but Michelle steered the horse home to the overwhelming cheers of the massive Flemington crowd in attendance.

For those who say it can’t be done, move out of the way for those who are doing it. You cannot discover new horizons, unless you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.

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– Behind t he Scene with ‘POP’

Maddie Raymond

Story by Caitrin O’Rourke • Image by Sharon Lee Chapman Fast Track Photography

THE 2015 MELBOURNE CUP WILL BE FOREVER REMEMBERED FOR ITS GIRL POWER, WITH MICHELLE PAYNE RIDING INTO THE HISTORY BOOKS AS THE FIRST LADY JOCKEY TO WIN THE PRESTIGIOUS RACE. IT WILL CERTAINLY BE A DAY TO REMEMBER FOR ANOTHER YOUNG LADY, 22 YEAR OLD MADDIE RAYMOND, ONE OF THE STRAPPERS AND TRACK RIDER OF WINNING HORSE PRINCE OF PENZANCE, OR ‘POP’ AS HE IS MORE AFFECTIONATELY KNOWN AMONGST THE DARREN WEIR STAFF.

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s all eyes were on Stevie Payne proudly leading his little sister Michelle, back into the winner’s stall, it was easy to overlook one of the stalwarts of the Darren Weir Team, who without hesitation had let Stevie join her in one of her biggest moments as a stable hand. “The owners had asked for Stevie to help strap and I didn’t mind at all. To be honest, I don’t like much fuss and attention so it worked out really well. Stevie took the limelight and raised lots of great awareness for people with Down Syndrome, which is also our stable charity and I was able to concentrate on looking after the horse himself, which is what I love doing.” Maddie said. Warrnambool native Maddie has always had a keen interest in horses, beginning with riding ponies from a young age. When she was still in school, Darren Weir decided to operate a satellite stable from Warrnambool and Maddie picked up a part time job at weekends and school holidays, before moving to Euroa and working at Lindsay Park after completing school. After two years at Lindsay Park, Maddie returned home to Warrnambool and re-joined the Weir team. When the opportunity came in late 2014 to travel to Ireland to work for Champion Jumps trainer Willie Mullins, Maddie snapped up the chance. Coming from Warrnambool, the home of Australian jumps racing, an opportunity to see how one of the world’s top jumps racing yards operated, proved an exciting adventure. “Riding out and working with horses is a lot different in Ireland than it is here. While I was able to use the skills I had learned from working in Australian racing, there was so much to learn. Even the way the horses are exercised is totally different. It was a great experience and I was able to work with some really great people and fantastic horses.” One horse in particular that Maddie got to know and ride out was Melbourne Cup second place finisher Max Dynamite. “I had ridden Max Dynamite out when I worked in Ireland, so I knew the horse quite well. He is a very talented horse, but I think I always knew deep down that ‘Pop’ would be able to beat him.” Not many people can say they had ridden out and cared for the Melbourne Cup quinella, especially

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when they are trained on opposite sides of the world. After spending six months in Ireland, the position of a Stable Foreman at Warrnambool was offered to Maddie so she decided to return home, taking over care of Prince of Penzance who was recovering from colic surgery last February. One of the perks of having a satellite training base in the coastal town of Warrnambool is the great beach amenities on their door step. Most horses enjoy the break from regular stable routine that being exercised both on the beach and swimming in the water provides. In having such a facility, Weir has the option to send horses to Warrnambool to help recuperate and rehabilitate post-surgery, as was the case with Prince of Penzance. Working in racing isn’t all sunny Spring glamour and the life of a Stable Forman is certainly not for the faint hearted. A lot of hard work goes on behind the scenes to ensure horses make it to race day. For Maddie, her daily routine at the stables consists of early morning rises, with work commencing before sunrise at 4am. The Warrnambool Weir team usually ride four lots of horses down at the beach, before a final lot is worked through the nearby sand dunes. The picturesque sight of horses being swum behind a rowing boat is a regular sight off the Warrnambool pier for those who rise early enough to witness. Teamwork is to the fore as everyone pitches in to all jobs at the stables. Maddie can be found mucking out, feeding and carrying out general horse care alongside riding the horses. A typical week would mean at least one trip to the races, with every weekend being spent at the races with stable runners during the busy Spring Carnival. Darren Weir was quick to praise the great team he has around him in being part of his Melbourne Cup success. Weir values good staff and Maddie is no exception, ensuring she returned to Warrnambool from Ireland with the enticement of promotion to Stable Foreman. Hard work deserves reward and recognition. “Maddie is a great worker and has done a great job looking after Prince of Penzance. Hats off to Maddie I reckon, letting Stevie share her day.” Weir added.

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SHARON LEE CHAPMAN’S Story and images by Sharon Lee Chapman – Fast Track Photography

Excess Knowledge (left) wins the Lexus Stakes by a short half-head over Zanteca on Derby Day at Flemington.

Press Statement wins the Caulfield Guineas with Hugh Bowman

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Spring SpringCARNIVAL 2015

WHEN MICHELLE CROSSED THE LINE VICTORIOUS, THE FACE OF HORSE RACING CHANGED FOREVER. WHAT MICHELLE HAS ACHIEVED FOR WOMEN THROUGHOUT THE WORLD IN THE INDUSTRY IS INCREDIBLE AND I WAS SO FORTUNATE TO HAVE BEEN A PART OF SUCH AN EMOTIONAL AND INSPIRING VICTORY.

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he media scrum for Michelle and trainer Darren Weir after the race was like no other I’ve ever experienced. For once I found myself front and centre with Julian from AAP and Hamish from the Herald Sun. We all couldn’t believe our luck and when Julian stated “hold your line people”, we knew the crush was about to come. I escaped with the photo, my camera’s intact and managed to stay in my crouched position amidst the crush. A few bruises were well worth the effort.

Excess Knowledge works out in the shallows.

Winx after his triumph in the Cox Plate

Hugh Bowman with the Cox Plate he won on Winx at Moonee Valley.

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This year was the first year I’ve had the Steps app on my phone, which I carried in my camera bag all day. I know I walk a lot during Cup week, but I was amazed to see each day was in excess of 15kms. More than 20kms on Cup Day. No wonder I was sporting a few aches and pains, but it was all good. It’s weeks like this, being able to be so close to the action photographing the sport I love, that I pinch myself, in the knowledge I have the best job in the world. Thanks to all those who made my Spring Carnival amazing, including Ladies in RACING Magazine and G1x.com.au, for giving me so many fun assignments with which to challenge myself this Spring.

Jameka and Lucy Yeomans after winning the Crown Oaks at Flemington

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THE 2015 SPEED TO SAFETY STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS WERE FULL OF EXCITEMENT, FUN AND SMILES FOR EVERYONE. HELD AT MOONEE VALLEY RACE COURSE ON AUGUST 22ND, THIS DAY TURNED ON GLORIOUS WEATHER AND WAS THE PERFECT DAY FOR PONY CLUB MEMBERS AND THEIR FAMILIES TO GET A PREVIEW OF SOME OF THE HORSES PREPARING FOR THEIR SPRING CAMPAIGNS.

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he Speed to Safety Program, which is rapidly growing in popularity every year, requires riders to ride over 1000m in as close to their given optimum time as possible. These times are based on their set time for their cross country competitions. Teaching riders this skill of riding to time not only benefits their time-keeping for eventing, but also engages them in the skills required to ride track work for race horse trainers. Each of the 17 riders who qualified for the Championships at Moonee Valley, had secured their place through taking part in some of the 30 qualifying training days held at race courses all across the State. This year is the first year that all 10 zones of the Victorian Pony Club had Representatives competing - a great achievement in such a short time. With over 90% of riders taking part in this program being female, it was great to see brothers Harry and Timmy Grace keeping the side up for the boys, representing North Eastern Zone.

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This year’s winners were Riley Perry-Parmenter (Midland Zone) and Celina Gray (East Gippsland Zone). They were this year’s Champions in their respective grades. Riley rode her Off the Track thoroughbred, Desertline, to victory in the Grade 1 and 2 sections and was less than a tenth of a second outside the optimal time of 109 seconds. This was a great achievement for Riley, after she had finished 3rd in last year’s State Championships. Riley contributed her success to the riding experience she gained through the Racing Victoria Track Rider Program, plus work experience with Melbourne Cup winning trainer Darren Weir, Peter Moody and especially her current employers, Terry and Karina O’Sullivan. Celina, also no stranger to the racing scene, took out the Grade 3 and 4 sections. Celina was also placed in last year’s Championships, when

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she finished a strong 4th. She returned in style this year to win with just one second over her optimum time of 120 seconds. Celina’s family come from a strong racing background with her father Brian a retired jockey and now a barrier attendant and her grandfather Peter being an owner and trainer. Celina really made it a family affair, when she rode her championship ride in her father’s race saddle and her grandfather’s colours, of which she was most proud. Celina now heads off to University to study to become a Veterinarian and definitely sees herself as a race track vet, once her studies are complete. Huge congratulations go to all riders who not only qualified for the State Championships, but to all who took part in the training and qualifying days throughout the year. Qualifications will start again in February 2016 and we hope to see everyone return, while bringing a few new faces along. For further details on Racing Victoria’s Speed to Safety Program, visit rv.racing.com/the-horse/off-the-track/pony-club or contact Lisa Coffey l.coffey@racingvictoria.net.au

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Belinda’s SteppingSt ones IMMERSED IN THE THOROUGHBRED INDUSTRY, AND ONLY 26, MARCUS OLDHAM EQUINE MANAGEMENT GRADUATE, BELINDA HOWARD, HAS GATHERED VALUABLE EXPERIENCE WITHIN AUSTRALIA AND INTERNATIONALLY IN THE SHOWJUMPING INDUSTRY.

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y her final year of school, Belinda was on the NSW Junior Showjumping Squad and spending every weekend at a different competition with her two horses. She was also riding trackwork before school for a leading Sydney trainer. Approaching the end of secondary school, Belinda searched for a course that would lead to a career in the equine industry and discovered the one-year equine management course at Marcus Oldham College at Geelong. “I applied for entry, won the $15,000 Australian Thoroughbred Scholarship and undertook a year of study that covered all aspects of equine and business skills and provided a great platform from which to launch my career,” she said. After graduating, Belinda’s drive for showjumping and travel was strong and she achieved valuable experience at a large German showjumping stable, followed by opportunities to refine her riding style in Portugal and England. Although this was wonderful experience on so many levels, Belinda felt the pull to the high speed and high stakes of the racing industry and returned to Australia. “I joined the yearling preparation team at Vinery Stud and also assisted in the breeding season as the relief foal watch attendant. A highlight of my time there was preparing a very professional yearling which went on to be named Atlantic Jewel and is a Group One winner,” she said, with a hint of pride. Although Belinda enjoyed working hands-on with the horses, an exciting opportunity presented itself. Breeding & Racing Magazine advertised for a ‘recent graduate of a Thoroughbred course’ as an editorial production assistant, which provided a foot in the door to hone her administration and writing skills. The position gradually grew in workload and responsibility and she was allocated articles to write for every edition as well as many stallion and yearling profiles for the advertisers. Having met many participants and gaining an insight into some of the most important areas of the racing industry via the research for her articles, Belinda began to get a grasp on the workings of the racing industry. She was introduced to the director of Sydney racehorse syndication company, Champion Thoroughbreds. Looking for someone to front the business as Racing Manager he invited Belinda to join the team. It was

an entirely new area and a steep learning curve. Belinda remained at Champion Thoroughbreds for over 2.5 years before taking a break from the industry. The pull to return to racing was exceptionally strong and when Belinda received a call from brothers Michael and Chris Ward of leading Sydney syndicator Triple Crown with an opportunity to re-enter, the deal was virtually done. Triple Crown has around 40 race horses and approximately 400 owners as well as a newly formed, exclusive partnership with Randwick training team Peter and Paul Snowden, which has proven a big coup. They are looking to expand significantly in 2016 so their late 2015 acquisition of Belinda as Racing Manager has come at an opportune time. Continuing with the classic Racing Manager duties, Belinda also brings a wealth of knowledge and qualification in regards to technological advances and different communication avenues, skills which have already proven a valuable asset to the business. Belinda happily says that the Marcus Oldham Equine Management course was a very important ‘stepping stone’ in her career path, and then it was up to her to take advantage of opportunities and work as hard and as smartly as possible.

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(2014) – a true trail blazer for women in the racing industry and current project manager/author of the International Horse Racing Industry Skills passport ensuring horses worldwide are cared for at the highest possible standards. For nomination forms and judging criteria go to www.wakeful.com.au, www.rv.racing.com or www.countryracing.com.au Nominations close on Wednesday February 10th, 2016 and should be sent to Fay Stokes, 6 Station Lane, Williamstown VIC 3016 or fstokes@iinet.net.au This year’s event will feature live entertainment, a silent auction and great prizes.

Tickets for the Victorian Wakeful Club’s 2015/2016 Lady Of Racing Award are $160 per person and are available by contacting Maxine Glennan on 0412 823 084 or via email, maxine@glennan.com Booking forms are also available at www.wakeful.com.au

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Melbourne Cup Day FOTF winner Emily Hunter Derby Day winners Pepe Sithiphon, Brock Cross and Chris Burt-Allan Derby Day Winners Courtney Moore, Katya Komarova and Charlotte Moor Crown Oaks Day winner Georgia Gardiner and second runner up Bridget Fitzgerald (L) and first runner up Regina Thai (R)

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ne of the issues we constantly face is the lack of understanding of the Personal Properties Security Act 2009 (Act) and its effect on many people in the horse industry. This Act was introduced in 2012 and has profound effect on the legal concept of “ownership” of the horse when your horse is in the possession of someone whose business fails. This Act is complex and goes against the common understanding of what owning your own horse means for you especially if your horse is frequently in someone else’s possession. The effect of the Act covers all personal property that is not land. The difficulty comes with respect to horses when the “owner of the horse” sends the horse to another property such as a trainer or an agistment farm and no longer retains custody. Did you know that while your horse is on someone else’s property, if that person becomes the subject of financial difficulties your horse may be deemed an asset of their property or business and be seized as part of the debtor’s assets to be sold to discharge the debt? We give you the following example: Amy sends her horse to Bridget who is a trainer. The horse stays with Bridget at her training complex for the duration of preparation and racing. Unknown to Amy, Bridget is suffering financial difficulty. Bridget has borrowings with Commercial Bank which has a fixed and floating charge over the non-land assets of Bridget’s racing company. Commercial Bank then registers its interest on the Personal Property Securities Register (PPSR). While Amy’s horse is at Bridget’s stable, Bridget defaults on her

loan and Commercial Bank appoints a receiver/manager and seizes the assets of Bridget which it has registered on the PPSR. The horses (including Amy’s horses) which are on the property, may become included as the assets seized by the bank. Amy then has to actually prove the ownership of her horse and that she as a greater “priority” than Commercial Annette English Bank, on the registration on the PPSR. Depending on the circumstances this may become problematic and without clear proof as to registration, ownership and priority, Amy may well lose her horse to the claim of Commercial Bank. The process of registering your horse or any interest in the horse the PPSR is relatively simple and inexpensive. It is important to understand the effect of this legislation, not only in relation to the ownership of your horse but also by using this Act to gain security with respect to debts incurred to you by your clients. Through your contracts you may have an interest or a right to sell a horse should your client not pay their debts. In summary: 1. The PPSA captures all personal property including livestock. 2. While you may be the “owner” of the horse, if your horse becomes the subject of competing security interests on the PPSR, and you do not have “priority”, then this claim may be irrelevant in the eyes of the law. 3. Securing your interest on the PPSR is cheap and easy to do. 4. Never assume you are not affected by the PPSA – if your work involves horses moving on to a third-party’s property then you are affected by the PPSA. 5. Your contracts need to ensure that you are protected by the PPSA and that your interest in the horse as owner is protected and as priority. This area of law is untested to many people, but as a far reaching effect especially in the Thoroughbred industry where many people are entrusted with your horse. Remember if your horse is moving off your property you should protect your interest in it. To be sure register.

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Proud makers of the 2016 Blue Diamond Stakes Trophy

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Story by Donna Willett-Flockhart

WOW! WHAT A WHIRLWIND TRIP AND WHAT AN ABSOLUTELY AMAZING AND TRULY MEMORABLE FIRST EXPERIENCE IN THE BIRDCAGE AT FLEMINGTON RACECOURSE FOR THE HISTORY CHANGING, AND LADY LOVING, 2015 EMIRATES MELBOURNE CUP.

