Ladies in RACING Spring 2018 Issue 31

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CONTENTS 1 Contents 63 Happy 30th Birthday Subzero Bernie Cooper – The Juggler and Lover 2 From the Publisher 64 of Racing and Life 4 Regular Contributors Linda Meech – Another 100 Reasons to 66 Ladies in RACING Magazine Letters Put Her on a Horse 6 8 Spring Racing Carnival 68 Jessica’s Ride to Fashion Harrolds – Your Spring Racing Fashion 10 Kathy O’Hara’s Unique ‘Stress Release’ 70 Destination 12 Farewell Mary Sadler Bonnie Thomson – A Young Girl’s 72 ‘Dream’ Becomes a 20-Year Career 14 Daira Vella’s Symphony Every Horse is Unique, Every Owner has North Queensland Winter Racing 18 73 a Story Carnival

Trinity Bannon’s Fantastic Record 22 The Annual Sport of Kings Raceday 74 Treble The Token Bloke – a Blast From the Past 24 Harry McCloud Kim Waugh’s Long-Term Plan Comes 76 to Fruition Dr Jill Colwell – An Australian Sporting 26 Treasure 78 The Longmire Twins Emma and Lucy Darren Weir Racing offer $10,000 Catanach’s Produce Immaculate 30 Scholarship for Marcus Oldham College 79 Racing Trophies 32 Kylie Johnson Living Her Dream 80 Don’t ‘Dream’ It’s Over On the Road with Sharon Lee Chapman There’s no Holding Back Kellie 36 Edition One – Photographing Foals and 81 Weanlings 82 Shoalhaven Fashions on the Field 40 Harness Racing Victoria 84 Darwin Turf Cup Fashions Carol’s Bluebloods – Runs Thick with 42 86 Royal Ascot 2018 Group 1 Glamour Success The 2019 Royal Ascot Tour – 90 Perri Cutten Spring Event Dressing Not to be Missed 44


The 2018 Channel 7 Brisbane Racing Carnival


Icon Fashion Series launches at Treasury Brisbane

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CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Debbie Burt, Sharon Lee Chapman, Darrin Davies, Kym Geddes, Tim Guille, Ray Hickson, Julieane Horsman, Illawarra Turf Club, Bryan Martin OAM, Jenny McAlpine, Alex Nolan, Dale Olsson, Frances O’Shea, Paul Richards, Damien Anthony Rossi, Victoria Shaw, Ben Sporle, Kay Sullivan, Scott Wheeler, Ron Williams CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS Bradley Photographers, Debbie Burt, Bruno Cannatelli, Sharon Lee Chapman, Dr Jill Colwell, Kym Geddes, Steve Hart, Illawarra Turf Club, Bob McGahan, Shae K Photography, Ben Sporle, Racing Queensland, Ross Stevenson, SKY Racing, Jared Vetaak $11.95 Spring 2018

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53 Ladies in RACING Subscription 54 Ladies GOLF Subscription 97 Picnic Races at Dalby 55 56 Kirin Doomben 10,000 Day 98 57 Hardy Brothers Doomben Cup Day 99 58 Treasury Brisbane Queensland Oaks Day 102 59 UBET Stradbroke Day 104 60 Pam O’Neill – A Lady of True Grit

Ladies Beware – Safety Must Read Millinery Association of Australia – 2018 Design Awards Millinery Pop Up Shop – Hats for Spring Racing Milliners Profiles Millinery We Love On Our Bookshelf Advertisers Index

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FRONT COVER: Kathy O’Hara Photo courtesy Steven Hart


Frances Nelson QC Appointed Vice Chairman of Asian Racing Federation

Cathryn Meredith Ron L. Williams Corinne Randall Kate Marsh Lynne Hayes Gumboot Graphics - Mark Westaway Nicki Kapar



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From the Publisher


elcome to the Spring Issue of Ladies in RACING Magazine. There is always that feeling of excitement when you walk onto a racetrack, especially in Spring. .

The smells, the sounds, the flurry of movement of staff bustling around carrying trays of delicious morsels, the vibrant colours of the jockey’s silks and the well-dressed ladies and gentlemen all in anticipation of a great day of racing. The Melbourne Spring Races are calling, starting with the $1 million Memsie Stakes at Caulfield, continuing through to the Ballarat Cup which is held in late November. One of the highlights this year will be the Ladbrokes Cox Plate at Moonee Valley on Saturday, October 27th. Will the mighty mare Winx make it four in a row? Ambassador Travel’s exclusive 2018 Melbourne Cup Eve Dinner is always a popular event and not to be missed. Held in the River Room at Melbourne’s Crown Casino tickets are extremely limited. If you want to mix with racing personalities, enjoy a three-course dinner, live entertainment, book early to ensure you don’t miss out.

If you are on your own or would like to sit at the Ladies in RACING Magazine table, please advise Ambassador Travel when you book. Phone 1800 777 989 to reserve your seat/s. Kathy O’Hara has become one of Australia’s best jockeys. She was born in Singleton, in the heart of the Hunter Valley, where you will find some of the best vineyards, and where the best Thoroughbreds are foaled.

Kathy’s love of Eventing and Show Jumping was the catalyst for her successful career as a jockey. At the present time, she now has four horses with which she regularly competes. Victoria Shaw brings us the first of a Three-Part Series about Dr Jill Colwell, a daughter of a racecaller, who has been both a professional and amateur jockey, acclaimed trackwork rider, a marathon runner and she is a Doctor of Medicine. Many of Jill’s sporting and medical achievements were also inaugural moments for Australian women.

We also bring you the first of Sharon Lee Chapman’s amazing ‘Life on the Road Series’. This issue Sharon Lee presents a look at how she photographed Foals and Weanlings and all these images were captured during her shoot for New Zealand Thoroughbred Marketing. If you are looking to become involved in the exciting industry of Thoroughbred Racing, Blueblood Thoroughbreds and Darren Weir Racing, (who also has a Ladies Only Syndicate on offer) possess a vast amount of experience when selecting the right racehorse. Fashion has always been an integral part of the Spring Racing Carnival and Perri Cutten, who are synonymous with racing fashion, present their Spring/ Summer collection, which will provide you with the perfect outfit for any occasion. For your convenience you can purchase online using AfterPay. Harrolds, Australia’s luxury department store is home to some of the world’s finest collection of perfectly balanced, classic tailored elegance and up-to-the-minute luxury fashion where you are sure to find that perfect outfit. Harrolds offers customers the opportunity to visit one of the premier luxury retail environments in the world at flagship emporiums in the hearts of Australia’s capital cities, where you can enjoy Harrolds signature exemplary customer service.

Once again, we have many stories of amazing ladies within the exciting and vibrant racing industries. Keep up to date with all the Ladies in RACING news, subscribe to our Newsletter and digital magazines at Wherever you will be during the Spring Racing Carnivals – Enjoy.

Cathi Meredith The lucky winners of a commemorative framed collector print of WINX are: Angela Vitale and Kylie Reeves from Victoria, Marie Helmore and Kathy Briskey from Queensland, and Kim Powell from New South Wales. Congratulations!


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Ladies in RACING Magazine

Regular Contributor Profiles




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

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




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

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

With her own racing education consultation company Lisa drives major projects supported by State Government and is a Senior Educator for South West TAFE. Lisa designs and delivers innovative training programs to introduce new workers and up skill current workers in the sector with a focus on promoting better mental health in the industry. With a strong jumps racing and equestrian background from Ireland, Lisa has been an integral part of the growing strength of Jumps Racing in Australia through her position on the Board of the AJRA. With a passion for encouraging women to strive in the industry, Lisa is also a member of the Victorian Wakeful Club. Follow her on Twitter @lisacoffey01




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. 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.

Dale has been an avid race goer all her life. 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. 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.

Damien Anthony Rossi (aka Mr Hollywood in Oz!) is a Presenter on Channel 7’s popular lifestyle program The Great Day Out and one of Queensland’s leading social and fashion influencers. DAR is Brisbane Racing Club’s inaugural Fashion Ambassador and serves in an ambassadorial role for many high-profile annual events including the Brisbane Racing Carnival, the Effervescence Champagne Festival and the Noosa Alive! Festival. Follow Damien @mrhollywoodinoz




A passionate photographer of events, performance and people…Number one love is Latin Dance but has always had a love of horse racing. Even dreamed of being a race caller at one stage. Bob is also known as Manikatobob, Manikato being his second favourite horse after Tulloch. Winx may have pushed Manikato to third. A regular at major race meetings and a keen photographer and supporter of Fashions of the Field. Arguably the most prolific poster of quality photos on social media. Loves life, loves people, loves sport and above all, loves photography.

Danny Power has been a journalist in the racing industry for more than 40 years, including stints at The Sporting Globe, The Herald, Herald Sun, Truth and The Australian. He also has worked as a racing manager for leading trainer Lee Freedman and a bloodstock consultant. Danny has been with The Slattery Media Group for 11 years, during which time his credits include the books The Modern Melbourne Cup (author), Racing In Australia (editor) and The Story of the Melbourne Cup (writer). He is a contributing editor and writer for Inside Racing magazine, and editor of Inside Breeding.

The racing industry isn’t in my blood but when I purchased that first share I was absolutely hooked. After working for many years on the front line as a paramedic I decided to redirect and take a chance on my passion leading to the birth of Over The Line Racing. I’m a race horse owner who is determined to ensure that we all get the opportunity to follow the careers of these beautiful animals no matter where they race or how fast they can run.

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

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Ladies in RACING Magazine

Letters Dear Cathryn,

Good afternoon Cathryn

Having obtained a copy of your Ladies in RACING Magazine recently, may I offer my congratulations on a wonderful publication. With some fascinating stories and brilliant pictures, I am sure this publication will grow in stature if it already hasn’t. The articles covering all codes highlight the sport that ladies are involved in and give a different angle to the reader (if foreign) to the industry. I am sure there are many, many untold stories and profiles of those involved in the racing industry which in months and years ahead will keep the reader interested.

It is great to see an article in the last issue of Ladies in RACING Magazine on the Blue Pearl at Swan Hill Harness, on the Ladies’ Race during the Mildura Pacing Cup Carnival in an April, It was great to hear Victoria Shaw call this race. She did a fantastic job and we would love to hear her call more races in the Sunraysia area especially if she could call The Ladies’ Race during the Mildura Pacing Cup Carnival in an April. We have a lot of great lady trainers and drivers here and it would be great to see a feature on them

Congratulations once again on a job well done and keep up the good work. Len Baker Taylors Hill - Victoria

Thanks for your great publication and I look forward to more Harness articles down the track. Kind regards Michelle McGinty-Wilson – Victoria

Dear Cathi, I was so thrilled to get my $300 Perri Cutten voucher in the mail, being one of the lucky subscribers last issue. Living in Outback Queensland, I just love getting my Ladies in RACING Magazine to see what is happening around the country in the racing industry. Perri Cutten were so understanding with us not having a store up here and let me spend my voucher online. I purchased a gorgeous 100% silk top, proudly made in Australia. Thank you Perri Cutten and Ladies in RACING Magazine.

Publishers note: Thanks Michelle, perhaps you can contact your club and suggest that Victoria call more races. See page 40 in this Issue.

Jo Murphy, Hughenden, Nth Qld.

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Hugh Bowman celebrates with the crowd after riding Winx to her third Cox Plate win.


With the worst of Winter behind us and a hint of Spring in the air, each year Australians turn their collective attention to one of the highlights of Victoria’s sporting and social calendar, the Spring Racing Carnival.


he sound of hooves thudding against the turf at some of the world’s most iconic racetracks is music to the ears of Melburnians. Each year another chapter is written in Victorian racing’s rich tapestry, and the next instalment is just around the corner. In case you hadn’t heard, the races are calling.

Spread over three months of heart-stopping action, the Spring Racing Carnival takes in more than 130 race meetings across Victoria, offering in excess of $80 million in prizemoney and bonuses. Starting with the $1 million Memsie Stakes at Caulfield on Saturday, 1 September and carrying right through to the Ballarat Cup at the end of November, the 2018 Spring Racing Carnival will see some of the world’s finest equine athletes creating memories which will last a lifetime. Caulfield, Flemington and Moonee Valley form a heavyweight trio of metropolitan racing theatres, while Victoria’s 67 country clubs provide a rich support cast. Every story needs a star and this year Winx, the world’s best racehorse, is set to fill that role as the wonder mare aims for an unprecedented fourth straight win in the $5 million Ladbrokes Cox Plate. Not since Black Caviar has Australia produced such a champion of the turf, with Winx transcending racing and touching the lives of people across the country. Moonee Valley is already close to selling out for its showpiece occasion on Saturday, 27 October, so the scene is set for another blockbuster.


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Before then, the Stella Artois Caulfield Cup Carnival will again pit some of Australia’s greatest thoroughbreds against the best from overseas across two thrilling race days. Starting with the Caulfield Guineas meeting on Saturday, 13 October, and culminating one week later with the world’s richest turf handicap over 2400m, worth a cool $5 million, this year’s Caulfield Cup Carnival will carry a Malibu theme, bringing California cool to Melbourne. The Lexus Melbourne Cup will bring the nation to a standstill on Tuesday, 6 November, as 100,000 racegoers – and millions more on TV worldwide – hold their collective breath for three minutes of pure sporting drama. Twenty-five years after Irish raider Vintage Crop became the first international to leave Melbourne with the Melbourne Cup in his luggage, a whole host of horses from across the globe will again converge on Flemington to compete for record prizemoney of $7.3 million. Whilst elite racing is the central theme, the Spring Racing Carnival is about much more than just horses and jockeys. Whether you are interested in backing a winner, listening to the latest bands or entering the style stakes in a marquee, the Carnival has something for everyone. The worlds of sport, entertainment, fashion and food collide in the unique spectacle that is the Spring Racing Carnival. For tickets and information, visit

NZ Bloodstock Memsie Stakes Saturday, September 1 - Caulfield

PFD Food Services Makybe Diva Stakes Saturday, September 15 - Flemington

Charter Keck Cramer Moir Stakes Friday, Sepember 28 - Moonee Valley

Hyland Race Colours Underwood Stakes Sunday, Sepember 30 - Caulfield

Keno Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes Sunday, Sepember 30 - Caulfield

Seppelt Turnbull Stakes Saturday, October 6 - Flemington

Ladbrokes Caulfield Guineas Saturday, October 13 - Caulfield

Schweppes Thousand Guineas Saturday, October 13 - Caulfield

Ladbrokes Stakes Saturday, October 13 - Caulfield

United Petroleum Toorak Handicap Saturday, October 13 - Caulfield

Stella Artois Caulfield Cup Saturday, October 20 - Caulfield

Ladbrokes Manikato Stakes Friday, October 26 - Moonee Valley

Ladbrokes Cox Plate Saturday, October 27 - Moonee Valley

AAMI Victoria Derby Saturday, November 3 - Flemington

Kennedy Mile Saturday, November 3 - Flemington

Myer Classic Saturday, November 3 - Flemington

Fans getting behind the mighty mare Winx. Angela Menz and father Lloyd.

Coolmore Stud Stakes Saturday, November 3 - Flemington

Lexus Melbourne Cup Tuesday, November 6 - Flemington

Kennedy Oaks Thursday, November 8 - Flemington

Mackinnon Stakes Saturday, November 10 - Flemington

Darley Classic Saturday, November 10 - Flemington

Hayes & Dabernig trained Boom Time ridden by Cory Parish wins the 2017 BMW Caulfield Cup

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KATHY O’HARA’S Unique ‘Stress Release’

Kathy O’Hara’s love of eventing and show jumping was the catalyst for a successful career in thoroughbred racing. Story by Ray Hickson • Images by Steve Hart


here are four horses on Kathy’s five-acre property that mean as much to her as any trophy sitting in her cabinet. They represent both the reason she was able to develop into a Group 1-winning jockey and what will be a large part of her future beyond horse racing. From around the age of 12, Kathy and her sister Tracy, started out in eventing and show jumping and a zest for riding was born, that would eventually lead both sisters into the racing industry. Kathy said, “It’s a real passion of mine, I love doing it and the reason I wanted to get into race riding. None of my family was involved in racing, it was only through the horses that came about.” Prior to starting her apprenticeship, with eventing and show jumping well and truly in the forefront, Kathy bought two mares to compete on. When she turned 15 and the life of a jockey took over, the mares were rested until some years later, when she made the decision to breed from them. Each produced two foals and those four horses now form Kathy’s passion and, since she resumed eventing about five years ago, are part of what drives her on the track.


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“We waited a while to breed with them. One is seven now, two are four and one is five,” she said. “It’s been a long process getting there. I put the mares on the backburner a bit and didn’t really do anything with them when I started riding because I was here, there and everywhere They are all quite young, they don’t sound young, but in terms of showjumpers a four-year-old is very young. Seven is probably the prime age to start going through the levels but I’m pretty excited about two of my young ones.” Those two horses are called Ziva and Emma and compete under the names of Vespa Martini and Emmasary Lass. When she’s not committed to the races, Kathy spends as much time putting the horses through their paces and taking them to competitions. “Primarily in the summer months she’ll sneak in a ride between trackwork and the races, and she has a true desire to see her horses realise their full potential.

“People say to me, ‘why do you want to go ride horses when it’s your job?’” she said. “But it’s entirely different, it’s hard to explain to people that don’t do it. To me it’s a stress release, something I go out and really enjoy. “It’s personal. With racehorses you get on and off them and rarely stay on them for a long amount of time. You feel like you achieve a lot when they make the grade. I’m lucky because the two young ones I have could go a long way. If I had the time to do it outside of racing I’d love to take it as far as I could, just for the horses’ sake I’d like to see them reach their full potential.” Plenty of thoroughbreds find careers off the track in the equestrian sports. Kathy’s horses aren’t thoroughbreds, but one was sired by a World Cup show jumping champion stallion that was a thoroughbred. On the racetrack, Kathy was Sydney’s champion apprentice in 2004-05 and has been a part of the highly competitive Sydney scene for close to 17 years, winning well over 800 races. She’s won two Group 1s, the 2012 Coolmore Classic on Ofcourseican and the 2016 Vinery Stud Stakes on one of her favourites, Single Gaze, who she also rode into second place in the 2017 Caulfield Cup. Like horse racing, competition in equestrian sports is a great leveller. Kathy said, “You’re spending more than you’re earning, you’re doing it basically for a ribbon. But I have a lot of friends within the racing industry, that do it as well. The aim of the game in show jumping is to keep the poles up, that’s fairly simple to understand even for non-horsey people. “They either stay up or fall down, that’s it. It doesn’t matter who you are or what you’re on, if you can get around the track and keep the poles up you can beat anyone.” It’s clear once she does hang up the saddle there won’t be a day that goes by when Kathy isn’t involved with horses. “She’ll probably be even more involved. Perhaps she’s a future Olympian, but that doesn’t mean she’s anywhere near finished with horse racing yet. Kathy concluded, “It’s an open-ended question for me. I’m healthy and things are going well. I don’t have a timeframe on it, but I’ve been like that my whole career. “While I still love and enjoy it, I still want to keep riding. I started young, a lot of girls don’t start as young as Tracy and I. Longevity for a female jockey is not something that happens a lot and it’s something I’m really proud of.”

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An inspirational life

FAREWELL MARY SADLER, AGED 110 In the September 2015 edition of Inside Racing, Helen Sadler wrote about her amazing mother, Mary, who aged 107 was still going to the races. Mary Sadler, who had continued going to meetings for a couple more years, passed away at Balwyn Manor nursing home on June 29 this year, aged 110. A Requiem Mass was offered at St Thomas’ Catholic Church, Terang, on Friday, July 6th.


family tribute said that Mary Sadler and her late husband, Lindsay, “enjoyed 63 years of marriage. Their children, Margaret, George, Elizabeth, Nonie, Frank (dec.), Helen and John will miss her greatly. “She loved and stayed interested in her grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren until her final days. “Thanks for the wonderful memories, Mum,” said Helen. Mary’s son John Sadler, a successful trainer based at Caulfield, told his mother died peacefully. “She turned 110 on the January 12th and she’d had really good health up until then, but a few months ago she had a bad fall and had been struggling ever since. It’s a happy release and we can celebrate the great life she had,” he said. John’s jockey son Tom Sadler tweeted: “On behalf of the family we’d


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like to thank everyone for the fanfare of Nana Sadler and all the nice messages. She had a pretty amazing life.” Helen wrote in her 2015 article that Mary “first went to the Melbourne Cup in 1928, won by Statesman. The following year she was one of 89,078 at Flemington to see Phar Lap when the even money favourite finished third to Nightmarch, but in 1930 she had to be content to listen on the wireless to the legend Phar Lap, an even hotter favourite at 11/8 on, win the Cup. Helen continued, “Some 80 years later, Mum was at Moonee Valley for three of the modern-day champion Black Caviar’s wins in an unbeaten streak of 25 from 2009-2013, and she believes that she saw two of Australia’s greatest racehorses. “Her love of racing continued, and she and I enjoyed being at the races whenever we could, especially if my brother John had horses running on the day.

racing moments - left: Mary Sadler, with daughter Helen at Moonee Valley in 2007 right: with son John at Terang in 2008, the year she turned 100. “Mum continued to listen in, she had two radios, one permanently set on the ABC’s 774 and the other on RSN 927 so she could listen to a race at a moment’s notice.” Helen wrote that her mother was born in Terang in 1908 and went to school there. She learned to play the piano and passed her first exam in 1915, “meaning she has been playing the piano for more than 100 years. “She continued to play at Balwyn Manor for the enjoyment of fellow residents and on a holiday in Mildura in June 2015 we had dinner at Stefano’s grand restaurant, and she finished off the night by playing a few tunes for the locals. “Mum lived in Terang with her family (parents Annie and Abedi Bourke) until her marriage to Lindsay Sadler in 1930, after which they took up residence on Lindsay’s father’s dairy farm at Glenormiston, about eight miles (about 13km) from Terang. “Mum’s interest in Thoroughbred racing was first generated by her father and they attended meetings in Terang together. Later, Mum and Dad became involved with the Terang Racing Club for several decades. One of their greatest thrills in racing was when their horse, Luisillo, trained by son John, won the Terang Cup in 1980. “On New Year’s Day in 2008 the Terang Racing Club honoured Mum by naming a race after her to celebrate her 100th birthday. “Terang racecourse is known as the Flemington of the Bush. In 2015 the Club invited Mum to return to Terang for their Cup meeting in April. She was thrilled to be asked to present the trophy to the connections of the winner, Tall Ship.

