Our Owner of the Month award winner for November is Robert Hill-Smith part owner of Thirsty Guest, Robert told us this about his family’s distinguished involvement with South Australian racing: Our family have had a long and wonderful association with SA racing and breeding. Beyond my father Wyndham being Chairman of the PARC for many years he and my Mother Helen were foundation partners of Lindsay Park Stud through their long association with Colin and Betty Hayes. That happened through Bill Pyers who rode for Dad over many years and was family friend. I grew up with wine cricket and horses in my bloodline and remain an avid breeder and racehorse owner. I work through Vintage Bloodstock for racing and Bacchus Bloodstock for breeding and after losing my mate Tony McEvoy to Ballarat have decided to support local trainers. On a personal level I served on SATRA (the predecessor to Racing SA) for a number of years but avoided Committee invitations whilst I remain heavily involved in the wine industry and its various structures. I bought the dam of Thirsty Guest to breed from a bloodline I had lost but she died after being served by Churchill. I gave “Thirsty” to Oopy McGillivray the wife of an old friend and she and Dan Clarken have done a grand job with him.  On the breeding side Vintage Star with RR Jolly carries on another family bloodline as has Diamonds and others around Australia.  My family love the game and remain optimistic! Robert’s recent winner Thirsty Guest has won five from fourteen starts with a further four minor placings and earnings of just over $180.000. He is by the mighty So You Think out of the More Than Ready mare More Than Pronto. The dam was unraced and has left one other progeny to race in Australia, More Than Quick (by Stryker) who raced four times without success. She also left two colts by Unencumbered which were exported of those Meridian Genius won four out of 35 in Hong Kong and amassed just over $5 million Hong Kong dollars, the other went to Singapore but does not appear to have raced. Thirsty Guest’s granddam Fullazz (by Redoute’s Choice) won 4 races and over $210,000, including the Listed MRC Debutante Stakes. She is the dam of Rosehill Guineas winner D’argento (by Thirsty Guest’s sire So You Think) who was able to earn over 1.1 million dollars and is now standing at Bowness Stud. Her other performers include Quicksilver Lass (by Testa Rossa); Fullazaboot (by Sepoy) who raced in Hong Kong as Hello Beauty and Youthfull (by So You Think). Robert indicated that he purchased Thirsty Guest’s dam because of her bloodline which is steeped in SA racing history – Fullazz is out of Battonage (by Kenmare), who is in turn out of Estate Label (by Without Fear) in turn out of Clinging Vine (by Romantic). The line goes back further with Sherry Label and Sherry Party. Robert is well placed to continue the story with Thirsty Guest and others that he owns and has bred. Vintage Star (by Starspangledbanner) has recently won twice for the Jolly stable and is out of the Royal Academy mare Vintage Salon. In case readers have not noticed the Hill-Smith horses almost all have a name that is associated with wine, with Robert’s family company Yalumba being an iconic SA brand.

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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.

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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.