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s guests of David Attenborough, Managing Director and CEO of Tabcorp, we were indulged with all things beautiful in uber cool, The Birdcage, in which Tabcorp’s Marquee shone brightly amongst all the star studded celebrity, the shining ladies and gentleman, incredibly creative and awe inspiring corporate marquees, the constant flow of entertainers, and of course – the fashions! A cornucopia of fully engaging entertainment for all of the senses, sights, smells, sounds, tastes and textures. It truly was heaven on earth for a day and the Tabcorp team performed perfectly. The Birdcage is a constant whirlwind with people moving from one space to the next, with the flow of guests to and from The Birdcage never ending. Photos with celebrities, brilliant pops of colour in a rainbow of fashion, shoes to covet - did I say shoes?, beautiful men – yes they were beautiful, stunning women, and lots and lots of bubbles of the real kind – champagne in all the brands we like to indulge in for celebrating all in life. For us on the day and with the generous hospitality of Tabcorp – we sipped deliciously on the divine MUMM. Michelle Payne was the heroine of the day for all ladies, especially for the lady jockeys, and the whole racing industry. She created another first for the day, as she put all of her long hours of training and years of honing her passion to work, as she rode home the winner, Prince of Penzance, becoming the first lady jockey ever to win The Melbourne Cup. Even writing this gives me goose bumps. And I saw her do it. More goose bumps. To top off my Michelle Payne and The Birdcage

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experience, I had the honour – and it was a real honour – to see and hear Michelle speak earlier in the day, when she was a special guest speaker for Tabcorp in the Marquee. Having been an Assistant Handicapper for Corbould Park Racecourse when I was in my twenties, and having had considerable exposure to the industry and all who play in it, Michelle was a breath of fresh air. Modest, honest, and totally passionate about what she does, who she is, and her family – including her equine one. Her ‘shoot from the hip’ speech was from her heart, nothing from a pen or notes. She chose Prince of Penzance as a Cup winner two years ago and this year she rode him home. My only regret of the day was not getting to speak with her afterwards, as we were booked on a flight home at a time that meant we had to leave straight after the Melbourne Cup race finished. Retrospectively, that regret has passed because how lucky was I to be there in The Birdcage and have the truly beautiful experience that I had on the day. Although it was my first experience in The Birdcage at Flemington, it will not be my last. I plan to be there again next year – hopefully with you next time, Cathi Meredith, and here’s to a repeat for Michelle Payne and all the girls on that day. A huge thank you to my friends, Lorraine and Cathi, for dressing me appropriately for this very special and forever memorable occasion. To the lovely Lorraine, who owns the beautiful and stylish Shoes on Scarborough, thank you for the stunning black Mela Purdi sheath, it was a dream to wear, and I loved it. To Cathi, the sensational Managing

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Generosity Flowed at Caulfield on the

CAULFIELD RACECOURSE CAME ALIVE ON SEPTEMBER 19TH, 2015 WITH COMMUNITY SPIRIT, FAMILY FUN AND TERRIFIC RACING FOR THE BENDIGO BANK EAST MALVERN MRC FOUNDATION RACE DAY, WHICH ALSO MARKED THE OFFICIAL LAUNCH OF MRC’S CHARITABLE ARM, THE MRC FOUNDATION.

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upporting 16 worthy charities, the Bendigo Bank East Malvern MRC Foundation Race Day saw over 6,000 people enjoying the day, raising in excess of $125,000 for the local charities and community groups involved.

Victorian Government in establishing the MRC Foundation - we thank them both for their involvement,” continued Brodie.

Ozharvest were winners on the day, with the Terry and Karina O’Sullivan trained Magnapal, ridden by Luke Currie, taking out the Group 3 Bendigo Bank East Malvern MRC Foundation Cup (formerly the Naturalism Stakes). Magnapal earned a place in the BMW Caulfield Cup as a result of his win.

The day’s notable attendees were the Honorable Martin Pakula, Minister for Gaming, charity ambassadors Olympia Valance for Camp Quality, ex-AFL identity Kevin Sheedy for Caulfield RSL and Gold Medalist Joann Formosa for RDA, in addition to many other government representatives and racing industry luminaries.

In a mirror image of last year’s race, Caulfield RSL and Pancare were to claim a share in the $ 30,000.00 prize pool, with their horses United States and Genuine Lad respectively finished 2nd and 3rd.

Entertainment was also in abundance on the day, with a live performance from Tim Campbell, plus kid’s activities, garden parties, a silent auction, and mascot sprint prior to the main race.

“We are looking forward to this fantastic event going from strength to strength in the years to come,” he concluded.

The money raised on the day for partnering beneficiaries from general admission ticket sales and corporate hospitality packages was a great achievement which kick started the Spring Racing Carnival at Caulfield. MRC Chief Executive Officer Brodie Arnhold said the clubs expectations were well and truly exceeded with the day’s results. “The Bendigo Bank East Malvern Charity Race Day heralded the official launch of the new MRC Foundation, our co-ordinated approach to charitable activity, and to see such a great level of support and generosity in raising so much money for the 16 participating charities certainly justifies our belief in the Foundation. “The ongoing support from our naming partner Bendigo Bank East Malvern has once again ensured the success of the event, and we are also extremely appreciative of the collaboration and support from the

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Caulfield FASHIONS ON THE FIELD

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Take a BreakWith Peace of Mind

THE LOCUM STUD MANAGER IS VERY UNIQUE AS IT IS THE ONLY REGISTERED BUSINESS OF THIS KIND OPERATING IN AUSTRALIA.

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llan and Coleen Bell launched this Locum Service in 2012 and since then they have been fortunate enough to work on Thoroughbred Studs and Agistment properties in South Australia, Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland. They are based in Brisbane and with over 35 years experience as a Breeder and Studmaster they pride themselves on the knowledge, security, reliability and professional care they offer all clients. Our Locum service is offered to Stud Owners, Managers and Agistment Farms for the purpose of allowing them to take a wellearned break from the all-consuming business of operating a horse property. Whether it is to attend Yearling Sales, Holidays or in the event of injury or poor health, we can support them and ensure their horses and property are given the attention and professional care they require in their absence. Locum Stud Manager provides you with all the experience, knowledge, security and reliability needed to ensure your time away is stress free. TESTIMONIALS We left our stud farm in the very capable hands of Allan & Coleen whilst we were ‘in-between’ managers. They are an extremely capable, approachable and adaptable team that very quickly gave us (and our staff) a sense of ease and confidence. We would have no reservations whatsoever in recommending Allan and Coleen and would be more than happy to speak with anyone considering engaging their services. Overall, first class. Shaun Kelly – Royston Stud Queensland, October 2014

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We would like to thank Allan and Coleen for providing us with their unique Locum Stud Service. They are very professional and a pleasure to deal with. We are very appreciative of the time and effort they took to ensure the horses and property were looked after including horses coming and going into work and dealing with the extremely hot conditions experienced during their time at Beaufort Park and also for the care of our dog Toby who had more instructions than the sixty horses combined. We have no hesitation in recommending Allan and Coleen and we will definitely make use of their services in the future. Nathan & Sara – Managers, Beaufort Park Stud Victoria, Feb 2014

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Tabcorp Recognised as Employer of Choice for Gender Equality

We’re very proud to be the only company in the gambling industry to be recognised as an Employer of Choice by the Federal Government Workplace Gender Equality Agency. Our workforce is made up of over 3000 people across our family of brands, including: tab.com.au, Luxbet, Sky Racing, Sky Sports Radio, Tabcorp Gaming Solutions and Keno. Today, 33% of senior management roles in our organisation are held by females. By 2018, we plan to have women in at least 40% of leadership roles. Tabcorp has a longstanding commitment to gender equality. We value the contributions our female employees make to our business performance and corporate culture. We are better because of our diversity. To find out more about diversity at Tabcorp visit tabcorp.com.au

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Thanks for the Memories Story and images by Sharon Lee Chapman – Fast Track Photography

ANYONE WHO KNOWS ME WELL, WILL KNOW HOW MUCH I ADORED RED CADEAUX. I’VE Story by Ron Williams Images from Gollan Racing PHOTOGRAPHED HIM IN FIVE COUNTRIES; DUBAI,• SINGAPORE, HONG KONG, THE UNITED KINGDOM AND SO MANY TIMES IN AUSTRALIA.

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e was without doubt one of the most amazing horses I’ve ever had the pleasure to photograph. He had such an amazingly beautiful connection with Stephen Nicholson, his track rider, travelling Foreman and Assistant Trainer, Robin-Trevor-Jones, his Trainer Ed Dunlop, his Owner The Honourable Ronald Arculli and all his jockeys, especially Gerald Mosse. Red had the same beautiful nature with everyone he came into contact with. Melbourne Cup day was a day of incredible mixed emotions. I, along with so many in the crowd, realised the enormity of what Michelle Payne had achieved; and all were so happy for Michelle, her brother Stevie Payne, the Darren Weir stable and all of the Prince of Penzance connections. My elation turned to devastation as I saw that Red had broken down and, when I saw Stephen frantically running out onto the track, the look on his face, and seeing the green screen surrounding him, I was inconsolable. I looked to the crowd and saw many people in tears. My good friend Kristen Manning and I just looked at each other, tears streaming down our faces. All we could do was hug each other and pray that it wasn’t as bad as it looked. What Red Cadeaux has done for racing and racing fans around the world is incredible. The way he has touched our Nation who have fallen in love with him, is what is beautiful about our sport of thoroughbred racing. He touched not only my life, but so many people around the world. We all love an underdog story in Australia and Red’s courage and tenacity was what we all fell in love with. Red became a part of Australian racing folklore, his name forever etched, not only in history as being the only horse to run 2nd in three Melbourne Cups, but in our hearts. He was adored by an entire nation and united everyone in the racing industry the world over. Such was the adoration for Red, that Epping Primary School hosted a Red Letter Day, where the children spent a lesson creating get well cards for Red Cadeaux. Earlier in the year when I was at Werribee, his stable was filled with Good Luck messages from his younger fans. Red was a gentle soul who endeared himself instantly to all who had the honour of meeting him. I will never forget the time that I was able to spend with Red in March this year and running after him in the water at Altona. I was drenched, but didn’t want to miss a single moment and it still rates as my favourite shoot I have ever had the pleasure to be a part of. (Ladies In Racing Autumn/Winter #21) We all prayed that Red would recover from his injury and early on his prognosis looked good, but sadly he succumbed to his injury with a lack of blood flow to his leg, so the difficult decision was made in the best interests of the horse to euthanize him. My heart goes out to Stephen Nicholson, Robin Trevor-Jones, Ed Dunlop, Ronald Arculli, Gerald Mosse, all connections and all the people who loved Red. RIP Red Cadeaux – You will be forever in our hearts and never forgotten.n

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A Jockey’s Mindset

Story by Rachel Jones - Mental Notes Consulting • Image by Sharon Lee Chapman

ALL SPORT IS A DELICATE BALANCE OF DEMANDS THAT REQUIRE EFFORT TO OVERCOME, WITH RESOURCES AND TOOLS THAT CAN BE USED TO OVERCOME THE PARTICULAR DEMANDS. HORSE RACING IS NO DIFFERENT.

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ockeys have to stay focused, be fit and strong, make weight, see opportunities, make decisions under pressure and keep trainers and owners happy. This requires perfect physical preparation. Mental toughness is necessary to maintain the physical preparation required to meet the demands of the sport. When demands seem to outweigh resources, the brain views the situation as a threat and goes into stress mode. In stress mode, the brain makes poor decisions and tries to overcompensate or play it safe, leading to underperformance. The key is to increase resources by increasing mental toughness. Researchers describe mental toughness as “having the natural or developed psychological edge that enables you to, generally, cope better than your opponents with the many demands that sport places on a performer and, specifically, be more consistent and better than your opponents in remaining determined, focused, confident, and in control under pressure” (Jones, Hanton, & Connaughton, 2002). Mentally tough jockeys believe in themselves, are resilient in the face of whatever is thrown at them, remain focused under intense pressure and are able to push themselves further than they thought possible in order to achieve the result they want. Just like physical skills, mental toughness is best developed in challenging environments that stretch capabilities to develop skill, coping, and toughness. Mental toughness is connected to physical toughness and assists with the discipline needed to train, complete trackwork and make weight. Mentally tough jockeys must maintain a present moment and process focus in a sport where they are continually reminded of the importance of winning. Right before the barriers open, jockeys need to have a simple and clear focus, staying in the moment, not thinking about the winning post before they hit the first turn and limiting the noise in their minds. Too much information, or thinking about the result before the end of the race can lead to second-guessing, hesitation, missed opportunities or dangerous mistakes.

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The mental demands of horse racing extend outside of the track. Athletes are people too and as such, jockeys need to make sure they are developing themselves off the track as well as on it, by investing time in relationships, hobbies and other career opportunities. Having things outside of riding reduces the chance of burnout and increases freshness and focus when they are on the track. There are many ingredients that make up a successful jockey; mindset and mental toughness is the key. Horse racing is one of the most mentally demanding sports in existence and therefore something special is required to pull off incredible feats like a Melbourne Cup win. The secret to success is to train your brain as well as your body!

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FROM LEADING HORSES TO INTERVIEWING SHIEKHS ON TELEVISION, TANITA HAS ALSO DONE ALMOST EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN!

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anita Vella grew up in New Zealand’s Central Hawkes Bay, on a sheep and beef farm with her parents and younger brother, developing a great appreciation and admiration for animals from an early age. “My Grand Pop used to back a few horses but my first real interaction with a thoroughbred was by complete chance. I was looking to do some work over the University’s summer holidays and a friend suggested we both go and do a yearling preparation for Monty Henderson’s Bluegables Farm – we would just be ‘leading horses’, which sounded easy enough. “It was a long three months, but I loved the work and after completing the 2009 Karaka Yearling Sale, followed by another two yearling preparations (Sam and Catriona Williams’ Little Avondale in 2010 and Bruce and Maureen Harvey’s Ascot Farm in 2011), I had well and truly caught the thoroughbred bug.” “My work for Bruce and Maureen provided a lot of diversity, as they also prepared two-year-olds for the breeze-up sale in Hong Kong, which was a great experience to observe this process. They were outstanding mentors, taking the time to explain each stage of a horse’s preparation, and how they responded to different methods of care and handling. “Being a small family-owned business they were both extremely hands on around the barn and animals, which I came to discover is not uncommon in the Thoroughbred Industry, even in companies as large as Inglis. “Bruce encouraged us to sing a song while we were walking horses

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each day, which ensured they were always relaxed, and the there was a wonderful atmosphere around the barn. Tanita’s foray into the administrative side of the Thoroughbred Industry came in her last year of her Bachelor of Commerce (Marketing and Human Resources) degree in 2011, after learning about the Inglis Bloodstock Internship. “I remember sitting in the computer laboratory working on an assignment, but looking on Breednet, the NZTM website and the Inglis website, when I read about the internship,” “Unfortunately I missed out but received a phone call six weeks later with an offer of an administration position with Inglis. I was interviewed in October and I began work for Inglis in November, after sitting my final exam. “Looking back at my four years at Inglis, I have learnt a great deal. Initially I was doing basic data entry, phoning returned mail and bounce back

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emails, compiling mailing lists and stuffing envelopes, but I wouldn’t give back any of those jobs. I was able to observe the happenings of the business and listen to the more senior staff throughout their day to day business, slowly building up my confidence.

when they are starting their careers and that is not only to benefit them, but it greatly benefits the company also. There is a lot to be said for a fresh head with fresh ideas, and InglisTV is the perfect example of that. Tanita has developed the concept into the success it is today”.

“I moved to managing client transport in 2012, and this was a tremendous eye opener. It’s a major logistical operation with the Oaklands complex being located 45 minutes from Melbourne near the Tullamarine Airport. Various modes of transport are used including shuttle buses, sponsor drive cars and charter buses so the planning process really begins six months out from the sale.

Tanita said it wasn’t all smooth sailing to begin with.