“One name from the past that comes to mind is Fred Drever. Fred and wife Nellie were invited to be resident trainer and caretaker at the Terang Racing Club and continued in that role for 55 years. Mum and Dad knew the Drevers very well and counted them among their friends, and when John was still a teenager, he worked in Fred’s stables. “Fred had countless winners throughout Victoria and interstate; but it was Grey Sapphire who brought great excitement to the Terang racing community when he won the Standish Handicap at Flemington on New Year’s Day in 1981.” Helen wrote that among great racing names, especially from Western Victoria, her mother knew well the Moloneys: trainer Jerry who won the Grand Annual Steeplechase at Warrnambool and the Grand National Hurdle at Flemington in the 1930s; Jerry’s son Jim, an Australian Racing Hall of Famer, who trained the great sprinter of the 1960s, Vain; Jim’s sons John and Gerard, who train at Caulfield; and Gerard’s son Patrick, champion apprentice in 2014-15 and now a successful senior jockey. “My mother had a role on one eventful day in Jim’s life; she played the organ at Pauline and his wedding,” Helen wrote. “Now Patrick has ridden several horses from the Sadler camp; but the ride I enjoyed most was when he guided Marli Magic home for my brother John at Moonee Valley in January 2015 and Mum and I joined other syndicate members in a memorable celebration. There’s nothing like the thrill of a winner!” Clearly, Tom’s tweet that his Nana lived a amazing life is valid for much more than her longevity.

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is making plenty of noise and bound for the big screen! Wingrove Park flashed into the tabloids last Spring when their unfashionable colt Royal Symphony burst onto the racing scene. We caught up with Kerrie-based breeder Daira Vella to find out her story of 21 years in the Thoroughbred Industry and a certain letter that is taking their horse haven to the world! Story by Ben Sporle • Images by Bruno Cannatelli & Ben Sporle


aira Vella may reside on 72 hectares of equine paradise today, but it’s a far cry from the western suburbs of Sunshine in Victoria, where the self-pro-claimed horse girl began life’s journey. Daira described herself as the odd one out with no history with horses, but she would insist on saving up her 20 cents for rides on Shetland ponies as a child… the only problem was trying to get her off! “I had some DNA testing done and found I have Indian ancestors, so maybe that explains it… nothing else adds up as to why,” Daira explained. Her father rode a horse to school, simply because he had to back in his schooldays, so when her family packed up to manage a hotel in rural Victoria, that meant one thing; space to ride horses not found in the cityscape. Trips to the riding school and the odd brumby ride was infectious enough for Daira – that was until she discovered the Thoroughbred racing industry. As they say in the classics, a disease only cured by death.

“I went to Flemington in 1985 and saw What A Nuisance win the Melbourne Cup, I was just fascinated by the beauty of the Thoroughbred, the Fashions and the occasion and I was hooked,” said Daira. It was that trip that led Daira into buying her first horse which she named Cynda, who was a stock horse who helped her to meet future husband, Joe Vella at a chance meeting at the Bendigo Showgrounds.


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(Joe is a story in himself; a Maltese born IT magnate who became a horse breeder). It was a fitting meeting place for the pair who now race their horses with Shane and Briga Fliedner, who train in that very town in Victoria’s goldfields. A love for stock horses turned to Thoroughbreds when the pair married and developed their property into one of the Victoria’s premier equine facilities. This warranted them receiving a letter in the mail from the production company of Ride Like A Girl, for their property to be used as a filming location in Michelle Payne’s eagerly anticipated movie. “It was very fitting, as Michelle has been riding horses for us for the best part of 15 years to great success and she is my favourite jockey; we’re very proud of the property and we looked forward to our involvement working on the movie,” Daira revealed. That letter led to multiple cups of coffee with Hollywood mega star Rachel Griffiths, who attended the Wakeful Club of Victoria’s Lady in Racing Awards in March this year. Daira has been a proud member of the Club for five years. “Briga Fliedner introduced me and I have found it’s a great way for ladies to be encouraged to become more involved in the Thoroughbred industry, meet new like-minded ladies to hear their stories; all while having a good time”

Fair Trade winning the 2009 C.S. Hayes Stakes

“I love how they give out the Strapper’s award at race meetings and have Scholarships to encourage young females to get involved,” Daira enthused. Wingrove Park’s line to the newspapers and the big screen didn’t come easy, the Vellas have built a reputation for breeding some of the Australia’s best Thoroughbreds and success came early… very early! “Dual Spark was the first horse we raced, the Mare won her very first start in 2002 at Cranbourne, before becoming our first Metropolitan winner two weeks later,” Daira explained. The Maroon and Gold silks with the Maltese Cross were off and running! Dual Spark was a result of purchasing Sparky Miss, one of the Vellas first Broodmares who has been responsible for the famous Sparks family, who proudly display the JAV brand, resulting to date in producing 16 winners and over $500,000 in stake earnings. The Vellas first superstar, Fair Trade, caught everyone off guard, even her owners and breeders. “Well known trainer Mick Kent didn’t tell us much, but when he was entered in a three-year-old handicap at his first start at Flemington, we reasoned they must’ve thought he went pretty well,” recalled Daira. That he did! The son of Danewin, who was passed in at the sales, defied the statistics and the odds, winning on debut at headquarters as a three-year-old. Only one horse has achieved that feat in the nine years since. Not only did he win, he went back a fortnight later and kept his unbeaten record in tact with a three-length thrashing in the Group 3 C.S. Hayes Stakes. “We were beside ourselves, because it was our first stakes win and Joe’s 60th birthday. That night… we even had Daryl Cotton and Wendy Stapleton to come and sing,” Daira said. The celebrations would last a while longer after connections struck a lucrative deal to sell the emerging star to Hong Kong. In a career plagued by injuries when in the care of Caspar Fownes, Fair Trade would win three races overseas including the Chinese New Year Cup, but would never fulfill his potential. However, he’s still a champion in the eyes of his breeders and has a home for life. “We made sure he would come home after his racing career and sure enough we received a phone call from the airport one night to go and

above: Daira & Lauren Vella opposite: Joe Vella, Michelle Payne, Daira Vella & Briga Fliedner pick him up; he has a lovely temperament and will make a lovely show horse,” explained Daira. The Vellas also bred and raced another above average foal from Fair Trade’s dam, Villa Igea. She was named Hearts and Arrows, who Mick Kent also put the polish on to achieve two wins from three starts before injury curtailed her career. Sold post-racing, Hearts and Arrows has produced boom two-year-old and Wyong Magic Millions winner, Jonker. Villa Igea also produced In Fairness, who was named Bendigo Middle Distance Horse of the Year in 2017. You couldn’t blame the Vellas for thinking that it may have been their last chance to find themselves a Group 1 champion… they don’t come along every day. Such is their uncanny knack to match bloodlines however, along came Royal Symphony; a Domesday colt who took the industry by storm with four straight victories mid 2017.

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Wingrove Park

“They didn’t want him for the Inglis catalogue, so we sold him privately to some friends of ours, the Dunn family (Dwayne and Amanda) and he couldn’t have gone to better people. They have made us a part of their family and celebrated his wins with us, so it’s been a very special time,” Daira said thankfully. Daira said,” There was something about the colt from his early days. His rock star looks and his phenomenal mother. His dam, Naturalist, just gives everything to her foals and does it a bit tough herself as a result, but she is the perfect nurturing mother” “Royal Symphony was always a smarty pants and had a bit of a boisterous look at me attitude, as if he knew how good he was,” Daira said. Despite his dam being a half-sister to the legendary Naturalism, who produced seven winning foals herself, he was unwanted as a yearling, but that certainly wasn’t the case with punters when Royal Symphony was desperately unlucky in the stallion making Caulfield Guineas and a gallant fourth in the Cox Plate. Extraordinarily, he has put the myth of old broodmares not producing good foals to rest, his mum is 25 years-old and has produced 15 foals.

“When he went out onto the track beside Winx for the Cox Plate, it’s indescribable and you get a lump in your throat. He has our brand on and we brought him into the world, now he was in one of the best races in the world,” Daira explained. Royal Symphony is just one of nine black-type earners and a further nine metropolitan winners, all from Wingrove Park‘s boutique broodmare band. With 54 paddocks, it has its own equine hospital, indoor arena and magnificent homestead. Is it any wonder it’s been a nursery for breeding winners. Daira’s success on the racetrack has been matched in the show ring with her most notable honour coming at the Melbourne Royal Show, winning Reserve Champion hack with Wingrove Image, who also won the Grand Nationals in Sydney as a five-year-old. Whether it be in the show ring or on the racetrack, there’s no luck involved when it comes to quality horses following Daira Vella. If Royal Symphony is to fulfil his promise and provide the Vellas with their maiden Group 1 success, you can thank What A Nuisance for giving Daira Vella the racing bug!

Royal Symphony as a yearling at Wingrove Park


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Kay with racing partner Lola Smith with Crypto Peer Rocks


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EVERY HORSE IS UNIQUE Every owner has a story...

BIG RED, this is where my journey with the love of Thoroughbred horses started. Story and images by Kay Sullivan


had been standing with my father, unreservedly cheering, my eyes glazed with tears of joy as my Dad’s horse Port Major rocketed home eight lengths in front of the next runner. It did cross my mind that cheering so loud and so hard for a horse that was clearly going to win was odd, but I couldn’t help it, I just cheered.

have a sand roll or a hose down and sometimes Mr Laidlaw would give them an injection in their bum, Dad said they must have had a bit of a sniffle that day. Anyway, there was always an open packet of Jam Francies lying around, so if I was lucky I’d be leaving with a biscuit and a silver horse shoe to put in my garden.

My mum had dressed me in my finest; a pleated red wool dress, my black patent leather shoes and a little straw hand bag with an embroidered face of a horse decorating the front panel. Dad has left me standing alone in the stands of Moonee Valley racecourse, a child of eight. I didn’t much like being left alone but the winner’s enclosure is not really a child friendly place.

Redda was a steeplechaser; watching him tuck his legs under his girth and clear those fences was surely something surreal. The week after his win at the Valley, Port Major came second last in the Grand National. He was initially jumping beautifully, but unfortunately a horse named Sweet Ali fell in front of him and he had to be put down, I think that must have put him off.

Just seeing my dad’s pride and elation, I didn’t mind him bounding down those stairs and forgetting about me, as he left. I just rejoiced in his happiness and the special moment and let him enjoy. 50 years on and I can still vividly recall the emotions of that day, even as a young child the joy and the happiness in its purest form is something you taste once and never forget.

Dad gave me Port Major as a gift when he finished his racing career. We lived in Longwood, which is nine miles south of Euroa in Northern Victoria. I was beside myself when I saw Chapman’s horse transport turn into our driveway. I rode him every day and Redda and I were as one. Rain, hail or shine. Most of the time I was too impatient to even put a saddle on him, he was a sucker for a carrot; I’d grab him by the mane throw a bridle on, back him up to a post, hop on and off we would go, just him and me.

Oh yes, I’ve experienced my Wedding Day, the birth of my first child (whom I love dearly) and even the pinnacle of all pinnacle’s, a Carlton Football Club Premiership, but nothing in my heart of hearts has ever matched the feelings of elation on that day, winning a horse race with Dad and Redda. Port Major, or Big Red or Redda as my dad called him, was just a shade under 18 hands, a magnificent chestnut gelding with a big white blaze and four white socks. At eight years old I didn’t know what a gelding was, all I knew he was the most beautiful horse I had ever seen.

Dad timed us one day. We were galloping around the footy oval, tight up again the white railed fence. I thought I was National Velvet. faster, faster Red, I whispered in his ear. Well he went so fast that day; a week later when I was getting off the school bus from Euroa when I saw a Chapman’s horse transport had come again, but this time it was leaving our driveway with my Redda inside.

An ageing Jack Laidlaw trained Big Red out of his back-yard stables near the old Newmarket complex. I’d know it was time to get off the red rattler train when the smell from the abattoirs drifted through the open carriage window.

You see, Dad had become so excited about our gallop, that he had convinced Mr Laidlaw to give Big Red another preparation. Redda broke down in first race back, but he went on to have a fine show jumping career. I never saw him again.

Mr Laidlaw only had about eight or nine horses in work and as a kid, I just liked hanging around his stables and watching the horses

Well that was my Redda and his eight- year old filly (me)! and my introduction to Thoroughbreds.

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Then in 2006, my ex-husband brought me a syndicate share in a horse (which I ultimately paid for) in a $200,000 Magic Millions sale in a filly named Regimental Dance. From here the journey of racing horses began and she ran second to Ortensia at her first start and won her second, and although lightly raced she won or placed in 45% of her overall starts. I also met my partner in business and life, Jonathan Holmes, through Reggie; where else but at the race track. As Jonathan had also purchased shares off other syndicate shareholders in Regimental Dance, she became a very special horse to both of us. She now enjoys a life of luxury on our farm and she is the alpha female in our brood mare herd. She has had two beautiful colts by Fiorente and a Filly by Master of Design. Her first colt is named Crypto Fiorelli and he is trained by Robert Hickmont, hopefully for this year’s Victoria Derby. Jonathan is a Nutritionist and successfully bred the only ever interbreed champion bull who won the grand champion at Royal Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney and Townsville in 1991. This was a feat never achieved before and he now applies his passion for studying genetics and breeding to Thoroughbreds. He strongly believes champions come from un-raced or very lightly raced genetically well matched mares which is typical of our brood mares.

clockwise top: With Crypto Peer Rocks; Kay and Jonathon Melbourne Cup Day; With Wakeful club members Helen Sadler and Lola Smith at VRC Oaks lunch; Kay with Crypto Peer Rocks as a yearling; Fiorente colt 4 hours old at Swettenham Stud with Jonathon; Yearling Zabeel-Fiorente filly


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kay’s artworks: Painting of Black Caviar (left); Painting of Apache Cat (centre) We are mostly breeding stayers to race from our unraced Zabeel and Saddlers Wells mares and all our racing horses are prefaced with Crypto, which is an abbreviation of Cryptomondales, the first super food to be registered in the world, in Japan. In 2012 I reacquainted with my other passion which is painting equines in oils and although I originally trained under Mr. Edwin Booker in the early 80s, painting still lifes and portraits encouraged by Edwin’s expertise in tones and compositional perspective, I started painting horses under the guidance of local artist Marie Holt from the Templestowe Arts Society, and now I only paint horses. I am now qualified as a Cornotherapist, an anti-aging face and body

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esthetician. In addition, I am a qualified sports, oncology and pregnancy massage therapist. Jonathan and I are now the working principals of the Metabolic Health and Anti Aging Clinic located in Doncaster East, in the Eastern suburbs of Melbourne. We offer services in Holistic health and wellness by combining science and customising skin care and body remodelling. With over 50 years combined practical clinical experience in health, nutrition and anti ageing using only all-natural products. We tackle the signs and symptoms of ageing to ensure you receive the best experience for optimum health and wellness. We have the latest equipment for non-invasive procedures for both body and face natural alternatives to surgical face lifts, body transformations, contouring and total skin rejuvenation.

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SPORT OF KINGS Event @ Flemington

On July 21st, the annual Sport of Kings raceday was held in the beautiful Committee Room at the Victoria Racing Club (VRC) Flemington. Event Director, Kerri Spillane, generously donated funds raised from this year’s event to the Racing Hearts programs.


Story and images by Lisa Coffey

acing Hearts is the brain child of Lisa Coffey and forms part of her racing education services alongside the Victorian Racing Academy. Racing Hearts offers equine assisted social and emotional learning and mental health programs for individuals and groups of all ages. The unique element to these programs is that practitioners work exclusively with retired race horses to benefit their clients in their sessions. The programs also cater for riders who wish to build their confidence. It is currently the only program in Australia that offers assistance specifically to track riders in this area. Master of Ceremonies for the day was Sky Racing’s funny man Shaun Cosgrove, who kept the laughter coming throughout the day. We were welcomed by VRC Chief Executive Officer, Mr Neil Wilson and interviews with special guests included world renowned veterinarian Dr. Glenn Robertson-Smith who spoke about equine welfare in racing and race horse trainer Cindy Alderson who gave a superb recollection of her family and her time in the racing industry and myself.

There were also some fabulous raffle and auction items donated by many kind and generous people and organizations including Carman’s, Ambassador Travel, Sheedy Vision and Samsonite. Another very popular item donated was a group dinner for six people, which will not only be hosted by, but also cooked by the MC Shaun Cosgrove!

Lisa Coffey and Dr. Glenn Robertson-Smith

Lisa said ‘I can’t thank Kerri enough for inviting Racing Hearts to be the beneficiary of funds raised from this event. I’d also like to thank everyone who donated items and to those who were able to attend on the day. Racing Hearts is currently working with several organizations to develop free support programs for those who may benefit from Equine Assisted Therapy. One of these groups is Women and Mentoring; WAM Ltd. WAM offer a unique early intervention program that supports women in their early interaction with the justice system as well as women who are at risk of offending. We are working together to develop new ways we can collaborate and provide pathways for these women to develop and use positive life skills. It is a very exciting project.’

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MC Shaun Cosgrove with Lisa Coffey

The Sport of Kings Event which is now successfully moving into its fourth year was again an outstanding success with tables already booked for next year’s event. Kerri Spillane said “We were very happy to be able to support Lisa and Racing Hearts and wish her every success for the future of these very special programs.’



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‘THE TOKEN BLOKE’ A Blast from the Past.

Harry McCloud won the Melbourne Cup on Colonus way back in 1942. At Ninety Four he is the oldest living cup-winning jockey. Story by Paul Richards – Winning Post • Image courtesy Racing Victoria Ltd


ow are you going, Harry?

I’m pretty good. I’ve had a few setbacks recently. I managed to fall over at home and got a bump on my head that needed a few staples to close the gaps, so they’ve had to put me in a retirement home here at Bassendean, Perth, but things are going okay. It’s nice to wake up in the morning with no injuries. You’re the oldest living Melbourne Cup-winning jockey. Do you remember winning the race on Colonus in 1942? I do. I led all the way on a very heavy track. Colonus had pretty reasonable form – he’d won the Herbert Power Handicap and finished fourth in the Caulfield Cup. But he was still a 33/1 chance. Yes, he’s finished down the track in the Moonee Valley Cup, but as the rain came his chances improved. Were you confident? The thing with Colonus was that he could sometimes pull quite hard in his races. He had a very soft mouth. With such horses, if you try to fight against them to restrain them you often hurt their mouth and as a result they try to run even faster. Then they wear themselves out early. So, with Colonus in the Cup I decided to just let him run his race and see when he wanted to settle down. Fortunately, we got across to the fence and he settled into a nice rhythm. And you just kept going. Yes. It’s a very hard to lead all the way in such long races as the Melbourne Cup, but he just relished the heavy ground and the soft lead. As we came to the turn I let him off the bit and away he went. Do you recall the winning margin? I think the official margin was eight lengths. How old were you when you won that Melbourne Cup? I was 18. Did you have a party to celebrate? I went to my girlfriend’s that night and we had a party. I’ve had a lot of parties since.

I see you did a bit of overseas travel after riding in Melbourne for more than 10 years. Yes, I rode in Singapore, Mauritus, India and Penang.

Have you any memorabilia from that day?

How was Singapore? Did you have any luck?

I still have the whip I used. It’s made of whalebone and it’s as strong now as it was back then.

You nearly won the cup again in 1944 on Peter, finishing second to Sirius.

I won the Singapore Gold Cup on Mubarak in 1953 and on Three Kings in 1954. Three Kings went on to win it three times, but I only rode him that first time. I remember one particular race over there very well. I lost it on protest and I couldn’t believe it. The other jockey just outright told lies to the stewards. He said I tightened him up and it cost him the race, but it just didn’t happen.

