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CONTENTS 2 From the Publisher 4 Contributors 6 Letters to the Publisher 8 Catanach’s – Jewellers of Distinction 10 Gai Waterhouse Inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame 14

Monique Roache Accountant to Racehorse Trainer


Racing Victoria Celebrates Female Greats across all Codes

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Turnbull Stakes Day State Finalists for 2018 Myer Fashions on the Field


Birdsville & Betoota – Simpson Desert Racing Carnival

58 From Russia with Love 60 Are you Looking to Improve your Health?


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62 Ladies GOLF Magazine Subscription 63 Tasmanian Summer Racing Carnival 64 Laura Blacker Following in her Family’s Footsteps


Kingstar Racing Club for Ladies who Love Racing

68 Gannon’s Northam Ladies Day 70 In the Bloodlines 72 The Future Looks Bright for Melissa Harrison

22 23 Lexus Melbourne Cup Day 24 Kennedy Oaks Day 25 Mackinnon Stakes Day 74 Winona Costin is Determined to Succeed 26 On the Road with Sharon Lee Chapman Michelle Fleming and the Lion 76 Sarah’s Serious Shot Against the 30 Superstars 78 A Superb Season for Kim Waugh 31 Rocky’s on the Road to the Show Ring Fencing 79 Safe, Sexy & Long-Lasting Equine 32 The Historic Jericho Cup Hitters TIC off on new Racing 80 Heavy Careers Initiative 34 Trots Country Cups Championship 36 National Trots Record set at Warragul 82 Young Professionals Spring into Racing Harness Racing Club 84 It’s Onwards and Upwards for Go-Getter Alana Kelly Lands First Win at her Melanie O’Gorman 37 Home Track 85 Wilmat Application Software Celebrates 35th Anniversary 38 30 Years of Winning Post 40 Harrolds 86 Sharon Lee Chapman WINX Series 42 The Star Gold Coast Magic Millions 88 Great Gifts for Kids Carnival 89 Milliner Profile – J.A.R. Millinery 47 Bathed in Beachside Beauty 90 Hattember is a Success Once Again 48 Urbbana Menswear Millinery We Love 92 Ashleigh is Following a Well-Trodden 50 Path 94 On Our Bookshelf 52 A Token Bloke 96 Advertisers Index

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From the Publisher


elcome to the Summer Issue of Ladies in RACING Magazine, which we are sure you will enjoy. Catanach’s Jewellers is synonymous with bespoke and luxury jewellery, with Catanach’s now producing many of the major trophies for the Racing Industry. Amanda Catanach has been instrumental in this achievement and you can read her story starting on page 8. We congratulate Racing Royalty, Gai Waterhouse on her milestone induction into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame. Gai joins her father Tommy (TJ) Smith AM MBE and in doing so, the pair made history as the first father and daughter to receive this prestigious accolade. Read her story starting on Page 10. Now in its seventh year, the ground-breaking Magic Millions Racing Women initiative is not only promoting racehorse ownership amongst females; it is increasing it. Established by Magic Millions owners Katie Page-Harvey and Gerry Harvey, the Racing Women’s Bonus of $500,000 is on offer to the first four all-female owned or leased horses in finishing order in the Magic Millions 2YO Classic, in addition to race prizemoney of $2,000,000. A key aim of the initiative is to highlight and promote the important roles played by females in the thoroughbred racing and breeding industry. Now Australia’s number one thoroughbred sales company, Magic Millions in conjunction with Racing and Wagering Western Australia, is excited to announce that the world first Magic Millions Racing Women’s initiative has landed in the west. For further information visit https://www.magicmillions. What an exciting time it is for fans of racing, with Racing Victoria’s announcement of the world’s richest mile, the new $5 million The All-Star Mile. They said, “It’s your race, they’re your All-Stars”. Racing Victoria (RV) and the State’s three metropolitan racing clubs, the Victoria Racing Club (VRC), Melbourne Racing Club (MRC) and Moonee Valley Racing Club (MVRC); have combined to launch The All-Star Mile, in which votes from fans will determine the horses that are selected to compete. The All-Star Mile will debut on Saturday, March 16th at Flemington and is set to become the signature race of the Festival of Racing, a showcase of premier Victorian racing held annually throughout February and March. In another first for Australian racing, The All-Star Mile will be rotated annually across three Victorian metropolitan tracks with the inaugural edition to be held at Flemington Racecourse. For further information visit Sydney is to have a new $7.5 million race in the spring; The Golden Eagle over 1500m for four-year-old’s, which will be held at Rosehill Gardens. The inaugural set weights race will be run on November 2nd, the same day as the Group 1 Victoria Derby at Flemington. The Golden Eagle will be the third richest race on turf after The Everest at Royal Randwick and the Prix De l’Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp in France.

We continue our Life on the Road Series, photographing Horses on the Beach by Sharon Lee Chapman starting on page 26. Sharon Lee’s images really capture the personality and movement of each horse. Our Autumn/Winter Issue will feature the second article in the series from Dr Jill Colwell, as well as a story all the excitement from the 2018 Diamond Jubilee 60th running of the Cairns Amateurs. We are launching an exciting new section within the magazine, which we have named Your Fashion at the Track, so please send to us your images for publication in this feature in the highest possible resolution and subscribe to our regular eNewsletter via our website Congratulations to the five winners of our Ambassador Travel Subscription Offer of a $300.00 travel voucher. They are Allie Umoff from South Australia and Sharon Smith, Loretta Muir, George Zerafa and Maureen Smith from Victoria. Luck is when preparation meets opportunity, so all our two-year subscribers are eligible. We hope you all have a happy, safe and enjoyable festive season. Yours in Racing,

Cathi Meredith


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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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Letters Hello Cathryn

What a fantastic magazine…good on you Cathryn and a great story on Kylie Johnson! Sharon Betteridge Hi Cathryn I was lucky enough to receive a subscription to your magazine at the Pink Ribbon Cup Fundraiser. I think it’s great that people like yourself support such a great event. Please find my details for a subscription attached and have decided to go for the two years and have included payment details. Look forward to my first edition. Kind regards Kerry Cameron Hi Cathi I have received my spring issue of the Ladies in RACING Magazine that include that article on Trinity Bannon, thank you both so much, I think your magazine is great. This issue is exceptional. Thank you so much. Kind regards Kym Geddes Dear Ms Meredith Thank you for letting me quote from your great magazine Ladies in RACING on my blog ( I loved the Dr Jill Colwell piece. She is a star. My wife Gai and I enjoy “Ladies in RACING Magazine” very much. Keep up the good work. Yours sincerely Rob Waterhouse Thanks, Cathi for another great issue of Ladies in RACING Magazine. See you at the races! Glenda Newick 6

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De Gaulle x Plan The Peace, Colt and De Gaulle x Rubyone, Filly 8 November 2018, Quilly Park - Sharon Lee Chapman

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Hugh Bowman and the Winx connections have a nice collection of Catanach trophies.


Jewellers of Distinction Catanach’s philosophy is to create your dream, leaving no stone unturned to acquire or create the perfect piece, handmade by their jewellers to be uniquely yours.


n 1986 the iconic Melbourne Jewellery House relocated from Catanach House in the Royal Arcade in Melbourne’s CBD after being there for 109 wonderful years.

implement changes. In previous years the Catanach family had always optimised a very old saying, the only permanent thing in the world is change.

Catanach’s is now situated at 1212 High Street, Armadale, Melbourne, a premium shopping district well-known for its high-end retail and antique stores. This has proven to be the perfect location for a luxury jewellery store such as Catanach’s. Amanda, her older brother Peter and younger brother David, were born to their parents, Blair and Jackie. Peter started with the Company in 1980, but after several years Peter, an outdoors man by nature, decided that retailing was not for him. Amanda and David are the fifth-generation of the well-known Catanach family to control Catanach’s. Amanda joined the firm in 1981 after completing her secondary education at Geelong Grammar School, having previous attended Lauriston Girls School in Armadale. She had a good knowledge of the business, having worked there part-time during her school holidays as a gofer, learning about everything, but not necessarily permitted to deal with the customers.

Like her father before her, Amanda was keen to modernise the Catanach’s store and she did not have to wait long before starting to


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Group 1 trophies waiting for engraving

The family through their generations have been very quick to recognise the various trends in jewellery, enabling them to remain at the top of their industry with opportunities and ways in which to provide all their clients, existing and new, with up-to-date pieces and products. Catanach’s has a spectacular selection of fine diamonds, offering the beauty and gentle brilliance of old cut diamonds and a wide and varied choice of modern and fancy cut stones, coloured diamonds and a wonderful range of gemstones. Catanach’s have extensive experience in manufacturing, sourcing, designing, engraving and delivering trophies for all occasions, made from Solid Gold, Sterling Silver, Silver plate or Nickel silver, depending on their customer’s requirements and budgets. They are Melbourne’s specialist Trophy suppliers with many years of experience. They are proud makers of the Caulfield Cup for the Melbourne Racing Club with whom they share a long association both as a Sponsor and trophy manufacturer. They also support many charity race days, both Metropolitan and Country. They produce trophies for the Melbourne Racing Club, Australian Turf Club, Bendigo Jockey Club, Country racing, The Metropolitan Golf Club and many other individual Groups. Their Directors and staff are highly qualified within the jewellery industry and are involved in industry bodies to assure the highest standards, correct information and advice are always offered to their valued clients. Catanach’s also proudly supports the following Organisations:

Blue Sapphire

Amanda Catanach

Blue Diamond

• MRC Foundation • Epworth Foundation • Treasure Chest Charity • Taralve • Yalari • Second Bite • Mercy Health Foundation • Marshall White Foundation • National Jockeys Trust The prolonged success of Catanach’s was started in Australia when their Great-Great-Grandfather, George William Catanach, sailed from his native London aboard the Swiftsure in 1870. He was born the younger of two sons to Robert and Eliza Catanach (nee Anderton) on October 2nd, 1845. George W arrived with little but a jewellery apprenticeship and a letter of introduction, but these would serve him well when the jewellery trade was in its infancy. So well in fact, that the foundations that he would set up for a family business would still be thriving and bearing his name for more than 144 years. Amanda reflected; “The first three generations of Catanach’s built the reputation of the jewellery house on their ability to select the finest stones. Through the 1980s and half of the 1900s, we concentrated on antique jewellery, departing from our tradition of manufacturing. Now we have returned to manufacturing; not volumes, but quality. We have come back to being bespoke jewellers”. Amanda and David’s objective is to maintain the name of Catanach’s as an exclusive jewellery house. This has required recognising or recalling its strengths. It still boasts of having the best range of coloured stones in Australia and is renowned for searching the world for coloured stones for its customers. Amanda and David agree that you must do what you do best. It is a philosophy that has served Catanach’s well. The jewellery house is performing better than ever, the result of the fifth generation of the family maintaining the principles that have made the name of Catanach’s great. The Catanach name is the most precious asset of the Company, a point on which Amanda and David concur. They see themselves as custodians of the name for the next generation. Both Amanda and David have two children, Amanda (Lexi and Olivia) and David (Amelia and Annabel) and expect that they, the sixth generation, will benefit from their efforts.

George Ryder Cup

Another Catanach’s Cup is joyously held aloft

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Inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame Widely known as the First Lady of Australian racing, trainer Gai Waterhouse broke down many barriers to become one of the most recognisable and most loved personalities in Australia. Story courtesy Sport Australia Hall of Fame


ai’s ongoing stellar career in the Thoroughbred industry was recognised when she was inducted as a General Member into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame at the sold out 34th Induction and Awards Gala Dinner on Thursday October 11th 2018. Gai joins her father Tommy (TJ) Smith AM MBE as a Hall of Fame member and in doing so the pair make history as the first fatherdaughter pair to both receive this prestigious accolade. She became the fifth horse trainer in the 168-year history of the profession who has been inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame, joining Bart Cummings AM, Etienne de Mestre, Tommy J. Smith AM MBE and Colin Hayes AM OBE. Father and son pairings Lindsay Gaze OAM (General – Coach – Basketball) and Andrew Gaze AM (Athlete – Basketball) and Bill Roycroft OBE (Athlete – Equestrian) and Wayne Roycroft AM (General – Coach – Equestrian), to be the first fatherdaughter combination. General Membership of the Sport Australia Hall of Fame was established to recognise those who have shown excellence and outstanding achievements in roles supportive to Australian sport, such as administration, coaching/training, media or science. “It’s a lifetime dream come true,” Gai said. “It’s very special to be recognised at this stage - even though I’m still training. And it means so much more to be in the Hall of Fame with Dad. If he was looking down he’d be extremely pleased, and he’d probably say it was well overdue. He’d be very happy and probably have wished that Mum and he were there to see it. But I feel they will still be there in spirit.”

Having trained more than 7000 winners across more than two decades, Gai’s track record includes her record of 156 season metropolitan wins (equalling TJ’s record), over 130 Group 1 wins and seven Sydney trainers’ premierships. In 2013 with her horse Fiorente, Gai became

only the second woman, and the first Australian woman, to train the winner of the nation’s most iconic race, the Melbourne Cup. Gai proved that not only can females survive in the male-dominated industry, but thrive, commanding respect and paving the way for many other females to develop a career in racing. Growing up as an only child to one of Australia’s greatest ever trainers in Tommy J. Smith, Gai said she had no greater influence on her life, both professionally and personally. “Growing up, Dad was the one person I most wanted to emulate,” Gai said. “I just wanted to please him and try to make him proud of me, as I’d taken on the sport that he’d dominated. He wasn’t just good at it, he perfected it!” Her mother, Valerie Smith, was also very influential. “She taught me poise and she gave me a great understanding of family and the importance of family support for which I’ve been so grateful, because without it I wouldn’t have been successful.” A one-time actress, Gai has never been one to shy away from the cameras, always bringing a vivacious and flamboyant style to her craft. Not being media shy was a characteristic that she said again, came from her father. “Dad was a great trainer, but he also captured the moment very well. Yes, I would say that side of me comes from him and I think it’s a very smart thing to do. He would say ‘all publicity was good publicity’. It is free advertising. You need publicity to build your business.” “What a lot of people forget is that racing is entertainment, it’s very important to never lose sight of that. If you can keep the customer entertained hopefully they will keep coming and gambling because if the gambler loses interest, we all wouldn’t be employed.”

Fiorente winning the 2013 Melbourne Cup and a very happy trainer.

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Gai struggled to obtain her start in training, after a long-disputed battle to receive her licence from the Australian Jockey Club which ended up in the courts where she eventually won and saw The Waterhouse Amendment, brought to the Anti-Discrimination Act. Finally granted a licence in 1992, Gai enjoyed immediate success, training her first Group 1 winner later that year – Te Akau Nick in the Metropolitan Handicap. She took over her father’s Tulloch Lodge Stable after he became ill in 1994 and trained quality colt Nothin’ Leica Dane to win the Victoria Derby, before finishing a gallant second in the Melbourne Cup, a race no three-year-old had won since Skipton in 1941. Gai won the Sydney premiership in the 1996-97 season, with 10 Group 1 wins. In 2002-03, she won the first of three successive premierships, training 156 winners to equal her father’s Sydney record. She has won most of Australia’s biggest races multiple times, earning several hundred million dollars for connections, but her crowning moment came in 2013 training the Melbourne Cup victor, Fiorente. “It was one of my greatest moments,” She said. “No one realises that until you’ve actually won a Melbourne Cup, that it is life changing. When people said that, I thought I can’t believe it, but it is life changing. It is the ultimate satisfaction and propels you to extraordinary prominence in the eyes of the average Australian - that doesn’t exist with any other race.” “The Victoria Race Club (VRC) have been able to build and mould a handicap which is accepted worldwide. You only have to look at the 30 horses from overseas all migrating this year to the Spring Carnival and especially the Melbourne Cup.” The large numbers of imports heading Down Under for the race that stops a nation is a non-issue for her, Gai said. “I am a great champion for the local horses, but we breed sprinters not stayers. It’s become a prestigious International race now, which is what the VRC and everyone wants. You just have to move with the times - I qualified a Japanese horse and I’ve won the race with an English horse, so I can’t complain.”



Introducing the new $250,000 QTIS 2YO Jewel and the $165,000 QTIS 3YO Jewel to run on the $1 Million Dollar March QTIS Raceday Jewel Series qualifiers will be held in: Cairns (3YO), Townsville (2YO), Mackay (3YO), Rockhampton (2YO) and Tooowoomba (2YO). Winners receive ballot-free entry into the rich Jewel events.




