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Autumn/Winter 2011 ISSUE 9


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From the Editor Letters to The Editor Brisbane Racing Carnival Tattersall's Club Brisbane Gold Coast Turf Club Magic Millions Fashions On The Field Column: Karen Andrews MP "What Are Franking Credits?" Women In Racing Inc. Dates For Your Diary Magic Millions Luncheon Ipswich Racing Sunshine Coast Racing Hotel Urban Jumps Racing is Leaping Ahead Oakbank Picnic Racing Sullo Says – Punt From Anywhere Profile: Caroline Searcy The 2011 AAMI Golden Slipper Golden Slipper Hats and Tea Royal Randwick Derby Day Fashions - Royal Randwick Group 1 BMW Barrier Draw The All New BMW X3 Patinack Farm Blue Diamond Stakes Day Equus Connect The Australian Turf Club Glamour Fillies Take Centre Stage Profile: Catherine Markwort Melbourne Racing Club Winter Wrap-Up Melbourne's Autumn Festival Of Racing TAB Victorian Thoroughbred Employee Of The Year Awards Cairns Amateurs Racing Carnival Chik Chik Boom: This Chik Can Gallop! Understanding Racing Across Australia Aushorse: Get In To The Spirit Of Winning Women in RACING Magazine Pty Ltd PO Box 1378 Paradise Point Qld 4216 Suite 12, Level 1, 6-8 Grice Ave, Paradise Point Qld 4216 Phone: 07 5564 2055 Facsimile: 07 5564 2056

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Profile: Rebecca Dynon Profile: Gaye Gauci Profile: Peta Hitchens TAB Meetings QLD State Government to Provide $2.35 Million in Assistance


Headwear We Love! 82 83 84 85 86

Hats for All for Every Occasion: The Hat Store Millinery Workshops for All: Torb and Reiner The Winners Circle: The Hat Box Hats, Feathers, Fascinators, Pearls, Bows, & Beads

Frocking up for the races 88 89 90 91

Lisa Z Fashion Boutique Boots, Shoes, Bags and Brollies: Shoes on Chevron Affordable Extravagance: Liz Clift Boutique Top to Toe Racing Fashion: Points Boutique

92 Hot to Trot 94 Profile: Dr Jim Abrahams 96 Magic Millions Hats and High Tea 98 Melbourne Cup Fashions on the Field 102 Book Reviews 103 Myer and Harvey Normal Flood Appeal 104 Wedded Bliss For Paul Goode

Managing Director Publisher/Editor Production Manager Administration Advertising Graphic Designer

Ron L. Williams Cathryn Meredith Lia O’Reilly Darline Guerrio Anna Lehmann Jade Russell Graham Hankin

NSW office: Anita Worsley, AKAR Media 02 9999 3863, Contributors: Karen Andrews, Emma Boling, Mark Brassel, Michelle Christensen, Colin Hodges, Andrew Holmes, Brett Kitching, Sharon Lenton, Lia O’Reilly, Karen Phillips, Lisa Wallace, Steve White, Ron Williams. Beauty editor: Wendy Ward Photography: Aldwyn Altuney, Shane Hood Imagery, Ross Stevenson, Caroline Taylor, Steve White


Front Cover: Caroline Searcy, TVN Photographer: Caroline Taylor

Women in RACING Magazine can not ensure that the advertisements appearing in this magazine comply absolutely with the Trade Practices Act and other consumer legislation. It is the responsibility of the advertiser and/or supplier of the materials and copy to ensure compliance with all legal requirements. Women in RACING Magazine reserves the right to refuse an advertisement without attributing any reason for such refusal. Women in RACING Magazine does not accept responsibility for incorrect information appearing in such advertisements. All original material as to text and/or photography remains the property of Women in RACING Magazine. Contributions, including the contributor’s name and address, are welcomed by this magazine and should be addressed to the Editor, Women in RACING Magazine, PO Box 1378, Paradise Point, Qld. 4216. Please note that the views of the contributors are not necessarily those of the publisher. All dates and information, correct at time of printing. Printed April 2011.

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from the EDITOR W

e would like to welcome you to our ninth issue of Women in RACING Magazine. We present you with more stories than ever before on some outstanding women within this exciting industry. You may notice that we have reprinted an article “Understanding Racing across Australia” that was featured in our last issue. This is due to changes made by a previous Sub-editor that tended to confuse and misinform our readers. We hope you enjoy the new piece. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all those affected by the devastating floods and cyclones across Australia. Many racetracks were badly affected and it was a credit to the track organisers and officials who had to shuffle major raceday events. The 2011 BMW Magic Millions Race Day was held on January 15th by the Gold Coast Turf Club, after they had experienced extremely difficult conditions leading up to their big day. As all were well aware, a large area of Queensland was inundated with record rainfalls over December and January. The Gold Coast Turf Club recorded over 750mm of rain from December 1st, 2010 until January 14th ,2011. Despite all the previous rain, the BMW Magic Millions races were run and won and everyone was treated to a fantastic day of racing. In May, June and July, Queensland will showcase a great 2011 Winter Racing Carnival, featuring eight (8) Group 1 races, the Bundaberg Distilling Co BTC Cup on May 14th , followed by the Kirks Doomben Cup on May 21st , the Carlton Mid Doomben 10,000 on May 28th and the Treasury Casino Queensland Oaks on June 4th , the AAMI Stradbroke Handicap, the Channel Seven Queensland Derby and the Patinack Farm T.J. Smith on June 11th .The Group 1 extravaganza will conclude with the running of the Tattersall’s Racing Club Winter Stakes on June 25th . In addition there will a further thirty one (31) Stakes races held over that period on the Eagle

Farm and Doomben Racecourses. Channel 7 Brisbane will televise live all meetings from May 14th to June 11th in addition to the services provided by the Foxtel Channels, Sky and TVN. The Gold Coast Turf Club will feature the running of the Group 2 A.D. Hollindale Stakes and the Group 3 Gold Coast Guineas supported by four (4) other Stakes races on May 7th . Ipswich comes alive in June with the Ipswich Turf Club hosting three (3) Listed races including the Channel 7 Ipswich Cup and the City of Ipswich Eye Liner Stakes races on June 18th. Last but not least, the Sunshine Coast Turf Club’s Corbould Park Racecourse, located just an hour north of Brisbane, will have three (3) Listed races including the XXXX Sunshine Coast Guineas and the Caloundra Cup on July 2nd . There are no races in Brisbane on these days and these meetings are classified as metropolitan meetings. The 2011 Queensland Winter Racing Carnival will conclude with a meeting at Eagle Farm on July 9th . Jumps racing, which was given a new lease of life this year in Victoria and South Australia, commenced in early April. The iconic Oakbank Racing Club were conducting “The “World’s Biggest Picnic Race Meetings” over the Easter weekend with the Scott Group of Companies Von Doussa Steeplechase being run on the Saturday and the Yalumba Classic Hurdle and the Scott Group of Companies Great Eastern Steeplechase being run on the Monday, when this issue is at the Printers. Read more about Oakbank on page 28. The historic Warrnambool Racing Club’s Carnival runs over three days from Tuesday May 3rd, concluding on Thursday May 5th , featuring the Brierly Steeple on Tuesday, the Galleywood Hurdle on Wednesday and the Grand Annual Steeple on Thursday. Read more about the Carnival on page 57. Mornington Racing Club will host their Great Southern Steeple on Sunday

May 22nd and the Bendigo Jockey Club will feature the Moss Trooper Steeple on Sunday June 19th . The full 2011 Victorian Jumps Racing Program is on page 28, including the dates for the Australian Hurdle and Steeple and the Grand National Hurdle and Steeple which will all be run at Betfair Park, Sandown. The World’s highest rated horse, the Champion Mare, Black Caviar remained undefeated after winning the Group 1 $500,000 Pulse Pharmacy William Reid Stakes at the Moonee Valley Night Meeting on Friday March 25th . Trainer Peter Moody then took her Interstate for the first time and she thrilled the Sydney public at Royal Randwick’s Derby Day meeting when she celebrated her 12th win from as many starts in the Group 1 Darley T.J. Smith Stakes on Saturday April 9th. Previous to her win at Moonee Valley, Black Caviar was the star of the 2011 Melbourne Festival of Racing winning the Group 1 Lexus Newmarket Handicap at Flemington carrying a record weight for a Mare. Derby Day at Royal Randwick is featured on page 40. We hope you enjoy our newly designed Autumn/ Winter Issue. Check out our special magazine subscription offers on pages 100 & 101. We welcome your comments in the “Letters to the Editor” section, so please don’t hold back, tell us your thoughts, as we continually strive to produce a first class magazine for you and your friends to enjoy. Yours in RACING,

Cathreyrendith M

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Dear editor MT OLIVET

Charity Race Day

St Vincent’s Brisbane will be holding their annual Mt Olivet Charity Race Day again this year, to assist in the Hospital’s fundraising efforts. In past years, the support the Hospital has received has enabled the fundraising committee to purchase numerous items of Medical Equipment. The event has been a great networking oppor tunity and is a day for the hospital show to their deepest appreciation for the continuing support of the public and sponsorship. The Race Day will be held at Eagle Farm Racecourse from 12.30pm on Wednesday July 20th, 2011. To be a part of this truly unique event, please call (07) 3240 1164 or email

Dear Cathi,   Congratulations on such a fantastic magazine. I recently became a subscriber with my friend Jill (Theseo owner), after she gave me the Summer/Autumn copy of your fabulous magazine, collected from the Qantas Lounge. WOW!   What a great read.    It kept me entertained for the flight and more. I kept it as a reference - so many interesting articles and great photos (and stores and spas I'd love to visit!) Surprisingly, I too was in Melbourne for Derby Day, Melbourne Cup and Oaks Day and also at Guy Rossi's Florentino for The Cup Eve Lunch.  Now I know what you look like - will be able to say hi! Can't wait for next issue. Keep up the good work.

Suzanne O'Brien

Dear Cathi, I just wanted to drop a quick line to let you know how much I have thoroughly enjo yed reading your magazine even through its for Wom en in Racing . I loved reading the race stories, the history behind racing, looking at the glamorous pictu res, locations, plus all the information on the diffe rent racing tracks around the country, very informati ve indeed.

Yours sincerely Michael Petrack Melbourne Dear Cathi,

Just a short note to thank you for the two tickets to Pink Slipper Day at Rosehill. My daughter Rachael and I attended and had a wonderful time, despite the inclement weather. The venue was excellent and worked well, especially considering it was such a large room.  The Pink Ladies did a lovely job decorating the room with pink roses, chair covers in different shades of pink, and the table decorations were outstanding.  My daughter and I sat at a table with a group from the media who were great company and the food was just delightful.   Entertainment was provided by Stan Walker, a contestant from Australian Idol.  I confess I was really surprised at just how good Stan was as a live performer. It only took him two songs to get most of the women in the room up and dancing. Even though we didn't back a winner all day, we had a great time and Rachael, who'd never seen a live horse race before, was really impressed and is keen to go again, especially if she can get all dressed up and wear a fancy hat. I would highly recommend getting a group of friends together and making a day of it at the races.  If you can do so and support such a worthy cause as the Glenn McGrath foundation at the same time, then even better. Again, thank you and the magazine for such a great day out.

Christine Thompson

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Dear Cathi, As an advocate thoroughbred race goer for over 25 years and dedicated to promoting glamour and style to the races, it is with great excitement I that I have been invited to write for your modern, informative racing magazine for women.  My Company offers the excitement of thoroughbred racing through social events in Sydney and I act as a personal consultant for women choosing couture race head wear.  With two amazing Milliners at hand, Kim Fletcher (Melbourne) and Lindsay Clare (London), we know my pieces are stylish and well priced allowing women to buy for the whole season.  To add to our services, we can assist all women with buying their racing outfit, whether for entering in the many ‘Fashion on the Field’ opportunities with a more costume style, or to those women who will be gracing the Committee Room, Members Enclosure, or the General Public Areas. To see that Caroline Searcy is to be on the front cover of the latest edition of your magazine, I could not be more proud.  I am privileged to say that Caroline has worn over the whole of this Autumn season, hats purchased from my events.  Graced with beauty and knowledge, Caroline is indeed a wonderful inspiration. I attend most carnivals around Australia and one that is close to my heart is the Scone Cup (13th and 14th of May).  As one of the Major Sponsors and a Judge at their ‘Fashions on the Field’, I have always enjoyed the kind hospitality of this unique country event.  This year will be the first time the Scone Cup will be run as a two day Carnival, with a standalone TAB meeting on the Saturday.  We will capture the highlights and fashions of this event in the next edition of Women in RACING Magazine My name is Sharon Lenton and I have come to know and admire many wonderful Australian women in racing. We look forward to bringing these women into your homes.

Dear Cathi,

Women in Racing Inc

Thank you so much for the amazing job you and your team have done creating and arranging the layout for KORA Organics in your magazine. We have been overwhelmed with how beautiful the products look and the timely manner in which it was completed. I cannot recommend your publication enough for the fantastic presentation of our products. It has been one of the best magazine articles our products have ever been featured in.

Events for your diary in 2011

Thank you so much once again and keep up the brilliant work.

KORA organics team

(Racing Welfare)

The Annual Prime Minister’s Cup Luncheon Venue: The Broadbeach Room, Sofitel Hotel, Broadbeach Date: Thursday 5th May. Time: 12 Noon Cost: $95 - luncheon and beverage package Guest Speaker: The Honourable Bronwyn Bishop Dress: Race Wear Women In Racing Inc, AGM Venue: Rivage Royale Apartments (parking on premises). Date: Wednesday 11th May at 12 Noon 75 Brighton Parade, Southport. Christmas In July Venue: Garlic Cove French Restaurant, Emerald Lakes Date: Thursday 14th July. Time: 12 Noon Cost: $49 – 3 course French Cuisine Luncheon. BYO or licensed. Free parking

Dear Cathryn, This is a heart felt thanks from me for donating the beautiful black hat as the prize for the best dressed at one of the Women in Tourism breakfasts as I won it! This photo was taken at the Alto Cucina & Bar, Broadbeach, at the Women in Tourism Melbourne Cup Breakfast on Friday, November 5th, 2010.  You can see I was very excited to win the beautiful hat I am wearing . Subsequently, I proudly wore my prize hat to the Women in Racing Magic Millions Luncheon at Marina Mirage on Monday, January 17th,  2011.

Warm regards, Jill Schurmann

Pre Melbourne Cup Tour Luncheon Venue: Toowoomba Turf Club, to enable the Melbourne Cup to visit Grantham and Toowoomba following the devastating floods. Date: First week in October (date to be advised) Time: 12 Noon. Dress: Race Wear A bus will leave from the Golf Coast Turf Club carpark at 9.30am. Many members may wish to stay overnight in Toowoomba and enjoy the Carnival of Flowers. Hong Kong International Races Date: Tuesday 6th to 13th December Many members have already booked for this fantastic opportunity to experience fabulous racing, magnificent shopping in a breathtaking exotic location! Contact Jennifer for full details. To join Women in Racing Inc. contact Baslyn Beel on 07 5531 1272 / 0411 698 484 or Jennifer Bartels on 0438 741 242.


Mark Wilson (Dancing with the Stars), Jillian Whiting (Seven News), Jessica Marais & James Stewart (both Packed to the Rafters). Photo by Ross Stevenson.


By Pru Reed

y o u r g u i d e to

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Make It Yours.


he Channel Seven Brisbane Racing Carnival features five days of exciting racing, not to mention a number of social events, ensuring there is something for everyone to enjoy. Queensland’s first-class racing Carnival will this year feature a new fashion partnership with retailer David Jones now sponsoring the Brisbane Racing Club’s prestigious Fashions on the Field events.

dates for your diary Don’t miss a minute of the Channel Seven Brisbane R a c i n g C a r n i v a l w i t h t h e s e d at e s f o r y o u r d i a r y. DATE EVENT


Saturday, May 14

Racefest featuring the Group 1 Bundaberg Distilling Co. BTC Cup

Doomben Racecourse

Saturday, May 21

Kirks Doomben Cup Day

Doomben Racecourse

Other highlights will include the return of one of Australia’s most popular sprinters, Apache Cat, as the distinctive looking, baldy faced retired champion visits Doomben and his legion of fans on Carlton Mid Doomben 10,000 Day.

Saturday, May 28

Carlton Mid Doomben 10,000 Day

Doomben Racecourse

Queenslanders can also expect to see more action from the Carnival’s grand-final event, AAMI Stradbroke Day, with Seven’s extended two-hour coverage on free to air television.

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Friday, June 3

The Carnival Ladies’ Lunch partnered by Treasury Wine Estates

The Strand at Rugby Quay

Saturday, June 4

Treasury Casino QLD Oaks Ladies’ Day

Eagle Farm Racecourse

Tuesday, June 7

AAMI Breakfast with the Stars

Eagle Farm Racecourse

Wednesday, June 8

AAMI Stradbroke Barrier Draw

Eagle Farm Racecourse

Thursday, June 9

Carnival Cocktail Party

Doomben Racecourse

Saturday, June 11

AAMI Stradbroke Day

Eagle Farm Racecourse

Hospitality packages now on sale There are packages to suit every taste, style and budget at the Channel Seven Brisbane Racing Carnival. For the complete range of packages available visit Alternatively, check out our picks below. For Fashionistas Book the Fashion Marquee The Fashion Marquee is the premier Ladies’ Day experience. Located on the Fashion Lawn, you will enjoy the convenience of being close to the David Jones Fashions on the Field enclosure. DJ music will play in between the racing action, not to mention the racing coverage on television screens and tote facilities at your fingertips. Plus, enjoy a delicious cocktail style lunch menu and a selection of Australian wines, sparkling and local beers. Tickets to the Fashion Marquee are just $183 on QLD Oaks Day through Ticketek (& $193 on AAMI Stradbroke Day).

Want your own car site at the races? Book the Homestraight Lawn package Ever wanted your own car site to enjoy your day at the races? Now you can with the Brisbane Racing Club’s brand new Homestraight Lawn package.

This outdoor ticketed event includes: • Racecourse admission for 10 guests • Reserved car space on the Homestraight Lawn • Opportunity to self cater (food only, all beverages need to be purchased from the BRC)

Situated inside the home straight at Doomben, you will enjoy an unrivalled view over the course proper with the Doomben grandstands as a backdrop.

• Shared tote (TAB) facilities located nearby

Each group of 10 will receive a car parking site, providing a comfortable vantage point from which to enjoy the day’s racing. This package is a self-cater package however all beverages need to be purchased from the centrally located bar.

Sites are $500 and can be booked by phoning the BRC Sales & Events team on 3268 2171 or online at

The Homestraight Lawn package is available on Carlton Mid Doomben 10,000 Day (May 28) only.

Homestraight Lawn ticket holders can also take advantage of the opportunity to access all general public areas around the racecourse via the track crossing.

Treasury Casino Queensland Oaks Day is the traditional Ladies’ Day of the Carnival. Fashion is the centrepiece off the track and the stakes will no doubt run high this year as ladies competition in the all new David Jones Fashions on the Field; Women’s Racewear category. Stylish women will be enticed by the enviable prize pool as well as the Millinery Award.