I did. I was in a very bad mood that night.

What about riding in India?

Why was that?

The racing was okay, but my most memorable moment there was when I was invited to a Palace as a guest of a Prince. I was with my wife Dawn, who was six moths pregnant at the time. She went on an elephant ride and it took fright at a swarm of bees and started charging around the grounds. Dawn was screaming, but fortunately the elephant slowed down and everything was okay.

Anything else? Well, I have some photos of the horse winning.

I reckon I was overconfident in the race. Peter travelled beautifully to the turn and there was a run-in front of me that I could take. I started to move towards it, but it looked like the gap was going to close. I thought I was going that well that I could switch across the horses in front instead and get clear that way. As I moved out the gap opened again, and Sirius


moved through it. He got some momentum up while I was getting into the clear. We charged home, but he beat us by half a length. I have no doubt it cost me the race. I didn’t sleep well that night.

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Did you laugh or were you worried? There were a few giggles. You won a Perth Cup in 1955. Yes, I won lots of Cups when I was riding. I used to have the nickname Cups, because I’d talk about them all the time. They used to put music on and make me sing to stop me talking about them. I didn’t mind my music and my singing. It’s a bit harder now but I never went off key back then.

Yes, I would have been. The thing about riding in Perth was the tracks were always very firm. If you had a horse with sore joints, Perth wasn’t the place for them. But Yabaroo was one of those that loved hard ground.

Colonus winning the 194

2 Melbourne Cup with Ha

rry McCloud on board.


No doubt you were in good voice after winning the Perth Cup on Yabaroo.

You had a lot of success in your time. What made you such a good jockey?

How was the body when you gave it away?

I always let the horse tell me what he wanted to do in the first furlong (200m). I could always judge what mood the horse was in and then make the call on whether to go forward or to go back. I never fought against them. I was pretty good at judging horses, but not so good at judging girlfriends. I wanted more practice at that. (Harry’s daughter Brenda, who was next to him as we chatted, added between giggles that Harry was married for 61 years)

It was okay. I could get around all right back then. It’s a bit harder now; I need a walking frame; but I was pretty good for someone who was involved in 13 falls. A fellow jockey died in one of those falls so I’m pretty lucky, really.

When did you retire from riding?

I am a distant cousin of Harry’s and he was responsible for my interest in racing from an early age. I was too young to see his early Melbourne Cup rides, but I managed to see my first Cup in 1945 when Rainbird was successful, due to my Great-aunt, Minnie McCloud.

Late in the 1960s I reckon. I think I was about 45. Then I pottered around with a few horses, training at Ascot, until I was too old to go to the track.

Harry, you sound great. Thank you for the chat and all the best. NOTE from RON WILLIAMS:

MRC Foundation News


he MRC Foundation are pleased to announce that a recordbreaking $50,000 was raised during the annual MRC Foundation Golf Day, held on May 7 at Melbourne’s Metropolitan Golf Club.

“The Golf day is always an enjoyable event on the MRC Foundation calendar, but to have raised such a significant amount of money is the real reward,” she said.

The annual event, which saw 84 racing and AFL personalities, club members and supporters, take to the green in support of the MRC Foundation, aims to raise funds for a variety of charities, organisations and local community groups.

“We would like to thank all of the guests who attended and everyone who helped make this such a successful event this year.”

In addition to a highly competitive 18 holes of golf, attendees took part in a live auction and special challenges across the day, before being treated to a well-deserved dinner at the Metropolitan Clubhouse. MRC Foundation Chairman Patricia Faulkner AO, was thrilled with the result.

The MRC Foundation supports a variety of charity and community groups with links to racing or to the local areas in which the Melbourne Racing Club operates. The next major fundraising event on the MRC Foundation calendar will be the MRC Foundation Race Day will be the held at Caulfield racecourse on Saturday September 22. For more information visit

We have returned over $4,500,000 in dividends to the community over the past 18 years

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Dr Jill Colwell - always happy with a horse above: Jill with Hazeldene Estina right; Jill at 12 months


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An Australian Sporting Treasure Iconic Australian racehorse trainers, Theo Green and T.J. Smith will always guarantee you a racing headline. Add in Olympic champion marathon runner, Robert de Castella and your headline is starting to become the foundation for a sporting documentary or even a movie script. Foreword by Victoria Shaw • Main story and images courtesy Dr Jill Colwell


ut, what about a woman who has been mentored by them all? A young woman on the edge of her remarkable adult life in an astonishing period in Australian history that saw immense social reform for women – the 1970s. A decade that was punctuated with social commentary by public intellectual and renowned feminist - Germaine Greer. Yet a young Dr Jill Colwell was not shouting her accomplishments from the roof tops, far from it. A quiet achiever is the only way to describe Jill, a gifted, gentle soul who was guided by some of the world’s best while at the same time completing a medical degree and unknowingly being a female trailblazer in many areas of Australian working life, breaking through barriers for women. Dr Jill Colwell’s life is extraordinary, so much so that I have asked Jill to convey to Ladies in Racing Magazine readers in her own words her life time account. Reading through the first of a three part series you can’t help but be impressed with her profound passion, hard work and determination that underpins her very existence, compounded with a degree of humility and wit that you will only find in someone that hails from the Australian bush. Both a professional and amateur jockey; acclaimed local and international track work rider; Australia’s first female representative marathon runner; doctor of medicine as well as being a race caller’s daughter – Dr Jill Colwell may not have won a Melbourne Cup, but she is very much a champion.


was born on 13th July 1952, the middle child of Fred Colwell (Sheep grazier) and Neta (ex school teacher). I grew up on the family farm, “New Prospect” on marginal country near Walgett in N-W NSW. My two siblings (Tonia and Kim) and I did our schooling with Blackfriars Correspondence School. Our school lessons arrived once a week on the North West Mail steam train which travelled within three miles of our homestead. The train guard put our mailbag in a 44 gallon drum and we would ride our ponies across to the train line to collect the mail bag.

A couple of years ago I had the pleasure of meeting Dr Jill Colwell for the first time. A former professional and now amateur jockey, she has developed a love for Arabian horses. Although I have got to know Jill in the later stages of her life, you would never guess her age by watching Dr Colwell contest a race. The first time I actually called an event that featured Jill riding, her tenacity tempered with great skill and balance would rival the best jockeys – a third of her age. Now in her mid60s Jill is successfully enjoying her time in the saddle again with an amateur jockey’s licence. However, amateur is certainly not a word that is befitting of her ability or experience. Dr Jill Colwell’s life has been filled with both professional and Olympic level sporting successes as well as her scholastic attainments that set her apart from most of us especially with a career in medicine. Additionally, many of Jill’s sporting and medical achievements were also inaugural moments or near first time occurrences for Australian working women. I think it is a sure bet, that you will enjoy reading about Dr Jill Colwell’s fascinating life story as much as I do. Victoria Shaw. Race caller & HH Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, Arabian racing journalist of the year 2015.

lessons in less than one day. That left me six days to ride my pony and to help my father with the sheep work and racehorses. In 1961, at the age of nine, I was sent to Boarding School in Sydney. Abbotsleigh was a great school, but living in Sydney was a culture shock and I missed so many things about the bush, especially my pony.

In 1960 my father decided it would be fun to stage a mock robbery of the N-W Mail train. His brilliant idea soon became a much anticipated weekly ritual. We made masks from rags and armed with water pistols, we chased the train as fast as our ponies could gallop along the rough track. The train driver joined in the fun, blowing the train whistle and creating as much steam as he could. Any passenger who lent too far out the window got shot with water. Finally the train guard would throw us the loot - our own blue calico mail bag. My father had an owner-trainer’s licence and trained a couple of TB racehorses on the property. Fred was a race caller, and we often went to the country races which I found so exciting. I discovered that if I really applied myself, I could finish my weekly school

above: The Colwell Gang 1960, Kim 4yo, Jill 7 yo & Tonia 11 yo left: Jill the 2 yo jockey in 1954

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I was really conscious that my parents were struggling to pay the private school fees, so I worked very hard and did well at school. My excellent results gained me a Commonwealth Scholarship and entry to Sydney University Medical School in 1971. None of my ancestors had ever been a doctor. In fact, not many women gained entry to Medical School in those days. My father refused to support my choice of career, but my mother encouraged me wholeheartedly. The Commonwealth Scholarship paid for my Uni fees, but I still needed money to pay for accommodation in Sydney and to buy food, clothes and books. Medical School was a six year course, five full days per week, with each day involving nine hours of lectures, tutorials, laboratory work, anatomical dissection etc, followed by another three or four hours of homework and assignments each night and even more homework on weekends. To earn some money to live on, I squeezed in some part time waitressing on weekends. I did various full time jobs in my Uni holidays, including as a full time Cleaner and another as a Jillaroo on a horse property.

That is how I became a track rider, the one girl amongst about 100 male riders. In 1974, there was no official licensing for track riders and no riding tests in front of stewards. It was a few weeks before people began to notice that there was a girl out there on the track. And the girl was riding gallops on the course proper. I have always believed that actions speak louder than words. I must have been riding OK because it was not long before other trainers were approaching me to ride their horses. Some of these were the same trainers with whom I had initially tried unsuccessfully to talk my way into a job. Australia lagged behind other countries in accepting female jockeys into the “Sport of Kings”. Some amateur ladies were able to ride at Picnic Races but there was no real career path. The NSW Lady Jockeys Association was formed in the early 1970’s and the members, including the President Wendy Smith began to lobby for women’s right to ride professionally in races. Subsequently a few country race clubs began to programme races for “Approved Lady Riders” on their race days and these races were well supported.

Jill and trainer Albert Hazlett at Come By Chance races 28th Sept 1974

Jill Graduating with MB BS (Honours) Sydney University 1977

On my visits back to Walgett, I would ride trackwork at Walgett Racecourse for the legendary bush trainer Albert (‘AJ’) Hazlett. Albert had no hesitation in putting me on any of his racehorses in trackwork and barrier trials. Ultimately, he was to give me my first race ride. In 1974, the idea occurred to me that I could pay my way through University by riding trackwork on Sydney tracks. Trackwork started just before dawn and I figured that I could ride for a few hours and still get to my Uni lectures by 8 am. Track riders got paid $1.00 per horse in the 1970s. I could not afford a car, but it was cheaper with my student discount to catch a train to Canterbury racetrack. So I turned up at Canterbury early one morning, feeling excited and wearing my riding boots and helmet. However, the trainers simply told me that ‘girls could not ride trackwork’. It was only then that I noticed there were no female riders amongst about hundred track riders. I felt dejected and rejected. Subsequently I heard about a small time older trainer who was really struggling to get a reliable track rider. So I summoned the courage to approach Ken Chilby. He seemed very surprised that a girl was asking for work, but he became interested when I promised him that I would turn up every morning, rain, hail or shine, to ride his racehorses.


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In 1974, the stewards approved me to ride in races and I had my first race ride at Coonamble on an Albert Hazlett trained horse. We finished 2nd last, but I loved the whole experience. I kept riding lots of trackwork at Canterbury, but there were not many opportunities to ride in races. One Friday evening in 1975, I came home from Uni, to be greeted by one of my flat mates, Chris, with the news that he had just taken a phone call from a trainer, Barry Turner and accepted me for the ride on his horse tomorrow in a race at Narrabri, about twelve hours away by train. There was just enough time to get to Central Station and catch the overnight North West Mail which went through Narrabri on its way to Walgett. Chris could not tell me anything about the horse, except that the trainer Barry said the horse might go better for a girl and that he would meet me at Narrabri train station in the morning. This was pre-internet days so I could not look up the fields and form and had no idea about what weight I had to ride. I sat up all night on the North West Mail. I reminisced to myself about the ‘old days’ when we used to rob this train on our ponies. I was not game to eat anything, while everyone around me ate and drank and snored most of the night.. Some aboriginal women befriended me and they were worried that I was not eating. They tried to share all their food with me. I explained that I was a jockey, I only weighed about 53 Kg but I was worried that I could end up overweight if my horse had bottom weight.

The train dropped me at Narrabri at about 7 am. It was in the middle of Winter and it was frosty cold. There was no Barry to collect me. In 1975, there were no mobile phones to ring for assistance. I set off on foot, lugging my race day port, across a few paddocks and eventually I found the racetrack, where I found Barry. He was a man of few words. He took me to see my mount, a chestnut mare named Avon Crag. As I approached her stable, she lunged at me over the stable door, ears pinned back menacingly. I was thinking that if I survived riding her in a race, I would really earn my $27 losing ride fee. Barry volunteered that lately she had been playing up badly in her races, especially in the barrier. She had finished last in her recent races. Then Barry said that if I rode the mare to his instructions, she would win. He said she would sit down in the barrier, her hindquarters would crouch right down and I must let her stay down, She would sling shot out of the barriers and lead easily, but I had to hold her back until the 600m and then let her go.

As I returned to the mounting yard, I noticed my Aboriginal friends from the train. They called out that they had come to the races just to bet on me! There was a special presentation after the race. The Narrabri Race Committee members were introduced to me as the winning rider.

The mare remained cranky in the mounting yard, but I kept talking to her all the way to the barriers and I thought maybe she was starting to like me - just a little. Then the clerk of the course rode up to me and said, ‘watch yourself on that mare, she has tried to kill her last few jockeys.’ Barry had not mentioned that. Barry was a man of few words and he had chosen his words carefully. Avon Crag loaded well into her barrier, but then her back end dropped right down, and I had to take a big handful of mane to stop myself sliding onto her rump. Her nose was way back from the gates. The starter called “Are you ready, Colwell?” and I answered “Yes Sir.” He said “it does not look like you are ready.” Next thing, the gates opened and my cranky chestnut mare jumped two lengths clear and I was still on top. I remembered to steady her as she led the charge along the back straight. I kept talking to her as I counted the furlong poles flying past. At the 600m mark, I released the brakes and she sprinted 4 lengths clear and the race was ours. Just like Barry said.

top: Avon Crag & Jill win at Narrabri 26 June 1975 below: Jill Colwell, Avon Crag’s owner, Mr Cameron and trainer Barry Turner

When you ride racehorses that you have never seen before, let alone ridden, all you can do is accept what the trainer tells you about them.

Suddenly one of these men asked loudly “Would you be one of the Colwell Gang who used to rob the North West Mail Train?” Everyone was now looking at me, and all I could do was nod my head. The Committee member then smiled and explained that he used to be the train guard on the North West Mail and that the robberies were a highlight of his career. And then he added “you sure could ride as little kid, and you sure can ride now”.

This was my very first race win. I can still not adequately describe the euphoria of that moment. Only eighteen months prior, I had been told that I could not even ride track work, let alone consider riding in races.

After the races, I did not have to endure another long trip back to Sydney on the North West Mail train. The happy winning owners bought me a plane ticket back to Sydney and took me out for a celebratory dinner.

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KYLIE JOHNSON Living Her Dream

Kylie Johnson is one of the people that as a little girl had a dream and her passion and enthusiasm allowed her to hold onto that childhood dream and since February 2018 she has been living out her dream of working in the Racing Industry, one that has captivated her since a young age.


s young children we are always asked what we want to do when we are older, the common responses out of vivid imaginations usually include: Fire Fighter, Police Officer, Doctor, Vet and many more. As we progress through adolescents and into adulthood, for most of us the dream occupation changes and we take a different path in life. While others hold onto those childhood dreams and pursue them, eventually achieving them (even if it takes longer than planned). We sat down with Kylie and find out more about her journey and passion for the industry, including the job that she has labelled her “dream job”. How and when did you get into racing? I was always the typical little girl- wanted a pony and wanted to do pony club. Unfortunately, coming from a family where money was extremely tight they were just dreams I had and I envied all those that had the ponies and were doing pony clubs on Saturdays. I was also the kid that would borrow every horse book from the library to educate myself about all the various breeds, so firstly the love of horses was always in my blood, not born into it from family traditions.


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Originally from Melbourne, one year in the late 80s my primary school had organised a school excursion to Caulfield Race Track and the Melbourne Museum as it was an anniversary of the mighty Phar Lap’s 1930 Melbourne Cup Win. My mum was not really a horse person and I didn’t think she would let me go on the trip so I forged her signature so that I could go. It was on this trip that I got to learn more about racing and I was first exposed to The Thoroughbred, I was just really taken by their beauty and regalness. On the tour we had a talk from a jockey and trainer, it was that moment that I decided that was what I wanted to do- I wanted to be a jockey! After that day everything was about racing: Watching it on the TV, stealing the form guide out of the paper to learn the names and how to read form, even to the point of riding my push bike like I was in a race- I was one obsessed little kid! Did you have the support of your family? Not really, as mum wasn’t really a horsey person. I also began to stop eating all my food because I wanted to stay thin so I could be light enough- they were also entertaining discussions because I would end

up grounded for not eating all my dinner or I would miss out on dessert (not that it worried me then). When it came the time to think about university in High School, I didn’t want to go to uni as there were no qualifications for racing. I had expressed interest in studying Breeding Management, Horse Handling and a variety of other horse related courses. Unfortunately, because when I finished school I was still considered a minor I need a parental signature on the form- I had learnt my lesson the first time I forged a signature, so I essentially put the dream on hold and went down a different path. How did you first get your start in Racing? The racing industry has always been one that has been in my heart and where I have really wanted to be, at most of my previous jobs I have been the one that others turn to for their cup tips or to even organise the annual Melbourne Cup events. Back in 2010, I was working two jobs and the companies were merged together so as a result I was given a substantial pay rise in accordance with the workload that I had. Now I could have been stupid with the extra money but instead it gave me the opportunity to do the one thing that I have always wanted to do – own a race horse! So I did some research and eventually invested into my first race horse, a very flashy looking Stratum filly that would eventually be Hawaiian Rose and trained in Gosford on the central coast of NSW. Enjoying the ownership journey, I couldn’t stop at one so eventually I had twohorses are like pringles, you can never have just one! The ownership experience allowed me to continue to grow my knowledge. I wanted to be more involved and knew that it is tough to crack into, instead I answered a call out on Facebook for the NSW Thoroughbred Rehabilitation Trust (TRT) who were looking for volunteers to look after the horses going through the program. So I went along and loved the open day, from then I continued on with volunteering. Monday to Friday I lived my Corporate World life and then every Saturday (rain, hail or shine unless my own horses were racing) I would go to Canterbury and attend to the horses, eventually being trusted enough by Scott Brodie and his team to be more hands on with the training of the horses- this was my heaven! Overtime your ideal role in racing changed, tell us more about that

so again went in for a trial and did well and was given a chance to look after some quality horses in a good stable where I would learn much more. I was living my dream of being around horses for two weeks, before I had to return to the corporate world as financially I needed more money to be able to live suitably. From here I decided that my dream job in the racing industry is definitely a Racing/Communications Manager, these were the roles I would now be looking for. Recently, you made a life changing decision to change your world, tell us more. I sure did and it feels like a life time ago but one that I have no regrets over! I obtained a role at a large electronics company in May of last year. To start with I was enjoying the work and building good solid working relationships with people. However, as time went on and I settled in I was constantly sick (the flu or gastro was a common workplace bug), felt like I was under so much stress and I began to become unhappy (feeling like I was losing sight of who I was as a person). Toward the end, all of this took its toll on me and I became ill and needed to make some changes to my life to ensure my own health, both physically and mentally. One night on good old Facebook, I noticed a call out for a Racing Secretary that was required for a Sydney Trainer, so I responded and next thing I knew a job interview had been organised. I attended the interview and I guess as the saying goes “the rest is history”. Being successful in getting the role, I walked away from the stability of the corporate world that I have known for so long to finally achieve my dream of working fully in racing. I was over the moon to share the news with everyone, for I had finally achieved my dream. What is your title and who do you work for? I am now a Racing Secretary at John Sargent Racing. Tell us about a typical day in your job, what do you do? I no longer do the 9am to 5pm, my days start much earlier and I am in the stables at 7am every morning. There are jobs that I have to do on a daily basis including:

Yeah as a kid for sure I wanted to be a jockey but sadly weight got the better of me and I became too heavy, besides also knowing what jockeys had to do to keep their weight down deterred me from that.

- Printing emails that John needs to read over

I looked at other roles around and from being part of a Syndicated horse, I found that I really enjoyed chatting to people about their horse and keeping people updated, also having a background in Training & Development I have a natural knack for being able to understand people and communicate well with others, from this I decided that my ideal role would be a Racing & Communications Manager. So I went on this path of looking into what was required and looking for roles around, at that point not many going so again I refocused to other positions.