“After completing my first sales season for Inglis, I wanted to create something for people who couldn’t make it to the Newmarket in Sydney Sales could watch. When I was in New Zealand I remember being glued to the live stream, and I thought there would be a market for supplementary vision. The complexes at Newmarket and Oaklands are incredibly beautiful. Also, I knew there was huge value in bringing a more comprehensive picture of the sales to a broader audience.”

“I am still learning all the time. I am lucky to work with some really strong, career-driven women, both at Inglis and within the Thoroughbred Industry. I’m also lucky to have spent a few days alongside two of the best racing producers in Australia, Andrew HoreLacy and Nick Burrows from Channel 7, who showed me a whole other side within racing.

Tanita floated the idea with Inglis’ Managing Director Mark Webster, who was really positive about the idea, so InglisTV was born. Mr Webster said, “I believe that younger people need encouragement

“There were definitely times where I felt I had bitten off more than I could chew. On Sheikh Fahad’s first visit to the Easter Yearling Sale, he agreed to an interview with me. It was incredibly nerve racking, so to break the ice I asked him a mathematics question. After that the interview went really well!”

So what advice does Tanita have for young women wanting to get their chance? “This industry has so much to offer and it’s only growing. Be professional and work hard and you will get a chance!”

Tanita with Judy Kelly

The interview with Sheikh Fahad Al Thani.

Here is a young girl who was destined to succeed. She visited a farm one day and she wanted to buy a large watermelon “That’s $3.00 “said the farmer. “I only have 30 cents” said the young girl. The farmer pointed to a very small watermelon in the field and said “how about that one”. “Ok”, said the little girl. I will take it, but leave it on the vine and I will be back for it in a month.”

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New Zealand Trotting Cup Triumph Story by Cody Winnell – Harness Racing Victoria

SEVEN DAYS AFTER JOCKEY MICHELLE PAYNE BECAME THE FIRST LADY JOCKEY TO WIN THE MELBOURNE CUP ABOARD PRINCE OF PENZANCE, ANOTHER VICTORIAN, HARNESS DRIVER KERRYN MANNING, WON HARNESS RACING’S EQUIVALENT – THE RACE THAT STOPS A NATION IN NEW ZEALAND, THE NEW ZEALAND TROTTING CUP.

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he horse she piloted, Arden Rooney, is also trained by Kerryn. So she became the first woman to train a NZ Cup winner also. Of course winning is nothing new for Kerryn – she has won more than 3,500 races during her illustrious career, but this win was extra special to her.

Kerryn has also won numerous Group 1 races in Australia, but the Addington success in November has become “the greatest win of my career”, she said. Gender inequality in harness racing is a distant memory. Kerryn, who is 39, recalls things being a bit different when she started out.

“I remember watching this race as a young child, thinking how great it would be to win and now my dream has been fulfilled,” Kerryn said post-race, as cameras beamed pictures of an elated ‘Aussie’ lady aboard her stable star pacer across Australasia.

“The number of girls in the sport has tripled at least since I started,” she said. “There are a lot of girls coming through the ranks. “Horses sometimes run (better) for girls. It’s funny how it works and sometimes it doesn’t make sense … but some horses just go so much better for some people. We have a lot of girls coming through the ranks who are doing really well.”

In Australia trotting fans were ecstatic. The popular girl from Great Western in Victoria had beaten the best in the business. “I probably appreciate this (win) more because I’m a bit older – all the success I had when I was young, I sort of took for granted,” Kerryn said when asked where the victory stood alongside her other career highlights. And there have been many. In season 2002-03 Kerryn became the first Australian driver – male or female – to notch more than 300 winners in a single season. So beguiled was the township of Great Western, they erected a sign on the main road which still stands today, reminding all passers through that Kerryn Manning is a local. In 1997 she became the first lady to drive a winner in both the Southern and Northern Hemisphere’s with victory aboard trotter Knight Pistol in Norway. Last season she became the youngest ever recipient of Victorian harness racing’s coveted industry honour, the Gordon Rothacker Medal.

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Ladies in harness racing nowadays don’t just compete on an even keel with the men, quite often they dominate. A quick glance at the Melbourne metropolitan drivers’ premiership reveals three of the top 10 are female, with 25-year-old Amanda Turnbull and 32-year-old Kate Gath joining Kerryn on the chart. More importantly, in the junior driving ranks, it is a similar story with three of the top 10 concession drivers in Victoria being young ladies – Emma Hamblin, Donna Castles and Lisa Bartley. Last season’s leading Victorian Metropolitan and State-wide Trainer was Emma Stewart, whose 48 metropolitan victories in 12 months eclipsed a who’s who of leading trotting trainers for the last decade. No one had had near 48 wins.

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Anot her first for Ladies in Racing Five ladies, Emma Stewart, Nicole Molander, Belinda McCarthy, Amanda and Kerryn finished inside the top 10 on the metropolitan trainers’ premiership. Around Australia it’s a similar scenario. In New South Wales, the top two metropolitan trainers are Kerry Ann Turner and Belinda while 22-year-old Lauren Panella, won last year’s NSW driving premiership by a huge margin, when she had 167 wins all up. In Queensland, Vicki Rasmussen is the leading Metropolitan Trainer and Chantal Turpin is second on the State Trainers’ title. In South Australia, Danielle Hill is comfortably in first place on their State Drivers’ premiership. The fact that Kerryn’s momentous achievement came hot on the heels of Michelle Payne’s, thrust horse racing into the national spotlight for all the right reasons twice in the space of seven days. Before she took her position in the sulky behind Arden Rooney at Addington in the two-mile Group 1, Kerryn Manning said she was proud of Michelle’s achievement. “Good on her,” Kerryn declared, when asked what she thought of Michelle’s now famous; “because ladies can do anything and we can beat the world!”

Arden Rooney winning and TOP: Kerryn Manning celebrating

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FOR SOMEONE WHO ONLY DECIDED TO TRAIN THOROUGHBREDS SO THAT SHE COULD RECEIVE SOME RACE RIDES, DONNA LOGAN HASN’T DONE TOO BADLY.

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Donna Logan is a CanDo Kiwi Story by Alastair Bull • Image from Bradley Photography

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rom relatively inauspicious beginnings, coming from an unfashionable base in the Northland town of Ruakaka, which is about 130km north of Auckland, Donna has become one of the most successful trainers in New Zealand.

Donna said, “I decided to ring Peter and tell him what we were endeavouring to do with the promotion; that I had to choose the filly since I had to train her for free for the competition, so I asked him if he had a filly I could have a look at.”

It’s quite some distance from the traditional strongholds of New Zealand racing and breeding, but Donna says she has a great advantage.

That filly, subsequently named Vapour Trail, won the Group 1 2002 New Zealand Oaks and the Filly of the Year title in the ownership of Bruce Sherwin, then a racecaller in Macau and now part of the Raffles Farm set-up in Cambridge.

“We have a huge all-weather track that’s great in the winter. We are able to gallop our horses through the winter months; while most other trainers are toiling through the mud, plus we have a white sandy beach that’s about 24 kilometres long. “We haven’t the horse numbers, so we’re not close to everybody else’s viruses.” Donna grew up in Northland, receiving early exposure to horses through her mother’s horse-hire business. As she said, she was on a horse before she could walk. She decided to try her hand as a jockey, riding about eight winners, before starting her training career in the late 1980s, to help her riding career. Donna said, “I thought if I trained my own horses, at least I could ride them, so I wouldn’t feel so let down when I couldn’t get a ride. “There’s no thrill like riding your first winner, but training my first winner was a different sort of thrill. You’re relying upon a different jockey, relying upon an animal that you’ve had to teach. “It becomes an addiction. Once you’ve done it, you crave for the bigger Group 1 races, as well as the other big races in Australia.” Eventually training became her main focus, and Donna was keen to learn from the best. Donna continued, “If I was at a racing function, I always tried to sit beside legendary trainers such as Dave O’Sullivan, Jimmy Gibbs or Colin Jillings, because they were the masters. “I’d be asking questions and they were probably thinking ‘who is this woman sitting next to me?’ “Of course I now train for Jimmy Gibbs, and when I ring him for advice, he says ‘no, you’re the trainer now, you’ll work it out’. So the tables have turned.” Donna knew she was doing things right once the stable scored its first Group 1 success in 1997, with the two-year-old filly, Good Faith in the Ellerslie Sires’ Produce Stakes. Her lack of fear was highlighted when she convinced Peter Vela, co-owner of auction company New Zealand Bloodstock and the highly successful Pencarrow Stud, to put up a free two-year lease of one of their fillies which she would train, as a prize for a Whangarei Racing Club competition. opposite page:

“Peter had often remarked that he admired people that have the gumption to ask difficult questions. He’d say, if you don’t ask, you don’t receive anything,” Donna remembered. Later in the Spring of 2002, Victory Smile would become her first Group 1 winner in Australia when he won the ATC The Metropolitan at Royal Randwick in Sydney. In the last few years, the successes have continued to come increasingly. In 2013, the Donna Logan team won the Group 1 New Zealand Derby with the outstanding filly Habibi, who, after being sold to American owner George Strawbridge, has since run second in Group 1 company in Canada. A year later another filly, Rising Romance, might well have won, just failing to catch Puccini and in 2015, Volkstok’n’barrell was only just outstayed by the subsequent Caulfield Cup winner Mongolian Khan. Both Rising Romance and Volkstok’n’barrell have gone on to bigger things in Sydney, with Rising Romance winning the 2014 Group 1 ATC Australian Oaks and Volkstok’n’barrell being successful in the 2015 Group 1 ATC Rosehill Guineas. “I love the racing in Australia and how they support their industry. It doesn’t matter if it’s the taxi driver or the lady selling you shoes in a shop, they’re all madly keen on racing. It’s just incredible,” said Donna. Donna had a terrible setback in 2015, when her training partner and ex-husband, Dean Logan lost his battle with throat cancer. Most of her team still remains and she’s been rejoined in her training partnership by Chris Gibbs. The team now has owners in Singapore, Hong Kong, Australia and right across New Zealand. With her continued success, Donna has been approached by more of the top studs and owners to train their horses, while she still maintains her excitement and enthusiasm in the industry, as she arrives home with new horses from each yearling sale. She said, “I find I just can’t leave them alone. I’m looking and looking at them, trying to imagine what type of horses they will grow into, while waiting to see if that’s the realisation of a dream.” Donna Logan is much respected in Australia, as well as her home country of New Zealand.

Donna Logan leading Volkstok’n’barrell in 2015 after his win in the Group1 Rosehill Guineas

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within the Greyhound Industry Story by Bonnie Chignall Sacramento Sal with trainer Jessica Sharp

2015 HAS BEEN AN ASTOUNDING YEAR FOR FEMALE ACHIEVEMENT ACROSS DIFFERENT SPORTING CODES. THE AUSTRALIAN WOMEN’S CRICKET TEAM RECLAIMED THE ASHES, THE NATIONAL NETBALL TEAM, THE DIAMONDS, WON THE CONSTELLATION CUP AND MICHELLE PAYNE BECAME THE FIRST LADY JOCKEY TO WIN THOROUGHBRED RACING’S PRESTIGIOUS MELBOURNE CUP.

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at Sale, are mostly young ladies, who Winston has adopted as his own. He reacts to them exuberantly as he receives their hugs and affection.

The TAB Melbourne Cup, is arguably Australia’s most coveted Greyhound race, and what may have gone somewhat unnoticed is that five of the eight finalists were prepared by lady trainers.

Winston is constantly surrounded by ladies and will continue to be, and I look forward to him obtaining his special green collar from the Greyhound Adoption Program (exempting him from wearing a muzzle in public) once his career ends; upon which point I’ll adopt him as a pet.

s a young lady greyhound trainer, I am proud to say that Victorian greyhound racing is well and truly to the fore, when it comes to the acceptance of ladies as equals.

Greyhound racing in Victoria dates back to the 1860s, yet it wasn’t until the 1970s that ladies were allowed to obtain a greyhound trainer’s license in Victoria. How times have changed. These days there are a number of established lady stewards, trainers, handlers, catchers, kennel attendants, race starters and race judges throughout Victoria. Due to this in-depth involvement, it is no surprise to see the dominance that lady trainers are having at the moment within the industry, even if it is often a team effort with their male partner. In fact, many trainers actually contribute the ladies to the success of their greyhounds. It is a commonly held belief, that some greyhounds respond positively to the gentle nature of ladies, and a happy greyhound is one more likely to perform at its peak. Having been born into a greyhound family, I have seen this with many greyhounds, but specifically with my own racing greyhound, Winston Rose. Winston is incredibly well known around the Sale area due to his outgoing nature. The staff at my local greyhound track, which is situated

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A Great Cause to Help Michael’s son Joey YOUNG MAN WITH LYMPHOMA NEEDS $800,000

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FOR ANOTHER SHOT AT LIFE

ichael Lynch is a name familiar to racing fans all over the country, but particularly in NSW and Victoria, where he is a sports writer covering racing for the Melbourne Age and the Sydney Morning Herald. Lynch covered many of the big stories through the recent Victorian spring carnival, and will be trackside again in the autumn when the big Group Ones are being contested in Melbourne and Sydney. But he is also running his own race; a race against time to try and raise money to help fund his son Joey's potentially lifesaving cancer treatment in the USA. Joey, aged 23, is suffering from Hodgkins Lymphoma, a disease he was diagnosed with at the age of 16. He has exhausted all treatment options in Australia, where the only option for him now is palliative care. But in the US a radical cancer trial is taking place, one which Joey's oncologists have recommended he be considered for. The USA research centre has conditionally given him approval to be a guinea pig for this new treatment, but only on condition that his family can raise US600,000 to cover the costs of a hospital stay as they don't have any US medical insurance. The research drugs are free, but the American medical system isn't and the hospital in which Joey would be treated is insisting on all the money up front before he can be part of the trial. It hardly seems fair, but that's how the world works, certainly in the USA. The Australian government has not yet licensed the trial drug, and may not for another two years.

That's two years that Joey probably doesn't have. The racing industry has already been very generous, and at the start of December Lynch, working with the cancer charity CanTeen, had raised $A300,000. That's a fantastic effort, but it is still not half of what is needed. So if you can support the appeal in any way, please do. Every cent helps. Go to supportjoey.com.au to donate directly, or contact Michael Lynch on 0409 933 064 or email: mlynch@fairfaxmedia.com.au To view the entire article that appeared in the Sydney Morning Herald October 6, 2015 - 2:08PM, click on: http://www.smh.com.au/national/cancer-cost-young-man-withlymphoma-needs-800000-for-another-shot-at-life-20151006gk2ara.html

about female participation in the Victorian Racing Industry: 22% of jockeys (up from 10% in 2005) = 47 female riders In 2005 there were 23 female jockeys (race riders including apprentices, picnic, jumps and senior riders; excluding track riders) licensed in Victoria. This represented 10% of the state’s jockey population at the time.

40% of Victoria’s 71 race clubs (representing metropolitan, country and picnic racing clubs) are managed by females. Six female jockeys have won Group 1 races in Australia (Michelle Payne, Nikita Beriman, Kathy O’Hara, Clare Lindop, Lauren Stojakovic & Linda Meech).

In 2005, 19% of licensed trainers were female. In 2015, there are 231 licensed female trainers in the state of Victoria. This represents 24% of Victoria’s licensed trainers. Of the 3,004 registered Victorian stable employees (this group includes track riders and Stablehands) for the 2015-16 racing season, 49% are female.

Growing Female Participation. 13 of the 23 first and second year apprentices in Racing Victoria’s Apprentice Jockey Training Program are females – a total of 56.5% (* we have had another female apprentice join the program from outside Victoria since the initial intake).

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Ambassador’s Travel Kent uckyDerbyTOUR Stud Farm in Lexington Kentucky

IT IS MY PLEASURE TO INVITE YOU TO JOIN ME ON OUR TOUR TO THE KENTUCKY DERBY. REFERRED TO AS THE “MOST EXCITING TWO MINUTES IN SPORT”, THIS ICONIC RACE IS AT THE PINNACLE OF THE NORTH AMERICAN RACING CALENDAR AND PROMISES TO BE AN AMAZING EXPERIENCE.

