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Autumn/Winter 2017 Issue #27


Emma Ljung, Tegan Harrison and Alannah Fancourt



CONTENTS 2 From the Editor 3 Letters to the Editor 4 Contributor Profiles 6 Gillian Heinrich Back on Track 8 Mary Sadler Still Going Strong at 109! 10 Brooke Humphries - Passion from a Young Age 12 14 16

Natasha Radford - Here Comes the Judge Real Princess Crowned Moet & Chandon Magic Millions Launch Party

18 Jeep Magic Millions Carnival 20 2017 Channel Seven Brisbane Racing Carnival


Two Victorian Female Apprentices Saddle Up For United Kingdom Experience

Racing Victoria Celebrated International Women’s Day


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Brisbane Office PO Box 170, Scarborough QLD 4020

Team Teal - Victoria Harriet Moxham - A Winner with Marcus Oldham College

62 Racing’s Newest Blog - Racing Girl 63 Ngaere Donald – Equestrian Artist 64 Robyn Whishaw Armidale Stud 68 Meet the ‘TAB Highway Queen’ 69 Lizzie Jelfs Find Her Form 70 Deanne’s ‘Drawn’ to Horses 72 Chloe Baker - Upbeat After Tamworth Win

23 Stay at the Sofitel Brisbane Central 25 Tattersall’s Club Tiara Race Day 73 Horses Win Over IT Career 26 Brisbane Racing Club - Girls Day Out 74 ‘Sal the Vet’ to the Rescue on the Field Events 28 The Cairns Amateurs – Can it Get Any South 76 FashionsAustralia Better?

32 Cairns Amateurs Fashions 78 From Silverton to the Hill 34 Rockhampton Jockey Club Great Again! Northam, 80 A BreedingWAGround for Fashionistas 36 Jockey Tiffani Brooker Talks with Ross Stevenson 81 XXXX Gold Cup Carnival Alice Springs Turf Club 37 Emma Ljung Talks with Ross Stevenson Tasmania Racing Festival 2017 The Difference Between the Most Common 82 38 Forms of Racehorse Ownership 87 Ladies in RACING Magazine - Subscription Page 40 Aquanita Has Trained 87 Winners So Far, This Season 88 Ladies GOLF Magazine - Subscription Page 41 Queensland Team Teal Adrienne Winklemann Fashion WINX Named Best Horse in the World 89 42 on Turf 90 The Ambassador Travel Queen Mary 2 Experience 44 Frances Nelson QC Appointed Chair of Racing Australia 96 Hats Off Millinery South Australia 45 Amanda Elliot Elected Chairman of the 97 Fabulous Millinery Victoria Racing Club 98 Melbourne International Millinery 46 Barb Saunders’ Arrows Have Hit Their Convention Marks Across Australia

48 50 Racing’s Roller Coasters 52 Chelsea Hall Awarded Wakeful Club Scholarship Wakeful Club Luncheon


99 Milliner Profile – Lisa Schaefer 100 Emporium Hotel - Fashion High Tea 102 Book Reviews 104 Advertisers Index

Jade Darose Happy with her Quiet Dual Role

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Cathryn Meredith Ron L. Williams Corinne Randall Kate Marsh Gumboot Graphics - Mark Westaway Jane Louise Watt Nicki Kapar

CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Sharon Lee Chapman, Tim Guille, Col Hodges, Julieanne Horsman, Michael Howard, Stephen Howell, Jenny McAlpine, Trish McIntyre, Darryn Nufer, Dale Olsson, Ross Stevenson, James Tzaferis, Ron Williams CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS Bradley Photographers, Ken Butti Sharon Lee Chapman Photography Meaghan Coles Photography Scott Fletcher – News Corp, Matt Harris Steve Hart, Hollands Photographics Stuart McCormick, Trish McIntyre Angie Rickard, Ross Stevenson

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FRONT COVER: Emma Ljung, Tegan Harrison and Alannah Fancourt taken at Girls Day Out, Doomben Racecourse 2017 Photo by Ross Stevenson

and Tegan Harrison Emma Ljung,


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Off the Track Final – A Family Affair for the McMasters

All dates and information, correct at time of printing April 2017.




The Editor W

elcome to the Autumn Issue of Ladies in RACING Magazine, which we are sure you will enjoy.

With more and more women dominating the racing industry than ever, once again ladies involved in racing have achieved even more accolades. Congratulations to Amanda Elliott who has been elected Chairman of the Victoria Racing Club (VRC) since acting as ViceChairman since last December. Amanda has become the first female Chairman, when she was elected unopposed by the VRC Board. Congratulations to Frances Nelson, QC who is the first lady in South Australia to be appointed to one of the most prestigious positions in Australian racing. Frances has been elected as Chair of Racing Australia, the body that represents Australia’ eight principal Thoroughbred racing authorities. Barbara Saunders has been a key lady in racing for decades and now she is the recipient of the 2017 Victorian Wakeful Club’s “Lady of Racing” Annual Award. Congratulations also to Barbara, her story by Stephen Howell from Slattery Media, starts on page 46. After overcoming a life-threatening diagnosis, the First Lady of the Gold Coast, trainer Gillian Heinrich, is Back on Track. Gillian spoke to Dale Olsson and share her inspiring story starting page 6. It’s been nearly two years since we brought you the story on the amazing Mary Sadler. Her daughter Helen caught up with Ron Williams again with the news that Mary is still going strong, having celebrated her 109th birthday in January! Read all about the big day on page 8. The Last 50 years has seen a dramatic shift in the Thoroughbred Racing Industry and more ladies and girls are now involved within the Industry, which was once dominated by males. From a very young age, Brooke Humphries developed her love of the horse. Read her story by Ron Williams starting on page 10. We bring you the highlights of the Jeep Magic Millions Carnival held in on the Gold Coast in January and also the details of Regional races around Australia including the Rockhampton Cup, Cairns Amateurs, Alice Springs Cup and the Northam Ladies Day. Read all about my wonderful Ambassador Travel Queen Mary 2 experience starting on page 90. Congratulations to our latest six lucky Subscribers, who will each receive a $300.00 travel voucher from Ambassador Travel to redeem on any of their website offers. Deryn Pinney, VIC; Kerry Burgio, VIC; Rosemary Inglis, VIC; Bronwen Upjohn, VIC; and Juanita Henry, QLD. All NEW and EXISTING Subscribers are entered into every draw, which gives everyone a chance of winning. The Channel Seven Brisbane Racing Carnival is a premier event on Australia’s racing calendar. It entices elite Thoroughbreds, plus leading Jockeys and Trainers from Australia, New Zealand and Overseas for five consecutive weekends from May 13th to June 10th.

So Frock Up, Suit Up, Meet Up so you can Pony Up! See you there for all the excitement. Cathi



Letters to the Editor Hi Cathryn, What wonderful customer service I received the other day. I was unaware that my subscription had lapsed and after a follow up phone call from your team members it was all sorted and my subscription renewed. Thank you so much again for the excellent service it was greatly appreciated. Kind regards, Elena Long P.S. Cathryn, Also I thought I would just mention that I am in a ladies racing syndicate, we have a fantastic time and we have had some nice wins with our wonderful horses. If you are ever looking for a story idea we would be happy to tell ours. Cheers

Dear Cathryn, Today I write to thank you for your excellent coverage of Winter in the West Wimmera in the Spring 2016 # 25 Edition of Ladies in RACING Magazine. The positive exposure of 161st Apsley Racing Club Cup and extensive coverage of the day helped us achieve an Australia Day Award for Best Community Event 2016 in the West Wimmera Shire. Together with Country Racing Victoria, our committee, community and volunteers work hard to deliver an action packed, family day with fashionable fun, fine food and thoroughbred racing. We look forward to doing it all again this year on Queen’s Birthday Weekend, Sunday 11 June 2017. Thanks again to everyone involved. Apsley Cup day is always exciting! Kind regards, Michelle Pettit, Manager, Apsley Racing Club

Hi Cathi, It is a pleasure to renew my subscriptions to both Ladies in RACING and Ladies GOLF magazines. I am a keen golfer and racing enthusiast. They are first class publications and the varied articles and pictures would interest people of all ages both male and female. My compliments to John Sullivan for his poem In Ladies in RACING issue #26 July 2016, titled Melbourne Cup Michelle Payne. It is so clever and something I will always keep in my archives. I particularly enjoy the images by Sharon Lee Chapman, especially the one of Red Cadeaux in issue #23 Summer 2015/2016. I hope you will be running a great story on the Handa Ladies Australian Open in your next issue of Ladies GOLF Magazine. Best of luck for the continued success of both publications. Regards, Jean Cassidy

Dear Cathryn, Thank you for the wonderful sponsorship support to Women’s Racing. Our event at Ballarat on Sunday was warmly received as were your wonderful magazines. Kind regards, Kerrie & Cheryl, Women’s Racing



Ladies in RACING Magazine

Contributor Profiles SHARON LEE CHAPMAN



In 2011 Sharon Lee Chapman shot to world-wide photographic prominence with her headline imagery of Banna Strand leaping into an unsuspecting audience at the Warrnambool Grand Annual.

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.

Born into the world of breeding on the family's Eureka Stud, QLD, Jenny has tallied many years in a marketing career for the likes of Gai Waterhouse, NSW Breeders, Coolmore, David Hayes and Adam Sangster.

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.

Based in Melbourne she currently operates for Lindsay Park, Sky Racing and Tattersalls UK and enjoys freelance writing for the thoroughbred industry.

Ross is a popular photographer for many Fashion on the Field competitions.

Sharon is the Managing Director of Fast Track Photography




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.

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.

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 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.

With a strong jumps racing and equestrian background from Ireland, Lisa has over 20yrs experience in the racing industry.

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

Lisa is currently a Director of the Board of the Australian Jumps Racing Association and Member of the Victorian Wakeful Club.

@timbguille or his Facebook page Behind the Barrier

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.




A journalist since age 17, Michael Howard enjoyed lengthy stints at Victorian country and metropolitan newspapers before joining Harness Racing Victoria as its Media and Communications Co-ordinator.

Dale has been an avid race goer all her life and we welcome her to the Ladies in RACING Magazine stable.

Having designed jewellery for the Waterhouse Ladies, designer and owner of Le Dain Designs, Carole is passionate about styling and designing for ladies, especially within the racing world.

As the former owner of Brisbane’s iconic Millinery Boutique, The Hat Box, Dale forged strong connections with members of the racing and fashion industry.

He’s revelled in the opportunity to not only celebrate the trots’ champions but to dig deep into a code that’s not just a sport, but is an industry, a business, a lifestyle and a passion for its many participants.

Follow her on twitter @ lisacoffey01

Carole has always been involved in writing, photography, fashion and design and currently writes for three publications including Ladies in RACING Magazine.

She is a multiple Fashions on the Field winner and has judged many events throughout Queensland. Over the years Dale has hosted many events and has written for both newspapers and magazines.

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After overcoming a life-threatening diagnosis in 2015, the first lady of the Gold Coast track is looking to the future.

Gillian Heinrich Back on Track Story by Dale Olsson • Images by Ross Stevenson


acehorse trainer Gillian Heinrich is a glowing picture of health as she introduces me to her thoroughbreds at her stables at Bundall. It’s obvious how much she loves them and how attached to her they are. As she passes their stable doors, each one comes out for a pat and to say hello when they hear her voice. She murmurs endearments, nuzzling and stroking her beloved animals, all of whom have a pet name. When I comment on how gentle they are, she replies that it is a testament to her wonderful staff of twelve who treat all thirty-eight horses with respect and kindness. It’s a lovely moment and I feel privileged to spend time with this popular icon of Gold Coast racing who has been to hell and back after being diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2015. After being given the devastating news she was unable to continue her life as a trainer and had to concentrate on regaining her health. She and her husband Hoss were forced to sell more than one hundred of their racehorses, as well as weanlings, yearlings and brood mares at the national Magic Millions sales, keeping only a handful to occupy her loyal staff, headed by foreman Ben Rodgers. After her initial surgery, Gillian elected not to undergo chemotherapy, but instead decided to try hyperthermia, a treatment where body tissue is exposed to high temperatures to kill the cancer cells. She also had Vitamin C infusions. The treatment broke the cancer cells down and to help remove the remaining shattered cells from her body, Gillian made 3 trips to a medical centre in Bochum, Germany. During her months away from her much loved horses, she focused on her recovery but hoped to resume training one day. Now that is a reality. After receiving the all clear in September 2015, she commented, “It felt like I had just won the lotto.” She is taking it easy however, only training 3 days a week to conserve her strength and leaving the daily load to Ben, who is now her training partner.


Loving horses as Gillian Heinrich does, it was only natural that she would pursue a career in racing. She emigrated from England to Australia at the age of 6 with her parents Ronald and Irene Lewis and her 5 siblings, a brother and 4 sisters. The family eventually settled on the Gold Coast, via Perth, Adelaide and then Brisbane. “They came for a better life for us kids” Gillian said. Ronald was a builder and formed his own company, ABR Builders. After 7 years at Southport he built his family a home on Campbell Street at Sorrento. Not only was it the first house on the street, it was the first house in the area. According to Gillian, “Back then, there was nothing there but cow paddocks. The Isle of Capri contained only horse paddocks.” They were halcyon days for a little girl who was riding at the age of 8 and had her first pony at 10. “Dad was a mad punter and liked taking me to the races with him for company.” So began a life long association with the Gold Coast Turf Club. Father and daughter also attended the trots on Wednesday evenings at Stevens Paceway in Queen Street, Southport. After completing her schooling at Southport High School and then a secretarial course, Gillian entered the workforce as a stenographer at the Gold Coast City Council in the Roads Department. At the age of 19 she started riding track work at the Ken Waterford stables and then going to work at the Council afterwards. It was a long day for the young woman. As Ken’s daughter Tanya was a friend of hers and she enjoyed the work so much, Gillian dropped back to working 3 days a week at the Council and the rest of the week at the stables. After 6 months she made the lifechanging decision to work full time at the Waterford Stables which was training approximately 25 thoroughbreds at the time. “Dad was very supportive of my decision from the get go” Gillian remembered. “Mum took a bit longer, but eventually accepted it.” She continued “I worked for Ken for around 6 years, then rode freelance track


Military Rose winning the Magic Millions 2 year-old Classic in 2010.

Jimmy Orman, Jim Byrne, Tegan Harrison and Trainer Gillian Heinrich

Gillian with daughter Tayla and Jockey Tegan Harrison.

Hoss and Gillian after Magic Millions win

work for a little while, then back to Ken again. I finally started training in my own right at the age of 27. I spent those years working hard and trying to make a name for myself.” At the age of 32, Gillian met Gerhardt Horst Heinrich, better known as “Hoss” and there were instant sparks. Naturally they met through horses, as Gillian was training a horse that Hoss part owned. The couple had a lot in common as “he loves horses and punting.” After 3 years enjoying each other’s company, Gillian and Hoss were married. Their lovely daughter Tayla is now 20 and working for her father at Heinrich Constructions. The firm is currently undertaking 2 major projects: Jewel, a 3-tower beachfront residence and resort, as well as the new additions to Jupiters Casino. After 30 years as one of Queensland’s best trainers, Gillian has had many successes in the racing industry, owning a string of good horses with wins in 3 states. One of her accolades was being awarded the Order of the Gold Coast in 2007 after becoming the first woman to win a trainer’s premiership at a major racing precinct in Queensland. However, her proudest achievement was winning the Gold Coast’s biggest race: The Magic Millions 2-year-old Classic, with Military Rose in 2010. “It was the best moment ever” she said. Two of her current favourites whom I met in her stables are Eliminator (Koko) who has 5 wins to date and Primal Flight (Prim) with 7 wins. Now that Gillian is only training part time, she sees her partnership with 26-yearold Ben Rodgers as part of a succession plan, for him to take the reins when she retires in a couple of years. Ben has worked in the Heinrich Stables for 5 years and had recently been promoted to foreman when Gillian was diagnosed. Her intention was for him to step up and take over when the time was right and now their training partnership is proving to be a big success. “Ben has taken all of the stress out of my life,” Gillian acknowledged. “He has taken over a lot of the daily load which at times can be overwhelming.” ‘Man makes plans and God laughs’ is an old saying which forces us to take stock of our lives when confronted with a sudden change in our circumstances. So it was with Gillian. Her outlook on life has changed its focus. “It used to be all horses, horses, horses,” she said, “but my family is more important.” And with this in mind, the Heinrich family, often accompanied by friends, are enjoying regular overseas holidays together and relaxing more. This year, Tuscany and New York City are 2 of their vacation destinations. “I’m feeling well and my specialist is happy with my condition. Life is great” Gillian commented, but then, as this inspirational woman was farewelling me, the diehard trainer emerged. “I wouldn’t mind another Magic Millions win though.”



Mary Sadler Still Going Strong at 109! Story and images by Helen Sadler

It’s almost two years since Ron Williams asked me to write a story about my mother, Mary Sadler, which featured in the 2015 Winter edition of Ladies in RACING.


ince that story appeared, Mum has had two more birthdays and on 12th January this year celebrated her 109th. We gathered at one of our favourite restaurants in the city, the Tea House, where about 35 of Mum’s family enjoyed a beautiful lunch. Several guests had complimentary words to say about how inspirational and aspirational they find Mum to be, her verve for life, interest in people and mostly the fact that she’s prepared to have a go at anything. The last speaker had barely finished their few words when Mum was on her feet thanking everyone for coming along to help her enjoy the day and included a thank you to the host, Andy, the chef from the restaurant and the generous owner for whom John trains who paid for the luncheon. Just one week after this occasion, Mum felt quite unwell and uncharacteristically allowed me to take her to see a doctor which resulted in her being diagnosed with pneumonia. Following a few days in hospital, Mum spent some time at a rehab facility endeavoring to build her strength so that she could regain mobility. Like most of us, the one thing she values above all else is her independence. She entered into the spirit of all the sessions with the hope of returning to her unit as soon as possible. With her usual determination, that day arrived but unfortunately was short lived and another stint in hospital was necessary. Happily, Mum is back at Balwyn Manor and progressing quite well. We had another family function at the Yarra Glen Cup on the 19th March. It looked like Mum might be a scratching, however, she was very well that day and enjoyed catching up with the many friends and relatives who lined up to chat with her. The day was made even sweeter by the fact that Cat Woman saluted early in the day, trained by son, John and expertly ridden by grandson, Tom.


Like myself, Mum was the first to arrive and the last to leave believing that if you go to the races you should be there for the first and the last! Recently, John Rothfield, aka Doctor Turf rang Mum from the Camperdown Race Track on their Cup Day and asked her if she’d be willing to be interviewed. She inquired as to when he was planning to do the interview and he said “now” so she proceeded to answer his questions adding her racing experiences from when she was a teenager right up to a recent evening meeting at the Valley when we went to see a horse that I have a share in, Divine Chills. When I spoke to Doctor Turf at Flemington on Black Caviar Lightning Day, he convincingly claimed that he found that interview with Mum one of the most enjoyable he’d done because he learnt so much from her about racing from the days before he was born! Mum is becoming a bit of a “pro” when it comes to interviews. Following her birthday in January, Bryan Martin went out to visit her to do an hourlong interview for his SEN 1116 Saturday morning program: “This is Your Racing Life”. The fact that it was sponsored by Tobin Brothers Funerals didn’t seem to phase her at all! Mum continues to take a great interest in racing and enjoys any successes her son, trainer John, has on the track as well as her grandson, Tom who is making headway in the tough career he’s chosen as a jockey. Mum will be glued to the coverage of the Warrnambool Carnival that occupies the 3 days of the first week of May, a meeting that she attended for several decades over her life time. Everyone who knows and admires Mum is hoping that she has a full recovery from her bout of pneumonia and is here to celebrate her 110th. Many are lining up to take the short odds!


