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Summer 2009/2010

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Contents what’s inside 4. News …all the latest news plus a chance to win big! Hi and welcome to the inaugural issue of TRQ. By its very nature, racing is fast-moving. That’s why we’ve developed a magazine to help you keep up with all the fun, fashion and photos from around South Australia. In this issue of TRQ we hear from top fashion designer Liza Emanuele about what’s hot this summer, SA glamour jockey Amy Herrmann tells us about her career while Sam Hayes helps answer some of those racing questions we’ve always been too afraid to ask. Check out our fantastic competition on page 5 and don’t forget to vote for your favourite social snaps on page 12. Enjoy the read.

Anna Falkiner Marketing Manager, Thoroughbred Racing SA


6. Sea Horses The Coopers Kangaroo Island Cup Carnival 8. Spoilt for choice at Strathalbyn ...including a surprise guest appearance! 10. Reindeers and Races Flight Centre Twilight Races


12. Spring Social Scene Around the tracks 16. Liza Emanuele What to wear this season 18. Calendar of Events 2009 / 2010 season 20. Racing’s glamour girl Amy Herrmann on her stellar career so far 22. Did you know? Test your racing knowledge with Sam Hayes

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More cash for their dash


s of February 1st 2010, prizemoney across all levels of racing in South Australia will take another significant jump – the fourth such increase announced over the past two years by the Board of Thoroughbred Racing SA. So why is this a good thing for racegoers? Well, increased prizemoney levels


means more reward for effort for trainers, jockeys and owners – and that’s a good thing. And better prizemoney levels will make SA racing more attractive to more trainers, which will help develop better quality racing. Also there’s greater incentive for anyone thinking of buying into horse ownership. After all, you get a bigger slice of pie when the pie is bigger…


Can’t wait for this year’s Oakbank Easter Carnival? Well, the good news is that you can whet your appetite on Saturday 13th March when Oakbank will conduct a hurdle race as a prelude to the Easter Carnival. This year’s festivities at Oakbank are completely unaffected by the decision by Racing Victoria

Limited (RVL) to phase out its jumps racing program by the end of 2010. In fact, the Board of Thoroughbred Racing SA has gone on record to say it does not intend to copy the Victorian decision. In fact, the Board is hopeful that some Victorian jumps trainers may decide to relocate to SA.

South Australia’s two bestattended race meetings of the year are conducted at the Oakbank Easter Carnival, while Irish Day – when Irish and Australian jumps jockeys display their skills – is the third largest day of the year at Morphettville.


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he Coopers Kangaroo Island Cup Carnival is emerging as one of Australia’s best country race meetings. So, if you fancy a flutter in the sea breeze, then this island getaway is definitely for you.

from the track with the Aurora Ozone Hotel holding a welcome Cocktail Party on Wednesday night (7-9pm, $30.00 per person) and a big Twilight Street Party on Friday night with street stalls, the Kangaroo Island Race Club Calcutta and twilight shopping.

Entertainment on Friday night includes the likes of KI’s own Simon Richter, Louis Fuller, Rush Hour and emerging hip-hop talent Dropt at Birth. For more info, call the hotel on 08 8553 2011.

The actual racing happens on the Thursday and Saturday – with $70,000 in prizemoney ensuring a quality field of horses – but it’s actually a big four-day carnival that’s a celebration of racing, entertainment, food and fun. The highlight, of course, is the 1865m Coopers Kangaroo Island Cup on Saturday. However, there’s lots of entertainment away

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The Coopers Kangaroo Island Cup Carnival 18th - 20th February 2010 Bookings please phone Sealink 13 13 01 or Kingscote Travel (08) 8553 3154 Enquiries please phone Roger Williams 0409 673 640

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Southern Ocean Lodge is KI’s first world-class wilderness lodge, located above the spectacular limestone cliffs of Hanson Bay. The 21-suite lodge has received world-wide acclaim for fusing the Island’s natural wilderness with superb luxury, food, wine and pure indulgence.