Gai Waterhouse. Photo by Noel Pascoe

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Bart Cummings photo is by Noel Pascoe

Enjoy a delicious Philip Johnson menu. Book tickets to The Race Comes First Marquee

every minute of the racing action as well as a fully stocked bar offering Australian wines, Bollinger and local and imported beers.

Here is an ideal location to experience Queensland’s Grand Final raceday – the AAMI Stradbroke.

Tickets are $125 per person on Queensland Oaks Day and $190 per person on AAMI Stradbroke Day and can be purchased by phoning 3268 2171 or online at

Positioned on the home straight within the corporate marquee enclosure, The Race Comes First Marquee offers a premium hospitality experience. Indulge in a premium beverage selection served to your table as well as a delicious buffet lunch menu prepared by Philip Johnson of e’cco restaurant. You will also enjoy the convenience of tote facilities and television screens throughout the marquee. Alternatively, you can watch the racing live by simply taking a couple of steps out to the courtyard situated right on the track fence. Tickets are $350 and are available on AAMI Stradbroke Day (June 11) only. To secure your seat, phone the BRC Sales & Events team on 3268 2171 or online at Want to be close to the action? Book tickets to the Parade Lawn Marquee

Want spectacular views? Book tickets to the Terraces Dining With superb views over Doomben Racecourse, the East and West Terraces offer an outstanding raceday dining experience. The tiered dining tables are each positioned to take full advantage of the glass fronted 180 degree sweeping views. Enjoy the plentiful buffet lunch and make your selection from the wine list, whilst the BRCs dedicated wait staff service your every need. Prices range between $145 and $170 per person. To make a booking phone 3268 2171 or visit

The Parade Lawn Marquee is positioned amongst the horse precinct right where the horses literally walk past you from the stables to the parade ring.

From family fun at the Kirks Doomben Cup Day to glamorous fashion with the David Jones Fashions on the Field, finding something to suit everyone is a sure bet at the Channel Seven Brisbane Racing Carnival. Make it Yours.

The marquee features several television screens for you and your guests to catch

Tickets through Ticketek. Visit ■

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Seven’s Jessica Marais & James Stewart. Photo by Ross Stevenson.

Ladies’ Lunch – Friday, June 3 The Strand at Rugby Quay The Carnival Ladies’ Lunch partnered by Treasury Wine Estates is the must-attend social event of the Channel Seven Brisbane Racing Carnival. Hosted by 4BCs Victoria Carthew and Seven’s Sofie Formica, special guest speakers will include Group 1 winning jockey, Michelle Payne and Australian milliner, Peter Jago. Other highlights will include a pamper station, a millinery display by The Hat Box and fashion parade. Guests will delight in a two course menu and beverages by Treasury Wine Estates. Tickets are $110 ($100 for BRC Members). Book your seats to this much anticipated event by phoning 3268 2171. r r i c u t t e n . c o m . a u Enquir i e s 1 8 0 0 3 5 9 6 5 0 www.p e r r i c u t t e n . c o m . a u

Tattersall’s S at u r d ay 2 5 t h J u n e 2 0 1 1

Racing Club

june race day

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njoy fabulous winter racing at the Tatts June Race Day. This great day of racing will be held at Eagle Farm Racecourse, from 12pm on Saturday 25th June 2011. There will be over $1 million in prize money to be won, including $500,000 for the Group 1 Tattersall's Racing Club winter Stakes, the highest rated Fillies and Mares race in Queensland. Other feature races include the Carlton Draught Tattersall’s Cup – Group 3 (2200m), W.J. Healy Stakes – Group 3 (1200m), Centenary Classic Open Mile – Listed (1600m) and a Listed 1400m race. Enjoy the fun, excitement and glamour of a Tatts Race Day. There will be live entertainment to keep the crowds entertained and a chance to win a great prize with the Race Book Prize Competition. For stylish race-goers, the traditional ‘Fashions on the Field’ Competition will showcase some of Brisbane’s fantastic fashion and offer great prizes. Purchase a pin from the Leukaemia Foundation’s Pin & Win Competition and support this great cause and have the chance to win a great prize. Why not get a group of friends and enjoy the races with one of these group packages:

Vice Regal Room Situated within the John Power Stand Members’ Reserve, the adjacent reserved grandstand seating provides a view of the parade ring and winning post on race day. • Tote facilities • TV’s • Fully air-conditioned • Private bar with waiters $159 per person includes: • Entrance to the track • Five hour beverage package • Delicious three course meal • Race book Laboratory Situated within the Public Stand. • View of the track from private deck • TV’s • Private bar with waiters $139 per person includes: • Entrance to the track • Delicious finger food • Five-hour beverage package • Race book

Moreton Bar Situated high on the top floor of the Public Stand, this split level venue features a huge glass window offering an impressive outlook onto Eagle Farm’s racetrack. • Tote facilities • TV’s • Bookmaker • Fully air-conditioned • Private bar • Split level design • Cocktail style dining $150 per person includes: • Entrance to the track • Five hour beverage package • Delicious cocktail food • Race book


A Jewel in the heart of the City » Corporate Seminars & Conferences » Weddings » Cocktail Parties » Formal Dinners and Lunches » Birthday Celebrations » Accommodation

There will be over $1 million in prize money to be won Corporate Suites, The Oaks Bar and Terraces are available for private functions. For bookings phone 3331 8866 or for further information email claire. Tattersall's Racing Club races four times annually at Eagle Farm and has held an important position in the Queensland racing industry for 146 years.

Corporate & private bookings welcome

Phone 3331 8888 Visit

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dining & wining at the

Gold Coast turf club By Michelle Christensen

By Michelle Christensen

Women in racing love nothing more than the fun, glamour and sophistication of an afternoon at the track, so they love the Gold Coast Turf Club where the party never ends with live racing every Saturday.


et before the stunning Surfers Paradise skyline, a lady certainly feels special enjoying the ‘sport of kings’ from the Club’s prestigious Skyline Restaurant. With a personal LCD screen to view the races, racebooks, member’s access, private tote, wait service and 4 course a la carte menu it’s the ultimate day out and a venue you should certainly consider for your next special occasion. A gold class package which includes beverages is available and the Club offers a reduced rate per person for horse owners and trainers with a horse running on the day. Alternatively, on your next visit, why not book into the Turf Stars Terrace - the Club’s best kept secret! Located on Level 2 with track views and personal LCD TV screens, the Lounge offers a two-course entree and

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hot and cold platter menu. At only $50 per person member’s rate it’s the best value on course! Bookings must be for a minimum of ten guests and pre-paid in advance. Race Naming Rights Packages are also available and have become a popular way of commemorating milestone birthdays, retirements and anniversaries. The Premium Race Name package comes with a table for six guests with a four course a la carte meal in the Skyline Restaurant, as well as a full page in the racebook dedicated to your event and drinks with the winning connections of your race in the Club’s exclusive Directors’ Lounge. The Club is renowned for its Special Events and Themed Raceday’s.  The Prime Minister’s Cup kicks off the Queensland

Winter Carnival on Saturday May 7th with over a Million dollars in prize money on offer, Fashions on the Field, pampering and live on-course entertainment. Due to the overwhelming demand and interest surrounding the Club’s 2010 Xmas In July functions, this year’s event has been extended to run on both the 9th and 16th of July. Held in the Club’s Boardroom the ticket price of only $59 includes entry to the racecourse and reserved seating in the Boardroom, as well as a drink on arrival and a sumptuous Christmas themed buffet. So make sure you spoil yourself this winter and get out and try some of the truly amazing dining experiences at the Gold Coast Turf Club. Visit the Club’s website or contact us on (07) 5538 1599. ■

Skyline Restaurant RATES L A I C E SP iners a r t , s r e For own ookings! b or group

Enjoy the excitement of the races from our premium dining venue! * 4-course table d’hote luncheon * Reserved seating and spectacular views * Personal LCD screen * Access to members’ stand * Racebook * Members’ car parking * Racecourse entry * Wait service Gold Coast Turf Club Ph: 07 5538 1599 Racecourse Drive, Bundall QLD 4217


MAGIC MILLIONS SATURDAY J a n uary 15th, 2011


on the field

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Photography: Ross Stevenson


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tourists embrace

the Magic Millions Karen Andrews


he Racing Industry makes an enormous contribution to the Australian economy. On the Gold Coast, the most significant contribution from racing to our economy is through hosting the Magic Millions Carnival each January. 

By Karen Andrews

The Magic Millions is the biggest race day on the Queensland thoroughbred racing calendar with more than 15,000 attending the event in 2011.

Open for lunch and dinner Monday to Sunday Breakfast Sunday $40 LUNCH SPECIAL Entrée & main or main & dessert Monday to Sunday except public holidays

Best new restaurant award 2010 Gold Coast Restaurant and Catering

Chef Hat for 2011 Australian Good Food & Travel Guide

Phone 07 5527 1009 Bookings recommended

Glass Dining and Lounge Bar On the water Marina Mirage Seaworld Drive Main Beach QLD 4217

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This year the Carnival took place between the 7th and the 19th of January - 12 days of glamour, fashion and racing.  Once again, it brought together racing royalty, celebrities, punters, fashion enthusiasts and people from all walks of life.  Attendees included locals, visitors from intrastate, interstate and many overseas locations throughout Asia, New Zealand, Europe and the United Arab Emirates.  Most importantly for our tourism industry, visitors attracted by the carnival often stay for an extended period and visit the many attractions the Gold Coast has to offer as well as experiencing our shopping and Restaurants.  Our tourism industry is dependant on longerstay visitors and the Magic Millions is an event that delivers precisely that result.  An economic impact study into the 2008 Magic Millions event demonstrated a direct contribution of $24.6 million to the Gold Coast economy and an additional $27.3 million of value in publicity to give a total economic benefit of $52 million.  Direct economic contribution is through tourism, accommodation, hospitality and transport.  Further, the fabulous shoes, hats, fascinators, dresses and suits found track-side demonstrates the significant

contribution racing makes to the fashion industry. ‘Fashions on the Field’ is hotly contested both at the Gold Coast Turf Club and at the many off-track events organised as part of the Carnival, such as the Women in Racing Luncheon, which is an event that you ‘must’ be seen at.  This January, the world renowned Magic Millions Auctions generated more than $70 million in yearling sales.  Whilst the $2 million 2YO classic is the highlight of race day, only horses purchased from Magic Millions are able to compete meaning owners and trainers are almost guaranteed to return to the city.  While it was predicted that wet weather on the Gold Coast and more broadly the flooding in south-east Queensland could result in lower attendances this year, this turned out not to be the case.  An additional 1,000 people were attracted to the event in comparison to the 2010 figures.  Given the Magic Millions is such a significant contributor to the Gold Coast economy it is important to ensure that necessary structures are in place.  In January 2010, the Bligh Labor Government announced an $80 million package for the three racing codes: Thoroughbred, Harness and Greyhound Racing.  To date that money has not materialised.  For a world class event such as the Magic Millions the facilities at the Gold Coast Turf Club require an upgrade and this should be delivered immediately.  The racing industry is a vital part of Queensland’s economic sustainability and should be recognised as such. ■

what are

franking credits?

with Muriel Skillen CFP® Dip FP Dip Fin Markets (Sec Inst)


hen I ask people who owns Woolworths, Telstra, the Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA) and BHP, most people don’t know. They know these companies are listed on the Australian Stock Exchange, but they don’t understand that they are owned by the public. If you buy CBA shares, you are literally a part-owner of the CBA. Australian companies, like the Commonwealth Bank, generate revenue by trading or selling goods or services to consumers. The expenses of running a company (eg. salary, wages and rent) are paid out of revenue and the profit is then taxed at the Australian company tax rate, which is currently 30%. A portion of the net profit is often retained by the company to grow the business and the balance of the profit is paid to the owners – that is, to the shareholders. With large, well established profitable ’blue-chip’ Australian companies, this distribution of company profits to shareholders generally occurs on a six monthly basis via the payment of interim and final dividends. Share market enthusiasts understand that

dividends from a diversified portfolio of good quality companies can be a very steady, predictable and consistent form of income (regardless of volatile share prices). For example, a well constructed $500,000 share portfolio can consistently generate income (dividends) of 4 to 5 percent per annum ($20,000 to $25,000 per annum); which is similar to the rental income you would received from a $500,000 residential investment property; or the interest income you would receive from a $500,000 bank deposit.

(because the franking credits are a tax credit that off-set tax payable); whereas you would pay $6,000 tax on your $20,000 rent or interest (excluding Medicare levy).

The difference between $20,000 of dividends and $20,000 of rent or bank interest is that the dividends can carry up to approximately $8,500 worth of ‘franking credits’ with them.

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Franking credits are even more exciting if you own shares within your self-managed or IDPS superannuation fund. When you retire and commence an account-based pension, in addition to receiving the $20,000 of dividends, any franking credits attached (eg. $8,500) can be fully refunded into your superannuation fund. ■

If you are in the 30% tax bracket and your dividends are fully franked, you would pay NO tax on your $20,000 of dividend income This editorial provides general information only and assumptions that rental income received is 5% return of capital and dividends from Australian shares are fully franked at company tax rates of 30%. Before making any financial or investment decisions, we recommend you consult a financial adviser to take into account your particular investment objectives, financial situation and individual needs. Genesys Wealth Advisers and its authorised representatives do not accept any liability for any errors or omissions of information supplied in this editorial. Macnaught & Associates Pty Ltd is a corporate authorised representative of Genesys Wealth Advisers Limited ABN 20 060 778 216 AFSL No 232686. Principal member of the FPA

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Photos by: Ipswich Turf Club

Ipswich Racing

comes alive in winter

By Brett Kitching & Lisa Wallace


pswich Racing comes alive in Winter with the Ipswich Racing Carnival concluding with the running of the famous Ipswich Cup on June 18th 2011. The Ipswich Cup continues to be seen as the social experience and party day of the year for the people of Ipswich and it’s surrounds and the myriad of visitors who attend the Carnival far and wide. Fashions, music, colourful characters and superb racing all come together on this big day. The day has grown to become one of the largest Provincial Club meetings in Australia

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and has topped the thoroughbred race meeting attendance figures in Queensland for the past couple of seasons. The marquee experience on Ipswich Cup Day is unlike any other and again will see thousands flock to the Bundamba racecourse for a fun filled afternoon on all of the days of the Carnival.

on the 150th year of racing in Ipswich. Other top class performers to win the Cup in recent years have included Sphenophyta, Sculptor, and Bianca.

Our Lukas famously won his second straight Ipswich Cup in 2010 for trainer Robert Heathcote and jockey Stathi Katsidis. This was the first double in the history of the Cup and fittingly came

Monday 2nd May 2011. This is the first day of the Ipswich Carnival when the Labour Day public holiday meeting again sees a family fun day held. Labour Day is sponsored by the Union Movement and

There are four differently themed days in May in the lead up to the Ipswich Cup Day throughout May and they are as follows:

will be run at Bundamba for the fifth consecutive year in 2011. The QTIS600 2 year old race carrying $150,000 prize money and won in 2010 by Buffering is again on this Labour Day. Attendances for this day are continuing to grow and the quality of galloper on this day is improving as well, as evidenced by Buffering’s win in 2010. Saturday May 7th is Legs and Eddies Day. This will see the sixth running of the Ipswich Mile gift – the only event on which betting is allowed apart from the racing at the Ipswich Turf Club. This event attracts high quality athletes from all over Queensland and other States in search of the good prize money on offer. The St Edmund’s Foundation function also ensures a big day is in store. The three year old distance race on this day as a lead up to the running of the Queensland Derby was a big success in 2010. Friday May 13th is Fashion and Funk Day. This is the first race meeting to be held on the Ipswich Show Holiday for many years. This day focuses on glamorous fashion, beauty and music. It will be a day full of fashion parades, hair & make-up pamper stations, “Fashions on the Field Competitions” and music provided by live DJ’s. A great variety of dining and beverage options are available as on all days.

Friday May 20th is the second Apprenticeships Queensland Tradesmen’s Expo Day. A large attendance at the inaugural 2010 Tradesmen’s Day ensured that this day continued for a second year. Various trade focused businesses displayed their wares to the public on this day last year and the day was a great success. Saturday June 18th is Ipswich Cup Day. The final and largest day of the Carnival for Ipswich – the day of fashions and finery – the day of partying, networking and socializing. Experience the excitement and unique atmosphere of the Ipswich Cup. The Ipswich Cup Day is the social event of the year and attracts more racegoers than any another thoroughbred race day in Queensland. Racing, Fashion, Colour, Fun and Excitement. Join in the after the Races Concert – all making up the party of the year. Don’t miss it! All pre-sold tickets for Ipswich Cup Day go into a draw to win $10,000 in betting vouchers, giving good reasons to secure an early marquee or general admission ticket. Online ticket sales will be available through Ticketek for Breezer Marquee tickets and all other tickets can be purchased through the Ipswich Turf Club on (07) 3282 1500. ■

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he Sunshine Coast Turf Club's Corbould Park Racecourse is one of the country's finest thoroughbred racing and training facilities. Located less than an hour north of Brisbane and just minutes from the Sunshine Coast's gorgeous City of Caloundra, Corbould Park races every Sunday as well as a ‘Summer of Friday Night Racing’ which is programmed to begin on Friday November 11th, 2011, through to Friday February 25th, 2012. Check out our website for further information on our upcoming racing season.

Coast Turf Club calendar. Make sure you keep your diary free and organise a catch up with your friends at the track. 

In addition to our weekly racing calendar the Sunshine Coast Turf Club currently have three major meetings a year: Ladies Oaks Day, Caloundra Cup Carnival and Melbourne Cup day.

Ladies Oaks Day is held on the annual Caloundra Show Day Public holiday and it’s likely to be a photo finish in the fashion stakes.

LADIES OAKS DAY – Friday June 3rd , 2011 (18+ event only)

As well as the spectacle which is first class horse racing, POTBELLEEZ will be performing live.

Fancy a fun day out with your girlfriends, the 2011 Hot 91 and Sunshine Coast Daily Ladies Oaks day is fast approaching. This is the biggest social event on the Sunshine

Function/Marquee packages are now available, be quick before they sell out! This day is certainly a day not to be missed – mark it on your Calendar now.

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Friday 3rd June 2011




Function/Marquee packages are now available.

This year the Caloundra Cup Carnival will be held on Saturday July 2nd and Sunday July 3rd , 2011. The Caloundra Cup Carnival began back on Opening Day – July 25th , 1985 and is the Sunshine Coast Turf Club’s Major racing event of the year and the Major metropolitan race in Queensland on the day. 

The second day of the Carnival on Sunday July 3rd is a family fun day.  This day hasMY always been a popular day for CY families with activities on the day CMY centered on the children.

The day will see the running of the $200,000 Number One Quality Homes Caloundra Cup over 2400m, $175,000 Reed Property Group Glasshouse Handicap over 1400m, the $100,000 XXXX Sunshine Coast Guineas over 1600m as well as a further five races. The expectation of full fields with high class horses and the best jockeys from around Australia, will bring competitive racing to one of the most valued racetracks in Queensland. Roving entertainment and the ever popular ‘Fashions on the Field’ competition with great prizes; this day will be a day not to be missed.





