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02 Diamond Torque 06 A Racetrack Somewhere 08 Spotlight on Gascoyne Region 12 Thoroughbred Breeders WA 14 Careers in Racing 15 Fashions on the Field 16 Community TAB 18 Off the Track 20 Feature Races


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DIAMOND torque Article by Robert Edwards John Gangemi began to dream about the glory of saddling another Broome Cup winner with his new purchase Diamond Tonique, soon after taking over the reins on the gelding 12 months ago. The dream became reality this season, when Diamond Tonique strode away to a five-length win in the $150,000 XXXX Gold Broome Cup (2200m), on August 18. Gloryland was the hot favourite to defend his 2017 title in the State’s richest country cup, but he was prevented from dictating his own terms in front, as he did when a 10 ¼ length winner in the Kimberly Cup, when challenged by I’m A Bluebagger early. Under his topweight on 59kg, Gloryland fought hard to stave off Diamond Tonique’s determined challenge at the top of the straight, but inside the final 100m his challenger was too strong, running away to a comfortable win. The win gave “Cup’s King” Peter Hall his seventh victory in the Broome Cup, after wins on Davenport Tryst (2000), Tango Man (2002), Key To Cash (2003), Great Destiny (2008), Viscount Cameron (2011) and Desert Glow (2015). For Gangemi, who has been a regular at Broome for the past eight years, it was his second Broome Cup, after winning it with Central Park in 2014. Campbell McCallum, who rode Central Park to win his Broome Cup, played a pivotal role behind the scenes as track rider of Diamond Tonique. Gangemi and McCallum employed the same tactics with Diamond Tonique as they did with Central Park in the lead up to the Cup. “We extended his work like we did with Central Park, going to the beach after he worked each morning,” Gangemi, 67, said. “He would go to the beach in the afternoon and do wading and rushing through the water. “He was super fit and I knew at the top of the straight when Gloryland fought back his fitness would kick in. “Chris (son) did the initial preparation work of Diamond Tonique and

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the other horses I took to Broome and he had them ready to go. “This win was special as I own Diamond Tonique, and Central Park was special because I shared ownership with my other son Michael. “Both horses were regarded as sprinters, while Central Park was an older horse (eight years) when he won the Cup, this bloke is a bit younger (seven). “Campbell came up with his wife Alicia and their kids, and we have worked extremely well together. “We worked so well together that I made Campbell my foreman. “He did the work with the four horses we had in Broome, when I had to return to Perth for business and to be with my parents, who are getting on in their years.” Gangemi purchased Diamond Tonique and Festive Excess as “cheapies” from the stables of trainer Ted Martinovich to race over the nine weeks of the Broome season in 2017. He quickly realized that Diamond Tonique could have some untapped potential beyond sprinting. The then six-year-old’s heart-rate scores after each gallop were consistently low indicating the horse had another string to his bow. Diamond Tonique was kept over the short courses under Martinovich, with his four wins being over 1000m to 1200m; two down the straight 1000m shute at Pinjarra, and his other wins over 1000m at Ascot and 1200m at Bunbury. Diamond Tonique did not step past 1200m at 31 starts. “He was consistently returning with low heart-rates of 88 and he would recover very quickly from a gallop,” Gangemi said. “He either had the aerobic capacity to go much further or he was not trying his best. “His former jockey Jarrad Noske and Campbell felt he would go further so we started to apply more work and put him to the test.”

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Diamond Torque Diamond Tonique won at his second start over 1300m at Broome for Gangemi on June 17, last year. Gangemi raised the bar, building him up to 1600m before dropping him back to 1300m at his fifth and final Broome start on August 19, 2017. The gelding then went to Chris Gangemi’s stable, where he collected two thirds at three provincial starts over1200m and 1300m in this year’s summer-autumn period. With a strong preparation under his belt, Diamond Tonique was primed to be the star of distance racing at Broome and that he did, winning four times and placed second twice, at distances from 1435m to 2200m, at his six starts. Diamond Tonique (from Sleek Tonique, by Second Empire) was bred at Touchstone Farm at North Dandalup, where his sire Planet Five stands at stud. He was sold for $42,000 at the 2014 Perth Magic Millions Yearling Sale. “He has done a fantastic job and will go down to Nigel Reid’s property to have a good spell,” Gangemi said. “There are no immediate plans for him as he has had a hard campaign and he probably will come back here next year.”