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At 64-years-of-age, Gai is as driven as ever, refusing to pull the reins in on her distinguished career. This Spring racing carnival will see cotrainer Adrian Bott and her aim for more success, with a passion to pass on what she knows to future generations. “My job is to make Adrian super successful. He’s my protégé and I’m very thankful that he found the investors that wanted to take on the business two years ago, which allows me the freedom to still do what I adore - training horses but without all the admin, I also have a little bit of free time. “At the Lodge I feel a huge satisfaction seeing the boys and girls who work with me, going ahead and doing well in racing and in life. Focusing on the youth is something that drives me, I want to inspire them to be the best they can be. I think it’s very important in this day and age where there are so many things that can distract people, but I know young people can do great things. If you can help by giving guidance and keep them happy and healthy, that’s important.” With her passion for youth, its little surprise she declares the two-yearold Group 1 Golden Slipper as her favourite race on the calendar. No wonder, she has won it six times and trained the Trifecta in 2001 – a feat no other trainer has achieved. Gai continued, “I love that race – it encapsulates everything good about youth in Australia, it is in my view the number one race for two-yearold’s in the world. I just love the speed and electricity of working with the two-year-olds.” Recognised by the National Trust of Australia as a National Living Treasure, Gai’s commitment, zeal and energy has ensured she takes her rightful place in the Sport Australia Hall of Fame, said Selection Committee Chairman Rob de Castella AO MBE. “Gai is an individual who has changed the landscape of sport,” he continued.

clockwise from above: Gai with Sandy Roberts; Gai with Dawn Fraser and John Bertrand; Gai waiving with Raelene Boyle; and Gai pointing to her ‘spot’ with the previous Hall of Famers. Images courtesy Sport Australia Hall of Fame

“Her success, profile and drive has stood out above all others. Her record is phenomenal with over 7000 winners, 130 in Group 1 races. For Gai to achieve all this in a sport often dominated my males, demonstrates her drive, passion and ability.”

in preserving and perpetuating Australia’s rich sporting heritage, whilst promoting the values of courage, sportsmanship, integrity, mateship, persistence, and excellence, all underpinned by generosity, modesty, pride and ambition.

Young at heart and always with supreme confidence, Gai’s tireless work in the Australian racing industry has won many admirers over the journey and will see her take the crown as a Queen in the sport of Kings, which now should be The Sport of Kings and Queens.

2018 marked the 34th edition of this event, with eight Australian sporting icons, from on and off the field, who were inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame.

Established in 1985, the Sport Australia Hall of Fame plays a vital role

In addition, one existing Hall of Fame member was elevated to Legend status, becoming the 40th official Legend of Australian Sport.

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Accountant to Racehorse Trainer A chance email resulted in a training double at Ballarat Monique Roche, Diploma of Equine Management 2015 • Images by Pat Scala - Racing Photos


he road from accountant to racehorse trainer took another step forward for Monique in completing a training double with partner, Thomas Carberry, at Ballarat during September. It was a fabulous achievement considering they had been training since January and only had four horses in full training at the time.

It was a long way from her Chartered Accounting days at BHP Billiton. “I knew I wasn’t on my right path, I enjoy accounting, but I love horse racing. I knew I wanted to be a racehorse trainer, but I just didn’t know how I was going to get there,” explained Monique. It was a chance email from Thoroughbred Breeders of Victoria promoting scholarships for the Diploma of Equine Management at Marcus Oldham that was Monique’s life changing moment. “I finally found how I was going to become a racehorse trainer. I needed education and experience, and Marcus Oldham provided me with both. It was the perfect platform for me to make that change.” Following Marcus Oldham, and with the help of another Marcus Oldham graduate and now lecturer, Katrina Wood, Monique secured a role as Client Services Manager for Australia’s leading trainer, Darren Weir. During her two years there not only did she gain valuable experience, she also met her partner, Thomas Carberry. “We were both doing Racing Victoria’s training course and got to know each other. Thomas is a natural horse man,” said Monique. “I like to think of racehorse training as science and art. I rely on the science and facts like heart rate, weight etc because I don’t have the art. During my time at Forest Lodge I could see that Darren Weir has an art with horses and I see that same art in Thomas.”


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Thomas was born in Ireland with racehorse training in his blood. Thomas’ father, Tommy Carberry, was not just a champion jockey but trained BobbyJo to win the 1998 Irish Grand National and 1999 Aintree Grand National with Thomas’ brother Paul on board. Thomas’s grandfather, Dan Moore, was a twice-victorious Irish Grand National and Cheltenham Gold Cup winning trainer and won the Grand National at Aintree in 1975 with L’Escargot (ridden by Tommy) beating Red Rum convincingly. Monique and Thomas decided to take the leap and train their own team early this year. Their new business’ Carberry Roche Racing’ was launched. “We brought a 10-hectare paddock next to Ballarat Race Course and started creating our own training centre. All my classes from Marcus Oldham have proven very useful – facilities, pasture management, vet studies, nutrition. It was great to put all that learning into action for myself!” So it turned out to be a fantastic day in September when Monique and Thomas took Diplomac Jack and Rakti Roulette to the races at Ballarat Turf Club. It was fitting that their first winner was Diplomac Jack (Monaco Consul x Potomac) as he was purchased while Monique was at Marcus Oldham. “Our racing lecturer, Nick Roe, took us on a tour of the Inglis Premier Yearling Sale and while we were there Nick looked at a chestnut colt with me. We spoke about his conformation, the pros and cons, his breeding and I ended up buying him for $7,000. This was Diplomac Jack,” Monique explained. “He is a quirky character, but I was happy to give him time to mature.” It paid off when Diplomac Jack settled at the back of the field

and showed a quick turn of foot to pass them all in the straight to win by 2.75 lengths. “He had shown us ability in his first preparation with us when he came third at Sandown but winning first up after a spell was just amazing.” Three races later, Rakti Roulette brought up the double with a convincing win in a Benchmark 64 over 2,200 metres. This win was very special to Monique. Early last year, things were not looking great for Rakti Roulette as he had a fracture in his off-hind fetlock. “The owner kindly let me take him, he needed surgery to pin the fracture which we got done and sent him off to another Marcus Oldham graduate, Laura Dixon, who rehabilitated him for us. He is such a gentleman of a horse, I just had to save him.” Now an eightyear-old, he is in career best form with a win, two seconds and a third this preparation. It was serendipitous that it was an email from Thoroughbred Breeders of Victoria that lead Monique to Marcus Oldham and both winners Diplomac Jack and Rakti Roulette were bred in Victoria. For training the double, the Australian Trainers Association named Thomas the Trainer of the Week which is a great accolade for the new business. Monique and Thomas have expanded the team and will have a couple of new runners to the track in the next month. “One who will race soon is Lansdowne. I actually foaled him down while on work placement at Marcus Oldham. I thought he was a ripper of a foal and so brought him at the yearling sales in NZ,” Monique noted. Monique and Thomas would welcome new clients. Whether you have a horse and you are looking for a trainer or looking at horse ownership, they would be delighted to have a chat. monique@

Laugh your heart out, dance in the rain, Cherish the moment, ignore the pain,

Monique, Ratki Roulette and Thomas

Forgive and forget. Life is too short To live with regrets.

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Racing Victoria Celebrates

FEMALE GREATS ACROSS ALL CODES Female participation across the racing industry is at an all-time high, on and off the track, and to celebrate Racing Victoria (RV) hosted a galaxy of female sporting stars in the annual Celebrating Women in Sport on Kennedy Oaks Day, Thursday, November 8th, 2018.


Story by Verity Clough – Racing Victoria • Images by Racing Photos

omen make up 25 per cent of all Victorian licensed jockeys, and across the country females are achieving greatness, with eight female riders boasting Group 1 wins.

In fact, female jockeys are enjoying more success than ever before, with a 16% increase in the number of winners ridden in Victoria during the 201718 racing season and a dramatic 75% increase in the number of Saturday metropolitan starters ridden by a female. This success is inspiring a younger generation with 19 female apprentice jockeys - half of Victoria’s apprentice jockey ranks - hoping to one day emulate Michelle Payne’s history making Melbourne Cup win. To commend these achievements, and those by females across all codes, racing greats were joined by other sporting luminaries at the Celebrating Women in Sport event, which was created to inspire women to follow their dreams and succeed in sport, including representatives from AFLW, Commonwealth Games, Winter Olympics, Basketball, Athletics and Netball. Criquette Head, the first female trainer to win the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, Europe’s most prestigious race, joined Michelle Payne, the first female jockey to win the Melbourne Cup and Natalie Young, the first female trainer to win the Australian Derby.

AFLW’s leading goalkicker and marquee player Darcy Vescio joined Nicole Livingstone, CEO of AFLW and Olympic swimming gold medallist, to discuss their successes in front of an illustrious group of guests, including a

group of some of Victoria’s top female apprentice jockeys. Government dignitaries were also in attendance, including The Hon Martin Pakula, Minister for Racing and The Hon Natalie Hutchins, Minister for Women, as well as Ride Like A Girl Director, Rachel Griffiths and the first female Chairman of the Victoria Racing Club (VRC), Amanda Elliott. RV’s Chief Executive, Giles Thompson, said it was pleasing to see so many notable women unite on Kennedy Oaks Day, when the best three-year-old fillies battle for glory in the $1 million Kennedy Oaks. “Progress and change are occurring in terms of social attitudes about gender equity and we should be proud of the progress being made,” Giles said. “The success of female’s sport is testament to changing attitudes towards gender equality in general. “This celebration is an important statement, it recognises the change that is being driven by sport in this country towards a social change where females are treated equally and respectfully, have the same opportunities as their male counterparts and are safe. “Sport is such a powerful medium and we can influence the rest of society through what we do.” Other notable attendees at the event included Shane Gould, triple Olympic gold medallist at 15 years of age in swimming and recent winner of the Survivor television series, and Jana Pittman, two-time World Champion and Commonwealth Games gold medallist.

Celebrating Women In Sport, above from left: Criquette Head, Minister For Women The Hon. Natalie Hutchins, Ellie Cole, Michelle Payne, Giann Rooney, VRC Chairman Amanda Elliott, Jana Pittman, Darcy Vescio, Jacqui Cooper and Shane Gould


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So often there is that moment in a race when you think Winx is in trouble, that moment when you think the fairytale winning streak might have come to an end. Story and Images by Sharon Lee Chapman


he Warwick Stakes in 2017 when she missed the start by 4 lengths, the Chelmsford when Red Excitement had the race seemingly won.

On so many occasions there is that split second when these thoughts cross your mind, only to then witness Winx breezing past the other hoses. It’s as though someone has pressed pause on the opposition as jockeys frantically ride their horses out, only for Winx to effortlessly cruise past the entire field like she is in slow motion.


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The Turnbull Stakes was one of these days. But this I really thought she could be in trouble. At the 300, she seemed to have nowhere to go, a wall of horses and the leaders travelling well and full of running. What was I thinking? Hugh Bowman, cool as ever with nerves of steel, somehow found a gap and weaved Winx into daylight where she took off with her customary incredible burst of speed and won by a length and half eased down. If you paused the race at the 300 and told someone Winx will win by a length and a half eased down on the line,

you would have thought it impossible. Similarly, if you told someone Winx would run a faster 1,200 metre split than the Group 2 1,200 metre race, you would have thought that impossible. The atmosphere was electric, the crowd seemed to take a deep breath when it looked like she was in trouble but the reception when she returned past the famous Flemington roses was incredible. It’s something special to witness when an entire crowd forgets about the punt, forgets about what they might have won on the race, but just unites as one to witness a True Champion of the Turf. Footnote: The feats that Winx continues to achieve and her incredible desire to win have captivated the world over. A testament to this feat is her latest achievement winning the Secretariat Vox Populi Award (translated to The Voice of The People). Penny Chenery, owner of Secretariat, wanted an award the fans could vote on, for a horse that had captivated horse racing fans the world over. No horse outside the US has ever won, with 60% of the votes coming from the US. Only 6% of the votes came from Australia and she beat the undefeated Triple Crown winner Justify. Add to this that most Americans have to get up at 1.00am to watch her race and have never seen her in the flesh, makes her victory in this race even more remarkable.

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NSW - Elis Crewes • photo Lucas Dawson

State Finalists Announced For

2018 MYER FASHIONS ON THE FIELD Competition at this year’s Myer Fashions on the Field national competition shaped up to be more stylish than ever, as the Victoria Racing Club (VRC) announces the state finalists for the 2018 competition.


lis Crewes took out the New South Wales title wearing a stunning yellow Acler skirt and top, Tony Bianco shoes and matching bag and headpiece by Zorza Goodman Millinery The competition then moved to South Australia, where Kimmi Varcoe claimed victory at Murray Bridge Racecourse wearing a blue Lela Rose dress adorned with speciality pleats designed by Di McLaughlin, Helen Mary Millinery, Senso shoes and a Saint Laurent bag.


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A short jump across the Bass Strait saw Tasmanian state winner Shih (Cynthia) Ting Hawkins succeed at Elwick Racecourse wearing a vintage black and gold dress, Glamour shoes and self-made gold millinery coupled with accessories by Jag and Colette Hayman. Kate Reynolds claimed victory at Ascot Racecourse in Western Australia. She wore a pale pink dress by Roksanda, Jennifer Chamandi shoes, Chloe accessories and self-made millinery.

SA - Kimmi Varcoe • photo Lucas Dawson

TAS - Shih Ting Hawkins photo Naomi Rahim

VIC - Kelli Odell

And the final state competition was held in Queensland where Carle Rutledge succeded at Doomben Racecourse wearing a Roksanda dress, MNG shoes, self-made millinery, Mimco jewellery and a handbag from Bag Queen. VRC Executive General Manager Customer Engagement Caroline Ralphsmith said that the Club was excited to see such a competitive field of state winners in the first year of the new digital competition. “Myer Fashions on the Field is the pinnacle of spring racing fashion, and we’re delighted to see such a competitive field in this year’s Myer Fashions

WA - Kate Reynolds • photo Daniel Carson

QLD - Carle Rutledge • Overall Winner photo Troy Jegers

on the Field national competition,” Ms Ralpshmith said. “I admire the time and effort that these women, and indeed all contestants in the Myer Fashions on the Field state competitions, have put into creating beautiful ensembles to showcase over the Melbourne Cup Carnival.” Located in The Park, Flemington’s food, fashion and entertainment precinct, Myer Fashions on the Field remains Australia’s largest and most prestigious racewear event, and is regarded as the pinnacle of spring fashions. Follow #MyerFOTF on social media for all the colour and excitement of Myer Fashions on the Field.

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6 1. Gina Rinehart (centre)

2. Dionne Warwick

3. Elyse Knowles

4. Jordan Beard, 1st place winner

5. Stevie Payne, Rachel Griffiths and Michelle Payne. 6. Patrick Sham Yuen 2nd place, Palmer Mutandwa 1st place and Dave Ferris 3rd place

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5. Rebecca Share, 1st place winner of the Millinery Award at Myer Fashions on the Field 6. Carle Rutledge, Kelli Odell and Lindsay Ridings

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2. Women’s National Final for Racewear at the Myer Fashions on the Field, from left 3rd place Elis Crewes, 1st place Carle Rut-

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1. 1st place family winners at Myer Fashions on the Field, The Christian family Dad Julian, Millicent, Jemima, Imogen and Felix 2. Junior Girls winners, 3rd place Leah Dellar, 1st place Menzii Andrews and 2nd place Rachael Williamson 3. Rebecca Harding at the Seppelt Marquee 4. Senior Girls winners, 2nd place Tara Jakubowskij, 1st place Lucy Palmer and 3rd place Annie Palmer 5. Junior Boys winners, 3rd place Mahon Chippindall, 1st place Freddie Tulloch and 2nd place Lachlan Warren 6. Senior Boys winners, 2nd place Kayne Razmovski, 1st place Lachlan Campbell, 3rd place Marco Resta

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On the Road

Winx at sunrise


PHOTOGRAPHING HORSES AT THE BEACH Photographing horses at the beach can be one of the most rewarding and most challenging of all shoots. Weather plays a vital role, as do the lighting conditions and the time that the horses arrive at the beach. St Pat’s Fashionable Foals


’ve spent many a morning at Altona (around 1 hour 40 minute drive from home) and been presented with the most incredible sunrises. Perfect light, perfect reflections in the shallows before the horses step out into the ocean. This is photography heaven. Only one thing missing, HORSES!! These lighting conditions only last for minutes, and it can be incredibly frustrating not to have the horses there exactly when you want them or the horse you want at sunrise. Altona Beach always provides something a little different. I’ve been there with stormy days, magnificent sunrises, choppy seas, calm seas, you name it, Altona throws it up. I always try and have a game plan as soon as I arrive, and pick a position to stand (usually out in the water) and move around depending on where the horses will work. So why do I get in the water at Altona? The answer is simple. You are much closer to the horses if you get in the water. Sometimes they go out a long way and depending on the depth of the water, getting in the water is the only option.