MARY HENZELL’S ANNUAL LADIES LUNCHEON On Sunday July 17th, 2011 Mary Henzell will be hosting her annual ladies luncheon. Over the years Mary has raised money for much needed charities – last year’s recipient was “Make a Wish” Foundation. The luncheon is held at Corbould Park Racecourse, Caloundra in the Favourites Function Room during a race meeting.  So mark it in your diary and get your girlfriends together, dress up, pick a winner but most importantly have a great day out. For more information telephone the Sunshine Coast Turf Club on (07) 5491 6788. ■

CALOUNDRA CUP CARNIVAL Sat 2nd & Sun 3rd July Number One Quality Homes Caloundra Cup Day Saturday 2nd July Gates Open 10.00am Children under 18 free Fashions on the Field Roving Entertainment Packages available for more information Phone: 07 5491 6788

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You will find your favorite Hotel Urban in St Kilda Melbourne, St Leonards Sydney and Brisbane City. Visit Urban. It will suit you. ■

Hotel Urban... a winning choice! At each individual Urban Hotel you will notice the now and then blend seamlessly, like your new Jimmy Choos and your old faithful vintage dress. Sophisticated settings, that while being very much a product of their brand, their details are the real delight that will keep you wanting to be around them.

Hotel Urban is your best bet for stylish spaces for dining, staying, partying and relaxing with locations in Brisbane, Melbourne – St Kilda, and Sydney – St Leonards, we are waiting to take care of you.

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At each individual Urban Hotel you will notice the now and then blended seamlessly, like your new Nikes’ and your old faithful running shorts. Sophisticated settings that while being very much a product of their brand, their details are the real delight that will keep you wanting to be around them. Urban is more than a hotel. It’s your shortcut to finding not only the best accommodation, but also the best that each city has to offer.


rban Hotel Group is more than your typical Hotel Group. It’s a culture. We love nice things. We like our hotel accommodation to be like our homes (sometimes better than our homes). Aspirational finishing touches and pieces that make you ‘wonder where did they get that from’. You will find all kinds of nice things at each of the Urban’s including Bang & Olufsen sound systems, Evo bathroom amenities, slow down slippers, in room technology and the comfiest bedding “the Urban Snorer”. Most of all Urban offers a great place to getaway when you are finally able to take your loved ones away for some much needed r&r or your good friends for a great night out.

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jumps racing By Ron Williams

Black And Bent at - Australian the 2010 Australian Hurdle Hurdle


change of Government at the last State Election, followed by decisions announced by the new Minister for Racing, Dr. Denis Napthine, was cause for renewed enthusiasm in the jumping fraternity, particularly to the thousands of people employed in the industry. Dr. Napthine who is a Veterinarian, was pleased to advise Racing Victoria CEO, Rob Hines, that the Liberal Government had pledged that it would put $ 500.000 into jumps racing until 2016. Jumps trainers could now confidently advise prospective owners that investing in jumpers was a worthwhile consideration. The program has been developed following

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consultation with stakeholders and Thoroughbred Racing South Australia which has resulted in a better structured program. Highlights of the Victorian jumps racing season, which commences on Monday, 4 April at Warrnambool and concludes on Monday, 19 September at Pakenham, are;

each.· The Grand Nationals, jumps racing's showpiece events, will be conducted two weeks apart at Betfair Park (Sandown) in August thus allowing horses to compete in both.· Prize money for the Brierly Steeplechase, a headline race during the Warrnambool May Racing Carnival, has been increased from $60,000 to $100,000

· Total prize money has been increased by over 16 percent to $2.64 million· 70 races (44 hurdles, 26 steeplechases) have been programmed, up from 63 in 2010.· Prize money for the Grand National Hurdle and Grand National Steeplechase have been increased by 33 percent to $200,000

· Nine tracks will host jumps races with the resumption of jumps racing at Bendigo after a three-year absence and Mornington after a one-year absence.· Warrnambool will host over a third of the races with 24 programmed at the track.· The number of races in metropolitan Melbourne at Betfair

is leaping ahead Park (Sandown) has risen from 13 to 15 with the introduction of three $50,000 midweek features.“The 2011 jumps racing program has been designed to provide enhanced opportunities for participants and owners, whilst consolidating on the progress the sport, particularly hurdle racing, made in 2010,” RV Acting Chief Executive, Paul Bittar, said. “Prize money has been increased by over 16 percent and we are committed to providing a solid foundation for hurdle racing to prosper over the next three years and for steeplechase racing to secure its future with a successful season.“The program provides a better flow of feature races with prize money increases and date changes for the Grand Nationals certain to add lustre to the sport's ‘grand finals', whilst allowing horses the opportunity to progress from the Hurdle to Steeplechase. “In developing the program we have worked closely with Thoroughbred Racing South Australia to ensure that our race programs complemented one another. As a result, no jumps races will be held on the same day in both states, thus allowing for increased cross-state participation by jockeys and trainers.“We are pleased to welcome Bendigo and Mornington back as jumps racing venues, whilst consolidating Warrnambool and Betfair Park as the premier jumps racing venues in the state. “The new look racing program will be supported by an enhanced trialling and schooling schedule that commenced at the start of February and provide increased opportunities for trainers to educate and prepare their jumpers for competition.” ■
























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Galleywood Hurdle



Grand Annual Steeple



Great Southern Steeple



Australian Hurdle



Australian Steeple



Moss Trooper Steeple



Open Hurdle



Quality Handicap Hurdle



Quality Handicap Steeple



Kevin Lafferty Hcp Hurdle



Thackeray Hcp Steeple



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By Ron Williams


egrettably, we are unable to give the meeting the coverage which it deserves due to Easter falling so late in April this year. The meeting, run by the iconic Oakbank Racing Club in the Adelaide Hills (which has been racing since 1876) held a great weekend of racing on the 23rd and 25th of April. For the first time since Anzac Day’s inception it aligned with Easter Monday, which allowed the Club to honour our Anzac heroes at this year’s Carnival. Oakbank Racing Club Chairman John Glatz said before the day, ”we’re especially excited about this Easter as having Anzac Day on Easter Monday will add an extra significance to our event. We will be able to race before midday with special permission from the RSL and we will honour our brave diggers with a Last Post before we commence the day”. Oakbank Racing Club offered free admission on Easter Monday to financial members of the RSL (on presentation of their membership), as well as free admission to members of the 16AD Regiment from Woodside.

Sophie Edington is our 2011 Oakbank Ambassador - Australian swimmer Commonwealth Games medallist.

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the World's Biggest picnic race meeting Crowds of 100,000+ were estimated over the two race days and children and the young at heart enjoyed the showground style rides and amusements as well as face painting, roving entertainers and the petting zoo trackside. The Australian Girls Choir heralded in the Scott Group of Companies Great Eastern Steeplechase on the Monday with a fantastic rendition of our National Anthem. Oakbank 2011 Ambassadors Emma Charlton and Sophie Edington joined in the action trackside. A Loxton born Australian Swimming Champion, Sophie has just completed the Australian National Swimming in Sydney, winning a silver and two bronze medals. Sophie said before the day, “I am looking forward to returning to my home town in South Australia and celebrating Easter in the stunning Adelaide

Hills. Oakbank is something that’s unique in the world and I can’t wait to be part of it, helping the Club support the Little Heroes Foundation in their fantastic work with children with Cancer and serious illnesses”. Chris McDermott, ex Adelaide Crows Captain is the Executive Director and Chairman of Little Heroes Foundation. Chris said, “the children our foundation supports will benefit from the funds raised at Oakbank this year. We’ve nearly achieved our goal to be able to buy a second MRI machine for the Women’s and Children’s Hospital and the support of the thousands of people who attend Oakbank will be invaluable in reaching this milestone. Club sponsor Stirling Jewellers will had people bubbling with anticipation each day as a stunning white gold champagne

diamond ring was given away. Oakbank Racing Club will hold their Christmas Twilight Race Meeting on Friday December 9th, 2011. Oakbank is a must for all lovers of racing, and the spectacular races over the jumps have to be seen to be believed. Make a visit to Oakbank obligatory and put it in your racing diary. There is plenty of accommodation to choose from, ranging from B & B’s to traditional Hotels and Motels. Visitors can stay close to the event and at the same time, experience the wonderful offerings of Oakbank and its surrounds such as the oldest surviving German settlement of Hahndorf and the garden village of Stirling. Of course, there is always a winery or two than can be visited to taste the joy of wines for which South Australia is famous. ■

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hat a great time it is for racing with the mighty Black Caviar heading to Brisbane’s Winter Carnival. This particular Woman in Racing has been rated the best racehorse in the world and I have to say it is an absolute privilege to watch her every time she goes around. Of course Black Caviar has the BTC Cup in her Itinerary at this stage and I urge all of you that can get there to do so and see this magnificent sprinter. What could be better than dressing up and stepping out to see what just may be the best horse to ever grace our shores? The BTC Cup has thrown up some upsets over the years with Bentley Biscuit upsetting Takeover Target in 2007 and of course Albert The Fat proving too strong for the likes of Melito and Ortensia last year. While this race hasn’t been a great one for the girls you can be sure that if Black Caviar gets beaten the winner will pay monster odds. The mare is then tipped to go on to the Doomben 10,000 where she’ll be tested over a trip of 1350 metres for the first time. The 10,000 already has an honour roll of great champions – Campaign King, Chief De Beers, Apache Cat and Takeover Target, to name just a few and Black Caviar gives every impression

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ost of us don’t have a clue what our life passion is before the age of ten, but for Caroline Searcy it was obvious.  Raised in Adelaide and with no major racing influence in her early life, Caroline became enamoured with thoroughbred racing after watching ‘World of Sport Racetrack’ on channel 7.  Caroline’s passion for racing quickly grew and before long she was riding her bike of a Saturday to watch the races at Victoria Park.  She was completely captivated by the horses and the excitement of the track. For Caroline, the figure who changed her life the most wasn’t a parent, teacher or mentor… it was a thoroughbred horse and winner of the 1982 Blue Diamond:  Rancher. 


Caroline Searcy is the beloved host of TVN’s ‘Thoroughbreds’ program as well as co-host of Weekend Racing in Sydney with Richard Callendar and presenter of yearling sales and major carnivals across Australia. With a passion for racing spanning almost 30 years, we found out more about the woman that we see on our TV screens.  34 |

“I had heard a few of his races on the radio that he won by a street, and then I made a point of watching the Blue Diamond,” she tells us.  “It was his eighth straight win as a 2yo”.  Caroline; along with much of the country; was inspired by the majestic thoroughbred. Rancher’s win opened a whole new world for the young girl who started following the industry with even more passion, becoming more and more fascinated with the media coverage of race meetings. “The early 80’s was a marvellous time to fall in love with the sport,” she recalls, “with so many great champions winning so consistently”.  Caroline kept a scrapbook, and many videos of their races and trackwork for several years, following the careers of all of her favourite thoroughbreds including Rancher, Manikato, Kingston Town and Rose of Kingston.  At the age of 12 her media career had already begun.   Skip ahead around 30 years and Caroline is still just as wide-eyed and passionate about the racing industry.  What is most striking about her is not only the dedication she demonstrated so early in her life, but also the way she seems to have been able to hold on to this core passion for the horses

themselves – an element that is sometimes overshadowed among the wagering, social events and prize money that is so often the main focus in today’s industry.  Despite her constant love of racing, Caroline’s early career took her around the country and into various radio newsrooms.    After an impromptu script reading at a public radio conference in South Australia caught the attention of Austereo’s national News Director John Williams, Caroline was given the job as news producer and newsreader at Darwin’s Hot 100FM, followed by a stint in Canberra in TV and radio, before settling in to her role at Fox Sports for 11 years as a presenter and senior news reporter.  Caroline admittedly loves most sports and although her role at Fox allowed her to work with  all varieties of sport, it was difficult to film racing stories given her obligations as a news presenter and producer. “In the mid 90’s I was able to do many feature stories about the likes of Saintly and

Octagonal,” she recalls, “but as the years went on I became more and more studio based, which became very frustrating. It was time to focus on my one passion, and that was racing!” Channel 9’s Gary Burns was instrumental in bringing Caroline to TVN, and today Caroline has the opportunity to work alongside and mingle with the who’s who of the industry.  Interviews with trainers, owners and breeders are a daily occurrence for the journalist, and Caroline has recently moved in to the ownership side of the industry herself. For Caroline, sentiment is extremely important when it comes to choosing a horse to support or follow.  Sentiment took a further role in 2007 when she took her first step in to ownership, buying a quarter share with friends in a Thorn Park filly named Rose Among Thorns at the Inglis Classic sale.  The filly was the granddaughter of Bank Burst, a horse that she particularly loved in her childhood.  Although the pretty filly never raced, Caroline kept her for as long as possible to ride, until a shoulder injury prevented

even that. Rose Among Thorns is now in foal to Prince Arthur and Caroline plans to race the foal with friends.  “You never, never know what can happen in racing!” It is this same passion for horses that Caroline sees as the key to the future of racing.  She lists countries such as England and Ireland where the interest in the thoroughbred horse makes the racing and the horse the spectacle. “It’s not just for the punt, in those countries they really relish the theatre, competition, the trainer and the jockeys and I think Australia could focus much more on their marketing efforts to attract more people to appreciate the actual horses”. “We need people to follow a thoroughbred from start to finish – that is where the real passion is”, she states, suggesting it is the brilliant animals as opposed to the wagering and the social drawcard that really bring people to the sport. “  “Rancher won the Blue Diamond in the early 80’s and really inspired me, today the same thing is happening now with Black Caviar – People are being inspired!” ■ Women in RACING | 35


Rosehill Gardens

Golden Slipper Day

By Sharon Lenton


From left to right: Marlia Saunders Second runner up. Tanya Lazarou Runner up. Petra Nolan

Below: Rosehill Gardens AAMI Golden Slipper Trophy

n Saturday, April 2nd, a huge crowd of 26.604 were brought together by the Australian Turf Club for a great day’s racing in a sunny Sydney day. The racing highlight of the day was the crowd witnessed for just the fifth time since the initial running of the race in 1957, a horse completing the Caulfield Blue Diamond/Rosehill Gardens Golden Slipper Double. It was achieved by the 2yo chestnut colt Sepoy, who won with two outstanding fillies Mosheen and Elite Falls running 2nd and 3rd. Sepoy is owned Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, trained by Peter Snowden and was ridden by Kerrin McEvoy. The other highlight of the day was the array of the most beautiful women who attended Rosehill Gardens to compete in this year's Myer ‘Fashions on the Field’ where the winner, Kelli Odell (# 25) went home with $80,000 worth of prizes.  The final 10 were dominant in red and the ‘50s is still a look highly sort after look.

Photography: Shane Hood Event Photography

Melinda Madigan - Executive General Manager Marketing, Australian Turf Club

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Jacinda Webster

Tanya Lazarou

and the winner is...

I would like to show you some of Sydney's most beautiful faces who competed in this year’s ‘Fashions on the Field’. The competition was so hot that only two of these women made the top 10, but don’t give up girls, your turn will come. ■


Winner - Keli Odell with Rebecca Judd Katie Brand w

Georgina McKerro

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One of the glamour events leading into the Golden Slipper Carnival was the Golden Slipper Hats & Tea, held in conjunction with the NSW Racehorse Owners Association and Sharon Lenton Events.

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he room was filled with beautifully dressed women ensuring that the Most Elegant Woman was going to be a difficult decision for the judges. The title was won by Katie Brand, whose pale pink satin vintage dress with jacket was well co-ordinated, complimented by patent pale pink shoes, matching bag and leather gloves.  Katie adorned this number with a head piece from Kim Fletcher that could "stop traffic".  First runner up was Marlia Saunders in a silk black floral dress with a strong blue tone lifting her outfit and the second runner up went to Christine Mathers in a Armani steel grey/blue suit complimented perfectly by a soft blue structured fedora style hat.  Best millinery award went to Kim Norton with a Lindsay Clare black wired intricate creation with black felt flowers encased at the back of the head.  First runner up was Philomena Kwok (black leather) and second runner up went to Shirley Mcgrath (red feathers).  On entrance to the room for lunch, our models were adorned in corsetry by Jessica Turner Designs and following the theme of the event, many of the attendees wore masks.

The fashion parade was barely over before there was an influx of women trying on the millinery pieces. A sea of hat boxes were at most tables, while the women sipping on champagne seemed extremely happy with their new purchases.  Barely able to see Caroline Searcy from TVN with all the hat boxes who went home with four new pieces  Stay tuned to TVN to see them.

