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 Magic Millions valid for use at the Glenelg Barbecue Inn. .

So get those nominations in and be a winner!



Recent Winners

Greg Stewart is our Owner of the Month winner with Aztec Dancer

Our Owner of the Month award winner for October is Greg Stewart part owner of Aztec Dancer, Greg supplied the following notes:

We bred Aztec Dancer from our mare Azna who won 5 races for Mick Whittle. Azna was by the mare Miduki, by Snippets, and produced the flying sprinter Periduki, a winner of over $700,000. 

I purchased Azna on-line to keep the Miduki blood lines going and sent her to Bel Esprit three times. She has produced three sisters Miss Miduki, Aztec Dancer and a third filly that is still waiting on a name.

Aztec Dancer had a lot of issues with shin soreness before finally getting to the races. She is a tough mare, however, has a great finish and a strong will to win. She will race again in the TAB Sprint final on the 25th of November.

We have been involved in racing for over 30 years, and race our horses in Adelaide, Alice Springs and Darwin.

Aztec Dancer at the time of writing had raced 5 times for two wins and a second with winnings of $67,300. As Greg tells us, she is by Bel Esprit from the God’s Own mare Azna. She is trained by Gary & Nichole Searle and Brianna Callanan.

Azna, as Greg says, was a five time winner with earnings of almost $78,000, and has also left full sister Miss Miduki a two time winner of $62,000 who is still racing in Alice Springs.

The Granddam Miduki (by Snippets) was lightly raced but as Greg mentions produced the quality sprinter Periduki (by Perugino) who won a listed Matrice Stakes during a long career where he raced 92 times for 25 wins, 9 seconds and 6 thirds.

She also left Mega Miss (by Invincible Spirit) who is the dam of Colliver (by Bel Esprit) winner of over $100,000 and Zeduki (by Magnus) who was also raced by Greg. Others out of Miduki are Gangnam Style (another by Bel Esprit) winner of $117,000, Liberty Island (by Statue of Liberty) who won 5 times for $217,000 and Danuki (by Exceed and Excel) who has earnt almost $280,000.

Aztec Dancer is comparatively lightly raced and we wish every success with her in the future.

Owner of the Month for September – Peta Southern-Ninnis for Montepulciano

Our Owner of the Month award winner for September is Peta Southern-Ninnis part owner of Montepulciano, who was nominated by husband Paul Ninnis who told us:

I’d like to nominate my wife Peta Southern-Ninnis as owner of the month for our horse Montepulciano, also co-owned by quite a number of SAROA members and trained by Richard & Chantelle Jolly.

Montepulciano is a 6 year old by All Too Hard is out of the mare Tendue, making him a half-brother to our previously owned horses, Alcohol and Alcobro, both of them brought us much excitement and success. He is named after the red wine variety Montepulciano, due to this relationship, and much to the consternation of some race callers.

Showing early ability, he broke his maiden at his fifth try, and although starting his career in reasonably consistent form, didn’t return to the winner’s stall again until his 24th race (albeit this period did see him competing in the traditional big 3yo distance races, including the Listed Port Adelaide Guineas, a creditable 2nd in the Group 3 Chairmans, and the Group 1 SA Derby).

His breakthrough has occurred during his current preparation, with the engagement of jockey Kayla Crowther, and a change of training tactics, including longer breaks between races, and a change of training environments during this time, which includes rides through Kuitpo forest.

This all seems to have done him a world of good, and has seen him in career best form, registering 3 wins and 4 2nds in his 9 races this preparation, taking his records to 34-5:7:7

So crack a bottle of Montepulciano and raise a glass to Monty!

As Paul mentioned Monty is by All Too Hard out of the General Nediym mare Tendue. He has now won almost $280,000 and shows ability over middle distance journeys. As Paul mentions the mare Tendue has been a real source of good horses for the Jolly stable. She passed away in October this year after producing nine to race so far with two more unraced progeny.

Alcohol (by Bianconi) won six races and over $350,000, his full brother Alcobro won four times and earnt almost $130,000. Other prominent progeny include Couperin (by Ne Coupez Pas) trained by Sue Grills, that won five and $90,000 and Think We’re Due (by So You Think) trained by Andrew Noblet winner of five and $280,000.

Tendue, a breeding blue hen, is out of the imported Common Ground mare Marie Rambert who is also grand dam of another former Richard and Chantelle Jolly trained Hypercane (by Toronado out of the full sister to Tendue in Empowering) winner of four and $167,000. She has also produced Rambert (by King Charlemagne) six-time winner of almost $130,000 and Bravado Lass (by Zariz) a seven-time winner of almost $145,000.

Clearly the best performers of the family are multiple winners and as Montepulciano is relatively lightly raced, more wins could be on the horizon for his connections including Peta and Paul.

August Owner of the Month – Kate Clonan with Willaston

Our Owner of the Month award winner for August is Kate Clonan breeder and part owner of Willaston who told us this:

My late husband Peter caught the racing fever as a young lad growing up near (Halidon/Mindaree), In those days he had trotters and greyhounds but It wasn’t until 2009 that he made his 1st purchase of a filly by Commands that his passion in the thoroughbred industry really started. His passion soon became the family’s too.

Dubbo was our home track at the time and that first mare still holds the 1000 metre track record to this day. Although our farm in Gulargambone NSW was run as a cattle stud it was also the base for growing out yearlings that we bought from Magic Millions here in Adelaide each March. one of these purchases was Click Your Heels, Willaston’s dam. We liked her Encosta Delago bloodline and after her racing career we decided on breeding her, ultimately choosing No Nay Never as a perfect match (a good decision back then as his popularity sent his service fee sky high the following year)

When we decided to retire from farming and move back to South Australia, Click Your Heels and the then Yearling Willaston came with us, Balfour racing saw potential and took a 50% share in him and gave us the opportunity to name him. We chose the name Willaston as I grew up in the Willaston/Gawler area, it is only fitting that he would ultimately favour the local track with a recent win at Gawler.

 The love of racing was something we shared with Peter right till the end, with him suggesting tactics for Willaston and breeding suggestions for his dam even from the hospital just a few months ago. We hope to continue within the industry for a long time to come

Willaston has raced thirteen times for 2 wins, 2 seconds and a third for stakes of nearly $45,000

is by No Nay Never out of the Decanter mare Click Your Heels. No Nay Never shuttled to Australia and stood at Coolmore for five seasons. The dam Click Your Heels raced 15 times for one second, she has produced one other horse to race in the Excelebration mare Anthropica who has won twice.

The grand dam Molly’s Folly (by Encosta De Lago) was a five-time winner of over $215,000. Amongst here progeny she has left Kraken (by Danzero) winner of over $160,000.

The third dam is the unraced Rory’s Jester mare Molly Mac with Molly’s Folly being by far her best performed progeny.  

As Willaston is lightly raced, Kate can hopefully look forward to further wins.

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