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Altona is all about storytelling. The simplicity of a horse in the water with nothing but ocean, and a lone Cargo Ship can be part of the story. To me, the real “Money shot” at Altona is being in the water on the other side of the horse, so the backdrop becomes the Melbourne city skyline. This gives the image context and adds to the story. These images can become iconic in years to come. It’s always my No 1 tip in photography, DARE TO BE DIFFERENT. The images I captured with the crowd behind Winx on the beach and with the city skyline, no one else has these images. These were both captured the morning after her Fourth Cox Plate win. I was the only photographer who went out to the sand banks and captured Winx from this side. It was a risk, as there were plenty of shots I didn’t get, as Winx often looked out to the crowd. I missed out on the intimate shots with the crowd watching on the shoreline. But, by being different, I knew for certain that some of my imagery would be unique.


above & below: Winx and Ben Cadden at Altona after a fourth Cox Plate victory

To know I had unique images of the World’s Best the day after she created history was something special. The image with the crowd behind was featured on the back page of The Age and the Sydney Morning Herald, even though they could have used photos from their network of photographers,

they only used mine because they were different. Just remember, the risks don’t always pay off. There are plenty of times when I’ve tried something different and missed the “money shot”, but I would rather try and fail than not try at all.

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Winx and Invincibella, sunrise

Sedanzer, Prompt Response, Northwest Passage & Our Crown Mistress

Winx and Ben Cadden at sunrise

Another really important part of beach photography is choice of lens. One of my favourite shoots this season with Winx, I used two cameras, one with a 500mm lens, and one with a 24-70mm and nothing in between. This really allowed me time to plan the shots as I had plenty of time in between my last frame with the 500mm and my next frame getting low in the water with a 24-70mm to show the whole scene. I had a few sand banks to stand on this time, which made life easier, especially for the wide angle shots, but they give a whole different perspective. Camera Settings – The Silhouette. There’s something always beautiful about a magical sunrise and that silhouette. But how do you achieve this? The auto settings on most cameras won’t get this right. The camera will look for the brightest light source and expose accordingly. You need to switch your camera to manual settings and underexpose the whole scene so you are left with a silhouette. Practice your settings before your subject comes into frame, so when it hits the “money spot” you know your settings are perfect. So my No 1 tips for Beach Photography

Dare To Be Different – Be A Risk Taker

Tell The Story

Use a variety of lenses, zoom for those detail shots and wide to tell the story

Get down low when you can, when is safe for you and horse and rider

Join me each quarter in “On the Road” where I’ll be sharing a few of my favourite shoots and photo tips!

Winx & Ben

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SARAH’S SERIOUS SHOT Against the Superstars

In this land of the training giants, it’s becoming increasingly rare to find unusual names at big race meetings like a real Spring curtain-raiser held at Flemington on Saturday October 6th. Story by Matt Stewart – Winning Post • Image from Brett Holburt – Racing Photos


arren Weir, Chris Waller, David & Ben Hayes & Tom Dabernig, James Cummings and Peter & Paul Snowden; they are plastered all over the form guides and they dominate the racing news, with ongoing stories of their industrial-scale success. But in among the super powers was Sarah Zschoke and her 5-yo Gelding, potential giant-killer Eduardo. There was also Eduardo’s jockey, Brian Park, who would have been bumped from the Flemington form guide if not for Eduardo and 36-year-old Sarah, who happens to be the underrated Brian’s partner. Eduardo was not just making up the numbers in the Group 2 Gilgai Stakes, which was to be run over 1200m. He’s a serious up-and-comer, so this was no hopeful fairytale story. Eduardo wouldn’t be trained by Sarah if not for the lady who works in the office at Enver Jusofovic’s Cranbourne stables. That lady’s name is Jane Kauffman. “I owe her everything,” Sarah said. The Gilgai Stakes feel-good story takes an important turn with the relationship between the Office Manager and the small-time Trainer, but it started near Devonport in the north of Tasmania, where Sarah and her sister Claire developed a love for ponies. “For some reason I always wanted to become a Jockey,” Sarah explained. She rode trackwork for Leanne and Charlie Gaffney while still at High School, when she was on the verge of realising her dream when she became apprenticed to Alan Stubbs. “Then just as it was going to happen, I realised I didn’t really want to be a jockey,” she said with a chuckle. Sarah continued to ride work, studied pharmacy, then bought a cheap West Quest Colt she named Riddleofthesphinx, whose


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arrival coincided with Sarah’s departure from Tasmania six years ago. She was enticed by Victoria’s stronger racing and better training environment. She rented a box from Larry Childs at Cranbourne. Riddleofthesphinx won four races and was placed in almost half of his 25 starts. Even in Victoria’s ultra-competitive training environment; the land of giants; the success of Riddleofthesphinx proved to Sarah that she knew what she was doing. “He was a really good horse for me. He was a stayer. He’s nine now and I keep him as a pet,” she said. “When I was riding work in Tasmania, I was always wondering why trainers were doing certain things with horses, why they worked them a certain way. I wasn’t bagging them but it’s like anything; you have your own opinion on how you would do it. Riddleofthesphinx gave me confidence that I had some idea how to train them.” Enter Jane the office manager. Sarah worked some afternoons for Enver Jusofovic and would occasionally use the loo in the office, which meant occasional chats with Jane, who then introduced Sarah to an owner who had an agistment property. That led to Sarah selecting one horse from a paddock-full. The mare raced as Watch Me Blush, winning her first start at Pakenham and smashing the course record. As a result, a package of three horses was sent to Sarah and one of them was a colt by Host called Eduardo. “It’s funny how things work out,” she said. It was one morning at Cranbourne that Sarah first thought she might have a good one. Another trainer wanted a work partner for a horse he rated highly, and Sarah offered up Eduardo.

It was a course proper gallop, which Sarah watched from the Tower. She said, “I had ridden enough horses that would work like Champions and not turn up on race day, but he beat the other horse by lengths on the bridle and I thought, Hmmm.” By the time Eduardo headed to Moe on June 18th for his first start on a Heavy 9 surface over 1117m, Sarah had become Brian’s partner. He rode Eduardo to a six-length win. This was followed by an all-the-way victory over 1300m at Ladbroke’s Park, Sandown. After a short break, Eduardo then finished a first-up second by 0.4 lengths over 1200m at Caulfield on September 22nd when Sarah considered he was too fresh. “Brian is so important’’, Sarah said. “He is such a brilliant rider. He takes away

the doubt in your mind. Once I leg him up, I don’t worry about anything.” Eduardo started as an $8.50 shot in the Gilgai. Osborne Bulls, owned by megagiant Godolphin, was the favourite, but the race was won by I am Excited, with Eduardo finishing second by just 0.2L. Sarah was quietly confident Eduardo could slay the giants in the field at Flemington as she felt she had removed the freshness and knew that he was a good horse. She proved that she was correct when, at his next start in the G2 Caulfield Sprint over 1000m, he showed his versality when he won by 0.75L starting at $2.75 and has now been successful on Good, Soft and Heavy surfaces, while competing over distances from 1117m to 1300m.

ROCKY’S ON THE ROAD To the Show Ring

Handsome black stallion Lonhro is known for siring many champion racehorses, including Pierro, Denman and Impending, who are at stud themselves now. His ability to produce quality offspring whose competition careers span further than their time on the racetrack is impressive, too. The Rocky Handsome Show: Steph Barrington with Rocky, the former racehorse Lonrockstar, whose show-ring name is Lannister


ne of those is Lonrockstar, better known as Rocky. The nine-year-old gelding won just shy of $250,000 during a 38-start career for trainer John Sadler that included five wins and a Listed placing.

When the time came for Rocky to retire, his owners and trainer were adamant he needed the find the very best home. Fortunately, a local equestrian had already spotted him on the track, as new owner Nicole Wight recalled. “Rocky, or Lannister as he will be known in the show ring, came into my life in April 2017 after I received a phone call from my dear friend Paul Burslem,” Nicole said. “Paul and I have known each other for over 20 years in and out of the horse industry. “Paul called me and said, ‘Nicole, I’ve seen this horse, Lonrockstar. I’m at Sandown and Tom Sadler has just trotted him past me. Wow, he’s going to make a super show hack—oh, and he’s by Lohnro.’ “It didn’t take me long to reply, yes please.” When the owners had ensured Nicole would be the ideal fit for Rocky their partnership began to blossom. “After I picked him up from Trudi Christie, who had been looking after him, he had a six-month let-down spell at a beautiful property in Mt Eliza where he could just relax and be a horse. In this time his personality started to develop. Rocky’s favourite thing, other than food, is sleeping flat out like he’s dead on the ground. He has even been known to snore!” Ensuring he had enjoyed a good holiday and had let down properly, Nicole placed him at Shadowbrook, a property with a water-walker and pre-training facility in the peaceful surrounds of the Mornington Peninsula, to start his rehab/training phase. “Rocky absolutely loved it, he would splash around like a toddler in a bath,” she said.


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After four months on the water-walker, in conjunction with consistent treatment from equine physio Nerissa Eastland Wheal, Rocky went to the next stage, driving and lunging. The fundamental groundwork needed to be established before he was ridden, which Nicole believes makes the transition a lot easier. “Eventually I was happy with his acceptance of the process, so I threw the leg over,” she said. After six months at Shadowbrook it was time to bring him home to the show stables of Wight’s lifelong friends, the Barrington family, who have shown horses for more than 20 years on the Mornington Peninsula. Rocky’s work and show prep schedule increased as his first outing loomed, and he made his debut at the Sunbury Agricultural Show in October. “Rocky was a delight, handling everything from the dying of his tail, to the clipping and the makeup, all in his stride. I couldn’t have been happier with him or prouder of my retraining efforts.” Under the guidance of show rider Steph Barrington, Rocky won his open hack class and carried Steph beautifully. It was a stunning combination. Nicole plans to continue Rocky’s career as a show horse and hopes he will scale lofty heights. “My plans with him are that when I relocate to Echuca, to be with my nonhorsey yet rather understanding partner, Rocky will come with me and have a ‘river change’, she said. “He will continue to be campaigned from my base up there and I can’t wait.”


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Bill Gibbins with his wife Iolanda at Warrnambool

The Historic

JERICHO CUP A chance book purchase by Bill Gibbins has turned into the re-birth of truly historic race. As Tim Guille found out, Bill’s passion for the 4500m Jericho Cup held at Warrnambool Racecourse in December is just incredible, on a day that he created to honour an incredible part of Australian war history.


TIM GUILLE from Inside Racing spoke to Bill Gibbins • Image by Tara Keech here did your love of racing come from?

“It goes back to my Mother, who took me to the Melbourne Cup when I was 12 and I backed the winner at good odds. I was hooked.” Outside of your current project, what’s your involvement in racing now? “I have bred a little, but I think it is best left to the experts. I have owned quite a few runners and have a few currently, including one I own and three or four with my wife. That’s enough for now. Other than that, I love going to the races as much as I can and I’m a punting tragic.” The Jericho Cup dates to the First World War and a horse “Bill the Bastard.” What prompted your love for it and the idea to bring it back as a race?

“A friend of my wife and I actually calls me Bill the Bastard. He gave me the book of the same name one day. Initially I just put it aside, but then eventually started reading it. It really captured my imagination from the moment I started reading. The reality of it all, is what the Australian Light Horse did in the Middle East in World War 1 and how so few a people know the story. One thing led to another and I started to think about doing the race again.”


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Why Warrnambool? “I’ve been a long-time attendee of the Warrnambool Carnival, so it was the track that stood out from the start as the right place to have the race, especially over the Grand Annual course, it will be a great spectacle. About three years ago I approached the Club and saw the Committee about the idea.” It appears that Warrnambool and Racing Victoria have been extremely supportive? “There’s been a few ups and downs like with anything and it has taken three years to get it going. It would be great to have a larger field than 12, but I understand that’s all we can do for now. But the club has been very supportive this last year and Racing Victoria is right behind it. The whole Warrnambool Racing Club has been incredible as well as my wife of course.” The Jericho Cup looks like it will be an incredible spectacle. You must be pleased to get it going? “I am for sure. It’s never going to be a Stakes or class race, but it’s for people that have Australian bred stayers and it’s a BM90, so anyone can aspire to win it. Not many would know how they are going to go over this sort of distance. There will be a consolation race potentially too for those that don’t make the final field.”

It’s quite significant that it’s basically the 100-year anniversary this year. Did that play a part for you in having it now?

Has the Jericho Cup and the race day itself reached out to many people from a historic and connection perspective?

“That’s why I waited. When I first thought of the idea, I knew I couldn’t honour the 100th Anniversary of the Charge of Beersheba in Palestine by charging down the straight at Flemington on the Tuesday before Derby Day, so I went for something with a longer lead time and that was the Jericho Cup.”

“When I started talking to racing people about the concept, I found out quickly that so many people have relatives from back in that time. I remember I even sat back and worked out that if all the Australian soldiers came back and had two children, there would be about half a million out of 25 million Australians that had a connection to the Light Horse, or a ratio of 50 to 1. But in racing it seems to be a ratio of about 5 to 1. When I think about it, they were horse people 100 years ago, and they are horse people now. So, when the racing industry is honouring the Light Horse via this meeting, then you could argue they are honouring their own history.”

You have managed to put together a seven or eight race card to support the day. What was the back story to that? “The Club (Warrnambool) has been a tremendous support for this. But every race on the card will celebrate a person, a horse or an engagement. I’ve gone to a lot of trouble to get a unique Trophy for each race, which is almost a work of art. My thinking was that this event was always going to be about every race, not just the Jericho Cup. It is about honouring the Light Horse in World War 1.”

This event has been locked in for three years. Has it been a costly experience for you personally? “It will be. It has significant prizemoney on offer each year and I’ve organised all the trophies. They are mostly red gum bark with silver coins from the Perth Mint. They put them out with the 100th Anniversary and they have a link to a key battle that involved the Light Horse at Beersheba. With the support from the Club, Racing Victoria and Sponsors, but from a personal perspective it has been a fair bit of my time and money that has gone into this so far. But I certainly don’t regret it.” Is there anyone that you are honoured to have involved? “We will have a lot of the Shannahan family here (re Major Michael Shannahan). He was an excellent horseman who tamed Bill the Bastard. So that’s a wonderful tie into the Jericho Cup. We will also have of lot of relations of Harry Bell, a soldier who was lost in the Light Horse charge at Beersheba. In addition, we also have the 83-year-old daughter of Scott Bolton, another solider involved in the Light Horse charge at Beersheba. She will actually be presenting the Trophy to the winning connections of the Beersheba Sprint Race.”

Are you surprised that the excitement and involvement of this raceday and the Jericho Cup would spread so wide? “I am a little. It’s building momentum. There have been several people that have sort of come out of the woodwork across Australia. Trainers from places like Ballina and Grafton in NSW, are trying to qualify their horses. A lady from Kempsey told me she has organised a bus to bring people down to watch the meeting. I guess the best outcome for me would be for someone to come from out of the blue that just heard about the race and won it. We have had a race in each state as a Qualifier with the winner receiving a guaranteed spot in the Jericho Cup. To me this day is about all of Australia and the Light Horse, so I really want to see the day touch as many around the Country as it can in some way.” Be it that you are a racing tragic, is a stayer your preferred type of horse? “I think you could say that. The Melbourne Cup has been a big part of my life forever. When they had the 150th Melbourne Cup, I remember thinking that I had been to the 100th one also and didn’t miss many in that time. So, you could say yes, I do like staying races.” Jericho Cup Results 1st 2nd 3rd 4th

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T: A.Freedman T: B.I.Stanaway T: P.G.Carey T: D.K.Weir

J: C.Douglas J: E.Farr J: T.Ryan J: S.Jackson

The Light Horse Brigade Charge at Beersheba taken by a Turk whose camera was captured



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Rebecca Bartley steers San Carlo to a Cranbourne victory, one of two country cup triumphs in the 2018-19 season.