Birthday celebrations with family (l) and with her children (r) left At Flemington with Bart & Phar Lap above Eileen Maher and Mary Sadler Two proud mothers of racing.


Mary & Lyndsay Sadler at Warrnambool Carnival 1947.

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Brooke’s Passion from a young age Story by Ron Williams • Images from Brooke Humphries

The last 50 or so years has seen a dramatic shift in the Thoroughbred Racing Industry. More and more ladies and girls are now involved in the Thoroughbred Industry, which was once dominated by males. The majority of these ladies and young girls developed their love of the horse at a very early age.


rooke Humphries is one of these girls who, with her father Dean, is the voice of Clanbrooke Racing, one of the leading Licenced Syndicators of Thoroughbreds in Victoria. Brooke started her educations at Holy Saviour Primary School, then went on to Siena College in Camberwell. Her mother Jan has only recently retired from her role as Principal of a Special School and Dean, who is a Certified Public Accountant, has a very successful accounting practice. Brooke also studied Politics and Law at Monash University before embarking on her current career. Growing up in the eastern suburb of Vermont with her younger sister Clare, a journalist, Brooke remembered their home had paddocks close by, where she could feed and talk to the horses that resided there. During school holidays Brooke would travel to a small hamlet called Scrubby Creek, a 15 minute drive to Tallangatta, where they would catch up with other members of their family who lived in the area. Brooke and one of her cousins (Mandy) would go for long rides during the day, which enhanced her interest in horses, something she could only dream about in Melbourne.


Another who was a huge influence in her life growing up was her Nan (Pat) Jan’s mother, with whom she spent a lot of time. Her Nan certainly imparted on her the love of animals, who encouraged her to come home straight from school, so as to be able to feed the wild bird life in the area (particularly magpies), a combination of bread crumbs and a special mincemeat. There were also budgerigars who would fly around the house and a much indulged ginger female cat, Putput, who slept at her feet. Brooke still has 50c betting slips from the Mornington races circa 1982, which they attended in the Summer holidays when at her parents’ beach house. As she considers herself a mug punter, these days she avoids it almost altogether. When she was a Primary School, she could recount every winner of the Caulfield and Melbourne Cups since their inception and her dream was to become a sports journalist. Today she is heavily involved with the Breeding lines of Thoroughbreds, for which she has a passion. Brooke remembers that her Dad had a few shares in horses before starting Clanbrooke Racing in 2000, which was about the same time


that she had her first daughter (Isobel). Her role in the company developed over the first few years and before she knew it, she was immersed in the business. Now she is running it. Some five years ago, Brooke developed Misyndications in conjunction with her business partner Jo Hyland, a daughter of Hall of Fame jockey Pat, who is now a leading Victorian trainer. The business was designed to help take the headaches out of Syndication for Breeders and Trainers. Brooke and Jo, with Siobhan Miller, then established Racing Women and to date they have raced four horses including the now retired Eloping ($1,230,150 prizemoney) and the 4yo horse Gredington ($136,660 pm to date). Misyndications has since evolved into Australian Horse Syndications. Brooke says of the core business, “Clanbrooke Racing is currently enjoying a relative period of success, with a host of debut winners propelling the stable forward.” Clanbrooke Racing retains shares in all of the Thoroughbreds they have purchased over the 16 + years they have been operating, a total now well in excess of 100. The most memorable of all purchases was a Filly, later named Arapaho Miss, bought for $22,000, who went on to win the VRC Oaks in 2007, trained by Pat Carey. Brooke and Dean had travelled to a property at Bethanga in country Victoria to inspect a Colt and a Filly. Brooke fell in love with the colt after the property owners encouraged her to go into the paddock to take some photos of the unbroken Yearling. She was a little apprehensive but found that the colt was beautifully-natured and as gentle as a lamb. She fell in love with him immediately, so when faced with the option of a 5% share in him or a 10% share in the filly, she chose the colt, who was later named Doubly Sure. He went on to win $218,385 in prizemoney, which was a nice return for a $30,000 purchase. However, Brooke had a lot of difficulty selling shares in the filly and was told by several people that at less than $ 3500 per 10% share, the filly was too cheap. Brooke decided to raffle off a share in their Annual Trivia Night for Charity. At $10 a ticket, a very deserving Jan Richards won the raffle and subsequently received a healthy return on her investment. Arapaho Miss went on to amass prizemoney of $710,950 and sell well as a broodmare. Great publicity for Clanbrooke Racing, - just not a great financial return for Brooke. Brooke says “We try, as a business, to buy affordable horses that encourage first time owners to have a lot of fun for a relatively small outlay, enjoying success with them despite the common perception that only the elite are able to enjoy such thrills”. The recently retired stayer, Kareeming was a $5,000 purchase at Scone. The son of Nadeem won six races, including two metropolitan wins and $290,305 p/m. Northkape, a 4yo mare trained by Robbie Griffiths, is a Cranbourne home-track specialist and from her first 13 starts, she has won three races and placed second twice, amassing prizemoney of $116,625 for her Syndicate to date. She was purchased for $5,500 at the VOBIS Gold sale, proving that winners – at any level – really are grinners. Brooke loves the Melbourne Spring Carnival and has hosted many marquees for both Clanbrooke Racing and Racing Women. However, since the birth of her youngest daughter Harriet, who is only 15 months old, she finds it a bit trickier. She’s hoping to make a return to the Spring Carnival this year. She travels to Regional racecourses regularly with her children to watch Clanbrooke horses compete. Kyneton is the current hoodoo - five trips for five seconds... To have a break from the everyday running of Clanbrooke Racing, Brooke and her family travel to Phillip Island regularly, mucking about in the surf and picking up amazing finds along the beach. Brooke hopes to acquire a property not too far from the city in the not too distant future where she could agist some of her favourite retired horses. If you would like to know more about Clanbrooke Racing and what shares they have in any of their Syndications, you can contact Brooke on 0425 743 347 or Dean on 0407 803 723 or visit their website



Natasha Radford

Here comes the Judge Story by Tim Guille • Images from Jayme Myers

Even with today’s technology, 28yo Natasha Radford of Victoria still relies heavily on a tool that has been around for many years to call the close ones. “Along with my binoculars, I never forget my magnifying glass. If there is a tight finish, you need it to try and pick a margin on the finish photo,” she said.


n most weekends, you will find Natasha, Racing Victoria’s first female judge, turning up to the track ready to officiate the meeting. “It’s funny when I go to some of the clubs for the first time, a lot of the people working there are surprised to see a female judge. I’ve certainly have never received anything negative though, everyone has made me feel quite welcome,” Natasha continued. Growing up in Brisbane, Natasha found herself around race horses from a young age. “My parents and grandparents raced a fair few horses when I was growing up, so I was around racetracks form a young age and really loved it,” she recalled. “I remember a runner we had called Classic Alibi. She was pretty handy and won a few nice races. Unfortunately, we lost her in foal when she started to breed, but she was a nice horse.” Natasha said. Her passion for horses also extended beyond the racetrack in the early years. With some encouragement from her Nanna, Natasha also began to ride. “Nanna had ridden for most of her life from a young age, and would take me riding in the holidays. I just loved it.” It’s also not hard for Natasha to remember her first pony. “I had a pony called Bluey when I was quite young. He was a bit of a loose cannon and was blind in one eye. I can remember sometimes spending hours trying to catch him, I did enjoy it though,” she recalled.


With schooling complete, the then 19yo Natasha enrolled into a BioMedical Degree at University, but after only a year, she deferred. “I moved down to Sydney and try my hand at track work riding for Bart Cummings,” she said. “The early starts were hard, but I met so many great people who loved racing and horses. I knew I already loved the game, but It became evident to me that It was an industry I really wanted to be part of,” she said. When her partner at the time, who was also a trackwork rider, picked up a new job, Natasha was on the move again. “He moved to Canberra, and I went with him, which in hindsight turned up to be quite a fortuitous move,” she said. Initially Natasha picked up some weekend work at the track. “I was working at the Canberra racetrack as a Pool Supervisor for the horses using that facility on the weekends.” And it was whilst in this job, a particularly interesting opportunity presented itself to Natasha. “I heard there was a position going as a Racing Judge, and it was something that really grabbed my interest, so I quickly put my hand up,” she said. The people undertaking the selection were drawn to her love of horses and racing. “I was lucky enough to get the role. So there I was at 24yo starting out the 18 month training and accreditation program. During her training, Natasha did everything from shadow judges to learning how to manually time races. “I will never forget the first


day I went into the judges box to observe a meeting. It was fantastic. Overtime I moved more into an assistant role and slowly started to judge races myself,” she recalled. “I was working in an office job at the time and I was juggling both jobs, but it was worth it.” It was that office job that facilitated Natasha’s next move. “In 2014 I moved done to Melbourne for my work and I think Racing Victoria would have started to get a bit sick of me. I was calling them pretty much every other week to see if they had a judging position available. Soon enough, a position came up when someone retired and I was lucky enough to get it,” she said. It was in this new role that she would meet one of her now greatest mentors. “I worked a lot with Chief Judge Paul Egan who was just fantastic to me. He was such a great teacher for a lot of the judges and gave us all such valuable advice for every situation that might come up, including the tricky ones,” she said.

can be challenging, but I guess over time my eye has gotten quicker which has helped,” she said. Whilst judging has been a key part of racing for over 200 years, to Natasha, nothing has ever really changed. “The principles are the same no matter where you judge, what race you are judging or the quality of horse. Natasha’s future ambitions are clear. “I guess my main goal is to judge some of the big races, like at the Melbourne Spring Carnival or some Group races. That would be such a great personal achievement. And if it turns out to be a full-time career at some stage, I would consider myself to be pretty fortunate.” she said. Having to judge over 100 horses at most meetings, she has seen her fair share of good runners also. “Probably one of the better country runners I’ve judged has been Arabian Gold who went on to win a couple of Group races. I get to see a lot of young stock racing in the country meetings that often go on to win in the city.” And of course there are some meetings and racetracks that Natasha has enjoyed the most in her career. “I have judged a few Country Cups which have had some handy fields. And as for the tracks themselves, I think I would say that Kilmore is a very nice track, as is Hanging Rock. They are very picturesque,” she said.

After spending sometime shadowing some of the more senior judges, it was decided that at 26 years of age, Natasha was ready to start judging herself. “I will never forget how nervous I was because of how much I wanted to impress from the start. I even forgot the horse’s names and colours which wasn’t ideal, that’s for sure.” But it was an experience that taught her some great lessons. “Now I always make sure I’m super early to the track In more recent times, Natasha’s craft has taken her overseas. “Last year, with the and spend some time memorising the runners and taking note endorsement of Racing Victoria, I went over to England and was able to judge a few races over there, including the King George Chase, their second biggest jumps race. of any changes.” I also went over to France and was shown around a few places including Chantilly, With three years under her belt in Victoria now, Natasha still finds which was just beautiful,” she said. In May of this year, another international visit herself working two jobs. “I’m still in my 9-5 Monday to Friday job awaits. “I’m off to Hong Kong in May to meet with the Hong Kong Jockey Club working in property and project management at Vicinity Centres. and will get to do a few things there. I’m also off to Mongolia to meet with the China And when the week is over, the racing weekend kicks off.” And if Horse Club and see some of their racing. That will be an exciting trip,” Natasha said. that isn’t enough, she also finds herself back at University and still loves to ride. “I’m back at Uni part time studying commerce and Even with the years of experience under her belt, she still has to battle the nerves. have two competition horses that I ride as often as I can. When “It’s funny, I’m still usually quite nervous before the first race at each meeting. I am not racing on the weekends, I’m out competing dressage or But when that race goes smoothly I am settled and good for the rest of the day. I have learnt to judge every race as if there is no camera there as who knows what show jumping on them,” she said. could go wrong. Something might stop working or the print isn’t great quality. It Understanding the fine art to judging, Natasha has certainly learnt can be a tough gig at times, but I absolutely love it.” what it takes to be a great judge. “It really is about having a sharp eye to judge the close finishes and to be able to record margins A close friend of mine said to me recently, that the only time success comes before and large fields across the line. You only get a split second which work is in a Dictionary and Natasha certainly is the perfect example.



Real Princess Crowned

Saturday January 14 the Gold Coast Turf Club saw the $500,000 Magic Millions Racing Women’s Bonus awarded for the fifth time.


un in conjunction with the $2 million Jeep Magic Millions 2YO Classic, the ground-breaking Bonus which is distributed between the first four all-female-owned or leased horses in finishing order, was first awarded in 2013 and has been won in it’s entirety each year since.

putting together syndicates of female owners each year.

The Magic Millions Racing Women Initiative continues to flourish following a record 165 two-year-olds registered for the Bonus this year, an increase of over 32% from 2016.

It was also a day to remember for fellow Real Princess co-owner Noelle Halpin. Incredibly, Noelle’s husband Darren was a part-owner of race victor Houtzen. The jubilant owners of Real Princess were presented with their exclusive Lladro trophy by Magic Millions Racing Women Patron Zara Phillips MBE along with the initiative’s founder Katie Page-Harvey.

Four Racing Women’s Bonus eligible horses took their place in the final field of this January’s Magic Millions 2YO Classic with excited connections of Falconic (Gary Portelli), Saxton Rock (Matthew Dunn), Cellargirl (Kelly Schweida) and Real Princess (Liam Birchley) vying for $500,000 between them. In finishing in eighth position, the twelve female owners of Real Saga filly Real Princess collected $325,000 first place in the Bonus in addition to $10,000 in race prizemoney. Purchased for $82,500 at the 2016 Gold Coast March Yearling Sale, the Bonus victory was the first for her trainer Liam Birchley who has strongly supported the Racing Women initiative,

Co-owner Jane Brosnan was particularly excited with Real Princess result. Having had two Racing Women eligible horses contest the race in past years, in 2017 Jane finally part-owned a Bonus winner!

The $500,000 Magic Millions Racing Women’s Bonus will again be on offer in 2018 as part of the $10 million Magic Millions Gold Coast Raceday. For your opportunity to purchase a yearling eligible for the Racing Women’s Bonus, Magic Millions is conducting upcoming yearling sales in Adelaide (13-15 March) and the Gold Coast (20-21 March and 6-8 June). For further information on participating in the Magic Millions Racing Women initiative visit

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he blue carpet was rolled out on Tuesday, January 10th for VIP guests attending the Moët & Chandon Magic Millions Launch Party at the Surfers Paradise Foreshore Marquee. Moët & Chandon ambassador Jesinta Franklin looked absolutely dazzling in a white gown, and the newlywed brought her parents Valerie and Andrew Campbell to the star-studded event. Patron of Magic Millions Racing Women Zara Phillips MBE and her husband Mike Tindall posed on the blue carpet, along with Magic Millions co-owners Katie PageHarvey and Gerry Harvey. Other VIPs included Magic Millions spokesperson Francesca Cumani and husband Rob Archibald, Logie-winning actress Melina Vidler, X-Factor star Taylor Henderson, and “Hoges” actresses Nikki Osborne and Laura Gordon. Leading jockeys and Magic Millions ambassadors, Michelle Payne and Kathy O’Hara, who rode in the Magic Millions Barrier Draw earlier that day, also attended. Many racing identities and stud owners attended and it was great to catch up with them all. This star studded event toasted the start of the 2017 Magic Millions Gold Coast January Yearling Sales, and Jeep Magic Millions Raceday.


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2017 Channel Seven Brisbane Racing Carnival

It’s time to Pony Up!


he premier event on Queensland’s racing and social calendar, the 2017 Channel Seven Brisbane Racing Carnival is set to draw Australasia’s elite thoroughbreds, leading trainers and jockeys, and crowds of fashionable racegoers to Brisbane in May and June.

Trackside for all the Carnival action will be Brisbane Racing Club’s 2017 season Ambassador Lee Carseldine, retired Queensland Bulls cricketer and Australian Survivor runner-up, and the glamorous face of the 2017 Carnival, 7 News presenter Kendall Gilding.

All eyes will be on the river city’s Eagle Farm and Doomben Racecourses for the Carnival’s unique mix of heart-stopping

Kendall, a keen racegoer, knows her way around horses, after

celebrity glamour and unforgettable entertainment. More than 50,000 racegoers are expected to frock up, suit up,

Whimpey said the action starts with James Boag’s Premium Doomben 10,000 Day on May 13 and culminates with UBET Stradbroke Day on June 10 at Eagle Farm. “There will be seven prestigious Group 1 races and almost $10 Mr Whimpey said.

“We are excited to see changes to the racing schedule this year and an extra nod to history.” “As well as the James Boag’s Premium Doomben 10,000 moving Eagle Farm race days on May 27 will be headlined by the newly created Darley Kingsford Smith Cup. “This race salutes the great aviator Sir Charles Kingsford Smith whose early childhood was spent within walking distance of Eagle Farm Racecourse. Ladies’ Oaks Day has been renamed the Helen Coughlan Stakes in honour of the late racing historian who worked tirelessly for the industry in Queensland.”


thrilled and honoured to have been named Brisbane Racing Club’s Ambassador for this year’s Carnival,” Kendall said. “It is winter, my favourite time of the year. And I especially love racing fashions. I wish we could wear beautiful hats and fascinators all the time!” Capturing the inside scoop on the Carnival’s social scene will be inaugural Social Ambassador, former Miss World Australia and TV presenter Courtney Thorpe. Courtney’s newly created role will see her as a roving reporter at events both on and off the track, capturing and sharing the Carnival buzz through social media channels. Social highlights this year include the glittering Maker’s Mark Masquerade Ball at Eagle Farm, set in a spectacular trackside marquee with a clear canopy ceiling, and the Ascot Green

Keeping pace with all the latest fashion will be Fashion Ambassador, Brisbane’s style-savvy Mr Hollywood in Oz and presenter on 7’s The Great Day Out, Damien Anthony Rossi. Damien, who was an inaugural Carnival Fashion Ambassador in 2016, will again host Fashions on the Field at each race day. Fantastic prizes will be on offer from the luxury labels within the stable of this year’s Carnival fashion partner QueensPlaza. of Carnival social events. For information and to book visit the Brisbane Racing Carnival website:


The 2017 Channel Seven Brisbane Racing Carnival line-up: James Boag’s Premium Doomben 10,000 Day Saturday May 13, Doomben

This is where the thoroughbred racing action begins, with the feature event the Group 1 James Boag’s Premium Doomben 10,000, one of Australia’s best weight-for-age races which returns to its original distance of 1200m. It’s also the perfect day for fashion-forward racegoers to set the tone for the Carnival events to come.

