About the Award

The SAROA Owner of the Month is awarded to a member whose horse has won a race in the previous month or has performed a notable feat or where there is a story worthy of sharing with our members. Stories about post racing careers and other equine welfare related stories are welcome. 

The award is more about a good story related to your horse than about a race it won.

For example, it is quite possible that a low rated Ceduna maiden winner or a heart-warming tale of recovery or re-homing could result in winning the prize, rather than  a metropolitan winner.

How to enter

  • Nominate a horse owned or part owned by a SAROA member by the 10th of the month for a win in the month previous or for another noteworthy event.
  • Nominations are accepted from the SAROA owner themselves or anyone who wants to nominate a SAROA member.
  • Send your nomination by

Who decides the winner

  • The SAROA committee
  • If no nominations are received by the due date the committee will select a worthy recipient.


The lucky winner will receive a $200 voucher kindly donated by The Highway valid for use in the Lounge Bar, Bistro or Sports Bar.

So get those nominations in and be a winner!



Recent Winners

Our Owners of the Month for July – Elizabeth & Brenton Parker with Zoushine.

Zoushine in her July win.

Our Owner of the Month award winners for July are Elizabeth and Brenton Parker, part owners of Zoushine, who they also bred. Brenton gave us this background:

“Liz and I have been racing horses since the early 80’s and are now also involved in breeding thoroughbreds with about 6 mares. Generally, we like to keep a percentage in the horses that we have bred after they are sold and this is the case with Zoushine who was sold to the Tony and Calvin McEvoy.

Zoushine who sold very well at the Inglis Premier sale in 2019 and had been stakes placed twice before she broke through for her maiden win at Morphettville and she has since won at Caulfield followed by SA Rewards 3 YO race at Murray Bridge.

Keeping shares in horses that we breed and sell means that we end up having an interest in many horses and being involved with a variety of trainers all around Australia. Our most successful involvement has been with one of our first attempts in breeding with our mare Madame Flurry who has left 4 individual stakes winners namely Happy Trails, Danish Twist, Heart of a Lion and All Too Huiying.

From our point of view, it is great to see the progress that is being made in South Australian racing over the last 12-18 months.”

Zoushine as the name suggests is by Zoustar from the Parker’s mare Ravenous Lass. Her record at the time of writing stood at 11 starts for 3 wins, 3 seconds and a third and stakes of just over $220,000. She is also part owned by Yulong Investments and races in their green and white colours.

The dam Ravenous Lass was by Stratum, she was a handy mare who won five races and she has so far also produced Just Stars (also by Zoustar) who was sold to Singapore where he races as Wishuponastar and the unraced Limited Risk            (by Astern).

The granddam Munchie (by Snippets) has produced a stakes winner in San Nicasio (by Hard Spun) who won three of six before being sold to Hong Kong, as well as 7 times winner Kronos (by Helmet) and the cleverly named Bezos (by Written Tycoon).

Brenton mentioned his mighty broodmare Madame Flurry (by Perugino) whose progeny have won in excess of $5.5 million between them, with the standout being Happy Trails.

Congratulations to Elizabeth and Brenton, worthy winners of the SAROA owner of the month.

SAROA Owner of the Month for June – Paul Ninnis

Somewatt Fabulous

SAROA Owner of the Month award winner for June is Paul Ninnis, part owner of Somewatt Fabulous and Magic Max. Paul was nominated by his partner Peta who told us this:

Paul has been nominated for Owner of the Month thanks to Magic Max (Gordon Richards Racing) and Somewatt Fabulous (Richard Jolly Racing).

Somewatt Fabulous is a 2 year old filly by Astern out of Megawatt. She has had 2 runs to date with a first at Morphettville (5/6/21) and a third at Flemington (19/6/21) and is currently spelling.

Magic Max is a 2 year old gelding by Magnus out of Vain Sonata. He has had 3 runs with a first at Caulfield (29/5/21) and two thirds (Murray Bridge 5/5/21, Morphettville 15/5/21,) and has returned to the stables for another preparation. Paul was onsite at the Magic Millions (Adelaide) and was particularly taken with him as he went around the sales circle and jumped on the ownership very quickly, to say the least.

Paul has been a passionate horse owner for a number of years and most recently has been able to introduce a new syndicate to both Gordon Richards and Richard & Chantelle Jolly. The new owners were able to celebrate with Paul as the two horses they syndicated were in fact Magic Max and Somewatt Fabulous.