- Booking transport for races/trials or organising transport for any horses that need to be picked up from agistment properties

As a young kid and as I got older as well as being involved with the TRT horses, I began to take a liking to wanting to be a strapper, looking after horses all day, what could be better. Unfortunately, things in my corporate world for a period didn’t go too well, I had been made redundant from a role and was quite devastated. So I decided to make a change and gave up on the corporate world, I replied to an advert for a Horse Handler at John Thompson Racing and was invited in for a trial. Sadly the morning was a tough gig and as my body was hurting, I had come to realise that the work the stable hands goes so unrecognized by many people and I had developed a much deeper appreciation for them. As it wasn’t for me, I returned back to the corporate world and had found my dream corporate world job, little did I know that 12 months in and I would once again be faced with redundancy. This time around it really had a negative impact on me and mentally I needed something to save me from making a drastic decision, I saw a callout again on Facebook for Stable Hands at Leilani Lodge under the guidance of James Cummings. I was determined to give it another go,

- Lodging the Nominations & Acceptances with Racing Australia - Booking Jockeys for the rides

- Banking and Paying bills - Updating the website and keeping an eye on the Social Media Channels - Updating our boards with where all the horses are - Entering the daily procedures into Ardex I also do the monthly accounts, answering the phone, greeting any visitors to the stables – essentially my job is to support John in any capacity that he requires when it comes to the administration of his business. It sounds like an interesting job, is there anything that you don’t like about it? It is interesting but fun because although I do some of the same tasks everyday it isn’t always the same. When I first started I would make a lot of mistakes (to be expected) but I was so hard on myself and didn’t like letting John down. If I had to pick one of the things I don’t like it is the Debt Collecting (chasing up non-paying owners), however, I seem to be getting good results so that is a positive! What is it like to work for John Sargent? There are good and bad days just like any job, but I am absolutely loving it! In a short time I have learnt so much and I continue to learn more every day. Some people say that he is intimidating but he is pretty good to work for.

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Now we hear that you keep yourself pretty busy, tell us what else you do? I like to keep myself very busy, so when not working with Sarge (usually in the evenings) I do some racing journalism- I am the Racing Editor for Patriots Riders Management (write all their blogs for the website). When not doing that I also write for G1X Racing (general interest articles), I have my own horse racing blog which is sharing my life inside the racing industry ( Then every fortnight on Friday nights, I do all the on course announcements at the Bankstown Paceway – so yes life is 100% horse racing and I am loving life so much more now! Tell us your horse’s names and who trains them? Well unfortunately Hawaiian Rose is long retired as is my other mare I had a share in, Belle Voleur. I currently have a 5% share in an All Too Hard filly named Fidelius Charm trained by the powerful combo in Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott, hopefully she will get to the races soon and we get to see what she is made of.

The horse I have had for quite a while now is Ravitude (Pendragon x Ravissant), he has had a change of trainer and is now with Nick Mitchell Racing located at Gosford. He has been a troublesome horse but the team are working him out and hopefully another win is not too far away, it has been a long time between drinks for this boy but I still love him to bits. So would you say you are living your dream life? I absolutely am! It has taken me a long time to get to where I am and now that I have achieved my dreams there is no looking back. I am proud of my accomplishments that I have obtained in life but waking up every day knowing that I never lost sight or gave up on my dream makes me the most happiest. I have had some real low moments in life and it has always been racing and horses that have kept me focused. Just goes to show that if you can dream it, really want it bad enough then you can and will achieve it.

Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome.

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On the Road

Windsor Park, Yearlings




People often ask me the tricks to photographing foals and my No.1 tip is PATIENCE, PATIENCE and more PATIENCE!

aving plenty of time is the key to any foal shoot, as they simply can’t be rushed. I’ve had times where I’ve sat in paddocks for 30 minutes and not taken a single frame. The most important aspect to foal photography is making sure the mares and foals are comfortable with your presence. Once the initial curiosity is over, they will relax and the natural and magical moments will come. Never expect to walk up to a fence, take a few frames and walk away.

The images in this series, all took TIME. The sunset images were captured at Waikato Stud in New Zealand; I sat in that paddock for three hours by myself, sitting in the grass, watching the light change and changing direction from the beautiful afternoon light with my back to the sun, to shooting directly into the sun to create silhouettes. The mare and foal by the tree decided just as the light hit, that they would move on back to the other herd. I pleaded with them ‘This is a billboard moment, you don’t understand the LIGHT’. I literally had to herd them back by myself to the spot where the tree was. It took about another 20 minutes of patiently waiting for the mare and foal to separate to capture these images, using two different cameras. One camera with a wide-angle lens, the other my trusty 200-400mm.


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It was in this same paddock that I photographed the cheeky Savabeel colt, who continually harassed his mother and was full of energy. I St Pat’s Fashionable Foals photographed him for around 30 minutes as every time I put the camera down, he demanded my attention again, by charging around the paddock. The light was just starting to diffuse and become that beautiful soft light, so I couldn’t take my eyes off him. Whilst at Waikato, I was on Foal Alert. I didn’t mind being woken in the middle of the night, so being able to capture newborn foals in the dead of night is something very special. Using spotlights to just cast the light exactly where I needed was all that was required to light up the foal, yet keep the darkness of the night to create the scene. The images from Trelawney, I ensured I sat in the grass nice and low with a wide-angle lens to create these images, again, which took plenty of time, sitting and waiting for just the right moments. The image of the foal from The Oaks, again, sitting, waiting for the moment that this foal put his head down to eat just where the flowers were, the contrast of the lush green grass and the flowers made for a simple but effective image.


Widden, Weanlings

Trelawney, Mares and Foals

I spent well over an hour in the one paddock at beautiful Widden Stud in the Hunter Valley with the weanlings earlier this year. They were very playful and once again I sat and waited low in the grass with a long lens. After a while they lost interest in the strange lady lying in the grass with the big cannon thing and started to wander away from the camera. I knew they were all heading in a mob, so I slightly changed my position, balanced myself and waited for them to all be together in perfect unison to capture this image. Once again, had I not been patient and waited, I would never have captured this image. Sometimes the images you are waiting for don’t eventuate, but instead you are presented with something even better than you anticipated. Expect the unexpected and be ready to shoot. Whilst at Windsor Park Stud, I sat outside a paddock with the camera through the fence and waited for well over 30 minutes for these yearlings to notice me and have enough interest to venture over. They had done

everything together, so I just knew if I waited, eventually they would come over and chances are they would come over together. As they came over towards me, I changed to my trusty 24-70mm wide-angle lens, while laying flat on the ground on my stomach and shot up through the fence as they inquisitively came towards me. It would have been easy after 15 or 20 minutes of nothing happening and not a single frame to lose interest and walk away, but sometimes you are far better off creating one beautiful image, than countless unusable and dull images. You also have to be prepared to walk away with nothing and try something else, but not be discouraged and keep trying for that unique image. All these images were captured during my shoot for New Zealand Thoroughbred Marketing, when I spent four days shooting at various locations around the North Island. Join me each quarter in “On the Road” where I’ll be sharing a few of my favourite shoots and photo tips!

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For Harness Racing’s Interdominion It’s 10 years since Blacks A Fake and trainer-driver Natalie Rasmussen led and won the 2008 Inter Dominion, the last time the great race has called Victoria home. Story by Michael Howard • Images HRV


ace caller Dan Mielicki stated “The immortal, the champion,” as the horse many think the greatest of the modern generation secured the third of four Inter Dominion wins. There is no need for grandiose statements. The strength and depth of female excellence in harness racing is in the numbers.

“I think you have to rate it above Makybe Diva,” turf editor Bart Sinclair told The Courier-Mail in the wake of Blacks A Fake’s fourth Inter Dominion win from five attempts. “But Natalie has not only had the pressure of getting him ready but driving him as well. Also, being a female driver there is always more pressure because people are very critical of anything they do wrong. It is just an incredible performance . . . freakish.” Being a female, she also sits among a very small field at the head of affairs. Among reinswoman to salute in an Inter Dominion it’s a field of one. When it comes to trainers Natalie is only joined by Lorraine Nixon, who broke through with Yulestar in 2001. It’s perhaps an all-too-short list of female representation given the trots is a sport rich with talented ladies rewriting the record books. The Inter Dominion, which Harness Racing Victoria Chairman Dale Monteith labelled, “The greatest trots series in Australasia”, will peak with grand final night at Tabcorp Park Melton on December 15th. Rebranded ID18, the staging marks the start of a new era. A new trijurisdiction agreement will share the Inter Dominion between Victoria,


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New Zealand and New South Wales until 2026, having spent the past three years at Perth’s Gloucester Park.

And Victoria’s wealth of reinswomen and trainers are well positioned to launch this era with a proliferation of female representation, potentially adding a further name to the path blazed by Nixon and Rasmussen some time ago. Could it be Shepparton 27-year-old Rebecca Bartley, who stole a considerable portion of the limelight in the 2017 staging of the great race series when she and her mate ‘Murray’, on race night known as San Carlo, held off the sport’s heavyweights to win a heat of the series? “Here we are just two kids about to live that dream we have all dreamt about,” said Rebecca on the doorstep of last year’s Inter Dominion. The thought was always that Perth was a learning experience and 2018 would see a more experienced and better combination. San Carlo is considered a $17 chance in early markets. Emma Stewart, who trains near Ballarat, has issued a plan to direct reigning Trots Country Cups Champion Shadow Sax and prodigious talent The Storm Inside to the Inter Dominion. It would be a worthy addition to the shelves of the Stewart stable, which in 2018-19 set a new mark for the most training wins in an Australian season.

Great Western trainer-driver Kerryn Manning has climbed almost every trots mountain – could brilliant mares Ameretto or Our Golden Goddess deliver her an Inter Dominion?

Ameretto and Kerryn Manning at Tabcorp Park in May 2018

Trainer-driver Amanda Turnbull has leading hopes in Atomic Red and Tact Tate, junior driver Kima Frenning is forming a perfect partnership with Wrappers Delight, Sonya Smith will prepare Moonrock, Lauren Tritton will likely steer Franco Nelson and then there’s Rasmussen. Teaming with Mark Purdon to form the formidable All Stars, their stock includes Ultimate Machete and Our Dream About Me, who are

both on the first few lines of betting markets. It’s a terrific platform for a fantastic racing series, which launches with a November 29th cocktail party and won’t let up until its December 15th grand finale. Tickets available at


opposite page: Blacks A Fake & Natalie Rasmussen at Moonee Valley in March 2008



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Carol Walsh with Secret Agent after winning $1M Group 1 Ubet Robert Sangster Stakes

CAROL’S BLUEBLOOD Runs Thick with Success.

Blueblood Thoroughbreds has been a successful Racehorse Thoroughbred Syndication business directed and operated by Carol Walsh for the past 8 years.


lueblood Thoroughbreds possess a vast amount of experience in dealing with racehorse selection and development and have been involved in a number of prime thoroughbred syndicates throughout Australia. Blueblood has an eye for the best racehorses which are selected by their internal expert Bloodstock Advisor and Racing Manager, David Mourad along with their trainers. With years of experience by their team in the racehorse sales industry and with an astute ability to develop winners, Blueblood Thoroughbreds is one of the leading race horse syndication companies in Australia.

Just in the last 10 months, Blueblood Thoroughbreds’ horses have notched up over $2 million in prizemoney and include Group One winners Secret Agenda and Seabrook, along with dual stakes winners, She’s So High and Sedanzer. The most incredible stat by the leading syndicator this season is they have had 110 runners for 19 wins at a strike rate of 17.27% and a place strike rate of 46.36%. This statistic would have many industry experts now arguing that Blueblood would be one of the best among all syndicator’s in Australia at present,


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together with 7 stakes wins and 7 stakes placings in 4 months from those handful of runners, this is outstanding. Blueblood Thoroughbreds is now recognised internationally and Australia wide and is a dedicated professionally operated syndication management business, offering affordable shares to individuals and syndicates in well-bred and conformed race horses, purchased from the principal yearling sales in Australia. Blueblood Thoroughbreds is a holder of an Australian Financial Service License and is an approved promoter of Racing Victoria Limited and Racing Queensland Limited. Carol and Blueblood Thoroughbreds engage the services of some of Australia’s prominent and astute trainers to train her thoroughbreds. Outstanding Victorian trainers, Mick Price, Darren Weir, Anthony Freedman and Team Hayes with Sydney trainers, Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott, Gerald Ryan, Bjorn Baker, Team Hawkes,, Richard Freedman and Queensland trainer, Michael Costa.

Blueblood Team at the Golden Slipper Barrier draw for Seabrook

The 2018 Group 2 Brisbane Cup won by Sedanzer


“We strive to provide our owners with a racing experience like never before and to make interaction between us here at BlueBlood Thoroughbreds and our trainers a smooth and easy ride. Our reputation for race horse syndications in Victoria, NSW and throughout Australia has been built on quality customer service satisfaction and a selection process of proven winners that is second to none. We ensure that a consistent level of communication and information is provided to owners regarding their horse’s progress”.


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BRISBANE RACING CARNIVAL The 2018 Channel Seven Brisbane Racing Carnival had Doomben Racecourse pumping in May and June as thousands of punters flooded through the gates for each of its star-studded feature racedays that boasted a visual feast of eye-popping fashion.. Story by Damien Anthony Rossi - 2018 Carnival Fashion Ambassador • Images by Jared Vethaark and Ross Stevenson



Raceday date: May 12, 2018

Raceday date: May 19, 2018

he golden ticket was The Birdcage marquee where celebrities including Carnival Ambassador Kendall Gilding, Home and Away’s Kestie Morassi and Sarah Roberts along with House Rules contestants Mel and Dave enjoyed the lavish hospitality.

The 2018 Channel 7 Brisbane Racing Carnival continued its run of idyllic weather for its second feature raceday, the Hardy Brothers Doomben Cup Day. A spirited 5000+ crowd fronted up in their racing finery intent on fully enjoying a day at the races.

With a raceday dress theme of ‘bold’ the Queens Plaza Fashions on the Field competition was hotly contested. Judges including The Footy Show’s Beau Ryan and wife Kara had their work cut out for them.

With as much action happening off track as on, there was no shortage of familiar faces swanning around Doomben. Special raceday guests Bachelor in Paradise favourites Tara Pavlovic and Sam Cochrane proved especially popular with reality TV star struck punters, tirelessly posing for one selfie after the next.


“I wasn’t expecting it to be this hard, the calibre is so high. My stress levels are through the roof”, said Ryan. In the end, Wynnum’s Mildred Ellwood took out the women’s category in a stunning maroon avantgarde self-designed free form dress with matching faux fur, inspired by a character from her teenage sons favourite Japanese video game. Petrie’s Richard Presslands was victorious in the men’s stakes.

The Birdcage with its lavish trackside hospitality was the day’s hottest ticket, drawing a bevy of big names including Broncos players Darius Boyd and Jack Bird, Nova brekky boys Kip Wightman and David ‘Luttsy’ Lutteral, former Miss World Australia Tess Alexander and Carnival Ambassador Kendall Gilding with husband Tim Morgan.

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5 4 1. Kath Rose and Cathryn Meredith 2. Nadia Woodbridge and Jane Deery 3. Camille Crew and Tess Alexander 4. Sheppard

5. Treasury Brisbane Marquee at Treasury Brisbane Ladies’ Oaks Day 6. Kelli Odell, Steven Dimech and Damien Anthony Rossi


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The Queens Plaza Fashions on the Field competition delivered an impressive and diverse array of racing fashion. Entrants adhering to the day’s ‘Fashion Forward’ dress theme that encouraged pushing the boundaries of traditional racewear, paraded for judges including blogger/influencer Kayla Boyd, Brisbane’s Queen of Hats, Dale Olsson, stylist Sarah Elizabeth Turner and myself. Reflective of the global women’s empowerment movement, it was a skyblue Rebecca Vallance double-breasted pantsuit with a wide-brimmed fedora that won top prize for Sydney’s Kelli Odell. Broadbeach’s Steven Dimech took out the men’s contest with Parkwood’s Vlad and Kate Lukashov winning Best Dressed Couple. After the final race Shannon Noll hit the stage in front of a boisterous crowd.

TREASURY BRISBANE LADIES’ OAKS DAY 2018 Raceday date: May 26, 2018 So much for lady luck as the heavens opened up over Doomben at the Treasury Brisbane Ladies’ Oaks Day. Though it caused an hour delay in the racing, the mid-afternoon shower certainly didn’t dampen the spirits of the more than 7000 punters who were already well on their way to making the most of one of the Channel Seven Brisbane Racing Carnival’s most popular racedays. The big money race meet included two Group 1s, the $500,000 Treasury Brisbane Queensland Oaks and the $700,000 Kingsford-Smith Cup with the bookies doing brusque business. For those who could afford it or scored a golden invite, The Birdcage was the place to be, packed with VIP’s and celebrities sipping Moet and enjoying the decadent hospitality. Guests included Bachelor in Paradise’s Michael Turnbull, Nina Rolleston, Jake Ellis and Megan Marx along with Channel 7’s Sammie O’Brien and Nova’s Kimberley Busteed. With the style stakes notoriously high on Ladies’ Oaks Day and a $12,000 prize pool, fashionistas brought their A-game to the Queens Plaza Fashions on the Field competition with entrants adhering to the raceday’s dress theme of ‘feminine and floral’. Fashion judges including Melbourne model and mega-influencer Steph Claire Smith and milliner Meredith McMaster, had their work cut out for them with the high calibre of competitors. In the end it was Rockhampton’s Shannyn Hopkins who took out top prize in the women’s category for her floral embroidered lace Grace & Hart dress, powder rose


faux fur stole, black leather percher hat and velvet heart handbag. Ascot’s Tess Kidston won the vintage wear category in a self-made ensemble and Paul Johnston of New Farm was sashed as best dressed bloke. Brisbane band Sheppard kept the party going long after the last horse passed the winning post.

UBET STRADBROKE DAY June 10, 201 With plenty of sunshine smiling on Doomben Racecourse for the UBET STRADBROKE and an abundance of stars were out in force, enjoying one of the country’s most celebrated racedays. More than 14,000 punters and a host of racing industry luminaries, media personalities, sport stars, politicians and fashionistas took to the racecourse. The bookies and tote kept extremely busy with consistent queues of hopeful punters who laid bets for all nine races, including the $1.5 million UBET Stradbroke Handicap won by the Darren Beadmantrained Impending ridden by Corey Brown. Once again, The Birdcage was the ticket to have for the day, with its plush blue velvet lounges, designer bar stools, giant white ottomans, and vibrant floral arrangements. The lucky ones nursed gold goblets of Moet and Chandon while upmarket restaurant, Moo Moo, indulged the crowd with an array of culinary treats that included a freshly shucked oyster bar and a yakitori grill. Enjoying the hospitality were Great Day Out presenter Damien Anthony Rossi, Sunrise’s Edwina Bartholomew, Channel 7’s Sharyn Ghidella, Bill McDonald, Liz Cantor, fashion influencer Nadia Bartel and Sammie O’Brien along with raceday ambassadors. Entertainer Tim Campbell sang the national anthem and was joined by his husband, singer Anthony Callea. Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, Racing Minister Grace Grace, Lord Mayor Graham Quirk, former cricketer Andrew Symonds and footy great Trevor Gillmeister also were cheering their favourite horses. More than $20,000 in prizes made entering the Queens Plaza Fashions on the Field competition tempting drawing a record number of entrants. New Farm’s Lindsay Ridings took out the women’s category, Milton’s Andy Nutton the men’s and Sydney’s Brittney Tamou was awarded best headpiece.

Overall it was a great 2018 Winter Racing Carnival and the Brisbane Racing Club certainly Made History


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Melissa Downes, Damien Anthony Rossi and Sharyn Ghidella at ICON

ICON FASHION SERIES Launches at Treasury Brisbane!

Glamour and fashion have returned to the iconic Treasury Brisbane with the launch of ICON, a new fashion series that will now feature on The Star Entertainment Group’s casino and hotel’s increasingly busy calendar of regular events throughout the year. Story by Cathryn Meredith


he first installment was a glamorous, star-studded affair hosted by Treasury Ambassador and Channel 7 personality Damien Anthony Rossi who along with Hunt+Kelly fashion designer and noted stylist Kellie Alderman curated a scintillating fashion parade featuring Brisbane’s most iconic fashion designers and labels including Paul Hunt, George Wu, Gail Sorronda, Chelsea De Luca, White Label Noba, Wil Valor and Urbbana as well as ’future designing icon’ Alex Wilkin-Parker. Upon arrival to the Treasury Hotel guests were indulged with Moet & Chandon and canapés at a pre-show champagne cocktail party and then ushered into the hotel’s European-style courtyard. Front row guests included hair and boating legend Stefan with partner Rose King, Real Housewives of Melbourne’s Janet Roach and Susie McLean, Bachelor in Paradise’s Nina Rolleston and renowned fashion illustrator Kerrie Hess. Model and entertainer Erin Holland opened the show with a beautiful rendition of Rhianna’s Diamonds which was only fitting given Tiffany & Co jewels were being featured in the parade with each front row guest receiving one of their distinctive light blue gift bags.

To the delight of the style savvy crowd, one fashion designer after another appeared on the runway at the end of their collection with an actual Brisbane icon of television, sport and fashion dressed by the designer. Icons that hit the runway included longtime newsreaders Channel 9’s Melissa Downes and Channel 7’s Sharyn Ghidella, The Great Day Out host Sofie Formica, Olympic swimmers Mitch Larkin and Emily Seebohm (in their last public appearance as a couple), rugby league star Sam Thaiday joined by wife Rachel Thaiday, fashion doyenne Deborah Quinn and insta-famous style blogger Nikki Parkinson. The glittering event continued in the hotel’s posh Ryan’s on the Park lounge with an exclusive Moet & Chandon-sponsored VIP after-party attended by the fashion designers, celebrities, media identities and VIP ticket holders. Next ICON event is slated for February 2019. Visit for details.