Hardy Brothers Doomben Cup Day Saturday May 20, Doomben

The action continues with another Group 1 event leading the card, the Hardy Brothers Doomben Cup, a weight-for-age over 2000m. The action trackside will accentuate the splendour of this Cup day, with fashionistas set to embrace the race day dress code by blending striking accessories and prints.

Darley Kingsford Smith Cup Day Saturday May 27, Eagle Farm

It’s time for heritage-listed Eagle Farm to take the Carnival reins and shine. A salute to the richness of the past is the new feature race, the Group 1 Darley Kingsford Smith Cup. This weight-forage over 1300m replaces the BTC Cup and is the middle leg of the Carnival’s major sprints. In the trackside fashion and glamour stakes, expect a touch of the bold and the beautiful.

Treasury Brisbane Ladies’ Oaks Day Saturday June 3, Eagle Farm

Grace and elegance take centre stage at this traditional race day which focuses on the feminine. Headlined by the Group 1 2400m, the day also features the Helen Coughlan Stakes for of Queensland’s thoroughbred industry. Expect to see the ladies frock up and the gents suit up in timeless classics.



UBET Stradbroke Day

Saturday June 10, Eagle Farm Racing Carnival packs a punch, with three Group 1 and three Group 2 races. Headlining the prestigious Group 1 clutch is the $1.5million UBET Stradbroke handicap over 1400m. The other two Group 1 stars are the Channel 7 Queensland Derby for 3-year-olds over 2400m and the BMW Australia J.J. Atkins for 2-year-olds over 1600m. It will be a day of ultimate glamour as fashionistas go all out in their embrace of the timeless dress code of black and white with a splash of dramatic red.

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iterally the city’s most central hotel above central station with fast direct connections to Brisbane Domestic & International Airport, Sofitel is a visual landmark on Brisbane’s skyline. 30 storeys high, its rooms boast some of the city’s best views over Anzac Square, the central business district, Brisbane River and surrounding hinterlands. Its many attractions include 433 elegant rooms and suites, a fitness centre, heated pool and spa, award winning Day Spa, plus multi award winning restaurants and bars including Privé249 for relaxed a la carte dining, Thyme² restaurant for indulgent buffet dining and Cuvée Lounge Bar providing coffee and cocktails until late. With undoubtedly the best views of Brisbane City the exclusive Club Sofitel located on level 30 hosts luxurious High Tea daily as well as offering ‘Club’ guests a haven to escape for all day refreshments, evening drinks and tapas, desserts and continental breakfast. Sofitel Brisbane Central is a short stroll to the retail hub of Queen Street Mall and extensive dining choices of Eagle Street Pier with inner city hot spot Fortitude Valley and exhibitions at the Gallery of Modern Art and Performing Arts Centre located near the South Bank Parklands just minutes away.

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Get ready to PONY UP at this year’s Channel Seven Brisbane Racing Carnival with Queensland’s best food, fashion, racing and entertainment. You won’t want to miss the thrill of being trackside this year so mark this on your social calendar. Witness history at Doomben and Eagle Farm Racecourses with seven heart-stopping Group 1 races including some exciting changes to the racing schedule. It’s time to go all out… because the 2017 Channel Seven Brisbane Racing Carnival is going to be the biggest racing and social event of the year!







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Tattersall’s Club Tiara Race Day

Tattersall’s Racing Club’s premier race day, the Tattersall’s Club Tiara Race Day will be held on Saturday June 24 as part of the 2017 Winter Racing Carnival.


he Tattersall’s Club Tiara Race Day is the 152nd anniversary

1865. The Group Three Carlton Mid Tattersall’s Cup is sure to provide edge of your seat viewing. The Group One Sky Racing Tattersall’s Tiara, and the Group Three W J Healy Stakes, will also be held on the day providing an abundance of opportunities for eager punters to place a bet. Winter racing fashion will be at its peak as the Tattersall’s Club Fashions on the Field returns with a new judging panel and exciting prizes. Details to follow. For those that prefer something more intimate for small and large groups, with catering and beverage options, there are a number of group packages on offer. Gates open at 10.30am. General admission tickets can be bought online for $20 or at the gate for $25 with children and pensioners free. Members’ Stand tickets can also be purchased online for $40 per person, and $50 at the gate.

Tattersall’s Club Tiara Race Day S AT U R D A Y 2 4 J U N E 2 0 1 7 Enjoy the final race day of the Queensland Winter Carnival featuring live entertainment, fashions on the field and a comprehensive racing program, including the Group One Sky Racing Tattersall’s Club Tiara and the 152nd edition of the Carlton Mid Tattersall’s Cup.

Do not miss out on Brisbane’s premier race day of 2017, the Tattersall’s Club Tiara Race Day. Tattersall’s Racing Club 150 years of racing, friendship and history. Head to for more information or like our Facebook Page or Instagram Page @TattersallsRacingClub.

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at Doomben Racecourse on 25 February. Fine fashion was on show, and more than 100 women entered the Fashions on the Field. Racegoers also enjoyed the free pamper stations for a make-up touch-up and relaxing neck and shoulders massage, as well as all the track action.

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The Cairns Amateurs Can it Get Any Better? Story by Cathryn Meredith • Images Courtesy Cairns Amateurs

The Cairns Amateurs Racing Carnival is three days of fun, fashion, glamour, food and entertainment built around two days of horse racing in Cairns early September each year.


ow 59 years on, the Cairns Amateurs is complemented by a host of social activities, some formal and some very informal including a number of Members-only and corporate functions, as well as events and areas for the general public on both race days. The award winning Carnival is one of the top things to do in Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef and should be on everyone’s bucket list. Can the Cairns Amateurs get any better: It certainly did last year! Congratulations to Graham Thornton, Christina Buddle and the hardworking committee. Last year’s 58th Cairns Amateurs Carnival raised the bar yet again with a series of improvements and upgrades culminating in an attendance of over 18,000 people over the two day race meeting. All the fascinators and finery of QT Port Douglas’ Fashions on the Field once again provided a colourful and competitive highlight in its new location under the trees. Competition on the catwalk was declared ‘very strong’ by the panel of four visiting judges, while over at the track some 180 horses competed in fifteen races throughout the Carnival with the main race, the Carlton Mid Cairns Amateurs Cup going to Rocknet trained by Townsville’s Tony Comerford and ridden by Nathan Day. QT Fashions on the Field were once again hotly contested with local judge Stacie Galeano commenting how each section posed a difficult decision and was a case of splitting hairs to determine a winner. Prize winners were predominantly pretty, spring time palette combinations showing a balanced silhouette from head to toe along with the latest seasonal trends of sheer overlays, trumpet sleeves and pastels. I loved the new placement of the Ireland RAM Garden Party Marquee, where fashionistas were even closer to the racing and celebrated the style, glamour and fashion of the highly-regarded Cairns Amateurs QT Port Douglas Fashions on the Field competition. A catwalk is set up in the middle ensuring guests a view of the competitions, as well as several fashion and millinery parades throughout the day, whilst indulging in a three-course lunch with full table service, all just a short stroll from the action on the track. This premium fashion marquee allows members of the public the opportunity to purchase tickets for an area that provides reserved seating and table service meals with air conditioned comfort as well as providing milliners displays and a Face Today Pamper Bar. The hotly contested event winners for 2016 were on Friday 9th September Open Ladies: Gracyn Masterton, Gold Class: Jenny Bombardieri and the Millinery Award: Breanna De Maria. Saturday 10th September were Mens: Tim Marsh, U 30’s: Chloe Fegatilli, Classic Ladies: Tamara Ortiz, Couples: Carla Bombadieri and Isaac Knight and Millinery Award: Kate Griffiths The race meeting prize money draws interest Queensland-wide and attracts large race fields each year from both new and returning participants. The two-day race meeting has always been held at Cannon Park Race Course, however the social functions that surround the Carnival vary in style and venue.



Last year saw the introduction to the Cairns Amateurs newest experience the Cairns Amateurs Birdcage. Located centerfield in the Cairns Amateurs Aviary, just past the finishing post the prime Cairns Amateurs Birdcage is a Premium marquee located centerfield graced with Celebrities and Racing Icons with an all- inclusive superior package including canapes, grazing stations and a Premium Beverage Package. In 2016 the Carlton Mid Cairns Amateurs brand had a makeover with new imagery inspired by the stunning tropical environment and celebratory lifestyle underpinning the iconic annual racing event. Themed, “Racing on the Great Barrier Reef�, the new branding encompasses the natural beauty of the region, showcasing a bold design of vivid colours representing brightly hued coral and tropical fish between brilliant sea and sky, along with images of a glamorous race-going couple, and of course, a striking race horse. The Cairns Amateurs delivers significant economic benefit to the region each year and attracts visitors from all around the country. They may come for the racing and the colourful social events, but stay to discover the many tourism offerings of Tropical North Tommy Berry on Chautauqua Queensland, including World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef represented at Royalthe Randwick through the vibrant and contemporary imagery.



The Club aims to provide events that appeal to the Community as a whole as well as to Members and their Guests. Each year the events evolve to suit the requirements and requests of Members and the public accordingly. The social events are the premier functions held in Cairns each year and see locals mixing with Governors, Premiers mixing with celebrities and business leaders mixing with fashionistas. Add a little sparkle to your day with the sophistication, style and comfort that is Yellowglen House. Its central location off the main walkway, opposite the mounting yard area is perfectly positioned for people watching, viewing the form of the horses as they gear up in the mounting yard and presentations of Race and Fashion on the Field winners while indulging on delicious canapes, an oyster bar and a premium beverage package. Or elevate your experience at the Cairns Amateurs with the ultimate trackside view on the top level of the two-storey marquee in the Carlton 1500 Club. This Cairns Amateurs favourite is always a sellout, offering a bird’s eye panoramic view of the racetrack and all the trimmings in an all-inclusive package with canapes, grazing stations and a Premium Beverage Package. The highlight of the social events has to be the ANZ Cairns Amateurs Ball which was held at Cairns Cruise Liner Terminal on Friday evening. We were treated to the B-boy, Motown and soulful sounds of vocal trio, The Koi Boys as well as enjoying once again a spectacular fireworks display under the stars over the Cairns Harbour. Sumptuous food station buffets created by award-winning chefs showcase the region’s finest produce and ensured everyone enjoyed a taste sensation and an experience to remember. The dates for the 2017 Cairns Amateurs are from Thursday the 31st August to Saturday the 2nd of September and the beautiful mild September climate entices large crowds of locals as well as interstate visitors.

EVENTS FOR 2017 INCLUDE Thursday 31st August Cairns Central Ladies Fashion High Tea - Cannon Park Race Course Reef Hotel Casino Presidents Welcome Cocktail Party - invitation only - Reef Hotel Casino – Roof Deck Friday 1st September Ladies Day / Corporate Day - Cannon Park Racecourse ANZ Cairns Amateurs Ball Saturday 2nd September Cairns Amateurs Cup Day - Cannon Park Racecourse The Cairns Amateurs Website contains vital racing information and links including, things to do in Cairns, Cairns Attractions, Cairns Holiday Packages, information about Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef, Cairns Accommodation and Cairns Business Events. Tickets are also available via the website. Why don’t you get a group of friends together for a fantastic annual holiday? If you would like any further information on what each area has to offer please don’t hesitate to contact me on 1300 783 112.

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Rockhampton Jockey Club – Great Again!

Story by Darryn Nufer • Images by Matt Harris

AFTER a massive flood recovery effort, Rockhampton’s Callaghan Park is set for a return to racing in May as the action heats up ahead of the Winter Racing Carnival in June.


hen the nearby Fitzroy River reached a major flood level of 8.8m in April, much of the racecourse including offices, bars, training tracks and the course proper went under water. As the water rose and long after it had fallen, Rockhampton Jockey Club (RJC) staff were joined by work for the dole participants, Fire and Rescue crews, SES and Rural Fire Service volunteers, and just volunteers. All were united with one goal - to steal a line from Donald Trump: “To make mud-covered Callaghan Park great again!” Thanks to the combined efforts of the RJC, Racing Queensland and Yeppoon Turf Club, an eight-race meeting was held at Keppel Park on April 11 delivering $114,000 in prize money to racing participants.

Fortunately for the RJC, it’s showpiece XXXX Gold Winter Racing Carnival, from May 30 to June 24, won’t be affected. As well as the feature $100,000 races - the XXXX Gold Newmarket (1300m) on June 22 and the Stevens Hay Supplies Rocky Cup (1600m) on June 24 - the stakes will be high off the track with $4000 in prizes up for grabs in the Phil Peel Leading Edge Jewellers Fashions on the Field on Cup Day. Callaghan Park will be great again in June for the Winter Carnival. For further information visit or call 07 4937 4000

Similar happened when the Rockhampton race meetings set down for April 20 and April 28 were transferred to Mackay and Yeppoon respectively. On April 11 at Yeppoon one of the beneficiaries was owner-breeder John Chaplain who drove more than 470km (five hours) from his hometown of Miles to watch his Garnett Taylor trained two-year-old filly Miss Miao win on debut. Amazingly the last time Chaplain had a runner at Keppel Park, a horse called Bridge Rigger, it won the 1990 Yeppoon Cup. “It’s been a while between drinks here at Yeppoon but maybe it was meant to be after the race meeting was transferred here from Rockhampton,” Chaplain remarked. While races were run and won at Yeppoon, back at Callaghan Park the clean-up operation continued.



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Tiffani Brooker talks to Ross Stevenson How did you get involved in racing? I got an after school job at stables through a friend at school and it went from there.

Do you have a nickname? Many... but Tiff is the most common.

How long have you been riding? Three and half years.

When you were an apprentice, who was your master? I am apprenticed to Stuart Kendrick.

Most important person you respect or has influenced you in racing? I respect a lot of racing people from jockeys to trainers, my mum taught me everything I needed to know about a horse and riding so she would have been the biggest influence.

Best thing you like about your work? The people you meet, the places you get to go and of course winning!

A memorable horse you have ridden? Real Favulous trained by Donald Baker, had three rides for three wins, he was such a legend to ride.

What’s your favourite horse you have ridden? Misery.

Best racehorse seen? Black Caviar.

What was the turning point in your career? I can't really think of any one in particular.

If you could change careers tomorrow what would you do? Paramedic

When you retire from being a jockey what would you do? Hopefully be rich enough to do nothing but enjoy life.

What is your favourite music? I like most types of music... just no heavy metal!

Who is your favourite musician? P!nk

What is your favourite food? Pizza, I have pizza many times a week.

Name one thing you could not live without? Phone

What is your greatest fear? Spiders.

One of your favourite place to be? On top of Mount Ngungun.

Tell us something that may surprise us about you? I am a qualified nurse and I was accepted into university to study psychology.

If you had your last $10 what would you spend it on? Pizza.

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Emma Ljung talks to Ross Stevenson

How did you get involved in racing? I got involved after taking a gap year from Uni and wanted a different job than working in the Woolworths bakery as I kept getting sick from having a low immune system and the horses seemed to take away my sickness. My friend initially worked for Olivia Cairns and got me a job on the ground and after a while they taught me to ride work.

Do you have a nickname? People up here just call me Lungy.

How long have you been riding? I have now been race riding for 5 years, started riding horses at 10 years old.

When you were an apprentice, who was your master? My first master was Olivia Cairns, I was with her for 3 years and have been with John Dann for 3 years since moving to Toowoomba.

Most important person you respect or has influenced you in racing? Lacey Morrison has been my biggest influence and continues to be there for me. Also Mr Jim Childs took me under his wing when I moved to help me out every week with improving my style and whip action.

Best thing you like about your work? I love the horses, I couldn't live without them.

A memorable horse you have ridden?

My most memorable horse would be Tukiyo, for my boss as she was my first ever Saturday metro winner.

What’s your favourite horse you have ridden? My favourite horse has to be the flying grey pony Bagger Chance for Andrew Donnelly, he is so good to me and I've been with him since he was a baby just learning.

Best racehorse seen? Winx, she needs no explanation.

What was the turning point in your career? Haven't really had a turning point, but when Tony Sears started to support me in town he has given me so much opportunity and given me so many town wins and is always putting me on his best horses and has built my reputation up to where it is now, because it's all about winning so if people see you win, you must be okay. Tony has always done that for me as he has the horses and has always had faith in me.

If you could change careers tomorrow what would you do? If I had to change careers tomorrow, I'd go and study sports nutrition so I could help jockeys as it is so hard to maintain a steady lifestyle and diet when we are constantly watching what we eat and how we can manage our everyday lives, I am very passionate about it.

What is your favourite music?

I listen to country music, not many people like it but I love it!!

Who is your favourite musician?

I don't really have a favourite, I enjoy a lot of musicians.

What is your favourite food?

Mums food! She makes eating healthy really nice and I never feel like I'm missing out on eating whatever I want.

Name one thing you could not live without?

I couldn't live without my dog, she is my world. I don't need a phone or anything materialistic because I have my best friend.

What is your greatest fear?

I'm not too sure what my greatest fear is, I don't like snakes...

One of your favourite place to be? My favourite place is visiting home in Townsville because all my family is there and where I grew up. Haven't had time to travel anywhere yet, but I will one day.

Tell us something that may surprise us about you? I'm basically an open book, not many surprises here, what you see is what you get.

If you had your last $10 what would you spend it on? Haha I probably wouldn't spend it, I'm a bit of a tight ass. Maybe food.





wning and racing thoroughbred racehorses can be highly enjoyable and rewarding, particularly if you are lucky enough to own a horse that progresses to winning races, and if your horse is a fashionably bred colt and just happens to win a Group 1 race, then a stud deal is likely to be available. But it is also highly speculative, as owners are required to incur

racehorses include that the horse may die, or value is diminished as a consequence of the materialisation of an inherent risk, including accident, illness, infertility or sub-fertility, injury, or natural cause, or simply not progress to competing in or winning any races or Prize money. Insurance cover is available against some, but not all, of those risks. Furthermore, it should be appreciated that most colts are gelded for behavioural and physical reasons. Participants may elect to race horses on their own or with other like-minded people.

THE DIFFERENT FORMS OF RACEHORSE OWNERSHIP The most common legal forms of racehorse ownership are: 1. Sole Ownership; (person or corporate entity); 2. Partnership; and 3. Co-ownership limitation): (a) the nature of your entitlement to benefits (including prize money) and your liability for obligations (including payment of fees and expenses); (b) how you go about insuring your investment against various insurable risks; (c) your liability for income and capital gains tax; and (d) your capacity to sell either your interest in the partnership or share in the horse. The further the parties step away from the corporate entity, into partnership, trust-based, and co-ownership arrangements, the less protection afforded the parties by legal rules (both mandated and default rules) of the corporations law, and the more reliant the parties become on contractual terms. The problem of contractual incompleteness then occurs.