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how to get there Unless you’re an outstanding swimmer, cruise across Backstairs Passage with SeaLink. Ferries operate from Cape Jervis on the mainland to Penneshaw and there are connections at the other end to get you to the track on time. For more information, call 131 301 or visit

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Kangaroo Island Lodge is situated on the banks of Eastern Cove at American River, centrally located with convenient access to the airport and ferry terminal. The Lodge is perfectly perched with well appointed rooms all offering exceptional panoramic water views of American River.

What else to do while you’re there Any visit to KI isn’t complete without a photo next to the Remarkable Rocks, a close-up encounter with a local at Seal Bay or any number of fantastic experiences. The best place to start planning your getaway is


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f you’re looking for the ultimate combination of country glamour, then look no further than the Strathalbyn Cup.

Alcopop – the Victor Harborbased horse that became the punters’ darling in the Melbourne Cup – will be doing an exhibition gallop during the Strath carnival.

This event has been climbing up the social calendar as one of the must-do events in South Australian racing. And, with its close proximity to Adelaide, it’s the perfect place to stay and play for a day … or more.

Thanks to his trainer Jake Stephens, this is a fantastic opportunity to see one of South Australia’s leading racers up close.

Glam up and you can also win in the Fashion on the Field competition, with the competition open to both guys and gals and first prize a whopping $500 cash! There are runner up prizes and even $100 for the best hat.

The Strath Cup (as it’s affectionately known) drew almost 3,500 people through the gates last year, an increase of more than 40% on the year before – and in 2010 there’s another big attraction.

There’s nothing like going with a favourite. strathalbyn cup sunday 17th january 2010 From 11.30am Phone 8563 2248 for bookings or visit


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The Fleurieu is packed with great B&B getaways, but if you’re looking for something in the heart of town then you can’t go past the new Strath Motel which has heaps of rooms from just $139.

PACKAGES Doing Strath in style is easy thanks to the dazzling array of choices for marquees and reserved seating. From the Green Room or the Chairman’s Lounge to the Party Marquee, there’s a solution to suit all group sizes and budgets.

how to get there Strathalbyn is an easy journey by car, just 60 kilometres from Adelaide in the picturesque Fleurieu Peninsula.


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big crowd glammedup and giddied-up at the Flight Centre Christmas Twilight Races last Friday night (11th December).

And, after the evening’s entertainment, a complementary shuttle bus ferried movers and shakers to the after-party at Electric Circus.

The laughter and clink of glasses could be heard above the thunder of hooves as the cool and clear conditions turned Allan Scott Park Morphettville into the perfect Christmas party. The place to be was the YC Party on the Derby Lawns where the big crowd had a great view of all the action. Away from the track, there was a fashion parade by Miss Gladys Sym Choon and entertainment from DJs such as Andy Murphy, Stubanga and Feenixpawl.

There’s nothing like IMPROVING YOUR ODDS.

Flight Centre Christmas Twilight races friday 11th December 2009 Allan Scott Park Morphettville. Gates open 2.00pm Phone 8295 0199 for bookings or visit


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he’s travelled the world and wowed the rich and famous with her designs, but for local fashion designer Liza Emanuele there’s nothing like a day at the races, especially at home in South Australia. Following the launch of her new boutique and with summer racing about to kick into gear, we asked Liza for her hot tips on what to wear to this season’s headline events – the Strathalbyn Cup and The Coopers Kangaroo Island Cup Carnival.

“I love an excuse to get dressed up and the summer racing season gives everyone the opportunity to look and feel their best,” Liza said. “When you look good, you feel fabulous – that’s my mantra.” Whether it’s the city meets country feel of the Strathalbyn Cup or the casual party atmosphere of The Coopers Kangaroo Island Cup Carnival, Liza said it’s all about being sophisticated yet fun. “Think classic black and white or bright bold summer hues for Strathalbyn teamed with heels or wedges,” Liza said. “Wedges make a return this season and they’re great for the races where grass is involved.