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t is my pleasure to invite you to join me on our tour to the Kentucky Derby. Referred to as the “most exciting two minutes in sport”, this iconic race is at the pinnacle of the North American racing calendar and promises to be an amazing experience. For this tour, you will have the pleasure of enjoying the many scenic highlights on offer throughout the United States, as well as some of the most spectacular thoroughbred racing North America has to offer. We travel to Los Angeles to experience a day of racing at Santa Anita, before continuing on to Las Vegas, the city that never sleeps and gaming capital of the world. Our tour will then visit the beautiful bluegrass region of Kentucky, where arrangements are currently underway to visit some of the most exclusive stud farms in the area, including Coolmore and Darley. Of course the main event is the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs, where you will enjoy excellent seating and an unforgettable day at this memorable event. You have the option to extend on to some of the many other exciting destinations that North America has to offer, including the Canadian Rockies, San Francisco, Nashville or New Orleans, just to name a few.

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Choice is the key on this tour. Apart from designing your own itinerary around the Kentucky Derby, you will also be able to choose from a variety of optional day tours, should you wish to make the most of your free time. As always, Ambassador Travel’s experienced consultants can assist you with any additional Arrangements, should you wish to continue your stay in North America.

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Remember, this tour can be great for singles wishing to travel with like -minded racing people. I look forward to meeting with you, on what will be a most memorable tour. Alan Thomas MANAGING EDITOR’S NOTE: If you have not been to a Kentucky Derby, seriously consider this tour, as the day is one of the highlights of my time spent in the USA. Churchill Downs is a magnificent racetrack where you can experience great southern charm and hospitality, including the fashions, hats and the famed mint julip, signature drink of the Derby. The two studs on the itinerary are amazing and you can see why this area has been called the Bluegrass Country. Phone Ambassador Travel on 07 3229 6555 or visit www.ambassadortravel.com.au

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n Saturday November 7th a beautiful day in rural Victoria, Amanda and Nigel Fish, fifth generation owners of the famous Catanach’s Jewellers played host to their lovely daughter Lexie’s wedding.

Dr Lexie Fish a rural mixed animal Veterinarian married Alistair Leonard a Sheep Farmer and working dog breeder. The happy couple met at Sheepvention, in Hamilton Victoria, several years before. The relaxed country wedding was held in the grounds of Lexie’s family farm at Woodford. Lexie looked stunning in a gown by Judith Valente Couture made of Italian tulle with embroidered flowers and she carried bouquet of peonies, roses and local flowers. She wore an Original Edwardian Diamond Tiara by Catanach’s of course. An enjoyable time was had by all and the marquee, catering, bridal flowers, Lisalocally. Allpress fireworks and many other wedding necessities were all supplied The photos were taken by Jamie Kaye Photography. Catanach’s, Australia’s Oldest Family Owned Jewellers Since 1874, is a great supporter of Racing and we wish Lexie and Alistair all the happiness for their future.

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hen United States of America President Barack Obama hosted his country’s World Cup-winning ladies soccer team in the White House, he said they’d shown that “playing like a girl means you’re a badass”.

Trainers have been more than willing to give Lisa a go because of her record – she’s now won more than 1000 races in New Zealand, the only woman so far to have done so. She won the premiership in 2012, and is right in contention again this season.

His words could equally apply to Kiwi race riders. If you’re riding like a female in New Zealand, chances are you’re winning.

Lisa believes she may have lost some rides in the past for big races due to owners who thought a male rider would be stronger, though that was more the case during her stints in Singapore – and she still rode numerous winners there. She spends a lot of time in the gym working on her fitness and strength to ensure she’s competitive in a tight finish. To date Lisa has won three Group 1 races, though she says her finest moment came in Japan – a country she hopes to return to in due course. She said, “Definitely the highlight of my career was winning a race on Derby Day in Japan this year in front of 130,000 people. I could hear them screaming when I was coming up the straight, it was amazing.”

By mid-November, three of the top four riders on the New Zealand jockeys premiership were ladies. Established jockey Lisa Allpress leads the table, while Danielle Johnson is third and Rosie Myers is fourth. Only Matt Cameron among the men has a place in the top four. Lisa, Danielle and Rosie are far from the only females doing well, either. Samantha Spratt is seventh and has more black type wins than any other New Zealand rider so far in 2015-16, while Kelly Myers, Alysha Collett, Anna Jones, Samantha Collett and Trudy Thornton are also having good seasons. Their success is far from fleeting, and it reflects a solid run of success since ladies were first allowed to ride in races against men. Riders like Linda Jones, Diane Moseley, Debbie Healey and Maree Lyndon helped pave the way, while in the last decade Lisa and the controversial but highly talented Lisa Cropp, have won premierships. The experiences of female riders has been in the news more than usual since Michelle Payne’s Melbourne Cup triumph on Prince of Penzance, after Michelle described racing as “a chauvinistic sport”. Lisa 40, who has had stints in Singapore and Japan and ridden at oneoff events around the world, says the experience in New Zealand is quite different. Lisa says the smaller potential pool of riders in a country the size of New Zealand means more females receive a chance, but also that owners and trainers are open to taking on any rider who proves they’re up to it.

Danielle, who rode 136 winners last season and 95 the season before; now at age 23 is one of the best riders of her generation. She said the experiences Michelle talked about are not ones she’s had in New Zealand. “You’ve got to make your own luck when you get on the better horses,” said Danielle, the daughter of successful New Zealand rider Peter Johnson, who she named as clearly her main mentor. “I’ve found that if you make your own luck and you work hard, you get the results.” Both Lisa and Danielle have proven to be highly skilled and competitive jockeys determined to win – in Danielle’s case, perhaps too much so, as she spent a lot of time suspended last season. Despite this, she was only 18 wins away from winning the premiership.

“We do get a great opportunity here to prove ourselves, “she said. “And if we’re good enough the trainers choose us because we’re good.

Danielle continued, “I’m suspended at the moment, but I think this is my first one in six months. Last year I had heaps. It felt like I was out pretty much half the season. Imagine how many more winners I could have ridden!”

“In places like Australia, Japan, Singapore, we’re not needed so much, but if you’re good enough you will still get a go.”

Expect both ladies to be in the premiership race as the season ends – particularly if they can avoid suspension.

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It’s been aJourney not a Waugh Story by by Tim Guille

KIM WAUGH WAS DESTINED TO HAVE A LIFE AROUND HORSES. AS A YOUNG GIRL GROWING UP IN BANKSTOWN IN SOUTH WESTERN SYDNEY, SHE WOULD SPEND HOURS PLAYING AT HER UNCLE’S TROTTING STABLES.

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im developed a love of horses early on and it was evident that she had quite a natural flair and bond with them almost immediately. “Horses were my life I guess. I just used to look so forward to my spare time outside of school, because it meant spending time around horses which I just loved,” Kim said. For Kim, the older she was getting the more she seemed to be learning the craft, helping her uncle look after or train the horses. “He always had a few horses in work and I would do as much as I could. Everything from breaking horses in, to training, treatments and eventually I started driving a little,” explained Kim. This time gave Kim a solid grounding, and through her teenage years she became quite the accomplished harness driver and pony rider – even winning a number of events at the Bankstown Pony Club amongst other places. She said, “I just loved shows and sporting events. I just found them fun and really exciting”. Working in the harness racing industry was a likely outcome after leaving school. “I actually always wanted to be a jockey, but soon realised I was too heavy. So I started working full time when I was 16 years old with people like Charlie Parsons and John Binskin,” she continued. With such a strong background, it wasn’t hard for her to make the transition. “I guess I was a bit lucky, as I had been around horses for so long I didn’t need a lot of teaching. But I loved doing it permanently as I felt it was just me,” she said. To say that Charlie was instrumental in helping her develop her skills was an understatement. “He was just amazing with horses, so gentle and kind to every single one, good or bad. He had a way of being able to get the best out of every horse. I loved his way with them and just learnt so much. He only ever had 20 – 30 horses in work, which meant he could get really close to each one. I really liked that approach,” she recalled fondly. To Kim, the harness industry was a really friendly one and she was quickly forming a lot of great relationships. It was those relationships that helped her take a different path – driving. “I had been doing a bit of driving for some time and I just loved the rush and the competition. So it suited me and that’s what I did,” she said. It didn’t take long for the wins to start flowing. “I drove a nice young filly called Rangi Bill. She was a tiny little thing, but was hugely successful and we won a lot of races together,” Kim remembered. With a few early successes under her belt, she surprisingly didn’t find it that hard to convince people that she was serious, particularly as there were only a handful of lady drivers around at the time. “All of the best drivers around then were absolute legends. I had grown up around them, so I was lucky to feel comfortable in that environment. It didn’t bother me that it was male dominated I guess,” said Kim. With a determined focus and her highly professional approach, Kim

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managed to soon find herself as NSW’s top lady driver in the 1980s and managed to represent New South Wales in the Annual Australian Drivers competition. “It was fantastic to get to that level and it was a huge personal achievement. After a lot of hard work I felt like I had become a really good horsewoman and it was nice to be recognised,” she said. To the surprise of many, Kim cut short her promising driving career in 1990 to pursue a new path; training thoroughbreds. “I liked the excitement of the thoroughbred industry and always had the change as a long term goal of mine from the mid 80s,” she said. “Harness prize money was low and I was struggling to get ahead even though I was driving winners. I just felt like it was the right time to make the move back then,’ Kim recalled. While many people questioned her choice, Kim had no regrets and explained. “It was a decision I had always planned, it felt like a natural progression”. Even though it appeared to be a big change, at its core it wasn’t. “You are dealing with the horses in similar ways, and training them in a similar fashion so it wasn’t as big a change as many thought. “I had six boxes out there but they were pretty much all empty. I started out with one horse, which soon turned into two and then four. But that’s all I had for some time”. But the new industry didn’t come without its challenges. “People expected you to prove yourself, but I always felt if you’re good at one, you’re good at the other too,” she said. It wasn’t long before people established that Kim Waugh was serious about her new career and her

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harness reputation was justified. “It was more about gaining people’s confidence and making them trust that you know what you’re doing.”

interested in this side of the game too. I like to have an opinion and want to be involved as much as I can,” she explained.

The first major success came when Never True took out the South Grafton Cup in 1991. “It was fantastic to taste some early success with Never True. It really built my confidence. Another good horse I had early on was Catapult. He won a couple of handy races, some at Group Level, which was really exciting also,’ Kim said.

After 15 years at Rosehill, Kim re-located to Wyong on the NSW Central Coast eight years ago. “We wanted to be out of the city, but close enough that it wasn’t too far. I have family there, including my brother who rides work for me,” she said. Then more recently, Kim decided to purchase a far better property. “Buying this new farm two years ago has really added a lot of variety to my training and my horses. The facilities are great and the horses have been thriving in the new surroundings and appear a lot fresher mentally. Plus its only 5 – 10 minutes from the track which is ideal,” Kim said.

Reflecting back on her career to date, it isn’t hard for Kim to recall her training highlight. “Mahtoum winning the Sydney Cup was just amazing. He was my first Group 1 win and I was just so happy. He went onto to run 5th in the Melbourne Cup and ended up winning over $1million which was a big thrill for me,” Kim recalled. It was during this time that Kim also met her now-husband, exAustralian cricketer Mark Waugh. “I actually met Mark at the races one day at Rosehill through some mutual connections. He had a share in a horse of mine and we gradually built up a friendship over 12 months and I guess the rest is history,” she said. But it has come with its interesting challenges. “Mark actually has shocking allergies around horses. But he has had some medical help in recent years which seems to be helping thankfully,” she said smiling. Over the last few years, Kim now found herself building up a reputation as an outstanding trainer of stayers. “I do love training stayers. I feel that you get to be really creative in your training which I really like. Getting them fit and healthy can be done in so many ways and I love that. “I do love my 2 year olds also though,” she said, again smiling. Kim has now established herself as a respected and highly successful trainer. “It took a fair few years to build up to the point that I’m at now, but I do love it I have to say,” she said. She now also finds herself participating in the industry at new levels. “I’ve been on the Board of the NSW Trainer’s Association for over four years now. I’m really

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Naming her new property was easy. “I didn’t really need to think about it too long. Mahtoum Lodge,” she said happily. A legacy that appears to have carried on from her early days has been her stable size. “20 horses is a great number for me. It is enough to keep me happy and I can be really connected to each horse with that amount. I’ve got 20 boxes at the track and eight at home. It is just exactly where I want to be,” Kim said. Over the last 12 months Kim is starting to reap the rewards of setting up Mahtoum Lodge. “It’s been a great year. We have had a lot of winners and the horses are racing so well. They seem to be staying on longer in their preparations and are just so happy and fresh,” she said. “We had a great win in September when we won the Group 3 Cameron with Forget. That was a great result and I was pretty pleased,” she said, still smiling. What’s next for Kim? She said, “I really just want to continue to be successful to be honest. I’ve got a few good stayers I’m working with at the moment, including Fight for Glory and Dylan Rocks. I’ve also just bought a lovely Japanese galloper who has just come out of quarantine which I’m super excited about”. To contact Kim Waugh, phone: 04 1820 5333 or email: markim6@bigpond.com.au

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WHO’D HAVE THOUGHT A SPORTS CLUB FROM BANKSTOWN COULD NOT ONLY PROVIDE CERTAINTY, BUT BOOST THE PROFILE OF A SMALL COUNTRY RACE CLUB’S FEATURE RACEDAY?

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wenty years ago, a handful of members from Bankstown Sports Club set out by chartered plane and car for the Forbes Cup meeting, not knowing what would transpire over the next two decades.

“I remember the first year the Calcutta was over in ten minutes and the winner sold for $30,” he said. “This year the drawer of the winner took home about $11,000.”

Last month marked the 20th anniversary of the association between both organisations with 180 members of Bankstown Sports Club trackside for cup day.

This year’s Forbes Cup was taken home by Tumut trainer Kerry Weir and stable apprentice Megan Taylor when ghostly grey Tea Clipper ($11) narrowly prevailed from favourite Sooner or Later ($4).

If it wasn’t for the backing of the group, the Forbes Cup would be an ordinary meeting in the last month of winter on a bland Monday afternoon.

It was the biggest win of Taylor’s career, while for Weir it was a welcome change of fortune at Forbes after his former stable star Universal Pack fell in the 2011 edition.

But it’s far from that, with a crowd figure that would surpass what most country Saturday race meetings gather for the afternoon.

Cowra brother and sister combination, jockey Mathew Cahill and trainer Kathryn, produced a winning double in successive events with Campfire and Two Penny Blue.

Bankstown Sports Club spokesman, Graeme Ayling said it was fate that the group decided to support Forbes. “A few of us would have Monday afternoons off and have a punt on the races. We decided to support a country meeting and we chose Forbes,” he said. “I’m one of the two originals from the first year when there were just a few of us. Now there are 180 people from the club who attend and we spend three days at Forbes.” Their support has grown to such an extent that Bankstown Sports Club sponsors the Forbes Cup and have also provided funding for the hospitality area, winning post and part of the toilet amenities. Other associate sponsors through the club are also involved with many first timers and regulars making it an annual ‘must do’ on their calendar. Forbes legend and racecaller, Col Hodges said if it wasn’t for the support of Bankstown Sports Club the meeting wouldn’t be what it is: “It has made a big difference having the sports club involved,” Col said. Ayling said the growth of the meeting meant a lot to Forbes and the business community.

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A beaming Megan Taylor shows off the Forbes Cup

Forbes secretary, Blake Nicholson said having the support from a city club was crucial for a Monday feature meeting. “They organise a big part of the attendances and the associate sponsors which makes a difference,” he said. “It was a very successful race meeting.”

FORBES CUP DAY RESULTS RACE

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Connie Greig

Greg Ryan

$3.60

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LABARENA

Brett Thompson

Leanne G. Henry

$31

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LORD NICK

Rodney Robb

Michael Travers

$17

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ELVEDA VEGAS

Andrew Molloy

Michael Travers

$10

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Kathryn Cahill

Mathew Cahill

$4.60 fav

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Kathryn Cahill

Mathew Cahill

$4.60 fav

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Gary Lunn

Richard Bensley

$15

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Kerry Weir

Megan Taylor

$11

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Alison Smith

Anthony Cavallo

$7

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Story by Graeme White • Images by Janian McMillan

The grey Tea Clipper (Megan Taylor) staves off Sooner or Later (Greg Ryan, far right) to claim the Forbes Cup

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Caroline’s sharp eye for the Thoroughbred Image by Scott Ehler

JENNY MCALPINE CATCHES UP WITH SKY THOROUGHBRED CENTRAL’S PRESENTER AND BREEDING EXPERT, CAROLINE SEARCY

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aroline Searcy was born with a burn for everything equine.