Photos by: Caroline Taylor

By Sharon Lenton

Not only were the women able to buy head pieces, but they were showcased equine jewellery from EJ & Co whose product is endorsed by Princess Natalie of Denmark, Prince Frederick's first cousin. The next Exhibitor, Hat Box Sundae, had never before seen leather ‘hat box luggage’ covered in crystals, ribbons and studs, a MUST when travelling interstate to your next racing carnival. The day was a huge success with prizes being won and racing games to keep everyone on their toes. Thank you to all the women whose enthusiasm shone throughout the whole day. This event is a must when next held in the Spring Carnival. ■

As lunch was being served we were entertained royally by Kathrine Taliana. Her amazing voice captured the rooms attention immediately, before the models took to the floor showing the latest fashions designed by Perri Cutten for the Autumn Carnival. Victoria Shaw, Australia's only female race caller, who was our prominent woman in racing,  took centre stage as our MC for the day. Women in RACING | 39


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erby Day patrons at Royal Randwick on April 9th, were presented with a great start to their Autumn Carnival with the large crowd in excess of 30,000 in attendance enjoying a fabulous day of world class racing. The females were to the fore throughout the day, with three fillies and three mares winning six of the nine races, with the stars being Black Caviar and Shamrocker, both winning Group 1 races, Once Were Wild and Hurtle Myrtle winning Group 2’s and Anise and Crafty Irna saluting in Group 3’s. All their owners would have been very pleased as their respective stud values would have risen appreciably. In addition, Australia’s first lady of racing, Gai Waterhouse was not to be left out of the action, training a running double. The highlight of the day however was the win of the World’s highest rated horse, the 4yo mare Black Caviar, who continued on her winning way with her 12th win from as many races. She now has returned her Owners prize money of over $ 3.2 million, from an initial outlay of $ 210,000. Racing the Sydney way for the first time was a new challenge for Black Caviar, her trainer Peter Moody and jockey Luke Nolen, but

Left: Trainer Peter Moody and his strapper with Black Caviar after her win in the Group 1 Darley sponsored T.J Smith Stakes on Darby Day.

they all played their part extremely well, Black Caviar making up many lengths on Hay List in the straight to win the Darley sponsored T.J. Smith Stakes run over 1200m by 2 3/4 lengths from the 5yo gelding with the 6yo gelding Triple Honour a further 5 lengths astern in a blanket finish for 3rd. Black Caviar ran a race record of 1.08.71 on a Dead (4) track and surely would have broken the course record of 1.08.32 on a good surface. Black Caviar’s trainer, Peter Moody now has new challenges ahead in placing Black Caviar in a position to equal or eclipse long held records of some of the greats of Australian racing. Black Caviar is already the first horse to win its first 12 races, the first mare to win 5 Group 1’s in succession, she has equalled Kingston Town’s 11 consecutive Stakes wins and Tulloch’s 12 consecutive wins. She is now after wins in succession records set by some of the Icons of the turf in Phar Lap (14), Carbine and Bernborough (15), Ajax (18) and Gloaming (19). Multiple wins in succession by horses Overseas include Silent Witness (Hong Kong 17), Cigar, Citation and Hallowed Dreams ( USA 16) and Ribot (France 16). This makes Black Caviar very special and when she’s at the end of her racing career, she may have set records for mares or even all horses that may never be achieved again. The win of Black Caviar meant a lot to Peter Moody. It was the legendary T.J. (Tommy) Smith who gave Peter his first opportunity to work in his stable when he arrived in Sydney from Queensland. Peter refers to T.J. as ‘The Little General’ affectionately  and attributes his current work ethic with lessons he learnt from the master trainer. If Black Caviar does go to Brisbane for the Brisbane Racing Club’s Winter Carnival, the people from all over Queensland are sure to give one of their best ever exports a hero’s welcome and help fill Eagle Farm

and Doomben racecourse’s to capacity. Two races later, another emerging female, the 3yo filly Shamrocker, brilliantly won the David Jones sponsored AJC Australian Derby. This win again was very significant as it was the 150th running of the time honoured Australian Derby and Shamrocker was only the fourth filly to win the Classic in the last 33 years since the race was switched from Spring to Autumn and she was also the only filly in this year’s race. Shamrocker won going away from Retrieve by 1½ lengths with a further 3 lengths to the 3rd placegetter Anacheeva. As we were going to press before the running of the Patinack Farm AJC Oaks on Saturday 16th April, we can only assume that trainer Danny O’Brien will back up Shamrocker, hoping to reverse the placings in the 2010 Crown Victoria Oaks last November when she was a fast finishing 2nd to Brazilian Pulse. Shamrocker won the Group 1 Australian Guineas over 1600m at just her 2nd  start this preparation and then ran a very good 3rd to Jimmy Choux in the Rosehill Guineas over 2000m to give her the extra fitness to run a strong 2400m, the distance of the Derby and the Oaks. Her trainer, Danny O’Brien said “She has taken on the boys all her life and more than held her own”. Shamrocker made history in the Derby as she is the only filly to win the Australian Guineas and the Australian Derby. Shamrocker was bought for the now bargain price of $ 65,000 and has returned in excess of $ 1.8 million in prize money for her owners. O’Brien and jockey Glen Boss both believe that Shamrocker will become stronger as a four and five year old and she is sure to be high in the markets for the Caulfield and Melbourne Cups in this year’s  Victorian Spring Carnival. However, O’Brien said that his Immediate focus was to have Shamrocker fit and in good order for the Group 1 AJC Australian Oaks. ■ Women in RACING | 41


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hile the main attention of Derby day involved the horses, we also had the David Jones ‘Fashions on the Field’ competition with the winner receiving over $21,000. The final ten were chosen by the panel of judges who had a great eye for fashion and were faced with a difficult task, with Sydney’s most elegant ladies being in attendance. All the ladies who entered looked resplendent in their outfits, with black and white the main theme of the day. The audience showed their appreciation of the judge’s decisions when they declared the winners who were : Best dressed woman as Jane Wilkinson of North Bondi and best dressed man as Hal Salter from Melbourne and best milliner as Danica. ■



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Group 1

BMW Barrier Draw By Sharon Lenton


irls, what an event to be at!! The champagne flowed and the food was delicious.

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The barrier draw for the Group 1 BMW, Sydney’s premier weight for age event, was conducted by the NSW Racehorse Owners Association in conjunction with Sharon Lenton Events at Bar 333 on Tuesday 29 March 2011. Present were members of the new Australian Turf Club (ATC) Board headed by the Chairman, John Cornish and CEO, Darren Pearce.  Racehorse owners and guests mingled with the ‘Tooheys girls’ and formalities were conducted by Jo McKinnon from Sky Channel.  Under the careful eye of Chief Racing Steward, Ray Murrihy and Marc Van Gestel, the barrier draw obtained excitement when favourite Maluckyday (NZ) drew the coveted rails barrier. 

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For all of us Women in Racing, we were kept captivated as Jo McKinnon enlightened us with some serious and detailed questions to Chief Steward Ray Murrihy, Anthony Cummings (the trainer of Zavite (NZ)) and Robbie Waterhouse representing Gai Waterhouse whose runner in the race is none other than Descarado (NZ). Max Whitby director of the Australian Turf Club, Melinda Madigan, Executive General Manager Marketing, Australian Turf Club, Doug May, Tooheys

The BMW was taken out last year by Littorio from Zavite (NZ) with No Wine No Song third. ■

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While comfortable and luxurious, the BMW X3 does not compromise on BMW’s trademark performance. In fact, the BMW X3 has long been a fierce competitor in the famous Dakar Rally. On or off the road, the BMW X3 sets the benchmark for others to follow. The BMW X3 comes in three powerful, yet fuel-efficient engine variants, starting with the diesel-powered X3 xDrive 20d priced from $62,969*. The all new BMW X3 has already won critical acclaim overseas for its design, technology and off-road capabilities. Blending the best of all worlds, the BMW X3 is the ultimate vehicle for discerning Australian motorists with a modern sense of adventure. ■Women in RACING | 45


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of horse jobs actually advertised has been so limited”, he said. “So much has been done by word of mouth”. This was not always the most efficient means Williams points out, potential employers were limited in their choices as qualified horse staff do not always hear of the opportunities out there, nor do the industry people from overseas or those recently qualified who are new to the industry.


t was while nursing a broken wrist that threatened to destroy his career as a jumps jockey, that Bill Williams nurtured the idea of an employment Internet site, specifically geared towards the equine industry – “Seek for horse people.” He was recovering from the gruelling ordeal of three operations on his wrist when he had the idea. While dealing with the possibility that he would lose the use of his right hand, such was the extent of the nerve damage, Williams had time to do a significant amount of thinking on the concept and as a consequence, EQUUS CONNECT was born. Working on the site since the middle of 2008, Williams has seen EQUUS CONNECT grow, and not just steadily, but quickly. “We have gone from nobodies to number one in a short space of time”, he said, adding that the most commonly used search engines such as Google recognise EQUUS CONNECT as the leading site of its type. Enthusiastic about EQUUS CONNECT’s role in the horse industry, Williams saw a void that needed to be filled. “The number

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This is where EQUUS CONNECT fits in. A ‘a one stop shop’ that enables potential employers to list their positions available and job seekers to highlight their skills. For a very reasonable fee, employers can promote their positions to a rapidly increasing list of registered horse job seekers. Currently there are over 10,000 active users with between 400 and 500 joining each month. The employer has complete control of their own recruitment campaign. They are able to design and write their own advertisements, (unless help is required which the independent EQUUS Connect is happy to provide). There is no gobetween, the employer is contacted directly by the job seeker, therefore no commissions or placement fees. “We have the equine industry’s good at heart,” he said. The horse job seeker is well served by EQUUS CONNECT, he or she is able, without charge, to list in detail their skills and experience. Their CV and photos can be uploaded and they have

the choice to include their name, or to have their details remain confidential. Williams is just the right person to run such a site, being a part of the horse industry for so long, an industry that prides itself on being one of Australia’s most prolific employers. Born to a horse family with an involvement in horse racing, polo and hunting, Williams had exposure to some pretty nice horses (talented sprinting mare Sweet Chariot and classy jumper Manunda were two trained by his mother Frances Nelson), but it was not until he completed his studies that he saw riding as a profession. Riding for major trainers in Ireland and the UK (Lord Huntingdon at the Queen’s Stables), Williams made the move to Melbourne in 2001, winning most of the majors including his two favourites, the Grand Annual aboard Sir Pentire in 2009 and the Grand National on Busby Glenn in 2006. Riding track work for Michael Moroney, Danny O’Brien and Graeme Rogerson, Williams has many friends in horse racing and his love of the sport shines through. “The horse industry is a great one to work in”, he said. “Fantastic people and such a variety of opportunities, there are just so many horse jobs out there, farriers, veterinarians, stud workers, grooms, strappers, administrators, bookmakers, clerks, feed merchants, journalists, trainers, jockeys, track riders, the list just goes on and on”. For further information contact ■

The Australian Turf Club The Australian Turf Club officially started operating on Monday, 7th February, 2011. NSW Gaming and Racing Minister Kevin Greene said “The merger process between the Sydney Turf Club and the Australian Jockey Club has now been finalised. The creation of the Australian Turf Club Limited, NSW's new major racing club, is one of the most significant developments in the history of NSW racing. Finally, NSW has a strong and united metropolitan club to take the industry forward, to capitalise on opportunities for growth and development. We have completed an essential step to secure the ongoing viability of NSW racing."

Mr Greene joined Chairperson Elect John Cornish, CEO Elect Darren Pearce, Racing NSW Chief Executive Peter V'landys and Racing NSW Chairman Alan Brown at the announcement. "Today is a day of celebration for our worldclass racing industry and its 50,000 participants, The NSW Government has secured a $174Million funding package to renovate and revitalise Sydney's most iconic tracks, Rosehill Gardens and Royal Randwick, as part of this major racing reform. This is an important opportunity for the industry and the NSW economy, which benefits from the $1Billion racing brings to the State each year", Mr Greene said. Australian Turf Club Chairperson John Cornish said “The day celebrated a bringing together of a shared history of Sydney racing going back more than 200 years and looking forward with a united vision we

By Steve White will see both Royal Randwick and Rosehill Gardens in a relationship which will be great for the industry. The physical benefits of the merger will become apparent soon, when we commence the $150Million redevelopment of Royal Randwick as well as $24Million in improvements to Rosehill Gardens". Mr Greene thanked new ATC Chairperson John Cornish, Vice-chairperson Michael Crismale and Chief Executive Darren Pearce, for taking the helm at this time of immense excitement and change. "I also wish to acknowledge that this tremendous accomplishment would not have been possible without the efforts of Bill Picken, Ron Finemore, Alan Brown, Peter V'landys and Michael Kenny. I look forward to watching the continued rise of NSW racing and the Australian Turf Club for years to come", said Mr Cornish. ■ Women in RACING | 49

Glamour Fillies take Centre Stage at the Valley


he Finale to the Night Racing Season at Moonee Valley was a night to remember - A night where the highest rated horse in the world claimed her eleventh straight victory. Australian racing’s World Champion sprinter, Black Caviar remained undefeated after winning the Group 1 $500,000 Pulse Pharmacy William Reid Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley on Friday 25th March.


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The people’s champion extended her winning streak to 11 when she overcame a wide run throughout much of the race to score by almost two lengths at the prohibitive odds of $1.09. The victory took Trainer Peter Moody and Jockey Luke Nolen’s earnings for the night racing season past $1 million, delivering them lucrative prizes thanks to Moonee Valley’s Industry Rewards Program. Moody took ownership of a $134,000 Mercedes-Benz GL-350 as a reward for his stunning season under lights, whilst Nolen walked away with a $33,000 Bang & Olufsen BeoVision television. “What do you say? She’s just gone and done the job again, full credit to her, it’s hard to take credit for any part of it. She’s just a machine”, an awestruck Moody declared. “It’s just great to be a part of something that’s a great draw card for racing”. Nolen was also in awe of the four-year-old mare who won her fourth consecutive Group 1 race and took her career earnings to $2.6 million with the feature race triumph. “I don’t know how many people are here tonight but they were all here to see one horse and it was good she didn’t let anyone down. Just to be a part of it I feel very, very privileged”, Nolen said. “It’s a

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bit surreal really”, he added. “I saw Glen Boss go through it with Makybe Diva, but you don’t really get a grasp of the magnitude of it all until you do it yourself”. Despite facing just six rivals, Black Caviar was made to work for her win number 11, after travelling three wide for the first half of the race before Nolen asked her for the supreme effort at the 500-metre mark. The champion mare quickly responded claiming leaders Crystal Lily and True Persuasion, much to the delight of the huge crowd in attendance for the final meeting of the 2011 Melbourne Festival of Racing. The end result was the same as the Group 1 Lexus Newmarket Handicap (1200m) at Flemington a fortnight prior with a gallant Crystal Lily filling second spot. Third across the line was Black Caviar’s stablemate Hinchinbrook, who improved on his sixth placing in the Newmarket. “When I went, there’s not many horses that are going to go with her at weight-for-age over that distance. You ride to your strengths and 52 |

that’s what we did tonight”, Nolen said. Country and outer suburban racing fans had the chance to travel in style to Moonee Valley to watch Black Caviar in action.  Black Caviar Express Buses were sent to 14 Country Victorian Towns and were a popular hit, filling very quickly. 55 Second Challenge While Black Caviar is the undisputed Queen of the Turf, mare La Bella Roo shared a little of the limelight winning the Essendon Mazda 55 Second Challenge. La Bella Roo and Black Caviar share the same crack sire, Bel Esprit. La Bella Roo’s trainer Peter Boynton from Bendigo picked up a new Mazda CX9 when his stable star recorded the quickest time of 55.48 seconds in the Challenge held over 18 heats during the Moonee Valley Night Racing Season.  The Mazda CX9 is worth $55,000. Jockey Jake Noonan collected $10,000 thanks  to Essendon Mazda for his winning ride on La Bella Roo.

Glamour Meets Group Racing At The Valley Friday Night racing at Moonee Valley on March 18th was an extravaganza of fillies and fashion, featuring the Group 2 Top Cut Alister Clark Stakes and the heats of the Miss Universe Australia competition. The night featured the preliminary heats of the Miss Universe Australia competition, with current Miss Universe Australia Jesinta Campbell leading the judging panel for the 2011 Miss Universe Australia competition.  The heats ran through the evening with the winners announced at the conclusion of the night. Alongside Jesinta Campbell on the judging panel was Fashion Stylist Rebecca Williams, Media personality and Sports Manager Rick Olarenshaw and Miss Universe Australia Director, Deborah Miller who  make this final decision on who will be the girls to go through to the Victorian State Final. The judging panel selected 9 girls from the group to progress through to the State Final. ■


By Colin Hodges

makes her mark

Hidden Loot sails to victory at Wellington with Catherine Markwort aboard



nitially the tears flowed from Catherine then 20 minutes later she still remained almost speechless after riding Hidden Loot in the McCarroll Family Maiden Plate (900m) at Wellington. Not only was Hidden Loot her first ride in a race, but also her career first winner. Over the past two years Catherine has ridden in a total of 25 official barrier trials at the Central and Western Area tracks to qualify for her ticket to compete at professional meetings. Forbes trainer Frank Hayes, to whom

Markwort is indentured, has been a great supporter and was very proud of his Apprentice after the Wellington win. Hidden Loot is trained at Nyngan by Rodney Robb and raced by his wife Wendy and their daughter Jody Kilmartin. “Rodney booked Catherine for the ride because he likes to give the apprentices a go”, explained Wendy Robb. First out of the barriers, Hidden Loot led throughout with Catherine riding a wellbalanced finish. Hidden Loot ($13), having

A pleased Catherine Markwort after unsaddling her first ever winner

its second start after nearly three years off the scene, won by a long neck from the Barry Molly Forbes-trained Bootstrap (Daniel Edmonds ($9) with Gloating (Michael Travers, $3.50) in third place. Forbes based Orchardists Laurie and Shirley Markwort, the parents of the 21-year-old Catherine, admit they “aren’t racing people”. “I had to ask how to place a bet on Catherine’s horse, but still got it wrong and put it on the wrong race number,” revealed Shirley.. For the record, a $1 unit on the on-course tote on Hidden Loot payed $175.00 for the win and $43.30 for the place. ■ Women in RACING | 53

with autumn gone,

winter warmers are on the way


ith the Melbourne Festival of Racing behind us and the Caulfield Spring Racing Carnival appearing ever so faintly on the horizon, fashion and entertainment takes a well earned sabbatical, but only for a few months, while the focus turns to the race track for a frantic winter of racing at the Melbourne Racing Club.

Photography: John Lane

The Melbourne Racing Club becomes the only Melbourne metropolitan racing club to conduct jumps racing in 2011 with nine meetings during the jumps racing season from April 4th through to September 19th.

Fabulous girls dressed in summer fashion at the Patinack Farm Blue Diamond Stakes Day held at Caufield.

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In addition, the Club will host 21 race meetings across its three venues (Caulfield, Betfair Park Sandown and Mornington) during May, June and July with the highlights being Monash Stakes Day and Bletchingly Stakes Day at Caulfield in July to conclude another outstanding racing season. It was a season to cherish which saw Racing’s First Lady, Gai Waterhouse, capture two feature Group One wins at Caulfield, including her first BMW Caulfield Cup with Descarado during the Caulfield Spring Racing Carnival in October. Caulfield, the headquarters of racing for the Melbourne Racing Club, will play host to four meetings until July while Betfair Park Sandown has twelve and the Club’s new course, Mornington, will host five meetings.

By Andrew Holmes

The Melbourne Racing Club and the Mornington Racing Club merged at the commencement of the 2010/11 season and as a result, the Club now conducts 82 meetings throughout the season. The fashion and entertainment programme during the BMW Caulfield Cup Carnival again showcased all that the spring fashion had to offer throughout the carnival, but now racegoers must reacquaint themselves with their winter wardrobe and enjoy the plethora of racing action over the coming months. Signature jumps races that were previously run at both Flemington and Moonee Valley now adorn the Betfair Park Sandown annual race programme. The Grand National Hurdle and Grand National Steeplechase along with the Crisp Steeplechase now join the Melbourne Racing Club’s already established feature jumps races such as the Australian Hurdle and Australian Steeplechase to create a series of races that now boasts over $1 million in prize money. The jumps racing programme at Betfair Park Sandown compliments the world-famous Warrnambool May Carnival, where many of Australia’s flagship jumps races are held – namely the Galleywood Hurdle (3200 metres), the Brierly Steeplechase

(3450 metres) and the ultimate test of both jockey and horse in the Grand Annual Steeplechase over 5500 metres. Betfair Park Sandown is a course for all seasons. During the seasons of summer and spring, the vast expanses of lawn adjacent to the track is the ideal ‘pozzie’ to watch the races from, while in the cooler months, the grandstand boasts restaurants, bars and seating both under cover or indoors to enable a day at the races to be enjoyed in all conditions. Whilst on the topic of great ‘pozzies’ to watch the races from, there are few better than the Mornington Racecourse.

fashion programme throughout the day and the standard of competition in 2011 was - in the words of one of the locals – “one of the highest in recent memory” While ‘Cup Day’ is the signature event for the Club, another day that has grown in stature over recent years is Peninsula Cup Day and is now positioned as one of the most popular days to go to the races in country Victoria.

The Melbourne Racing Club presents a year round programme of quality racing, outstanding fashion and entertainment in facilities that can be enjoyed in all seasons and winter racing gets everyone warmed up for another Caulfield Spring Racing Carnival in October. ■

Peninsula Cup Day, held at Mornington in October, attracted a crowd of over 9,000 people in 2010 and that has grown significantly over the past few seasons.