Chris Gangemi was now firmly entrenched in the top echelon of WA training ranks and was giving advice to his father on how to prepare his horses for Broome. “There is eight years gap between Michael and Chris,” Gangemi said. “Michael would help me at the track and ride horses early. “Chris was 15 or 16 years-old, when he told me he wanted to train.

Gangemi enjoyed an outstanding season in Broome, ending his stint with a 60 percent strike-rate and winning the Broome Horse of the Year Award with Sense Of Denial.

“I said to him he could but the deal was he would have to finish an apprenticeship course first.

Sense Of Denial won her 1100m maiden by a whopping nine lengths on June 2. She won another four times, and finished a second and third and ran fourth at her other three starts.

“Four years later he came up to me an said he had finished his apprenticeship and he wanted to train.

Sense Of Denial, by Street Sense from Denia, was bought from the Melbourne stable of Leon and Troy Cortsens. “Her sectional splits that first win were outstanding,” Gangemi said. “She had raced 12 times as a two and three-year-old around the country tracks in Victoria.

“He went and learned to be a glazier.

“I said that is fine, but it is 2 o’clock and you don’t finish work until 4 o’clock. “He said; “The deal was that I finish my apprenticeship and go straight to training horses. “When Chris first started training he would ring me up for advice.

“Her form was okay, but what was the turning point was her ability to handle the oil track,” Gangemi said.

“Training has changed a lot and now I ring him and ask him what should I do?

“They either handle it or they don’t and she thrived on it.”

“Because of his close association with Casper Fownes in Hong Kong, where they do a lot of dirt racing, Chris told me to feed plenty of electrolytes, do a lot of trotting and watch their work.

Medal Of Valour was Gangemi’s other winner at Broome, while Gangemi’s other starter Havana, was placed twice at four starts. Gangemi said much had changed in his life over the past eight years.

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“The advice has worked out really well.”

Diamond Torque The Broome Cup is the Crown Jewel of the Broome Turf Club. BTC vice-president Mike Windle said a record 8000 people turned out at the track to celebrate the 126th running of the Broome Cup. Windle is also the longest serving bookmaker having stood at his 39th successive Broome Cup this year. Windle said he had a winning day on the Cup meeting despite good bets being landed by the Tom Pike stable on Correspondent ($19) in the sixth race and Anvil Green ($2) in the last race. “The Mumm Champagne marque had 360 people in it and there is usually 180,” Windle said. ”Gloryland sold for a record $14,000 at the Friday night Calcutta and there was $40,000 in the pool. “We have had a few tough years, but this year was very successful. “The formula of the Tuesday Ladies’ Day (changed from Wednesday in 2011) meeting and racing with the Cup on the following Saturday is working. “Nothing is easy at these times but we will keep working hard.” Windle has been on the committee for 21 years and has been honoured for his service by being made a life member. 

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SOMEWHERE Broome to be featured on award winning documentary series