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alby was at its glamorous best kicking off the Big Skies Festival week with the 106th running of the Carlton United Dalby Picnic Races. The day was full of fun, fashion, delicious food and firstclass racing for the 4,500 local and interstate guests who attended the Bunya Park Racetrack. The social set mingled in the Oakeybeef Finishing Post marquee, whilst on the lawn, the Dalby Shoppingworld fashions on the field proved very popular with fashionistas. Best-dressed Contemporary Lady was awarded to Conor McLaren with Runner-up Emma Clarke. Classic Lady winner was Elizabeth Reid, Best-dressed Gentleman was Lachlan Sands and Best-dressed Couple was Robyn and James Tribe. The winners will enjoy overnight stays at the Riverview Hotel, Brisbane. Post races, revellers danced the night away to the sounds of “The Departed�.

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PAM O’NEILL A Lady of True Grit

Pam O’Neill was a trailblazer for lady jockeys and is an icon of the racing industry, She has paved the way for the young female riders of today.


Story by Dale Olsson • Images by Ross Stevenson and Racing Queensland

s I pulled up outside her home in outer Brisbane, Pam was outside waiting for me, with her favourite Russian Wolfhound, Bailey, by her side. “Come on in, I’ve baked you a cake,” she said. Once settled inside, while enjoying our coffee and cake and getting to know one another she remarked, with a twinkle in her eye, “I didn’t really bake it, I bought it; I don’t bake!” That broke the ice and showed me the lady behind the legend; funny, warm and completely down to earth. As someone who has admired her for many years, after having seen her ride at Doomben and Eagle Farm back in the 1970s, it was my great pleasure to finally meet her in person and discover we have many mutual friends in the racing industry. Surrounded by her many trophies and framed photographs and with a beautiful painting of her on horseback as a backdrop, Pam told me her story. The younger daughter of Georgina and Winton Rhodes, Pam grew up in Kent Street, Ascot, Brisbane with her sister Gail, who was four years her senior. Pam said, “Dad loved the races. He was a Fruiterer and also a hobby trainer, so he often took me to the races with him. We had three stables behind the house as did almost everyone else in our street in those days.” Winton was named after the outback Queensland town where his family owned a large property, Mt Campbell. His mother in later years moved to Brisbane and attended the races every Saturday. An eccentric and fearsome woman, she was known as Chewing Gum Kate and was considered one of the characters of the tracks. “We kids used to hide when we saw her!” And


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with good reason, Kate would verbally abuse the jockeys when her horses didn’t win, but she also tried to “sling money their way when they did”. Ascot was very different back in the 1950s and 60s. Before Racecourse Road was a trendy area to dine and shop, ponies were kept there in paddocks on agistment. “Patch, my pony, used to constantly escape and the local police used to bring him home all the time,” Pam remembered. Loving horses, Pam joined the Hendra Pony Club and won plenty of ribbons. A friend of the family, Joan Neimann, taught Pam to be a horsewoman and obtained her first show horse, Ballerina and later, Aristocrat, a bay. She was introduced to horses very quickly at the age of 10, when a horse belonging to her neighbour, the late Bart Sinclair Snr, bolted down Kent Street with Pam on its back. Pam recalled, “The pony took fright at something. I was hanging on for dear life. I don’t know if I would have fallen off or not, but Barty risked his life as he threw himself in front of the pony and pulled it up.” Both Pam and Gail attended Ascot State School, the third generation of their family to do so. However, “I hated school” Pam told me, “and I asked Dad if I could leave when I was 14.” He finally agreed, as long as I could make myself useful and help out with the horses.” That was when Pam first learnt about the discrimination females faced in the racing industry. As her father’s early morning helper, she could ride a racehorse from the stables to Eagle Farm for track work, but she had to dismount at the gates and let the male strappers take over. It didn’t seem fair to her.

“Ever since I was a young girl I wanted to be a jockey. I wanted ride in races, but the rules didn’t allow it.” she recalled. ‘This business of only males being able to do something gets my back up, I’m a feminist; I’ve always spoken out for what I believe in.” Some of the rules were relaxed in the early 1960s and allowed women to be registered stablehands and a few years later, Pam became the first female allowed to ride track work. On the personal front, Pam met and married an entertainer at the tender age of 18. The young couple had two children, Cherie and Gavin, and moved to Sydney where there were more employment possibilities. While she was there, Pam was registered as a strapper and rode work for trainer Percy Atkins at Rosehill, as well as Tommy Smith at Randwick. In the evenings she had a part-time job as a cigarette girl at Chequers Nightclub. However, when her father became ill, Pam and the children returned home. Sadly, he passed away the age of 52. Pam regrets that her father didn’t live to see her success. Back in Brisbane, she wanted to be a licensed track work rider. Clyde Morgan, the Chief Steward at the time observed her, saying, “She can ride, that girl!” Her license soon followed, and her first employer was the well-known trainer, Vince Markey and then Harry Hatten, who became her stepfather. As a young mother who worked long hours, Pam was fortunate that her mother was able to care for her children while she was riding track work in the early mornings when it was still dark. It was at this time she met prominent jockey Colin O’Neill and as her first marriage was now over, they became a couple and married when Pam was in her mid-20s. In the early 1970s during the first years of their marriage, when Colin was one of the leading riders in Australia and Pam still a track rider, racing crowds started to drop off. To combat this, Ladies only races were inaugurated, mainly as a novelty, and Pam was invited to country Victoria to compete in amateur ladies’ races, first at Pakenham where she won on a horse called Mission, and then a few days later at Healesville. She won again, this time on Happy Pirate. On her return to Queensland she participated in many such races throughout the State. One memorable meet was at Callaghan Park, Rockhampton in 1975 when Pam’s mount won the Dolly Varden Stakes. She was presented with the trophy by the glamorous Italian film star Gina Lollobrigida, who was there as part of her Australia wide visit to raise awareness about Multiple Sclerosis on behalf of Apex Clubs. Pam still remembers how beautiful the actress was and how stylishly she was dressed in an elegant pantsuit. During that decade, the former Queensland Turf Club staged an International Stakes race for women riders at Eagle Farm, Pam won that race on Ropely Lad and started to think seriously about a career as a jockey. With her customary grit and determination, she commenced a letter writing campaign to the Queensland Turf Club.

“I wrote dozens of letters asking for permission to ride in barrier trials and seeking consideration for the licensing of female jockeys’ she said. “Whilst I didn’t ever give up, I was starting to think I would be on a pension before we were given permission to ride against the men.” After more than 10 years of countless submissions to the authorities, Pam was finally granted a jockey’s licence in May 1979. “I couldn’t have done it without the help of my staunch supporters, Keith Noud (legendary race caller) and Al Grasby (A Minster in the Whitlam Government)” she told me. It is obvious that she is still so thankful to them and has so much respect for those mentors who helped to change her life. “I was no longer interested in ladies only races. I had fought too hard for equality and I became to like it. Unlike other professions, female and male jockeys, race under equal terms and for equal pay.” However, she was given no favours when she started. At the age of 34, she was not allowed to complete an apprenticeship, nor was she given a weight allowance. The Stewards also insisted she complete 10 barrier trials before her licence would be granted. This she did in only one day! To mark her success, Pam was invited to Parliament House where Sir Llew Edwards, who was Racing Minister at the time, presented her with an opal brooch and a book on racing. Her debut as a fully-fledged jockey was only four days after gaining her licence, at the Gold Coast Turf Club (GCTC). Then considered a country track, Pam was able to ride there, as initially, her licence stipulated that she could not ride against males at the metropolitan tracks of Albion Park, Doomben and Eagle Farm. The GCTC were obviously not prepared for a female jockey, as Pam had to get changed in the casualty room. They later organised a caravan for her which was dubbed, Pam’s Penthouse. Despite these challenges, Pam rode three winners that day and when she returned a week later, she rode another three winners. A very impressive start - six winners in eight days! However, Pam still faced discrimination, even from her colleagues. Australia’s most prominent jockey of the time, Roy Higgins, said to the press “Women are not strong enough to ride against men.” Other senior jockeys agreed with him, saying “Women jockeys are great against other women jockeys but we are against them riding against men.” But Pam made Higgins eat his words. A year later, riding Consular at Moonee Valley she beat his mount by ten lengths! She laughs at the memory. “We were good mates.”

Tessa Richardson alongside Winx and Hugh Bowman after a Royal Randwick win

Above at Moonee Valley from left: Cherie Saxon (NZ), Linda Jones (N Z), Maria Sacco (Italy), Pam O’Neill (Australia) and Paula Wragg (Australia) with Roy Higgins before the Qantas/HSV 7 Handicap. left: Pam O’Neill on Ropely Lad after winning the international ladies jockey race.

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At approximately the same time that Pam launched herself into one of the toughest and most competitive arenas, Colin bowed out. After only about twelve years in the saddle, but with around five hundred wins, he was forced to retire after battling weight issues throughout his career. As he was only thirty-two, he commenced a new career as a trainer, with stables at Dobson Street. With the children now grown, Pam was free to explore further opportunities and in 1983 she was invited to ride in Japan for a month. Steward Tommy Murphy went with her as a chaperone. Pam told me she loved the experience, both the people and the country. In turn, she was very popular with the punters with her blonde hair and big smile. She found the style of riding very different from Australia however, as the racehorses are ridden full pelt from the starting gates to the finish post. Also jockeys were expected to saddle up themselves. Despite the strangeness, Pam still managed to ride three winners. Whilst there, she noticed she was losing weight and was feeling a bit off colour, so on her return checked with her doctor and was given a shocking diagnosis. She had cancer. Once again, she showed true grit and was determined to overcome the setback. This she did and was cleared to ride again after three months. And ride she did. Pam O’Neill had a stellar career - she rode 400 winners and only retired at the age of fifty two after she’d had a fall at Caloundra and was having bouts of vertigo. She told me that it was hard to give up her licence. “I’d still love to be out there today.” Whilst chatting, I asked her about the lovely painting of her on horseback which has pride of place on the dining room wall. She told me the story behind it. The artist was Anna Kohler, a friend of Pam’s who was a lecturer at TAFE. The horse, Pam’s favourite, was Supersnack, nicknamed Winky in the stable. To understand why Pam had formed such a bond with Supersnack, one needs to know the background. Pam had ridden a two year old to consecutive wins at his first three starts in Brisbane, but when he finished second, the owners replaced Pam with a male Jockey. Pam was upset but her friend Anna was even more upset for her. She suggested that a syndicate be formed to buy a horse for Pam that nobody could take from her. Anna talked to her work colleagues who helped with funds. Everyone pooled their money, raising $25,000, enough to buy Supersnack at the Easter Yearling Sales in Sydney. He was amazing, racing 129 times for 23 wins, most of them with Pam as his partner. Only suspension or injury denied her the mount. “The biggest thrill was winning the Rockhampton Cup in 1990. But all the wins on Winky were special” she said.


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Pam O’Neill on Breakfast Creek

Both Pam and Supersnack retired from racing at approximately the same time but neither stopped working. Both found employment at Queensland Racing’s training school for apprentices where Pam taught the young riders. Sadly, Winky had to be put down in 2009 at the age of twenty four. It was great friendship that the two enjoyed. Pam spent almost ten years at the training school which she enjoyed immensely, taking a special interest in the welfare of the apprentices. Her next position was involved with visiting studs and choosing weanlings and yearlings for sale on behalf of Brisbane Bloodstock owned by Col Richards which she did for some time. Even today in retirement, she is still passionate about the racing industry and keeps her hand in as secretary/treasurer of the Queensland Jockeys Association and Director of the Australian Jockeys Association. Her love of the racing industry has been passed down to her children as well. Daughter Cherie took over Colin’s trainers licence in 2008 after he decided not to renew due to ill health and she has enjoyed substantial wins over the years. Colin O’Neill tragically passed away in 2012 after battling brain cancer for several years. Son Gavin has ridden professionally and one of Pam’s proudest memories is of the two of them riding in the same race together at Beaudesert. She believes they are the first mother and son to have done so. They all share a love of horses as do her cherished grand daughters Taylah and Celine. And Pam shared with me the exciting news that she will be receiving a special Christmas present from Celine - a brand new great-granddaughter. If that little girl decides to make riding her chosen career she will never have to face the obstacles and discrimination that her family’s matriarch endured. It is only because of the grit and determination of Pam O’Neill and other brave pioneers like her, that the young female jockeys of today can compete on equal terms with their male equivalents and I wonder if they realise how hard the fight for recognition was. They owe her respect and a debt of gratitude for making their own journey through life so much easier. As Pam waved me of with a cheery grin, the faithful Bailey by her side, I mused what a privilege it was to meet such an inspirational woman and such a likeable one too. I look forward to our next meeting.

Happy 30th Birthday SUBZERO It’s no surprise that ex-Clerk of the Course Graham Salisbury, has received numerous nominations for Australian of the Year. The tireless work he and 1992 Melbourne Cup Winner Subzero, affectionately known as Subbie, have done for communities all over the world is well known. His work with Schools, Nursing Homes, Hospitals and many others, brings a smile to all those he encounters. Story and Images by Sharon Lee Chapman - Fast Track Photography


t was only fitting that Subbie celebrated such a milestone in style, when many joined Graham and Subbie on the Thoroughbred’s birthday.

brought our Food Truck, A Food Truck Somewhere along and Subbie came up and ordered “More carrots please”!

One special guest was 91-year-old Kath Metherall, who is the oldest living Garryowen Winner, having won twice in the 1940s. She had met Subzero previously in the Nursing Home and wanted to come out and wish him a Happy Birthday. The tenderness with which he kissed her on the head is one of the most precious things I have ever seen.

It was a great day and a big thank you to everyone who came out and supported Subbie. To Graham Salisbury and his family, thank you for being the inspiration that you are and bringing joy to so many over the years.

Subzero even had his own food truck there, as my partner Mark and I

To Bruce Clark, who assisted in organising the day, you did a fantastic job and a big thank you for giving me the opportunity to be a part of something so special.

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Michelle with Bernadette Cooper


The Juggler and Lover of Racing and Life Bernadette Cooper leads a less than ordinary life. She’s bright and bubbly and full of cheek. A fabulous face of thoroughbred racing in Queensland, the energetic blonde with skip in her step and humour in her heart has become a popular presenter, on the Sky Racing television screen.


Story by Jenny McAlpine • Images supplied by Sky Racing

ollowing a highly successful 15-year race riding career including riding over 650 winners from Sydney to Brisbane, Melbourne and Macau, she jumped out of the saddle to land on her feet. In 2010 she was snapped up by Sky Channel, as it was named back then, and her journalism career took off. She began as a Brisbane-based tipster on Sky Channel TV and has since powered on to appear in many modes. Most prominent on the pony interviewing jockeys pre and post race on major Group 1 race days in Sydney and Brisbane and on days of unique attraction like the Darwin Cup and the Magic Millions at Pinjarra in Western Australia. Not only does she anchor Brisbane and Ipswich race days, commenting live from the mounting yard amongst the participants and horse flesh, she also hosts her own very entertaining Friday night show. Weekend with Bernie, which screens in the winter months and she invites special guests, or racing identities on screen to create a behind the scenes story of their very own. She’s proudly hosted Olympic swimming gold medalist backstroke, Emily Seebohm and light weight boxer, Jeff Horn in his lead up to his world title winning fight against Many Pacquiao. But most memorable of all, was the surfing episode, laughs Bernie. “I took David van Dyke, Damien Brown, Stuart Kendrick and Larry Cassidy to surfing lessons at Caloundra on the north coast for the show. David refused to get out of the water until he could get up on the board. It was hilarious and just so much fun.” she said.


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But there is more to our beloved Bernie than what we see on Television. She is a lady of sheer grit, determination and devotion, with a big heart and a big role, both on and off the screen. A loving mother and down to earth home juggler, she lives in Brisbane with her partner Michael Hood and their 11-year-old daughter, Stella. Bernie manages her time to dedicate to both. Stella, light in her seat, she rides like her mum, but light on her feet, she dances with aplomb. A blossoming Ballerina, Stella is determined to dance. And dance she does, nearly every day of a week to the tune of Bernie’s best juggling act. Bernie’s week revolves around performances, in the dance studio for Stella, on the screen for herself and on the home front for Michael as a committed carer. Sadly, Michael suffers with a debilitating disease, Spino Cerebella Ataxia, which is similar to a slow form of Motor Neuron Disease. A former Sydney horse trainer, Bernie’s loving partner of 16 years has been a backbone to Bernie, with his finger on the pulse of form and racing ratings of thoroughbreds throughout Australia. When asked how she crams in the duties of her days, she simply laughs out loud and as a lover of life, in her slaphappy way she cheekily quips, “I can do anything and everything, I’ll sleep when I’m dead.” Bernie really can adapt to anything and anyone. It’s never more obvious than in her racing role, while riding on horseback she fires questions off the cuff to the winning jockeys after they have won a big race. “Now that’s a juggling act” Bernie smiled.

“I have to ride the pony, hang onto the microphone, keep my earpiece in, sidle up with the bouncing jockey on their horse and think quickly on my saddle! And… each jockey has a different persona and emotion after a race. I have to read the play and know what to ask and how hard to push”. She explained. “Hey, it’s not easy for the jockey either, on top of a feisty beast, having to be grilled by me in front of hundreds of thousands via TV”, she added with a grin. Bernie is as happy go lucky as you’ll ever see, and her personality sparkles naturally on TV. She is an outstanding advocate for racing and ambassador for all females, not only in the sport but also in life. She performs many and varied roles without beating the gender drum. She takes every stride with style and a smile, and in her own words “ I love what I do and feel so privileged to be given a second opportunity for a career in racing. Despite the challenges of being a carer, a mother and a full time employee, I’m just doing every day, what millions of others do.”

Bernie as a Sky Racing ambassador; networker (with Rachel Laing and Jenny McAlpine); and MC.


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Linda Meech was happy with her work for trainer Daniel Bowman when Working From Home won at Moonee Valley on March 16. PHOTO ALICE LAIDLAW/RACING PHOTOS


Another 100 Reasons To Put Her On A Horse Linda first climbed on a horse in a race in March 1999; Bedtime Story, who finished seventh at Awapuni in New Zealand. The 37-year-old jockey now has more than 1400 winners and in season 2017-18 has notched up another winning century, her sixth in the past 10 years. Despite her success, opportunities at the top end are still hard to come by. TIM GUILLE from Inside Racing spoke to her about her continued success and challenges.


hat prompted you growing up to wanting to be a jockey?

“I had always wanted to be a jockey. I had four siblings and we all rode horses around for fun. None of my family were really racing people, other than my grandparents who used to go to the track a fair bit. When I was at school in New Zealand, I did work experience at the racecourse. I met a guy riding work there and race riding appealed a lot to me. I was actually as heavy then as I am now; riding weight 54kg, so initially I was aiming to become a jumps jockey.” You made the move to Australia when you were 18. What drove that? “It wasn’t that planned, to be honest. I came over on a horse plane to


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help with four of New Zealand trainer Kevin Myers’ horses that were going to Paddy Payne at Ballarat. I rode work there for him and I managed to pick up a ride. He gave me a few more rides and I soon realised that the money and opportunities were far better in Australia. I was obtaining rides, so I stayed.” Was that when you started your apprenticeship? “I was offered an apprenticeship with Terry O’Sullivan, who was based at Stawell in Western Victoria and I stayed with him for a while. I then did a short stint with Peter Moody up at Eagle Farm early on. I didn’t really enjoy that, so I came back to Terry. But when Peter moved down to Caulfield, I moved there and finished my apprenticeship with him.”