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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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Our Owner of the Month award winner for July is Robert Warnock part owner of three winners during the month with Left Turn Clyde; Rubini and Bellavardo. Robert shared these remarks with us: Horse racing has been a passion for most of my life, especially when as a lad collecting thrown away betting tickets, hoping to make my fortune. Currently with my wife, we have shares in a few horses with Gordon Richards and Damien Moyle and with Stuart Gower. My first notable winner was Dubawi Gold with Stuart Gower. I have been very fortunate to go on a horse racing journey of a lifetime with Gordon Richards and Damien Moyle being a part owner of Gytrash, Group 1 winner and Everest runner in 2020 & 2021. Horse racing to me is not just about the winning but the people you meet and form lasting friendships with and the trips to the country and interstate. Looking at each of Robert’s winners last month – firstly Left Turn Clyde who is by Akeed Mofeed from the Written Tycoon mare Written Birch. The four year old has now won twice from nine starts and accumulated $55,225 in prizemoney with $17,100 of that coming in Racing Rewards bonuses. He is trained by Stuart Gower who also bred him from Written Birch who was herself a handy race mare winning 6 times and earning over $90,000 for the stable. Left Turn Clyde is so far her only progeny to reach the racetrack. The granddam Miss Oak Park (by Fasliyev) raced thirteen times for 5 placings with Written Birch being easily the best of her progeny. The third dam Cannes Resort (by Scenic) was a handy race mare. Bellavardo was bred in New Zealand and is by Belardo out of Vitrum (by Van Nisselroy). She is a staying type and has won three times with ten minor placings and currently has earnt almost $90,000 from her 26 starts. The dam Vitrum has travelled back and forth across the Tasman with Bellavardo being her best progeny so far. The Grand dam is Georgiana (by Nassipour) who has produced one stakes winner in Filante Etiole (by Soviet Star) who won the listed QTC Metropolitan. Bellavardo is trained by Gordon Richards and Damien Moyle as it Rubini, Robert’s third winner for the month. As the name suggests Rubini is by Rubick out if the Bernadini mare Bulladini. He has won one race from ten starts with earnings of nearly $40,000 with a healthy $13,850 from Racing Rewards bonuses. His dam Bulladini was unraced and Rubini is her best progeny so far. The grand dam Bulla Borghese (by Belong To Me) won a VRC Oaks and has produced a stakes winner in Bound For Earth (by Northern Meteor) winner of the Group 2 Furious Stakes. She also produced Melpomene (by Elusive Quality) dam of stakes winners Calliope (by Exceed and Excel), also dam of a stakes winner Kallos (by Medaglia D’Oro) and Zethus (also by Exceed and Excel); and Romanus (by Encosta De Lago) winner of over $270,000. The future looks bright for Robert and the horses he is involved with.

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Pudding wins at Morphettville on June 3. Our Owner of the Month award winner for June is John Naffine part owner of Pudding, John shared this with us about his racing experiences: I am very proud to be the June SAROA Owner of the month through my part ownership in Pudding. Pudding is one of Eleven horses I have shares in with the Richard & Chantelle Jolly stable, and the one with the most potential to win again in the future, and possibly gain a group race. However I am also hopeful that Clamarc , Kalesec , Kalbarri & Karacasu will also join the winners podium in the next few months. This award is especially appreciated as it is my first in now more than 50 years of racing ownership in Adelaide and Melbourne. In this time I have had shares in at least 40 horses with initially Ron Morgan at Murray Bridge who gave me my first winner in Gilt Challis , then I had a few horses with Russell Cameron before he moved to Melbourne. I then began with Richard Jolly as he commenced his training career and remain with him today and have enjoyed being part of his growth to become our leading trainer. I also at the same time had shares in a number of successful horses with Leon McDonald Both trainers have given me the ultimate reward of Group One success, both in Derbys.  Leon with Rebel Raider who won both the Victoria and SA Derbies amongst many other notable races and Richard with Kushadasi in the SA Derby. I also have enjoyed success in Melbourne, initially with Russell Cameron when he moved there, but now with a young trainer, Alexander Rae ,with Chief Altony in particular, but I am hopeful a few of the other five horses I have with him will also be winners in the future. Overall, I have had a very successful time as an owner and look forward to it continuing with the ongoing dream of all owners of another Group one winner. I also have enjoyed 60 years now as a member of the SAJC and in particular 12 years on the Committee until 2008, with the last 4 as Chairman. Thank you again for awarding me the SAROA Owner of the Month for June. As can be seen from the above, John has had a long and distinguished time in racing with Pudding being just one of his many successful tilts at ownership. The cleverly named Pudding is by Tavistock out of the Zabeel mare Christmas Day. To date he has raced 16 times for six wins, a second and three thirds earning over $175,000 for connections. He recently turned five and with staying blood on both sides of the pedigree the best is quite possibly yet to come. The dam Christmas Day while foaled in Australia has been in New Zealand for most of her breeding career. Pudding is the only named progeny from the dam’s time in New Zealand but there is an Australian bred half-brother English Gambler (by Casino Prince) who won two races in Australia and five in New Zealand The grand dam is the Danehill mare Assertiveness who was lightly raced but left a stakes winner in New Tipperary (by High Chaparral) who won up to Group 3 level and won almost $475,000 from seven wins. The third dam Sommes Sound (by Assert) was the mother of two stakes winners in Assertive Lad (by Zedative) who was successful in three Group 1’s; a Group 2 and a Group 3 for returns of over $3.3 million and the full sister Assertive Lass who won two Group 1’s and 2 Group 2’s. She was able to continue the line of black type winners being the dam of two time Group 1 winner and successful sire, the unbeaten Zabeel colt Reset, and his full brother So Assertive who was able to win up to Group 3. We can only wish John further successes with his horse racing interests.