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The idyllic location of Broome Turf Club (BTC) drew not only a large crowd during Broome Cup race week but also caught the attention of the documentary series, ‘A Racetrack Somewhere’ who travelled from the eastern states to film the iconic race week. An award-winning series, 'A Racetrack Somewhere’ takes viewers on a journey across Australia and into the heart of some of the country’s most iconic and remote race meetings. Hosted by renowned racing personality and award winning journalist Jo McKinnon, ‘A Racetrack Somewhere’ in its first series travelled to the famed Warrnambool May Races, the Birdsville Cup, King Island Cup, Darwin Cup and Kangaroo Island Gourmet Gallop. The series features stunning cinematography of the Australian landscape. It provides a rare insight into Thoroughbred racing and its cultural significance in Australian life, particularly in remote communities and captures the real side of racing. McKinnon was first drawn to Broome during her time as a presenter on Sky Racing, “I would be sitting in the studio watching Broome races and was captivated by the stunning location. I always harboured a desire to one day go racing at Broome and then when the A Racetrack Somewhere idea was born I had this track as a major priority to include in the series. It fits the bill perfectly! “ Broome certainly did not disappoint Jo and her crew, “The warm weather, blue skies, turquoise water, red dirt and white sands of Cable Beach are intoxicating. There's a special relaxed vibe in Broome and it didn't take long to switch onto Broome time. The people are so lovely and friendly. The racing was exciting, especially the Cup with Peter Hall winning his 7th -that will go down as one of my all-time racing highlights.” The high standard of horse presentation and fitness also impressed McKinnon, “I was so impressed by the condition and demeanour of the horses. They were all such happy horses. I suppose you can't blame them being in Broome!” The first series was aired in-flight on QANTAS and Air New Zealand with series two broadcasting plans, including international opportunities, underway for a May 2019 launch. The first series trailer can be viewed at 

BROOME ON iTV British TV personality Julia Bradbury was also spotted at Broome Turf Club on Ladies Day filming a 6- part iTV series about regional Australia. This also captured the community spirit of regional racing with Fashions on The Field being a highlight.

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Spotlight on Gascoyne Region Article by Katie Roberts

CELEBRITY CHEFS DISH UP CARNARVON DELIGHTS Last month Carnarvon transformed from a humble town into a melting pot of Perth celebrity chefs, food bloggers and media as the town played host to some of the Gascoyne Food Festival’s key events. Hosted by WA Country Cups Fashions on the Field MC Alana McLean, the beautiful Bentwater Plantation homestead set amongst decades old mango plantations hosted the sell-out Long Table Lunch.

The fortnight-long festival was not only a chance for chefs to whip up original culinary delights, but also provided an opportunity for chefs to get up close and personal with the growing process, visiting multiple producers in the region. The growers are open to ‘requests’ from chefs to grow specific types of produce due to the idyllic growing conditions enjoyed by the Gascoyne.

Despite the Perth guests bringing the wintery winds with them the cohort of high profile Perth chefs more than made up for it, showcasing the Gascoyne region’s finest produce. Often referred to as the Foodbowl, the festival is designed to hero the premium-grade fruits, vegetables, seafood and meat as standout produce from the region. All five senses were tantalised as chefs at the Long Table Lunch worked in a makeshift alfresco kitchen, chopping and sizzling, paring and tempering, to dish up delicacies such as the crowd-pleasing Sweeter Bananas poached in beurre noisette, banana and lime parfait, Morels custard apple, sesame and almond by chef Nathan Thomas from Laundry 43.

The event recognises the importance of the grower-buyer relationship and with most of the 150 growers in the Gascoyne heralding from the Carnarvon area, it highlights the WA region as second to none for fresh produce delivered 48 hours from harvest to kitchen. Joanne Symonds, owner of the Bentwater Plantation, is a wellknown face at Carnarvon Race Club and whilst the 360- strong crowd filled buses back to town for post event celebrations, Jo began preparation for the Pimms Garden Party at the race track the following day; moving pallets and furniture from one event to the next. The dedication of the Carnarvon people and the spirit that is evoked is one shared among regional WA communities and a reminder of the importance of supporting these proud and passionate communities. 