An Adelaide girl, Caroline was often seen riding her bike to Victoria Park just to watch the horses run and it was there a love of speed and of the breed was sparked. Since then Caroline has followed her heart, graduating with an Arts Degree from Flinders University in South Australia before travelling north to Darwin to find her spot on Radio HOT FM as a news reader and producer. That was in 1992 and Caroline conducted weekly on-air sports panels, and during Northern Territory’s football league season worked as the ground announcer at Marrara Stadium. From Darwin, Caroline moved to Canberra as a senior newsreader and producer for Austereo’s FM104.7. She soon gained weekend work with Capital Television, operating as a sports reporter producing local sports stories and weekend racing reports for Channel Ten’s national program Sports Tonight.

Not only is Caroline’s thoroughbred knowledge and know-how now accessed on the track with live hosting broadcasts for Sky – often beside the Channel’s number one Greg Radley – but Caroline’s pedigree passion ignites on air for the benefit of viewers. As the in-studio host of magazine breeding show ‘Bred to Win’ Caroline spreads her wings and comes into her own, delivering the show with professional aplomb. Back on Sky Thoroughbred Central for the breeding season, ‘Bred to Win’ is to be extended to one hour on screen each week. “I love the breeding and background to the industry so I really enjoy getting out to the studs to showcase stallions and the breeding scene,” Caroline said as she prepared for a Hunter Valley and Victorian studs sojourn this spring.

By 1995, Fox Sports snapped her up as a senior presenter and producer where she relished in regularly interviewing sports stars such as Pat Rafter, Wayne Carey, Harry Kewell, Gai Waterhouse and many more.

A committee member of Thoroughbred Breeders New South Wales, Caroline is keen to attract many new people to the sport, with her dedication to making the horses and their backgrounds the feature of her presentations.

After 11 years and with racing on her mind, and horses in her heart, she made the move to thoroughbred broadcaster TVN. Caroline remained at TVN for nine years as on-course host and executive producer and presenter of thoroughbred programs.

“Naturally wagering is a focus given the importance of turnover to the entire industry, however, the extra time to feature trainer, jockey and often owner interviews gives a great insight into the amazing stories behind the real stars of the sport, the horses themselves” she said.

In the autumn of this year with the advent of Sky Racing’s thoroughbredonly television channel, Sky Thoroughbred Central, and following Sky’s signing of a 10-year media partnership with Racing NSW, Caroline was courted by Sky and was engaged as part of the newlook Sky broadcast team.

“I think it's vital for the next generations coming through to really highlight the background of as many horses as we can. The real stars attract the people,” she added.

“I think it's fantastic that NSW racing is now being fully covered by Sky Thoroughbred Central.

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“I’ve felt a great energy and warmth among the Sky Racing team and a real desire to showcase this great sport, from every angle since joining Sky,” Caroline said of her new role.

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Caroline is also involved with the Racing NSW Thoroughbred Rehabilitation Trust who endeavour to re-train thoroughbreds for a life after racing. Caroline can be seen on Sky Racing’s Thoroughbred Central (Foxtel 521).

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n a glorious Spring day in September punters descended upon Rosehill Gardens for the annual Ronald McDonald House Westmead Golden Pendant Day. The 8 card event also coincided with the Australian Turf Club’s inaugural Women In Racing function hosted by Sky Racing’s Caroline Searcy. Trainers Gai Waterhouse, Barbara Joseph, Kim Waugh and Betty Lane, jockey Winona Costin, rising bookmaker Brooke Pendlebury, and popular milliner Nerida Winter were some of the special guests helping to celebrate the many achievements and variety of roles that women play across the industry.

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The event was also a great opportunity to raise funds for Ronald McDonald House Westmead, a not-for-profit organisation that relies heavily on volunteers, donations, corporate and community support to provide a “Home away from Home” for seriously ill children and their families.

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Girls Day Out at the Races at GloriousGoulburn

Story by Colleen Goth

IT APPEARED THAT EVERYONE IN GOULBURN AND THE SURROUNDING DISTRICT HAD TURNED OUT FOR AN AFTERNOON OF RACING AND SOCIALISING AT THE ‘GIRLS DAY OUT’ RACEDAY ON SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 7th.

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here were 4,000+ racegoers on track, all dressed up to enjoy the best that country racing has to offer and support cancer awareness in their community. Rainy skies cleared to brilliant sunshine, bathing the golden Goulburn roses in glory. The Girls Day Out race meeting, which is conducted annually, always draws the biggest crowds to the picturesque track and provides a taste of the top class racing, before they return to witness the Goulburn City Cup meeting on Sunday, November 22nd. The seven race card commenced before midday and racegoers quickly filled the marquees, the club house and the member’s lounge, while also spilling out onto the soft green grassed lawns, keen to watch the thoroughbreds perform. The focus of the ‘Girls Day Out” is to celebrate the importance of ladies to racing and in their community. Proceeds from the celebrations go to local charitable groups supporting local people with cancer. The jockey ranks on the day reflected the growing number of females competing in the sport. Each year The Soroptimist International organisation presents a perpetual trophy for the most successful lady jockey on the day. This year it went to Deanne Panya who won races one and four. The Soroptimist is a service organisation working for the benefit of women and girls worldwide. Ms Naseema Sparks, the Deputy Chairperson of Racing NSW said when she spoke with the happy winning connections on race day, “Country Racing is the emotional heart of our racing industry”. It is a heart that beats strongly at the Goulburn and District Racing Club. The Club has enjoyed a splendid year with horses, trainers and jockeys coming from both surrounding country areas such as Canberra, Wagga

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and the South Coast and from the city racing bases in Sydney and Victoria Owners from Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and the Gold Coast have become regular attendees, once they discover how well the track plays for their horses, giving them all a chance as well as receiving the now legendary country hospitality. “I am treated better at Goulburn than I do at Headquarters in Sydney” said one owner who did not wish to be identified, “and it is an easy two hour drive down the highway from Sydney.” Ms Sparks believes that the inaugural NSW Country Championships race series this year has done a lot to showcase the quality of country races; with the experience of a day at the track enjoyed by both city and country race goers. Goulburn hosted a heat of the 2015 Country Championships in March; and the patrons are still talking about the excitement of that race – and the wonderful country lamb BBQ that was offered by Racing NSW to showcase the best produce in the district. The pulled lamb shoulder with tatzsiki dressing and the ‘Goulburn Lamb Sausage”; created by long term Club sponsor El Meato Butchery, had the punters coming back for more. They will get another chance to experience it on Saturday, February 20th 2016, when Goulburn hosts the first heat of the 2016 Country Championships. The prize money is enticing as well, with the Country Championships Heat worth $100,000 and the Final has been boosted recently to $400,000. But first, there is all the excitement of Goulburn City Cup Race Meeting which boasts prizemoney of over $235,000. The Cup itself is worth $100,000 whilst the other feature of the day, the Emirates Park/ Guy Walter Handicap is of $30,000 and also carries are a free stallion service to Emirates Park’s Group 1 winning stallion Al Maher.

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Deanne Panya

Presenting the trophy to Deanne is Anne Keene and Rosemary Durbridge representing Soroptimist International Goulburn

This race is a poignant reminder of the late great Goulburn-based trainer, Guy Walter, who was renowned for his ability to bring out the best in young horses, especially fillies, under his care. It’s a TAB Saddle Sunday and it is tipped to bring in punters and party goers alike, who will enjoy the very best that country racing has to offer. Racing has a long history in the area with the first races said to have been ‘challenge matches” organised by ‘Troopers’ outside of the Gordon Hotel, which is not far from the current track. The oldest Goulburn Cup Trophy is dated 1885. The current Goulburn and District Racing Club was founded in 1969. In 1999 it moved to its current premises on Race Course Drive off the Taralga Road. The Club was incorporated in 1989 and is managed by a board of Directors, some elected by Club members, others appointed by Racing NSW. Deputy Chairperson Ms Sparks commented that the Goulburn and District Race Club is also showing the way with attracting ladies to the Board of Directors. Ms Susan Leahy and I were recently re-elected and enjoyed the thrill on raceday of presenting sashes to the winning connections in the mounting yard. So what’s keeping you from joining us at glorious Goulburn to experience the very best that country racing has to offer.

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TAB

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TAB

Monday

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TAB

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TAB

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I'ts More than just horses Images from Eddie Furlong

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Scott Brodie shows Linda Hurley, wife of NSW Governor General, David Hurley, around Cana Farm right: NSW Governor General, David Hurley (left) chats to TRP manager, Scott Brodie

GOVERNOR GENERAL DAVID HURLEY AND HIS WIFE, LINDA MADE A VISIT TO INSPECT THE INCREDIBLE WORK OF CANA FARM, A NEW PARTNER OF THE RACING NSW THOROUGHBRED RETRAINING PROGRAM

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ana Farm, located in Orchard Hills in Sydney’s west, looks after the well-being of vulnerable members of the community. They are generally those who have been disassociated from mainstream society for various reasons and need assistance to find their way back. The Thoroughbred Retraining Program (TRP), led by Scott Brodie, is using the facility as a spelling location for horses going through the retraining process. The clients of Cana Farm have built kilometres of quality fencing on the 40-hectare property at no cost to the retaining program in order to house the spelling horses. On the property, formerly an orchard, Cana Farm is now levelling land to create a riding area and round yard where some of the clients will be taught to work with horses; some will also volunteer at the state-of-the-art Canterbury Park headquarters of the thoroughbred retraining program. These clients – once educated and experienced – may go on to work in the racing industry. The Governor General and his wife Linda, were particularly interested in the Racing NSW initiative and paid tribute to the passion of both the personnel from the Thoroughbred Retraining Program, and the clients and staff of Cana Farm. The Governor General shared lunch with all and sundry, with much of the produce for the meal produced on the farm.

Also of particular interest to His Excellency was the work of TRP manager, Scott Brodie, with ex-service personnel suffering from posttraumatic stress disorder. Many of these ex-service people are homeless and in need of urgent assistance. Scott has linked with Defence Care and Homes for Heroes to take veterans to Kangaroo Valley to work with horses, in order to aid their recovery and give them renewed focus. Many will also go on to become volunteers at Canterbury Park with a focus of eventually finding work in the racing industry. The parallels between racehorses and service people needing help at the end of highly specialised careers, was not lost on Mrs Hurley who showed particular interest in this personnel initiative of TRP’s Scott Brodie. Equine assisted learning and therapy is being used around the world to assist people with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). The Cedars Equine Program is now up and running to give this opportunity to learn from horses to as many veterans as possible. The Thoroughbred Rehabilitation Program continues to retrain and rehome ex-racehorses but the far-reaching effects of horses on people seems boundless and it is definitely more than just horses. For information on any of the above including donations, contact TRP manager, Scott Brodie, scott.brodie@optusnet.com.au

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ALENA SKERRITT WAS A LATE STARTER IN THE JOCKEY RANKS BUT AFTER STINTS AS A SPRAY PAINTER AND A DJ, SHE IS NOW CONTENT TO BE RIDING WINNERS

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any parents are asked the question but few children are on the receiving end: “Can I please have a pony?” Alena Skerritt is one of those lucky kids, although it took more than a decade before her dream was realised. Alena, 22, was born in Maitland and was raised in Newcastle before moving to the NSW Central Coast when she was 10-years-old and has since remained at Gosford. “I always had a passion for horses even before I could walk,” Alena recalled. “When I was six months old my Mum and Nan used to walk me in the pram daily and we would go past a horse in a paddock at Lochinvar, which is near Cessnock. “I was told the horse would always greet me by putting his head into my pram and would nuzzle and lick me. I used to love it and mum told me I would always giggle. So for the next 11 years I was persistent in wanting my own pony.” Alena had riding lessons and one morning her dream came true: “It was my birthday and I went to the arena at a property where I had my usual lesson. When I arrived there I noticed a pony named Belle with a red ribbon tied around her neck. I couldn’t believe it; mum had surprised me with my first pony. “I started attending Pony Club and Gymkhanas at that property and did a couple of inter-school competitions, but I would mostly go on trail rides with friends. I even rode bareback a lot of the time.” The first job Alena had was a school-based traineeship with Wyong trainer Michael Donoghue. She said, “When I was 16 I was unsure about the opportunities at the time so I completed my HSC and attended TAFE. After school I went straight into an apprenticeship as a car spray painter at a smash repair place, but after time the dust and chemicals got too much for me. “I went into the night club scene and made money being a DJ at Club Red where I met some great DJs and interesting personalities, but they were long nights. I was working one night and heard of a track riding opportunity at Fred Cowell’s place. “I had missed the buzz when I used to ride horses, so I jumped at the chance. Fred said he could see potential and offered me an apprenticeship, so I’ve now been with Fred now for the past three years. “My family has backed my career every step of the way and they all enjoy watching me ride, although my parents will always be concerned of the dangers of the occupation.”

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Alena Skerritt, starting to make inroads in country NSW, returns to scale after scoring on Salerno at Scone Alena rode her first winner as a 20-year-old at Tuncurry-Forster in Moet & Chandon Spring Champion Stakes Day March last year aboard Bettabet Red, a horse she now cherishes.

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Alena continued, doubt Bettabet Red is my favourite horse, Images by“Without Shane O’Niell as I’ve won seven races on her. She is a beautiful horse to do anything Image 1 – with and has a unique character. I have also taken a liking to our ‘town’ Image 2 – Myer Fashions on the Field MC Nikki Phillips horse Mighty Lucky. Although I only ride him trackwork, he’s an Image 3 – absolute pleasure to ride.”

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With 21 winners, (eight at the provincials and 13 in the country) to her credit, trainers starting to take notice of Alena’s skills: “I have Image are 6 - now #theraces started to pick up more rides now that I have been travelling almost anywhere to get my name out there”, she said. “I won a race on Salerno at Scone for Paul Perry and it may have opened the door for me, as Mr Perry has since put me on a few more horses. I then won another race for him on Impuesto at Muswellbrook.” A natural lightweight, Alena has no problems with her weight and can ride at 50kg. She said, “I’m pretty lucky when it comes to my weight, as I don’t have to worry too much about what I eat. And stylewise, I haven't really modelled my riding style on any particular jockey, instead I watch other riders and I just stick to what feels comfortable. “I do admire Tye Angland, as he has been a very big help whenever he has attended the apprentice school. He’s a super jockey. I just want to keep getting more rides and I’d really like to have a crack at the Rising Star Apprentice Series – now that’s something I’d love to win.”

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ChampionSt akesDay FASHIONS ON THE FIELD

Moet & Chandon Spring October 10th, 2015

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4. Stunning display of millinery and jewellery from LeDain Designs 5. Vanesa Wilson, Mrs Gorton and Amber Mann 6. Our magazine display 7. Ricky Pomeroy, Emily Pitt and Louise Beaumont 8. Ladies Day with tea partiers looking fabulous in Millinery and Jewellery courtesy of LeDain Designs

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ails Resort Port Macquarie by Rydges is the newest 4.5 star waterfront resort in Port Macquarie. This coastal beauty has emerged from an extensive refurbishment to reveal 85 stunning guest rooms and suites overlooking the marina. The stylish and contemporary design inspired by its breathtaking bay- side location, offers guests the chance to retreat, relax and rejuvenate with all the coast life essentials, to include a sparkling pool with private cabanas and cabana bar, an entertainment terrace, heated spa, vintage bicycles, tennis court, private jetty, paddle boards, waterfront restaurant and bar, room service and waterfront pavilion with private chapel and landscaped gardens. Located just a 10 minute stroll from the vibrant CBD experience the waterfront restaurants, bars, cafe, boutiques, theatres and galleries or just relax in the pool with a cocktail and work on your tan. Experience coastal hospitality from our fun and friendly team who will ensure that your stay at the resort is nothing short of heaven. The event team has designed a series of stylish events as part of their rollout to include their sell out Mad Hatters Tea Party. Event founders, Director of Sales & Marketing Kate Wood-Foye and Event Coordinator Rachelle Dufty worked in collaboration with major partner and fashion showcase curator Carole Beros of Le Dain Designs of Sawtell to create a High Tea of decadent treats, teapot cocktails and of course fine millinery and jewellery from all over the country. Over 140 ladies were greeted by a gorgeous Mercedes

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Benz on arrival, with vibrant roses, mad hatter treats and a pop up boutique. All enjoyed an afternoon of high fashion, croquet and fun, backed by Quartet “Dinner with Milton “. All this was captured by Steve Harris of Fab Photos. The event is set down for April 9th, 2016 and raises much needed funds for the Braveheart Foundation and will be one not to miss.