While the corporate legal entity is supported by the Corporations Act, and the partnership legal entity is supported by the Uniform Partnership Legislation of the various states and territories, the co-ownership legal arrangement is almost entirely dependent upon the terms of the legal agreement between the parties. Partnership and Co-ownership are the most common forms of racehorse ownership involving multiple parties, with coownership being the most common and most flexible. Regardless of the legal form of the multi-party ownership arrangement, the parties have numerous rights and obligations at common law and under various statutes, which they should ensure are properly dealt with in the governing document and not either ignored or overridden by inappropriate contractual terms. Before deciding on your preferred ownership structure, you should ensure you know the differences between them and how those differences will affect you.

Sole Ownership Sole ownership is the most simple and straight-forward legal form of racehorse ownership. The owner owns the whole of the horse, is entitled to receive the whole of any prize money earned by the horse, and is solely responsible for the trading of the enterprise.

Partnership A partnership is a single unincorporated legal entity. It can have up to 20 individual persons as members. A partnership involves the members making capital contributions to the partnership to facilitate the partnership acquiring, owning

provisions to the contrary in the partnership agreement, the the partnership and are equally responsible for the activities and trading of the partnership business. Nevertheless, from a third party’s point of view, all of the parties are jointly and severally liable for the obligations of the partnership.

partnership property. Trainer Partnership Property [Horse] Partnership Property [members contribu�ons/prize money/proceeds of sale of horse etc.]




Co-ownership A co-ownership arrangement of a racehorse is one where each person (co-owner) who holds an ownership interest in the horse contributes the right to use that interest to the “common enterprise” to enable the horse as a whole to be utilized for

Co-ownership arrangements should have a complete governing legal document Co-ownership arrangements should be the subject of a full and complete governing legal document. Such a document including reducing and assisting with the resolution of agency problems, such as:

and equitable title to the horse is held directly by the co-owners proportionately, as tenants-in-common, separately from the assets of the common enterprise. A co-ownership arrangement typically comprises up to 20 individual persons as members, or 50 in the case of a lead regulator-approved co-ownership arrangement established by a licensed syndicator.

• • • common enterprise, including third party service providers and creditors.

As members of the common enterprise, the co-owners:

Without a written agreement setting out how important decisions relating to the operation of the common enterprise are made,


including deciding: whole with the objective of winning prize money; and

(b) incur obligations, including being liable for all of the expenses incurred in maintaining, training and racing the horse as a whole; which are then apportioned to the members of the common enterprise in the same proportions as their respective ownership interests in the horse. Trainer

As the co-owners collectively derive the benefit of racing the Partnership Property horse as a whole, it[Horse] follows that they should be jointly responsible Manager for the activities and trading of the common enterprise and, in Partnership Property the normal [members course, from a third party's point of view, jointly liable contribu�ons/prize for the obligations theofcommon enterprise. money/proceedsof of sale horse etc.] Members/Partners

Horse [owned by the Owners directly as tenants-in-common]


Common Property [members contribu�ons/prize money]



o Who should manage the common enterprise; o Who should train the horse; o Whether or not the horse, if it is a colt, should be gelded; o What action should be taken by the manager (on behalf of the other co-owners) to ensure that any breach of a payment obligation by a co-owner is remedied; o Whether or not the horse, or an interest in the horse, should be sold; and o Whether or not the horse should be retired from racing and the common enterprise brought to an end. It will always be easier for the parties to agree the key elements of their co-ownership arrangement at the beginning, when expectations and level of goodwill between the parties is high, rather than later on when their attitudes and circumstances may have changed. Published 3 April, 2017 – Copyright© Tony Fleiter specializes in acting for participants in the thoroughbred horse racing and breeding industries. His clients include some of Australia’s leading breeders, owners, studmasters and trainers.

CO-OWNERSHIP IS THE MOST COMMON FORM OF OWNERSHIP INVOLVING MULTIPLE PARTIES, BUT IS NOT WELL-UNDERSTOOD Notwithstanding the large number of co-ownership arrangements that currently exist, the legal form is not well-understood within the thoroughbred horse racing industry. There are numerous reasons for this, including: (a) that co-ownership arrangements are often either poorly documented, or not documented at all; and (b) that co-owners often fail to appreciate that they are in a legally binding collective (common enterprise) arrangement with the other co-owners and the manager (and the trainer), and not an exclusive individual arrangement directly with the manager (and the trainer).

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AQUANITA HAS TRAINED 87 WINNERS SO FAR THIS SEASON “What greater thrill than to see your horse greet the judge leaving the field floundering in its wake.” - Banjo Paterson


hese words from the great Banjo Patterson serve as a constant reminder of why Aquanita Racing is in business. To provide our owners with the opportunity to enjoy the incredible excitement of participating in what we believe is the greatest sport of all.Once you become part of Aquanita Racing you enter a business “where owners and horses come first” Not simply on the racetrack but with everything we do for you and your horse. This is a lofty claim and is pursued through our focus on SUCCESS a business model we have developed and constantly refined since commencing business over a decade ago. • Select the best trainer talent available • Unite them under a strong brand • Create the best and most diverse training facilities • Centralize all the administration • Establish the best owner communication systems • Secure specialists in all areas that support the training effort • Surround ourselves with team players

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Thoroughbred Breeders Queensland Association Vice President, Stan Johnston has once again jumped to the aid of those in need. We’ve seen Stan’s flood appeal in 2011, he’s ongoing Hay Run for drought stricken farmers, and now Stan and the TBQA has launched the ‘Healthy Hoof Appeal’ - Sand Run. It sounds funny, but it’s serious business. Stan wants to raise $30,000 to deliver truck loads of sand to flood affected areas of Queensland so that trainers and breeders could provide drier ground to their horses. “We need to help each other when times are tough,” said Stan. “They’re trying to look after their horses, they need to try and get them up on to dry ground.” Hundreds of horses will be left standing in puddles and soggy ground for quite a few weeks, and that can severely impact their health. “A horse’s hoof is like a sponge and gradually expands as it absorbs moisture,” said Equine vet, John Barnwell. “After prolonged periods in the wet, the hoof just can’t expand any further so it cracks, and bacteria can get in. “That then tracks up and cause abscesses which can lead to very severe lameness and in really bad cases, separation of the coronet or laminitis.” John said it’s a long and expensive process to repair the damaged hooves, it can take anywhere from three weeks to nine months for the hoof to regenerate. The Healthy Hoof Appeal wants to help prevent that prolonged and costly exercise that breeders and trainers in the cyclone and flood affected areas are facing, and give them one less thing to worry about as they pick up the pieces of their lives.

If you would like to help you can make a donation to the TBQA ANZ account BSB 014 735 A/C 2523 34349 please reference your payment as ‘Hoof’. You can also contact Stacey in the office,

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to make a credit card donation.

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Team Teal - D McMullen, Brittany Graham, Trista Dixon, Isobel Ross and Ella Gillies (front)

Queensland TEAM TEAL

Queensland’s Team Teal campaign has raised over $50,000 for The Women’s Cancer Foundation over a six-week campaign period, making it an outstanding success for the charity and Australian harness racing alike.


eam Teal Queensland raised the impressive total from a combination of driving wins, generous donations and fundraising efforts throughout the campaign. Over a six-week period from 1 February to 11 March, Queensland reinswomen donned their teal pants to raise awareness and funds for the important cause.

The Weidemann girls contributed to not only the Queensland but the national tally winning 14 races during the promotional period (Lola 7, Stacey 6 and Julie 1) which included two Queensland wins and 12 wins whilst campaigning in New South Wales with their big team of horses. Racing Queensland CEO Dr Eliot Forbes praised the efforts of Australia’s harness racing industry.

For each win Racing Queensland and UBET donated $200 each while the Albion Park Harness Racing Club and Redcliffe Harness Racing Club donated $200 for each win at their respective tracks.

“This has been a fantastic effort from everyone involved. In particular, I want to highlight the role of the Queensland team. The women have not only raised the profile of reinswomen in harness racing but they have raised thousands of dollars for this important cause”, said Dr Forbes.

With $38,700 earned for the charity through money from driving wins alone, the Queensland Team Teal women set the top standard across Australia with their brilliant efforts. Thousands more was added to Queensland’s driving total through the selling of chocolates, T-Shirts, wristbands and the collection of donations from many individual supporters willing to get behind the cause. The Women’s Cancer Foundation will use the donations to fund much needed research into ovarian cancer. A gala evening was held on Saturday 11 March at Albion Park to celebrate the final night of the Team Teal campaign. The successful night saw Isobel Ross take out the inaugural Women’s Cancer Foundation Team Teal Women’s Invitational race driving Annika Magic, while Trista Dixon won the award for most wins during the Team Teal campaign with a grand total of 13 Queensland wins over the six-week period, with Narissa McMullen and Brittany Graham on 12 and 11 wins respectively.

Women's Cancer Foundation spokesperson Julijana Trifunovic said Queensland’s first year of involvement with the Team Teal campaign has been very impressive. “We were amazed by the commitment, enthusiasm and support of the whole industry. To raise $37,800 in driving wins alone is huge. This money will go towards nurses working in ovarian cancer research for better treatments and outcomes for women with ovarian cancer. The Queensland reinswomen have been nothing short of magic,” said Julijana. On a national basis Australia’s reinswomen have won an incredible 288 races raising well above $110,000 between the states, combined with various other fundraising efforts, the nation-wide total comes in at over $144,000. The Queensland Team Teal fundraising page is still open, if you would like to donate to the campaign you can still do so via the link below:

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WINX named Best Horse in the World on Turf On Wednesday January 25th, 2017 The Australian Turf Club (ATC) advised that Sydney’s own superstar mare Winx, was overnight named the Highest-rated Racehorse on Turf during the Longines World’s Best Racehorses awards for 2016, which were held at the iconic Claridge’s Hotel in London.


inx produced a superb rating of 132 to make her the highest-rated turf horse and highest rated filly/mare on the planet.

“Winx is quickly gaining international acclaim and has made the world sit up and take notice, especially after her breathtaking victories in the Doncaster Mile at Royal Randwick and the Cox Plate at Mooney Valley”, said Racing NSW’s Chief Executive, Peter V’landys AM. “Congratulations to trainer Chris Waller and his team, the owners of Winx and regular rider Hugh Bowman on a wonderful job keeping the mare in such scintillating form. “Like her growing band of fans, we are all looking forward to Winx returning to Royal Randwick next month and proceeding to The Championships in April.” Having stretched her unbeaten sequence to 13, Winx resumed her Autumn campaign with a dominant win in the $250,000 The Star Apollo Stakes (1400m) at Royal Randwick on Monday February 13th, equaling the immortal Phar Lap’s record of 14 successive wins. The five-year-old’s ultimate target is the $4 million Longines Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) run during The Championships at Royal Randwick on Saturday April 8th. * See EDITOR'S NOTE below ATC Chief Executive Officer, Darren Pearce, said the Longines World’s Best Racehorse Rankings had recognised Sydney’s world class racing. “Sydney is very proud to be the home city of Winx, and the ATC congratulates all involved with her career in receiving this international award,” Mr Pearce said. “With all racing fans in Sydney, we especially look forward to seeing her on track in four races this Autumn. “We also congratulate the Chautauqua team on the award for the world’s equal best sprinter as he prepares to win an unprecedented third Darley TJ Smith Stakes at The Championships.” Two other Sydney-trained gallopers figured prominently in the world’s best list with Hartnell rated eighth and Chautauqua 18th. American colt Arrogate was crowned the 2016 Longines World’s Best Racehorse with a rating of 134, California Chrome (USA) was rated second at 133 with Winx third on 132.

*The Longines World’s Best Horse Race awards recognises the best-rated race of the highest-rated Group 1 international races as established by a panel of international handicappers. The ratings of the top four finishers in each race serve as basis for the assessment. EDITOR’S NOTE: At time of Printing, champion mare Winx has charged to her 17th consecutive victory, crushing her rivals in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Randwick on Saturday 8th April. Winx blasted ahead after the final turn, rocketing ahead to take home the historic feat and leave rival Hartnell in the dust. “What a supreme athlete she is and what an honour to be a part of her career,” jockey Hugh Bowman said. It was her 12th group one win, moving the Chris Waller-trained horse within three of Black Caviar’s Australian record. “We’ve been fortunate to have two champions in this era in Black Caviar and Winx,” Racing NSW chairman Peter V’landys told the ABC. “I thought Black Caviar was a one of a kind because she really captured everyone in the sporting world, everyone knew Black Caviar even if you didn’t follow racing. “You can’t really compare the two but maybe Winx is a little better.”



Frances Nelson QC

appointed Chair of Racing Australia

In a major compliment to the local industry, Frances Nelson QC has become the first South Australian to be appointed to one of the top positions in Australian racing.


s Nelson has been elected Chair of Racing Australia, the body that represents Australia’s eight principal racing authorities.

Apart from being the first South Australian to be elected to the position, she is the first female. Ms Nelson has a long association with the racing industry, beginning as a track-work rider while studying at university. She held a Trainer’s Licence for 22 years and has served in a variety of senior positions in the racing industry, including 20 years on the Oakbank Racing Club Committee. She chaired two major inquiries into South Australian racing and the betting industries. Ms Nelson was appointed to the Board of TRSA in 2007 and was elected Chair in 2010.


Ms Nelson was admitted to the Bar in 1967 and became just Australia’s fourth female QC in 1982. She is Chair of the Parole Board of South Australia, a position she has held since 1983. TRSA CEO Jim Watters said he was “delighted” Ms Nelson had been recognised with the appointment. “Frances has been an outstanding leader for South Australian racing, and it is great to see this recognised at a national level,” he said. “This is a richly-deserved honour for Frances and also a mark of esteem for racing in this State.”


Amanda Elliott Elected Chairman of The Victoria Racing Club Amanda Elliott has become the first female Chairman of the Victoria Racing Club (VRC) after being elected unopposed by the Board.


he has been acting Chairman since December last year and was AMANDA ELLIOTT BIO previously Vice Chairman. Mrs Elliott is the 21st Chairman in the Amanda Elliott has held a series of leadership roles in the racing VRC’s 153-year history. industry and is proud to be appointed as the Victoria Racing Club’s “I am deeply honoured and thrilled at this appointment and I (VRC) first female Chairman in its 153-year history. would like to thank my fellow Board Members for their support,” Amanda Elliott was elected to the VRC Committee in 2002, making her the second female committee member ever appointed. Mrs Elliott said.

She went on to become the first female Vice Chairman in 2011

“I am so excited about the next two years of my term and among and has played an integral role in pursuing the VRC’s Masterplan many current and planned innovations, our biggest project is the to enhance the raceday experience at Flemington for members and Club Stand, due for completion in time for the 2018 Melbourne the public. Cup Carnival. This incredible new facility will provide racegoers During her time on the VRC board, Amanda has played an integral with an unrivalled raceday experience.

role in serving the Australian Stud Book and Director of Australian

“This is a critical period of development at Flemington, and I look Genetics Testing. She is currently in charge of the Design Group for forward to working with the CEO Simon Love, and the great team the proposed new Club Stand, as well as a member of the Masterplan at the VRC to ensure Flemington continues to offer world-class sub-committee, Grounds and Gardens, and Disciplinary committees. Amanda has a B.A. from the University of Melbourne and has racing and entertainment facilities.”

extensive experience at the highest levels of administration of sport,

Mrs Elliott congratulated John O’Rourke on his election as Vice business and politics. Chairman and Neil Wilson on his election as Honorary Treasurer. “There is a great balance of skills between the three of us and I know we will make a terrific team. The VRC has a united and talented board, and succession planning that will ensure strong governance of the VRC well into the future,” Mrs Elliott said. “I have advised the Board that it is my intention to oversee the delivery of key VRC initiatives, including the Club Stand and with that in mind, I have committed to complete my current term. I will leave the Club in good hands at the 2018 Annual General Meeting, after 16 years as a VRC Director.” Simon Love congratulated Mrs Elliott on her appointment and said that he and his executive team would continue to work closely with her and the Board to ensure Flemington delivers an even greater customer experience and remains Australia’s premier racing venue.

She comes from a family with a long history of thoroughbred racing, breeding and administration. Her father was also Vice Chairman of the VRC, and a long standing Committeeman of the Club. Her respect for the heritage, history and traditions of the VRC is extremely important to her. Amanda is committed to ensuring the VRC continues to be the world’s largest membership-based racing club in the world and Flemington remains as the best racecourse by keeping the strategic focus on membership experience, a strong racing program and world-class facilities. Amanda is a passionate racehorse owner and breeder, actively involved in the sport of racing both in Australia and overseas. In her spare time, Amanda enjoys spending time with her two daughters, Edwina and Alexandra, plays tennis and enjoys most sports along with an avid interest in interior design and fashion.

Editor’s Note: Read an in depth story on Amanda in the Spring Issue # 28 of Ladies in RACING Magazine.



Barb Saunders’ Arrows Have Hit Their Marks Across Australia Story by Stephen Howell • Image from Sharon Lee Chapman

Barbara Saunders has been a key woman in racing for decades, and now she is the Lady of Racing as the latest recipient of the Victorian Wakeful Club’s annual award.


t is an honour well earned, and well received by those in racing, and it goes to someone who, for over half a century, has been— and remains in some cases—a trackwork rider, a trainer, an owner, a breeder, an administrator at club and state level, and a passionate fan. For much of her racing half-century she built a strong business reputation working for others that culminated with the chief financial officer’s role of Dunlop Pacific’s Olex Cables division. Now she is co-owner and operator of The Saunders Yarra Valley Estate. Barbara said when presented with her 2016 award at a lunch Melbourne’s Park Hyatt on March 10, “You don’t expect to be honoured with an award for something you’re passionate about, and is really your life anyway.” Her advice to women involved in racing was to keep pursuing their passion. “Apply yourself to whatever you want to do and forget whether you’re a female or a male,” she said. “Just do what you want to do as well as you can.” Among Barbara’s achievements in Western Australia before moving to Victoria in 1981 was becoming the first female in that state to be licensed an owner-trainer—her horse, Bold Conqueror, won the Boulder Cup at Kalgoorlie in 1971. Another of her horses, Voile D’Or, trained by John Miller in Perth, won two Group 1s, the 1999 Western Australian Derby and 2000 South Australian Oaks. She said that since 2000 she had raced 73 horses in Victoria, NSW, Queensland , South Australia and Tasmania, mainly in partnership


with family. At one stage she had a syndicator’s licence. Paddy O’Reilly won four races, including the Albury Cup and the Easter Cup at Caulfield; Club Red won country cups. In Victoria, Barbara’s horses are trained by Robert Smerdon of the Aquanita group. Every Faith, still racing, has five wins and Barbara said she was the best of her current team of 23 that included broodmares, yearlings and foals. On the administration side, she joined the Yarra Valley Racing Club as treasurer, and then chairman, and was heavily involved in building up the club, work that present chairman Barry Coulthard has advanced. From 2005 to 2015 Barbara was on the Racing Victoria Board, serving the maximum number of terms allowed. Her work relating to the Australian Racing Museum, jumps racing and distribution of TAB funding between the three codes (thoroughbred, harness and greyhound) and country infrastructure has been widely recognised. Asked to list her ‘highs’, she said: “I think probably the merging of Yarra Glen Thoroughbred and Harness was a huge result, getting people to work together. “The other one, of course, is the Australian Racing Museum and moving that to the MCG to its really rightful home where it can be appreciated by anyone.” The Saunders’ racing colours are black with pink spots, and a report in an Aquanita newsletter a couple of years back noted that a flag with the colours is raised at the Brighton home of Barbara and husband Barry whenever they have a winner.