Today you find yourself with a winning strike rate that a lot would envy. What are some of the key factors of your success? “I know that I am always training and am really focussed on always trying to improve and do my best. Having such a strong stable like Moody’s behind me for the first five years really helped shape my career, that’s for sure. I learnt a lot during that time.” You have notched up another season of 100+ winners. Is that a goal you set each season? “It definitely is a goal. It actually started off as a bet between an old Manager and me that I couldn’t ride 100 winners in a season. I think I finished with about 75 that year. But it’s definitely something I aim for each season now.” You’ve recently took out a trainer’s licence. Is training something you want to move into eventually? “Riding is still my focus, it’s where I earn most of my income. For me, training is not a short-term thing. Nobody can ride forever and if I start setting my training up now it gives me an option after my riding career, as I will eventually have to do something else. It really is something for the future. I only have one horse Beeokay in work at present. I’m sure eventually that will grow.” What is your typical working day? “To be honest, not every day is the same for me. I try to fit in as much as I can without being ridiculous. Tuesday mornings I always ride work at Caulfield, which is probably the only morning I have set in stone. Other mornings I just ride work where I can. I guess I concentrate on riding when the trainers that I ride for need me, and when they don’t I either have the morning off or just work my own horse, then I head to the races. If the race meeting is on the opposite side of Melbourne from Stawell, I stay in Melbourne, but otherwise I just travel from my home in Stawell.”

frustrating at times, especially when I lose the ride on a horse I have had great success on, but I can’t afford to get upset about it, because I’d drive myself crazy.” Is there anyone you owe a great deal to? “There are probably quite a few. One that comes to mind is Paddy Payne Snr. He really deserves so much more recognition that what he is given. He’s helped so many more than just his own family and so many jockeys owe him a lot. Peter Moody is another who has helped and believed in me. He would often put me on when others didn’t want to. Also, he was my manager for quite a few years and was instrumental in getting my name out there early on.” There has been an influx of female jockeys in Victoria over recent years. Is there any advice that you would give to those girls coming through? “The main thing I would say is that they would definitely be working hard during their apprenticeships, but they need to be ready to work even harder once they have finished. It isn’t easy to transition and there will be hurdles. It’s unfortunate to see some apprentices finish and then give up after a while in the senior ranks because it’s so hard. I would also say that being a jockey is not forever. I’ve seen some great female jockeys have great careers, so make the most of your opportunities. Some choose to start families and others move on, but they were certainly great jockeys.” You have had a wonderful career and it will continue for years to come. What have been the biggest highlights? “I would have to say winning the Coolmore Classic on Plucky Belle for Peter at Rosehill Gardens in March 2015. It was my first Group 1 success. I hadn’t even really set myself a goal of winning a Group 1, because I always found it hard to get rides at that level. But when the

You have been doing a fair bit of work on your place. Do you have grand plans for the property? “It is a bit of a long-term goal to set it up for training. It won’t be anything major, just something operational, and it certainly won’t be overnight. I don’t mind a bit of gardening and do like putting lots of trees around the property. My garden certainly won’t win any shows, but its getting there. My brother Ben is a big part of the place as well. He helps out a great deal.” You are a tireless worker. Do you often take a day off or a holiday? “I’m a lot better than I ever used to be at taking time off. And that’s important. I’ve had a few suspensions last season, which turned into unplanned breaks. I’m also planning to go overseas to a friend’s wedding in Ireland in December. That being said, it might not be a holiday, as I wouldn’t mind riding over there.” Statistics suggest you are one of the best jockeys in the country. Is there a good rivalry among you and the other female riders or jockeys in general? “There isn’t really a rivalry with female jockeys. They aren’t the only ones I have to beat, there are a dozen or so other riders in every race I need to beat to win. I don’t go out saying I’m going to beat the other girls, I go out trying to beat everyone.” From a publicity perspective there are other female jockeys who attract a fair bit more attention than you do. Does that provide a different challenge for you? “I probably don’t focus enough on that sort of stuff (publicity) as it’s something I don’t really enjoy doing. I just love the day-to-day of race riding and riding winners. That’s what I enjoy. But the attention does come with the role sometimes, so I do make sure I make myself available and get involved when I need to.” Diversity, or equality, has a huge focus across pretty much every sport. Do you think racing has made good inroads with this? “I think at the day-to-day level it has well and truly become a level playing field. But it is still tough when it comes to big-race rides, because often connections want to put the best of the best on their horses. It is slowly turning for me, I’ve had the most Spring Carnival rides I have ever had in the last couple of years, which is a positive. It can be

Linda Meech won for a sixth time from six rides on the Symon Wildetrained Inn Keeper, at Caulfield on May 12. PHOTO PAT SCALA/RACING PHOTOS opportunity came and I won, it was pretty special. Great doing it for Peter too. I should also add it was pretty good winning my first race as a trainer in March this year with Beeokay at Swan Hill.” (Beeokay, a three-year-old gelding by Elzaam, has been Linda’s only runner to date; four starts last season for fourth, fourth, second and the win in a $22,000 maiden as a $1.60 favourite. Linda also rode it as well, a double barrelled success.)


AGE - 37yo RIDING WEIGHT - 54kg OVERALL - 1472 wins from 10,673 rides PAST 10 SEASONS - 1007 wins from 6779 rides, with one Group 1, one Group 2, thirteen Group 3 and seventeen Listed wins; 100 wins a season six times, the most 127 in 2016-17 THIS SEASON - in Victoria, 105 wins from 578 rides (1st); country, 92-483 (1st); metro, 13-95 (21st) *Figures to June 4, with season to end on July 31; sources and

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JESSICA’S RIDE TO FASHION Jessica Kanowski was raised on a 50-acre pineapple farm in Wamuran, Queensland, which neighboured a horse and cattle property. Her fascination with horses began at an early age when she helped with the daily feeding of the horses next door.


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his fascination then led to the assisting of showing horses at local events and becoming an avid rodeo watcher. 2010 saw Jessica attending her first Magic Millions race meeting on the Gold Coast, looking forward to the thunder of the hooves and the thrill of being introduced to the fashion scene. It was here that her love for Fashions on the Field was born after competing and placing in top 10. Soon after she purchased a sewing machine, which she used to bring her designs to life while she forged her passion for fashion, finery and fillies, that has now spanned eight years. Jessica said, “My love of racing fashion has afforded me many memorable experiences from travelling to racecourses around Australia, competing with like-minded creatives, forming fashionable friendships, modelling for local and overseas milliners in Myers Millinery Design category at Flemington, to seeing my conception of style being on display.’ Jessica balances her love of fashion with her dedication for teaching students with disabilities. She is a full-time Head of Special Education Services with Education Queensland, while currently studying her Masters of Special Education at the University of Southern Queensland.


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As the winner of the Peter Doherty Outstanding Teacher of Science Award and a NASA Space Camp attendee, she has combined her love of teaching and horse racing over the years. This has enabled Jessica to succeed in influencing future generations of people of all ages to develop a love of horses; plus her leading her students to be first past the post in the annual Brisbane Racing Club Horse Painting competition in 2011, and later placing in the Grinders Jockey Silks schools competition on AAMI Stradbroke Day in 2016. It wasn’t long before her passion for fashion included her immediate family, with her husband Steve and daughter Charlotte alongside her when she won Family Fashions on the Field on Doomben Cup Day in 2013. Jessica found the Fashions on the Field platform a unique and diverse way of displaying her creativity, helping her building confidence in daughter and herself, while forming friendships in the racing fashion community. Jessica explained, “Our daughter Charlotte was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder when she was four years old. Over the years we have accessed many different types of therapies to assist her

with emotional regulation and social intelligence including speech therapy, occupational therapy and specialised social groups run by psychologists. One particular therapy that we recently tried was equine therapy; Rein Changer Essence of Life Children’s Program at Ricinda Ranch on the Gold Coast. Charlotte, having an affinity with animals was drawn to the mares and foals immediately and watching her confidence sore when working with the horses through grooming, feeding and leading them around the arena was a magical experience. I would definitely recommend equine therapy for children to promote empathy, confidence and a sense of responsibility.” Jessica said, “The arena of racing has become an essential part of my life, as a stage for travel, creativity, comradery and championing. It is a world like no other that encourages people from all walks of life to come together for the love of fashion, frivolity and fielding a frontrunner. I know I am not alone in promoting the continuation of the trifecta of fashion, racing and educating our future generations about an exciting industry full of opportunity”

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A young girl’s ‘dream’ becomes


As she marks her 20th year in the industry, tenacious Townsville hoop Bonnie Thomson says there has never been a better time to be a female in racing. A continued source of inspiration for the state’s up-and-coming female riders, Bonnie has enjoyed a stellar 2017/18 season, with more than 50 winners in Queensland. Story by Darrin Davies and Alex Nolan • Images courtesy Racing Queensland


onnie began her apprenticeship with Emerald trainer John Thomas in 1998 at age 20, before establishing herself as a fulltime rider in Toowoomba for many seasons. She later moved to North Queensland in search of a warmer climate and at the time of writing, had regained the lead in the Townsville Jockeys’ premiership ahead of Wanderson D’Avila and Justin Stanley.

Bonnie said she was destined to work with horses in some capacity. “I was brought up with horses. Dad used to do rodeos and I always had a pony as a kid. It was a little girl’s dream to be a jockey or a rodeo rider, and being a jockey paid more money.” She is one of more than 31,000 people who participate in Queensland Thoroughbred racing, 39.4% of which are females. Female participation is however on the rise and don’t be surprised if soon it’s 50/50. Figures reveal that 60% of all apprentice jockeys employed in Queensland are female. Although that number drops off significantly in the senior ranks, Bonnie believes there’s change on the horizon. “I think it’s an equal sport now. It used to be male dominated, but the girls are now receiving more opportunities. It’s a great sport to get in to. If you enjoy riding horses and you have the ability, then you can be successful.” Despite a few scary moments over the past two decades, including bumps, bruises and race falls, it’s Bonnie’s desire to compete with the males and the other females that has kept her in the game. “When we’re on the track out there we’re all one. We’re all out there to do a job and our job is to win races. We’re all equal,” she said.


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Racing Queensland’s Education and Welfare team, managed by former champion jockey Maurice Logue, have for the past year been out on the road actively engaging the next generation of participants. They have found that there is a strong desire from both young males and females to become involved in racing.

Mr Logue said, “Our efforts are starting to pay off and by the end of the year we expect to have a number of new recruits willing to embark on a career in racing. “What we have discovered though is very few of the new recruits have horse experience, but they are keen to learn and prepared to enter a traineeship or apprenticeship when they complete a pre-vocational course.” Racing Queensland General Manager of Racing (Thoroughbred) Simon Stout, said, “Racing is one of the few industries that offered equal pay for both males and females. If a jockey or trainer wins a race anywhere in Queensland, it doesn’t matter if its Jim Byrne or Bonnie Thomson, Tony Gollan or Desleigh Forster, every jockey and trainer is paid the same share of the prize money regardless of gender.

“The likes of former Queensland participants Pam O’Neill, Dianne Ayres and Debbie Newham, laid a platform for the current generation of females to make a career in racing. Racing Queensland welcomes more females in racing and I look forward to seeing the next generation of young ladies make their mark on the sport in the years to come.” Bonnie Thomson’s message to young females considering a career in the industry, was short but concise. “Don’t be scared. Have a go!”



Images by Shae K Photography

ith top temperatures of 27°C, Townsville’s Winter Racing Carnival in July was a little different to most.

Frozen margaritas, dress shorts and fans were favourites amongst racegoers who ventured to the Cluden Park Racetrack for Townsville Jaguar Land Rover Ladies Race Day and The Mater Townsville Cup. The 2018 Fashions on the Field rules asked for a nod to winter but not a full-on embrace and gave contestants a few guidelines to suit the tropics - ‘feel free to leave the stockings at home, gloves are optional, and shoulders can be bare’. Judges were not disappointed with the calibre of fashion that presented to them over both days, and after difficult deliberations on Ladies Day decided to each choose a wild card on Cup Day to award a prize to if they felt they were unlucky to miss out on the sash. Prize pools were the largest Townsville had ever seen thanks to Fashions on the Field sponsor Stockland Townsville, with Style Queen winner Arriell Scuderi walking away with over $3,000 in prizes alone. Arriel’s custom made outfit had come together just 2 days earlier, thanks to her crafty mother Rae. Event organisers reported that attendance was up from 2017 and thanked everyone who made the Carnival such a success.

WINTER CARNIVAL WINNER - Style Queen - Arriell Scuderi

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TRINITY BANNON’S Fantastic Record Treble

Trinity Bannon’s love of thoroughbreds started at a very early age. She was born in Wonthaggi, a small town in the South Gippsland region of Victoria. Her parents, Michael and Raewyn both had careers as jockeys, before becoming trainers later in their lives.


Story and Images by Kym Geddes

n the recent 2017/2018 season conducted by the Mackay Turf Club (MTC) in Queensland, Trinity became the first female jockey in the Thoroughbred Industry to achieve a rare but fantastic treble when she was successful in the MTC’s Trainers Premiership.

Trinity then shifted to Brisbane, continuing her apprenticeship with Neil Boyle and rode her first city winner in 2008 on Fat Quarters at Doomben before returning to Mackay, where she finished her apprenticeship with master trainer, John Manzelmann.

Previously in Mackay, she had been successful winning the Apprentice Jockeys Premiership in season 2005/2006 while also finishing second in the Senior Jockeys Premiership. In the 2010/2011 season, she completed the second leg of her treble when she won the Senior Jockeys Premiership.

She rode 97 winners, along with 100 seconds and 105 third placings from 770 starts for John, and the irony of beating John in last season’s trainers’ premiership wasn’t lost on her as she said, “John gave me such a great opportunity as a jockey.”

Trinity’s biggest regret was that her mother never lived to see or hear of her much loved daughter’s record feat, as she sadly passed away when Trinity was just an 11-year-old.

Her progression into the training ranks that ended her jockey career, was forced when she received a serious collarbone injury, after being kicked by a horse. Her very positive mental attitude caused her to say, “It could have been a lot worse if he had kicked me in the head.” Trinity still rides track work, but is careful of any horse that pulls hard.

Trinity’s racing career started in her home state when she became a stablehand/track work rider for Cranbourne trainers Greg Eurell and Stuart Webb. She then obtained her licence to ride in Picnic (Amateur) races, and she rode her first winner at her first ride in a race on a horse trained by Di Clover. Despite only riding for half of the Picnic season, she finished third in the Picnic Jockeys Premiership. Having really caught the jockey bug, in 2004 she started her apprenticeship with Mornington trainer, Ricky Maund and rode seven winners in Victoria before relocating to Mackay, where she transferred her apprenticeship to local trainer Lyle Wright.


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In her life as a jockey, Trinity rode 465 winners. Trinity obtained her trainers licence in 2015 and had her first starter in Mackay on February 13th, 2016. His name was China Town and she received much pleasure when he won. In what was a very suspenseful battle for the training premiership, Trinity had to wait until the last race of the season to topple the perennial winner, John Manzelmann. Her most successful horse Grand Emperor, won in a photo finish. Trinity was on tenterhooks until his number appeared in the frame.

A fortnight earlier, Grand Emperor had given Trinity her biggest thrill as a trainer to date, when he won the Mackay Newmarket, ridden by Justin Stanley who she said, “Justin gave him a lovely ride, but until his number came up, I wasn’t sure he had won”. Trinity had purchased the horse 12 months previously with the aim of preparing him for the 2018 Mackay Newmarket. When the plan came to fruition she had an immense adrenalin rush, as it meant so much to her as she continues to build her stable of horses. At present Trinity has 13 horses in her stable and more than 40 clients. Last season she had 135 starters for 33 wins, 12 seconds and 22 third placings, giving her a winning strike rate of a remarkable 24.4%. Trinity has had a rapid rise from the jockey to trainer. She is a proud mother of her son Kobe and said, “I have two roles as a mother and a trainer which I love, so I need to be on the ball at all times.”


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Long-Term Plan Comes to Fruition Kim Waugh is reaping the rewards of a long-term plan that has enabled her to establish a unique training operation at Wyong. Story by Frances O’Shea • Images by Bradley Photographers


yong-based trainer Kim Waugh has taken her hands-on approach to a new level and rarely are any of her growing team of gallopers ever out of her sight. A tailor-made property on the outskirts of Wyong, just seven minutes from the track, provides spelling and pre-training for the horses and is the key to her rising success.

She has a handy lead in the Wyong Premiership and while conceding these achievements look good on her CV, they aren’t her main goal. She said, ““Premierships don’t mean a lot to me. We’ve had 40 something winners so far this season and my main aim is to win as much prizemoney as I can for my owners. We earnt $1.5 million last year which was a great result.

In 2017/2018 Kim is set to surpass her best season ever and puts the increasing number of winners down to her personal approach. She said, “Not a lot of people have the opportunity to be able to pre-train and spell their own horses and then have the track so close by as well. It’s just working well. I always have my eye on them.

“This has been a very good season so far and we have some really nice horses. We knew 12 months ago they were going to be good and now they have started to race they are winning, some at their first start or even first two.

“I can bring them home and they can have a few days out in the paddock before they race, just a few days on the treadmill and I know that’s exactly what they are doing. I’m not sending them anywhere else. That’s the beauty of having the farm and that was our plan all along.” Kim is certainly coming under notice with her impressive training statistics this season placing her among the top trainers in both Metropolitan and Provincial circles.


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“The last three or four years have been pretty good really, but I think a lot of it comes down to not only having better quality horses but having the farm. “We’ve been here just over four years now and the horses all spell with me, pre-train with me, and they never really leave my sight and that’s been a big asset.” Kim’s plan when she moved from Rosehill 11 years ago, was to establish a state-of-the-art spelling and pre-training facility, but it didn’t happen overnight. “Originally when we moved up here we were only on a few

acres and we sort of thought we wanted more acreage, so we could spell all our own horses,” she said. “The next couple of years we spent looking at properties trying to find the right one, but we didn’t want it to be half an hour in the valley, we wanted it to be real handy, so it took us a while to find something that was perfect for what we needed. “We have something special here and we designed all the paddocks and shelters ourselves and built it all from scratch, so it is fantastic. “The last couple of years we slowly built up. At Rosehill I only ever had around 15 or 16 in work and then we came up here and I had a barn of 20, so that was the maximum I could ever have. Since we obtained this property it has ended up growing more horses. We now have 29 in work at the track, then we always have five or six at home getting ready to come in. It’s good but I wouldn’t mind a few more boxes at the track. It would be nice to have more to keep it all flowing. That way if they need to come in they can come straight in, but we are slowly working on that.” Among Kim’s team of winners this season is Our Century, who she purchased off Lloyd Williams, tasting success at only his second start for the stable when he took out the Listed Lord Mayors Cup at Rosehill. Goathland, another former Williams galloper, won at his first start for Kim in the ANZAC Cup at Randwick. An impressive string of well-bred younger horses complements the team, ensuring Kim’s star will continue to rise. Kim continued, “It doesn’t matter how good you are if you only have a small team, you can only be noticed so much, but I have more horses now, better quality and having the farm I think it is just all working really well. “I’ve never had a stack of horses in work, but I’ve had some fantastic owners that have been with me for 15 years and they are just so loyal, I want to give them the best results I can. When you get more horses and better-bred ones, the chances of winning are greater and fortunately we are getting good results. It’s definitely rewarding because it is such hard work.” With more horses in the stable Kim has had to look to a childhood friend for support, with Robyn Hartley recently joining the stable as Kim’s Racing Manager. opposite:

Kim Waugh with husband Mark

“She’s knows her job and she’s very good at it. Because I have the farm as well, there is so much work for me to keep up to date, with reports and everything. I just needed someone to help me do these sorts of things. It’s been a nice relief.” Kim Waugh’s long-term plan has come to fruition and there is little doubt her star is on the rise with bigger wins on the horizon.

Kim Waugh with Brenton Avdulla after Uptown Lad had won at Rosehill Gardens: “My main aim is to win as much prizemoney as I can for my owners”

Believe ‘n’ Achieve A genuine wish will sometimes come true If that’s what you want to happen Strength from within will help you project The final result that you hope to expect The mind is a wonderful and beautiful gift When used to format a positive image But sometimes we are too quick to reject A different idea that others may question To have faith in yourself when others have doubts Is the code of a person who will always achieve What they want out of life whether at work or at leisure Because deep in their heart they truly believe There are many who will say that it can’t be done And they will generally outnumber you at least two to one

But enthusiasm, excitement and a strong will to succeed Will invariably produce the result that you need A successful person must possess plenty of vision And have the mentality to work with minimal supervision They will face suspects regularly without fear of derision Believing in their ability to receive a favorable decision Their strength of character will allow them to accept A negative result that they didn’t expect But by using sound common sense and help from wherever They will be rewarded for their continued endeavor Success will happen if you follow the rules By the use of all the available tools And at the end of the year or at times in between They will know that they have achieved as a member of the team

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It will be remembered as one of the coldest race days in my memory as Goulburn threw out a classic winters day that had everybody talking about when the snow was going to fall. This is what I love about this beautiful industry, it attracts passionate and dedicated people looking to celebrate these inspiring animals we call horses.


Story by Scott Wheeler

was here to meet the Longmire twins Emma and Lucy who have developed a relationship that goes further than being twin sisters who shared the same womb as they embark on their Twinstar partnership. Goulburn was quickly established in the mid 1800s and the wool industry was the fire that brought people from far and wide to build the first recognised inland city. The Big Merino is iconic for tourists but for racing enthusiasts we come here for the competitive thoroughbred horse racing.