Again, the jewel in the Peninsula sporting landscape offers large lawned areas of outdoor viewing, while the facilities inside the main grandstand ensure Mornington is a course that can be enjoyed all year round. The Mornington Cup is now among the most lucrative of any provincial race meeting in Australia with total prize money for the day reaching $860,000 in 2011. The Mornington Cup, now worth $300,000 and run in February each year, also now includes ballot-free exemption into the BMW Caulfield Cup for the winner – a free ticket if you like ! Mornington Cup Day also has an extensive Women in RACING | 55


Autumn Festival of Racing

By Ron L Williams

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hile the Victoria Racing Club’s Melbourne Cup Carnival in Spring undoubtedly consumes Melburnians like no other sporting event, it is in the summer and autumn when racing purists get their true fix. Racing fans - who were spoilt with no fewer than three Group 1 Flemington racedays during the festival - know much more about the stars of the turf in the second half of the racing season than they do in the spring. The star of the 2011 Melbourne Festival of Racing at Flemington - long considered by those in the know to offer some of the most scintillating racing on the Australian calendar - was the peerless super-mare, Black Caviar. Black Caviar, officially rated the world’s best racehorse for her romping Lexus Newmarket Handicap victory, looks to be as bright a star as Australian racing has ever seen.

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However, the Melbourne Festival of Racing at Flemington is about more than one horse, or even just thoroughbred racing, combining all that Melbourne is most renowned - food, wine, sport and fashion – and forms an important plank in the L’Oreal Melbourne Fashion and the Melbourne Food and Wine Festivals.

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There were Three Festive Race Days Coolmore Lightning Stakes Day The revamped festival format broke out of the barriers with the Coolmore Lightning Stakes Day on February 19th , which saw the return to racing of the then newlycrowned Champion Sprinter of the World, the undefeated Mare Black Caviar. Black Caviar had not raced since her commanding win in the Patinack Farm Classic on Emirates Stakes Day last November. The Peter Moody trained mare warranted her short odds, with an effortless victory in the first leg of the Global Sprint Challenge, an annual globe-trotting series featuring the world’s fastest thoroughbreds.  In what was a very special moment in the sport of kings, Black Caviar duly saluted in the Group 1 weight-for-age sprinting showdown over 1000m, showing contempt for the strong field that included the hulking

Corey Brown riding Shocking wins the 2011 Dubai Australian Cup

Hay List. Moody was justifiably full of praise for his powerhouse stable’s marquee horse after the demoralising win. “I'm very proud to be a part of what's probably our ambassador for racing here in Australia at the moment in Black Caviar. It's exciting. I'm lost for words. I don't know what to say, she's just one hell of a horse”, said Moody. Premier jockey and Moody stable rider Luke Nolen appeared to have to do very little for his first Group 1 win on Black Caviar, nonchalantly streaking ahead of the bustling field with about 400 metres to go before easing up in the final furlong. “It's a pretty hard feeling to describe; it seems you've got an endless reserve to bank on”, remarked Nolen. Hay List finished three lengths in arrears despite a strong run, ensuring Black Caviar’s entitlement to the crown of the world’s fastest horse, with Warm Love a gallant third. Black Caviar equalled a 131-year-old record

when she stretched her unbeaten streak to nine, a feat first achieved on city tracks by 1880 Melbourne Cup winner Grand Flaneur. Pre-race discussion centred upon whether Black Caviar would break Special’s 23-year-old track record of 55.5sec for the 1000-metre straight track. It wasn’t to be with a stiff headwind and Nolen’s decision to ease the $1.30 favourite right down resulting in a winning time of 57.2sec. One lucky racegoer took home $2,000 cash, $250 worth of black caviar and $250 worth of G.H.Mumm champagne for guessing the correct time Black Caviar covered the 1000m, as part of a VRC promotion. The Coolmore Lightning Stakes has become a springboard for international success with recent previous winners Choisir, Takeover Target, Miss Andretti and Scenic Blast going on to compete at Royal Ascot. One racegoer is following in their hoof steps after winning the

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Royal Ascot racebook promotion on the day. The prize included return flights to London flying Emirates Airline, a $1000 Travelscene accommodation voucher and raceday hospitality at Royal Ascot. Australian Guineas Day – a classic day out for the kids Melbourne’s sole classic of the autumn was held as the feature race on its own day on March 5th ,Australian Guineas Day. The famous Flemington front lawns were alive with picnics, fun family activities and live entertainment, including a performance by singer, actress and ‘Play School’ star Justine Clarke. The Danny O’Brien-trained Shamrocker became just the third Filly to win the Australian Guineas when she upstaged the boys in the 1600m Group 1 feature. Last year’s Crown Oaks runner-up joined Triscay (1991) and Miss Finland (2007) Women in RACING | 57

Black Caviar wins the 2011 Lexus Newmarket Handicap

By Ron L Williams

Cast members from Seven's Home and Away celebrate Super Saturday at the Myer Fashions on the Field VIP Marquee

as the only members of the fairer sex to have won the coveted three-year-old race which was inaugurated in 1986. The ‘girls’ were expected to figure prominently in this year’s Guineas, with a trio of quality fillies engaged including the heavily backed $4.80 favourite, New Zealand visitor We Can Say It Now. But it was the longshot of the trio, Shamrocker, who proved triumphant at odds of $31 in the hands of three-time Melbourne Cup winning jockey Glen Boss. The win was a bonus for Boss who was eager to ride the Mike Moroney trained Absolutelyawesome, but that horse was named fourth emergency and failed to gain a start. Despite her long odds, Boss was confident of victory a long way from home and when a gap emerged in the straight his filly rocketed through to defeat Bullbars ($9) by one-and-threequarter lengths, with Western Australian colt Playing God ($5) three-quartersof-a-length further back in third. 58 |

"She felt like the winner from about the halfmile mark", Boss declared. "I had Brett (Prebble) on the favourite (Playing God) outside me and it looked like he was in a bit of strife, the horse was over-racing and not travelling as well as he should have, but my filly was just smoking. I couldn’t believe how well she was travelling when she towed me through. My only concern was that as she was second-up, I may have got there too soon, but I had to take the run when it presented itself".

Super Saturday

The victory was also a bonus for the connections of the New Zealand-bred filly whose primary aim this campaign had always been the Group 1 AJC Oaks in Sydney. "We had her pretty right for the mile here today. She was a bit underdone firstup, just peaked, and we needed to keep her a little bit fresh for a mile because she is heading towards the AJC Oaks, but Glen rode her enormous and she’s a deserved winner", Trainer Danny O’Brien said.

Peter Moody’s superstar mare maintained her unbeaten record scoring by three lengths despite being allotted the top weight of 58kg, in the nation’s premier open sprint, the Lexus Newmarket Handicap. In winning, she became the first horse in Australian racing to land a perfect 10 on city tracks, eclipsing a record first set by 1880 Melbourne Cup winner Grand Flanneur.

The Melbourne Festival of Racing reached its crescendo on Super Saturday, March 12th. Super Saturday, boasting an all black-type race program featured two of the season’s most anticipated Group 1 events - the Dubai Australian Cup and the time honoured Lexus Newmarket Handicap, both Million Dollar races. But Super Saturday 2011 will be remembered for two words: Black Caviar.

Victoria Racing Club chief executive, Dale

took out the $1 million Dubai Australian Cup. Sent out against the odds, the Mark Kavanagh trained Shocking sat near last before pulling to the extreme outside in the straight and mowing down his rivals over the last 400 metres. From racing to fashion, the stakes were high with a 36 year old stay-at-home mum from Port Melbourne, Joanne Weinzierl taking out the inaugural Myer ‘Fashion on the Field’ Women’s Autumn Race wear Competition. The men were also out in force, but it was 25 year old Geelong resident, Harley von Moger who took out the Myer ‘Fashion on the Field’ Men’s Autumn Race wear Competition. Both shared in an impressive prize pool valued at over $60,000, including a Lexus vehicle for both for 12 months. Super Saturday Myer Fashions on the Field Ambassador Sara Groen

Monteith, said Black Caviar had ensured Super Saturday delivered on its name like never before. “It’s not everyday we see a champion like Black Caviar, and for her to defy the record books at Flemington in front of a fantastic crowd, will be remembered as one of the greatest racedays in the club’s history. Australia has embraced this great mare, and to hear the people cheer for her 200 metres out from the winning post was incredible”, said Mr Monteith. To ensure that patrons remember this moment in history, the VRC distributed commemorative photos of the World Champion saluting the famous Flemington winning post that same day. Black Caviar’s Trainer, Peter Moody, and Jockey, Luke Nolan, were on hand to sign the photo personally to the joy of thousands of fans. In the other Group 1 feature, 2009 Emirates Melbourne Cup winner, Shocking,

The celebrations continued in the Festival Precinct with the Food and Wine Enclosure showcasing the Chefs and culinary delights of some of Melbourne’s finest Restaurants including Gordon Ramsay’s Maze at Crown Metropol, the Chef’s Hat-awarded No35 at Sofitel and George Colambaris’s acclaimed Press Club. Patrons indulged in delicious food and wine while enjoying the Group 1 action out on the track. Fitting to the day, which showcased Australia’s greats, Sir Don Bradman’s granddaughter, Greta Bradman sang the Australian National Anthem before the Dubai Australian Cup. The Social Set Complementing the trackside action, Flemington hosted two of Autumn’s most anticipated social events, the Flemington Beautiful Girls Fashion Lunch (Wednesday, March 9th) and the Doxa Racing Lunch (Friday, March 11th). Six hundred fabulous ladies were treated to a day of fashion, food, wine and entertainment at the annual Beautiful Girls Fashion Lunch. Guests joined beautiful girls Marcia Hines

and Myer Racing Ambassador Rebecca Judd, for the glamorous lunchtime event, hosted by Channel 7’s Rebecca Maddern and Tom Harley. Hines had guests sizzling and swinging when the queen of pop performed a number of crowd favourites including ‘Disco Inferno’ and ‘I Feel The Earth Move’. Myer starlet Judd and Myer Menswear Ambassador Kris Smith walked the Flemington runway to set the scene for Myer's latest autumn/winter fashion and race wear collections. The parade featured garments from Myer’s most celebrated designers including Nicola Finetti, Aurelio Costarella, Jayson Brunsdon, Karen Walker, Magdalena, Nina Maya, Simona, Wayne Cooper, Yeojin Bae, Anthea Crawford, Arthur Galan AG, Cue, Karen Millen, Perri Cuttin, Basque, Jane Lamerton, NF by Nicola Finetti, Dom Bagnato and Hugo Boss, as well as standout millinery from Kerrie Stanley, Richard Nylon, Fiona Powell, and Morgan & Taylor. Myer Fashions on the Field Ambassador, Sara Groen continued the fashion flavour of the lunch by offering her tips on autumn racewear to the star-studded audience. Adding to the entertainment line-up were the stars of ROCK OF AGES, Justin Burford and Amy Lehpamer. The electric duo lit up the stage with a heart stopping sneak peak of what to expect from Broadway’s hottest love story. The Doxa Racing Lunch – a fundraising event for the Doxa Youth Foundation – this year appropriately celebrated the career of Australia’s Trainer of the moment, Peter Moody. On the eve of Black Caviar’s record breaking 10th victory, Moody was joined by the ABC’s Gerard Whateley and TVN’s Bruce Clark to raise crucial funds to provide life-changing opportunities for at-risk children and young people.” ■ Women in RACING | 59

victorian thoroughbred employee of the year

awards in the following categories; and listed below are the Winners: Employee of the Year – Daniel Nevill Full Time Employee – Kate Ramsay Part Time Employee – Stephanie Dorning Track Rider - Louisa Penn New Staff Member – Amy Cleland Stud Employee – Daniel Nevill Full Time Employee Award Finalists Kate Ramsay - Winner Employer: Johnston Houlahan Bloodstock

(left to right) Louisa Penn (Track Rider), Kate Ramsay (Full Time Stable Employee), Daniel Nevill (Victorian Employee of the Year and Stud Employee), Amy Cleland (New Staff Member), Stephanie Dorning (Part Time Stable Employee)


acing Victoria and our major sponsor Tabcorp, were proud to host the Tabcorp Victorian Thoroughbred Employee of the Year Awards at Flemington Racecourse on the 12th March. This event was an opportunity for employers to nominate their thoroughbred employees and recognize the tremendous contribution they make to the industry. Thank you to all the employers who took the time to nominate and to all nominated thoroughbred employees. The response

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to this year’s awards was tremendous and a true indication of the depth of skill and dedication we have in the Victorian Thoroughbred Racing Industry. The major Award Winner, Daniel Nevill, was chosen from the winners of the five category Awards and crowned the: TABCORP VICTORIAN THOROUGHBRED EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR 2011 Employers had been invited to nominate any employees who had shown excellence

Kate has worked in the Thoroughbred Industry for 15 years, 14 of which have been with Fran Houlahan and Brian Johnston. Her dedication and loyalty to not only her employers, but to the horses and the industry is evident daily.”There are very few people working in racing who can do the variety of tasks that Kate can do and as well as she can, unsupervised”, says Employer Fran Houlahan. “She is a self starter and totally committed to the success of the Stable. It gives her enormous satisfaction when her hard work is rewarded and we can all enjoy the success of our happy team”. Kate had a fantastic year in 2010, travelling to Japan in April to strap Pentiffic in track work, in preparation for the Nakayama Grand Jump.

MC: Shaun Kelly PRESENTERS: Dr Denis Napthine Minister for Racing, Victoria and the Honourable Michael Duffy Chairman of Racing Victoria

Jason Bradshaw Employer: Riley Racing Jason Bradshaw has worked in the Thoroughbred Industry for over 21 years and is dedicated to the continuing success of Riley Racing. Employer Mark Riley states, “Nothing is ever too much trouble no matter what the day of the week or the time of the day! His first priority is helping us to run a successful business and for our operation to run as smoothly as possible. He allows us to leave the day to day running to him whenever I’m out of the stables which enables me to work on increasing the owners and horses that we have coming into the stable”. Mark also comments on Jason’s commitment to listening and learning new things in an effort to advance the business. “He is always striving to improve our business with us and for us and he is extremely well liked and admired by all of our Owners”. Kylie Scott Trainer: John R Wheeler Proud father, Trainer John Stanton had no hesitation putting pen to paper and nominating Kylie Scott for the Tabcorp Victorian Employee of the Year Awards. “Kylie is an outstanding Ambassador for the racing industry”, he wrote. “Kylie has

been part of the racing community for the last 25 years, learning her trade from her grandfather Jack and myself. This led to Kyle becoming an Amateur Jockey, riding the picnic circuit, of which she became a Premiership winning rider”.

Images by: Slickpix

Jockey Course at RV, all while working part time for trainer Kim Mayberry.

Part Time Employee Award Finalists

Kim says, “During 2010 not only did Steph get up at 3:30am to ride track work each morning before going to school, often in the afternoon she would assist in other stable duties before settling into study till late in the evening. If we were racing and she had a class spare, instead of studying she would strap at the races and then come home and once again study until late in the evening. Steph will speak to our Owners and give an honest evaluation of how their horses are going. She also she assists Vets and other health providers with information to assist in getting our horses to perform at their best. Whether Steph is riding track work or helping us move large quantities of hay, she always puts in 100%”.

Stephanie Dorning - Winner Trainer: Kim Mayberry

Debbie Jimmieson Employer: Tony Noonan Racing

Stephanie Dorning is a great example of the calibre of youth making their way in the Victorian Thoroughbred Racing Industry. A love of horses and a passion for racing saw her attend the first Racing Victoria (RV) Track Rider ID Camp In 2009 which teaches capable riders from across the State how to track ride on thoroughbred racehorses. While finishing Year 12 last year she also completed the Picnic

Debbie Jimmieson has worked weekends for Tony Noonan Racing for nearly 10 years and is an integral part of the stable team. Tony states, “Debbie works here at the weekends, very capably making the feeds, doing the water buckets, mucking out boxes and cleaning up. She highlights the importance of a person who is on a casual basis and although not in the coal face as a worker on a Monday to Saturday

Kylie performs all duties throughout her stable, well beyond her duties of Stable Manager. Up at 3am every morning she works 60-70 hours per week, riding 8 horses each morning. She prepares horses in between riding work for other riders, while still managing rostering and the performance of ground staff. She also attends to the general maintenance of the stable such as painting, mowing, boxes, yards and medicating horses.

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basis, her contribution on the weekend allows my staff to have time off and we know that her effort and knowledge of the horses and the property allows us to have that time off and relax.” Tony also commends her dedication to the stable, “Without a person who is able to dedicate all that time in our stable, it would make our job so much more difficult. I think it is often hard for a casual person who comes in just for that short time to be able to build a presence in the stable but Debbie has been able to do that because everyone is aware of her dedication and her constancy to her work”. Track Rider Award Finalists Louisa Penn - Winner Trainer: Dennis Daffy A true passion for the care and welfare of horses is central to everything in Louisa Penn’s life. A dedication to the horse and her Employer compelled Trainer Dennis Daffy to nominate Louisa for the Tabcorp Thoroughbred Employee of the Year Awards this year. Dennis says, “Louisa is fantastic at her job. She is reliable, punctual and I couldn’t speak more highly of her. She knows her job inside and out and lots of Trainers have attempted to poach her but would never leave as she is so loyal. Louisa is also an outstanding rider herself and although she has limited time, she competes in local picnic meetings, notching up wins 3 years in a row”. Louisa also performs stable duties alongside Dennis each morning and is also a fantastic judge of a horses fitness and condition. She drives trucks and the floats to the races and has a great rapport with Stewards and racing officials making her a highly respected horsewoman in her local area. Loretta Beckman Trainer: Colin Little, Lord Lodge

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Matt Bekier, Daniel Nevill, Dr Denis Napthine, Hon. Michael Duffy

A second year finalist in the Tabcorp Victorian Thoroughbred Employee of the Year Awards, Loretta has continued to show excellence in the Industry. Her trainer Colin Little commends her commitment and skill by writing, “She is amazingly loyal. She drives from Romsey to Caulfield every day (more than an hour and a half drive) to ride track work of a morning and has barely had a sick day. She is an expert horseperson and rides my best and worst horse. She has the most astute knowledge of how horses feel and is my number one track rider”. Colin further compliments Loretta by stating, “She is absolutely dedicated to our stable and the industry. She takes it on personally to work out the needs of the horses and is usually the key partner to turn them around. I would love her to travel with the horses also, but she is too valuable to the other horses at home to travel away”. Lisa Jones Employer: Tony Noonan Racing “Lisa Jones is not only an accomplished track rider, but has a fantastic affinity with the horse”, said Tony Noonan as her sang

her praises. “She has a great association with the animal, she thinks about the horse and she deeply cares about them. Lisa has got tremendous ability as a rider and she also has a real interest in injuries and remedial treatments for the horse. She is always very positive in her attitude, is great around our Clients, and she always greets people with a smile. Lisa really loves the industry”. Lisa had a huge year in 2010, travelling with some of the stables best horses, both in Australia and abroad; a feat not lost on Tony. “Lisa took Ortensia to Hong Kong with one other member of staff and was the one who stayed on in Hong Kong over the Christmas period, missing that special time normally spent with family while the horse was in quarantine post race. She then travelled to the Werribee Quarantine Centre every day to look after Ortensia for the two weeks after the horse returned to Australia. When you look at a member of the staff and they are able to make that sacrifice to be away from home, friends and family, to give all that energy to one horse, I think is an outstanding effort.