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Wakeful Club Friday, March 10th 2017

Images Courtesy of Sharon Lee Chapman






1. Maxine Glennan, Dorothy Brown, Gillian Ellis, Sally Anne Albiston 2. Jenny Moodie (President) Cheryl McCarthy (2016 Lady of Racing winner) Barbara Saunders (2017 Lady of Racing winner), Michelle Payne 3. Jenny Moodie and Chelsea Hall (Apprentice jockey scholarship winner) 4. Helen Sadler, Ron Williams, Kate Sadler 5. Sue Rees and Sally Rich 6. Trish McIntyre, Karen Bytel 7. Eileen Maher, Lisa Coffey 8. Jan Embling, Cheryl Carey, Sally Rich 9. Melissa Weatherley, Jackie Noonan, Jessica McKeown 10. Megan Cole, Julie Nicholson, Janet Craigie-McConnell







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Racing’s Roller Coasters Stephen Howell from Inside Racing magazine sifted through a long list to name his top three roller-coaster rides of 2016. Michelle Payne on top again


n the months after her 2015 Emirates Melbourne Cup win, Michelle Payne rode the wave of success generated by her performance on Prince Of Penzance that made her the first lady jockey to win Australia’s great race, which earned her celebrity status and a taste of riches and deals beyond racing. Then, on May 23rd, 2016, a fall at Mildura led to weeks of pain and worry over injury to her pancreas and showed the gap between the delights and depths of racing. Michelle’s courage and will won out, and she was back in the saddle by midSeptember. She also was embarking on the next step of her racing career with a trainer-jockey licence, granted for the 2016-17 season that began on August 1st. It was one of the first such ‘briefs’ in Victoria.

The roller-coaster was rolling up the track again, and by mid-October Michelle’s carriage almost made the top when she finished second at Warrnambool on a mare she trains, Queen Of Zealand. A couple of weeks later she had a Cup carnival win at Flemington, riding the Henry Dwyer-trained Tavi Bay in a 1700m race on Victoria Racing Club Oaks Day. In late November she reached the peak when Duke Of Nottingham, the other horse she trains, won with her in the saddle at Swan Hill. However, it’s not all smooth riding … or not riding. Michelle, who had won on Husson Eagle at Sandown, wanted to be on the sprinter in New South Wales and Queensland for the trainer, her brother, well known trainer Patrick. NSW, which has no dual licences, would not let her ride at Rosehill in December, but Racing Queensland agreed to her riding at the January Magic Millions meeting on the Gold Coast, in the same $1 million race she won on Husson Eagle 12 months previously. Michelle and Husson Eagle


There’s no challenger to Michelle’s up-and-down ride as the top roller-coaster of Inside Racing’s year, but the placegetters are pretty good stories:


Second—Awesome Rock


From Australian Cup to Emirates Stakes:


he Group 1 Emirates Stakes is a 2000m, Weight-for-Age race that had its prizemoney doubled to $2 million when moved from day one to day four of the Melbourne Cup Carnival, together with a name change from the Mackinnon Stakes. The Australian Cup (2000m, WFA) was the Autumn Group 1 that Awesome Rock lost on protest to Preferment. That was a $1.5 million race and the Rock team’s prize came down from $900,000 to $270,000. With $1.2 million first prize came the all-important Group 1 win in the Emirates Stakes which is now on Awesome Rock’s CV that will boost his stud value when the Fastnet Rock Entire begins his next career. Before then the Dubai Turf (1800m) at Meydan’s March World Cup meeting beckons.


hey had another great May Carnival that had all and sundry telling how important it was to the club, town and region, especially with premier trainer Darren Weir winning so many races over the three days and spending up big all year. He built stables and increased the size of his team being prepared from the Warrnambool branch rather than his home base, Ballarat. The Bool’s big advantage is the beach work the horses can do, in the water and on the sand. But protests from activists, justifiably defending environment and culture, have sent the roller-coaster down from its peak. Many meetings led to a compromise, but the story is likely to play out over many years, not just 2016. Story first published in Inside Racing Magazine.

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Chelsea Hall

Awarded Wakeful Club Scholarship Racing Victoria (RV) apprentice jockey Chelsea Hall has been presented with the coveted Victorian Wakeful Club Apprentice Jockey Training Program (AJTP) Scholarship.


he Scholarship recognises excellence in AJTP studies and professionalism both in and out of the saddle by offering a $1000 grant to a female apprentice in Victoria to complete further study to assist with their career development. A talented fourth-year AJTP student who has notched more than 80 career wins to date, Chelsea began her apprenticeship in Stawell with Terry and Karina O’Sullivan before moving to Caulfield to work under John Moloney. The 25-year-old said she was thrilled to be recognised with the Scholarship and is looking forward to using the grant to further develop skills that could be used both in an out of racing. “It’s an honour to be acknowledged for doing something that I love and I’m looking forward to putting the grant from the Scholarship towards developing some new skills that will hopefully benefit me both on and off the racetrack,” she said. RV’s Athlete Development and Industry Careers Advisor, Melissa Weatherley, said Chelsea’s professionalism since being inducted


into the AJTP in January 2014 last year was a credit to herself and the AJTP. “Racing Victoria’s Apprentice Jockey Training Program aims to develop professional athletes for successful careers in the racing industry and Chelsea epitomises the quality of athlete we are trying to produce,” Melissa said. “Chelsea has taken advantage of every opportunity presented to her since beginning the Apprentice Jockey Training Program and we’re confident she’ll use this Scholarship to further develop skills that can be utilised during her riding career and also ones that can be called upon post-racing. “We’re delighted to continue a strong association with the Victorian Wakeful Club and be in a position to reward the outstanding efforts of our female apprentice jockeys.” Previous recipients of the Victorian Wakeful Club’s AJTP Scholarship include Georgina Cartwright (2016) and Jessica Eaton (2015).


Jade Darose

Happy with her Quiet Dual Role Racing Victoria made the ground-breaking decision to allow jockeys in Victoria to take out a dual licence from August 2016, meaning they can ride and train.


hile Michelle Payne broke new ground for women with her famous Melbourne Cup victory in 2015, and in November 2016 became the first person to ride and train a winner (Duke Of Nottingham at Swan Hill), it was Jade Darose who became the first dual-licensed jockey to win as a trainer when Parwan Prince, ridden by claiming apprentice Kassie Furness, scored at Ballarat late in October. Tim Guille put these questions to Jade:

As of late November, four jockeys have dual licences, all women—Michelle Payne, Linda Meech and Rhonda Mangan are the others. Do you think that is a coincidence or are women better equipped to handle two roles?

It does seem to be a coincidence, but there really is a different feeling towards horses among the girls—that genuine love of the animal. I also think a fair few of the guys were initially put off by the application process and how long it appeared it was going to take (to get a dual licence).

Despite having trained the first winner, you have played second fiddle to Michelle Payne. Do you mind that?

I’m rapt that Michelle did it (ride and train), to be honest. It would have been great to have been the first of course, but it just wasn’t the right choice for me to ride that day as it would have meant ‘Parwan’ would have had to carry a big weight, so I guess I was happy to go without a winner to get a winner. It is great that one of us has done it now and hopefully that gets the ball rolling.

Do you know others who are planning to seek a dual licence? Yes, there are a few. Jackie Beriman is really keen and I’ve been talking to her about the course and licensing to give her a hand. There have been a few others, too, like Adam McCabe and Robert Beattie. People are keen to find out how to go about it.

Can you briefly describe the process?

It only took three months to do the course (Certificate IV in Horse Training) via Bendigo Harness Training Centre, who were really

supportive. Part of the criteria was to have that qualification. The application form was huge. I submitted it all and then sat through a series of interviews and it was all sent to (chief steward) Terry Bailey for approval. At the end of it all it just felt amazing to be approved.”

Did you get straight into training? I had purchased a horse from the sales a few years ago, Minute by Minute, who my husband (Brendan Fenech) was training and owned with my parents and some friends, and we won a few with him. I gave him to Allison Sheehan to look after while I was pregnant. After getting the dual licence I had him in work for a while, but he broke down and was spelled. I had also picked up Parwan Prince at the sales in August and he was pretty much ready to go so I began work with him.

Did Parwan Prince’s win, despite not riding him yourself, “top” some of your riding successes such as your win aboard Celestial Sky at Yarra Valley for Mick Bell?

With ‘Parwan’ it was all about the feeling of doing it myself. You do all of the work as a trainer and it feels like such an accomplishment. When you are riding you are more hoping to win and trusting the trainer’s race choice, whereas training and placing them yourself is totally different.

Where do you train? How many horses do you have?

I’ve set up at my parents’ two-hectare property in Cranbourne. I prefer paddocks with boxes to stables so I’ve set it up that way. We have a little track on the outside and some other areas to work, so it’s really good. I’ve only got Parwan Prince and Minute By Minute, who are both spelling. I might go to the sales soon, but I’m happy with just the two while I settle into it.

Do you still ride work for others?

For sure. I ride for Mick Bell, John Rattle, Julie Crosbie, Allison Sheehan, John Price and a few others here and there.

What’s your main aim as a trainer?

It sounds cliché, but I’m just happy doing what I’m doing. I guess if I do have a goal it would be to win a local cup like Cranbourne, and I would love to ride in one of those greys’ races one day.



Off the Track Final

A Family Affair for the McMasters Story by James Tzaferis – Racing Victoria • Image from Angie Rickard

Sarah McMaster and her retired racehorse Excellingly were the 2016 Off the Track Show Series Champions after an inspired performance when they won the lucrative Final at the Victorian Agricultural Shows (VAS) Saddle Horse Championships on January 7th, 2017.


he victory follows that of her older sister Sammi and the now“He has been performing incredibly the last few times he’s been out retired Desert King mare Tembella (DP Destiny) in the inaugural and it was no exception on Saturday. Off the Track Show Series in 2013. “We’ve been lucky enough to work with some incredible Sarah, a Racing Victoria Acknowledged Re-trainer, said she thoroughbreds but he is probably the most special Off the Track horse was thrilled to claim the coveted title in her own right and be able to I’ve had an experience with, because he’s the first one I really took showcase the continued progression of Excellingly as one of Victoria’s from racehorse to show horse.” premier show hacks. The win netted the pair $1000 prizemoney, while Reserve A son of top stallion Exceed And Excel, Excellingly had a brief racing Champions Catherine Neill and Crosswind (SLM Mercedes) career for leading Sydney trainer Chris Waller and Wagga Wagga collected $500. horseman Tim Donnelly, winning a 1000m maiden in the care of the The Off the Track Newcomer Award, which offers $500 prizemoney latter before being retired in 2012. and is handed to the best performed horse to have raced in the last two “I’ve been there in this class every time since Sammi won the first one years, went to the promising combination of Kat Mullan and Sugar on Destiny,so to finally pull through this year is amazing,” Sarah said. Bush (Pompeii). “I’ve been working with him for about four years and the penny had A nine-year-old son of High Chaparral that had a 53-start career for finally dropped with him, so now when he goes out to shows these Leon Corstens, Bryce Stanaway and Adele Garraway, Sugar Bush days he knows exactly what his job is. had only raced for the final time on January 16th, 2016.



Stephanie Thornton

Melissa Julius

Two Victorian female apprentices saddle up for United Kingdom experience Story and Images courtesy of James Tzaferis – Racing Victoria

Victorian apprentice jockeys Stephanie Thornton and Melissa Julius will gain invaluable experience riding track work for two of the UK’s biggest racing stables next month, after being selected for coveted scholarship positions.


he pair, who are part of Racing Victoria’s (RV) Apprentice Jockey Training Program, will be given the unique development opportunity as part of the International Federation of Horse Racing Authority’s (IFHRA) Racing Scholarship Fund, which is supported by the His Highness Sheikh Mansoor Festival. The Racing Scholarship Fund allows young, talented riders from IFHRA member bodies to gain invaluable experience to further their careers in the racing industry with international work and riding placements. Stephanie, who has ridden 33 winners since beginning her riding career in November 2015, will spend three weeks with Newmarket-based horseman Ed Dunlop, a trainer well known to Australian racing fans via the deeds of popular stayer Red Cadeaux.

Newmarket with Luca Cumani, a trainer that has prepared Group 1 champions Presvis, Starcraft and Falbrav. Melissa said: “It’s incredibly exciting to be presented with an opportunity to travel to Newmarket and ride for one of the world’s most successful trainers in Luca Cumani and I don’t think it’ll feel real until I’m actually over there.” RV’s Athlete Development and Industry Careers Advisor Melissa Weatherley said, “I am delighted that Stephanie and Melissa could continue the recent trend that has seen Victorian apprentices ride overseas. “We are extremely grateful for the generous support of the IFHRA and the HH Sheikh Mansoor Festival, which has paved the way for Stephanie and Melissa to take up this exciting scholarship.”

Stephanie said: “It’ll be great to see the different way of training and will provide me with a fantastic opportunity to experience racing on the other side of the world with a leading trainer like Ed Dunlop.”

“This is a fantastic opportunity for both young women and one I’m sure they will take great benefit from, just as Ben Thompson, Regan Bayliss, Jessica Payne and others have done in recent years.”

Melissa, who has ridden 35 career winners including a metropolitan victory on debut in December, will also spend three weeks in

Stephanie and Melissa departed Melbourne on Monday, March 6th.



Racing Victoria Celebrated

International Women's Day In recognition of International Women’s Day, Racing Victoria (RV) celebrated an increase in female engagement and the significant contribution of women to the thoroughbred racing industry, while highlighting its commitment to gender equality.


t the halfway mark of the 2016-17 racing season, there are more female jockeys riding in Victoria than ever before, whilst the number of starters prepared by female trainers has also increased through the past six months.

RV Acting Chief Executive, Giles Thompson, said International Women’s Day provided an opportunity to shine a light on the many females who continue to make a valuable contribution to the Victorian thoroughbred racing industry.

In delivering its 2016-17 half-yearly performance overview, RV can reveal that:

“On this International Women’s Day, I want to acknowledge all the female participants who make a valued contribution to the success of the Victorian thoroughbred racing industry from jockeys, trainers and stable employees, through to owners, breeders and administrators,” Thompson said.

• 24.2% of active jockeys in Victoria are female – up from 20.5% in the first half of the 2015-16 racing season; • 63% of female jockeys in Victoria have ridden a winner this season – up from 55.7% in the first half of 2015-16; • Female jockeys had a collective 3,002 rides in Victoria in the first half of the season – an increase of 658 (or 28%) from the first six months of 2015-16; • 20 of the 45 apprentice jockeys based in Victoria are female; • 20% of active trainers in Victoria are female; • Female trainers had a collective 2,111 starters in Victoria in the first half of the season – an increase of 142 (or 7.2%) from the first six months of 2015-16;


“Racing is one of the few professional sports where male and female athletes compete alongside each other equally, so it’s particularly satisfying to see a continued increase in the representation of females in our jockey ranks. “This is complemented by significant advancements by women off the track, none more pertinent than the recent historic appointment of Amanda Elliott to the position of Chairman of the Victoria Racing Club.

• 26% of active Victorian owners are female; and

“While racing boasts level terms of competition and equal pay for equal performance, RV is committed to increasing female representation at all levels and roles within the sport to achieve gender equality.

• 28 of Victoria’s 67 Country Racing Clubs are managed by females.

“We are pleased to announce that RV has recently launched the


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No Barriers, No Limits project to identify any potential barriers to gender equality in the industry through research, consultation and education.” The No Barriers, No Limits - Diversity and Inclusion Project is chaired by RV’s Chief Commercial Officer, Jane Ballantyne, and seeks input from industry participants and stakeholders to advance gender diversity in Victorian thoroughbred racing. RV also has a representation on the Elite Sport Male Champions of Change group, convened by former Sex Discrimination Commissioner, Elizabeth Broderick, which aims to achieve gender equality in organisations. These initiatives come at the conclusion of the inaugural RV and Tabcorp Joint Women’s’ Mentoring Program, which was designed to foster the growth and development of women in racing.

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TEAM TEAL Story by Michael Howard • Images by Stuart McCormick

When Duncan McPherson set the foundations for Team Teal he aimed high, but never dared dream it could be as big as this.


e’ve touched people within the industry who knew people who have dealt with (ovarian cancer), but also raised awareness on a national level that I don’t think had been achieved in the harness racing industry before,” Mr McPherson said. More than $240,000 will be donated to the Women’s Cancer Foundation through the nationwide trots initiative, almost half of which was raised courtesy of teal-clad reinswoman being first past the post. They produced some 290 wins nationally from February 1 to March 11, of which Victorian reinswomen produced 58 wins and South Australian superstar Dani Hill amassed a nation leading 32 individual wins. “It’s a major increase on last year because every state is participating in teal pants,” Mr McPherson said. “Some of the girls, particularly in New South Wales and Queensland, also did additional fundraising. The night at Tabcorp Park Melton raised over $93,000 and the total figure is in excess of $240,000, which far exceeded our expectations. “We have trainers and drivers in Victoria donating their race fees, all of the girls in South Australia on the last night donated their race fees and the New South Wales owners also contributed. “The pony trots association ran cake stalls and fundraisers to contribute to the total outcome.” In all some 235 licensed reinswomen wore teal, as did a further 130 pony trots participants.


Victorian’s leading Team Teal driver Kate Gath wins the $300,000 Pryde’s Easifeed Great Southern Star with Glenferrie Typhoon to add a further $400 to the Team Teal total.


”Every female participated in an ambassadorial role for which the Women’s Cancer Foundation is indebted for,” Mr McPherson said. “They took on the role with integrity, passion, with pride and a great sense of ownership. To raise in excess of $240,000 is an amazing outcome nationally and will enable the employment of research nurses into the detection of the disease. “One woman every 10 hours passes away from ovarian cancer, two in every three women diagnosed pass away.” Mr McPherson speaks from a position of passion, pain and pride, having lost his wife, Lyn, to ovarian cancer, further fuelling his want to make a difference. The teal initiative is in year four. Launched in Victoria in 2014, it grew to encompass the pony trots and clerks of the course in year two, was welcomed in to New South Wales in year three and this year has gone national, having been supported by Harness Racing Australia and all of its member states. “I’m overwhelmed by the public support, I’m extremely grateful by the contributions of the women in our industry. It is a wonderful result and to think that harness racing are providing research nurses to detect the disease is an outstanding outcome.” And next year Mr McPherson is thinking global, with interest from New Zealand to join the campaign. Women’s Cancer Foundation patron Duncan McPherson cuts the ribbon with ANZGOG chief executive Alison Evans, Tabcorp’s Adam Hamilton, Team Teal ambassador Jodi Quinlan, foundation manager Nicole Stockton and Clerk of the Course Jen Douglas (rear) to signal the start of the Team Teal drive.

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Team Teal ambassador Jodi Quinlan, a trots trainer and driver.