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Carnarvon Race Club volunteers Lee-Anne Daly (L) & Joanne Symonds (R) Long Table Lunch WA Country Cups Fashions on the Field MC Alana McLean and Chef Stuart Laws

Chef's Plantation Tour Melissa Worthington from Buy West Eat Best and Chef Don Hancey

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Photographer Paris Hawken shooting the 2019 WA Country Cups Fashions on the Field campaign


WACC proudly supports not only regional racing but also all that regional WA has to offer and variety is offered in abundance. The races are indeed a brilliant excuse to visit our vast state and the people who come in droves to support local race clubs. As General Manager Racing Charlotte Mills recently said on TABradio “the Melbourne Cup has a race that stops the nation, these are the race meets that stop the town.” Recently I had the pleasure of attending the WA Country Cups (WACC) Fashions on the Field (FOTF) at Ladies Day in Carnarvon and through it had the privilege of meeting some of the most hospitable, friendly and hardworking folk; passionate about their town and keen to tell their stories. The tourist sites are aplenty as is the abundance of fresh food (oh, the food!) and at the heart of the town is the Carnarvon Race Club. The community spirit is abuzz as the townsfolk pitch in to make the flower arrangements, erect signage and prepare the food and drink ahead of race day. The service attitude of the country is infectious as I too found myself on the eve of race day cutting up fresh oranges picked from the plentiful tree outside our room that would the next day float carelessly in punters Pimms. The Carnarvon backdrop was chosen as the destination backdrop for the 2019 WACC FOTF photo shoot and it delivered. From the colourful carpet of wildflowers and lowlying brush to the grandeur of the Gascoyne riverbed (you wouldn’t believe how hard it is to walk in it with heels leading a horse!) from banana plantations to the simple rusty corrugated iron shed standing proud in the pindan dust, these backdrops tell a story, synonymous with outback WA. The star of our campaign was the lovely thoroughbred, Otis (who came in a winner at the Gascoyne Junction races). Special thanks to Daly Racing Stables for loaning him to us. The WACC campaign will roll out early next year. 10 - September - RACING AHEAD Features

Otis AKA Sound Effects winning at the Gascoyne Junction races Top 5 things to do in Carnarvon: 1. Carnarvon Race Club Country racing at its finest! Next event: Carnarvon Cup 15 September 2.

Carnarvon Farmers Market Try a mango pancake and a goat pie every Saturday at the markets held in the town Civic Centre


Bumbacks Banana Plantation With the warm climate a classic banana smoothie is a welcome pitstop on the tourist trail.


Scenic helicopter flight over the Gascoyne River Choose your own adventure – from stock mustering to adventure packages the Coral Coast Helicopter Services tailor every flight.


Carnarvon Space and Technology Museum Celebrate the history and part Carnarvon had in the Apollo 11 Moon landing.


IS YOUR LOCAL RACE CLUB A LEADER IN CELEBRATING ALL THINGS RACING? WHOSE NAME IS IT THAT SPRINGS TO MIND WHEN YOU THINK OF REGIONAL RACING? THE RW WA AWARD FOR INNOVATION IN THE PROMOTION OF WA RACING Awarded to a regional race club who has demonstrated initiative in innovating the promotion of the spor t of racing in WA THE RW WA AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO REGIONAL RACING Awarded to the person/s who has gone above and beyond to suppor t or promote a regional race club in WA

To be presented at the 2018 Thoroughbred Regional Racing and Apprentice Jockey Awards on the 27 September 2018