New Staff Member Award Finalists Amy Cleland - WiNNER Trainer: Kate Goodrich Amy Cleland has been working with trainer Kate Goodrich for just 4 months, bringing with her a horse background in Eventing, Equestrian and Show Jumping. Although new to the Racing Industry and the Stable, trainer Goodrich says they now could not do without her. “My partner Jon and I currently have 15 horses in work and we ride all their track work ourselves, therefore Amy is on her own most of the morning saddling, washing, dressing and loading horses onto the float. Amy also has a terrific knowledge of soundness issues as she is a very capable up and coming show-jumping rider, so she is great to have around in that she may pick up on something that we may miss”. A small racing stable, Amy allows Goodrich the chance to concentrate on other areas of her operation. “Having Amy enables Jon and I to undergo the work we need to do knowing that the horses are being washed, having their legs iced and being well groomed so that they go to the races fit, healthy and well presented”. Megan DeSpirt Trainers: Daryl and Val Brown Megan has only been in the Racing Industry for just 3short months, but she has already made a big impression to Ballarat based trainer Daryl Brown and his wife Val. “She has integrated with members of the industry and especially our clients, she is always well spoken, well groomed and her maturity goes well beyond her years. We are very proud to have her represent our stable and the racing industry”. Val also states, “Megan is the most reliable person you would find, willing to learn and she has a desire to learn about all aspects of out industry and has enhanced

our operation. We have seen Megan grown in skills and her commitment to the industry and at all times she maintains a positive outlook and wonderful support .“

provided to clients through the office is over and above that expected by most people and I often get feedback from clients on how helpful Sue has been”.

Stud Employee Award Finalists

While Sue is primarily the Office Manager, there is nothing on the farm that she won’t tackle writes Bruechert. “Sue’s organizational skills keep both the farm and myself efficient. Although final decisions rest with myself, she is a great sounding board and plays an important part in all major decisions on Bombora Downs. Sue’s dedication to the job often sees her working weekends or evenings to complete essential tasks and she was even back at work three days after the birth of her second child”.

Daniel Nevill Hollylodge Thoroughbreds Daniel Nevill had a huge year in 2010, taking over the running of the family business, Hollylodge Thoroughbreds. Proud mum Chris Nevill states, “Daniel is reliable and trustworthy and loves the racing and breeding industry that he works in. At quiet times he works for other local Studs with stallions and sales preparation. Daniel represents our Stud to a very high standard when out in the thoroughbred community and most remarkable is the fact he has taken on and succeeded at a very young age of 23 years, the full responsibility of managing the business.” Daniel is also a mentor and support for local Equine students, taking on several students a year and showing them all facets of work on a Stud. At such a young age, Daniel is already a fantastic ambassador for the breeding industry, with a clear vision of where his business is going. His priorities for the future are to ensure the highest standards for his Owners and horses while continuing to absorb industry knowledge from other professionals within the breeding and racing community. Sue Bowring Employer: Bombora Downs Stud Sue Bowring has worked in the Thoroughbred Racing Industry for 7 years, all seven of which have been with Christoph Bruechert at Bombora Downs Stud. “Sue started doing one day a week in the office and four days a week hands on in the paddock”, said Bruechert. “She is now full time in the office and is the primary contact for most of my Clients. The service

June Laurie Employer: Bullarook Park Stud June has spent her whole life working with horses and it is this wealth of knowledge that has made her an essential asset at Bullarook Park Stud. Employer Malcolm Boyd states, “June is honest, hardworking, loyal, diplomatic, clean, tidy and knowledgeable. She does everything to an outstanding standard and we simply could not do without her. She has devoted herself to every phase of operations from foaling down, handling horses, cleaning paddocks and boxes. She also reminds other staff of the Stud what they have to do but in a positive and encouraging manner”. June had a big year on the farm personally in 2010, weaning all the babies while keeping the office and record keeping up to a standard that it has never been at before. Malcolm says it is her ability to work unassisted that is her major strength and benefit to the Stud. This article has been re-produced with the permission of Mr. Rob Hines, CEO of Racing Victoria. ■ Women in RACING | 63


The All New Cairns Amateurs Racing Carnival By Fleur Warner

fun, fashion, food and a flutter in paradise… W

hile many of the traditional elements of the famous Cairns Amateurs will remain, in September 2011 we will unveil some fabulous changes to one of Australia’s premier regional horse racing carnivals. The carnival commences on Thursday the 1st of September with The Cairns Airport’s Ladies Fashion High Tea, held at Cannon Park under the cover of a beautiful marquee. This event is punctuated with an amazing array of fashions including locally created ensembles designed by

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budding TAFE fashion students, as well as more widely recognized Australian and International fashion labels and Milliners. The Thursday evening presents an opportunity for Members, their Guests, VIPs and Sponsors to meet and rub shoulders at the Presidents Cocktail Party and VIP Welcome, traditionally held on the Pool Deck of the Pullman Reef Casino Hotel. Complimentary premium beverages and canapés are accompanied with live music in a relaxed outdoor atmosphere.

Entrants to the 2010 Fashions on the Field.

Photos by: The Cairns Post

To better accommodate our members in the comfort and style they deserve, in 2011 they will be able to enjoy the pace of the horses galloping down the straight from the cover of resplendent marquees on both Friday and Saturday race days. They will be indulged with a complimentary light buffet lunch and enjoy the facilities of several premium bars. Numerous membership packages have been designed for the 2011 Cairns Amateurs Racing Carnival with options to attend just the two days of horse racing or discounts for attending additional events of your choice. For the epitome of fashion and racing you can’t go past the glamour of the The Cairns Airport’s Garden Party, an elegantly dressed marquee hosting the Fashion on the Field contestants as they parade in the preliminary judging on both days of the racing carnival. Hosted by celebrities of

national ilk, the hotly contested Fashion on the Fields entrants certainly impress with last year’s winner, Jaydee Paino, going on to win the most coveted Fashion on the Field award at the Myers Fashion on the Field at Flemington in Melbourne ! Tickets to this event include reserved seating and a plated meal, as well as all the entertainment of fashion parades and a big screen to ensure you don’t miss the magic on the track. Corporate guests in 2011 will be invited to enjoy the luxuries and excitement of the Cairns Amateurs Racing Carnival from the centre of the track at the inaugural Cairns Amateurs Aviary. Individual corporate marquees catering for groups of 50 will be available as well as tickets for individuals to the Corporate Networking Marquee, all of which will enjoy the facilities of the Corporate Area’s own Bookmakers, big screens and premium bars.

Fun, fashion, food and a flutter in paradise…. The all new Cairns Amateurs Racing Carnival Join us for Australia’s premier regional horse racing carnival in Cairns this September, the weather is cool and the atmosphere is hot!

Have a punt on the horses, preview spring racing fashions and catch all the glamour of the fashions on the field, indulge on our tropical culinary sensations and kick back and enjoy the entertainment of our four day spring racing carnival in one of the world’s best natural playgrounds. For information on tickets and accommodation packages visit or phone 07 4033 1135 today. Women in RACING | 65

A fabulous array of fillies competing for the Cairns Amatuers Fashions on the field.

The highlight of the Cairns Amateurs Racing Carnival is the Members and Guests only Cairns Amateurs Ball. This gala event, held on the evening of Friday September 2nd, is being refreshed and relocated to the new Cairns International Cruise Liner Terminal by the water on the Cairns Inlet. Amateurs website, www.cairnsamateurs. Members will have a choice of table Why not stay on and enjoy service or a buffet dinner while being the natural beauty and playground that entertained with live music, fireworks Cairns and Far North Queensland has and a splendid array of entertainment. to offer in Spring, snorkel or dive the Accommodation packages will be available Great Barrier Reef, wander under the for the Carnival with a range of options to cool canopies of some of the most suit all budgets. Details of these and all ancient rainforests on Earth or simply of the events can be found on the Cairns laze by a pool and let time meander by.

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We would love you to join us to try your luck punting on the horses, see the glamour of the Fashions on the field, indulge on an array of gourmet catering and the frivolity of live entertainment on and off course over our four-day carnival this September at the All New Cairns Amateurs Racing Carnival. â–

this 'chik'

T By Mark Brassel

can gallop

he popularity of ‘roan’ coloured three-year-old Chik Chik Boom is at fever pitch following an impressive debut victory at Taree. The youngster came out running and under hard riding from Scott Thurlow, Chik Chik Boom scored by threequarters of a length from Whirlwind in a Maiden Handicap run over 1000m. With the known following she already has, incredibly Chik Chik Boom paid $6.60 on the NSW TAB, and started at $5.50 with the on course Bookmakers.


Chik Chik Boom, by Thorn Park out of Young and Free, is officially a brown filly but by inspecting the image of her win, she is more a ‘roan’ The filly is named after ‘Internet Sensation’ Clare Werbeloff and is prepared at Tuncurry-Forster by trainer Terry Evans. Clare instantly found fame for her ‘eyewitness’ account of a shooting in Sydney's Kings Cross whereby she made up the notorious phrase relating to the sound of gunfire, ‘Chik, Chik, Boom’. Clare later admitted to fabricating the story.

Chik Chik Boom (Scott Thurlow) outguns her rivals in her debut at Taree Happy connections with Chik Chik Boom following her win (trainer Terry Evans is third from the left)

Pictures by: Steve Hart

“The filly has gained a large following up here on the Mid North Coast”, said Terry Evans. “When she won her first start even the children on course were yelling and screaming during and after the win. I guess they know all about Clare Werbeloff the real ‘Chik Chik Boom’ girl, and how the horse was named after her. It has turned out to be very exciting, especially for some of the first time racehorse owners”. “The filly is very well and has really improved over the last month or two, she is still a little green although more racing should get her really focused. She is a very strong filly now after months of working in the surf at Tuncurry. Along with all the owners, we are really excited as she smashed the class record and was just under a second off the track record – not too bad for a three-year-old filly having her first start”!, said Evans. ■ Women in RACING | 67

UNDERSTANDING RACING across australia By Ron Williams

This article is a repeat of a similar article in our previous issue due to a Sub-Editor making certain changes which tended to confuse some racegoers.


ne of the most confusing issues with newcomers to racing is knowing what class of thoroughbred all the different races represent. With this in mind we are endeavouring to minimise this confusion and try to explain in simple terms, the various types of races across Australia. It is also confusing why New South Wales, Australian Capital Territory and Queensland race clock-wise and Victoria, South Australia, West Australia, Tasmania and the Northern Territory race anti-clockwise. In New Zealand they race both ways. All State racing authorities now recognise that with so many new gambling opportunities available to the public, they must do everything they can to encourage newcomers, whether they be potential Owners, Breeders or Punters to enjoy racing and invest some of their hard earned money in the Industry in some way.

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The top classification of a race is a Group 1 race, followed by a Group 2 and a Group 3 which are shown in the newspapers as G1, G2 and G3. Then we have Listed Races (LR). We also have Set Weights and Penalties races (SWP) which as the name implies has set weights for all thoroughbreds, with various penalties if the thoroughbred has won a race or races of certain values to the winner. They will then have to carry extra weight as

determined by their win/s and weights are also determined by their age and sex.. All Group and Listed Races are classified as Stakes Races ( commonly called Black Type races) and they are generally Weight for Age races (WFA) and/or Major Handicaps such as the Melbourne Cup and Sydney’s Doncaster Mile. WFA as the name implies means that horses are weighted according to their age and sex. Fillies and mares get an allowance from the male horses of 2 kgs

or more depending on their age. Black type races have a significant bearing in the value of a male thoroughbred that hasn’t been gelded, or a female when they have finished their racing careers and are being purchased by a Stud for breeding new stock. The next level of race is an Open race which as the name implies is open to all horses of both sexes providing they meet the age and sex qualifications of the race. Thoroughbreds generally have their first start in a Maiden Race which can be by gender or open to both sexes. After winning their first race they can then progress to Class Races 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 after which they must contest Open Races. When they have won three flat races they can only race in a Class 3 and above, likewise when they have won five races they can only race in a Class 5 and above. This is designed to ensure as much as possible that all races have competitive fields of similar ability.

Each State has a panel of Handicappers who decide the Official Rating of the thoroughbred which is available on their web site. In March 2004, Victoria introduced Ratings Based Handicapping and Ratings Based Races (RB) in Victoria commenced on December 1st, 2006. This has been proven to be a great innovation as previously a thoroughbred that had won 7 races or more had to keep racing in open races, even if they had lost all form and were being uncompetitive. With the ratings system an uncompetitive horses rating can be reduced after each race until they are able to be entered in a race where they can be competitive. New South Wales Racing introduced a similar system called Benchmark Ratings (BM). This is very similar to the Victorian system except that horses with a higher rating than the benchmark rating of

the race can be entered into the race, but must carry a penalty weight higher than the benchmark top weight. The Official Ratings issued by the Handicapping Panels of the various State Authorities are not to be confused with the Ratings that appear in the National Newspapers that feature thoroughbred race fields. They are compiled by a member of the staff of the Newspaper. To the best of my knowledge the only Newspaper that publishes the Official Ratings is the ‘Winning Post’, a weekly thoroughbred racing newspaper available in all States. It is the aim of the Racing Industry in all States to have competitive and exciting thoroughbred racing which encourages punters to place their bets with confidence. Good luck and good punting. ■

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get into the


of Winning


ushorse Marketing is the marketing body for Australia’s Thoroughbred breeders, charged with promoting the quality of Australian Thoroughbred horses both domestically and internationally. Australia has a world leading breeding industry widely known for producing race winners at all levels around the globe. These strong results support our aim to increase the presence of Australian-bred horses in major racing and breeding centres throughout the world. Australia has produced the world’s fastest sprinters around the globe, all bred, raised and sold on our home soil. These include… Black Caviar – Australia, Starspangledbanner – Europe, Sacred Kingdom – Hong Kong, Rocket Man – Singapore and Kinshasa No Kiseki – Japan. Within Australia, Aushorse Marketing is strongly focused on introducing new owners to the fun and excitement of horse ownership through strategic partnerships with race clubs and other key groups including the country’s two major Thoroughbred sales companies – Magic Millions and William Inglis & Son. There is no greater thrill at the racetrack than being a winning owner. Whether it’s a Maiden at Manangatang or a Group 1 race at Flemington or Royal Randwick and whether you own a small or

Black Caviar

large share in the horse, winning a race is one of the most satisfying experiences you can ever experience. Aushorse encourages you to get involved into racehorse ownership and is here to help you take the first and most important steps towards joining the Winner’s Circle. Get Into the Spirit of Winning Racehorse ownership can be an exhilarating, heart racing journey that also allows you to make new friends and tackle new experiences. But like any endeavor it is vital you understand what lies ahead. Here are a few handy tips… • Do your homework! Know what it will cost you, who to deal with and what programs can assist you.


• Costs: The average cost of training a horse in Melbourne or Sydney will generally range from $3,000 to about $4,000 per month when the horse is in full work being prepared for racing. When a horse is spelling costs will vary from about $1,000 to $1,500 per month. Monthly costs are lower in other Capital Cities and Provincial Centres. The monthly costs include the trainer’s fees, veterinary expenses, nomination fees to race and incidental costs. For this reason syndicates and/or racing partnerships are an ideal starting point for many owners. There are up to 10 individual owners and/or syndicates names allowed in the official race books.


Australian sales calendar SALE




HTBA Scone Yearling Sale

12 & 15 May

William Inglis & Son

White Park, Scone

Melbourne Great Southern Sale – Weanlings

17 & 18 May

William Inglis & Son

Oaklands Complex, Melbourne, VIC

Melbourne Great Southern Sale – Bloodstock

19 & 20 May

William Inglis & Son

Oaklands Complex, Melbourne, VIC

National Weanling Sale

25 – 27 May

Magic Millions

Gold Coast, QLD

National Broodmare Sale

29 May – 31 May

Magic Millions

Gold Coast, QLD

National Yearling Sale

5 - 7 June

Magic Millions

Gold Coast, QLD

National Racehorse Sale

8 June

Magic Millions

Gold Coast, QLD

Australian Weanling & Bloodstock Sale

22 – 24 June

William Inglis & Son

Oaklands Complex, Melbourne, VIC

18 & 19 August

William Inglis & Son

Oaklands Complex, Melbourne, VIC

Sydney Spring Thoroughbred Sale

23 September

William Inglis & Son

Newmarket Complex, Sydney, NSW

National Horses in Training Breeze Ups


Magic Millions

Gold Coast, QLD

Australian Racehorse Sale

13 October

William Inglis & Son

Oaklands Complex, Melbourne, VIC

National Horses in Training Sale


Magic Millions

Gold Coast, QLD

Sydney Summer Thoroughbred Sale

2 December

William Inglis & Son

Newmarket Complex, Sydney, NSW

Melbourne December Thoroughbred Sale

16 December

William Inglis & Son

Oaklands Complex, Melbourne, VIC



AUGUST Melbourne August Thoroughbred Sale SEPTEMBER



*dates subject to change. For further information please do not hesitate to contact Aushorse directly using the below contact details.

• Incentive Schemes: Each State has its own incentive scheme that is designed to make racehorse ownership more affordable. In NSW it’s BOBS, in Victoria it’s VOBIS. • Where to research trainers/agents/ syndicators: It is always advisable to

know who the leading trainers, bloodstock agents and syndicators are. Racing NSW can assist on (02) 9551 7500, Racing Victoria on 1300 139 401, • What kind of owner will you be? Sole Owner, racing partnerships or syndicate member.