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Harriet Moxham A Winner with Marcus Oldham College At the 2015 Graduation Ceremony, Diploma of Equine Management graduate, Harriet Moxham of Edgecliffe New South Wales, received the Marcus Oldham International Stud Management Award (UK), giving her a magnificent career-enhancing opportunity.




t was Harriet’s passion for the racing industry that prompted her to enroll in the Equine Management program at Marcus Oldham. Four years in the industry, and Harriet knew she was committed, but needed further skills and a better understanding of the business. “I come from an equestrian background, and I went to Marcus Oldham because I wanted to learn more about the thoroughbred industry,” the 26-year-old from Binnaway in Central Western NSW said. “It seemed like the fastest way to get a broad overview of the racing industry so I could focus on it as a career path.” The popular one-year Diploma of Equine Management equips graduates with the skills, training and horse husbandry knowledge needed to excel in equestrian, racing and breeding. Delivered on campus at Waurn Ponds, this established course covers business management, equine science, young horse education and training, yearling preparation, breeding practices and nutrition. In addition, there are study tours and work experience opportunities with prominent horse establishments throughout Australia and New Zealand. “Our equine program is recognised by the industry as one of the best,” Marcus Oldham principal, Dr Simon Livingstone said. “Lecture room tuition is balanced with local, interstate and international study tours which expose students to the many facets of the equestrian and racing businesses. “Through these tours, students build a valuable network of industry contacts which prepares them well for their career progression.” Harriet also highlighted the importance of the tours. “I found the tours motivating and inspiring because we were witnessing all the valuable lessons we learnt from the classroom being implemented to make successful and viable equine businesses. “She said. In order to win the award, the winner must: • Display excellence and all round ability, both practically and academically, especially in the equine reproduction/stud management module of the course

Harriet received a return airfare to travel to England in the year following her graduation, for employment at Lanwades Stud and St. Simon Stud at Newmarket in Cambridgeshire England and at Staffordstown Stud in County Meath, Ireland. Experience is gained in all departments including the broodmares, foals, cove ring barn, yearling preparation, attending Gaffs and Tattersalls yearling sales, Fairy House Racecourse and many more networking experiences. Thoroughbred racehorses have been bred in Newmarket and the surrounding villages for over 300 years and Lanwades Stud was founded well before the 1880s. Through expansion, Lanwades nowadays encompasses nearly 1000 acres of prime grassland in England and Ireland.

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Racing’s Newest Blog

Racing Girl Racing has a new blog – RACING GIRL. Started by Tai Ryan, the blog aims to go behind the scenes and introduce and educate readers to the participants we don’t see, the work we don’t necessarily know about and why it’s one of the greatest industries to be involved in.


ai Ryan has been in the racing industry her entire life, it’s literally in her blood. Her father Gerald Ryan is a jockey turned successful trainer. Her maternal grandfather, Les Coles, rode Even Stevens to Caulfield and Melbourne Cup victories in 1962 and Kingston Town’s jockey Malcolm ‘Miracle’ Johnston is a second cousin. Friends and colleagues would claim Tai is a racing expert. Living it the way she does it’s easy to see why they’d think that, but it’s not entirely the case. Whilst Tai definitely has the basics sorted, she believes there are so many aspects to this industry that she still wants to learn and it’s because of this she recently launched a new blog called Racing Girl.

Tai and friend Tracy on Derby Day

Tai started out working as a strapper but was never a fan of the 3am starts so eventually moved into administration. An events and marketing manager by trade, Tai has been so lucky to be able to combine both her passions and make it a career. She spent 7 years working for the Australian Turf Club (Sydney Turf Club pre-merge) as well as being on the project management team for Sydney’s only Picnic races at Fernhill Estate in 2013 & 2014. Currently Tai is back in her hometown of Melbourne working for trainer Pat Cannon at Princess Park Thoroughbred Farm and for racing’s premier business networking group, Final Field. In 2015, Tai was named on Melbourne Racing Club’s ‘40 Most Influential People in Racing Under 40’ List.

Mal Johnston and Tai

“Being publicly acknowledged for what I do, via the MRC’s 40 Under 40 List, was a very unexpected and humbling honour,” Tai said. “The industry has always given me a great deal of opportunity so I revel in being able to give something back, and this blog is (hopefully) another way I can achieve that.” At home, Tai is a mum to her 8 year old son, Benji, and their dog Lexi - a fluffy, arthritic-ridden King Charles Cavalier. Melbourne born, she has also lived on the Gold Coast and in Sydney. She loves watching and playing sport (except golf!), a good glass of red wine, and loves the dance floor! So whether you want to know more about early morning trackwork routines, breeding, what to wear to the races, where to go or how to get there, or get a better handle on the industry’s own secret language, Racing Girl could just be the right place! Come with Racing Girl, as we explore racing together!


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Robyn Whishaw Armidale Stud Story and Images by Sharon Lee Chapman

If you hail from Tassie, then the name ‘Robyn Whishaw’ is synonymous with breeding and the famous Armidale Stud.


rmidale Stud is situated in picturesque Carrick, some 20kms from Launceston on 1000 acres. The supply of water from the Meander Valley Irrigation Scheme sees the farm being able to produce its own hay, lucerne and ensures the paddocks are green all year round. Robyn was destined to have a passion for horses, growing up on a sheep and cattle farm, and with her mother running a small stock horse stud. From the few thoroughbreds they bred, they managed to produce a Tas Oaks winner, Pawtella. Robyn grew up not only riding ponies, but also attending the local pony club and her love of horses continued throughout her childhood. With the family’s breeding business, Robyn prepared her first yearling as a 14-year-old. She continued to compete in horse shows, jumping and events as a teenager. After finishing school, Robyn moved to Launceston where she completed a Bachelor of Education. Armidale Stud had been in the Whishaw family since 1919, and in the early 1960s the late David Whishaw decided to start breeding racehorses and standing stallions. Son Denis returned home from Hawkesbury Agricultural College in the late 1970s and he soon got caught up in the racing and breeding, and assisted his father to develop the stud further. Denis and Robyn married in Jan 1983 and it wasn’t long before the next generation of Whishaws arrived, with David born in 1984 and Camilla 1986 and William following 1990. Armidale stood many notable and successful stallions in the late 1900s and early 2000s including Poachers Moon (IRE),


St Briavels (GB), Swallow Tail II (Fr), Northern Reward, Aliocha (USA), Weasel Clause, Northern Chateau (USA), Tertain, Ladoni and Tough Speed. Tragedy struck in 2004 when Denis died suddenly at the age of 50. With 3 school age children and a farm to run, it was very tough. No other industry has bigger highs and lows than the horse industry, and through adversity, the industry is known for sticking together and throwing support behind those who need it. This was no exception, and the incredible support that Robyn received from family, friends and her own children, allowed the farm to continue and prosper. Robyn’s oldest child, David completed his Agricultural Science Degree and returned home to help run the business. Both Camilla and William also assisted on the farm with William still living on the farm. Camilla is now back in Australia having spent two years travelling with Darley Flying Start and building her own business in Equine Naturopathy – Optim Equine. It’s 13 years later, and David and his wife Rhiannon who were married on the property last year, largely run the farm, with Robyn describing herself as “Support Crew”. Both David and Rhiannon are so passionate about their horses; I’ve seen this first hand when I recently had the pleasure to visit them whilst in Tassie. This passion you are born with and it’s been well cultivated over the years. When Robyn speaks about her children, she is like any proud mother, beaming with pride “There is no doubt my greatest satisfaction is to


Resident Stallion Needs Further with David Whishaw.

see my children growing up and following their passions in life. I am extremely proud of all of them - perhaps a little biased too!” To see David and Rhiannon working together at Armidale, planning, dreaming and enjoying all the highs and lows of the breeding and racing industry, reminds me so much of 30 years ago when Denis and I were doing exactly the same thing. If they have as much fun, enjoyment and success as we did, then they have so much to look forward to! Over the years we have made some wonderful friends through racing and breeding. I will never ever forget how so many in the industry helped our family through the very dark days after Denis’ sudden death. it was truly humbling and wonderfully comforting. There are some great people in the industry and there is no doubt you learn this when times are tough.

Armidale Stud, Carrick, Tasmania

Whilst I was in Tassie, David, Rhiannon and Robyn were busy getting 40 yearlings ready for the Magic Millions Sale and as always; their yearlings were immaculately presented on the day. The extra training they had showed on the day as they all behaved impeccably. It’s these little extras that make farms successful. It was this passion and attention to detail that saw them sell their Written Tycoon x Oceans colt which they bred themselves for $300,000 at Melbourne Inglis Premier, a result that thrilled the farm and was a just reward for all their hard work. Although Robyn doesn’t live on the farm, she’s not far, about 3 minutes’ drive on 100 acres and helps out with pregnant mares on her farm.

It is also extremely gratifying to see my daughter Camilla (who was fortunate enough to be awarded a Darley Flying Start scholarship) now back in Australia working for Godolphin and building her own business in Equine Naturopathy. She is a super dedicated and talented young lady, and has already achieved so much in her specialised field. I really believe that she will make a significant contribution to equine health and performance wherever she goes. Our youngest son William, although not really a great lover of horses, is still a remarkably good yearling handler, and each year he pulls on his RM boots and assists us at the sales. He loves his machinery and cropping and currently has a great job as a Field Officer for Tasmanian Alkaloids. Rhiannon grew up riding horses and going thru Pony Club. About 17 years ago she applied for a casual job over summer assisting with yearling prep! And she has come back every year since!!! She is a very competent horsewoman and now manages yearling preparation, which is no small task! David and Rhiannon are now making the decisions re matings, mare purchases etc. I have tried to step back to give them the space to ‘do their own thing’ Its now time for the next generation of Whishaws to make their own mark on Armidale, and I am happy to assist if I can and lead a slightly slower pace of life. Though I am sure if David had his way he would like me to speed up, not slow down! In Rhiannon’s spare time she is an Intensive Care nurse at the Launceston General Hospital - and they tell me she is very good at that too!”

Pateena Arena with Luke Currie_winning the Gold Sovereign at Launceston in February this year.

There’s some exciting times ahead at Armidale with their resident stallion Needs Further producing his first Black type winner with the multi stakes wins of Pateena Arena in the 2-year-old races over the Carnival. He’s a smashing type, I fell in love with him as soon as I saw him and his yearlings look like great types. I’ll certainly be recommending him to prospective breeders, especially after seeing the speed of his 2-year-old star in Pateena Arena.



A new addition to the stallion roster has Robyn very excited and Robyn explains how their recent purchase came to fruition. “David and Rhiannon have a stallion watch board in their kitchen, on which they write the names of two-year-old colts they would like to have as stallions. Obviously once they win a Group 1 they quickly become out of our budget and are snapped up by the big NSW studs so they get wiped off the list!” They have had Alpine Eagle on their list since he won his first start very impressively at 2 over 1100m by 4 lengths. And fortunately for us (not so for the owners and trainer!) he missed his Group 1 in the Guineas by a nose, just failing to catch Wandjina having stormed home late! So he stayed on the list and David kept badgering the agents to let him know if the horse could ever be purchased. All our stars aligned

when David and Rhiannon met with Wolf Blass who I think took a liking to the Armidale, Tasmania and two young passionate breeders, and so made it all possible for us to buy the stallion.” Robyn continues to be very involved with the breeding and racing industry and has been Chairman of the Thoroughbred Advisory Network for the past 3 years. In December she stepped down from this position and was appointed to the Board of Tasracing, as the Thoroughbred Code Representative. In 2015, she had the honour of being inducted into the Tasmanian Racing Hall of Fame. I’ll definitely be following the progeny of Needs Further and who knows I might end up bringing one home from next year’s Magic Millions Sale.

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‘TAB Highway Queen’ Story by Julieanne Horsman • Images by Scott Fletcher (News Corp)


lmost a decade ago when Matthew Dunn was an emerging trainer, Keira Dunn asked him for a job. He said no twice because his stable was only small but on the third inquiry he reluctantly agreed to employ Keira, which in hindsight was one of the best decisions of his life. Not only is Keira now married to Matthew, she has worked alongside him to build up his horse training business and is vital to its day-to-day running. Matthew has earned a reputation as the ‘TAB Highway King’ with seven winners making him the most successful trainer in the history of the popular race format. But it’s Keira who accompanies the horses to Sydney while Matthew takes care of his 170-strong stable at home. “I used to drive the truck down but I got too many fines from failing to stop at weigh bridges so I’ve been sacked from that role,” Keira joked. “It was too much driving more than 1000km one way to Randwick so now we put the horses on Sydney Horse transport and I fly down. I usually arrive on Wednesday in preparation for Saturday.” When she is not travelling, Keira is involved in almost every aspect of the running of the stable. She rides trackwork in the morning, feeds the horses, administers treatments and reports back to Matthew. Keira also assists the administration staff, gets horses ready for raceday and takes photos and helps compile reports for owners. “There’s one lady who usually beats me to work but I try and lead by example and get there early,” Keira said. “I’m living my dream so it’s not hard to be motivated.” Keira is a gifted horsewoman and has been riding for most of her life. Her parents bought 70 acres out the back of Byron Bay when she was a little girl and was fortunate enough to be involved in pony club. By the time she was 17, Keira was ranked third in Australia for camp drafting.


At the same time, she was ready to leave school and with her father’s blessing, took up a mixed role at Washpool Lodge at Aratula, west of the Gold Coast. “I loved it there,” Keira said. “It was such an adventure being out on my own and doing everything for myself but also being part of a large team.” Keira then moved on to a feedlot near Toowoomba to help out a friend before returning to horses at Finley Lodge in Berrima where she did breaking in for Dynamic Syndications and Graeme Rogerson. This role also included a stint in New Zealand during the Australian equine influenza outbreak. After a couple of years she shifted up to Mullumbimby and began riding work for several trainers at Murwillumbah, eventually including Matthew Dunn. “Working with my husband can at times be testing but he is my best friend and business partner,” she said. “I don’t think I have ever worked as hard as I have building this stable and at the end of the day we just appreciate each other so much. “Moments like Madotti’s win in the ($1million) QTIS Open at the Magic Millions on the Gold Coast in January make all the hard work worthwhile. I love seeing the progression of horses too. It was so special to see a yearling purchased by Matt and bloodstock agent Neil Jenkinson go on to win such a big race.” The Dunns don’t get a lot of down time but when they do, they enjoy gardening and relaxing around the stables. “We try and make Sunday afternoon just for us.”


Lizzie Jelfs

finds her Form Lizzie Jelfs was born in England, Oxford in fact. She’s the daughter of a farmer and a genuine English Rose. Story by Jenny McAlpine • Images by Steve Hart


have known Lizzie since she landed down under. Fresh off the fields and the heaths of Lambourn and the back of a horse – into the racing stables of Lindsay Park, back then based in Angaston, South Australia. Lizzie was in love with horses from the day she could walk; ponies and clubs, hunting and showjumping, and all those very English equine things that young girls dream of, or read of, in the best romantic books. During high school in Oxford, Lizzie found affinity with family friend Charlie Edgerton, a well-mannered horse trainer and proper English gentleman. Charlie was a gift. He gave Lizzie a go. With a part-time job riding his horses and working in the stables on his estate, she could do no wrong and she was on her way. To Lizzie’s luck, Charlie has forever been a great friend of the Hayes family. So when she expressed her ambition to travel the world and be with horses, it was fait accompli to end up in Australia. That was in 2001. Back then Lizzie had no idea that one day she would for real, call Australia home. Riding track work in Angaston, progressed to riding track work at Flemington. Then, under the eye of custodian trainer of Lindsay Park Tony McEvoy, Lizzie took on the responsibility of travelling horses interstate to race. With the lure home, Lizzie ventured back to Britain - but only for a moment in 2002. She was soon back in the saddle Down Under. “In 2003 I was sent to Euroa to ride Fields of Omagh, as I was a light rider and he had a few problems,” she recalled. “He went on to win the Cox Plate. And that was it. I was definitely staying in Australia” Lizzie said with a smile. had her quickly on the television screen and in the Melbourne mounting yards. But her heart was in the sun under the Sydney sky. And so it was. Now flying in a fledgling career on camera with Sky Racing, Lizzie can be seen poised and presenting on racing runners in the mounting yards of Sydney tracks. Then in fine fettle on Sky’s Formline show. Lizzie admits she’s found her form. “It’s great to get an opportunity with Sky Racing. Sky really do give girls a go. Sky has a wealth of female talent all from different backgrounds and with vast arrays of experience. Sky allows us exposure, training and the opportunity to learn on the job. It’s just what we girls all need and I think I really have found my fit.” she beamed.

When David Hayes returned to Australia in 2006 and Fields of Omagh returned to win another Cox Plate, he installed Lizzie in Sydney to run his Randwick stable. “I was there and we had Miss Finland win the Golden Slipper, De Beers win the Rosehill Guineas and Tawqeet win the Metropolitan. I was so lucky to be part of all that success” she remembered. With a resume of responsibility overseeing and riding Group 1 Champions, she was enlisted by David Hayes to take charge of his international runners and travel far and wide with the best of his best. So to Japan with Fields of Omagh, Dubai and Singapore with Eagle Falls and to Royal Ascot with Nicconi, Lizzie was their rider and coach by remote from the Lindsay Park trainer. With things on the move at Lindsay Park and the stable in transition, Lizzie moved to Melbourne to run the Flemington stable in a break from her Sydney stint. Later returning to Sydney she settled not only back in the stable but into the arms of her now husband Ryan Roberts, jockey manager and stable foreman. Time marched on and with two daughters in tow, Lizzie continued to excel. Her focus moved to media. With a wealth of racing rhetoric,



Deanne’s ‘drawn’ to horses Story by Julieanne Horsman Images by Bradley Photographers

As a little girl growing up in the south-western suburbs of Sydney, Deanne Panya was mesmerised by horses. She and twin sister Beany would beg their father to draw pictures for them, then, sprawled out on the dining room table surrounded by coloured pencils and paper, they would carefully copy the sketch down the last detail.


guess that’s where it all started,” Deanne said. “We just wanted to draw horses all day long.”