WHETHER it’s the hurl of a gumboot at Gunbower, the sip of some top shelf Yarra Valley bubbly or a charity drive for women’s health at Charlton, the Trots Country Cups carnival brings Victoria some unique sporting delight. Rolling through almost all corners of the state, each stop reveals a local taste and behaviour that provides a snapshot of their metropolitan or rural flavour.


Story by Michael Howard • Images by Stuart McCormick

t the heart of the September 27-June 7 season is the racing and, in particular, the 25-cup $25,000 pacing crown – the Trots Country Cups Championship – and the 24-cup $10,000 trotting crown – the Maori’s Idol Trotting Championship. To be a country cup winner is a feat that can define a horse’s career, a trophy worthy of mantelpiece prominence and often a moment that reveals an equine athlete who’s destined for the sport’s top tier. Pacing cup wins are feats already achieved this 2018-19 season by San Carlo (twice), I’m The Boss, Menin Gate, Motu Meteor, Rackemup Tigerpie and Motu Gatecracher, the latter saluting at Stawell on December 2. It was the month’s only championship stop as the series takes a break for the TAB Inter Dominion series and the Christmas-New Year season



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before resuming at Bendigo on January 5, but already the feel-good stories have come thick and fast. The Kilmore Pacing Cup, a prized jewel in the championship, was the first to drop and was captured by I’m The Boss, a rags to riches story for trainer David Aiken and his owners the Stokie family. Led by Luke Stokie, the syndicate snapped up I’m The Boss for $11,000 in a claiming race in September 2017 and a tick over 12 months on their once modest pacer had conquered four country cups and booked a start in the TAB Inter Dominion. “Confidence is a huge thing,” Luke Stokie said. “After the horse had a losing patch he dropped back in class. He showed after that he has an unbelievable will to win. I think we’ve always underestimated him. Even

Reinswoman Kima Frenning is among connections of I’m The Boss to celebrate their former claimers fourth country cup win, this time at Kilmore.

when he has won or run a really good race, I’ve found excuses for why – he had a good run, others had bad luck, things like that. Even winning the Kilmore Cup was a bit of fun, but I thought three or four others had hard runs. It wasn’t until the Victoria Cup that I started to take a bit of notice – he had a harder run, pulled a bit, and still ran well. Eleventhousand-dollar claimers don’t do that.” The good times continued at Swan Hill when Menin Gate (pacing) and King Denny (trotting) saluted. Both wins were reward for perseverance

by connections, who saw their athletes claim Horse of the Year awards as three-year-olds in Australia and New Zealand respectively before injury struck them down. “Full credit to the horse,” trainer-driver Michael Stanley said of Menin Gate. “He sort of had that feel about him that he wanted to win and he didn’t give in, he wanted to be the winner.” And the hits keep coming on the track and the fun keeps happening off it as the carnival rolls on. More details at


Woodlands Stud Great Southern Star Sat 26 Jan | A G Hunter Cup Sat 2 Feb DJ, Free Entry, Kids Activities, Summer Beer Garden, Gates Open 5.30 Visit, Tabcorp Park, 2 Ferris Rd, Melton (Cnr Western Highway)

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Tiger Storm after her history making win at Warragul

National Trots Record set at

WARRAGUL HARNESS RACING CLUB A stroke of luck gained Warragul Harness Racing Club some unexpected national publicity. Victoria’s top trainer, Emma Stewart, produced Tiger Storm to win the fourth race on the day, a victory which gave the stable win 300 for the current racing season. Story by Kyle Galley


he win eclipsed the previous national record of 299 wins by Queensland’s Bill Dixon in 2010/2011. Few would have expected that a country maiden race at Warragul would have provided this latest slice of harness racing history, given the dominance of the Stewart stable this season, and the fact that their horses rarely race at the Pacing Bowl. In fact, Tiger Storm was just the second runner for the Stewart stable at Warragul this season. The filly was driven by Chris Alford, one of four victories on the day for the master horseman as he captured his fifteenth Warragul Driver of the Year title. As with Gavin Lang’s five-thousandth race win some six years ago, Warragul was able to grab another 15 minutes of fame with this latest addition to the harness racing record books, which fittingly occurred on a day when the local club saluted the involvement of women past and present in the trotting game. Feature race on Sunday afternoon was the $10,000 Women in Trotting Tribute, a race reserved for female drivers. It was the first such race staged at Warragul for over 40 years - before women were allowed to compete against men in races for the first time in 1978, a handful of “exhibition” events for women were staged between races at local meetings. These days, however, women trotting drivers are far from a novelty, as they compete daily in races across Australia from country maiden events right through to the elite level. Although there were only seven starters in Sunday’s race, it was pleasing that three past graduates of the Gippsland Harness Training Centre in


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Michelle Phillips, Jenni Lewis and Casey Parker all competed. They are among the current generation of local ladies following the path created by such names as Debbie Quinlan, Jayne Davies, Leonie Collins and others. Casey Parker drove the race winner, Rocknroll Gold, to score her most important racetrack success. The winner is prepared locally by Michael Hughes, who bought up a training double in the process, having won earlier in the day with trotter Express Yourself. The winners are the first for Michael since he settled at his new stables in Iona, having developed his own property in recent times. His move from Cranbourne to Iona is an important one for local trotting, as it will enable to him to increase his numbers, while also opening up more stables to potential new trainers at the shared Cranbourne facility, which can only build further the number of competitors based in Gippsland. Another first with the trotter, Express Yourself, is that it was the maiden race success for owner Michelle Seamons, who is also a past graduate of the Gippsland Harness Training Centre. Local horseman Gary Quinlan provided three of the four winners for top reinsman Chris Alford on Sunday, and secured another Warragul Trainer of the Year award in the process. Gary and his wife Debbie prepared Scruffy Marshall, Starofsahara and Emiliana to victory. Happiest man on course after the first race on Sunday was Labertouche horseman Steve Austen, as he has had quite a battle to see his horse Priddy Easy back a winner at the races.

Competitors in the Women in Trotting Tribute (L to R) Fiona Glover (Clerk of the Course), Michelle Phillips, Kylie Sugars, Jenni Lewis, Paula Martin, Lisa Miles, Simone Walker and Casey Parker

Priddy Easy suffered a nasty chest injury after crashing through a fence at the Austen property in April, but dedicated care from his trainer and vets has seen the horse recover, and now claim his third race victory. Another highlight on Sunday was guest race caller Victoria Shaw, who broadcast the Women in Trotting Tribute race to on and off track audiences, while also interviewing guest speaker Dianne McGrath about her involvement in the planned Mars One mission. Cold weather and clashes with local football impacted on crowd numbers on Sunday, which is a shame, given that it was perhaps Warragul’s best meeting of the season for quality and quantity of horses. Patrons will now have to wait until Sunday December 23 for the next race meeting at Warragul. left to right: Race Driver Simone Walker, Victoria’s first licenced Reinswoman Leonie Collins, Race Broadcaster Victoria Shaw, and Race Driver Casey Parker

ALANA KELLY Lands First Win at her Home Track

Just two weeks after making her race debut, first-year Victorian apprentice Alana Kelly was successful, claiming her first race win on her home turf at Ballarat. Story Hannah Greasley – Racing Victoria


he October 25th win, which was on Under Our Spell, was made extra special for the 19-year-old with the five-year-old Mare trained by her father Daniel Kelly.

In only her seventh ride, Alana swept home aboard the long-odds chance to win a Maiden for fillies and mares by 1.75 lengths. “This is really good. I’m so happy for it to be one for Dad and one at home. It was super,” she told following her ride.

and that (win) just topped it off.” Daniel Kelly was equally as pleased when he spoke to postrace. “Terrific ride by my daughter, which was really good,” he said. “It’s a long time coming. She’s ridden trackwork since she was about 12 and she was always riding ponies early doors, when she was four and five, right through until riding in races. “She’s a hard worker and she deserves the success.”

“I was just sitting and waiting, sitting and waiting, and when she was still there (travelling) on the corner, I thought, ‘Gee this is going to be good’.

The success continued for the young jockey when she followed up with her second win, on October 30th at Stawell, on the Linda Meech-trained Beeokay.

“Dad broke her in and brought her through. She was a bit of a menace when she was younger, so it’s super to get her going now

above MAGIC MOMENT: Alana Kelly and her father Daniel embrace after Under Our Spell gave the young jockey her first win.

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>>P102 Darren Weir is on a roll and Joel Marshall believes he can land his sixth Group 1 of the spring with Peaceful State in Saturday’s $1 million Railway Stakes at Ascot.

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FRIDAY n The Valley 43 n Terang 47 n Hawkesbury 51 SATURDAY n Sportsbet-Ballarat 7 n Rosehill 13 n Morphettville 19 n Doomben 23 n Ascot 27 n Gosford 31 SUNDAY n bet365 Park Kilmore 33 n Ararat 37 n Sunshine Coast 39 n Goulburn 41

30 Years of

WINNING POST A punting Priest came up with the simple name and in many ways, he nailed it! WINNING POST rolled off the presses out of Fitzroy, Victoria, for the first time in early October 1988. Story by Tony Kneebone – Managing Editor


ather Joe Giacobbe, Founder of the DOXA Foundation for disadvantaged children, was (still is), a passionate racing man and, way back then, he could see the imminent demise of the Bingo night — his reliable fundraiser source for so many years.. Fr Joe was always around racing people and indeed, many of them were responsible for the early success of DOXA and its hugely popular out-ofschool school programs. Bart Cummings and Roy Higgins were great mates and supporters of any bizarre idea Joe might have come up with. The idea of Winning Post was certainly one out of the box. Joe decided there was an opening in the market for a Thoroughbred form publication which focused on Friday racing, with Saturday meetings thrown in there for support. Plus Harness and Greyhound meetings. It would be free to punters, and delivered throughout the land by couriers, into Hotels and Clubs with TAB services. Potential advertisers would pay for all this service. The initial Winning Post was produced for October 7, 1988, with Syndicator Harry Lawton the first man to weigh in with an advertisement. Legendary racecaller John Russell became the Chief Writer, no doubt free of cost, for he was one of Joe’s best mates. Soon, a large team had climbed aboard, among them another famous caller, Jack Styring. He was quickly promoted to Managing Editor. His support crew included “Cicero” (former Sporting Globe scribe Lex Fullarton), Dr. Turf, bookmaker Kevin Sears, Glenn Robbins, “Riverside” (Jimmy Arrowsmith), a lady called Sue (Sue’s column), “Paro Pete” (Peter Richardson), Harness columnist Keith McGowan, Chief compositor Craig McManus and, most importantly, Richard Sims. Richard was (still is) an advertising salesman — and when you’re freighting 50,000 papers around the country with no one buying them, believe me — you need a good advertising salesman! The paper ranged in size between 32 and 40 pages, and featured two colours — Black, and “spot” Red. Winning Post hit a major hurdle early ... the incoming (cash) couldn’t keep up with the outgoing. Things got worse and Fr Joe needed some help with direction. He learned that some of my contacts could come in handy. I was working for the Rupert Murdoch Empire at the time. Four pints at the Royal Standard Hotel in West Melbourne did the trick (in truth he had me after two) and so began my 29-year career at Winning Post. There was a bit of tinkering to be done, but the main job was to get people paying for the paper! This is where Rupert M came in handy. His organisation agreed to a trial distribution into all Newsagencies throughout Australia — and we were away! We eliminated the Harness and Greyhounds (one reader complained) and started out with a cover price of 80 cents. Once in the black (it took a while), Winning Post started making some serious money for the DOXA Foundation — not just from the newspaper but spinoffs, such as the day Collingwood broke their Premiership drought in 1990. We created a hastily-designed Poster and sold it to fans leaving the Melbourne Cricket Ground — which, from memory, raised $25,000!

Racing memorabilia became massive for us. Framed posters of Champions such as Phar Lap, Sunline, Makybe Diva ... the passionate racing readers couldn’t get enough of them. We’d sell anything through the paper. Noel Callow (back in the days he was King Callow) once came into the office for a few hours and signed 500 personalised bobblehead dolls for us. 20 bucks a pop — we sold out. We once raced a horse, syndicated to 20 readers, in the Winning Post colours — her name was Mars Queen, trained by Gerald Ryan. She won a race at Flemington. There were some little failures along the journey. An annual publication called This Racing Year started well but limped along under financial pressure for a few years before falling over in 2009. We tried sports lift out early in the new century — with the great Shane Crawford as our guest writer ... but it went the way of This Racing Year. By 2007 Fr Joe and his DOXA Foundation had discovered poker machine venues were lucrative (and probably contained fewer headaches than owning a publication business) and we were sold to Peter Sidwell, owner of Best Bets. Joe mentioned to me recently the money received for Winning Post was used to help pay for two pokies venues, which have since raised many millions of dollars for the disadvantaged youth. Our stay with Peter was short, but memorable for one major change — we went to full colour for the first time (July 2007). Within a few months Peter sold Best Bets and Winning Post to racing station TVN for what was viewed by many loud critics at the time as “over the odds”. However, TVN received its investment money back within a few years — before collapsing for other reasons, in 2015. The TV station was gone but Winning Post and Best Bets were still going strong. They were put up for auction, with Racing Victoria and Racing NSW the eligible bidders. Racing Victoria won. Winning Post boasts a solid line-up of stayers who have been on board for more than 20 years, including deputy editor John Barker, international correspondent John Wathen-Berry, analysts Tony Rickards and Kristen Manning, Mornington trackman Les Obriem, photographer Bruno Cannatelli and Brisbane tipster Peter Lyne.

Most of our other contributors have at least 10 years of service behind them. Once you’re in it’s hard to get out! These days, Winning Post is printed in three locations — Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland — and is sold through 5,000 outlets. A mammoth thanks to all our readers for keeping us in a good job. Editor’s Note. I first became aware of Winning Post when in 1995, I purchased a 20% share in a Gelding which I named Stalwart, trained by the late Jack Besanko (father of current trainer Ray) at Epsom. The layout of Winning Post is brilliant as it allows their readers to just take the form guide of one or more meetings, instead of the total paper. This is the reason that today it is the largest selling Racing Newspaper in Australia. Its comprehensive form guides and comments and stories by expert racing analysts, is available in all States every Friday and is tremendous value at just 5.50, making it an important purchase for all Thoroughbred racing enthusiasts, whether they be owners or punters, regardless of age or sex.

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Sunlight wearing 2018 Racing Women’s Bonus rug

The Star Gold Coast

MAGIC MILLIONS CARNIVAL The world-first Magic Millions Racing Women’s Initiative continues to blossom – and is doing so on a global scale.


s we approach the 2019 The Star Gold Coast Magic Millions Carnival, Katie Page-Harvey’s brainchild designed to promote and develop female ownership in the thoroughbred industry is now in its seventh year of operation.

The continual growth of the Magic Millions Racing Women’s Bonus shows no sign of slowing down. For the Bonus in 2019 over 47% of horses registered contain first time owners, with 70 individual trainers represented across ACT, NSW, QLD, SA, VIC and New Zealand.

Since inception the Magic Millions Racing Women’s Bonus, run in conjunction with the renowned 2YO Classic, has resulted in a total of 998 two-year-olds being registered as solely owned or leased by women. There are 170 registered two-year-olds in the race for the $500,000 Bonus on offer at the Gold Coast on Saturday January 12th. The success of the Tony McEvoy trained Sunlight in winning first place prizemoney in the 2018 Magic Millions 2YO Classic plus first place in the Bonus, saw her collect $1,525,000 for her happy connections. The daughter of Group One winning Magic Millions graduate Zoustar was purchased for $300,000 at the 2017 edition of the Gold Coast Yearling Sale. The excitement is building and pointing to a high quality line-up for The Star Gold Coast Magic Millions Raceday this January. Already eight individual two-year-old winners have hit the track which are Racing Women’s Bonus eligible. Amongst them are Debutant Stakes winner Champagne Boom (David & B Hayes & T Dabernig) and Breeders’ Plate winner Dubious (Ciaron Maher & David Eustace).