A Magic Fabulous way to start your syndicate journey with their new trainers indeed!

“Paul brought new clients to our stable through the success he has had with us. Those new clients had instant results which is great for our business.”

Richard & Chantelle Jolly

“Paul has been an asset to our stables. Not just as an owner but as a passionate racing enthusiast.  He is dedicated to promoting us and has introduced new owners to our stable. The trainer also loves him because he provides us with the best red wines 😂”

Gordon & Jacqui Richards

Paul is definitely looking forward to an exciting spring with some great new runners and will welcome back some local super stars – Gytrash, Bold Star, Alleboom and All Banter with great enthusiasm!

Somewatt Fabulous a product of Astern and Megawatt (by Shocking) has had a promising start to her career. She is interestingly bred with dad being an outstanding two-year-old and now a first season sire and a reverse shuttle sire with Darley whereas her maternal grandfather won a Melbourne Cup.

The dam Megawatt was a handy three-time winner and her oldest progeny is the two-year-old Somewatt Fabulous.

The grand dam Dear Diary (by Desert Prince) was born in Ireland, she has left one stakes-winner Pocket Diary (by Jungle Pocket) winner of five including a one at Listed level in New Zealand. All of her progeny were foaled in New Zealand and only Megawatt has a presence in Australia.

In contrast to Somewatt Fabulous, Magic Max is by the very established sire Magnus from a Keltrice mare Vain Sonata. Very much a long-term Australian blood line, the dam has had only three named progeny, with so far only Magic Max getting to the races.

The grand-dam Royal Sonata (by Royal Academy) was a listed winner in Perth and has left seven-time winner Horacio (by Ne Coupez Pas) who earnt just shy of $250,000 and the eight-time winner Pinyarda, a gelding by Pins.

The third dam La Musique (by Belloto) provided some black type with Royal Sonata as well as Hazardous Harmony, a six-time winner by Dangerous. SAROA acknowledges Paul’s work to get new owners into SA racing and is sure he and Peta will have continued success with their horses

SAROA Owner of the Month for May – Travis Doudle

Travis Doudle is SAROA Owner of the Month for May courtesy of Not Usual Glorious and Jauguary

We spoke to Travis to get some background on the two horses.

Not Usual Glorious has an unusual name and a somewhat unusual start to his career. Bred in Victoria he was bought to race in New Zealand where he was able to win at Avon and Matamata. Travis was able to pick him up to race in SA with the winter wet tracks in mind. That seems to have been a great move as the Fiorente gelding has won three in a row in Adelaide and has already picked up $75,000 for his new owners. With the winter staying races coming up there are high hopes that he will continue to race well.

As mentioned Not Usual Glorious is by Fiorente out of the Hold That Tiger mare Temper Tantrum. The dam was a stakes winner successful in the Strutt Stakes in Tasmania, in total she won 3 races and a touch less than $100,000, aside from Not Usual Glorious she has not as yet produced anything else of merit.

The granddam is the Grand Lodge mare Disco Bickie who apart from her stakes winning daughter Temper Tantrum is the dam of three others without much success. Her dam Catherine Mary (by Famous Star) also produced a stakes winner of two Group 3 races in Shelbourne Lass (by Brocco) who in turn produced the Group 3 winner Elusive Touch (by Elusive Quality) as well as Rocknet (by Fastnet Rock) and Further (by More Than Ready) dam of recent listed winning Sepoy mare Anjana.

Travis told us the story with Jaguary which is an equally interesting one, he burst on the scene for Travis after being purchased again from New Zealand. He was a lightly raced maiden when he arrived here but won at his first start in his new home and racked up three wins from his first four runs here. In fact, his first eight starts here yielded 4 wins and three seconds with including a second and a fourth across the border.

As we all know racing can be a roller coaster ride and unfortunately Jag picked up a virus and struggled for to recapture his best form at his next two preps. Things have changed this time in though, with three starts for two strong wins, he has to date amassed $193,000 in stakes.

Jaguary is by Niagara out of the Spartacus mare Guipure who has produced two others by Niagara and both have come to Australia in Tuakana who has had one start with Travis’s stable and Brother’s Shadow who is owned by Travis’s mother and has won two from three as a two-year-old. The grand dam is the Blue Razor mare Delph.

Since winning the award in May the two horses have gone on to more success with at the time of writing two more wins for Not Usual Glorious and one for Jaguary and both are due to race again quite soon.

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