Fast forward nearly two decades and Deanne still loves to draw horses although she has a lot less spare time on her hands. The now 24-year-old is one of Sydney’s leading apprentice jockeys and is much sought after for rides all over New South Wales. Currently indentured to Randwick-based trainer Craig Carmody, Deanne is rapidly rising through the NSW jockey ranks and despite being an apprentice, she sits within the top 20 riders for the Metropolitan premiership. In August last year Deanne rode her first city treble with wins on Encostanati (a $21 chance), Lie Direct and Snappy One at Royal Randwick. It was a defining moment and saw her name and face splashed across the media. In December she recorded her first dual-track double and showed her willingness to travel for a winning ride. Deanne was aboard She Will Reign when the filly saluted on debut at Kembla Grange before driving up the highway and arriving at Royal Randwick just in time to guide My Psychiatrist to a hard-fought victory. The racecaller had written off the mare as she entered the straight but Deanne hadn’t and rode her right to the line to win by a nose. above: Deanne Panya when she celebrated her first Metropolitan treble at Royal Randwick. left:


A portrait Deanne Panya was commissioned to complete


“It’s always a thrill to get even one win, any more is a bonus,” she said. “I am more experienced now but I am always learning. My aim in 2017 is to increase consistency and decrease stress.” Drawing requires time and patience but Deanne also finds it relaxing. She sits down with her pencils at every opportunity but admits she would like to devote more time to her art. “Some weeks I will have two or three days off and that’s when I draw. You have to grab any opportunities that come your way so if I am riding seven days one week, drawing takes a back seat. In recent years Deanne has moved from drawing simply for pleasure to accepting commissions. “Initially I wasn’t sure about charging people for something I enjoy but the requests kept coming and so did the encouragement. The first picture I sold was an A4 black and white sketch of Black Caviar.” Anyone wanting a picture drawn by Deanne had better join the queue as there is a long waiting list. Each picture takes roughly 20 hours to complete and demand far outweighs supply. Sister Beany’s passion for drawing has stayed with her into adulthood as well. She too is a jockey and notched her first Metropolitan win in her very first ride at Eagle Farm just before the New Year. “I feel so lucky to be living the life I am and it’s even sweeter to be able to share my passions with my sister.” Retired sprinter Rain Affair drawn by Deanne Panya

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Chloe Baker

Upbeat after Tamworth Win Story by Julieanne Horsman • Images by Bradley Photographers

Chloe Baker has only been riding professionally for 12 months but already she is booting winners home all over NSW. The Apprentice jockey has recorded her first Rising Star Series win taking out Heat 15 at Tamworth.


he 25-year-old Chloe is also a registered nurse but found a passion for riding while studying and deciding to pursue it as a career instead. Chloe piloted $2.80 favourite Underground Blues to victory at Tamworth for Dubbo trainer Connie Greig.

The apprentice was forced to travel wide for most of the race but made her move in the straight, kicking away finish half a length ahead of Slippery Eel (Jodi Worley) and Slippery Moss (Rachel King). Chloe earned the maximum seven points to jump to equal 9th on the Rising Star Series leader board. Despite her mount being a scratching, Nyssa Burrells collected the minimum one point to maintain a narrow lead in the Rising Star Series. Burrells is on 21 points with Mikayla Weir hot on her heels on 20 points. Blaike McDougall is in third position with 18 points.

RISING STAR SERIES SCORE BOARD 21 – Nyssa Burrells 20 – Mikayla Weir 18 – Blaike McDougall 17 - Andrew Adkins 14 – Matthew McGillivray, Nick Heywood 12 – Vad Bolozhinskyi, Jodi Worley 11 – Chloe Baker, Alena Skerritt, Jackson Murphy 10 – Brock Ryan, Megan Taylor, Chris Williams

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Veterinarian Meg Brownlow said: “I met this wonderful young woman at Kembla Grange and was extremely impressed with her horse handling capabilities and absolute professionalism with a difficult horse.”


odolphin’s Sarah Cunningham began her story: “I was born into a racing family in Bairnsdale, Victoria and most of my childhood memories involve horses. I remember throughout high school I used to get up early to do a few hours of trackwork before school started. “As much as there was a very clear love for horses, my parents strongly encouraged me to continue my studies, and so after high school I moved to Melbourne to start a University degree in Business Information Systems. After graduation, I started my career in IT and for the next 10 years I pursued this in Melbourne and the UK. However, there was always a pull back to racing and I remained involved as much as possible with breeding and racing (with my parents) as a hobby and passion. “I had a very secure and well paid job but after working in IT for 10 years, I decided it was time to make a change and so I moved to Sydney (joining my sister Clare) with the aim of gaining experience in a professional racing stable and learning as much as I can. See where it could take me! “I’m currently working for Godolphin as an Assistant Foreman and Trackrider at the wonderful Osborne Park facility. This involves riding work, supporting our outstanding Stable Foreman and running

Sarah Cunningham with one of her favourite, the classy Hauraki. “I’m lucky to have a job where I get paid to work with the animals”

the barn when he is away, and being assigned responsibility for a few horses which includes strapping at races and trials. “It’s rewarding to be part of the success of the team – both horses and people, and being so hands-on every day. “I’m lucky to have a job where I get paid to work with the animals I love and with like-minded people. I think many people in the corporate world wish they had a passion that they could get paid to pursue. It still doesn’t feel like ‘work’. Right now I have no reason to think about if or when I will return to my other career! “It’s great to know I have a choice but I’ve still got so much to learn and I am enjoying the experience too much.”



Sal Gemenis is all smiles alongside trainer Stan Thomas after winning on County Crown at Gosford picnics.

‘Sal the vet’ to the rescue

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Riding at her first ever race meeting, Sally-Anne Gemenis, an experienced veterinary nurse from Wyong, rode a winning double including Orlando Jack in the Gosford Picnic Cup (1600m).


oming from behind the leaders, the Damien Lane, Wyongtrained Orlando Jack shot clear to win by over six lengths from Miss You Ma (Michael Gray, favourite) and Letchworth Lad (Simone Vella). Sal Gemenis also tracked the leaders on the Stan Thomas, Wyongtrained County Crown before racing to a convincing win over Miss Gigi (Tayla Lannstrom, favourite) and Grips Folly (Shannon Fogg) in the Maiden Plate (1000m).

Annelise King rides trackwork for Melissa Harrison and she was pleased to win the Class B Handicap (1200m) on Fire The Musket for the Kembla trainer. Fire The Musket raced outside the leader before taking control to score by over a length from Sweatball (Michael Gray, favourite) and Lucky Cousins (Kath Bell). Wyong-based Michael Gray won the Maiden Plate (1600m) on Sealum (equal fav) for trainer Todd Rawiller, while Ashley Boyd from Scone won the Class B Handicap (900m) aboard the Gavin Andrews-trained Accessory Diva, the favourite.

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he entrants from the competition so far have continued to raise the bar, with ladies around South Australia from Port Lincoln to Naracoorte and everywhere in between dressing to impress at Racing events

A consistent trend amongst winners has been combining the old and the new. We’ve seen modern silhouettes combined with classic millinery styles, like the off the shoulder dress with bell sleeves worn by Abby Von Duve at Melbourne Cup Day at Morphettville, and the on-trend lace work by Sarah Hodges at the Port Lincoln Cup. The gentlemen have been impressing equally, with the men making particular effort with accessories on their race day outfit. Pocket squares and patterned ties have been consistent amongst the winners, with many of them not afraid to clash colours and patterns to really stand out.

Wrap up of Adelaide Cup Day

UBET Adelaide Cup Day, one of South Australia’s biggest racing events, was bigger and better than ever in 2017. Thousands descended on Morphettville Racecourse for the big event on March 13 to enjoy a day full of racing, fashion, hospitality and entertainment. For the race wear lovers, the Myer Fashions on the Field South Australian State Final was an incredibly high standard, with several Fashion at The Races State Finalists appearing on the stage. In the end, the competition was won by Melissa Barnes, who is also the 2016-17 Murray Bridge State Finalist. Also amongst the Field was Oksana Caretti (Balaklava Cup Finalist), Rebecca Butcher (Gawler Cup Finalist) and Jen Marsh (Bordertown Cup Finalist).

There are just a few events left in the season, with major events such as the Mount Gambier Cup, Oaks Day at Morphettville, and the Port Augusta Cup. After the final event, the Quorn Cup on September 2, the State Final will be judged and the winners announced. The winner could still be yet to qualify! Make sure you head online to to vote for your favourite, as they could win the People’s Choice Award at the end of the competition.

Melissa Barnes & Courtney Moore


Finalists of the Myer Fashion Event


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Around the course racegoers were dressing to impress, with incredible modern takes on race wear and beautiful millinery everywhere you looked. It won’t be long before the 2016-17 Fashion at The Races Competition Winner will be announced, and then we will be straight onto the new competition. Exciting plans are being made now for the new competition prizes, judges and events, so stay tuned throughout the year for more information to be announced.

The 2017-18 Competition will kick off with the Balaklava Cup on September 13, with events like the Mindarie Halidon Cup, the Murray Bridge Cup and the Gawler Cup to follow soon after. For all of the events, more information about the competition, and racewear inspiration, head to and follow us on Instagram and Facebook.

Events Calendar Spring 2017

Wednesday 13 September - Balaklava Cup Sunday 17 September – Mindarie-Halidon Cup Saturday 30 September - Jamestown Cup Friday 20 October - Murray Bridge Cup Sunday 29 October - Gawler and Barossa Cup

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Summer 2017/2018

Sunday 10 December - Bordertown Cup Saturday 6 January - Ceduna Cup Thursday 18 January - Penola Coonawarra Cup Sunday 4 February - Strathalbyn Cup Sunday 11 February -Naracoorte Cup Sunday 11 February - Lock Cup Saturday 17 February - Kangaroo Island Cup

Autumn 2018

Friday 2 March - Port Lincoln Cup Saturday 10 March - Penong Cup Monday 12 March - Adelaide Cup at Morphettville (Myer Fashions on the Field) Saturday 17 March - Streaky Bay Cup Sunday 25 March - Kimba Cup Saturday 31 March - Oakbank Easter Carnival Saturday 31 March - Clare Easter Races Sunday 29 April - Millicent Cup Friday 11 May - Mt Gambier Cup Saturday 26 May - Hawker Cup

Winter 2018

Sunday 8 July - Port Augusta Cup All entrants acknowledge that race meets dates listed above may be brought forward, postponed or cancelled, including at short notice.



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From Silverton to The Hill Story and images by Trish McIntyre

In 1884, Silverton, South Australia, decided they would conduct a St Pats Cup race meeting, the first of which was held in 1886. The Silverton Cup was last run at Silverton in 1926 before the current St Pats Race Club transferred the meeting to Broken Hill, New South Wales.


ilverton, which once had a population of 30,000, was a hub of the mining area. Now it houses several artists, one coffee shop and a hotel, which caters for 100,000 visitors every year.

There was even a party of visitors from Switzerland. They all enjoyed the entertainment on the day featuring the win of Its Fred, who won the 52nd St Pats Broken Hill Cup.

The hotel is a must to visit on recovery day (the day after the Cup). Audible laughs are heard as visitors read the great jokes hanging from the ceiling. A large contingent travel by bus, which commute throughout the day from Broken Hill to Silverton.

Ladies as usual played a very big part in this year’s event. Murray Bridge trainer Paula Trenwith was the successful trainer of Its Fred. Paula had previously won the previous 2007, 2008, and 2009 Cups with Nozi. This year’s Cup win now puts her in a great position to break the all-time record of five Cup winners by the one trainer. The current title holder of the most Cup wins is Gary Kennewell. Paula quoted after the race, “I am stoked. I really love coming to Broken Hill. I endeavour to come every single year and I just love it.”

The visitors are keen to travel to see where Mad Max, Priscilla – Queen of the Desert, A Town Like Alice and many more movies, all of which were filmed in Silverton and its surrounds. There is also a Museum dedicated to Mad Max. Brilliant pencil artist Wayne Williams from Broken Hill had the honour of drawing the 2017 St Pats Cup poster. Wayne’s pencil work of many a famous race horse, as well as the wonderful drawings of local scenery, has to be seen to be really appreciated. His attention to detail is amazing. Cocktail night saw the original drawing of the poster sell for $3,600, with the proceeds going to the Club. A large number of wonderful volunteers run the St Pats Race Club and every cent raised or donated is spent on improvements and prizemoney. Travellers came from Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney, as well as country locations such as the Sunshine Coast, Coffs Harbour, Port Macquarie, Balranald, Swan Hill and Terang, just to mention a few.


In race two, another young ambitious lady trainer Emma Scott, was successful with Highway Hornet. Emma who comes from the small town of Balranald, is a former Olympian, who competing in the Shadow Squad at the 2012 London Olympics. Highway Hornet was given to her to train for jumping, but Emma decided to try him on the flat. Emma has only held her trainers licence for seven months. I am sure we will see more of this talented, quietly spoken young lady. Highway Hornet was ridden by apprentice Stacey Metcalfe. Fashion on the Fields co-ordinator Dana Farcick was very happy with the talent and the number of competitors who entered, stated. “It was fantastic. Once again, the people From Broken Hill and their guests all looked amazing, they all go to so much trouble.”


The Club added a new section this year, Best Presented Couple. The winners were Greg and Chantelle Ross. Chantelle’s purchase from New York, was a knee-length dress in a wonderful floral of cobalt blue and orange, which fitted in superbly with the local outback soil and sunset colours. Greg complimented Chantelle’s outfit by wearing a blue blazer, boutonniere and fitted trousers. Colleen of the Course is always a very difficult category for judges, as the young entrants always put their all into their personal presentation. A very interesting outfit of a red trimmed mid-length dress with tassels on sleeve and hem edge, matching red shoes, red bag and red brimmed millinery won Jessica Byrne this year’s title. It is lovely to see that broad brim hats are starting to make a comeback, with Yvette Pomroy winning the Millinery award. Yvette’s hat of black and white with tone on tone embroidery was a real winner. Fashion designer Greta Kate with Milliner Sylvy Earl from Adelaide did the difficult task of judging all events on a typical hot outback autumn afternoon. The weather certainly did not let the racegoers down with the temperature hovering around 35 degrees. Club President Margaret Corradini, was very happy with the attendance of just over 5,000 racegoers. The Club has worked hard to make it more comfortable for racegoers by the addition of marquees, which were spread out along the track. This year saw Margaret resign after 17 years as President. Margaret had announced in 2016 that she was resigning, but the crew would not allow her to step down. Now Margaret has definitely handed the reins to Lyn Bent. Lyn has been a charity worker for many years, mainly in the office. Lyn has an amazing sense of humour, which will help her though the large task of the running of the Club. I am sure Margaret will not be far away for advice when it is needed. She was acknowledged by all as a lovely lady, who always had the Club in her best interests. Well done to Broken Hill St Pats Race Club on a super day, the Sponsors and Volunteers deserve many congratulations. The majority of attendees will be back again next year, joined as usual by newcomers who will to enjoy the warm hospitality of the locals of Broken Hill.

above: Trish McIntyre from Ladies in RACING Magazine making a presentation to Margaret Corradini on her retirement after 17 years as President of the Race Club. below left:

Artist Wayne Williams (left) with guests

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A Breeding Ground for Fashionistas Northam, WA Elizabeth wins at Northam - Image by Hollands Photographics


lizabeth Winlow developed her fascination of Fashions on racedays when she was just a young girl, watching trends and developing her own style all the while studying medicine at the University of Western Australia. Her greatest success on the catwalk has been winning the National Final of the Fashions of the Field at Flemington during the spring carnival, where she claimed approximately $100,000 worth of prizes. A born and bred Northam girl, Elizabeth has been successful many times on her home track. In 2016 she won the Midland Gate Fashions of the Field on Gannon’s Ladies Day, this win also crowning her as Wheatbelt Regional Heat Winner of the WA Country Cups Fashions of the Field series. The series included another 8 regional heats held throughout the state with the final being held at Ascot Racecourse during the summer carnival where Elizabeth proudly placed second overall. Fashions of the Field will again feature prominently during the Northam Race Clubs Spring Racing Carnival in 2017 commencing on Sunday, October 8th with Gannon’s Ladies Day. The Midland Gate Fashions of the Field are a hotly contested event and will again feature as the Wheatbelt Regional Heat for the 2017 WA Country Cups Fashion Series. Another Fashion event during the season will be held on Northam Cup Day, Sunday, October 29th. The Northam Race Club was established in 1863 and its home, the Northam Racecourse, is one of Western Australia’s premier winter racecourses. Nestled in the heart of the beautiful Avon Valley, Northam is just an hour’s drive from Perth along the Great Eastern Highway. For more information see the Northam Race Club Website

Nikki Gogan & Elizabeth - Image by Western Racepix



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above: The darling of Tasmanian racing, Hot Dipped pictured at Broadmarsh, Tasmania below: I Love It with James Salanitri in Hobart

above: Highest priced yearling in Tasmanian history, the Snippetson x Flying Diva filly sells for $160,000 offered by Grenville Stud



Tasmania Racing Festival 2017 Story and Images from Sharon Lee Chapman • Fast Track Photography

Ocean Embers wins the Group 3 Bow Mistress Stakes



Horses leave the gates on Launceston Cup Day

The starting gate at Betoota



Count Da Vinci & David Pires combine to win the Hobart Cup for Scott Brunton below: Maddie & Bonnie with Big Duke after winning the Launceston Cup bottom: Rodin's Doll & Katherine Coleman at Seven Mile Beach in Hobart inset pics: Horse power v Horsepower - Like A Wolf gallops along the beach in Devonport




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The Ambassador Travel Queen Mary 2 Experience

When Peter Harney from Ambassador Travel asked me to cruise aboard one of the most iconic ships in the world, the Queen Mary 2, during her 2017 Australian season, I jumped at the chance. Story by Cathi Meredith • Images by Cathi Meredith and Julie Steel




have been on several small boutique cruises around the Fiji Islands but had never been on a large cruise ship before, and was a bit worried that I would find a large cruise ship way too busy and crowded. How wrong I was.

Queen Mary 2 is the biggest, most sophisticated Transatlantic ocean liner

ever to set sail, with the most up-to-date marine technology in the world. Built in France for Cunard in 2003, QM2 was the largest ocean liner ever constructed at the time. By design, Cunard QM2 is not a cruise ship – she is an express Atlantic Ocean liner for regular crossings during most times of the year.

She is the only major ocean liner built since Queen Elizabeth 2 was built in 1969, the vessel she succeeded as flagship of the Cunard Line. June 2016 marked the debut of the QM 2’s $176 million refurbishment, which involved a full bow-to-stern “remastering”. She sailed into Southampton to pick up passengers for the first transatlantic crossing to New York in her new outfit. The five night Tasmanian voyage departed Sydney on Saturday February 25 and returned on Thursday March 2, making it the shortest round-trip cruise from Sydney ever offered aboard this grand ocean liner. I enjoyed the impeccable service, world class entertainment and exceptional dining onboard this flagship of the Cunard fleet as we sailed to Tasmania visiting both the historic site of Port Arthur and picturesque city of Hobart. Ambassador Travel had secured an exclusive and very limited allocation of cabins on this one off Australian sailing. Saturday morning I flew to Sydney to join 80 other Ambassador travellers, including Julie Steel and Richard Davey, both being our Ambassador Hosts. On embarking I was dazzled by the spectacular décor. The most significant refurbishment in its 13-year history, the ship's "remastering" runs far deeper than a lick of paint and new carpets (though 55,200 square metres of them have been laid). Vast chunks of the 2,600-passenger ship's framework were stripped out as contractors worked day and night at the Blohm + Voss shipyard, transforming QM2's interior and repainting the exterior. Among the ship's updates, single cabins have been introduced, 30 Britannia Club Balcony cabins added, the Grill restaurants have been transformed, Kings Court Buffet has been completely redesigned; the Todd English restaurant has been replaced with The Verandah and the Winter Garden with the Carinthia Lounge. That evening we sat in the Commodore Club and watched the magnificent Harbour Bridge and Opera House Sails disappear and saw the Sister Ship Queen Elizabeth sail past, which was a rare and exciting vision. It was reminiscent of another dual Sydney harbour arrival almost a decade ago when the QM2 and the now retired older sister of QE, Queen Elizabeth 2, brought the city to a standstill. Sunday, Day Two saw us rise early and enjoy breakfast in the Kings Court Buffet, overlooking the ocean, where you can enjoy just about every cuisine of the world. With so much to do on-board it was hard to choose. There was something for everyone from Art classes to Dance Classes, iStudy and iPad workshops, Yoga and Fitness classes, Bingo and a variety of lectures, too many to mention. Some of Queen Mary 2's facilities include fifteen restaurants and bars, five swimming pools, a casino, a ballroom, a theatre, and the first planetarium at sea. That morning, Ambassador Travel invited us all to get together over morning tea and pre-lunch drinks to meet our fellow travellers. We were the largest group on board this trip and we were all able to recognise each other by our unique Ambassador pins we wore during the cruise. After this, I decided to visit the beautiful, ambient library and relax whilst reading several international magazines and checked out a book from the large selection that would be expected from the largest library ever at sea. The Queen Mary 2 is the only liner to regularly carry animals. Her kennels, which are staffed by a dedicated Kennel Master and can be accessed by owners, take dogs and cats in pampered comfort to and from New York. As an avid dog lover, I took a look and was extremely impressed by the pooch’s accommodation, which also boasted a fire hydrant.