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Presentation for Sunlight connections

The Racing Women’s concept is now a vital component of yearling sales, having a significant impact on the syndication of yearlings, bringing extra business to trainers and opening new doors for commercial breeders. In 2018, total sales amounted to more than $22.6 million for yearlings purchased for the Racing Women’s Bonus. The initiative has also influenced the creation of similar all-female ownership groups internationally. The It’s All About The Girls syndicate which famously raced dual Group One winner and Magic Millions graduate Global Glamour, now race numerous horses across the USA and Europe as well as Australia. The Star Gold Coast Magic Millions Carnival will run from 4-15 January 2019. From the Pacific Fair Magic Million Polo, the Barrier Draw on the foreshore, the Gold Coast Yearling Sale, to a $10 million Raceday there will be something spectacular on offer for all horse enthusiasts. Billy Slater Saddles Up Recently retired Rugby League superstar Billy Slater has signed as an Ambassador for the 2019 The Star Gold Coast Magic Millions Carnival. Slater, a former trackwork jockey for trainer Gai Waterhouse, will play in the Celebrity v Jockeys game ahead of fellow Magic Millions Ambassadors Zara Phillips MBE, international Polo legend Nacho Figueras and his wife Delfina Blaquier and former leading Australian player Rob Archibald playing in the feature game at Pacific Fair Magic Millions Polo on Sunday January 6. He’ll saddle up again on Tuesday 8 January to ride in the thoroughbred beach run ahead of the Barrier Draw for The Star Gold Coast Magic Millions Raceday. This is a stunning event that sees Australia’s leading jockeys thundering along Surfers Paradise beach from 6am with thousands of people watching on. On Tuesday night Billy will join the who’s who of Australian and international racing at the Magic Millions Launch Party on the Surfers Paradise foreshore and from Wednesday it will all be about business, with Woodside Park Stud presenting a yearling on behalf of Slater Thoroughbreds at the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale for the first time. Billy joined Magic Millions co-owners Katie Page and Gerry Harvey at the official launch of the 2019 Carnival on the Gold Coast today, with Page saying they wasted no time approaching Billy about becoming an Ambassador following his retirement from Rugby League. “Billy is the perfect fit for Magic Millions and we’re delighted to welcome him as an Ambassador for 2019. Billy’s life-long love of horses is now his post-footy career. Billy has always read the play, and this could be his best move yet,” Page said.


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Woman Bonus Trophy presentation with Katie Page-Harvey

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“I think many people are aware of Billy’s history with the thoroughbred industry, but few have seen him ride. We can’t wait to see his extraordinary athleticism and instinctive competitiveness kick in when he joins some of the best in the business during the Pacific Fair Magic Millions Polo and during the beach race at The Star Gold Coast Magic Millions Barrier Draw. “We’re also thrilled to help kick start his career as a breeder of thoroughbreds. Gerry and I love the horse business - Billy and Nicole are perfect examples of the fabulous people this industry attracts. “With Billy’s involvement, with the record number of lots for the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale and with some exciting prospects for the $10 million The Star Gold Coast Magic Millions Raceday it is really shaping up to be one of the best Carnivals yet.” 2019 will be Billy’s first Carnival and he’s looking forward to joining the action. “I’ve always had two great passions in life - Rugby League and horses - and now that my footy career is over, breeding horses has taken over my drive to succeed,” Billy said. “I really am so excited to become an Ambassador for The Star Gold Coast Magic Millions Carnival and my family can’t wait to go - it’s such a great event. “I didn’t ride much while playing footy so I’m a bit nervous about getting back in the saddle. I’ve got a strong competitive streak, so I’ll be fitting in a few lessons before playing in the Polo and to prepare for the beach race. “With our first yearling going through the sales I’ll also be taking a very keen interest in all the auction ring action - keeping an eye on what prices are and working out our own values.” The Star Gold Coast is naming rights partner of the Carnival for the first time in 2019. The Star Entertainment Group Managing Director and CEO Matt Bekier says the foundations are in place for a compelling 10 days.“Magic Millions is a quintessential Gold Coast event,” Mr Bekier said. “It continues to grow as a major drawcard on the national events calendar and has multiple points of appeal, from the yearling sales to the polo and, of course, The Star Gold Coast Magic Millions Raceday on January 12. “The appointment of an Australian sporting superstar, Billy Slater, as an Ambassador for The Star Gold Coast Magic Millions Carnival will further amplify that popularity. “We look forward to welcoming visitors to the Gold Coast, and to our Broadbeach property, where a range of thrilling and unique experiences will complement the excitement of the Carnival.” Queensland Minister for Tourism Industry Kate Jones says Magic Millions is a unique event that they are proud to partner. “It’s great to see the addition of a great Queenslander, in Billy Slater, to a great Queensland event like the Magic Millions,” she said. “This is a festival that not only boosts the state’s racing industry but showcases the Gold Coast’s stunning beaches and amazing hinterland. “The Magic Millions is crucial when it comes to growing Queensland’s major events calendar which will pump $780m into the state’s economy this year and continues to enhance our reputation as Australia’s best destination for major events.” 2019 The Star Gold Coast Magic Millions Carnival Calendar

Sunday January 6

Pacific Fair Magic Millions Polo, Doug Jennings Park, The Spit

Tuesday January 8:

AM The Star Gold Coast Magic Millions Barrier Draw, Surfers Paradise foreshore - PM Magic Millions Launch Party (invitation only)

Wednesday January 9: Opening day of the 2019 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale (Book 1) (888 lots), Magic Millions Sale Complex, Bundall

Saturday January 12:

The Star Gold Coast Magic Millions Raceday, Gold Coast Turf Club

Sunday January 13:

2019 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale Book 2 commences (234 lots), Magic Millions Sale Complex, Bundall 2019 The Star Gold Coast Magic Millions Carnival Ambassadors are Nacho Figueras, Delfina Blaquier, Zara Phillips MBE, Mike Tindall, Francesca Cumani, Billy Slater, Rob Archibald, Hamish McLachlan, Amanda Abate

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With a discerning palette of refined finishes and superior well-equipped kitchens complete with Miele appliances and home automation, Bathers Beachside has enjoyed great demand from buyers with strong off-the-plan sales. Proudly presented by Traders in Purple with more than $1 billion in projects currently in the pipeline and an impressive track record of 100 percent project completion, all Traders in Purple development sites are highly sought after. Positioned an easy half hour drive from Brisbane’s CBD, this magnificent stretch of coastline is never overcrowded. Margate Beach features soft white sand and a scenic timber boardwalk that stretches along the coastline for leisurely strolls. For more information visit


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Since 2009, URBBANA have been specialising in racewear specific styling and attire for gentlemen all around Australia. Sam and Kaan have cemented themselves as the industry’s experts in styling and their distinctive signature handmade collections make URBBANA the ideal place to scrub up for your next race day.


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URBBANA – Your 4 point guide for this racing season. Yes, it’s that time of the year again. Well and truly an iconic season around Australia, it’s important to respect its tradition and adhere to its etiquette. The spring/summer racing season is a time of year for men to express and present themselves as Gentlemen, but also not lose their individuality; and move away from the stock standard navy suit you would wear to work. While dressing boldly for the races is encouraged, there are general guidelines you must follow to avoid a fashion gaffe this racing season. Here’s our 4 point guide to getting it spot on at your next race day.



We get it, it’s hot… very hot. Make it easier on yourself by sticking to light fabric cotton/linen suiting, with very minimal construction and lining. It’s the season for vibrant colours, panama hats and loafers; so don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone and experiment with garments you’re not particularly familiar with!



It’s quite simple… Bring your A-Game! If there’s a time on your calendar you can be sartorially aware, it’s during the racing season. Learn to develop your own unique and distinctive style that you feel comfortable with, and express yourself. So, don’t shy away and enjoy the stylish occasion. 3.


The Australian racing culture is built on tradition and heritage. As such, it’s important to respect the dress code and style etiquette of each race day. Each day has a unique official flower and dress code. Therefore, it’s essential to brush up on the appropriate attire for every day you attend, and incorporate these colours in your outfit. 4.


Adding sartorial touches through accessories can change your look dramatically. Give your suit some personality with streaks of colour in your ties, lapel pins, pocket squares and even socks. Remember, it’s the little things that make garments an outfit!

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Is Following a Well-Trodden Path When it comes to gender equality in the workplace, Brisbane Racing Club (BRC) is on track to hit a one hundred per cent strike rate.


Story by Erin Miller • Image courtesy Brisbane Racing Club

RC’s staff figures show 216 female and 217 males are on the payroll at present, the result of a conscious decision by the Club to embrace gender diversity in the workplace.

BRC’s Human Resources Manager Michelle Williams, said, “The Club have been committed to reducing the gap in gender diversity for a number of years. “Our mission is to be an innovative Industry leader with a selfsustaining ethos to assist the growth and future of The Club. Having the balance of equality allows for barriers to be broken down and have a more cohesive workplace.” “Females are accounted for in a variety of roles, not just the traditional office roles. “We have female crews in the setup of operations, female pony clerks, with most in race day roles of Food and Beverage, Bar, Gates and Supervisors.” One of those Supervisors is Ashleigh Boxsell who has worked at the BRC since 2011, following in the footsteps of what she describes as her entire family. This is no exaggeration, it seems that BRC is almost in Ashleigh’s DNA. “Every single person in my family has worked for the BRC. My parents, siblings, aunts, uncles and grandparents have all worked there at one time or other. It’s pretty much been a job passed on to every family member.” said Ashleigh.


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The 24-year-old remembers her first day at Doomben Racecourse like it was yesterday. “Black Caviar was racing on the day, so the atmosphere was amazing, there were lines of people all the way out from the gate, it was very hectic.” Since that day she was hooked and has worked for BRC ever since. “I love it so much, I literally look forward to coming to work every day. Supervising behind the Bar comes with lots of characters that keeps things interesting. We have the racing enthusiast who will rattle off all these horse statistics to me, or the customer who is at the races to party and have a good time. It’s a mixture of different cultures who come to a race day.” Ashleigh’s commitment to her job and her customers hasn’t gone unnoticed, with one couple always trying to find her to say hello. “Country Music raceday is my favourite day, I love country people and I’ve actually got a couple who attend every year and no matter what, they come to find me and say g’day”, said Ashleigh. Speaking of love, the stars aligned for the Bar Supervisor who met her partner of five years at the BRC and she’s hoping to one day carry on the family tradition and marry trackside. Ashleigh concluded, “My dad has never missed a Melbourne Cup day, even on his wedding day! My parents were married at 9am so they could then come to the races. “I’m definitely getting married at the racecourse.”


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A TOKEN BLOKE Little did I know that my Love Affair with Birdsville would turn into a Love Affair of a different kind.


Story by Sharon Lee Chapman • Images by Mark Lee

fter my first trip to Birdsville in 2015, the following year I decided to organise a fundraising trip, a trip for likeminded souls who maybe had Birdsville on their bucket list but needed help with the logistics of getting to such a remote location. Our goal was to raise money for the Royal Flying Doctor Service by attracting teams from all over the country.

One such team I approached was Quilly Park. The owner, Richard Anderson had been a long-time client and he invited his staff along for a team building exercise. One of those staff was a strappingly handsome man by the name of Mark Lee, whom I’d never met before. As Birdsville loomed, we had several meetings and my heart started to get a little flutter when I knew I would be seeing Mark. By the time Mark and the Quilly Park team arrived in Birdsville, my crush was in full swing. It was in Birdsville that our romance blossomed, and it seemed my 47 years wait for Mr Right was finally over. What better place to find your soulmate than Outback Australia? A 5,000 km journey to find a man


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who lived just 10 minutes up the road, who’d been on my doorstep all these years, but for some reason, our paths had never crossed. We have been together now for over two years and I am blessed to have found such a wonderful, caring, generous man to spend my life with. It wasn’t until January 2017 when I handed Mark a camera, with very basic instructions, (how to turn the camera on, press the shutter and a few basic exposure settings), that Mark used a pro camera for the first time. His job, was to shoot from the crowd at the famous Magic Millions Barrier Draw. I’d positioned myself further down the beach and when I saw Brenton Avdulla cross the line, arms out, I was cursing my decision to be further down the beach. I knew Mark was in that vicinity, but I knew it was a big ask to expect him to have nailed the shot, especially with the crowd leaning over the fence, a big moment happening with not much warning at his first attempt at using an SLR camera. Not only did he capture the image, but he captured

it perfectly, well composed, perfect exposure, perfect sharpness and the SHOT of the day. Magic Millions used this shot in their magazine as the feature shot the following year and a photographer in the making was born. Some people are just good at everything they touch, and they have a desire to learn any new craft and master it. Mark is one of those people. A natural, with a great eye and an ability to always try something different. When I first broached the subject with Mark about the use of drones and how it would bolster the business, he set about finding one to purchase, and watched every tutorial he could find. He spent time at the local park practising to make sure his inaugural flight went off without a hitch. It took about eight mornings at Balnarring to finally get the Dolphins with the horses, but it was a moment we’ll both remember for a long time. Since that time, Mark has had countless hours flying the drone and was fortunate enough to fly the drone at Betoota Race Club during the Simpson Desert Race Carnival. The epic video footage is soon to be used for a documentary for World Horse Racing. He also came up with a fabulous new way to photograph wildlife and it was on our return trip from Birdsville, that we spotted a herd of Brumbies. Whilst I tried to get closer to the herd, Mark flew the drone in, hovering at eye level, as the herd stood as one, fascinated by this strange bird. The resulting image I am sure you will all agree is spectacular and mesmerizing. The perfect symmetry, the horses all standing to attention in the outback scrub, all make this one of the most popular photos in our joint library of images. As we followed Winx’s Spring Carnival journey, capturing her visits to Altona Beach in Victoria, Mark’s work was showcased several times. Initially on Channel 7 with his fantastic video piece and then his image of Winx, ridden by his Track Rider, Ben Cadden and his Strapper, Umut Odemisliouglu appearing on the front page of the Winning Post newspaper. He’s also been published in The Age. Not bad for such a short career. It looks like I’m going to need a bigger scrapbook! Before Mark, life was like a big jigsaw puzzle, it was nearly complete, and I thought I had found happiness, with freedom and singledom and travelling the world to hone my craft. I always knew there was something missing, but it wasn’t until I found my missing piece that my life and happiness all came together. He was definitely worth the 47 year wait!

Magic Millions Barrier Draw and Brenton Avdulla

Brumbies via Drone on the Birdsville Track

On Winx watch at Altona Beach

FOOTNOTE: If Mark and I get married, he may have to change his name, as otherwise I could be called Sharon Lee Lee! Winx, Ben and Umet

Sunrise at Birdsville

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Beetoota via drone - Mark Lee

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Betoota Cup winner Hussonique ridden by Terry Treichel

BIRDSVILLE & BETOOTA Simpson Desert Racing Carnival

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Blue Jest & Aidin Thompson win the Birdsville Cup below: Birdsville via helicopter

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FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE From tragedy in her homeland to finding love and a new life in paradise, Alla Dimech has discovered a fashionable outlet for her creativity.


Story by Dale Olsson • Images by Ross Stevenson

beautiful and stylish woman, Alla has only been entering Fashions on the Field for the last six years. She recalled her first ever entry at the Gold Coast Turf Club. “I accepted my best friend Inessa McIntyre’s invitation to dress up and go to the races. There was a Ladies Race Day run by SEA FM. I wore a black and white dress that I thought looked nice and I made a headpiece from a tulle scarf which I draped to look like a flower. How surprised I was when I won Best-Dressed Lady. My Fashions on the Field journey started on that very day, June 7th 2012. Since then, I have entered every possible fashion event in Brisbane and the Gold Coast, as well as country towns and interstate. I am thrilled to say that I have won quite a few major competitions and proudly own 35 fabulous sashes.” However, the pinnacle of her racing fashion career was her most recent win in April which has put her amongst an elite circle of international winners, when she was sashed the Most Stylish Lady of Dubai Style Stakes at the Dubai World Cup. Her win was no surprise to me as she had won previously in the same outfit on Doomben Cup Day last year. I was one of the judges on the day


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and was impressed with the way her ensemble epitomised the theme of the day – Fashion Forward. To respect traditional Arabian culture though, she made some innovations to the original outfit which she designed and made herself. The asymmetric and multilayered was made from a combination of striped and ornamental fabrics in colours of white, tan and green but she added a removable collar to cover her shoulders as well as slim underskirt pants, making it innovative as well as modest. Alla also made her turban-style millinery piece from ecofriendly jute fabric to which she added remnants of fabric from her dress. She finished her total look with a gold clutch handbag and gold embellished heels. It certainly wowed the judges whilst paying homage to local sentiments.