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AWESOME ARRIVALS AT GOLD FRONT Gold Front Thoroughbreds owners Alan and Sue Olive are on the verge of another busy breeding season with their Group 1 winning stallion Awesome Rock. In a recent interview, Sue Olive recalled how it all began back in 2011-12. “Actually, we bred Awesome Rock at Coolmore Stud and brought him across to WA which we often do with our weanlings. “He was always a standout, so we decided to send him back east to go through the Gold Coast Magic Millions yearling sale as we were confident he would fetch a great price, which he did. “We liked him so much that when we sold him, we kept a small share and so always had an interest in his racing career. He was an outstanding racehorse, and could have been more successful, but a reaction to a vaccination prior to an intended campaign in Dubai ended his career prematurely. “He was offered for sale and we decided to have a crack at buying him with one of the other owners. So we offered a price and we got him. We always intended to stand him in WA and it was great to have him arrive here to let down and begin his new career. “We were actually looking for a stallion at the time, so the timing worked out perfectly. He had his first season at stud last year and the first foals are just hitting the ground now. They look fantastic and we are really happy with them. They seem very clever and were both up and about and suckling straight away. “We will have about 14 of them born to our mares on the farm this year. He was very well supported and we’ve had lots of enquiries for this season. There are a number of new stallions around meaning breeders really need to do their numbers and analysis bloodlines to get the best results. “Having a new stallion arrive straight of the track is always a challenge. Awesome Rock was in the middle of a racing campaign and, being fairly young, was a little erratic at the start. “Adjusting from being a racehorse is a big change. It takes time for them to really let down and become a stallion. He eventually got the idea and adjusted to the new routine. He’s becoming more and more settled and is also changing body shape from racehorse to stallion. “He’s had a good break over the off-season and is ready to get back to work now – he is already noticing the mares and foals moving around the farm. Of course, with a freshman sire you’ve got to teach them the rules of serving a mare, so you can maintain control and keep it safe for everybody. Once that’s established nature takes over and it doesn’t take them long to pick it up.

“There’s no doubt he’s got the credentials – his breeding is excellent, and his ability is unquestionable. He’s a lovely type of a horse and we are hoping he will put a motor in his progeny, as he certainly had one himself. “The other great thing is that all his racing career was interstate so he is appealing to both WA and Eastern States trainers. “We are anticipating that his stock will be early runners – he was probably going to be one himself. He had already had a win as a 2yo but then an accident on the walker put him on the sidelines until his 3yo campaign. “He’s a really precocious, agile, alert and active type of horse, so we hope that he throws those characteristics on. Obviously, being early types will suit the local market, too. “His first crop will go through the 2020 Perth Sale. We also have a few mares that he covered here that will go through the East Coast yearling sales. That should boost his sale prospects here as well and get some national exposure. “We’ve built up a strong band of good quality mares and our focus is on breeding quality over quantity. As part of that we are always turning around our mares based on what is producing and what is being well received in the market. It is a continual work in progress. “We really love the breeding season here on the farm. We try and catch up on all the farm jobs between weaning time and foaling season when it really gets busy again. “Our feed and nutrition program is pivotal to our business and using Milne’s Pegasus Studmaster across the farm makes it really easy and give us the peace of mind that the horses are receiving correct nutrition. “We also work closely with our vet and farrier, to make sure all our horses are in the best health and condition for producing foals and growing sound athletes. For foaling season, we’ve got some great staff and take it in turns to do foal watch, so we share the sleepless nights around. They almost always foal down during the night, and then we spend the day keeping an eye on them. Then vet days start ramping up as we get the mares through in preparation for going into foal again. “But by the end of foaling down we are all pretty exhausted!”

“As a horse, we really like having him on the farm. He’s excellent to have in the barn, even with plenty of horses around him, he’s not fazed. Physically, he’s a strong framed, athletic type with a real presence. “It’s really exciting to have such a well-bred and well-performed stallion coming to WA. We are very passionate about the industry and want to do our part to support racing and breeding here. We really hope that bringing a horse of his calibre to WA will help boost the industry and hopefully he can make his stamp on WA breeding. 12 - September - RACING AHEAD Features

Awesome Rock

SNOWCHINO JOINS SUMMER SQUAD FOR HARRISON David Harrison added another name to his line-up of 3yo colts and fillies when Snowchino spaced her rivals at Belmont last month. Still in her first prep, the flashy daughter of Maschino was a convincing winner of the Happy Birthday Jacquie Young Plate (1400m). Coming off a Northam maiden on August 2, she was hard to miss in front and was always in control to win again from Lookout (Patronize) and Hotham Valley (Playing God).

Maschino (Encosta de Lago) retired to Alwyn Park after a stakeswinning career for owner Jim Anderson. Brilliant filly Fabergino emerged from his first-crop and a bright start to this season will ensure a busier book at a $3,000 service fee.