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Racing repays Anne’s Dedicat ion Story by Mark Brassel • Images from Steve Hart

Anne Hall (left) is presented the Simon Nivison Special Achievement Award by Caroline Searcy (co-host) and Bob Pavitt (Chairman, Racing NSW Country)

THE NSW COUNTRY & PROVINCIAL RACING AWARDS DINNER ACKNOWLEDGES THOSE THAT HAVE MADE SIGNIFICANT CONTRIBUTIONS TO COUNTRY AND PROVINCIAL RACING

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ne of the big winners during last month’s NSW Country & Provincial Racing Awards night was Anne Hall from Gilgandra, who picked up the prestigious Simon Nivison Special Achievement Award.

Anne has been a tireless worker in and around the Central & Western Racing Districts for around three decades and was the recipient of the award given to a person that has gone above and beyond in their efforts to improve and develop country racing in New South Wales. Ben Walker, from the Dubbo Liberal, reported that Anne Hall currently serves as Secretary-Treasurer of the Gilgandra and Mendooran clubs, is Secretary of the Western Racing Association (WRA) and has been a swabbing steward since 1992. “I've been involved with racing since 1985 and I have loved every minute of it,” Anne said. “I have always loved horses but when the Western Racing Association office shifted to Gilgandra, I hounded John Smith to give me some work. “John's training taught me so much and I’m just lucky that I’ve been able to be involved since then. I wish I had started earlier because you meet so many good people. “That's why I love the swabbing, because you meet people and I still get to work with the horses as well. I’m 69 this year so I’m going to scale back a bit, because I have some things I want to do and spend some more time with my family.” Anne’s award was received on the same night that her close friend, Gilgandra racecaller Bob Foran, was given a special achievement award in honour of his 60 Gilgandra Cup calls, and Greg Ryan was announced as the Country Jockey of the Year. Anne said, “We've been going to the awards for a number of years now and when they read my name out I was speechless. It’s a pretty prestigious award and I didn’t think I was worthy of winning it, but someone obviously did and nominated me. I’m still over the moon about it to tell you the truth.

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“To receive an award on the same night as Bob and Greg were recognised and won their awards was a great thrill as well. We're all very proud of Greg and what he has achieved and Bob is a wonderful gentleman. “He was not well on the night and his daughter Bobbie was there to accept his award.” COUNTRY AWARD WINNERS FOR 2015 Simon Nivison Special Achievement Award

Anne Hall

Country Horse of the Year Award

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Country TAB Race Club of the Year

Tamworth Jockey Club

Community Race Club of the Year

Adaminaby Jockey Club

Outstanding Achievement Award

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Country Trainer of the Year

Sue Grills

Media Award

Doug Ryan

Country Jockey of the Year

Greg Ryan

Leading Country Apprentice Jockey

Andrew Adkins

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Geoff Barnett

Provincial Horse of the Year

Lucia Valentina

Provincial Trainer of the Year

Kris Lees

Provincial Jockey of the Year

Brenton Avdulla

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J E E P M A G I C M I L L I O N S C A R N I VA L 1 – 12 J A N U A RY 2 016 G O L D C O A S T, Q U E E N S L A N D

More magic The 2016 Jeep Magic Millions is set to sparkle like never before as the Carnival celebrates its 30th anniversary with Australia’s first $10 million raceday. On the morning of Tuesday 5 January, the thunder of Thoroughbred hooves along the sands of the Surfers Paradise Foreshore will again be a feature spectacle of the Barrier Draw, while the best yearlings from around Australia will go under the hammer from Wednesday onwards in the action packed Sales arena. Come Raceday all eyes will turn to the catwalk where the Queensland state final of the Myer Fashions on The Field will take place, and the new Jewel VIP Marquee will host the who’s who of the social and racing scenes - all gathering for the pinnacle event in summer racing. The Jeep Magic Millions in 2016 will be a year not to be missed! Find out more at www.magicmillions.com.au or call (07) 5504 1200

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Jeep Magic Millions australia’sRichestraceday HAMISH McLACHLAN AND TEGAN HARRISON ANNOUNCED AS CARNIVAL AMBASSADORS FOR 2016 JEEP MAGIC MILLIONS CARNIVAL IN ITS 30th YEAR

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amish McLachlan has been appointed as the 2016 Jeep Magic Millions Carnival and Sales Ambassador. The popular presenter for the Seven Network was a clear choice to hold this significant role for the Carnival; he will be joined by leading Queensland lady jockey Tegan Harrison who will hold the position of Queensland Local Ambassador. The two will join returning Patron of Magic Millions Racing Women, Zara Phillips MBE, for the richest raceday in Australia on Saturday January 9th 2016. Hamish and Tegan will feature in Magic Millions’ largest TVC and print advertising campaign to date, which marks the Carnival’s 30th year and celebrates its new $10 million prize pool, with a staggering seven races offering $1 million or more. Launching into market in October, the campaign shoot recently took place on the Gold Coast, home to the Jeep Magic Millions Carnival. It will include some of Magic Millions’ most iconic faces, with stunning footage of the latest racewear trends from Myer, set against the unique backdrop of horses pacing the length of the foreshore. Hamish’s appointment is an extension of his relationship with Magic Millions and Katie Page-Harvey which has spanned a number of years. Being around horses is where Hamish feels most at home, with a strong family history of racing, as well as his own representative career playing polo for Australia during the early 1990s. Hamish reports extensively on racing for the Seven Network, and will form an integral part of its broadcast of the Jeep Magic Millions Raceday in 2016. “I grew up around horses and have always been passionate about them, and I’ve been involved in racing for as long as I can remember, so to be the Jeep Magic Millions Carnival and Sales Ambassador is a thrill and a privilege. The Magic Millions in January is a racing experience like few others. Gerry and Katie Harvey have taken a raceday and turned it into a week-long Carnival, which from 2016, becomes Australia’s richest raceday. It’s great for the Gold Coast, great for Queensland and terrific for the Australian racing industry,” Hamish said. Hailing from Queensland, the 2016 Jeep Magic Millions Local Ambassador, lady jockey Tegan Harrison, exemplifies just what is possible for females in the industry. Tegan is a true reflection of the important role Katie Page-Harvey’s pioneering concept, Magic Millions Racing Women, is playing in recognising the participation and development of females in the thoroughbred horse-racing industry. Tegan last year became the first lady jockey to win back-to-back metropolitan apprentice titles with 43 wins, she was also named apprentice of the year for the second time. “I am thrilled to be working with the Jeep Magic Millions as a Carnival Ambassador, particularly as a Queenslander. I have had a relationship with Magic Millions for years now as a jockey and enjoyed one of my biggest career highlights at their January Raceday last year. Working alongside ladies like Katie Page-Harvey, Zara Phillips and Francesca Cumani, who are all so accomplished in their own right and share the

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same vision to help pave the way for other females in the industry is a real privilege,” Tegan said. Magic Millions co-owner Katie Page-Harvey said, “Hamish and Tegan join our other long-standing Magic Millions Ambassadors Zara Phillips MBE, Patron of Magic Millions Racing Women and the Seven Network’s racing expert, Francesca Cumani.” “How lucky we are to have these amazing individuals representing our business,” she continued. Now in its fourth year, the Magic Millions Racing Women initiative, which was launched in 2012 by Katie Page-Harvey, continues to exceed all expectations, establishing itself as a truly national initiative and growing in female participation year on year. Registrations opened this month for the 2016 Carnival, with 40 confirmed in the first week alone.The race offers a bonus prize money incentive of $500,000, which is distributed between the first four all female owned or leased horses in finishing order of the Magic Millions 2YO Classic. The bonus is paid in addition to race prize money of $2 million.

ABOUT MAGIC MILLIONS The Jeep Magic Millions Raceday will be held on Saturday, 9 January 2016 on Queensland’s stunning Gold Coast and has become Australia’s richest raceday, offering $10 million in prizemoney over nine races. Co-owned by husband and wife, Gerry Harvey and Katie Page-Harvey, the annual Jeep Magic Millions Carnival and Raceday spans over 10 days and includes the showcase Gold Coast Yearling Sale where the racetrack stars of the future are sold through the Magic Millions auction ring attracting buyers from all over the world. Over 60% of prices achieved for horses sold in the main section of the sale are over six figures, with the highest price paid for a horse during each Carnival usually $1 million plus, leading to total horse sales in the vicinity of AU$100 million. Over the last three decades Magic Millions has become the premier thoroughbred sales and racing product, pioneering the concept of combining the auction of elite thoroughbred horses with incentive-based racing. 

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Story by Ron Williams • Images from Gollan Racing

Magic Millions is the number one source of Group One winners in Australia. Thoroughbreds purchased from Magic Millions sales have gone on to win some of our greatest Group One races including the Melbourne Cup, Victoria Derby and the Golden Slipper - the world’s richest race for two year olds where nine of the last 12 winners offered at auction were sold by Magic Millions. Successful recent Magic Millions graduates include Vancouver, Winx, Shooting to Win, Boban, Dissident, Pierro, Atlantic Jewel, Zoustar and Happy Trails. For more information on Jeep Magic Millions please visit http://www.magicmillions.com.au/

ABOUT MAGIC MILLIONS RACING WOMEN Magic Millions Racing Women is an initiative, launched by Katie Page-Harvey to champion the participation, recognition and development of women in the thoroughbred horseracing industry. Katie’s vision is to continue to increase the profile of women in the industry that has been her personal and professional passion for over 30 years. Fundamental to this vision is the provision of incentives and resources to educate and encourage women to become more active in all aspects of the thoroughbred racing industry. The Magic Millions Racing Women’s incentive of $500,000 will be distributed between the first four all-female owned or leased horses in finishing order of the 2016 Jeep Magic Millions 2YO Classic. The bonus is in addition to race prizemoney of $2.5 million. Full details and conditions of the race and bonus can be found at www.magicmillions.com.au/racingwomen/ or ph 07 5504 1200.

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ara Jackson of Magic Millions Insurance Brokers is proud to be working with a company that supports female participation in all facets of racing. Now in its fourth year, the ground-breaking Magic Millions Racing Women initiative is not only promoting racehorse ownership amongst females – it is increasing it. Whether you are just entering the industry or have been in it for generations, the team at Magic Millions Insurance have the expertise and knowledge to help you manage your risks associated with owning and racing horses. The sheer speed, unpredictability and fragile nature of the thoroughbred make them susceptible to a catalogue of injuries, illnesses and diseases. As such, we see insurance as a necessity, whether you have just purchased a yearling at auction to race, or your pride and joy is already racing in your colours most weekends. Perhaps you have a future champion on your hands – isn’t that the dream!   Policies through Magic Millions Insurance include market superior offerings, Life Saving Surgery for instance, and Guaranteed Renewal, exclusive to their Broker Group.  

Their specialist team are in attendance at all major Horse Sales in Australia and New Zealand, to cover your purchases from fall of hammer. They are also available at any time throughout the year to help you secure the protection of your equine investment. For further information or assistance call 02 8736 9904 or email sara@magicmillions.com.au

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Safe

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YOUR OPERATION IS WE ALL KNOW THE SAFETY RISKS ASSOCIATED WITH WORKING IN THE HORSE INDUSTRY. MOST STABLES HAVE BEEN DESIGNED TO MITIGATE OR MINIMISE THESE RISKS THROUGH DESIGN, LAYOUT AND PROTECTION OF PEOPLE AND HORSES.

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A compliant Work, Health and Safety Management System ensures that your stable has implemented a process of continuous improvement to provide a safe working environment for employees, contractors, owners and visitors. Not only does this help you meet legislative requirements, it provides a safety system which if followed, will ensure you have considered risks to safety and in the event of an accident, have a framework to follow. Equine Safety Services has extensive experience in safety management. We can audit your stable’s approach to safety against Australian Standard 4801:2001, provide a full report within five working days and assist you to fill any ‘gaps’.

Is your stable safe? A compliant OHS Management System ensures that your organisation is using a continuous improvement process to provide a safe environment for employees, contractors and visitors. It also ensures that legal requirements are met. “Save hefty fines and other costs down the track.”

During the assessment our Consultant will inspect all existing documentation required by health and safety legislation. This includes risk assessments, policies and procedures, training records, injury reporting, and certificates concerning the safe access to, and testing of, equipment. We offer reliable and cost effective safety solutions and advice including: • Development of policies, procedures and guidelines • Safety awareness training • Development of risk and hazard registers • Development and implementation of safety strategies • Ongoing safety support • Human resources consulting Equine Safety Services offers site-specific safety inspections which include:

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A Brief Hist ory

Goldners Horse Transport GOLDNERS HAS LONG BEEN THE ‘GO TO’ TRANSPORT COMPANY FOR LEGENDARY TRAINER, THE LATE BART (J.B.) CUMMINGS AND HIS ASSOCIATED PROPERTIES AND OWNERS GOING BACK TO THE DAYS WHEN HIS MAIN STABLE WAS AT MORPHETTVILLE IN ADELAIDE.

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ames Gustav (J.G.) Goldner started the company in 1945 and wound up in the headlines for transporting four racehorses, on what was then a ‘controlled route’ between Adelaide and Melbourne because of post war petrol rationing, a rule that was eventually overturned. One of the horses on board was 1950 Melbourne Cup winner Comic Court, strapped by a young Bart Cummings and trained by his father Jim. Goldners has always been a progressive company with J.G's daughter Beryl becoming Chairman of the company on his death in 1978, and a pioneer amongst women in business in that era. Having started working at Goldners in 1988, Mark A. I. Ker, J.G.'s great grandson, became a Director of the company in 2003 to transition from Beryl's leadership. Mark expanded Goldners across eastern Australia, establishing a new headquarters in Sydney in 2007. Champion trainers

John Hawkes and Bart Cummings were an integral part of this move with both insisting on having the Goldners' service when they moved to Sydney. In 2013 the company became part of Stonehouse Corporation, a private Australian company based in Melbourne. Chairman Charles Jennings confirms “Goldners remains dedicated to our mission of providing the best equine transportation available in Australia, and continues innovating, investing, and focusing on the quality of our service to our longstanding and loyal clientele”.

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Birdsville Carnival the

Story and images by Sharon Lee Chapman Fast Track Photography

Race 4, Cheers Browe with Tracy O'Hara

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THE BIRDSVILLE RACES ARE HELD EVERY YEAR ON THE FIRST WEEKEND OF SEPTEMBER IN THE SMALL QUEENSLAND OUTBACK TOWN OF BIRDSVILLE. FUNDS ARE RAISED EACH YEAR TO AID THE ROYAL FLYING DOCTOR SERVICE OF Story by Ron Williams • Images from Gollan Racing AUSTRALIA. THE POPULATION IS SWELLED FROM ABOUT 100 TO AROUND 7,000 PEOPLE FOR THE TWO-DAY EVENT.

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s Birdsville is very remote, many travellers come by air and hundreds of aircraft fill the town's airstrip. The town of Quilpie celebrates the event by welcoming travellers who are heading westwards to Birdsville by road. The carnival now includes a 13-race program and boasts prize money of $200,000. The Birdsville Cup is a much sought after trophy and is famous throughout the world. Situated three kilometres to the South East of the town the track itself is on a claypan alongside the sand dunes. The track is 2000m in circumference with the longest race, 1600m Birdsville Cup starting in the back straight. All starts are on the course proper with the exception of the 1000m, which starts from a chute. Birdsville is one of four tracks in Queensland that run anti-clockwise Birdsville in Queensland had long been on my bucket list as a must do. However, I always wondered how logistically I would get there. After a meeting in New York earlier this year with the editors of Sports Illustrated, I pitched the idea to them for a pictorial piece. They’d never heard of Birdsville (as many people haven’t), but were fascinated by the idea of a horse race in the desert, so the challenge to get to Birdsville was set in motion. Flying wasn’t an option due to their 15kg – 20kg weight limit. Weighing 43 kgs it seemed didn’t allow for a bit of extra luggage on any charter flight. The 4,000 km road trip seemed the only way to go. Only two problems presented. Firstly, I was pretty sure my new Ford Focus wouldn’t appreciate 1,100 kms on the infamous Birdsville Track and secondly, I had no co-pilot. I’m all for solo adventures, but my lack of mechanical knowledge and an inability to change a tyre prevented that idea. Enter Facebook and a random invite for a solo like minded adventurer. The criteria, “you must have a sense of adventure, must be able to change a tyre, have a vehicle and NOT be a serial killer”.