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Alla’s win was the highlight of what was originally an unexpected elevenday business trip for her husband, Steve. As she told me, “Fortunately for me, the biggest race day in the world, the Dubai World Cup was occurring during our stay. I could not miss the chance to visit Meydan, as it is such a glamorous racecourse, and attend the richest race on the planet. I was totally blown away by the views and facilities of Meydan racecourse and its own multi-storey hotel, stylish, modern and grand. We had an absolutely unforgettable day there, meeting new friends, breathing in and observing all the aspects of the amazing Arabian culture and being so happy to be part of this magnificent event of the year. It felt like a dream come true: the beautiful horses, incredible fireworks, the after-race stage show, and the speech made by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum, but most of all, my precious winning sash and my international title of the Most Stylish Lady of Dubai Style Stakes.” Based on her unexpected but unforgettable experience, Alla urges all fashionistas to “Go for your dreams, be adventurous, be creative and different, be YOU and you will be acknowledged and recognised for your talents.” She appreciates her husband Steve Dimech for his unflagging support and admiration of her talents. “He is the love of my life and we have been married for ten awesome years”. The couple live on the beautiful Gold Coast which she fell in love with when she first arrived in Australia. She never wishes to live anywhere else as, with its natural beauty, it is the perfect place for her creative outlets. “I am Russian deep in my heart, but I am happy to say that I am proudly Australian.” Alla Dimech has come a long way, both physically and emotionally, to reach this stage of her life - one of peace and contentment. Born in Moscow, the capital city of Russia, she was the eldest child in a successful family of an Army officer and a lawyer. She was very close to her mother, Alla said. “She had many different talents which I inherited from her. She would always find some special time for me and taught me how to play the piano, to sing, to speak several languages, to draw, and of course, to create. I kept those skills throughout my life and I knew, wherever my life would take me, I would use those skills in a close relationship with design and fashion.” Life sometimes takes some unexpected and tragic turns. Alla was happily married with two beautiful children when her beloved husband and baby son were killed in an horrific accident. Her little daughter Anya was the only precious reminder of her once loving family. In order to start a new chapter, she left her home where everything reminded her of her recent

sad loss and took a long-term contract to live and work in Japan as an international Japanese, Russian and English translator and interpreter for a major oil trading company. Alla told me, “I took my only daughter to grow up in a totally different and unknown culture and we both made the most of it, learning the amazing history and traditions of Japanese culture. I had a successful job and was highly respected for my knowledge and fluency in my language ability. We loved Japan.” But the time came when Anya, who now spoke and even thought in Japanese, wanted to learn perfect English. Alla told me that she would do anything for her only child and started to research avenues to fulfil her daughter’s dream. Providence came in the form of an older Australian couple whom they met on one of their holidays to Thailand. They told Alla stories about a beautiful and natural green and gold continent. Both mother and daughter were naturally adventurous and planned to emigrate to Australia, the Gold Coast their final destination. Once again, they had to build a life in a new country. As a single mother, Alla had to learn to be strong, to work hard in order to succeed. Anya was enrolled at St Hilda’s, a private school at Southport. Alla bought a block of land in the surrounding area and built a home for them both. She easily found a position assisting Japanese tourists who had come to Australia to play golf, then she opened a fashion retail business in the Harbour Town shopping centre. Time passed. Anya attended Bond University and then, one magical Christmas Eve, Alla met her future husband. Steve proposed on Valentine’s Day during a hot air balloon ride over the coast and they married in August. She is now a second mother to Steve’s three children and is a grandmother to Zara, Anya’s seven-year-old daughter. “It melts my heart every year when Mother’s Day comes around…. I know better than anybody, when you lose something very precious, you know how to treasure what you have and to keep it close forever. I am the happiest woman in the world. I love, and I am loved. I am successful and I know that even though my life has taught me some hard lessons, it has made me who I am today.” Wise words indeed from a strong and intelligent woman. Hearing Alla’s story has made me realise that in my capacity as a Fashions on the Field judge throughout the State I regularly meet elegant, stylish ladies on a merely superficial level and that beneath the glamour, each one has her own individual story to tell which perhaps I will never know. I thank Alla Dimech for being brave enough to reveal such personal and private information and to share her life story with us. I look forward to seeing what fabulous ensemble she has created for the upcoming Magic Millions week.

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t is a time to indulge your senses and witness the beauty that only the island state has to offer. Savour the flavor of multi-national cuisines and taste the locally produced wines, many of which are taking out national and international awards. The excitement generated from a Tasmanian experience is like no other in Australia.

Casino is a must attend for visiting racegoers and socialites alike.

The TSRC ends in Launceston with the cup meeting held on the last Wednesday of the month but the lead-up to the 2019 edition will be something special as it also takes in the Magic Millions Yearling Sales the day after the Oaks Day meeting on February 24.

The TSRC begins officially on January 9 with the Devonport Cup meeting that has grown into one of the best country race days in Australia.

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Laura Blacker with Gallow Gate


Following in her Family’s Footsteps When Laura Blacker turned 14, the first thing she wanted to do was acquire her strapper’s licence, which stands to reason given she bears the surname of a family that has dominated the Thoroughbred racing industry on the island state of Tasmania for over four decades.


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aura’s grandfather, George Blacker, a Hall of Fame trainer is regarded as one of Tasmania’s best trainers during that period. Her father John Blacker has stepped into the breach, taking over the family stables at Longford and that’s where Laura is starting to hone her skills as a Thoroughbred trainer. Being appointed as her father’s stable foreman two years ago was enough incentive for her to face the cold and miserable 4am starts during the winter months without a whimper. Her aspirations stretch way beyond the work duties she shares with a big team of dedicated stable hands and trackwork riders seven days a week at Birle Lodge. “Growing up in a racing family has meant I’ve always been around horses and I truly love them as animals, but there was a time when I was unsure of whether stable life was for me,” Laura said. “When I was 14 all I wanted was to get my strapper’s licence because at least then I could go to the stables and do something constructive and when I went to the races I could be a part of the action.


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“I guess I was like most other teenagers, I started to look for different interests and at one stage I contemplated a hairdressing apprenticeship and I’m sure there were other possible career paths I considered.” But just over a year after acquiring her strapper’s licence, Laura’s world was turned upside down when her mother, Maree, was killed while holidaying in Samoa with John. Laura’s parents never had a honeymoon, so when the opportunity arose in 2009 after John had enjoyed one of his best seasons as a trainer, Maree booked a holiday to Samoa which was a major item on her bucket list and where she wanted to celebrate her 50th birthday. Just four days into their holiday a tsunami struck the island and ripped through the resort where they were staying and unfortunately Maree was one of 110 civilians who did not survive. The tiny town of Longford, in the state’s north, was rocked by the tragedy and Laura, at age 15, not only lost her Mum but her best friend. Laura said, “Losing a parent at my age was something I found very hard to come to terms with and it took some time before it had all sunk in.”

After a while John gradually got back on his feet and about two and a half years on, he packed up and headed to Victoria where he acquired stables at Seymour, about 115 kilometers north of Melbourne. Laura was still at school, but the plan was for her to live with her grandparents and then move to Victoria to join John at the Seymour training complex as soon as she graduated. She said, “Losing Mum was very hard on Dad because they were very close, so I understood why he wanted to move to Victoria. The grand plan was for me to move as well but it never eventuated because I had acquired a boyfriend by then and I was happy to remain in Tasmania.” Laura was still keen to be around horses, but the life of a teenager is not usually one based on stability and Laura fell into that category. There were times when she contemplated moving to Seymour on a permanent basis but she was mindful of what her mother had told her regarding having something else to fall back on in case working with horses didn’t work out. John’s move to Victoria wasn’t working out so he decided to return to Tasmania but with her life seemingly at a crossroad, Laura had already made plans to spread her wings and head to Sydney. “I made a move to Sydney with my boyfriend and that meant having nothing to do with racing. I was going to try and secure a hairdressing apprenticeship, but we weren’t sure whether we were going to stay in Sydney so that idea was shelved. “I ended up obtaining a job in a pharmacy in Mosman, but I soon hated it so eight months later I moved back home.” Once she settled back into life at Longford, Laura still had no intention of slotting back into stable life. She said, “Originally I didn’t want to go back to working at the stables because I thought I wanted to have some other qualification to fall back on, but that never eventuated.

Laura Blacker strapping one of her dad’s horses in Launceston

“I started to take more notice of Dad’s training methods and when I came up with an idea that Dad implemented on one of the horses, Gallow Gate, which improved him out of sight and the change that I suggested gave me the incentive to get really involved.” The gear change that Laura suggested that John make to Gallow Gate’s gear led to the Gelding winning four out of five starts in the space of six weeks early last season. Laura, now 24, gets on well with her Dad, but they are alike in that they can both be stubborn and pig-headed. She continued, “If I have an opinion on something to do with one of the horses I’ll let Dad know, but at the end of the day he is a great trainer and I am lucky to be able to learn from someone who has been so successful. When asked if there was one thing her father does that bugs her she replied: “I just wish he wouldn’t doubt himself sometimes.”

“I needed a job, so I worked at the stables and then Dad’s business grew and we had such a big team of horses in work there was always Ladies in Racing Magazine wishes Laura every success in her future endeavours. plenty to keep me busy and I was content.

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IN THE BLOODLINES When your Grandfather rides in two Melbourne Cups and you’re born at a Bart Cummings owned farm, it would seem you’re destined to a life in the Thoroughbred game; that is the background of Sky Racing presenter Chantelle Buckley. Story by Erin Miller • Images by and Ross Stevenson


hirty-one-year-old Chantelle (nee Johnson) has a pedigree worth its weight when it comes to horse racing. Her pop Barry Smith was a jockey who rode with the likes of George Moore and in two Melbourne Cups, he also won an AJC Derby and the Doomben 10,000. Chantelle’s father Bruce Johnson and two of her uncles were also successful jockeys who later became trainers, and she was born at Prince’s Farm – formerly owned by racing royalty’s Bart Cummings. “I guess I was destined to be involved in horse racing,” said Chantelle. Chantelle spent her formative years at Rosehill in Sydney where her dad trained and had stables out the back. She said, “I was always going to become a trainer, I never ever had a desire to be a jockey and I was always quite chubby.” But it would seem that a bout of illness, more specifically glandular fever at the age of 16, would steer her life and career down a different track.

Chantelle said, “I lost a lot of weight and when I was well again I was 52kg, so I thought ‘Hang on, I want to ride’.” Her parents, namely her mum Sharon, was ‘mortified’ at the idea, but an eager Chantelle moved up to Tamworth in North-West New South Wales and began her jockeys’ apprenticeship in 2006.

two major benefits. One, it costs me nothing and two, I’m never dressed in the same outfit as anyone else.’ Her prize haul so far has included no less than six overseas trips and a phenomenal cash prize that came courtesy of one of her cheaper outfits. “‘I won a $15,000 cheque at Rosehill Gardens in a $90 dress that was originally too short but mum added some material on to it.” When asked if her mum gets to share in the prize pools the fashion competitor is quick to respond with a laugh. She said, “That particular time I bought her new wheels for her car; looking back it was a bit stingy, but I’ve taken her on a few overseas holidays too.” Chantelle’s recent success on the fashions stage was at the MYER State Fashions on the Field competition where she was runner up for NSW. So, with 31 years behind her and a very successful media, fashion and riding career, what lies ahead for the multi-talented Chantelle? She concluded, “I’m so glad I’ve had the horse upbringing and knowledge to transfer to my media role, so hopefully I’ll still be with Sky Racing and stay in the media side of things.”

Her natural talent teamed with dedication and determination saw a young Chantelle become the first female jockey to take out the Rising Star Series in 2008. Chantelle’s love of the track was even further cemented when she found love off the track in jockey Grant Buckley. She said, “I’d moved back to Sydney, to Hawkesbury, to continue my apprenticeship and it was there that I met Grant. The two have now been married for eight years and while she herself is not riding anymore, Chantelle admits it can be hard watching Grant ride. “I know what happens out there and sometimes if I see him in a tricky spot I have to turn away, but most of the time it’s all fine.” These days, despite still riding track work for her dad, you’re more likely to see Chantelle’s smiling face on any of the three Sky Racing Channel’s or a Fashions on the Field stage. Both have become a successful career and hobby respectively. Chantelle continued, “Sky Racing approached me in 2014 as they wanted more female presenters and it was really a case of me being in the right place at the right time, as I’d always wanted to be in the racing media but never knew how to approach it. “I had zero experience, but I was thrown in the deep end and started with in-studio work covering barrier trials. It wasn’t all easy sailing and I just needed to grow some confidence on Television, but now I’m doing everything from the form to hosting meetings.” Chantelle’s Fashions on the Field track record is as impressive as the rest of her achievements. “When I stopped riding I got really involved with Fashions on the Field competitions and so far it’s been pretty successful,” she said. Teaming up with her mum and seamstress Sharon, Chantelle has won an impressive number of competitions and says it’s given her a competitive edge. “Mum has always made my outfits and that’s always brought with it

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The Future Looks Bright for

MELISSA HARRISON Melissa has been around horses and Kembla Grange stables since she was a teenager, but how she obtained her Trainer’s Licence is almost by accident. Story courtesy Racing NSW • Image from Bradley Photographers


fter spending years working and riding work for trainer Bede Murray, Melissa moved to Taree and was getting away from racing by working in a hotel.

“I didn’t go up there to be a trainer. We just bought a house to have a farm,” she recalled. “I was actually working in the hotel and the publican, Dean Johnson, asked me to train for him. I don’t really remember how I started talking to him about horses, but I mentioned I used to ride work for Bede Murray. “Then he said to me out of the blue, do you want a horse? I said a horse? I didn’t know what he was thinking. I told him I didn’t even have a licence. So that’s why I obtained my licence to train for my boss at the hotel. I haven’t seen him for 20 years and I have been training ever since!” Melissa knew what she was doing and would eventually take Britt’s Opera to Royal Randwick where she was successful after a couple of victories at country meetings. “To train my first horse to be a winner at Randwick was pretty good,” Melissa said. “We have never had a big team, but we have had other city winners in Mydream and Road to Summer. It is something that we are very proud of.” After a few years in Taree, Melissa and her family returned to a property in Albion Park where she has a small team as a hobby but hopes to develop that into something bigger. She might not be a regular at the races, but when she gets the right horse, she makes the most of it. Melissa said, “At the time we came back to the South Coast we had Mydream and Road to Summer, who were absolutely flying. We just wanted to be closer to the city and I’m from Shellharbour, so when the property at Albion Park came up it was perfect. “We have a trot and canter track at home and then for their fast work we head to the track at Kembla and Jon Grisedale rides them in their work. They have a good life in the paddocks and it works well. “At the moment the training is something on the side, I do a bit of cleaning and work at Lime Country Thoroughbreds, but hopefully that can change. But our horses are happy, and they are racing well.” For a couple of years Melissa worked her horses at home, taking them to Kembla for fast work, but earlier this year an accident slowed her up. Feeding some horses in a paddock, she was kicked and suffered a broken leg. She said, “I was yelling, and some others at the farm came quickly to my aid. They put me in the back of a Utility and took me to the hospital. I spent about six weeks on crutches. That wasn’t fun.”

As Melissa recovered, stayer Everly Girl was back in work and finally after 27 starts, she broke her maiden at Gosford over 2600m in June and backed it up with another win at Kembla over 2400m in July. “She is very small but a real stayer. The further the better for her,” Melissa said. “We were so happy to see her have a win and she took so much confidence from that. She is one horse that couldn’t live in a box at Kembla; she wouldn’t eat. She lives in a paddock all day and is so happy. Her confidence has built up this preparation and she is going to become better with a spell because she will mature more.” Melissa has a few horses at home that are ready to be named and go to the track, which might keep her busy in the new season. They will represent the second generation of horses she has owned and trained. “I think they might give us a kick along. They are well bred, there is More Than Ready and Statue of Liberty we bred from a mare we raced. I really like him, and it would be good if we can continue the family tradition. We love our horses and love our racing. “There is no better feeling than seeing your horse go past the post first in your colours and we hope that will be happening a bit more often in the future.”