“She really travelled strongly today and will end up being a really nice horse,” Harrison said. “She will have a rest now and hopefully she comes back for a race like the (G3) Champion Fillies.” Harrison is building a strong squad for the upcoming 3yo features at the Ascot summer carnival with My Admiration fillies Cryptic Love & Dawn Armada and Patronize flyer Chix Pic. Snowchino is by Alwyn Park sire Maschino from Classical Snow (Bletchley Park) and cost $22,000 at the 2017 Perth Magic Millions. Studmaster John Andrew sold her to a syndicate that includes Harrison, his wife Jenny, Keith Holly and Mario Di Lena. She descends from Beau Lyric (Beau Sovereign), one of Korilya Stud’s favourite mares whose pedigree page includes Melbourne speed-machine Roadsong (Haulpak) and her G1 Blue Diamond Stakes winning son Road To Success.


EUSTACE RECALLS EXPLOSIVE VERT DE GRECE British-born David Eustace trained his first winner, in partnership with Ciaran Maher, on the opening day of the season in Melbourne when Damian Lane piloted Naantali to victory at Pakenham. The NZ-bred mare gave the new combination a well-timed breakthrough in the 1Print Hcp (1600m). “I’m very grateful to Ciaron and hopefully I can repay his faith,” Eustace said ahead of a possible expansion to include a satellite stable. “Sydney has been spoken about. It doesn’t happen overnight but hopefully one day it will.” Eustace grew up in Newmarket where his father James trains out of the historic Park Lodge. He also spent time with Roger Varian who prepared Group 1 winner Vert De Grece (Ire) out of nearby Carlburg Stables.

Group 1 of the season and he bolted in.” Vert De Grece (Ire) won the G1 Criterium International by four lengths at Saint-Cloud. “I was out here with Roger’s Melbourne Cup horse My Ambivalent and missed the race in Paris,” Eustace added. “He was worth a lot of money and was sent Hong Kong but I heard he was injured and didn’t get going up there.” Perth bloodstock agent John Chalmers stepped in with an offer on behalf of Geisel Park owner Eddie Rigg and he covered a first-up book of 63 mares. Vert De Grece is a son of former leading WA sire Verglas and his service fee remains at $5,500 (inc gst) this year.

Imported to Geisel Park Stud last year, his first foals are due at the Myalup property this season. “I remember Vert De Grece. He had an absolute explosive turn of foot,” Eustace recalled this week. “He started out in Ireland before transferring to Roger and had run second to Gleneagles in a Group 2 at the Curragh. “We got him at the back-end of his 2yo season. Not overly big but a powerful colt nevertheless. Roger sent him over to Saint-Cloud for the final French 2yo

Vert De Grece

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NEWEST RACE RIDING APPRENTICES Congratulations to the Careers in Racing Team’s newest race riding Apprentices, Kristy Bennett and Beaux Banovic-Edwards. Kristy was granted her permit to ride in races on 13 August and two days later rode in her first race. Beaux was granted permission on 17 August and raced for the first time less than a week later riding Pixated at Pinjarra to 2nd place! The Careers in Racing team have also welcomed their newest Trainee Apprentice Jockey, Kristo Sardelic. Kristo was previously a Butcher, but after completing work experience at a stable and

Kristy Bennett

meeting the Apprentice Jockey Training Program entry requirements, he decided to pursue a career as a jockey. Although he had no background with horses, he has commenced strapping at the races and is currently having riding lessons to prepare him for track work riding. For more information about Careers in Racing, visit or contact the team directly via (08) 9445 5483 / ď Ž

Beaux Banovic-Edwards


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Kristo Sardelic

KIMBERLEY REGIONAL HEAT The WA Country Cups Fashions on the Field Kimberley Regional Heat was held at Broome Turf Club’s Ladies Day on Tuesday 14 August. Racing and Wagering WA’s (RWWA) General Manager Racing, Charlotte Mills, RWWA’s Racing Marketing Manager, Katie Roberts, TABradio Host, Gareth Hall and The West Australian reporter-atlarge, Steve Butler, had the difficult job of judging 43 ladies.