• Sale selection: In Australia almost all racehorses are purchased as yearlings (1-2 years old). During these sales trainers and bloodstock agents will use their expertise to select the most appropriate racehorse for you or a syndicate. ■

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Tough turf By Emma Boling

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ace course and turf manager Rebecca Dynon is no stranger to the hard work demanded by the horse racing industry. Growing up in a racing family, by the age of twelve she rode track work before school for her father, a trainer in the Victorian country town of Tatura. At age thirty-three she admits she still loves riding track work and that it led her to a fascination with racing surfaces. “ I became a specialist in pinpointing soreness in horses. I rode for dad mainly, but I had trainers who asked me to jump on their horse and have a feel if something was wrong. I can pick up pretty quickly where I think they’re sore. I don’t tell trainers what to do and how to fix it, I just pinpoint the problem. Everyday you’re riding you can feel the problem getting worse and worse, so I started looking at tracks”, explained Rebecca. She would walk the track the afternoon before the gallops and began to understand the correlation between surfaces and injury. “Tracks have such a big effect and if they’re not maintained in a way that’s good for horses, it can really put you back in a horse’s preparation”, she said. “I come from a trainer’s background and I’ve owned and bred horses. I’ve seen the work and the money that goes into it and also the hope along the way. I understand how much it means just to get horses to the races and to keep them sound and give them every chance. That’s where I work from on the track side. I prepare facilities that are logically made for horses and the way they move, so it gives them every chance to do their best and have a long career”, Rebecca continued. Rebecca finished her apprenticeship in turf

management earlier this year, winning Apprentice of the Year in two out of the three years she attended NMIT. Her fellow students were predominantly focused on golf courses. “There aren’t really that many race course managers in turf management coming through, they’re as rare as hen’s teeth”, she commented. In January Rebecca won the Australian Racecourse Managers Association and Steriline scholarship worth $10,000, plus an all expenses paid trip to Hong Kong and Singapore to see how some of the finest tracks in the world are prepared. She had a chance to assist in penetrometer readings and track patching. “They were weighing up what they’re doing depending on the weather, where they’ve put the running rail, what races they’ve got on and I saw them making decisions right then and there. It’s nothing they can write down in a text book, because it’s like training horses - it’s a day to day decision making process and that’s why it’s so valuable to travel”, said Rebecca. Rebecca also had an opportunity to view all aspects of racing from the betting operations to the steward’s rooms. “That’s been the eye-opener for me, that the track is dictated a lot from the racing operations side and the culture. It made me appreciate that in every country I’ve travelled to, racing is unique and each has its strengths compared to other countries. Australian racing is completely different – you can’t compare one to the other. Putting racing together from training, breeding, the race track and everything is such a mighty effort it doesn’t matter what country it’s in – it’s incredible, it’s

"I feel there’s a place in racing for me with my unique background. I see myself now as a translator. I speak track rider, I speak trainer, I speak owner and I speak track as well".

massive and it’s fantastic, because it wouldn’t work if it wasn’t”, she remarked. Rebecca spent nine months as Racecourse Manager at Tatura and Shepparton race tracks. With only one other worker and casual labour she sourced from programs run through the local correctional facility, she took the hard physical work required to prepare a race track to exacting standards in her stride. She is currently the only female Race Course Manager in Australia with an apprenticeship in turf. But she’s taking time out to assess her career options. “I feel there’s a place in racing for me with my unique background. I see myself now as a translator. I speak track rider, I speak trainer, I speak owner and I speak track as well. Sometimes in racing it’s difficult to get a perspective or information if you don’t speak the lingo. You’ve got to know what to ask and how to ask it”, she said. Her eyes sparkle with excitement as she explains, “I have these multi-coloured 3D eyes now and I wish I could be more useful to the industry. If I can do something positive and help a range of stakeholders I couldn’t really ask more than that. I feel they’ve invested in me over the years” Rebecca continued. Could she see herself one day as race course manager of a major city track? “Every trainer wants to train winners there, every jockey wants to ride there, every owner wants to win there and every track manager wants to manage those tracks”, she laughs. “They’re the pinnacle and there should be pinnacle tracks. Young track managers start on the country tracks because there aren’t as many meetings, so we have the leeway to learn but still do an industry standard job. But then you’ll always want to progress and aim for the highest heights”. Rebecca’s enthusiasm and sound philosophy will undoubtedly prove a major benefit for the horse racing industry. ■ Women in RACING | 73

Gaye Gauci The name Gaye Gauci is well known in racing circles, but how many people know the story behind one of Australia’s first female jockeys?

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n 1979 Gaye Mullins became one of Australia’s first professional female apprentice jockeys, indentured to Dennis Gray at Wangaratta. Gaye had been writing letters to the Victorian Racing Club since she was eight years old asking when she could become a jockey! Gaye did the last year of her apprenticeship with leading trainer, Angus Armanasco at Caulfield and stayed with him as a travelling foreman for a year. She said this fuelled her desire to learn all she could about the equine athlete. From 1985 to 1988 Gaye pre-trained for the Gujadhur stable in Mauritius and made many trips to South Africa to trial horses pre-purchased for the stable. “I was now ready to have a go on my own and put what I’d learnt into practice,” said Gaye. In 1989 Gaye was granted a permit to train and she set up Forbern Lodge Racing Stables in Wangaratta. She also did some part time work for the then Wangaratta TAFE with the first equine courses and the VRC’s apprentice’s school. “I then decided it was time to re-educate myself by doing various short courses such as alternative medicine, basic business, teacher training and computers. Up till then my only qualifications were with hands-on horses!”, said Gaye. In 1994 Gaye was faced with a diagnosis of bone cancer, which in her words “threw a spanner in the works”. She cut her team of horses from 12 to just three and she said she “knew she wouldn’t die, as she was in too much debt and wouldn’t have been so lucky!” More bad luck followed in 1996 when Gaye was dragged four kilometres along a beach in Adelaide while working a horse, breaking her right leg, left hip and her arm. Still under cancer treatment she said her Doctors at the Cancer Clinic were “not

impressed at all”. Thinking there might be a message in their comments Gaye decided it was time for a career change. She took up a job offer as Assistant Trainer to Michael Kent in Singapore in 1998 until 2001 working with 120 horses and 35 staff. “It was a great learning experience and alerted me to the benefits of having properly trained staff,” said Gaye. Gaye joined Goulburn Ovens Institute of TAFE (formerly Wangaratta TAFE) in 2002 to assist with the delivery of the National Racing Industry Training Package (RGR02) and is still working with GOTAFE’s specialist equine unit, the National Centre for Equine Education. She has also worked with the AgriFoods Skills Council and the RVL to help improve the training in the racing industry. With a career spanning 890 rides for 86 winners, two premierships and a Dux of Apprentice School, Gaye says she understands what it takes to be a competitive jockey, trainer, stable foreman and stable hand and makes sure her NCEE racing students know her background - that she was “a kid from Wangaratta with a horseracing dream that took me all over the world”. Gaye said stable hands are the heartbeat of most racing stables, as they spend more time with the individual horses than any other person in their entire careers.

Mandatory training needs Racing Victoria Ltd is amending the Rules of Racing to make training in OHS and horse handling compulsory for the registration of stablehands. Do you want a simple and hassle-free service to meet these requirements? The NCEE will provide a streamlined process to: • Recognise existing Stablehands’ skills and knowledge • Provide on-site assessment of horse handling skills & OHS knowledge • Cause minimal disruption to the stable’s daily running • Result in Certification of existing Stablehands to meet the RVL’s new requirements Specialising in flexible, workplace training and our Industry Consultant Gaye Gauci can help you determine your stable’s training needs. The NCEE is also an RVL preferred provider. For all your Mandatory Training needs talk to the experienced team at the National Centre for Equine Education (NCEE). Contact Gaye Gauci, Dona McQueen, Robyn Orrlov, Tina Fox or Rebecca Creer on 1300 00NCEE for further information or refer to

“Stable hands deserve to have the skills they already hold recognised and the opportunity to learn any new skills that can advance their job prospects,” said Gaye. She added, “My aim is to help stable hands get a qualification without disrupting their routine by having to sit in a classroom.” For more information visit or call 1300 00 6233. ■ Women in RACING | 75

the amazing Peta Hitchens By Graeme Kelly

It is easy to be impressed by Peta Hitchens. At 31 she has already put together a curriculum vitae (CV) that would be the envy of many people twice her age.


eta has a Bachelor of Equine Science, a Master’s Degree in Veterinary Public Health Management and is currently awaiting examination results on her PhD into jockey safety. But that is only the academic part of her unique story. On the practical side she has become a successful Owner and Breeder, worked at the Coolmore Stud’s in Ireland and Australia, been an assistant Program Manager with Animal Health Australia, a Cadet Stipendiary Steward, an interim Administrator of the Tasmanian Thoroughbred Racing Council and Operations Manager (Thoroughbreds) of the Tasmanian Racing Board.

Photo taken at Scruples Lodge (Trainer Gary Whites stables), Brighton Training Complex. Photographer Sean Fennessey.

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would let her, she began working at the National Equestrian Centre in Canberra.” “Before long I was riding and working alongside her and once I started riding I became addicted,” added Peta. On completing her secondary schooling, Peta narrowed her career path down to becoming an Apprentice Jockey or going to University.

During this time she became absorbed by a desire to help improve health and safety standards aimed at reducing the incidence of jockeys being injured or killed in race falls. As everyone associated with the industry appreciates, riding thoroughbred racehorses is a hazardous occupation. Peta’s concern about the safety of jockeys and her emergence as an industry participant can be traced back over 20 years, to her younger sister Belinda’s love of horses.

“I’m only 4ft 11in tall and I still weigh 48kg so I could have become an apprentice, but I decided to study for a Degree and it’s a decision I still have some regrets about,” said Peta. Adapting readily to her studies she was rewarded with a scholarship from the New South Wales Board of Gaming and Racing, which enabled her to spend six months at the Coolmore Stud in Ireland in 2001. “I worked in a broodmare barn as a Veterinary Nurse in the foal intensive care Hospital and as a Laboratory Technician in the O’Byrne and Halley Veterinary Laboratory. Excitingly, one of the mares I looked after was Might and Power’s dam Benediction.”

“Belinda started riding at four years of age,” said Peta. “She was so enthusiastic about horses, that as soon as our parents

By then the demands on her time combined with her overseas travel had forced Peta to stop competing, and it was at this time

that her parents bought a property at Murrumbateman, NSW. She then had her ‘pony’ Petite ‘n’ Dapper, a mare sired by Sir Dapper, covered by the Group 2 winning Bluebird (USA) stallion Sports Works, who stands at the Riverdene Stud at Wagga Wagga. The resultant foal was retained by Peta and named Neat Work. Given to Canberra based trainer Nick Olive, Neat Work proved to be quite a money spinner with nine wins – including the Tony Campbell Cup – for earnings in excess of $127,000. As Neat Work’s racing career was unfolding Peta was still pondering on the direction her life should follow and after gaining work experience at Randwick and Rosehill with Greg Rudolph, she applied for the position of Cadet Stipendiary Steward with Racing Services Tasmania and was selected to fill the vacancy. “I enjoyed working as a cadet steward, but ultimately I felt I was on the wrong side of the racing fence,” said Peta. So in the final months of her term as a cadet steward she applied for a PhD Scholarship at the Menzies Research Institute in Hobart. “While I was employed as a steward I became interested in the injury and medical records of jockeys and how their falls and injuries were being monitored. As well as that, in 2005 Ray Silburn, who was the first jockey to win on Neat Work, became a quadriplegic as a result of a horrific fall at Canberra. That further increased my desire to make a difference,” she said. Peta continued her association with racing in the four years that she prepared her thesis and along the way found time to prepare three important papers for publication. The first of these, published in the Medical Journal of Australia in 2009, was titled ‘The incidence of race-day jockey falls in Australia, 2002-2006.’ This revealed that in the study period, there were 3,360 jockey falls from 748,367 rides, representing a fall rate of 0.42 per 100

Peta riding Neat Work, now retired from racing, over the Christmas holidays at Sunshine Park.

rides in flat racing and 5.26 per 100 rides in jumps racing. Surprisingly, although the more severe injuries occurred during the race, most falls occurred pre- or post-race. As Peta said, “any one of those falls could have been career ending” and there were five fatalities during the study period. In June 2010, she had a review of risk factors for falls in flat racing published in the British Medical Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. Then in November, the journal Accident Analysis and Prevention accepted her paper titled ‘Predictors of race-day jockey falls in jumps racing in Australia’. Peta went on to say “the studies identified a range of factors associated with falls, that if confirmed, could form the basis for formulating strategies to improve occupational health and safety standards.” Inexperience of the jockey, less accomplished horses and competitive racing were found to be important contributing factors to falls by jockeys. With her reputation burgeoning, Peta went to London in September to present her results to the Safety 2010 Conference, and on her way home presented at the

International Conference for the Health, Welfare and Safety of Jockeys at the luxurious Meydan Racing Centre in Dubai. Now, with her PhD completed, Peta has accepted a position with Menzies as a Research Associate in Health Economics and will be conducting a study on the economic impact of injuries and fatalities to jockeys in the thoroughbred racing industry in Australia. Now that she is no longer acting in an official capacity in racing, Peta said that she intends to continue to race horses in partnership with her parents. The family retained and are currently racing Gypsy Woman, a four-year-old mare by Delago Brom, who is in the care of Nick Olive and has already tasted success winning at Gundagai, NSW. “My parents have cut back on the breeding side, but I definitely want to keep racing and breeding horses in the foreseeable future. It is something I love being involved in,” said Peta. Peta Hitchens can be contacted by email ( for more information about her research. ■ Women in RACING | 77



M ay to J ULY, 2 0 1 1 FRI 13 Geelong Synthetic, Scone Cup, Canberra, Ipswich SAT 14 Caulfield, Horsham, Scone Guineas, Kembla Grange,

Morphettville Parks, Doomben BTC Cup, Gold Coast, Rockhampton, Toowoomba, Belmont, Carnarvon, Darwin, Tennant Creek,

SUN 15 Cranbourne, Horsham, Warwick Farm, Queanbeyan

Cup, Strathalbyn, Sunshine Coast, Hobart, Kalgoorlie, Singapore Cup (Karanji), French 2000 and 1000 Guineas

MON 16 Echuca, Albury, Coffs Harbour TUE 17 Moe, Tamworth, Mackay

MAY SUN 1 Betfair Park Sandown, Sapphire Coast, Mudgee,

Port Augusta, Sunshine Coast, Hobart, Northam, 1000 Guineas (UK)

MON 2 Werribee, Quirindi, Ballina, Ipswich,

Alice Springs Cup

TUE 3 Warrnambool - Brierly Steeple, Kembla Grange,


WED 4 Warrnambool - Galleywood Hurdle, Canterbury Park,

Murray Bridge, Eagle Farm, Pinjarra

THU 5 Warrnambool - Grand Annual Steeple, Gosford, Wagga

WED 18 Betfair Park Sandown, Canterbury Park,

Balaklava, Sunshine Coast (Cushion), Belmont THU 19 Bendigo, Grafton, Toowoomba, Launceston, Pinjarra FRI 20 Geelong Synthetic, Wyong, Canberra, Ipswich SAT 21 Flemington, Mildura, Rosehill Gardens, Kembla

Grange, Morphettville, Doomben Cup, Gold Coast, Rockhampton, Toowoomba, Belmont, Port Hedland, Katherine, Irish 2000 Guineas, The Preakness (USA)

SUN 22 Mornington - Great Southern Steeple, Mildura Cup,

Cessnock, Bathurst Cup Mount Gambier, Sunshine Coast, Kalgoorlie, Alice Springs, Irish 1000 Guineas

Wagga Town Plate, Morphettville Parks, Rockhampton, Launceston, Albany

MON 23 Wangaratta, Armidale, Port Macquarie

FRI 6 Bendigo, Wagga Wagga Gold Cup, Taree, Sunshine

(Kensington), Townsville

Coast (Cushion}

TUE 24 NMIT Kyneton Park, Royal Randwick WED 25 Betfair Park Sandown, Canterbury Park,

SAT 7 Flemington, Wangaratta, Canterbury Park,

Newcastle, Morphettville - SA Derby, Gold Coast - PM’s Cup, Ipswich, Mackay, Toowoomba, Belmont, Leinster, Pine Creek, Kentucky Derby (USA)

SUN 8 Geelong, Sale, Gunnedah Cup, Murwillumbah,

Penola – Millicent Cup, Sunshine Coast, Devonport, Kalgoorlie, Darwin

MON 9 Seymour, Dubbo TUE 10 Mornington, Goulburn, Townsville WED 11 Betfair Park Sandown, Royal Randwick

(Kensington), Gawler, Sunshine Coast, Belmont THU 12 Ballarat, Hawkesbury, Kempsey Cup,

Gold Coast, Northam

Morphettville Parks, Gold Coast, Belmont THU 26 Sale, Gosford, Rockhampton,

Launceston - TTC St Leger, Northam

FRI 27 Geelong Synthetic, Casino, Wagga Wagga,

Sunshine Coast

SAT 28 Caulfield, Seymour, Royal Randwick, Newcastle,

Morphettville, Doomben 10,000, Gold Coast, Mackay, Toowoomba, Belmont, Carnarvon, Darwin

SUN 29 Cranbourne, Casterton Cup, Taree, Nowra Cup, Sunshine

Coast (Cushion), Devonport, Kalgoorlie, Port Headland, Prix du Jockey-Club (France)

MON 30 Ararat, Muswellbrook TUE 31 Benalla, Dubbo, Townsville

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JUNE WED 1 Werribee, Canterbury Park, Balaklava, Doomben,


THUR 2 Bendigo, Kembla Grange, Strathalbyn,

Rockhampton, Pinjarra

FRI 3 Geelong Synthetic, Canberra, Tamworth, Ipswich SAT 4 Betfair Park Sandown, Kilmore, Rosehill Gardens,

Newcastle, Morphettville, Eagle Farm – Queensland Oaks, Gold Coast, Townsville, Toowoomba, Belmont, Broome, Leonora, Roebourne, Adelaide River, Epsom Derby (UK)

SUN 5 Ballarat, Sale, Murwillumbah, Wellington, Sunshine

Coast, Hobart, Kalgoorlie, Alice Springs, Prix du Jockey-Club (France)

MON 6 Seymour, Port Macquarie, Narrandera, Northam,


TUE 7 Hamilton, Cessnock, Goulburn, Mackay WED 8 Moonee Valley, Canterbury Park, Morphettville

Parks, Sunshine Coast (Inner), Belmont THU 9 Geelong Synthetic, Gosford, Penola, Rockhampton FRI 10 Swan Hill, Canberra, Grafton, Ipswich - Gold Topaz SAT 11 Flemington, Swan Hill, Royal Randwick, Kembla

Grange, Morphettville, Eagle Farm – Brisbane Cup, Gold Coast, Rockhampton, Toowoomba, Belmont, Carnarvon, Derby, Darwin, Belmont Stakes (USA)

SUN 12 Cranbourne, Swan Hill Cup, Kempsey, Sapphire Coast,

Sunshine Coast, Launceston, Kalgoorlie, Port Headland

MON 13 Mornington, Royal Randwick (Kensington),

Hawkesbury, Murray Bridge, Doomben TUE 14 Warrnambool, Muswellbrook, Townsville,

Royal Ascot - Day 1 UK) King’s Stand WED 15 Betfair Park Sandown, Canterbury Park,

Gawler, Doomben, Belmont, Royal Ascot - Day 2 (UK) Prince of Wales Stakes THU 16 Seymour, Wyong, Toowoomba, Northam,

Royal Ascot - Day 3 (UK) Ascot Gold Cup FRI 17 Geelong Synthetic, Ballina, Wagga Wagga,

Sunshine Coast (Cushion), Royal Ascot - Day 4 (UK) Coronation Stakes

SAT 18 Moonee Valley, Sale, Rosehill Gardens,

Kembla Grange, Morphettville Parks, Ipswich Cup, Gold Coast, Rockhampton, Toowoomba, Belmont, Broome, Leinster, Roebourne, Darwin, Royal Ascot - Day 5 (UK) Golden Jubilee Stakes

SUN 19 Bendigo, Casterton, Wauchope, Bathurst, Port Augusta,

Sunshine Coast, Hobart, Kalgoorlie, Alice Springs

MON 20 Mildura, Gunnedah, Queanbeyan TUE 21 NMIT Kyneton Park, Taree, Townsville WED 22 Betfair Park Sandown, Warwick Farm,

Morphettville Parks, Doomben, Belmont THU 23 Ballarat, Quirindi, Coffs Harbour,

Rockhampton Newmarket, York

FRI 24 Geelong Synthetic, Gosford, Canberra, Ipswich SAT 25 Flemington, Ararat, Rosehill Gardens, Newcastle,

Morphettville, Eagle Farm, Rockhampton Cup, Townsville, Toowoomba, Belmont Guineas, Broome, Carnarvon, Darwin

SUN 26 Cranbourne, Warrnambool, Murwillumbah Cup,

Coonamble, Launceston, Kalgoorlie, Port Hedland, Alice Springs, Irish Derby

MON 27 Echuca, Goulburn TUE 28 Mornington, Muswellbrook, Mackay WED 29 Betfair Park Sandown, Canterbury Park,

Balaklava, Eagle Farm, Belmont THU 30 Sale, Wyong, Port Augusta, Gold Coast, Northam

Meetings are correct at the time of printing but are subject to change.