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Our Owner of the Month award winners for May are Grant and Sue Blight part owners of Harley’n’Rose – Jacqui Heaney sent us this nomination: I would like to nominate Sue and Grant Blight for owner of the month. Though they are relatively new to horse racing, they have jumped in boots and all. They now have shares in 7 horses including Harley’n’Rose and Zufasta.  They have become part of the stable and fitted in to the racing community very easily. Please consider these lovely people. Grant told us this about his racing involvement: Growing up, I was always around horses as my family were involved with trotters. As a child I would visit the stables and help my uncle with feeding. When I met my wife Sue, we discovered we had a common interest in horse racing with her family also involved with horses. As an adult, I developed a keen interest in punting and more recently thought about buying shares in a horse. Through a mutual friend, my wife and I were lucky enough to be invited to the sales at Morphettville and we were introduced to Jacqui and Gordon from Gordon Richards/Damian Moyle Racing. Our intention was to only buy shares in one horse, which quickly turned into two, Zufasta and Solid Rock. My wife and I couldn’t decide on which one and that was the beginning of us only buying shares in “one” horse and we now have several more in work and are hooked. More recently we had some very early success with Harley’n’Rose winning his first race and placing in two G3″s The entire Richards/Moyle racing team and owners have been very welcoming, and we have developed some great friendships along this journey. Harley‘n’Rose has now raced 5 times for a win, a second and two thirds. He has earnt just shy of $90,000 for connections with over $27,000 coming from Racing Rewards Bonuses which is a reminder of the value of being part of the SA rewards scheme. Harley was bred by SAROA treasurer Rob McBryde and is by Holler out of the Hawk Wing mare Zaraya Rose. The mare won twice up to 2100 m and has left several talented progeny including Saccharo (by Magnus) who has won over $380,000 and nine races. He raced successfully in Melbourne before being sold to the Phillip Cole stable and going on to win good races in Darwin and Alice Springs and picking up both the Birdsville and Bedourie Cups along the way. The promising, if somewhat enigmatic Knightstown (by Valentia) is also out of Zaraya Rose, he has won three races and run four thirds and earnt just shy of $220,000 which includes a very healthy $80,000 in Racing Rewards bonuses. The granddam Summer Magic (by Eagling) has produced several handy gallopers including Surmato (by Belloto) and Brewski (by Bel Espirt) Grant and Sue are also part own the promising Zufasta (by Zululand) a winner of 2 races and over $130,000 and again a great advertisement for the Racing Rewards scheme as that tally includes over $56,000 in rewards bonuses. Congratulations to Grant and Sue and best wishes for the future.