While six of the Regional Heats have already taken place, there are still three more chances of making it into the series Final: • Goldfields Regional Heat – Kalgoorlie-Boulder Racing Club – 3 October • Wheatbelt Regional Heat – Northam Ladies Day – 7 October • Mid-West Regional Heat – Geraldton Turf Club – 14 October

Although the competition was tight, the judges decided Michelle South was a standout in a stunning red and blue outfit and took out the grand prize of a trip to Perth to compete in the WA Country Cups Fashions on the Final. It was a close competition, with first runner-up Brooke Walker and second runner-up Sharon Sinclair looking beautiful in their pink race wear. Michelle will now compete in the Final on 1 December at Perth Racing where they will have a chance to win a racing experience like no other, a trip for two to London to attend Royal Ascot with Motive Travel, plus $10,000 spending money thanks to TABtouch plus more. “I’m so thrilled to be recognised and it’s going to be a real privilege sharing the stage with the other regional winners who all looked stunning at their respective heats” she said, “I don’t envy the judges, it’s going to be tough choosing a winner!”

(L-R) 1st runner up Brooke Walker, Winner Michelle South and 2nd runner up Sharon Sinclair

Top 10 Finalists

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COMMUNITY TAB RIDING FOR THE DISABLED STATE GAMES Young riders with disabilities from all over the state will return to Pinjarra for the Community TAB Riding for the Disabled Association WA (RDAWA) 2018 Community TAB State Games, to be held on Saturday 8 September. The Community TAB State Games provides an opportunity for RDAWA riders with disabilities to come together and compete in friendly mounted games competition, which demonstrates their abilities, achievements and skills whilst allowing them the opportunity to showcase these to their family and friends. Community TAB is an ongoing sponsor of RDAWA and is sponsor of the State Games for a fourth year in a row.

Community TAB staff are volunteering time to help set up for the State Games in the lead up and also volunteering on the day to lead horses and help with activities. RDAWA riders participate in a range of individual games including; jumping, handy pony, barrel racing, lasso the cow and a highlight of the day is the mounted fancy dress competition which allows riders, volunteers and horses to work together and explore their creative side. There are RDA centres all over the State including, Albany, Denmark, Collie, Carine, Hills, Pinjar, Peel, South West, Swan Valley, Mid-West, Mandurah and Oakford. 

RDAWA Executive Officer Kelly Mansfield said the State Games is a major highlight of the year for their riders. “The State Games brings so much joy to the riders and it is a great fun day out for all the family including the mounted fancy dress competition where riders, parents and volunteers get to create costumes for both the horse and rider,” Ms Mansfield said. “Over 1000 riders of all ages with intellectual and physical disabilities attend RDAWA centres around WA, and this is the one annual event where everyone comes together to show what they have learnt and the improvements they have made not only as a rider, but in their daily lives.” Racing and Wagering WA Chief Executive Officer Richard Burt said the partnership with RDAWA is very close to the heart of Community TAB. “Our staff have had so much fun volunteering at the State Games over the past few years and they have really grown to love the organisation and the people involved, and they will be there again this year volunteering their time to help out,” Mr Burt said. “We are really proud to be associated with RDAWA and to help them continue the upkeep and welfare of RDA horses and general maintenance of the state organisation through our contribution. “Community TAB has also just committed a fourth year of sponsorship to RDAWA, which will see another $80,000 contribution to the organisation.” The RDAWA State Games is a family friendly event held at the Murray Mandurah centre which is situated within the grounds of Fairbridge Village, Pinjarra.