That evening Captain Christopher Wells invited all guests who were dining in the Britannia Restaurant to join him and his Officers for Cocktails in the Queen’s Room. There was a strict formal dress code this evening and everyone looked splendid in their evening attire. The Britannia Restaurant was a culinary delight, with dishes changed daily. I was joined each evening by Norma & Laurie Wright, Di and Michael Larmer, Julie Steel and Craig and Penelope Lena. We enjoyed extensive three course à la carte menus. The entrees and starters saw an array of seafood and fresh salads and mains included lamb, chicken, duck, veal, beef and everyday had a fish specialty. Sumptuous, cakes and deserts were on offer and at the end of the evening, chocolates and petit fours were delivered to every table. Every evening, we all enjoyed a different dish for every course and it was very hard not to overindulge.



After every evening we visited one of the many bars they have on offer and enjoyed karaoke. Our host Richard did a fantastic rendition of Midnight Oil’s Beds Are Burning and sang a duet with another fellow passenger. These singers were not your normal karaoke singers, we could have been at a concert as they were all that good. Many other passengers went to the Queens Ballroom for Dancing or you could visit the Royal Court Theatre for one of the fabulous shows on offer. Overnight, we continued our Southerly journey transiting the Tasman Sea and we passed 40 Nautical miles off the coast of Cape Barron Island with Flinders Island to the West. Day Three, saw us sailing into Port Arthur where 22 of us departed on a special Ambassador Tour to visit the Moorilla Winery Estate & Mona Museum. As the Museum was closed the Tuesday we were docked in Hobart, Peter had organised a luxurious coach to take us from the Port to Moorilla Estate. We left the QM2 by tender at 9.00 am and departed Port Arthur at 9.45. After a wonderful scenic 90-minute tour of the region we arrived and were able to enjoy the Mona Gallery at our leisure. If you have not visited this museum I recommend when you are in Tasmania that you do. Some of the exhibits at the Mona Gallery can be disturbing to some, but it is well worth the visit to see the unique exhibitions’ creativity and diversity. The highlight of the day was the winery tour and lunch in the Winery Barrel Room including tasting of many of the signatures wines whilst enjoying a delicious lunch of local delicacies. Claudio Alcorso, an Italian textile merchant, founded Moorilla in 1958, where the family had lived since 1947. Despite being told it was a bad idea, he planted Riesling vines, the first crop hand-picked and wild fermented in 1962. The Alcorso family worked for almost 40 years to establish Moorilla as a leader in what is now one of Australia’s best cool climate wine regions. David Walsh (a professional gambler) bought Moorilla in 1995 and in 1999 opened the Moorilla Museum of Antiquities in the Courtyard House, the former Alcorso family home. In 2001 four accommodation pavilions were built along the riverbank, and in 2005 the Ether Building function centre opened, including the Source Restaurant and the


elliptical-shaped Moo Brew brewery. David decided in 2006 to expand the museum to house his growing contemporary art collection while at the same time setting up a new state-of-the-art winery, which opened in late 2010. In January 2011 evolution became revolution when MONA – the Museum of Old and New Art opened and unveiled its artistic and cultural agenda. Celebrating more than 50 years of winemaking, Moorilla vines today are still tended by hand following the tradition of old-world winemaking techniques. Since joining Moorilla in 2007, Conor van der Reest has focused on the health and quality of the vines. He changed the production approach and focused on wild and small batch fermentations, extended skin contact, increased space for barrel maturation and gravity-flow to help move these hand-crafted wines. Production has been cut by 80% (from 550 to 120 tonnes) to enhance the expression of this unique estate-grown fruit. We reluctantly departed at 3.00 pm in order to be able to meet our tender as the QM2 was departing at 5.00 pm that evening. After weighing anchor and commencing a sail by of the Tasman Peninsular we continued our voyage on our next leg toward the Port of Hobart rounding Cape Raoul to the North and we docked at the Macquarie Berth at 6.00 am the next morning to enjoy Day Four in the lovely City of Hobart. I had only visited Hobart once before in 1975 when my father Ron Williams was living there for 12 months on business. I had travelled down several days after the Tasman Bridge had collapsed. The Lake Illawarra struck the Tasman Bridge, taking out two pylons and 127 metres of bridge decking. Tragically, five motorists were killed when they drove into the gap and seven crew members died when the bridge section fell onto the ship's deck. A memorial is held every year to commemorate this tragic event. I don’t remember much about Hobart but I do remember Dad taking me to the iconic Muir’s Fish House. Even though the restaurant had since moved location, Julie, Laurie, Norma and I enjoyed a lovely seafood lunch overlooking the harbour, whilst watching a seal frolic in the waters adjacent to downstairs alfresco dining area. The Harbour is a beautiful spot and we were lucky to enjoy 28 degree sunny days during our stay in Hobart and Port Arthur.


After boarding the QM2 for our journey north en route back to Sydney we joined several other passengers in the Commodore club with a glass of champagne, catching up with each one’s day. Day Five, was a sea day and we passed 15 nautical miles off the Coast of Green Cape and Disaster Bay as we headed on our final leg home to Sydney. That day was spent exploring the ships many facilities, including Cafés, Bars and Lounges, Swimming Pools, Spa and Fitness Centre. The QM2 boast a variety of duty free shops for those who need their retail therapy. That evening, after dinner we all met in the Champagne Bar to dance the night away and reminisce, whilst others attended the show by New Zealander Will Martin, International recording artist and the youngest man in musical history to top the UK charts. Will presented us with a program of beautiful classical Crossover songs. Day Six, we reluctantly all caught up in the Britannia Restaurant for our final breakfast aboard, before disembarkation back into Sydney. Imagine our surprise when we saw Norma join us in a pair of slippers as she had packed all her shoes in her luggage that was retrieved from outside our cabins the evening before. Luckily, we only had a short trip to our baggage retrieval before she could put her shoes on. It made a great story, in fact we joked about Norma and Laurie as they celebrated their 48th Wedding Anniversary aboard this cruise that Norma went on a cruise to meet her Mr Right and she did. Laurie Wright. The QM2 has too many positives to mention in this story, elegant accommodation, world class entertainment, celebratory evenings, exceptional dining, famous speakers, great educational workshops a Godiva Chocolate Café, The Canyon Ranch and Spa, a Planetarium, the only kennels at sea and much much more. I would definitely let Ambassador organise my next cruise as from Airport to Airport everything was arranged and all went off without a glitch. Cruising with a group gives you the flexibly to enjoy everyone’s company or none at all, depending on your mood. Ambassador are putting together a selection of Racing Cruises where we can enjoy the best of both worlds. I have met a lot of lovely people who have travelled the Ambassador Way for many years and will continue to do so. Ambassador Travel has secured a selection of cabins about the 2018 Queen Mary 2, 13 night, New Zealand Cruise, sailing a round trip departing Sydney on February 24th. See the Outside Back Cover of this issue for more information or visit and mention Ladies in RACING Magazine. For more information on what this magnificent Ocean Liner has to offer visit





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Hats off Millinery South Australia


he Millinery Association of Australia is hosting the 2017 Hats off to Adelaide Millinery Convention in July, 2017. They are bringing together a diverse and innovative selection of talented Tutors to present an exciting line-up of workshops. The “Hats off….” Millinery Conventions have been a regular event in the Australian Millinery calendar since the inaugural Hats off to Adelaide back in 2003 and then again in 2005, which were started by the same organising committee heading the coming millinery Convention. It has since been staged in other cities around Australia, such as Melbourne and Brisbane and now returning back to where the idea was conceived. It has also snowballed to being an influence to the organisation of the International Millinery Forum in Wagga Wagga, NSW and even events such as the Millinery Meet-up in USA and London Hat Week. While the aim of the Convention is to educate Milliners, students, and in fact, anyone who would like to learn about the art of hat making, it will also be a perfect platform for those who want to network with other like-minded people experimenting with the techniques of millinery. The Social events associated with the week-long ‘’Hats off to Adelaide” Millinery Convention will bring enthusiastic milliners out of the woodwork to display their skills while wearing their own creations to the Welcome Cocktail Party, and our Grand Finale of the Convention, the Race Day event which will feature a “Fashions on the Field and” Millinery Awards” Competition During the week following the Convention, the artistic Tutors from the other side of the world, are willing to divulge their skills with milliners in Australia by presenting an extra 2-day Master Class, after having presented short classes throughout the Hats off to Adelaide Millinery Convention. The Internationals, travelling in from overseas for the Convention include Maor Zabar (Israel), Eugenie van Oirschot (the Netherlands), Edwina Ibbotson (UK) and Vladimir Straticiuc (Spain). Australia is not lacking extremely gifted Tutors, some of whom also travel the world teaching their millinery skills, along with others, who are just as talented, but choose to share their expertise within Australia. Our pool of Tutors for the Hats off to Adelaide is exceptional, giving the organising committee the opportunity to present a new and innovative program which should be appealing to anyone who has aspiration to learn


pioneering and advanced techniques in our wonderful craft. The Australian Tutors are, Fiona Dixon (Western Australia), Brenda Wilson and Alison Clark (Queensland), Cynthia Jones-Bryson and Carole Maher (New South Wales), Louise Macdonald and Bonnie Evelyn (Victoria), Sue Williams, Sophie Armstrong (South Australia), all presenting challenging workshops with an unparalleled degree of expertise. The topics being covered in these workshops will include techniques in block making, Wirework, Crinoline, felt sculpting, Thermoplastics, Laser cutting, Social Media, Perspex, metal flowers, Bias brims, feather flowers, to name but a few. Some of these workshops will present a slant on the traditional techniques, used with the same materials, to achieve a vastly different finish which each of the Tutors have developed to their own specifications and are willing to share their knowledge. The week begins with a Trade Day, where suppliers of related millinery materials and equipment congregate for one stop shopping for all those attending, giving them a treat to be able to touch and feel rather than view their purchases on a screen. During that day, the Tutors will challenge themselves to create a millinery masterpiece within a designated time frame. This is a Competition for the Master Milliner of Hats off to Adelaide to be chosen, as well as allowing the delegates to view the experts at work, and the finished pieces will be auctioned at the Grand Finale event and the funds will go to our local Women’s and Children’s Hospital. The Hats off to Adelaide Millinery Convention will give the delegates the opportunity to have a week of intensive millinery whether it be learning from the experts of our trade or from fellow delegates who often inadvertently give out tips and tricks that they have discovered. It is a week of spending 24/7 with tunnel vision and being indulged in learning and viewing amazing millinery pieces that can be nothing but inspiring, and on returning home feeling recharged and brimming with new and innovative ideas for the next masterpiece. Attendance at the Convention also provides the opportunity to explore and enjoy one of Australia’s most loved and historic cities. For information visit www upcoming-events/hats-off-to-adelaide


Ascot Hats is a Brisbane millinery label specializing in bespoke racing hats and fascinators, bridal headpieces, and custom-made headwear for gentlemen. Leading milliner; Pamela Cameron has a fashion-forward focus with all hats, fascinators, and headpieces created as one-off designs. Ascot Hats beautiful creations have been worn at Buckingham Palace, Royal Ascot, Flemington, Royal Randwick, Eagle Farm and many other racing carnivals. You can purchase your own Ascot Hat from the ready to wear range in our online shop, or place an order online for a custom-made piece designed to match your outfit. Ascot Hats will work with you to create the bridal headpiece of your dreams. We can design an exquisite headpiece and veil to complement you and your gown and custom make headwear for the entire bridal party. Select 'Shop' to see the collections available now.

J.A.R. MILLINERY y name is Kate, the creator, designer and stylist of J.A.R. M Millinery. J.A.R. Millinery offers personalised service for ladies and gents. Combining millinery experience within excess of forty years’ experience in the hairdressing/teaching profession enables me to give my clients great styling tips on all there is to know about how your hairstyle can compliment your headwear of choice for any occasion. J.A.R. Millinery designs and sculpts every headpiece on an individual basis. There are no two pieces the same. Pieces are available from the ‘Ready to Wear’ collection or you may choose to collaborate with myself to design a custom piece for your special occasion. From the simplest of headbands to a more elaborate headwear, the choice is yours and the sky the limit. These complimentary styling tips incorporate your overall look from head to toe for all of my clients wearying a J.A.R.Millinery creation.

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endy, situated in Melbourne, has over 30 years experience in design, sculpture and textiles and uses these skills to create stunning headwear for the individual. Each piece is unique using beautiful materials and specifically made to order. Dior style brims, crowns, mini top hats and lace boaters are decorated with handmade flowers and detailed wirework. Leathers, silks and unique Japanese fabrics are manipulated to achieve elegant headwear.

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Selected for 2016 London Hat Week & The Oakes Invitational Millinery Award

Wendy is a member of the Millinery Association of Australia.



The Essential Hat presents the first

Melbourne International Millinery Competition


Melbourne International Millinery Competition.

Milliners from around the world were invited to participate and hats arrived from Japan, India, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Armenia, Spain, Italy, the USA, as well as from all over Australia. The local hat buyers, stylists and fashionistas were excited to see what the competing milliners would be showcasing, and they weren’t disappointed. Held at the National Trust’s historic mansion, Labassa, guests could enjoy sumptuous surroundings while enjoying refreshments before the catwalk show. 70 hats were cat-walked through a labyrinth of 18th century rooms where seated guests enjoyed the spectacle. Tickets for the event were a sell-out.

Seventy hats were shown on the catwalk. The majority of the entrants were from Australia and this was reflected in the results Judges Serena Lindeman (millinery tutor at Kangan Institute of Fashion), Rose Hudson (President of the Millinery Association of Australia) and Susan Drerup (founder and previous owner of The Essential Hat) were in attendance. Susan delivered a short speech commending the milliners who took part. “This has indeed been a global event for milliners” she said, emphasising the importance for Australian milliners to promote themselves internationally. “And how fortunate we all are to be able to see up close the international entrants’ hats.”


– Sarah Larkin and Rachael Henson

PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD – Jean Marie Visser FACEBOOK AWARD – Kate Ghedina TOP TEN on the night were : Joanne Rolfe, Kate Ghedina, Katherine Cherry, Louise Macdonald, Jasmin von Zezschwitz Rachael Henson, Sarah Larkin, Brenda Wilson, Irene Moore & Faye Partridge.

Catherine Ellen of The Essential Hat, organiser of MIMC, stood aside whilst the independent judges evaluated each and every hat, inside and out, on and off the head. Categories for judging were:

Creativity and originality


Visual appeal and impact Wearability and comfort Technical skills and workmanship A maximum of 20 points was awarded for each category giving participants a possible total of 100 from each judge. Judges were invited to write comments – here are some examples: “A jewel. A masterpiece! This milliner is amazing.” “Utterly fabulous, an absolute masterpiece to treasure.” “Takes regal tradition into a new and modern look.” “Spectacular beads on brocade base, great whimsical trimming.” “Impressively constructed, lovely finish.” “Love this glamorous hat, gorgeous colours, so well made.” Prizes worth over $5,000 were donated from The Essential Hat, House of Adorn International Millinery Supplies, Hat Blocks Australia, Guy Morse-Brown Hat Blocks, Hat Blocks Roland, Hat Academy, The HAT Magazine, Hatalk e-magazine and Ladies in RACING Magazine. Customers, friends and family were volunteer models. The clothing was provided by Anna Hoffmann Designs, Melbourne. Many thanks for their generosity. Great feedback was received from the attendees who loved seeing the diverse work from such amazing national and international milliners. Online support from the millinery community was immense and they are already planning next year’s event. Get ready for MIMC 2018!

FIRST PRIZE Katherine Cherry



Milliner’s Profile Collaboration…, the key to success for ‘Lisa Schaefer Millinery’


isa Schaefer Millinery hit the headlines in the spring of 2015 when Emily Hunter won The National Myer Fashions on the Field Competition at Crown Oaks Day Melbourne wearing a beautiful Lisa Schaefer Millinery lace headpiece. Emily fell in love with the unique lace headpiece which took Lisa weeks to make, with its hand dyed guipure lace that was hand wired into a multilayered three dimensional form featuring handmade

Not only did this timely and well deservedMilliner win put Lisa Schaefer Award Winning Award Winning Millinery in the headlines it was the beginning of an exciting collaboration between Emily Hunter and Angela Hunter( Emily’s mother a dressmaker known as The Collaborative Dressmaker and the creator of Emily’s National FOTF winning dress), and Lisa Schaefer Millinery. After Emily’s exciting win the trio

collaboration and worn by Emily to Race Days Nationwide in the 2015-2016 Racing Season. All millinery was handmade by Lisa Schaefer Millinery and all dresses were created by The Collaborative Dressmaker. The impressive racing fashion of November 2016, and was viewed by large numbers of interested fashionistas and race goers alike. If you missed the stunning exhibition you can see more images of the special bespoke millinery made go to or visit where her latest creations are for sale.

to wear to prestigious race days nationwide where she would Winner Cup be2015 required to be partof of FOTF the FOTFMelbourne judging panel as part of her commitment to VRC asWinner Myer National FOTF2015, Winner. Emily’s & National FOTF winningswore included the amazing LexusMillinery. Car, luggage, jewellery, Lisa Schaefer $10000 in Myer vouchers and much more, and kick started an exciting year attending racing events with VIP’s all over the Bespoke orders welcome. country.

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Emporium Hotel Tea h g i H n Fashio Sunday, March 23rd Images by Ross Stevenson

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1. Prue George, Fran John, Jan Pyke, Jane Briggs 2. Modelling Hat by Ann Boyle 3. Modelling Hat by Patricia Balmer 4. Glenda Newark 5. Mildred Ellwood, Milliners - Patricia Balmer, Mel ‘Flora Fascinata’, Ann Boyle and Damien Anthony Rossi (MC) 6. High Tea Model 7. Vera Haddock, Judy Brine and Anna Lukyamova 8. Danielle Shaw and Lisa Wellings 9. Megan Gore-Jones




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Ladies in RACING Autumn/Winter 2017 Issue 27  
Ladies in RACING Autumn/Winter 2017 Issue 27