It was a busy day as always for the Goulburn District Race Club as they prepared themselves for another meeting that attracts some of the biggest names of racing. The close proximity to the city and lucrative country prizemoney gives plenty of incentive to travel the 195km south in search of an $11,000 pay day and with the travellers being greeted with a close


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to zero air temperature they definitely earned it. I met Emma first who was unaffected by the environmental challenges and greeted me with a warm smile. I had heard glowing reports from people work closely with the Longmire sisters and they all would agree that you couldn’t find two happier people in racing. Emma and Lucy had a large representation from their stable on track that day and their professionalism was on show as they did what trainers do best, showcase fit and ready race horses. The owners were happy and although the results didn’t see them grace the winners stall the experience will be remembered fondly as the horses headed back to the stall and all reflect on the race just run. The Longmire blood line is heavily ingrained in the racing industry with links to the Moses brothers of Arrowfield Stud, Fred and William. They

were the pioneers of breeding top class thoroughbreds in the Upper Hunter and were put on the map for producing the five-time Australian sire champion Valious as well as 1920 Melbourne Cup winner Poitrel. When you speak with the Longmire sisters you can see their love for the stayer and success has come over ground at the early stages of their training careers. Horses like Thunder Road and Newtown Bluebag are the stars of the stable and the city and country cups will be on the radar for these as the spring approaches with haste. Newtown Bluebag has a pretty big wrap from the stable and the 5YO Lope De Vega gelding will look to really step up after winning the TAB Highway last preparation over the mile. Lucy stated that he will look for further over the spring carnival with the listed staying events being the target for bringing out the best in him. The big question in any training partnership is who plays the predominant role. We have seen some dynamic combinations over the years with the Hawkes family, Bart and James Cummings and more recently Anthony and Edward Cummings and the father and son powerhouse of Peter and Paul Snowden. They all succeed with cohesion, cooperation and more importantly a point of difference that separates them from the pack. Emma and Lucy learnt the trade individually and after being mentored by the likes of Guy Walter and Graeme Spackman, returned to Goulburn to begin their Twinstar partnership. In regards to the dynamic at Twinstar the family demands can influence the hours that each can dedicate to training. As young mothers working in an environment that consists of long hours and loads of travel you need

to be able to switch roles and remain 100% effective throughout. Emma has a lot of influence at ground level for now attending race days and ensuring that the equine athletes are ready to go for a 6am opening of the track. Lucy has recently brought another addition into the midst and ensuring the Longmire children are well directed in the hustle and bustle of the morning routine is generally her responsibility. My first phone conversation with Emma was quite entertaining as she obviously was competing with the school rush and the demands of being a trainer in this fast-talking business. Poise, multitasking and passion is required as she executed this beautifully navigating our pathway to and from school with a stop at the shops and feeding the neighbours dog. They live in neighbouring properties that house the horses and family and this gives Twinstar the advantage of knowing that you will always have family in your corner. The racing manager for Twinstar Racing is Mitch Manners who plays a major role in ensuring that the communication is top quality and the trainers are well supported. The respected race caller was the third recipient of the John Tapp Scholarship and his industry experience has been invaluable as the stable grows and demands of the owner base increase. The future looks bright for the stable and these ladies of racing won’t be going anywhere soon. It is a tight knit community and the trainers have created a harmonious environment that fosters success and with this brings attention for everyone. Emma and Lucy moved to Goulburn when they were 10 and with the accessibility to the city why would you want to Seachange at Hastings train anywhere else.


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Dark Dream (Jay Ford) goes down in a photo finish to California Turbo in the South Pacific Classic at Royal Randwick

DON’T ‘DREAM’ IT’S OVER There is a bit of fate when it comes Mary Jane Basson’s racing dream – the boutique breeder has half a dozen broodmares and a few racehorses Story and Images courtesy Illawarra Turf Club


ew South Wales Southern Highlands breeder Mary Jane Basson might have found her champion in Dark Dream when he was successful in winning the Group 1 Queensland Derby on June 18th from Heavenly Thought and Youngster.

Mary Jane said, “I probably won’t have another Group 1 horse like him and to win the Derby was beyond my wildest dreams. “The breeding thing is a passion for me and fun, but it is a whole lot more fun when you have a Dark Dream.” Kembla Grange-based trainer Kerry Parker prepares the All American from Buchanan now four-year-old gelding, which had previously won the Rough Habit Plate in a canter and had been the subject of milliondollar offers from Hong Kong.

But like a lot of Mary Jane’s racing experience, it had come down to fate that she joined the Parker stable. As she puts it, he is there because she had previously had a slow one. “I had a horse with a city trainer and he told me I need to find another home for it because he was hopeless,” she explained. “He suggested Kerry and it went from there and after he was able to get that one up and running. He has been my trainer since. And the other bloke has never seen another horse again.” Kerry was quick to add, “I had never received another horse from that trainer. But that’s alright because May Jane has given me perhaps the best horse I have had.” It has worked well for Mary Jane and Kerry. She likes being with a smaller trainer because Kerry looks after the horses so well and they all get a bit of special treatment,” she said.


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“When you look at his record he has had a couple of Melbourne Cup runners and placegetters in Sydney Cups and Oaks, so he knows what he is doing. “There are not many trainers like him with that sort of record, which says ‘give me a chance with the right horse and I will get the job done’. “And they achieved their Group 1 success together with Dark Dream.” Mary Jane uses the Dream title on her horses and while Dark Dream has taken her to the top of racing, Red Dream has struck with wins at Nowra and Warwick Farm in May. She said, “He was my first born. You become connected to them and although it took a while to see him win in town, it was a big thrill. “He is another funny story because Arthur Mitchell was going to let me go to I Am Invincible for $7,700 and my trainer at the time said he wouldn’t make it and to go to Dreamscape. “You look back on it and think why did I do that? But we have a fairly handy stayer in Red Dream and he could win another race in the city.” Red Dream and Dark Dream both race in the Kerry Parker stable colours after a mistake that happened early in the partnership. Mary Jane said, “I have my own colours, but Kerry put his colours on one day and it won, so we decided that was lucky. He now gets to put his colours on the boys and the fillies race in my colours. I wish Dark Dream was in my colours, but we are not changing something that works.” Dark Dream delivered a windfall for Mary Jane and Kerry in more than one way. Both were determined to win the Queensland Derby before considering massive offers. “He is a bit of project and comes from a Lion Hunter mare that cost me just $800 and she went to All American because I loved him as a horse,” Mary Jane said.

“When Kerry told me that he thought he might be pretty good I was excited, but not as excited as you get once the dream comes true.” The day Mary Jane bought Buchanan Girl, she was not even looking to buy a horse. She recalled, “I was sitting there having a coffee and this Lion Hunter mare came through the sale and was going to get knocked down to the knackery. “A Lion Hunter mare, there aren’t that many of them around, and they are great broodmares. I put up my hand and took her home, really to save her. “I decided to send her to All American, which was a horse that I had a good win on when he beat So You Think in the Emirates Stakes and I liked him as a Stallion. That is how we ended up with Dark Dream. She is going back to All American until we breed a filly, because I want to keep the family and I don’t have a filly yet.”

Kerry has been patience with Dark Dream, winning a Moruya Maiden on debut, before he progressed to a 1900m to finish his preparation. He had not finished further back than second in his first eight starts and had run into Savacool, California Turbo and Villermont at three of his defeats, all in photo finishes. Kerry knew he had a special stayer and targeted the Brisbane carnival. He said, “It was the way it worked because he didn’t have his first start until November, so it would have been a rush to get him to the Sydney carnival. “There is plenty of time with a horse like him and we haven’t seen the best of him yet. “He has stood out to me as a horse that would run a trip, so I trained him like that and let him develop and it has worked pretty well so far.”

Kellie Holding on board outside chance Hand It In at Newcastle

There’s no holding back


Apprentice jockey Kellie Holding overcame a serious shoulder injury to notch her first Rising Star Series victory in impressive fashion


Story by Julieane Horsman • Image by Bradley Photographers

ellie Holding had never even met Hand It In before she was legged aboard the gelding for the May heat of the Rising Star Series at Newcastle. It was also her first ride for local trainer Rodney Ollerton, but the plucky apprentice jockey managed to pilot the $31 chance to an upset victory. Hand It In was a touch slow out of the barriers, but Kellie was happy to settle him at the tail of the field. “I knew he had reasonable form even though the punters didn’t rate him, I had a look at a few of his starts and read he’d won over 1600m second-up before. He doesn’t possess a lot of gate speed and needs a lot of room, so I just worked on ensuring he had it,” she said. Kellie made her move at the 500m mark and was the widest as they turned for home. “As we straightened I knew he was probably only in third gear, he really wanted to win and just kept giving”, she said.

Kellie’s first Rising Star win was even sweeter for the hoop due to the hurdles she had to overcome to get there. After working in other areas of the racing and rodeo industries, she finally decided to chase her dream and began her jockey apprenticeship last year. She rode a winner for her master Les Tilley at Taree on September 18, 2017, but just two days later she had a fall at the Wyong jump outs which resulted in a dislocated shoulder, two snapped tendons and a torn rotator cuff. Kellie had to undergo surgery and was told she’d be out of the saddle for a year but in a testament to her determination, she was back at trackwork within four months and racing in five and a half months. “It was nice to be back and it’s always good to ride a winner,” she said. “Now I’m just focusing on getting stronger and better and trying to ride more winners.”

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THE DARWIN TURF CLUB Fashionable fillies take the stage at the 2018 Darwin Cup Carnival Fashions on the Field competition.


HE fashion stakes were as high as some ladies’ stilettos, with women of all ages putting their best foot forward on the 2018 Darwin Cup Carnival Fashions on the Field catwalk. Judges certainly had their work cut out for them, with dozens of contestants dressing to the nines, but Darwin’s Olivia Campbell managed to take out the top gong with a stunning red and white floral dress she bought in Edinburgh. Olivia Campbell, who also won this year’s Ladies Day Fashions on the Field competition, paired her dress with a matching fascinator created by Helen Wilkinson of Helen Rose Millinery. “It’s a paper crown made of origami, so every piece is hand folded, it’s just phenomenal,” she said. Donning a stunning red and pink polka dot dress, Darwinite Tiffany Parsell was crowned the 2018 Fashions on the Field runner up. Tiffany Parsell matched her Atoir dress with a stunning Millinery by Mel Fascinator.

The Darwin Turf Club was formed with a fanfare of trumpets in May 1955. The stage was set for the running of the first Darwin Cup on Saturday October 20 1956. Because of the unfinished state of the track the Cup was run over 1200m. The first Darwin Cup winner at Fannie Bay was Satan’s Son, owned, trained and ridden by Peter McCracken. Satan’s Son, the only non-thoroughbred to win the Darwin Cup, covered the 1200m in 126 seconds. In the 1980s, the Darwin Turf Club really started to kick things along. The introduction of the Triple Crown bonus, saw considerable financial reward up for grabs. Turf Club Chairman Ted Bailey, a long time stalwart of the sport in the Top End, as owner and punter pulled off a remarkable coup when Brinney won the 1989 Guineas, Derby and Winfield Darwin Cup, training Triple Crown glory. The 1988 Bicentennial Darwin Cup was the first $100,000 race staged in the Northern Territory, an amazing turnaround for the Club virtually decimated by Cyclone Tracy 15 years before. The Darwin Cup has become the biggest sporting event in the Northern Territory with over 20,000 people attending every year on Day 8. As one of only a few dirt tracks in operation on the provincial circuit, the picturesque racecourse in Fannie Bay sees several illustrious racing names vie for over 1.95 million dollars in prize money and trophies over the month long event.


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Winner, Olivia Campbell (right) with Runner up, Tiffany Parsell (left)

Standing alongside visitors were thousands of locals who proudly showcased the Territory with their unique style and world famous hospitality, that can only be experienced in the Top End.

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ROYAL ASCOT 2018 Group 1 Glamour

The five days of pomp and pageantry of the annual Royal Ascot meeting always has a solid foundation in the quality of racing and the champions it confirms or introduces to the world stage. This years’ meeting was particularly significant for two ladies, Eve Johnson-Houghton and Jessica Harrington, who trained their first Royal Ascot winners, both being Group 1 winners. Story and Images by Debbie Burt


ften regarded as the day for the racing purist, the opening day of the Royal Meeting features five Pattern races, which starts the ball rolling at the highest level with the Group 1 Queen Anne Stakes for older horses, run over Ascot’s straight mile course. Accidental Agent may have been sent off at odds of 33-1 but, having been held up off the pace in the early stages, the colt came with a strong challenge in the final furlong, before winning decisively by half a length under Charles Bishop. In the excitement following the race Eve exclaimed: “I had never trained a Group 2 winner, let alone a Group 1 winner. I had also never trained a winner at Royal Ascot; now I have achieved both in the one race. “They probably had to man the lifeboats, because there was a lot of happy tears. Luckily, I had a little bit each-way at 50 Shillings to pay for the party!”

To add to the emotion of the event, Accidental Agent is owned and was bred by Eve’s mother Gaie, who bought back the son of Delegator as a yearling for a mere 8,000 Guineas at the Tattersalls sales in 2015. He is named after the book titled ‘Accidental Agent’ written by John Goldsmith, Eve’s grandfather, in which he recounts his escape from the gestapo during World War II, when he was a special operative executive behind enemy lines. Eve had been dreaming about the race in the run-up saying: “I hadn’t slept properly for two nights. I dreamt he would be third. Then I was watching it and I thought, no, he’s going to be second, and then? The poor people sitting near my mum and I would have been deafened!”. Eve continued, “It’s great, unbelievable, ridiculous, it was something I just could not have believed would happen. For it to have happened to my mother, who bred him, is wonderful. What a legend she is. I’m so proud of her. She was the little person crying somewhere.”

top: Accidental Agent winning the Queen Anne Stakes. far left: Eve Johnson-Houghton (behind strapper). left: Anne, Princess Royal

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For Jessica Harrington, top level winners were more familiar, as she had already achieved huge success in National Hunt racing, training the winners of the Cheltenham Gold Cup, the Champion Hurdle, the Champion Chase and an Irish Grand National. After Sizing John won the Gold Cup last year Jessica expressed her desire to train a Classic winner on the Flat - that wish was swiftly granted when Alpha Centuari finished strongly to win the 2018 Irish 1,000 Guineas in the last 100 yards. Following that win, she soon added her desire to add a Royal Ascot winner to her wish list, describing the week as like having Cheltenham in summer, while suggesting the Coronation Stakes at the meeting as the next likely target for the Niarchos family’s filly. Run as the feature race on the fourth day, the Group 1 Coronation Stakes is for three-year-old fillies; the card opens with the Group 3 Albany Stakes for juvenile fillies, in which Jessica started Chicas Amigas, one of two fillies she trains for the It’s All About the Girls syndicate, who had such success with Global Glamour. Though she briefly led, Chicas Amigas was unable to better Alpha Centauri’s neck second in the same race the previous year, finishing seventh. Later in the Coronation Stakes, there were no hard luck stories for Alpha Centauri and Colm O’Donoghue, as the daughter of Mastercraftsman win was never in doubt. And what a win it was, not only did Alpha Centauri pick up the lead a furlong out, she quickened clear to win by six lengths, beating the previous track record by 1.3 seconds; so fast in fact, the placed horses toiling in her wake also finished inside the old record time. “I’m relieved firstly,” Jessica said. “I was very wound up. I know she is very good and we were a bit under the radar in the Irish Guineas. Today she was favourite and there to be shot at. It was very disappointing when she got beaten here a year ago, but it is nice when it all comes together. “Colm was very confident. I had thought she went to the front soon enough, but the further she raced the better she went. Any winner is great and a Grade One over jumps or a Group One on the Flat; it’s the same feeling. I have both my daughters working with me and my sonin-law is about to join us; I hope we all get on.” A summer of high profile potential targets awaits Alpha Centauri now, however speaking on Luck on Sunday on Racing UK, Jessica said: “The Breeders’ Cup Mile would now definitely enter calculations, as I know the Niarchos family love the race, and wouldn’t it be lovely if the season went well and she stayed in training for next year?”

top right: Alpha Centauri first past the post. above: Jessica Harrington celebrating the win.


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Not to be Missed

THE 2019 ROYAL ASCOT TOUR In association with Ambassador Travel I extend a warm welcome to join me on the 2019 Royal Ascot Racing Tour. This is undoubtedly one of the greatest race meetings in the world as well as being the most celebrated social events of the year.


Story by Bryan Martin OAM - Bryan Martin Racing Club

oyal Ascot is one of the most famous race meetings in the world with over 300 years of history and is a sporting venue rich in heritage and culture, and attended by members of the British Royal Family as they arrive in their horse-drawn carriage. A national institution, Royal Ascot is the centrepiece of the British social calendar. Each year, the tradition, pageantry and fashion combine at one of the most beautiful settings in the country and the fashion holds no bounds. In the past Australian horses have met with success at Royal Ascot no doubt they will have a strong representation in these events again in 2019. There are few sporting events that can match the rich history


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of racing at Royal Ascot with champion thoroughbreds from across the globe including Hong Kong, the USA, New Zealand and of course, Australia competing. Over 300,000 visitors attend the event over the five-day racing carnival. The quality of the racing at Royal Ascot is simply outstanding, with nearly £4 million in prize money on offer and a total of eighteen ‘Group’ races over the five days. The tour includes the first and final days of this prestigious race week, highlighted by the King’s Stand Stakes (first day) and Golden Jubilee Stakes (last day) , and you will have the opportunity to attend any of the other race days. At least one group race is run every day of the carnival.

Watch the world’s most famous race meeting from the epicentre of Royal Ascot, the Queen Anne Enclosure which is named in honour of the racecourse’s founding monarch. Situated close to the Parade Ring and the Winners’ Enclosure, you are right at the heart of the action. With elegant Champagne bars and tea rooms of the beautifully manicured Queen Anne Lawns, the atmospheric raised terraces from where you can watch the Royal Procession and world-class racing followed by the uplifting tradition of singing around the Bandstand; this enclosure allows you to tailor your ideal day. You have the option to upgrade to the Furlong Restaurant. Newly added in 2018, this restaurant offers a contemporary fine dining concept within the Queen Anne Enclosure. Guests can take advantage of the inviting lounge-seating and also enjoy the expansive elevated viewing deck overlooking the final furlong. A combination of grazing and seated menu concepts, live cooking theatre and spectacular dessert stations promise an experience like nowhere else. As well as Royal Ascot no doubt another of the highlights will be our visit to Newmarket, renowned as the horse racing capital of Europe. Newmarket is the headquarters of the British Racing Board and has a history dating as far back as 1174 making it the earliest known racing venue of post classical times. You will mix with racing’s elite in this quaint English town as everything gears towards Royal Ascot. Visit stables, watch horses train on the heath and take in the National Thoroughbred Museum.

As well you will visit also visit two of the world’s leading stud farms, including Dalham Hall owned by Sheik Mohammed Maktoum of Dubai, and Banstead Manor Stud owned by Prince Khalid bin Abdullah of Saudi Arabia. Stallion parades will be held at both properties. Your accommodation is centrally located and in walking distance to some of the leading English trainer’s stables which house many of the contenders for Royal Ascot including the Australian contingency. At our welcome dinner on Saturday June 17th at the Bedford Lodge in Newmarket, you will enjoy an informal dinner in the company of special guests including English and Australian racing identities who will share their insight on the forthcoming races. This picturesque city is also the European base for two of the largest racing and breeding conglomerates in the world – Darley and Juddmonte Farms. At the completion of the tour you have the option of extending your trip for further travel throughout England and Europe, including Stonehenge and Bath, Oxford and Stratford and the Irish Derby at Curragh. You could also consider a luxury cruise with Silversea. Perhaps you could arrive into Europe early, relax and enjoy the timeless treasures Europe has to offer prior to Royal Ascot, or look to enjoy a Mediterranean or Northern Europe cruise after. Experience whispered luxury on Silversea’s intimate ships, calling on exciting new ports with numerous overnight stays and late departures allowing you to get closer than ever before.

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This is the 7th time that I’ve hosted a tour for Ambassador Travel to Royal Ascot and in 2016 the tour was highlighted with a visit to Banstead Manor and seeing the great horse Frankel. For more information and a to be sent a detailed brochure, visit Publishers Note: If you are a single lady or gentleman and would like to travel to Royal Ascot, this is the perfect tour for you to meet with up like-minded people. You will be always placed with other people and will never have to worry about being on your own. For any people wishing to join the Royal Ascot Tour as part of the Ladies in RACING Group please email me at .


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appointed Vice Chairman of Asian Racing Federation In what is another major compliment to the local racing industry, Thoroughbred Racing SA Chair Frances Nelson QC has been elected as one of two Vice Chairmen of the Asian Racing Federation.


ot only is Ms Nelson the first South Australian to be appointed to this position, but she is also the first lady to be elevated to such a role. Ms Nelson was elected Chair of Racing Australia, the body which represents Australia’s eight principal racing authorities, in April 2017 and has served on the TRSA Board since 2007, the last seven years as Chairman. The Asian Racing Federation has 21 Full and five Associate/Affiliate member countries throughout the Asia, Australasian, Arab and South Africa regions including major racing jurisdictions, Hong Kong, Japan, Australia, South Africa and the United Arab Emirates. Ms Nelson was elected to the Vice Chairman position at the end of the Asian Racing Federation’s Executive Council meeting being held in conjunction with the 37th Asian Racing Conference in Seoul, South Korea.

TRSA CEO Jim Watters said, “I am delighted Ms Nelson had been recognised with the appointment. “Frances has been a strong leader for South Australian and Australian racing, and it is great to see this recognised at an international level,” he said. “Frances has brought a vast legal knowledge and racing experience to Racing Australia, which is equalled by her advocacy of the interests of the everyday worker and participant. She is strongly representative of the grass roots of our industry and the smaller racing jurisdictions. “This is a richly deserved honour for Frances and importantly is also a mark of esteem for racing in this State.”