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Birdsville Carnival 2015, Race 1, at the starting gate they're away!

Crowds of over 7000 plus racegoers celebrate the carnival each year enjoying two days of quality outback racing and three great nights of live entertainment. Other entertainment includes the RFDS Cocktail

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Party, RFDS Fun Run, Fashions on the Field, Fred Brophy's Boxing Troupe, and Equine Fun Day (Thursday), a variety of food vendors, a giant auction and much more.

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A born Horsewoman We set off on a Tuesday morning at 4am, making the long journey via Mildura, Renmark and finally onto the Birdsville Track. Tyre explosions are a way of life out on the track and we fell victim to the dreaded curse about 150kms out on the Thursday morning.

As we drove into the famous town, population 100 on a normal day, we were overwhelmed by a sea of 4WD’s, Caravans, Trailers and Utilities. Nothing really can prepare you and we were left wondering Story by Ron Williams • Images from Gollan Racing “Where did all these people come from”. The two Day Carnival was one of the best race meetings I have ever attended and challenged me to new levels as a photographer. Climbing up on the starting gates for my first barrier photo and hanging out of a helicopter to capture the last race on Day One were some of my photographic highlights. One of the world’s most iconic race meetings and it didn’t disappoint for a second. I’m already planning next year’s trip. For anyone wanting a life adventure, do yourselves a favour and add Birdsville to your bucket list. FOOTNOTE: Both CNN and Sports Illustrated covered my Birdsville adventure online and you can view the coverage via these links http://edition.cnn.com/2015/09/07/sport/gallery/birdsville races-2015

Birdsville 2015, Race 6, winner Iron Meteorite with Kody Nestor

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Two kinds of trackwork, Birdsville-style.

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Amateurs September 10th to 12th, 2015

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Racing on the Darling JUST OVER 600 KILOMETRES WEST OF BRISBANE IS THE OUTLYING TOWN OF ROMA IN QUEENSLAND’S DARLING DOWNS, A FARMING REGION ON THE WESTERN SLOPES OF THE GREAT DIVIDING RANGE.

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PART OF BOTH THE MINING BOOM AND ITS DECLINE, BUT YOU WOULD NEVER KNOW ABOUT A DECREASE IN POPULATION GIVEN THE NEAR 7,000 RACEGOERS THAT FILED THROUGH THE GATES ON ROMA CUP DAY ON THE 21ST OF NOVEMBER.

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or many people the trip itself to Roma is a big part of the racing celebration. With many who travelled from farms and stations, near and far, jockeys and horse trainers that had driven for up to seven hours with a horse float and a few stops along the way. One of the largest regional cups, outside of Brisbane, with possibly one of the biggest camp sites to match. Next door to the track is the Bassett Park Campground that swelled beyond capacity the night before the Roma Cup. Race day itself began with a rather accommodating late start, no doubt appreciated by all those who celebrated long into the evening before. The first race commenced just after 1pm, as part of an eight race programme, before a trackside dinner and a wonderful musical celebration featuring no less than five bands and a bar that closed at two o’clock in the morning! As this was my first trip to Roma, I underestimated how much stamina was required to keep up with the Roma regulars. With the 41 degree temperature forecast for the day, it made the roof of the racecourse an even warmer place to be, where I spent much of my time with Roma’s race caller and local Peter Flynn. Brisbane’s racing radio station representative Tony Clements had joked that you have to have red hair to call Roma, and it was both a pleasure and a huge thrill to back up Tony’s theory. As the crowd began to increase throughout the afternoon, they probably didn’t think about Peter’s remarkable composure and articulate delivery in rather trying conditions. The broadcast box was more like a rooftop style veranda, with the open

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front providing natural relief with a breeze that only those of us up high could enjoy. The roof did however offer a bird’s eye appreciation of what Roma Cup day meant to a steadfast community that didn’t worry about the heat; they simply cherished the long-awaited opportunity to be together. Smiles and waves with a big Queensland “Gidday”, to those that had not seen each other in a couple of years. Out of towner’s that had flown in, developed an enviable grin, at the welcome that Roma bestowed upon them. Peter had arranged for me to call three races at Roma, and the opportunity was an unforgettable experience. Roma races right handed with a sand based track and I was surprised at the pace early, with many jockeys trying to get their horses away from the “kick back” in the face. By the time race seven had rolled around the crowd support was rather audible with some very loud cheering after every single horse I called for most of the event. I think it was fair to say that by late afternoon in the lead up to the Roma Cup, the Darling Downs natives had become restless. The feature event of the day the XXXX Gold Roma Cup, the last race on the programme provided a great outcome not just for the locals, but also further female input to the day’s events when apprentice rider Hannah English rode the locally trained Oggie to victory. Roma owner-trainer Scott Rodgers was ecstatic and Peter Flynn noted that jockey Hannah English was the fourth female in the region to win as many cups over the last few months. I must mention and express my sincere gratitude to all those at the Roma

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Turf Club including Ranald Ferrier, Jackie Erickson and Peter Flynn who did not in any way try to marginalise my opportunity to broadcast races with a fashions on the field appearance. It was such a delight to be treated as a woman with a job to do! However, as a general observation the overall standard of fashion on the day was truly amazing. A very well dressed crowd irrespective of the heat, with not just the wonderful colours and outfits that were impressive, women’s hair and makeup remarkably all intact, creating an overall impression that it was a very pleasant 23 degrees. The race club had gone to great lengths to ensure patrons were well catered for with many air conditioned marquees around the track. Former Roma school teacher Ryan Baines flew to Roma as a guest fashions on the field judge. With an astute eye for detail and flair, Ryan himself dictated a fashionable pace that would have made many women nervous. Not quite a “hanging judge” by his own account, but Ryan’s sense of polish and panache certainly added great stylishness with impeccable charm that no doubt left many ladies wanting. The Roma Cup meeting for 2015 was an outstanding day, and more than a credit to the race club. It demonstrated the true character of the region, people that overcome any adversity, because they pull together as an engaging and welcoming community – the real spirit of Australia.

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Hopping IN OCTOBER 2014, 28yo LIBBY HOPWOOD WAS AT THE TOP OF HER GAME. SHE WAS RIDING WINNERS REGULARLY, HER CONFIDENCE WAS AT AN ALL TIME HIGH AND SHE WAS BECOMING KNOWN AS A VERY STRONG AND COMPETENT RIDER AMONGST THE INNER SANCTUM. BUT ON OCTOBER 15TH, A DAY KNOWN UNOFFICIALLY AS ‘BLACK WEDNESDAY’ TO SOME, LIFE AS LIBBY KNEW IT WOULD BE CHANGED FOREVER.

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ibby grew up on a farm in Casterton in country Victoria. As a young girl, one of her favourite memories was going on camel treks. “Dad had lots of camels when I was growing up. Every winter we would take them into the desert and do tourist treks and we raced them,” she said. It was there she had her first taste of racing. “When I was 11yo I started riding them in races. I did that for a few years and certainly learnt a lot,” she recalled. It wasn’t only camels that Libby grew up around though. “Because I grew up on a farm, I was always riding. I was given a station pony on one of the camel treks, because I had won a race. It was an unbroken pony, and I had to train and look after him. I just loved that,” she added. While it was a lifestyle that many would have envied, Libby realised that a solid education was a must have. “Schooling was becoming a real challenge to manage, so I stopped being part of the camel treks and racing,” she said. With an increased focus on improving her education, Libby moved to Mount Gambier to finish her schooling, a move that would turn out to be fortuitous for her later on. After finishing school and wanting to spend time earning some money, Libby deferred from University. While most young adults that take that path head on an overseas adventure, Libby went down another road. “I started working at Michael O'Leary's racing stable to earn some money before going to University to study an Archaeology degree. I grew up around horses, so I just saw it as a way to start making some money. Then one day the stable was short of a rider, so they put me aboard and I guess the rest is history,” Libby said smiling. Initially Libby still didn’t think riding was going to take her anywhere. “It wasn’t long after that Michael offered me an apprenticeship and I thought I’ll do this for a year and see where it goes,” she thought. Before long, University was off the cards. “The money became a big factor after a while. It was either an apprenticeship or study at University for fours years and end up with a debt,” she continued. Even though money was a key part of her new career choice, Libby is immensely passionate about horses and the industry. “I have always loved horses and enjoyed riding. I love riding fast so it’s great to get paid for that. It’s a great job until something goes wrong of course. There are certainly no 9am – 5pm working hours. There are early starts, but I’m often home by 10am and I get to enjoy the day,” she said.

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It wasn’t long before Libby had her first race win. “It was great to ride my first winner, such a buzz. It was on a horse called Our Monarchy for Bill Wild in country Victoria,” she remembered. 12 months into her apprenticeship with Michael, Libby decided to try out her luck on the bigger stage and moved to Adelaide, transferring to Richard Jolly. The move paid off in many ways. “Those first few years were great. I had some really good results, like winning one of the National Apprenticeship Series Races at Randwick on a Darley-trained horse in 2008. Wearing those silks was pretty special,” she said. In a highly competitive apprenticeship environment, Libby seemed to thrive. “I won the Dux of Apprenticeship School in Adelaide two years in a row, which was special. I also finished third in a Senior jockeys premiership as an apprentice which I was really proud of,” In 2010, Libby had one of her best days at the track. “I rode four winners at a meeting at Morphettville in November. That was definitely one of the highlights of my career that’s for sure,” she said, again smiling. With University a distant memory now, Libby had achieved what she wanted to get out of taking up riding in the first place. “I came out of my apprenticeship in 2011 with a car, a house, a career and no debt,” Libby said. Libby was also part of one of the more unusual occurrences in racing and became an internet sensation at the same time. At Oakbank in 2014, as the horses jumped during a race, fellow jockey Holly McKechnie lost her balance and was destined to fall, before Libby lent over and helped her regain her balance and continue her ride. “It wasn’t that big a deal, she was just falling and it was just continuous racing,” Libby said. But to the surprise of many, the stewards didn’t see it that way, reprimanding her for dangerous riding. “You see someone in trouble and instinct kicks in. I didn’t think it would blow up as much as it did. It was hilarious in the steward’s room. They were coming down on me quite hard and Holly lost it.” While Libby has experienced the highlights of being a jockey, she has also experienced the dangers her chosen career presented. “I have had a few falls here and there in my time,” she recalled “I remember my first fall was at Naracoorte on their Cup Day. I had won my first three rides on the day and was a bit too confident when I was riding in the Cup, when I clipped heals and fell,” she said.

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to Get Back into the Saddle

Story by Tim Guille Images by Atkins Photography and Racing SA

Winning on Lady Hederaj at Murray Bridge At the top of her game, Libby arrived at Murray Bridge on a sunny Wednesday in Spring, 2014 with a few good rides lined up. Libby arrived at the barriers for Race Eight aboard Barigan Boy. During the race Colla Voce, ridden by Caitlin Forrest, fell heavily whilst leading, bringing down four horses including Libby’s. A fractured collarbone and vertebrae, punctured lung, severe concussion and bleeding on the brain are easily injuries that could be associated with a car crash victim, but that was the outcome for Libby. “I don’t remember anything from that fall. The last thing I remember was actually from the Saturday before that day,” Libby said. Three of the four jockeys who fell suffered injuries including Libby, but the fall claimed the life of Libby’s close friend and colleague, Caitlin. “I’ve never seen the race and I never will. I don’t remember it and I’m going to keep it that way,” Libby said bluntly. Her treating specialists explained the severity of her head knock to her. “They said that I knocked a part of the brain that filters out things that it needs to. So instead of the brain filtering and giving me what I needed, it couldn’t, and it was taking on everything and getting overwhelmed. I had a bleed in the middle, but most of it was around the front, hence why I was getting the headaches,” she remembered. Rehabilitation for Libby has been a very challenging process. “It’s been long and frustrating to be honest I remember doing some basic balance work and had to walk in a straight line. I couldn’t do it and I actually fell over. I had no idea how bad I was until I started the rehab. I couldn’t sign my name and I wasn’t able to think straight at all. I suffered some serious headaches in the early days, but they have subsided thankfully,” Libby said. Throughout her recovery process, Libby still has had to deal with the passing of her close friend. “I visited the mini shrine that was set up by some of the other apprentices a few times, which was helpful. Its hard to describe losing a friend and personality like her,” Libby said sadly. It was during this time that Libby also was reminded of how much she loves the people in the industry. “I started going to the races again over time and it was amazing how much people were reaching out to me and keeping contact. I feel very lucky that the people I work with and the racing fraternity are all good friends who looked out for me,” Libby said smiling.

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Libby with other female jockeys The downtime was not all bad for Libby, she was able to eat well and travel overseas. “I realised It was the first holiday I had had for five years. I hope that it’s my last one for some time. I just wanted to get back to the job,” she said with a determined look in her eyes. After six intensive months of rehab, Libby got the news she had been waiting for recently, 13 months after the fall. “I finally got the all clear from the neurologist and Work Cover to start riding ponies. I’ve been seeing an exercise physiologist and I was failing a lot of things physically. I started to improve and soon enough I passed everything and was allowed to ride non-racehorses,” she said. Libby said, “It was a nice feeling to say the least. My horse, Zorrin, was my first ride back because I could trust him and he is so quiet.” But it was still gong to be a while before she could return to the rigors of riding a racehorse. “I still need to pass a concussion test before I can return to trackwork. The main concern is that if I fall off again with the damage I’ve done I will be in a worse position,” Libby said. The challenges are still not over for Libby. “While I continue to improve, I’m still not passing the concussion test baseline. Seems the doctors were right that I would be out of the saddle for 12 or so months,” she said. But getting back to riding is never far out of her mind. “I would love to ride a few of my favourite horses again like Umaluka and Justify That. I would love to ride in Singapore and definitely want to win races in Victoria. Moonee Valley at night is amazing,” she said happily. Despite her injuries and ongoing challenges, Libby highlighted that she is feeling great. She said, “I feel fine, that’s the annoying part. I pretty much feel a hundred percent, apart from the fact I get tired at times. But I’m pretty hungry to get back into it. With her determination, all who know Libby would agree and confirm her statement.

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pring is synonymous with floral fashion and racegoers throughout South Australia embraced this perennial favourite while still adding their own unique take to outfits. The Fashion at the Races statewide style search was held at five race meetings – Balaklava, Gawler, Murray Bridge, Jamestown and Morphettville – during spring. The winner of each competition incorporated botanical elements into their looks. Elle Griffiths (5) impressed judges at the Balaklava Cup in September with her monochrome attire, pairing a classic black ASOS top with a patterned Shona Joy skirt and headwear by Claire Hahn Millinery and Stylist. At the Schweppes Gawler Cup later the same month, Fashion at the Races winner Laura Soden (1) teamed a Portmans’ floral dress in muted tones with orange and blue millinery and nude heels. A soft, garden-inspired outfit also proved a champion choice for Justine Lundberg (3) at the Melbourne Cup at Morphettville in November. Her understated white and green Ted Baker dress was off-set by a floral crown and simple accessories. A pop of purple was Marie Jeffries’ (2) secret to success at the Murray Bridge Gold Cup in October. She co-ordinated her purple headwear, by Rebecca Scott Millinery, with shoes in the same shade and a dress featuring an intricate wreath pattern. And at the Jamestown Cup, Emily Rogers (4) wore a crisp Fifth The Label white dress with black Morgan and Taylor headwear, proving less is often more. She will progress to the regional final at the Clare Easter Races in March next year. Elle, Laura, Justine and Marie have automatically qualified for the Fashion at the Races final at Morphettville in May when the winner will collect a $25,000 luxury racing holiday for two to Asia. Second prize is a BNKR shopping experience that includes $2,000 to spend on clothes. There’s still plenty of time to enter the 2015/16 competition, with upcoming qualifying events being held in all corners of the state from Kangaroo Island to Port Lincoln. Judges look for entrants who embrace timeless elegance but let their personalities shine through.