“For KI it’s about florals, bohemian prints and tie dye – make it fun and flirty.” When it comes to shape and style, Liza said this season’s dresses can be dressed up or down and are always appropriate race meet attire. “A variety of shapes are fashionable this season – whether it’s a halter neck, strapless party dress, A-line skirt, full skirt or maxi dress, they all have their place trackside. “Don’t go for pant suits and remember that you’re not going to a nightclub – look sexy while remaining smart and dress for the day.”


Fabrics are an important component of summer race wear and Liza advises to keep it simple to remain cool and comfortable on hot days. “Natural fabrics are usually best – I usually go for cotton but given the right colour and style silk can also work well,” Liza said. “I also love jersey for something more casual, particularly in floral.” Nothing completes a race day look like a hat or fascinator, with headpieces already taking off this season. “For Strathalbyn I’m thinking a floral headpiece that’s bright and fun and for KI find an oversized hat – good for both style and sun protection.”

“ When you look good, you feel fabulous – that’s my mantra.”

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Flight Centre Christmas Twilight Races

Bordertown Cup

Coonawarra Vigneron’s Day

South Australian Jockey Club | Fri 11th Dec 2009

Bordertown Racing Club | Sun 13th Dec 2009

Penola Racing Club | Thurs 14th Jan 2010




Ceduna Cup Strathalbyn Cup

Gourmet Gallop

Ceduna Racing Club | Sat 16th Jan 2010

Strathalbyn Racing Club | Sun 17th Jan 2010

Kangaroo Island Racing Club | Sat 23rd Jan 2010

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Coopers Kangaroo Island Cup Carnival

Naracoorte Cup

Kangaroo Island Racing Club | Thur 18th of Feb and Sat 20th Feb 2010

Naracoorte Racing Club | Sun 14th Feb 2010


Lock Cup Lock Racing Club | Sun 21st Feb 2010



Carlton Draught Port Lincoln Cup

Adelaide Casino Adelaide Cup

Port Lincoln Racing Club | Thurs 4th Mar 2010

South Australian Jockey Club | Mon 8th Mar 2010


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Kimba Cup

Streaky Bay Cup

Clare Easter Races

Port Lincoln Racing Club | Sun 21st Mar 2010

Streaky Bay Racing Club | Sat 27th Mar 2010

Clare Racing Club | Sat 3rd Apr 2010



Penong Cup

Penola Cup

Penong Racing Club | Sun 4th Apr 2010

Penola Racing Club | Sun 4th Apr 2010




Scott Group of Companies Millicent Cup

Super Sunday

Scott Group of Companies Mount Gambier Cup

McLaren Vale Tasting at the Track

Mount Gambier Racing Club | Sat 1st May 2010

South Australian Jockey Club | Sun 2nd May 2010

Mount Gambier Racing Club | Fri 21st May 2010

Strathalbyn Racing Club | Sun 23rd May 2010

3. 5. Oakbank Oakbank Racing Club | Sat 3rd Apr and Mon 5th Apr 2010






Hawker Cup

Quorn Cup

Hawker Racing Club | Sat 29th May 2010

Quorn Racing Club | Sat 12th June 2010


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my Herrmann’s life sounds like it could be a movie script, and while the ending hasn’t been written yet there’s every chance it’s going to be a triumph. If a good sporting movie has to have highs and lows, then Amy certainly qualifies. When we spoke to the 22 year old apprentice jockey she was still recovering from a major accident. Riding track work early one morning in May 2009, her horse reared and fell, landing partially on top of Amy who was still in the saddle. “I had a compound fracture of the tibia and also fractured my L2 vertebrae. I’ve had one skin graft on the leg wound and I’m going to need another to make it look alright,” she said.

She was lucky it wasn’t worse, but it has meant six months away from racing and it has pushed her apprenticeship into the new year. “They said I’d be out for 12 months but I hope to be back racing in December. I’ve got some X-rays in a few weeks and then if they are alright I’ll have to ride before the stewards in barrier trials to get the all clear.” Amy’s put her speedy recovery down to a personal trainer and a lot of gym work. “It’s good because I’m going to come back a lot stronger than I was.” That statement says a lot about Amy.