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HOW GOOD ARE THE GRANTHAMS? TOO GOOD! I was once told, “there’s your story, the other person’s story and the truth.” This certainly seems to apply In the case of two retired Thoroughbred racehorses found abandoned on common land in Broome and forced to fend for themselves for a number of years. Both bred in WA, once foaled their every whim would have been attended to, because that’s what we do in the racing industry, we look after our horses! Regardless of how these two retired horses found themselves in the unacceptable predicament of being let loose on common land to roam with brumbies and forced to find their own food & water source, Off the Track would like to thank a few main players who went out of their way to ensure the horses found their way back to Perth and returned to live in a suitable environment and in a manner which they deserve. When OTT contacted Kristy Casey and explained the situation these horses were in, without hesitation, the first words to come from Kristy’s mouth were “How can I help?” Jake Casey and Bonny Palise went out of their way to tend to one of the horses in particular, who was in urgent need of hoof care. Farrier James Cox then ensured the horse received necessary treatment. Mark Grantham and Grantham’s Transport were instrumental in transporting the horses back to Perth from Broome and without Mark’s generosity the entire manoeuvre would not have happened.

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It is not the first time Grantham’s have gone out of their way to ensure a good outcome for our retired racehorses. The professionalism, support, generosity and humility displayed by Mark Grantham and his staff is greatly appreciated and quite simply, extraordinary. Upon the horse’s return to Perth Dan Murphy Farriers, Ascot Veterinary Centre and Dr Rachel Stone have ensured the horses receive necessary treatment. Jane Lamond from Thompson & Redwood Stockfeeds and Harness Trainer Gloria Blockey have taken a horse each into their homes and hearts and will continue to bring them back to full health. Both extremely nice horses with superb temperaments, they will undoubtedly transition back into ideal riding horses. Let’s not pat ourselves on the back too much though. There is so much to do, improvements to be made and strategies to be put in

place in regards to the responsible rehoming of any retired racehorse who is suitable for a second career post racing. Retired racehorses, both Thoroughbred & Standards are very popular amongst members of Adult Riding & Pony Clubs throughout WA and the general equestrian community. They are often chosen as the breed of choice by riders due to their trainability, adaptability and good temperaments. Racehorses are exposed to many different situations throughout their racing careers. They are floated and/or trucked, walked on roads & in traffic, taken to the pool or beach to swim, exposed to crowds on race days, familiar with vets, farriers and more.

They are broken to saddle, have a go and stop button, can walk, trot, canter on both leads & gallop plus, a lot can already work in a frame naturally. All these attributes make them attractive to equestrians. If you intend retiring a horse from racing we encourage you to consider sending the horse to one of Off the Track’s acknowledged retrainers. A couple of weeks education with a retrainer will give the horse the best possible start post racing and increase the chances of the horse finding a suitable long term home. Alternatively, at no cost to you, Off the Track can advertise your horse on Cavalletti Classifieds and forward the advertisement to all our equestrian groups & contacts. Whether you are a racehorse owner or trainer, we urge you to take into account all of the above and ask yourself “how can I help increase the value of our retired racehorses and make them a more sought after breed in the future?”

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Perth Feature Races

BROOME CUP $150,000 2200 metres



Owners: John Gangemi Trainer: John Gangemi Jockey: Peter Hall

BROOME SPRINT $50,000 1300 metres



Owners: Kelvin Moore, Mrs J L Moore, S A & Mrs J V Lwoy Trainer: Kelvin Moore Jockey: Paul Marks

BELMONT NEWMARKET [LR] $100,000 1200 metres

Images Courtesy Western Racepix



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Owners: Gangemi Thoroughbreds(Mgr: M J & J Gangemi), K Hassan, L & A Russell, R J Wade, Dollar Bill Syndicate(Mgr: T Wallace) S P & Mrs L M Graham, M ( H Yeak, M S Walker, J J Gunning, Mercon Racing(Mgr: D Condidorio), N L Gleeson, Kj Thoroughbreds Syndicate(Mgr: K F Jones) Trusty Rusty Syndicate(Mgr: B K Heller), S Fraser, Ms S M White, Good Times Boys Syndicate(Mgr: C Dakin) & F Callaghan Trainer: Chris Gangemi Jockey: Peter Knuckey


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Racing Ahead WA - September 2018  

The monthly publication for WA Thoroughbred racing

Racing Ahead WA - September 2018  

The monthly publication for WA Thoroughbred racing