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Gannon’s Ladies Day October 4th, 2015

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2015 World Championships

ON THE SAME AFTERNOON THAT MICHELLE PAYNE GALLOPED HER WAY INTO RACING HISTORY AS THE FIRST FEMALE JOCKEY TO RIDE TO VICTORY IN THE MELBOURNE CUP, MANY OTHER RIDERS FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD INCLUDING AUSTRALIA, WERE BOARDING AEROPLANES FOR ABU DHABI IN THE UNITED ARAB EMIRATES.

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ome of the His Highness Sheikh Mansoor Global Arabian Flat Racing Festival, Abu Dhabi and its racetrack were about to stage another monumental conquest for an Australian rider, as well as many international counterparts. Melbourne apprentice jockey Ben Thompson had secured himself a start in the Her Highness Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak, Apprentice’s World Championship against fellow jockeys from all over the world. Ben’s earlier victory this year in Lexington, Kentucky in the United States of America as a leg of the Purebred Arabian Racing Festival provided him with a walk-up start for the world final in Abu Dhabi. However it wasn’t just the riders contesting the Festival’s concluding races that were invited to the Abu Dhabi celebrations. Throughout this year the HH Sheikh Mansoor Purebred Arabian Flat Racing Festival has toured the world providing opportunities to jockeys and racing participants alike, with international experiences that for many people were beyond their wildest dreams. Queensland rider Tracy O’Hara had the extraordinary prospect back in January to represent Australia in the Arabian Peninsula nation of Oman. A beautiful and exotic Arabic country with incredible hospitality and a rich racing heritage of its own, that gave Tracy a foreign encounter well beyond that of her home town of Rockhampton.

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The HH Sheikh Mansoor Festival also provided an international stage to Benalla based jockey – Shirley Hunter, making this year one that Shirley would never forget. Less than six months after Shirley had her first city winner at Moonee Valley, Shirley could not believe her luck as she represented Australia in a leg of the HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak ladies races in Stockholm, Sweden. Finishing second by a very narrow margin, Shirley had the ride of her life aboard a Purebred Arabian, trained by Holland’s Karin Van der Bos. Melbourne rider Jackie Beriman had found herself in California in the United States as a part of the Purebred Arabian Festival also. Riding a delightful Purebred Arabian Big is Better, Jackie fell in love with her mount and the whole international platform that HH Sheikha Fatima and her son HH Sheikh Mansoor provide to typically thoroughbred racing participants. Jackie, herself the owner of an Arabian horse, really enjoyed the working opportunity to race and engage with Purebred Arabian horses, knowing firsthand the Arabian’s capacity to think on the run as well as the animal’s emotional intelligence. Another Melbourne jockey, apprentice Jake Bayliss had a truly European racing experience aboard a Purebred Arabian in Poland. Tor Sluzewiec is one of eastern Europe’s finest race tracks, that

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The jockeys that contested the HH Sheikha Fatima Apprentice's World Final

Story by Victoria Shaw Images by Debbie Burt Equine Creative Media, United Kingdom.

Ben Thomspon on Purebred Arabian AK Adour winning the HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubuark Apprentice’s World Final - ABU DHABI. Sunday 8th November 2015.

rivals Flemington racecourse in size, hosting both thoroughbred and Purebred Arabian races for most of the year. Aboard the Warsaw trained Arabian Al Dar, Jake may have found himself further from the line than he would have liked by finishing eighth, however the chance to develop friendships with fellow apprentice jockeys from countries like Turkey, Oman, Ireland and Canada gave Jake and all the other riders, a life enhancing experience that money can’t buy. Canberra based rider Annelise King found herself with a more localised, yet very exciting experience. A regular on the highly competitive NSW picnic circuit at tracks like Bong Bong, the chance to ride at William Hill Park, Sandown, one of Melbourne’s premier tracks was simply tantalising for Annelise, when the Sheikh Mansoor Festival touched down in Australia. One World, 6 Continents is the Purebred Arabian Festival’s motto and Annelise not only got to ride a Purebred Australian Arabian, her efforts like all other jockey’s throughout the year, no matter where they rode or finished, were all acknowledged and flown back as guests for the grand finale at the Abu Dhabi Equestrian Centre, courtesy of His Highness Sheikh Mansoor. The Sunday after the Melbourne Cup, saw a sensational outcome for Australia in Abu Dhabi with Ben Thompson, victorious in the

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The Festivals Executive Director Lara Sawaya and Festival Dignitaries with 2015 Australian jockeys waiting for Ben Thompson

The apprentice's race taking the first turn out of the straight in Abu Dhabi RIGHT: Ben Thompson holding his trophy aloft with Australian's Shirley Hunter, Jackie Beriman and Jake Bayliss After Ben’s jubilant victory, the excitement continued as Switzerland’s Astrid Wullschleger rode Najm Alemarat, trained by UAE based French horse trainer Eric Lemartinel for HH Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan. Astrid was ecstatic to win the HH Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak Ladies World final. The finale of the evening, the world’s richest Arabian race – The Jewel Crown valued at $1.9 million AUD (1.2million Euro) was the last event on the programme. All jockeys as guests of the Sheikh Mansoor tour and racing fans alike, at Abu Dhabi, were treated to a thrilling finish and a magnificent display by one of the world’s leading riders – Olivier Peslier, aboard the Qatar owned Purebred Arabian – Kalino. Alban de Mieulle the

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winning trainer, who prepared Kalino to defeat Sahabba in a photo, a thrilling close finish for the inaugural group one race. As the Melbourne Cup Carnival prides itself on hosting various international connections, The HH Sheikh Mansoor Global Purebred Arabian Flat Racing Festival, not only tours the world, but also actively engages 81 nationalities and racing participants from all walks of life with the very foundation of racing – The Purebred Arabian. Special thanks to Executive Director of the HH Sheikh Mansoor Global Arabian Flat Racing Festival, Ms Lara Sawaya and her team for an incomparable year. The Melbourne Racing Club looks forward to hosting the Purebred Arabian Festival on its Australia Day programme in January 2016.

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Wearing Hats for a Cause - HAttEMbER fuNdRAIsER supports indigenous youth n September, people took up Embellish Atelier’s challenge to wear a hat every day in September to raise funds for the John Skipper Kelly Fund (the JSK Fund). The JSK Fund was started in 2011 to create opportunities for disadvantaged youth. The money raised by Hattember went to the JSK Fund’s Aurora Internship scholarship. The scholarship will financially support an indigenous law student to intern with an Indigenous legal service. Catherine Kelly, the owner of Embellish Atelier and founder of Hattember, said “We are excited by the success of the inaugural Hattember fundraiser and congratulate our winners and Hattember 2015 ambassadors: KimMarie Williams, Rachel Fisher, Alana English, Petra Wollerman and Aleysha Campbell for their generous fundraising and endorsement”. Catherine also expressed thanks to sponsors of the event: “We are very grateful to Gai Waterhouse Racing, Ladies in Racing Magazine, Kiplings Garage bar and Meg Nicolson”. This success is a great platform on which to build for Hattember 2016. The beautiful illustrations were done by Meg Nicholson. www.megnicholson.com Instagram:@meg_nicholson

For more information contact by phone: 0416 182 486 or email: embellish@bigpond.net.au

MAGIC MILLIoNs MILLINERY With the Spring Racing Carnival behind us, the creative milliners of The Hat Box have turned their attention to next month’s Magic Millions Carnival being held at the Gold Coast Turf Club. As January is the height of summer, owner Dale Olsson recommends wearing a hat with a wide brim on the big day. She suggests a picture hat or a boater as they look so feminine and flattering with this season’s longer or full skirts. However, if attending a lunch or high tea indoors, Dale recommends a smaller piece like a beret or a pillbox adorned with silk flowers and an eye veil or a spectacular feathered headpiece. “Summer at the Gold Coast lends itself to bright colours and eye catching designs and the fashionable fillies here in Queensland are not afraid of either,” Dale said. “We are very fashion forward and are always prepared to try something new.”

Ph 07 3210 2455, www.thehatbox.com.au. email: info@thehatbox.com.au, Facebook

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The Hat Box stocks one-off original headwear from some of the best milliners in Australia. The boutique, located on the gallery level of the iconic Brisbane Arcade, is stocked with millinery in a variety of colours and styles to suit every outfit and occasion. Dale advises to pop in before Christmas for your Magic Millions headwear, as the shop will be closed from Christmas Eve Thursday, December 24th until the Saturday, January 2nd. Panama hats from Ecuador make a great Christmas present for both men and women and The Hat Box stocks them in several styles and sizes.

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Fabulous Milliners - Fabulous Designs

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Centreway Level 1, 259 Collins St. Melbourne

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BooK Reviews

alison nicholas – walKing Tall by Madeleine Winnett

RRP $11.99 Kindle Edition

Alison Nicholas, MBE, is one of Great Britain’s most successful golfers. In a professional career spanning more than 20 years, she won 18 tournaments including the British Open, topped the Ladies European Tour Order of Merit and, in 1997, won the most prestigious championship in golf - the US Open. Her aggregate ten-under-par total was, at the time, the lowest in the history of the championship and she became The Sunday Times Sportswoman of the Year, and LET Players’ Player of the Year.

In this candid and entertaining book, Alison explores her years on both the LET and LPGA Tours, the ups and downs, her tournament records, her faith, and - of course - the Solheim Cup. Filled with anecdotes from the other side of the ropes, behind-the-scenes insights, and images from her private photo collection, the book charts the hard work, focus, attitude and good times that led to Alison Nicholas Walking Tall. Available from www.amazon.com.au

BaRT The legend By Slattery Media Group & The Herald Sun

RRP $ 15.00

The great Australian and Australia’s greatest horse trainer Bart Cummings died aged 87 on 30 August, as the racing world was preparing for the start of the famous Spring Carnival. The carnival climax is the Melbourne Cup, with which Bart has become synonymous because of his record 12 wins, spawning his nickname ‘The Cups King’. Cummings, a racing legend through deed and through designation, having been given that rare status by the Australian Racing Hall

of Fame, is immortalised in bronze at Flemington, the scene of his Cup wins from 1965 (with the great and brave mare Light Fingers) to 2008 (Viewed). The Slattery Media Group, with the Herald Sun, pays tribute to Cummings and his life well lived in a special 96-page commemorative magazine. Available from www.books.slatterymedia.com

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Two Unhappy Fish By Bingbo

RRP $ 14.99

Two Unhappy Fish teaches us that no fish is ugly, every fish is different and that every fish is special. A touching story of how we are all different but all beautiful in our own unique way. It is aimed at children aged 3 years and above. Attractive and colourful illustrations by Chinese illustrator, Gumi. Available from www.starfishbaypublishing.com.au

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The ogglies oF smelliville By Erhard Dietl

RRP $14.99

By G. Guilford Barton RRP $19.95

“The Ogglies of Smelliville”, the first title in the best-selling Oggly series by multi awardwinning German author, musician and illustrator Erhard Dietl is a beautifully written and illustrated story with interesting quirky fantasy characters. It is aimed at children aged 4 years and above. Combining music, song and rhyme with an enchanting fantasy storyline helps young children to develop their creativity and imagination skills. Available from www.starfishbaypublishing.com.au

snowy nighT By Tilde Michels

RRP $12.99

One freezing, snowy winter evening, Peter, the hunter entertains three visitors, a hare, a fox and a bear. Will they get through the storm together? It is a clever tale with moral messages such as showing trust and compassion toward others. Captivating from the outset, “Snowy Night” will recount the troubles of surviving a cold, snowy winter storm. With charming pencil and watercolour illustrations by illustrator, Reinhard Michl, the story will have a serious side, but will also show a lighter humorous side as well. Available from www.starfishbaypublishing.com.au

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14 extraordinary tales of golf, life, death…and everything in-between…. Golf by the light of the Aurora borealis while caught up in an ancient Scottish myth, find out how the Civil War might have ended on a golf course, fly with an RAF pilot as he buzzes a golf course that no one else can see, come across a magical golf club that can change one’s entire life, have your bag carried by a clairvoyant caddie, play a round for the hand of a beautiful girl, find out what heaven’s really like, and get caught on a haunted links after dark. These are just a few of the adventures that await golfers of all ages in this collection of 14 tales about golf, life, death . . . and everything in-between. Available from www.amazon.com

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BooK Reviews

Kissed By a deeR By Margi Gibb

RRP $ 29.95

Travel memoir, Kissed by a Deer, is intimate, true, and utterly compelling. Margi Gibb’s much-loved father dies and, with her immediate family largely gone, her life is changed irrevocably. Immersing herself deeply in art and music, she travels to America to study the sacred art of the mandala, exploring the wisdom traditions of Indigenous Indian peoples in the process. After a serendipitous encounter back in Australia she travels to Dharamsala to care for children in an after school program at a Tibetan women’s handicraft cooperative. Her underlying passion is to initiate guitar lessons for Tibetan refugees. Margi’s bonds with two very different Tibetan men, Tenzin and Yonten, change her life in enduring ways, and she eventually journeys to Tibet. Available from www.transitlounge.com.au

eaT less, live longeR and my 20 golden RUles by Jason Shon Bennett

RRP $ 29.99 and 39.99

awaReness is FReedom

From sick to healthy, how Jason Shon Bennett healed himself and his researched guide to achieving greater health and wellness.

by Dr Itai Ivtzan

For the first 25 years of his life, he suffered from a variety of serious health issues - asthma, hay fever, allergies, skin, bowel and digestive problems, and needed daily medication. Sick of being sick, he began extensive research into the world’s healthiest diets, the medicinal properties of foods, and the practice of regular fasting. Applying these learnings in his own life, Jason transformed his health and has not been ill nor taken medication for over 20 years. And now he’s written two books to help others achieve greater health and wellbeing in their own lives.

While psychology and spirituality usually don’t co-exist, Dr. Itai Ivtzan has spent almost two decades fusing the two concepts through his esteemed career in positive psychology and spiritual growth teaching. For the first time, he is now compiling all he has learned into a practical course in spiritual training – taught through his game-changing new book.

Eat Less, Live Long is a guide for people who are willing to change and want to get healthy, but are missing the practical steps on how to do it. Jason shows how eating less food of better quality can transform your health and vitality, how the world’s healthiest populations avoid obesity, diabetes, cancer and heart disease, and how a plant-based wholefood diet and regular fasting can slow down your aging process. My 20 Golden Rules is about taking control of your genetic expression via your diet, lifestyle and environment, in a natural and balanced way, to optimise health and longevity. In this book Jason explains his 20 rules for youthful health, energy and vitality, how he cured himself of asthma, digestive issues, weight, and bowel issues, researched advice on how to prevent major lifestyle illnesses, and the key to achieving disease-free longevity. Both books will be available in Australian book stores via Herron Books.

RRP $8.80 Kindle Edition

‘Awareness Is Freedom: The Adventure of Psychology and Spirituality’ takes readers to the meeting point between psychology and spirituality, the synergy of the two and equips them with all they need to deploy their power into every nook of life. Available from www.amazon.com.au

Available from www.herronbooks.com.au

caRBs By nUmBeRs By Sandra Dunbar & Meg Pell

RRP $ 24.95

Counting carbs? Then this recipe book is a must. All the recipes in the book have carb counts of 15g or less per serve and are perfectly suited to the increasing number of people who are looking for low carb recipe ideas. A national 2014 study by the Grains & Legumes Nutrition Council states that there has been a 30 per cent fall in carbohydrate consumption over the past three years, which demonstrates the demand for a book such as this to be published. Every recipe has the following information: energy ─ kilojoules and calories, protein, total fat, saturated fat, cholesterol, carbohydrate, sugars, dietary fibre, vitamin C,

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total vitamin A, sodium, potassium, calcium and iron. This easy-to-read extended nutritional panel is a major feature of the carbs by numbers series of recipe option books. The 112-page book with a full colour photograph for every recipe includes options that many low-carb followers may not expect to find such as crunchy granola, Japanese pancakes, tiramisu, pizza and chocolate cake. The recipes are also gluten free. There’s a good cross section of hot and cold recipes, vegetarian and non-vegetarian, and all are family-friendly. All the ingredients are readily available at supermarkets. Available from www.carbsbynumbers.com

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