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Pearl Adios winning at Morphettville. Our Owner of the Month award winner for April is Richard Angove part owner of Pearl Adios. Richard’s daughter wrote this for us: Richard Angove – or Dick – as most people at the track would know him – has had a long history of horse ownership, both in harness and thoroughbred racing. His ownership in thoroughbred racing has always been with the Macdonald Gluyas stable and started in the 1990s thanks to his daughter’s friendship with Leon and Pam Macdonald’s eldest daughter Christine.  Over the years he has had quite a few horses with the stable, including Dark Banner and Maduro, and encouraged his son Nick and son-in-law Jay Norden to become involved. Nick and Jay became part of a syndicate which raced Al Juman – a filly bought in 2010.  Al Juman had a moderate racing career but went on to mate with Leon’s Victoria Derby-winning stallion Rebel Raider and produced a “string” of Pearls – Pearl Raider, Pearl Bandit, Pearl Dynasty and the last of the Pearls – Pearl Adios. Dick has been involved in all the Pearls and is part of the syndicate that owns Pearl Adios. So far Pearl Adios has had 11 starts for two wins and two placings and this season he reached Listed Level and ran fourth in the time-honoured Port Adelaide Guineas and is showing all the signs of being a solid stable horse. Pearl Adios is as mentioned above by Rebel Raider out of the Al Maher mare Al Juman. He is a rising four-year-old and has so far won two races from eleven starts. As his breeding might suggest Pearl Adios is starting to show his best as he matures, and the length of his races increases. He was able to win his maiden over 1400 m at Balaklava and was then able to win a metropolitan race at his next start over 1600 m before running fourth in the Port Adelaide Guineas. As mentioned, his dam Al Juman was a moderate performer on the track but has done well in the breeding barn especially when she visited Rebel Raider. The “string of pearls” started with Pearl Raider a mare who won twice, then came a full brother Pearl Bandit who has won seven from 43 starts and earnt a touch over $250,000. The next stud visit was to Equiano and that produced Pearl Dragon who was unable to win at seven attempts but did run second on three occasions. Al Juman went back to Rebel Raider to produce Pearl Dynasty who has only raced three times. There is also an unnamed mare by Rebel Raider before Pearl Adios arrived on the scene. The granddam by Snaadee is Mabroukah, and Al Juman is the best of her progeny, the full sister Refaeli managed to win 2 races and almost $75,000. The third dam New Zealand bred Little Recruit (by Staff Sergeant) won at Group 2 level in New Zealand and produced Clangalang (by Clang) winner of the AJC Epsom Handicap and the AJC Derby as well as two Group 3 races and earnings of over $2 million. Clangalang went onto be a successful sire of five black type winners including the Tasmanian superstar Geegees Blackflash winner of 22 races and almost $1.2 million. Richard’s other notable horses include Dark Banner (by Rubiton) who won seven for a touch over $100,000 and Maduro (by Jugah) who was something of an iron horse racing 91 times for 13 wins, 14 seconds and 13 thirds amassing stakes earnings of $325,000 He started his career with Leon Macdonald and then progressed through Mark Minervini and Richard Jolly to finish his career in Darwin with Mark Rattley We probably have not as yet seen the best of Pearl Adios as he is only a three-year-old and being by Rebel Raider probably needs a longer trip to show his best. Good luck to Richard and the other connections.

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Exalted Dame returns to scale after winning at Morphettville. Our Owner of the Month award winner for March is Helen Smith part owner of Exalted Dame. She was nominated by Ian Brown who wrote: It is with great pleasure that I have been given the opportunity to say a few words regarding this month’s SAROA Owner of the Month Helen Smith for Exalted Dame. Helen along with her late husband Ken have been prolific owners/breeders in SA racing for many years, their Exalted horses who have raced in the white silks, with a pink sash and blue sleeves with so much success. It has been a very tough few months for Helen with the loss of Ken, sale of the property at Narrung and the sale of most of their horses. The Exalted name goes back to the stallion Exalt who featured in the breeding of 1990, Group 3, Auraria Stakes winner Alleged Lady, who became their foundation mare. Helen married Ken in 1965 and moved to their current home in Meadows where she was a teacher for some years. Since that time, they have won a total of 229 races with 59 individual winners including the 2006 Group 1 Adelaide Cup with Exalted Time trained by Jimmy Smith and ridden by Clare Lindop. Recently both Helen and Ken (Dec) were inducted into the SA Hall of Fame for their service to the racing industry in SA. Both Kate and I were delighted when asked by Helen whether we would like a share in two Exalted horses as she wanted to keep an interest in racing. It was not hard to say yes as it is important that the Exalted name continues in some way. We decided on Exalted Dame and Exalted Kate named after my wife. Exalted Dame had her first race for us in February at Gawler finishing second and two weeks later she won her Maiden race at Balaklava ridden by Jason Holder. Jason indicated that he thought she could win at metro level and that we should head that way. We knew that it is extremely hard to go from a midweek maiden win to a metro but we listened to Jason and trainer Jon O’Connor and we are glad we did as she won in a hard fought finish by 0.3 Len. Exalted Kate will have her first race for us at Gawler on Anzac Day and we are hoping she can perform as well. (If she is like my wife, Kate positive but a bit feisty, she will) Exalted Dame with 2 wins from nine starts is by Zebedee out of the Blevic mare Exalted Madam. The dam won five races and almost $100,000 and has left six named progeny including Exalted Filly (by Barely a Moment) winner of three and over $55,000; Exalted Honey (by Stratum) who won over $85,000 and Exalted Adam (by Reann) who won seven and $234,000. The grand dam is Alleged Lady (by Delgado), who as Ian mentions was the Smith’s foundation mare and won the Auraria Stakes,  left three stakes winners Exalted Lad (by Blevic) who was able to win seven and amass over $240,000 in earnings; Exalted Miss (by Keepers) who also won seven and emulated her dam by winning the Auraria Stakes in addition amongst her progeny is five times black type winner Exalted Ego (by Blevic) who was able to win 11 times and earn just shy of $550,000. Alleged Lady also left Exalted Time (by Bellotto) who won twice at stakes level culminating in an Adelaide Cup which at the time was still a Group 1 race. He was able to amass over $525,000 in his career with eight wins in total. By the time this goes to print Exalted Kate will most likely have had her second start. She is by Valentia out of the Blevic mare Exalted Beauty whose other progeny include six-time winner of over $200,000 Exalted Craftsman (by Skilled) and Assyrian Beast (previously Exalted Beast) by Good Journey who has won four and over $100,000. Exalted Beauty is a daughter of the previously mentioned Exalted Miss thus she is also part of the line that emanates from Alleged Lady. I think that it is notable when we look at the pedigrees of the Exalted horses that many have been sired by stallions that stood in SA and they are a testament to the support that Ken and Helen gave to the breeding industry in this state. It would be great if Exalted Dame and Exalted Kate can keep the flag flying into the future.