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is Determined to Succeed 23-year-old Winona Costin, has been dealt more than a bumpy ride in her eight-season career, but is quickly working her way back to top form Story by Jessica Watkins Images by Janian Mcmillan


inona, a self-confessed small sized jockey; has had to overcome a number of significant injuries throughout her time riding but indicates she has come out more determined than ever to succeed. With racing running heavily through her bloodline, it is no doubt that becoming a jockey was always going to be her chosen career. Recalling memories of attending trackwork from the age of two with her father John Calvert, a retired professional jockey, you begin to see where her love of the sport began. “I was always going to be a jockey. I just love racing and I have so much passion for it,” Winona said. She commenced her apprenticeship with Kembla Grange trainer Mick Tubman. With a stable of only about five horses in work at a time, she still maintains a strong relationship with the team today. She said,” Mick puts me on most of the horses in his stable. I pretty much ride all of his horses on raceday.” Located 101 kilometres away from Kembla Grange Racetrack up the Princes Highway is Royal Randwick. This was to be Winona’s next point of call as an apprentice. After completing a short stint with Gai Waterhouse, she then transferred into the stable of Peter and Paul Snowden. “The Snowden’s have been great supporters on and off the track the whole way through,” Winona said. The support network around Winona is strengthened by her Racing Manager, Anthony Haining and long-time mentor Jon Grisedale. She credits Anthony for his help throughout her career: “He’s been with me from the start and is like family now and has always helped me through the hard times.” Notable achievements of Winona’s career include the 2013-2014 Kembla Grange Apprenticeship Title, the Mona Lisa Stakes on Bouzy Rouge in 2014, the Sydney Metropolitan Apprenticeship Title for 2014-2015 and the Australian Female Jockey Championship winner.

After the five long months out of the saddle, Winona made her return to race riding in March 2017. Just days after her race return, she ventured out to the town of Wellington for their Racing NSW Country Showcase meeting, the Wellington Boot.

Her time in the saddle has not been without hurdles. In what could be described as a run of bad luck, Winona was left on multiple occasions with serious concerns for the future of her riding career.

In what continued her run of bad luck, Winona was bucked off her mount, Shudabeen shortly after the start. Sustaining breaks to both arms that required screws and plates she was again forced to the Grandstand.

When asked about her injuries Winona giggles: “How much time do you have?”

Winona continued, “Breaking both my arms was just hard. It was hard work having both arms broken,”

One of the major ‘setbacks’ she recalls is a brain injury that was sustained at the Kembla Grange trials back on October 12th, 2016. A severe concussion which resulted in five-months of recovery proved more harmful than originally thought.

When others would have accepted if she had doubts into her future, her strength and resilience to get back into the saddle shone through.

Winona said, “I ended up having to travel to Melbourne to get a clearance after a couple of Neurologists in Sydney wouldn’t clear me. The last head injury was the one that made me realise how much I do love racing. When I was in the Neurologist’s office and they told me that I should find a different career, that was when I was like no, that is what I’m always going to do”.


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Winona said, “Racing is always what I have wanted, and is still what I want. You have to get back up on the horse and do what you love. I mean, injuries are part of the game but it’s worth it.” Following these ‘setbacks’ Winona Costin’s name will now often be found in form guides riding in races around country New South Wales. Winona said, “Country meetings have a great relaxed environment. I do quite a few road trips now with a few other people, so they are always a lot of fun.”

When not attending a race meeting or riding trackwork, her other passion lies with her show ponies.

avid interest in the breeding industry looks set to continue her involvement in the sport.

Despite not showing for a few years, Winona remains enthusiastic to get back into it. She said, “I’ve always had my ponies there and just jump on every now and again, so hopefully in the next year I will be back in the show ring.”

“I would love to get into the breeding side of things, I’ve always enjoyed the breeding with the show and riding ponies. I’ve bred a couple of my own riding ponies. I would love to get into that after racing”, Winona concluded.”

With her only thought of retiring being that, it will be in a very long time, her

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The racing industry is filled with people from all walks of life trying to make their mark and succeed in this competitive scene. Story by Scott Wheeler • Images by Michelle Fleming


ome have been brought up riding horses and others found themselves kicking off their own racing dynasty for generations to come. If you spend time with the trainers on the ground, you quickly realise that it isn’t all about the glitz and glamour of the various Carnivals or backing a winner, it’s about working hard and trying to find those horses who can showcase your talents on race day. The regional city of Tamworth is in northern New South Wales and is recognised as the national equine capital of Australia. This has led to the establishment of some of the most prestigious horse studs and attracts thousands of people to set up their lives and compete in the richest sporting horse events in the country. Michelle Fleming grew up on a sheep and cattle property in the New England High Country where horses were just part of your life. She is a product of horse men and women who competed in different disciplines with rodeo, roping and barrel racing becoming their specialty. After years competing Michelle turned her attention to the Thoroughbred industry and it was the well-respected trainer Ruth Cooper who opened a door. Finding the right track work riders is vital in ensuring your race horses are sound and Michelle was able to use her experience to quickly form a strong association with the stable based at Moonbi. Ruth became a


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mentor and Michelle decided that this was the direction that she wanted to take in hope of becoming one of the leading trainers in the region. Michelle successfully obtained her trainers license in 2012 and it was Du Arque who became the focal point of the newly formed Fleming stable. The daughter of Dubai Destination had been educated and given some time to mature so it didn’t take long to get her race ready again. The Inverell Jockey Club hosted the meeting and Michelle Fleming saddled up her first runner with Matthew Powell booked for the ride. Du Arque was sent out a $16 chance by the bookmakers and stormed to victory giving Michelle the dream start to her training career. “She was quite a fractious little thing but ended up being a nice mare to train. I was very excited to get to the races with her and to train a winner with my first starter and to do it for Mr Phil Lyne was an absolute privilege” Michelle commented. Every stable has a star and the Fleming yard was very lucky to have a fiveyear-old Arlington gelding named The Lion on the books. He showed a lot of early maturity turning heads in track work and gave Michelle hopes of heading to Sydney and competing on the biggest stages. After winning his maiden at Walcha with dominance and going through the grades he was set for the Tab Highway on the January 27th, 2018.


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MUSWELLBROOK CUP DAY Friday 29th March 2019 He was a horse that was given time to mature and when he was sent out at Rosehill for the Class 2 (1100m), the team couldn’t be prouder. The Lion made dreams come true that day as he let down with a strong finish to score for an emotional trainer who now had her first win in town. “I had been so nervous leading up to the race, so when he came past the winning post first, I had a few tears” she said. I met Michelle when she returned to Randwick and the celebrations were in full swing as The Lion won the Tab Highway for a second time. The emotion and excitement was evident as the horse returned to the winner’s stall after a comprehensive display. “I think it’s fantastic that Racing NSW support the country trainers” Michelle said. “Races like the Tab Highway, the Country Championships and now the Kosciuszko give everyone the chance to get involved and be rewarded for their dedication”. The Tamworth based stable has started that 2018-19 season well and the future couldn’t be brighter as they continue to attract quality horses to compete in northern New South Wales. Michelle reflected that “I have met some absolutely wonderful people in this industry and the support they have shown me through the ups and downs is amazing”. “My partner David and my two sons Cody and Joey are inspirational and have been there every step of the way. I would like to thank everybody who has given me the chance to train successfully and all of this couldn’t be achieved without your involvement”.

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Kim Waugh and an owner speak to jockey Jean Van Overmeire at Canterbury Park

A Superb Season for


Kim Waugh claimed the Title as the most successful Wyong Trainer for the 2017/18 Racing Season with a Record-Breaking 46 winners.


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eading Wyong trainer Kim capped off the super season when her promising Colt Oxford Tycoon, gave Kim her 46th win at her home track on July 24th. She finished with 11 more wins than her previous best, which was 35 in 2016/17, taking over the title from Allan Denham who had held it for the previous five seasons. Allan was the runner-up with 32 wins, followed by Damien Lane on 26 and Tracey Bartley on 22. Wyong trainers collectively saddled up a record 243 winners for the season, nine more than the previous season and 36 ahead of the 2015/16 season with the bar being lifted year on year. While Kim concedes that premierships weren’t her main goal, she is proud of what her stable achieved “It was a really successful year and full credit to our staff and our great owners,” she said. “Prizemoney for the Owners, that’s what is important for me. It keeps them everyone happy. The wins in the Metropolitan area, as well as at the Provincials, made it a great season in that regard. “I have really good staff and the farm. It is great for the horses and it gives us a lot of different options for things we can do with them; mix their work up, freshen them up and bring them out here and keep an eye on them.” With over $2 million in prizemoney for the season, Kim is certainly receiving good returns for her owners. She said the wins of Our Century in the Listed Lord Mayors Cup at Rosehill Gardens and Goathland in the Anzac Day Cup at Royal Randwick, were two of the season’s highlights. “We had just brought Our Century from Lloyd Williams for new clients, so it was great to see him win, with Goathland winning the Anzac Day Cup around the same time. It was a good year with lots of highlights really. We had three qualify horses for the $500,000 (Polytrack)


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Provincial Championships Final and while only Newsfan started, he finished second which was great. “We have had a lot of different, exciting things happen this year and we have had a lot of fun. With more success comes more expectation and so hopefully we will can keep the winners coming.” Kim’s stand out season doesn’t end with the Wyong Trainers’ Premiership. She also finished in the top 20 NSW Metropolitan trainers with seven city wins, in the top 10 Provincial trainers with 27 wins and had 11 victories on Country tracks. At Wyong, she had 12 victories, finishing equal second in overall winners on the track with the powerful Chris Waller stable. James Cummings on 20 wins, will be the recipient of the club’s 2017/18 Wyong Trainers’ Premiership for most wins on the track. Kim’s success comes off another big year for Wyong trainers, who have collectively saddled up 243 winners, nine more than last season’s record of 234 wins. Wyong’s Chief Executive Officer David Jewell said, “It was rewarding for everyone associated with the Club to see the trainers enjoying increased success. We strive to provide our trainers with the best facilities, so they can have the results, so to see the number of winners growing each season is very satisfying.

“Our recently unveiled $6 million Track and Training Master Plan will see further improvements to our tracks and infrastructure, making it an even better facility for trainers.” Brenton Avdulla won the Wyong Jockeys’ Premiership with 20 winners, while Jean Van Overmeire snatched victory at the last meeting of the season to claim the Apprentices title with five wins, just one ahead of Blaike McDougall.

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But, it is the versatility of the product that can cater for a wide range of budgets. Ashley says, “The first step when fencing a horse property is to plan what you want to do in regard to paddock layouts for your individual needs. Then price what suits your budget”. The product can carry electrified wire or tape. Some people may do one part of the property and then add to it as the budget allows. Even suburban fencing and landscaping is catered for and it can be a do-yourself-project for those with fencing knowledge. It comes down to the individual specifying what their particular needs are, whether they’re a large racing stud or someone just starting on an equine property. Further information:

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HEAVY HITTERS TIC OFF On New Racing Careers Initiative

There are so many jobs out there for people interested in a career in racing and through a new one-stop shop finding the right job is made simpler.


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eading thoroughbred racing and breeding figures have launched Thoroughbred Industry Careers - a not for profit organization seeking to safeguard the long-term future of the billion dollar industry by strengthening its reputation amongst the young and making it an employer of choice for future generations of Australians.

The program is designed to allow young people the opportunity to explore the thoroughbred industry before deciding which area they may like to pursue as a career. The first intake of 40 students will commence study in 2019.

Adrian Bott/Gai Waterhouse Racing, Arrowfield Stud, the Australian Turf Club, Chris Waller Racing, Godolphin Australia, Lindsay Park Racing and McEvoy Mitchell Racing are amongst those providing the knowledge, expertise and investment necessary for Thoroughbred Industry Careers (TIC) to address the critical staff shortages facing the industry.

• launch Pony Racing in partnership with Racing NSW in 2019 as a way of encouraging Grass Roots involvement for young riders and their communities in the sport. This will be modelled on similar programs running in Ireland, England and America,

Thoroughbred racing and breeding currently employs 75,000 people in full-time positions across the country and with the 6.6% employment growth forecast by the Department of Employment for the racing industry over the next five years, the industry is banding together to ensure staffing levels can meet demand now and into the future. Central to the plan is the creation of www.thoroughbredindustrycareers. which provides a one-stop shop for information on employment and educational opportunities available to anyone considering a career in the thoroughbred industry in Australia. The website caters for students, parents and careers advisors, outlining the breadth and depth of employment opportunities available. Another cornerstone of the initiative will be the ‘Explorer Cadetship’- a 12-month stud and stable horsemanship and mentoring program. This will include a 12-week residential component with practical and theoretical training, followed by two paid work-experience placements at leading racing stables and stud farms.


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Planning is also in place for TIC to:

• develop a numeracy and literacy program for school children based on the successful British charity ‘Racing to School’, • integrate further with school and tertiary career expos and create awareness amongst careers advisors on opportunities available for their students, • develop additional educational programs to expand pathways into the industry, with particular focus on a Graduate Program, • develop relationships with government, equestrian communities and interschool events and leading brands like the Royal Agricultural Society to implement education initiatives and create awareness of industry careers and their pathways, • work with the racing and breeding industries to improve existing staff retention and welfare levels. Lindy Maurice, who has extensive marketing experience within the thoroughbred industry, has been appointed to oversee the organisation. She has engaged with all sectors of the equine industry during its development.

“You can’t be what you can’t see, so Thoroughbred Industry Careers is on a mission to raise the curtain on all the wonderful and rewarding careers our industry and our sport offers,” Maurice said. “High-profile industry figures like David Hayes and Hugh Bowman are excellent examples of how much individuals can achieve in the thoroughbred industry. Thoroughbred Industry Careers, however, will also showcase the whole army of people working behind the scenes.’’ Maurice said to help the industry secure a future workforce, we need to collaborate on an education platform which showcases the industry as a whole; promotes Principal Racing Authority and Breeder initiatives; engages with schools and equine communities; promotes an industry brand; and positions our industry as an ‘employer of choice’.” Trainer, Gai Waterhouse “This is a breakthrough development for the industry. “It is unprecedented to have so many key identities working together to promote the unique and exciting opportunities available in the thoroughbred breeding and racing industry. “We’re all so passionate about what we do and through Thoroughbred Industry Careers we want to shine a spotlight on the diversity of options available to young people and the pathways to access them.” John Messara, owner of Arrowfield Stud: “I have never been more confident about the future of Australian racing and breeding, but our capacity for growth is threatened by diminishing numbers of people to fill the many roles within the industry. “We can offer not only excellent career options, but also a lifestyle connected with the land, an extraordinary animal, a vibrant global community and an incredibly exciting sport. “Thoroughbred Industry Careers will make it much easier for people to find us, learn about what we do and access quality training and assistance, and I’m very pleased to support it.” Godolphin’s Managing Director in Australia, Vin Cox: “Godolphin supports the establishment of a national coordinated approach that elevates the Breeding and Racing Industry in the minds of the young, develops positive education programs and promotes industry career paths and opportunities. “Thoroughbred Industry Careers will lead the industry into the crowded and competitive careers market and be pivotal in coordinating and promoting education initiatives within the racing and breeding industries.

“To sustain our industry’s future, we must invest in the education of the next generation. This investment extends beyond our industry and the establishment of this organisation will provide industry-related youth career opportunities and development. “International academic programmes like Godolphin Flying Start and Masar Godolphin represent His Highness Sheikh Mohammed’s ongoing commitment to education within the racing and breeding industries. Godolphin is committed to supporting and educating the youth and we are right behind TIC.” Trainer, Chris Waller “Horse racing in Australia is embarking on a golden era and there have never been more opportunities for young people looking for a career in the thoroughbred racing and breeding industry. “The industry is incredibly diverse and offers young people the chance to follow various different pathways in agriculture, sports and entertainment as well as gaining internationally recognised skills to allow them opportunities to travel the globe. “I am excited about what Thoroughbred Industry Careers promises to offer and I look forward to being involved in the development of individuals who wish to pursue the unique and exciting lifestyle our industry provides.” Trainer, David Hayes “It’s important we encourage young Australian’s into the thoroughbred industry particularly given the youth unemployment rate is high and our industry poses so many job vacancies and most importantly, great career opportunities.“ Steve McMahon – ATC Head of Membership and Community Engagement “The Australian Turf Club is pleased to support this initiative to generate increased community engagement and create employment opportunities in our diverse and wonderful industry.” Trainer, Tony McEvoy “All I wanted to do when I was young was work with racehorses; I had little education and the pathways to get involved in the thoroughbred industry were not straight forward. “Today, it is being made easier with Thoroughbred Industry Careers who will put the building blocks in place to give young people every opportunity to build a quality life in the thoroughbred industry. “There are a lot of pathways you can take in this beautiful game and these will be made clearer through this organisation and this is why I am backing this great initiative.”