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JULY FRI 1 Geelong Synthetic, Tamworth, Goulburn, Ipswich SAT 2 Moonee Valley, Wodonga, Rosehill Gardens,

Kembla Grange, Morphettville Parks, Sunshine Coast - Caloundra Cup, Gold Coast, Townsville, Toowoomba, Belmont, Derby, Marble Bar, Darwin - NT Guineas, Durban July (RSA), Eclipse Stakes (UK)

SUN 3 Ballarat, Hamilton, Bowraville Cup, Mudgee, Sunshine

Coast, Hobart, Kalgoorlie, Carnarvon, Alice Springs

MON 4 Mildura, Wagga Wagga TUE 5 Kilmore, Cessnock, Mackay WED 6 Betfair Park Sandown, Royal Randwick

(Kensington) Gawler, Doomben, Belmont THU 7 Bendigo, Hawkesbury, Grafton Cup Prelude,

Toowoomba, Northam

FRI 8 Geelong Synthetic, Gunnedah, Moruya, Ipswich,

July Cup (UK)

MON 18 Mildura, Bathurst TUE 19 NMIT Kyneton Park, Port Macquarie, Wagga Wagga,


WED 20 Betfair Park Sandown, Canterbury Park,

Balaklava, Eagle Farm, Belmont THU 21 Bendigo, Gosford, Port Augusta, Rockhampton, Northam FRI 22 Geelong Synthetic, Ballina, Canberra, Ipswich SAT 23 Flemington, Bairnsdale, Royal Randwick,

Newcastle, Morphettville, Eagle Farm, Townsville Cup, Toowoomba, Belmont Classic, Broome, Roebourne, Darwin, King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes (UK)

SUN 24 Cranbourne, Wodonga, Coffs Harbour, Hawkesbury,

Sunshine Coast, Launceston, Kalgoorlie

MON 25 Swan Hill, Muswellbrook, Wellington TUE 26 Seymour, Taree, Mackay WED 27 Betfair Park Sandown, Canterbury Park,

SAT 9 Flemington - Finals Day, Donald,

Royal Randwick, Newcastle, Morphettville Parks, Eagle Farm – Queensland Cup, Gold Coast, Mackay Cup, Toowoomba, Belmont Oaks, Broome, Roebourne, Darwin

SUN 10 Cranbourne, Echuca, Grafton – South Grafton Cup,

Canberra, Port Augusta Cup, Sunshine Coast, Launceston, Kalgoorlie, Irish Oaks

MON 11 Echuca, Dubbo TUE 12 Mornington, Scone, Townsville

Murray Bridge, Eagle Farm, Belmont, Darwin THU 28 Ballarat, Wyong, Murwillumbah, Morphettville Parks,

Rockhampton, Northam

FRI 29 Geelong Synthetic, Warwick Farm, Queanbeyan,


SAT 30 Caulfield, Donald, Rosehill Gardens,

Kembla Grange, Morphettville, Doomben, Gold Coast, Toowoomba, Belmont, Darwin

SUN 31 Sale, Warrnambool, Qurindi, Gundagai, Sunshine Coast,

Hobart, Kalgoorlie

WED 13 Betfair Park Sandown, Warwick Farm, Grafton,

Morphettville Parks, Doomben, Belmont, Darwin - DTC Ladies’ Day

THU 14 Ballarat, Grafton Cup, Mt Gambier, Rockhampton,

Northam, Grand Prix de Paris (Fr)

FRI 15 Geelong Synthetic, Wyong, Moree, Ipswich SAT 16 Caulfield, Moe, Rosehill Gardens, Kembla Grange,

Morphettville, Doomben, Gold Coast, Townsville, Toowoomba, Belmont, Broome, Carnarvon, Darwin – NT Derby

SUN 17 Seymour, Werribee, Queanbeyan, Grafton,

Sunshine Coast, Hobart, Kalgoorlie, Port Hedland, Alice Springs Meetings are correct at the time of printing but are subject to change.

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QLD State Government to provide

$2.35 million in ASSISTANCE remediation work at TAB and Strategic Non-TAB venues throughout Queensland, such as Rockhampton, Emerald, Warwick, Townsville and Ipswich. The actual amount required at each venue depends on how much RQL receives under its insurance cover for TAB venues, but what is clear is the Government contribution will go a long way to fully remediating key venues throughout Queensland. In addition to the $1.45 million allocated for TAB and Strategic Non-TAB venues, $900,000 has been specifically allocated to assist country thoroughbred race clubs. Of this amount, $200,000 has been earmarked to address workplace health and safety related damage at NonStrategic Non-TAB venues caused by the recent weather events, and $700,000 has been allocated to assist Non-TAB Clubs in meeting the minimum venue and equipment standards required to ensure the safety of racing animals and participants.


he chairman of Racing Queensland Limited (RQL) Mr Bob Bentley applauded the State Government decision to provide $2.35 million to repair flood damaged racecourses and to assist country race clubs to undertake work to meet minimum venue and equipment standards. Mr Bentley applauded the announcement today, saying that it was just the tonic for racetracks to get back to the business of racing following the recent devastating

weather events throughout Queensland. “I’d like to recognise the efforts of the Hon. Peter Lawlor MP, former minister responsible for the administration of the Racing Act 2002 and his replacement, the Hon. Tim Mulherin MP, who has moved swiftly to act on a recommendation from RQL to provide this level of financial support,” said Mr Bentley. Today’s announcement will see up to $1.45 million spent to undertake flood and cyclone

The State Government will provide the $900,000 funding to RQL and this will be released for individual projects at specific venues. Initially, assessments of these projects will be identified by the individual Country Racing Associations, with recommendations then provided to the Country Racing Committee (CRC) for assessment. In turn, recommendations will be made by the CRC to RQL, who will then refer to the Government for final approval. Mr Bentley went on to recognise the importance of getting these venues back up to scratch and fully operational as soon as possible. ■ Women in RACING | 81


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ale Olsson, owner of The Hat Box, has always enjoyed helping her clients who wish to enter Fashions on the Field and as a former multiple winner herself, is happy to pass on that knowledge to her clients and, if required, styling them from head to toe to look as fabulous as possible for the judges,

Included here are photos of recent winners from The Hat Box and Dale is hoping to add to her collection at this year’s Winter Racing Carnival.

According to Dale, “The Hat Box is unlike any other millinery establishment in Australia and because every milliner’s work is quite different it simply means I have the best range of the very best hats. And when one of my clients wins I am so thrilled for them, it’s really one of the most exciting aspects of what I do.”

B – Ashleigh Robson, winner

The Hat Box also stocks the exquisite hats from Stephen Jones, London and is also the exclusive supplier of ladies’ Sermoneta kid leather gloves from Italy in twenty fashion colours. Gentlemen are catered for with a range of Akubra felt fedoras, bowlers and top hats as well as genuine Panamas from Ecuador.

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A – Shauna Dennett, winner Fashions on the Field, Tattersalls Winter Stakes Day Eagle Farm 2010 Fashions on the Field, Stradbroke Day Eagle Farm 2010 C – Effie Cliff, runner-up Best hat, Doncaster Day,



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D – Kady Brandon, winner Fashions on the Field, Townsville Cup 2010 E – Krystel Watego, winner Best Home Hill 2010 F – Natalie Levien, winner Best Dressed Lady in Fashion Marquee,



Stradbroke Day 2010 G – Mildred Ellwood, winner Fashions on the Field, Girls Day Out, Doomben 2010 with judge Wayne Cooper H – Three generations of winners: Dale Olsson, daughter Fleur Cowlishaw & grandson Ethan Thompson


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estled in the heart of Chevron Island, Lisa Z is the epitome of elegant fashion and accessories. Established on the Gold Coast over 40 years ago, owner Lisa Von Zeppelin chooses labels and pieces of only the highest quality and design from around the world. The personal styling services offered in store allows the customer to tailor an individual look based on their personal style and an individual personality. Labels include Ubu and Anne Lewis, which are stocked exclusively in store. The latest Anne Lewis range features stunning detachable brooches, flowers and feminine pieces perfect for that special occasion and race day. Peer Gynt is another highlight, with the collection offering organic, cool-wearing clothing created entirely from wood pulp and offering a silhouette that never clings. This range is extremely flattering to all figures. Scarves, fascinators, alpaca wraps and selected custom jewellery from Paris can also be found exclusively in store so visit soon for the most elegant picks of the season. For more information call (07) 5592 4905 or visit Lisa Z at 49 Thomas Drive, Chevron Island, Queensland. ■

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hoes on Chevron, the best little shoe boutique in town, which has a relaxed modern feel, has become renowned as the place to go for women who adore wearing stunning, delightful European shoes and handbags that make a statement. The boutique’s policy is that every woman deserves to be the star at any event, whether it’s shopping, lunch with the girls, a special dinner or a day at the races! Get in early each season for your size or handbag as limited size runs of each style ensures exclusivity.

Shoes On Chevron are stockists of the funky and fabulous US Brand, Junior Drake handbags. Many of the magnificent handbags in store are ‘one-offs’, ensuring each bag is a little more unique.


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If you are a race lady and love magnificent parasols … cast your eyes over our Italian Pasotti parasols!  emember give a girl the right shoe and she R can conquer the world! Shoes on Chevron. Shop 8, 49 Thomas Drive, Chevron Island. Phone 55398269 ■

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Affordable EXTRAVAGANCE... I

s what you will find at Liz Clift International Boutique and her shoe and accessory store next door. Likened to a mini exclusive Department Store, Liz has something for everyone. Concentrating on overseas designer labels, Liz has created two of the most exciting stores in the country. Travelling constantly Liz sources exciting new designers and launches them in Australia. The secret to her success is the fact that all of her labels are exclusive and not be found elsewhere. How wonderful to arrive at a race meeting and be totally unique, and not bump into the same outfit. Liz has just returned from Milan, Paris and Los Angeles with exciting new Spring collections at sensational prices. The

colours are the full spectrum of jewels. Hot pinks, sunny yellow, emerald green, sapphire blue and ruby red. There is also a palette of neutrals embraced with coral, white and turquoise. Animal prints are still the rage. The first delivery of dresses will feature draping, cut always, floating chiffon, layering, tailored with crop jackets and slinky. Liz has a vast following and acts as a personal stylist for her local and many interstate clients who fly in for her new deliveries. She has lost count of her many ‘Fashion on the Field’ winners in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Golf Coast. It is always exciting and pulse racing to pop into Liz Clift International Boutique at Benowa Gardens, Ashmore Rd, Benowa. Ph: (07) 5597 0000 ■

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oints Boutique, situated on Grice Avenue, Paradise Point, offers you an elegant shoe store with all the dressings. Beautiful handbags, hats, jewellery, cocktail, race wear and daywear and of course an exquisite range of shoes from some of the finest Australian and overseas designers. Sonya Varley, owner of this unique new business in Paradise Point, specialises in her wardrobe makeovers, with a ‘Top to Toe’ friendly service, ‘Points’ is Sonya’s fourth boutique. Growing up with a mother as a fine seamstress, has certainly contributed to the fact her family has over 35 years experience and knowledge of the fashion industry. As with her boutiques of the past, Sonya offers a shoe boutique with a point of difference, which makes every woman feel and know that she really is special. She loves giving that same feeling to her new friends and customers on the Gold Coast. Looking forward to seeing you at Points! Grice Avenue, Paradise Point ph: (07) 5501 5544 ■

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Designer Deluxe experience Vibrant, indulgent and divine fairly well sum up the new look QT hotel on Queensland’s Gold Coast. Many will remember the famed Gold Coast International which has recently undergone a name change and total revamp to boot. With quirky lounges, sophisticated bars and views over the Pacific Ocean, guests are lavished at this new hub, indulging their senses at every turn.

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Call of the East

With international flights so affordable, now is the perfect time to tempt yourself with a Shanghai fling. Known as the Paris of the East, this city offers a unique experience with its amazing shopping, sensational bars, chic restaurants and old dynasty charm. The city’s ultimate lifestyle destination Xintiandi is now home to The Langham Xintiandi, a luxury five star hotel which superbly manages to blend the essence of the past perfectly with modern comforts.  Offering views of Xintiandi’s historic Shikumen housing while at the same time indulging you with exquisite amenities, you step outside to the city’s most decedent array of restaurants, bars and glamorous boutiques.  It’s also the perfect destination to base your trip to the Great Wall and other Eastern adventures from. For more information visit 92 |

B ag lov e r’ s D e l i g h t If you adore luxury vintage but don’t like the retail price tags, then look no further, we’ve found the perfect shop for you. was established as an online shopping experience to provide quality pre loved designer luxury accessories to Australia. Offering premier labels at fantastic prices, they feature an everchanging selection of handbags, shoes, purses, scarves and much more. Each item is checked for authenticity by their experts from across the globe. Avoir offers you the opportunity to purchase guaranteed authentic designer items at realistic prices and you’ve just got to love that!

C o a s ta l I n d u l g e n c e An eclectic mix of bohemian and sophisticated vintage meets modern style at this beachside dining concept, come lounge, come bar at Kingscliff on NSW’s North Coast. Enhanced by sweeping unhindered ocean views, Babalou manages to create a formidable combination with its eclectic design of interiors, relaxed ambience and a top-notch menu. Just an easy 30 minute drive from the Gold Coast airport, Babalou is open seven days. Bookings are advised on 0266 748 764 or

Fine drop of pleasure With winter’s chilly days now upon us, enjoying a warming drop of red is a pleasurable way to end the day for many.

Winner’s Circle My Fair Lady has done a full circle with these splendid umbrellas direct from Italy. For lovers of the fashions on the field, these creative accessories offer a sensational array of designs, fabrics, decorations and handles and are the perfect for a day at the track. The only trouble is one is certainly not enough – you’ll be wanting a Pasotti umbrella for every day of the week. Starting at just $210, they are equally perfect for a rainy day or keeping the midday sun off you in European style. Available at Shoes on Chevron boutique Gold Coast or phone 1300 783 112

Craggy Range has just launched its new Hawkes Bay Merlot based blends, Syrah and Chardonnay. These are wines that sing rather than just whisper the characteristics of their famed vineyard and the personality of the vintage. This is a watershed release for Craggy Range and superb accompaniment for a host of delectable dishes. Available at all good wine cellars or go to for more details

Be inspired by A u s t r a l i a’ s b e s t A sensational new website has just been launched offering an amazing platform for Australian women where you can be inspired by women of substance and powerful achievers, as well as download incredible stories, share insights and have a say on matters that count. The on-line community created solely for women includes its very own TV show and interviews with the likes of Liz Davenport, Tara Moss, Maggie Beer and more. This savvy site also features give-aways for holidays, shopping and jewellery. The site has also created a special membership where you receive a host of over $350 worth of gifts, shopping vouchers and for just $45 so it’s worth taking a look.

P u s s ’ n B o ot s A new and innovative way to store your winter boots which you will just adore. It is such a simple and easy way to manage all your special long boots all year round. This brilliant design will keep them upright and stop them developing unsightly creases. They come in a range of lovable animal creations to keep your wardrobe looking fun and bright. Women in RACING | 93

profile Dr Jim Abrahams ANTI - AGEING | ANTI - C AN C ER | RE J UVENATING


r Abrahams trained at the University of Cape Town Medical School.

He has practiced medicine in Australia for the last 20 years as a full time GP and Designated Aviation Medical Examiner for CASA, doing medicals for private, commercial and airline pilots. He has been in his current practice in Ashmore Road, Benowa for the last 11 years. He has tremendous experience in Cosmetic Medicine, providing a range of services including skin assessments, anti-wrinkle injections, dermal fillers and medical grade skincare. Anti-Ageing and skin rejuvenation is a very special part of medicine and having a welltrained and experienced medical doctor providing these services, is extremely important to the discerning patient. These treatments are safe and relatively painless. They involve little down time, with patients often having them done during their lunchtime and returning to work immediately. Treatments are affordable, considering anti-wrinkle injections last between 3-6 months and dermal fillers 12-18 months.

Many people find the effects last even longer, depending on the patient’s age and the condition of their skin. The most effective and rewarding results are achieved with subtle enhancements, not over the top treatment. It’s a greater compliment to be told “you look younger”, or “brighter”, or “fresher”, or “have you been on holidays”?, rather than being told “Oh I can see you’ve had work done”! Many people have concerns about the pain and having needles in such sensitive areas. Everyone says “Oh, is that all” after treatments and most people wish they had started years earlier. There is no doubt that we all want to look younger, brighter and fresher. Being able to look 10-15 years younger is now achievable. Having a Doctor directing these services means other associated medical conditions like skin assessments, fitness, targeted sun protection, diets and weight loss are not overlooked. It happens so quickly, doesn’t it. You blink and 10 years have passed. And it shows! It is time to take charge of your life today. ■

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aul Goode who was born in England, had plenty to boast about – and it wasn’t regarding cricket and The Ashes. Goode, 32, married his long-time sweetheart, Catherine Hill at St Thomas’ Church, North Sydney, with the reception held at the Shangri-La Hotel in Sydney. Catherine, Office Manager for the leading Sydney stable of Chris Waller, looked radiant in her wedding dress, designed by Maggie Sottero, made from gold silk with Swarovski Crystal detailing. The couple met in the UK in 1999, when Paul was an apprentice jockey and Catherine a racing secretary. They both moved to Australia in 2003. Paul, who was seriously injured in a horrific race fall at Queanbeyan in late June 2009, became a T-4 complete paraplegic, but despite his circumstances, the young man has remained extremely positive and is a proven inspirational to those who have mixed in his company. “The sun was shining and we all enjoyed a

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The bridal party behind the lucky couple is (L-R): Amy Irwin, Claire Bird, Michelle Penza, Ryan Cody-Boutcher, Neil Pollard, Mark Schmetzer and Benny Vassallo. Photo by: Chris Lane

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Women in RACING Magazine Autumn/Winter 2011 Issue 9  
Women in RACING Magazine Autumn/Winter 2011 Issue 9  

Women in RACING Magazine is the first and only, dedicated, glossy lifestyle magazine, designed especially for women who enjoy “The Sport of...