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The mighty grey Calypso Reign Our Owner of the Month award winners for February are Joanne and Greg Campbell, for several horses they own. Trainer Yasmin Black nominated the couple as follows: I, Yasmin Black, would love to nominate Joanne and Greg Campbell for owner of the month! They are the fantastic owners of Calypso Reign and Valaroc, always involved in their horses and share such a strong passion for them. Not only do they love their horses whole heartily while they’re racing but also in their retired life. I trained Outinthestreet, they sold him to me to race, and they supported him like they still owned him, and still do in his retired life! They are the most beautiful people and you could not ask for better owners! Joanne and Greg have both been involved in the racing game for a number of years, breeding and owning horses. Joanne has always wanted a grey horse, as her father did before her, he passed away a few years ago, and she was blessed with Calypso Reign who is such a phenomenal up and coming horse! They have such a strong passion for racing and their horses. Joanne and Greg hail from Virginia where both became involved in racing. Joanne grew up with in harness racing environment while Greg’s family were friends of the fabled Melbourne cup winning jockey John (JJ) Miller and his family. Their first horse was the mare Perigule (by Perugino) who they raced with Richard Jolly, she was moderately successful and while other owners dropped out Joanne and Greg went on to send Perigule to the breeding barn. She was moderately successful with Outinthestreet (by Street Boss) being the best winning almost $90,000 from 5 wins and 9 minor placings.  Outinthestreet started his career with David Jolly where he initially showed a lot of promise but Bossy (as he was called around the stable) was a bit of a handful and it was decided that he might benefit from a change of environment. Bossy went to the South East, initially with Jamie Opperman and then the Campbells gifted him to a young trainer just starting out in Yasmin Black. He was able to win two for Yasmin and also place on several occasions before ultimately being retired. Yasmin retains Bossy who she uses as a mentor for her younger horses. While they no longer owned the horse, Greg and Joanne kept active tabs on Bossy as they do with his mum Perigule who is living out her life in retirement at a Victorian stud. As Yasmin mentions Joanne and Greg took up a share in two of the Grand Syndicates horses with David Jolly – namely Valaroc (by Valentia) and Calypso Reign (by Barbados). Calypso Reign satisfied Joanne’s desire to own a grey and what a grey he has been with 8 wins and earnings of over $450,000. He has taken the Campbells to Melbourne several times including running third in a Group 2, he has also won a the listed Spring Stakes back home in Adelaide and he is just such an honest gelding that usually finishes strongly in his races. Joanne’s penchant for grey horses has led to the Campbells picking up a Crackerjack King with long time friend Peter Nolan, a Puissance De Lune with David Jolly and another Barbados grey Spencer Gulf who has joined the Yasmin Black stable. Joanne and Greg clearly care about their horses both while racing and after they retire, and we wish them continued success.

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