Don’t Cry for the Horses

Look up into heaven, You’ll see them above. The horses we lost, The horses we loved. Manes and tails flowing, As they gallop through time, They were never yours, They were never mine. Don’t cry for the horses, They’ll be back some day When our time is gone, They will show us the way. Do you hear that soft nicker? Close to your ear? Don’t cry for the horses, Love the ones that are here

Don’t cry for the horses, Now in God’s hands As they dance and they prance, To a Heavenly band They were ours as a gift, But never to keep As they close their eyes, Forever to sleep Their spirits unbound, On silver wings they fly A million beautiful horses, Against the blue sky

– Brenda Riley-Seymore

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YPR members delighted in meeting the clerk of the course at Royal Randwick


Young Professionals in Racing is a networking group connecting racing fans and introducing newcomers to the sport. Story by Julieanne Horsman • Images by Wendell Teodoro


hen you’ve been part of the racing industry for a long time, it’s easy to forget the sport can be difficult to break into.

Where do I buy tickets? How can I become a member? What should I wear? When is the best time to go? Most people are introduced to racing by friends or family, but those who don’t have anyone to lead the way are at risk of spending their time and money elsewhere. Enter Young Professionals in Racing, YPR for short, a social group dedicated to fostering the next generation of racing participants. It connects existing fans and provides a stepping stone into Thoroughbred horse racing for newcomers. YPR hosts raceday events for its members at Australian Turf Club venues, overnight trips to country tracks, stable tours and punting previews, as well as other functions that appeal to young professionals such as networking nights and headshot sessions. “YPR is a great place for people to make friends and have fun while learning about horse racing,” said YPR Director Julieanne Horsman. “While some of our members work in the industry and own racehorses, others have their very first day at the races with us. We ensure they have a great time, so they keep coming back.” YPR is a not-for-profit organisation that is supported by several generous Sponsors including TAB, Racing NSW, Bowermans Office Furniture, Grant Bloodstock and Tailor and Co. This allows YPR to subsidise its events, making it more attractive for first timers to come along and experience the races. YPR members pay $100 per major racing season (spring and autumn) and are then invited to attend all YPR raceday events free of charge. They get more than their money’s worth if they attend just one event.


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Although most members are aged under 35, YPR doesn’t discriminate against the young at heart. You also don’t have to be a professional in the traditional sense. People from all walks of life are welcome. “Promoting horse racing is our priority but our secondary focus is building a strong network of future leaders,” Julieanne said. “Our members already turn to each other when they need an expert.” YPR held its popular Spring Carnival Launch Party at Royal Randwick on Chelmsford Stakes Day in early September. More than 150 members enjoyed the action from the stunning Oaks Lawn Marquee where they were treated to drinks, a gourmet lunch, music, giveaways and more. Sydney’s eight-time premiership-winning trainer Chris Waller was the guest of honour and the room was silent as he spoke about training Winx, his hopes for the future, and why it’s great to be involved in racing.

YPR and again addressed the group. Also Warwick Farm trainer Bjorn Baker popped in to say hello. “It’s crucial to have the support of the major players to give us the credibility we need to attract young people to racing,” Julieanne said.

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“So far it’s working. The most satisfying part of YPR for me is seeing our members become more involved in the industry each season. I do a little fist pump when members renew and list themselves as a racehorse owner when they weren’t the previous season or when they say they have joined the ATC as a member for the first time.” YPR had a full schedule over spring and summer with three more functions before the end of the year including the YPR Christmas Party at Canterbury Park Night Races on Friday, November 30th.

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It’s Onwards and Upwards for Go-Getter


The times are changing and in what’s traditionally been a heavily male dominated industry, female horse trainers are on the rise and Melanie O’Gorman has proven the fairer sex have what it takes to flourish in the industry. Story by Erin Miller

elanie received her trainer’s license four years ago when she was based in Scone, New South Wales. She’s since moved her stable base to Tamworth where she keeps eight to 10 racehorses in training and has 10 to15 pre-trainers. After a few years in Sydney and Camden, the former Walcha girl said, “Moving back to the bush has been the right move.


Stable star Suncraze, has put Melanie firmly in the racing spotlight, providing her with several successes, including her first city winner at Royal Randwick last year.

“I love it, I’m really enjoying being back in the country. Tamworth has a great Racing Club, they are very helpful to the trainers and are happy to open the course proper for special gallops. We also have jump outs every fortnight, so they are willing to assist the trainers whenever they can.”

“He has a huge fan base, which I think comes down to his unusual character, with a nerve-wracking style of racing. He will often leave it late to make a run, but I think that adds to his popularity.”

Improved prize money and Racing NSW’s renewed focus and commitment to encouraging country racing, has been hugely welcomed by a number of trainers including Melanie. She said, “They have done such a great job boosting country racing and providing incentives for trainers like myself with races like the Highway Handicap every Saturday, the Country Championships and the annual Kosciusko. “Then there are the showcase meets where $30,000 in prize money is on offer for each race. It helps country trainers like me keep a good horse like Suncraze in the country.”


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She continued, “He is the headline act in my stables and it’s no exaggeration when people say that horse has changed my life. He’s been great for my business and been a lot of fun.

Impressively, five-year-old gelding Suncraze qualified for the inaugural $1.3 million Kosciusko, the World’s richest country race, at Royal Randwick on Everest Day. “It was a great thrill, I feel The Everest is the best day of racing at Royal Randwick, the crowd, the enthusiasm and the vibe is incredible.” “Suncraze ran second and I was thrilled for Dorrigo based slot holders, Mr Gary Penfold and his eight friends. Alongside those successes, Melanie has had phenomenal career highlights of late with her stable of other racehorses and pre-trainers.

In just one week during late October that would send most in to a spin, Melanie was cool, calm and collected while accomplishing top tier results in the Magic Millions Breeze Up sales, all while having five runners (three winners and two seconds) in country races, as well as stable star Suncraze placing in the Kosciusko. Melanie was the leading vendor at the Breeze Up sales at the Gold Coast, selling in the top two lots with the sale topping Colt out of Shamexpress/D J Lightning which sold for $320,000, the second top colt prepared by Melanie was out of Choisir/Tango Express, which realised $300,000. “I had seven nice colts for the Magic Millions Breeze ups, and it was very rewarding to finish out as the leading Vendor. I knew they were two very

good horses. I had a lot of faith in those two colts before the sale.” Melanie keeps close ties with Hong Kong as well, where she has a strong client base for pre-trainers. “I have regular clients from Hong Kong who I prepare a steady stream of horses for, they then go back. I provide basic education, galloping work and prepare them for barrier trials, before sending them back to Hong Kong. Up next for O’Gorman Racing is the Magic Millions Gold Coast 2019 Yearling Sale in January, where she plans to secure her next lot of horses to prepare and sell at next years Magic Millions Breeze Ups. There is no doubt that Melanie’s keen eye and skill will ensure O’Gorman Racing continues an upwards trajectory into the New Year.

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ate McKell has been a qualified milliner since 2006 after achieving her Certificate III in Millinery. Not to rest on her laurels, she continues to upgrade her skills by attending millinery workshops on a regular basis. Whilst not subscribing to any particular style, she enjoys working with feathers and loves bright colours. She doesn’t follow trends, so her pieces are original and different. However, she works closely with her clients to ensure they are happy with their bespoke headwear. Kate’s creations, all hand stitched, are wide and varied, ranging from simple headbands to more elaborate hats and everything in-between. Her custom made and ready to wear service is available to both ladies and gentlemen. The gentlemen’s range has also grown to include original accessories: bow ties, lapel pins and pocket handkerchiefs. Millinery is a natural progression in Kate McKell’s career. As a child she never wanted to look the same as everyone else and, as her mother was a tailor, she was introduced to couture clothing at an early age. Studying Home Economics at high school encouraged her interest in fashion design of all types, and she began buying basic hats for herself and then trimming them, making them elegantly exclusive. When Kate married her husband Allan 17 years ago, she ordered a custom-made hat from Melbourne which was a huge disappointment as it was glued together with no finesse. She knew she could do better. This was her turning point and formed her decision to study millinery. Over the years Kate has won multiple business awards and her clients have won Best Millinery and Best-Dressed awards in Fashions on the Field competitions. Kate herself is a regular Fashion winner wearing, naturally, her own designs. And the origin of her business name - J.A.R. Millinery? Jacob Alexander Randle was the name of her much loved American Staffy dog who would sit by her side for hours whilst she made hats. Kate named her millinery business after him in his memory.



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A Success Once Again During September the Sydney based business Hatters Millinery Supplies displayed an exhibition of spectacular hats, headpieces and artisanal creations that were the outcome of their inaugural ‘Hattember’ Competition.


he competition, which ran across two categories, challenged entrants to create something magical for the month of September, with the proceeds from sales of any of the works going towards the John Skipper Kelly Fund for disadvantaged youth.

In the Headpiece category, each entrant was provided with the same bag of materials, the only difference being the colours supplied. This bag of traditional millinery supplies was required to be used, if only in part, along with a maximum of three other materials. In the Artisan category, entrants were challenged to create anything other than a hat or headpiece using a bag of more unconventional materials such as Salmon-skin leather and mouldable plastic. The wide scope of possibility offered from each of the provided materials resulted in an incredibly diverse and beautiful array of hats, headpieces, bags, jewellery and display art. Hatters Millinery Supplies celebrated the achievements of each of the entrants on September 1st by hosting an opening night exhibition at the

shop’s premises on Victoria Rd in the inner-city suburb of Rozelle. The winners were announced to a packed room of milliners, family and friends as well on social media through a live Instagram feed. Those who missed the opening had the opportunity to view the almost 40 entries in-store or via the daily updates on the Hattember Instagram page throughout the month of September. A public “people’s choice” competition allowed the community to have a say on which piece was their favourite. Thanks go to the 2018 sponsors of Hattember:

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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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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 phone offers a wide range of handmade headpieces on0401 display.690 912

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, Fitzroy, captured the new A recent photoshoot @Converted Church 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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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.

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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 ensure their race day fashion outcomes are achieved.

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In 1974 Jeanne Little burst into the living rooms of millions of households across Australia on The Mike Walsh Show – audiences didn’t know what hit them! With incredible outfits, false eyelashes and a raucous voice that screamed ‘Hello Daaaaaahling!’ go back to 1980s Australia, to the days of Betamax, Bob Hawke and shoulder pads. Then flash forward to 2010 and Jeanne’s name hits the headlines again – this time with the shocking revelation that she has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, a disease affecting an estimated almost 50 million people worldwide. Catch a Falling Star will take you on a journey that is both laugh-outloud funny, heartbreakingly honest, and a rare glimpse into the personal life of one of Australia’s most beloved celebrity families.

LIFESTYLE THE FARM COMMUNITY By Emma & Tom Lane RRP $39.99 Available from

This is the story of a family wanting to live a simpler life and a farm built with the involvement of the local community. The Farm at Byron Bay has since become a diverse community of its own, made up of organic growers, chefs, bakers – all connected by the common values of simplicity, sustainability and farm-fresh food.

MARY LEE By Denise George RRP $34.95 Available from www,

Suffragist and social justice advocate Mary Lee was determined to leave the world a better place than she found it. The feisty 59-year-old widow, of limited means and with few family and friends, settled in Adelaide in 1879 and immediately set to work. Undaunted by the opposition of antagonistic politicians and a conservative public, Mary thrust herself into high profile campaigns in support of female refuge, improving women's working conditions and gaining women's suffrage. In 1894, South Australia became the first place in the world to pass legislation giving women the right to vote and be elected members of parliament, thanks in no small part to Mary Lee's energy and committed determination.

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People invest in property for many different reasons; whether to leave a nest egg for their kids, retire early or travel discovering your ‘why’ is key to achieving long-term success. Since establishing The Property Mentors four years ago after their own property investment success, the authors have helped thousands of Australians get on the road to achieving their financial freedom. An easy to follow, jargon-free guide to successful property investment. They explain that if investors have the correct mindset, understand their motivation, define their goals and put together an A-Team of experts, they have all the tools to achieve their financial goals. Readers learn: • How to clarify your current financial and personal situation • Why mindset is critical to success • Common investment mistakes & how to avoid them • Why property is still the best way to create wealth, despite current market conditions • How to develop a wealth creation plan to achieve the lifestyle you desire


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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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OUR PAST WHAT WILL BEBook WORN Reviews By Melissa Fagan RRP $ $29.99

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For all who know Brisbane, McWhirters, a once celebrated department store in Fortitude Valley, is an icon. For author Melissa Fagan it is also the starting point of What Will Be Worn, a remarkable exploration of her mother and grandmother’s lives, and a poignant reminder of the ways in which retail stores and fashion have connected women’s lives across decades. Behind the dusty shop counters of an Art Deco treasure, Fagan discovers both what has been lost and continues to shine. Ultimately this tender exploration of self and family speaks of the ways in which life so often surprises us and of how the legacies of others can truly enrich our own relationships and lives. Sometimes it seems the most invaluable stories can be found in the unlikeliest of corners. What Will Be Worn is a fascinating insight into the history behind one of Australia’s most iconic department stores, complete with an array of photos that help share the story.

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JONAR & KITTY By Bobbie Richardson RRP $15.99 Available from all good booksellers

What is Earth is connected to other dimensions and realities where animals can talk and different beings exist? What if everybody on Earth holds the secret to connect to these other realities? We follow the story of Jonar & Kitty, two teenagers who don’t fit into the system but find each other on the same path- a path that takes them to a new reality, full of magical beasts and animals that can talk, mysterious lagoons and lost souls. A reality that always existed and needs their help.

This book delicately delivers the story of a child and her grandfather, a man touched by the pain of his war service. Curious to find out the cause of her grandfather’s unhappiness the child innocently seeks answers, and in doing so unknowingly opens old wounds. She discovers her grandfather’s sadness is a legacy of the Vietnam War and his experiences there. This is a sensitive exploration of the lingering cost of war and of the PTSD so many returned servicemen experience. Released to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Khe Sanh (the Vietnam War’s longest battle), it also sheds light on a war that is not always remembered in the same way that the world wars and other conflicts are. Many who served experience a sense of betrayal at the treatment they received on their return, as the conflict came to be regarded as the ‘unpopular’ war, and this is covered in a child-friendly way in a note at the back of the book.

NURSES OF AUSTRALIA By Deborah Burrows RRP $ 34.99 Available from

Nurses are Australia’s most trusted profession, yet the fascinating and extensive history of nursing in Australia has never been told —until now. Produced in collaboration with the Australian College of Nursing and the Congress of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nurses and Midwives, Nurses of Australia follows the unique history of Australian nurses. From the First Nations caregivers who healed, birthed and nursed for millennia, to the untrained and ill-equipped convict men and women of New South Wales, it would take the arrival of a group of dedicated Irish nuns, followed by Florence Nightingale-trained nurses—and decades of constant and continuing campaigning—to transform nursing into what it is today.

TELL IT TO THE DOG By Robert Power RRP $29.95 Available from

Tell it to the Dog is a captivating memoir that is playful, heartbreaking and affirming. From a Dublin childhood to London, then on to Europe, to Asia and Australia, there is a deep engagement with the world in this book about growing up, about human and animal connectedness, about friendship, love and loss. Author Robert Power understands the uncanniness and endurance of memory. He can make us laugh, and then stop us in our tracks at the profundity of this business of meeting life. Each of these short chapters is beautifully complete; together the whole thing shimmers. In the most delightful and subtle of ways, the language, trajectory and wisdom of Tell it to the Dog underscores our need to embrace our own vulnerabilities, to confront our experiences and memories, and to believe as Jane Austen once wrote, that ‘when pain is over, the remembrance of it often becomes a pleasure’.

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