Life is too short to wake up with regrets. So, love the people who treat you right. Love the ones who don’t just because you can. Believe everything happens for a reason. If you get a second chance, grab it with both hands. If it changes your life, let it. Kiss slowly. Forgive quickly. God never said life would be easy. He just promised it would be worth it. – Anon SPRING 2018 #31


Ladies Beware - Safety Must Read Everyone should take five minutes to consider these very important tips.


t may save your life or a loved one’s life. In daylight hours, refresh yourself of these things to do in an emergency. This is for you, and for you to share with your wife/husband/children/friends and everyone you know. Please share this information your friends and colleagues. It never hurts to be careful in this crazy world we live in.

If a male is sitting alone in the seat nearest your car, you may want to walk back into the Shopping Mall, or your work, and have a Guard/ Policeman/Colleague to walk you out.


6. ALWAYS take an elevator/lift instead of the stairs. Stairwells are

A tip from Tae Kwon Do: The elbow is the strongest point on your body.


2. I learned this from a Tourist Guide. If a robber asks for your wallet and/or purse,

DO NOT HAND IT TO HIM/HER. Toss it away from you. Chances are that he is more interested in your wallet and/or purse than you, and he will go for the wallet/purse. RUN LIKE MAD IN THE OTHER DIRECTION!

3. If you are ever thrown into the trunk of a car, kick out the back-tail

horrible places to be alone and the perfect crime spot. This is especially TRUE at NIGHT!

7. If the predator has a gun and you are not under his control, ALWAYS RUN!

The predator will only hit you (a moving target) 4 in 100 times; and even then, it most likely WILL NOT be a vital organ. RUN, Preferably in a ZIG-ZAG pattern!

8. As people, we are always trying to be sympathetic:

lights and stick your arm out the hole and start waving like crazy.




It may get you injured or killed. Ted Bundy a serial killer, was a goodlooking, well-educated man, who ALWAYS played on the sympathies of unsuspecting people. He walked with a cane, or a limp, and often asked FOR HELP into his vehicle or with his vehicle, which is when he abducted his next victim.

The predator will be watching you, and this is the perfect opportunity for him to get in on the passenger side, maybe putting a gun to your head and telling you to drive.

9. Another Safety Point: Someone recently told me that a they heard a

crying baby on their porch at night before, so they called the police because it was late, and they thought it was weird. The police told them



4. Some people tend to get into their cars after shopping, eating, working, etc., and just sit there doing their cheque book or making a list, etc.

If someone is in the car with a gun to your head DO NOT DRIVE OFF, repeat: DO NOT DRIVE OFF! Instead gun the engine and speed into anything, wrecking the car. Your Air Bag will save you. If the person is in the back seat they will get the worst of it. As soon as the car crashes bail out and run. It is better than having them find your body in a remote location.

5. A few notes about getting into your car in a parking lot, or parking garage:

(a) Be aware: look around you, investigate your car, at the passenger side floor and in the back seat. (b) If you are parked next to a big van, enter your car from the passenger door. Most serial killers attack their victims by pulling them into their vans while the women are attempting to get into their cars. (c) Look at the car parked on the driver’s side of your vehicle, and the passenger side.


IT IS ALWAYS BETTER TO BE SAFE THAN SORRY. (It’s better to be paranoid than dead.)

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They then said that it sounded like the baby had crawled near a window, and she was worried that it would crawl to the street and Be run over. The policeman said, “We already have a unit on the way, whatever you do, DO NOT open the door.” He told them that they think a serial killer has a baby’s cry recorded and uses it to coax people out of their homes thinking that someone dropped off a baby. He said they have not verified it but have had several calls by people saying that they sometimes hear cries outside their doors when they’re home alone at night.

10.Water scam! If you wake up in the middle of the night to hear all your taps outside running or what you think is a burst pipe,

DO NOT GO OUT TO INVESTIGATE! These people turn on all your outside taps full blast so that you will go out to investigate and then they attack.


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RACHAEL HENSON wins 2018 Design Award

The Millinery Association of Australia Announces Winners of 2018 Design Awards


anberra-based milliner Rachael Henson has been announced winner of The Millinery Association (MAA) of Australia’ s 2018 Design Award in Adelaide in early July.

‘’The winning creation was an example of exquisite craftsmanship and classic design” MAA President Rose Hudson said.

At the awards ceremony held in Adelaide recently, South Australian up-and-coming milliner Oksana Caretti took out second place, followed by Queensland-based Kylie Williams from the LADIDAH label in third. The People’s Choice Award went to Victoria’s Lisette Margini, whose blossoming career in millinery began after 30-plus years as a teacher. Ms Hudson said the award was a celebration of the country’ s best and brightest milliners, with a strong number of entries this year. “The theme this year was ‘spring racing’ because of its relevance heading into a key and busy part of the year. We’d like to congratulate the winners and everyone who entered the competition for their standout submissions,” she said. Now in its 4th year, the 2018 Design Award’s judging panel of industry experts included the celebrated Australian milliner Philip Rhodes, Anna Vlach from The Advertiser and TAFE SA millinery lecturer and milliner Lorraine Gill. The top ten hat designs, including the winners, have been flown to Melbourne and were displayed at the MA/lis Winter White Cocktail Party event held as part of Hat Week Australia. From there the Top 10 will exhibit at Sofitel Melbourne and Sofitel Brisbane. The prizes this year were extensive and the MAA is grateful for the support received from sponsors: Hatters Millinery Supplies, Hat Blocks Australia, The Hat Magazine, Hatlines, The Total Package, The Australian Duster featuring Feather Superstore, Adelaide Moulding ft Casting, Victoria Racing Club, House of Adorn, Sofitel Melbourne and Sofitel Brisbane. Still on the theme of awards, the MAA has also announced the winners of its 2018 Student Design Award. The theme was: Octopuses Garden. The competition, which is open to submissions from the everyday to costume, showcases the work of emerging talent. The winners were Lisa Watt (first place), Sharon Schreurs (second) and Michelle Robinson (third), all from Victoria. The Mary Lock Encouragement Award went to Brenda Lam from New South Wales.

About The Millinery Association of Australia

The Millinery Association of Australia is a national not for profit organisation dedicated to promoting the profile of millinery. With members across Australia, The MAA encompasses a diverse range of millinery, from traditional hats to costume. We provide members with opportunities for friendship, collaboration, networking, and education.

For more details, contact Lisa Bell on (vicepresident@millineryaustralia. org) or visit the website: Check out millineryaustralia on Instagram to see this year’s fabulous Design Award entries.


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Millinery Pop Up Shop

HATS FOR SPRING RACING? Do you need a hat or headpiece for the Spring Racing Carnival? Once again, The Hats for Spring Racing Millinery Pop- Up Shop will open this year in Melbourne. It will be open every day for seven weeks starting from Wednesday, September 26th until Saturday, November, the 10th.


special VIP millinery preview evening will be held especially for guests during the second week and details will be on their Instagram page.

The location of the Millinery Pop Up Shop will be in the prestigious Como Centre, which is situated on the corner of Chapel Street and Toorak Road in the popular South Yarra fashion shopping precinct. Their location at the Como Centre is on the corner of Toorak Road and River Street. The Shop is the collaboration of eight professional milliners who will offer a collection of unique hats and headwear. Each hat is an exclusive design, one off piece and made to complement the racing outfits of women attending Spring Racing Carnival events. You will be able to find anything you need for major racedays, cup week racing, fashion parades and ladies lunches. The professional milliners involved in the Pop-Up Shop are Christine Martin, Delphine Nicholson, Jennifer Wood, June Edwards, Karin Goodman, Margaret Watson, Maya Kalansuriya and Michele Cameron. In addition to these innovative designers, milliners from interstate and from overseas will also be adding their own distinctive designs, giving women a wonderful choice of style, shape and colour to choose from. Every day that the Millinery Pop Up Shop is open, two of their milliners will be in attendance to offer their expert advice and to assist clients with their headwear and will ensure that they are worn correctly. The Millinery Pop Up Shop can be accessed through our Instagram address which is: hatsforspringracing. The mobile is: 0455 632 748 and all enquiries are most welcome.

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Milliner Profile



aree says she cannot remember a time in her life when she didn’t have a passion for making things. “I started making dolls clothes at age six and then my own clothes at 12. Furthermore, having two daughters gave me the opportunity to design and make their clothes as well, along with lots of their dance costumes. When my daughters started High School, I started making Bridal and After Five wear, whilst studying and completing a TAFE course on Patternmaking, Couture Finishes and Millinery.” Over the last few years Maree has studied Interior Design, which is another of her lifelong passions. She fell back into Millinery last year when she decided to go to the Melbourne Cup with some friends. “Of course, we ladies needed hats, so I put my hand up to make them. I watched some on-line tutorials at Hat Academy to brush up on my skills and the ideas started flowing.” Said Maree. “Millinery is my ‘happy place’, it is such an unrestricted artistic outlet. An idea will ‘grow’ as you are creating, and the result is always so exciting. I am so at peace and ‘in the zone’ that my husband will come home, and dinner hasn’t been given a thought!” Maree describes her style as ‘modern with a touch of vintage’. She loves to use vintage trims wherever she can, and is extremely excited over a recent delivery from the USA that she ordered made up of vintage French Feather trims and Ribbons (all gorgeous). Maree Said, “Most of them have their original labels and are from 1920’s to 1950’s and I can’t wait to start using them.” “I take great pride in all my work and label each piece ‘made with love’, because they are. Whether I block my own bases and make the trims or use pre-made, every piece is ‘made with love’ and I hope my clients get as much pleasure in wearing them as I do in the making.”

Milliner Profile



endy Scully Millinery has opened a small boutique millinery shop in Melbourne CBD. Located in the iconic Howey Place, one of Melbourne’s well-known laneways, the boutique offers a wide range of handmade headpieces on display. All hats are bespoke and one only pieces, so you will be assured of a piece that is unique. A recent photoshoot @Converted Church, Fitzroy, captured the new Spring 2018 collection. These new images are now available to view on Not only is elegant racewear created, Bridal and Special Events are also catered for by Wendy. Wendy creates hats for all seasons and occasions. Her pieces use beautiful fabrics and elegant vintage and handmade flowers and trims. Custom orders are preferred, to make sure clients have the hat they would love to wear. A range of ready-to-wear is also available in this small, stylish boutique. The boutique is open Tuesday to Saturday, or by appointment. Design consultation appointments are preferred to allow time to achieve the headpiece you will love.

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To contact Maree call 0401 690 912 or email

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elle Folie Millinery is a small vibrant store in the heart of the city, conveniently located upstairs in The Brisbane Arcade, Wendy Louise Diggles, the resident milliner, is a fully qualified member of the Millinery Association of Australia who has distinguished herself in both local and international competitions. Wendy’s store is full of stylish and unique millinery pieces, designer hand bags and brightly coloured panama classics, she also has a bespoke custom service for those with a little more time to plan for a special race day or event.


The Arcade has long been a centre of excellence for fashion, couture and millinery so Belle Folie with its eclectic mix of millinery for race wear, vintage styling, special events and bridal fits so well.

Belle Folie Milllinery – shop 29 The Brisbane Arcade 160 Queen St

Spring Millinery

Open Monday to Friday 10 till 5 & Sat 10 till 3

For design consultations an appointment is recommended Phone Wendy on 0432 696500 email Follow Belle Folie on Instagram

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Millinery We Love Alison Clark

Winter Millinery 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 fashionforward focus with all hats, fascinators, and headpieces created as one-off designs.

Select ‘Shop’ to see the collections available now p 0439 872 821 e


Learning and mastering her craft in Melbourne, Alison has taken her magic around the world, from the catwalks of Europe and back to home turf to compete with the best at the Melbourne races. From classic to romantic pieces to the eccentric, Alison has defined a unique brand which is emerging as one of the most sought after millinery labels amongst the Queensland celebrity racing scene. Alison possesses a genuine talent for style selection matched to individual personality and taste, Using only the highest quality materials and combining traditional techniques with a modern twist, her pieces dare you to take the lead and be the talking point at your next event. Alison teaches her craft both in her studio and around Australia. Have Alison come to your town or your office for a unique experience. All the pieces are created at her Brisbane studio and consultations are welcomed by appointment.

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Millinery We Love

Belle Folie

Winter Millinery

Shop 29, Gallery Level, The Brisbane Arcade


Appointments Recommended

0432 696 500

TRADE HOURS Monday - Friday Saturday

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QUEENSLAND STATE BUSINESS AWARDS - 2017 1.Winner - Australian Enterprise Award

Best Custom Fit millinery For innovation and Client Care - Qld

2.Winner - Qld State Business Award 2017 most stylish headwear Provider – exCellenCe in hat design

QUEENSLAND STATE BUSINESS AWARDS - 2018 1.Winner - Australian Enterprise Award Best BesPoke-Fit millinery 2018 – Qld

2.Winner - Australian Excellence Awards - 2018

Foremost exPert in Personal style oF Fashion 2018 - Qld

128 Victoria Rd, Rozelle


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ROYAL QUEENSLAND SHOW Winner - First Place Open Millinery Section. J.A.R Millinery specializes in custom made headwear for both ladies and gents. All pieces are in collaboration with the client to ensure requirements are met thus creating individualization of each headpiece. J.A.R. Millinery has a ready to wear collection available for all occasions. Click on our website gallery to view all pieces available. From the simplest of headbands to the more elaborate headwear, the choice is yours and the sky is the limit. With many years of hairdressing, this knowledge is combined with complimentary styling tips to all clients to achieve their race day fashion outcomes are achieved.

0417 647 366

Millinery We Love

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y addiction and love affair with millinery has allowed me to create individual hats, which are designed with elegance to compliment your face shape and outfit selected to be worn. Your face is what people connect to. so your hat must also be memorable, I believe that our hat is just as important as a smile. Don’t hide behind it, show it off as it is part of who you are.

If you are interested in viewing any of my previous works there are quite a lot of images on the internet if you google Kerry Hayes Millinery, or you may contact me on my mobile number 043 426 5140 Melbourne, Kerry Hayes Australia.





During my short time as a milliner I have been very fortunate to have accomplished many awards which I have never taken for granted as I believe we leave a part of ourselves in our work in which we take pride.

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On Our Bookshelf


By Dr Katie Richard RRP $30.00

Available from

Research shows that 80% of people who diet fail in their attempts to lose weight and maintain their weight loss. How do the other 20% achieve success? Unlike other diet and exercise-based methods, psychologist and weight management researcher Dr Katie Richard outlines her scientific and evidence-based approach to: • end binge eating • improve body image and self-esteem and • facilitate weight management Drawing upon over 16 years’ clinical experience helping 1000’s of clients achieve their weight loss goals, the book includes extensive research as well as Dr Katie’s personal experience of overcoming binge eating disorder and losing 22 kg herself.

HAPPINESS IS A BIG RED TEAPOT By Anouska Jones RRP $29.99 Available from

It’s no surprise that so many of us switch the kettle on at the first sign of trouble — keep calm and drink tea! In fact, that’s how this book came about. After a particularly stressful week, editor Anouska Jones was sitting at home with her husband complaining about everything that had gone wrong. As he put their teapot and two mugs down on the table, her husband commented, ‘Cheer up! You can’t be miserable when you’ve got a bright red teapot in front of you!’ The very next morning, Anouska started researching quotes about tea and before long she had a collection of memorable quotations from rock stars (Mick Jagger, Rod Stewart), Buddhist monks (Thich Nat Hahn), politicians (Abraham Lincoln, William Gladstone), actors (Audrey Hepburn, Billy Connolly), adventurers (Bear Grylls) and more. It seems tea’s appeal is truly universal! It’s hoped that the resulting book of quotes and accompanying photographs brings you the same pleasure as a perfectly brewed cup of your own particular favourite.

SKIN IN THE GAME By Sonya Voumard RRP $ 19.95 Available from

This is an incisive and hugely entertaining look into the world of journalism, exploring the pleasure and pain of telling true stories. The daughter of a European refugee mother and a journalist father, Sonya recounts her passionate but questioning relationship with journalism and the nature of the interview. There’s a disastrous 1980 university encounter with Helen Garner which forms the seed for her fascination with the dynamics of the interview and culminates in her connecting again with Garner more than three decades later to work out what went so wrong. Throughout it all Sonya is a sharpshooter, never afraid to hold a mirror up to her own life and practices as a journalist, to dig deep into the ethics of journalism and the use of power, and to sensitively explore the intertwined nature of life and work and personal relationships.

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READ ME FIRST By Lisa Stephenson RRP $24.95 Available from

Lisa draws upon decades of experience helping people all over the world achieve success (in its many forms), to provide a guidebook for those looking to create positive personal change. It’s also the book Lisa wishes someone had given her when she found herself suddenly single with three young children and needed a new plan. Her personal story is real, relatable and told from the heart. Filled with thought-provoking coaching questions and strategies to challenge your thinking, Lisa provides the framework to allow readers to reflect and take action. Uplifting, practical and filled with personality, Read Me First empowers readers with the tools they need to coach themselves to a successful future.

ALWAYS WITH YOU By Debbie Malone RRP $ 29.99 Available from

Australia’s most gifted and acclaimed psychic medium, Debbie Malone, shares her most challenging and life-changing stories of healing and love. Showcasing her extraordinary ability to communicate between two worlds – the living and the dead – these incredible true Australian stories explore questions about the human soul and spirit world, as Debbie shares powerful messages from departed loved ones on the other side to bring comfort, closure and healing. A powerful collection of experiences with the other side, Always With You offers messages of love, loss and reconnection from the other side, and provides a fascinating insight as to what lies ahead in the world beyond.

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Book Reviews

By Tania McCartney RRP $24.99 Available from

This innovative flip‐format picture book is a sequel to Smile Cry, which was a Children’s Book Council of Australia Notable Book in 2017 and winner of the prestigious SCBWI Crystal Kite Award (Australia and New Zealand region). In See Hear, Piglet, Bunny and Cat return in a charming, whimsical sensory adventure that encourages kids to explore the multitude of ways they can engage with the world around them, particularly via the senses of sight and sound. From watching ‘squiggly rain’ on a window to pointing out ‘heavenly horses’ in the clouds, from hearing ‘buzzing blossoms’ as bees collect pollen and nectar to ‘hot pan sizzles’ as a favourite meal is prepared, See Hear invites us to open our eyes and ears to the everyday magic that surrounds us. Younger kids will respond to the soft whimsical illustrations, while older readers will enjoy the onomatopoeic wordplay. Perfect for ages 3 and upwards, this is a book that will captivate children and parents alike.

Ollie’s Treasure By Lynn Jenkins, Illustrated by Kirrili Lonergan RRP $24.99 Available from

In this fun-filled picture book about mindfulness, Ollie follows his grandma’s treasure map on a quest for happiness. It’s a story about how simply noticing and takin in what is on offer to our senses can lead to the Holy Grail of happiness – happiness. Ollie’s grandma sends him a treasure map that promises to lead him to ‘something that will make him happy always’. Of course, Ollie thinks this ‘something’ will be a toy of some sort, but he gets both a rude shock and a big surprise when his treasure turns out to be him!

BUSINESS THE FREEDOM FORMULA By Bushy Martin RRP $39.97 Available from

Whether you want to leave a nest egg for your children or escape the rat race and dedicate more time to doing what you love, investing in property can help secure your financial future. But in an era where everyone is time poor, how do you know who you need in your team to succeed, or what investment strategy will work best for your situation? Award-winning property investment specialist Bushy Martin draws decades of experience helping over 1700 Australians amass over $600m in property and provides a practical guide to achieving your lifestyle goals. He shows how to calculate the wealth needed to replace your income, and a unique step-by-step process to replace this income through safe, affordable property investment.

A ROYAL MURDER A Rebecca Keith Mystery by Sandra Winter-Dewhirst RRP $ 29.99 Available from

A macabre murder during the Women’s Australian Open golf tournament at one of Australia’s most prestigious golf courses sees food and wine journalist and amateur golfer Rebecca Keith on the murder trail once more. Fortunately, Rebecca’s sleuthing takes her on a journey of eating and drinking through many of Adelaide’s bars and restaurants. Little does Rebecca know that her visits to nearby Barossa Valley and Kangaroo Island will reveal clues that will become crucial in the hunt for a killer.

PRANG By Mac Taylor $23.99 Available from

When a seemingly perfect life is not quite so perfect.Mac Taylor had it made. He was the first of his family to escape the working-class suburbs to become a very successful lawyer. With a reputation as a lady’s man, he cast aside his playboy ways and married Juliette, a beautiful and charming woman. As an only child, his new wife was set to soon inherit an enormous wealth. Life could not be more perfect. Then fate intervened. It was only a minor car accident, a small prang, that started a series of events that threatened to bring Mac’s idyllic life crashing down, forcing him to make a decision that would change his life forever.

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Hats by Christine

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Catanach’s Jewellers


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Wendy Scully Millinery


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