The accident happened when she was sitting on top of her world, successfully indentured to Morphettville trainer David Balfour and taking all before her. In 07-08 she won the ‘Triple Crown’ – SA Country Apprentice of the Year, SA Metropolitan Apprentice of the Year, and the Leon Macdonald Award. Then she repeated the clean sweep in 08-09. Also, she was named Dux of the Thoroughbred Racing SA Apprentice Academy in 2007 which gave her a two week stint in Singapore courtesy of a sponsorship agreement with the SA TAB and the Academy. Amy made the most of the prize, securing three wins from 16 rides.


“It was an excellent experience. I would have been happy to go learn what I could even if I wasn’t allowed to ride.”

“Mum’s short and skinny and Dad’s tall and skinny so while I’m tall my weight’s good.”

Then a rearing horse could have put an end to it all, but Amy never thought of not coming back.

Now working as a freelance track rider while her bones finish knitting, Amy can see yet more positives in her situation.

“I always wanted to be a jockey. Mum and Dad bought me my first horse when I was three when we were living at Hamilton in Victoria,” she said.

“Before my fall I didn’t realise the amount of support I had. Fans contacted me through Facebook and called me up and wished me all the best. It was a shock.

“Then when I was about five I announced I was going to be a jockey when I grew up.

“It made me realise that I am a jockey. I was doing what I wanted to do, and when you have an accident and all that’s almost taken away it makes you really appreciate it. So I’m not taking it for granted. I love being a jockey and racing horses.”

“They were like ‘No, you’re not!’ but I never thought about doing anything else. “At school whenever someone would ask ‘What are you going to be?’ I’d just say ‘Jockey!’.” Maybe the only thing which could have kept her away was her height. At 169cm (a little above 5’6”) she looms over some of her fellow apprentices, but she’s got good genes on her side.

Which means more hard work in a sport that’s notoriously tough at the best of times.

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“Having Clare Lindop as South Australia’s leading jockey has helped things for girls like me coming through after her. There’s less thinking that only boys can ride, but it’s still tough.” No-one doubts that Amy can ride – she already has almost 200 victories in her book – and has definite plans to outride her claim as soon as possible once she’s back racing, and that’s when the movie script starts taking an upward trajectory again, with a young woman, battling through injury to ride again – and win. “You can’t be a jockey forever and it can all be taken away from you in an instant, so I’m just never going to stop reaching. I’m always going to aim to do better and better, and never put a limit on myself.”

“It is very hard, but when something gets in your way you just have to work harder and get past it.

At school whenever someone would ask ‘what are you going to be?’ I’d just say ‘jockey!’


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ore about Ever wanted to know m afraid to the races but were too ’s Lindsay ask? Sam Hayes from SA . Park Stud is here to help

What is a yearling? A yearling is a horse that is 1 year old. For example; take a horse that is born in 2009. From August 1 (horse’s birthday) 2010 though until July 31 2011, the horse is classified as a yearling. Purchasing a horse as a yearling is the most common way of getting involved in racehorse ownership.

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What is a filly? A ‘filly’ is a female horse under four years of age. Female horses four years and over are classified as ‘mares’. How old is a horse when it starts racing? And how long will it be before it’s retired? Horses can start racing as twoyear olds. To race at this age a horse has to be quite precocious as they are not yet fully developed. It is not uncommon to see horses still racing as eight year-olds and above. In fact, if you go to the Oakbank races at Easter time you will often see

ten and eleven year old horses competing in the jumps races. When is a horse considered to have fully grown? Horses, like humans, mature and develop at different rates. In general, a horse is most likely to have fully grown by the time it is a four year old. How many races might the average horse run in a year? Again, this depends on the individual. Broadly speaking, a horse will race six or seven times with its races spaced approximately two weeks apart. They will then have roughly one month’s break in the paddock before resuming training. It takes around 10 weeks to get a horse fit and ready to race after coming in from the paddock. Therefore, taking this all into account, a horse may race 15 times a year. Have a question for Sam? Easy. Drop us an email and we’ll do the rest.


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