We selected Snow (Des) Cooper as our Owner of the Month for January for his wins with both Alabama Missile and Harlem Child. As usually happens, Snow made himself available for an interview with Ray Fewings on 5RPH (audio is available on the SAROA website-here). The interview was fascinating, in part because Ray knew Snow some time ago when they were both training and driving trotting horses. Snow had quite a lot of success as a trainer/driver and after retiring, Snow started his involvement with thoroughbred ownership. Snow initially had shares in horses with Peter Jolly and with time he now has his horses spread fairly equally between Peter’s sons David and Richard. This is demonstrated to some extent by his winners for January – one trained by David and one by Richard. Snow maintains small part shares in a number of horses at any one time, with his thought being that spreading his investment over a number of horses is a better way to be involved in the industry than to concentrate on just one or two horses. In January one of Snow’s winners was Alabama Missile – which won a benchmark 90 sprint at Murray Bridge on New Year’s Day, since then she has run second twice in the city and also picked up a cheque for fifth. Alabama Missile is a seven-year-old mare by Blevic from Crimson Tide (Marju) who now has a record of 32 starts for 8 wins, 5 seconds and 6 thirds, winning nearly $194,000 which amounts to a pretty fair result. I always feel a good measure of a horse’s success is to be placed in the top three in more than 50% of its starts, Alabama Missile certainly achieves this with a top three placing percentage of almost 60%. She is trained at Goolwa by David Jolly. Snow’s other winner Harlem Child is a three-year-old trained by Richard Jolly, she is by Pluck out of Civelb (Blevic) and has now won once from 7 starts with a third as well, she has earned $36,000. When discussing his horses with Ray, Snow mentioned that he relies on his judgement to evaluate suitable horses proposed as options by his trainers. The selection process seems to work as both Alabama Missile and Harlem Child are currently the best products of their respective dams. Snow said that his best horse was Our Exchange winner of $240,000 and 7 races. Our Exchange came into Snow’s ownership as an exchange with Kambula Stud when another good mare of Snow’s, Get Set was retired. wishes Snow continued good fortune with his racing pursuits.

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We selected Ralph Satchell as our Owner of the Month for December for his horse Mullinger Lane. Ralph kindly provided us with these details about his horse. It was pleasing to see Mullinger Lane recapture his winning form with back to back wins at Morphettville in December. Leading all the way over 1600m, Mullinger Lane is a real chip off the old block, being by our resident stallion Mint Lane. Mint Lane won all his races leading all the way and showed his best form when racing over 1600 to 1700m. Usually all the yearlings we (Willow Grove Stud) breed are offered for sale at the Yearling Sales. Sometimes if I am fortunate, I manage to keep a share in a handy one. The Mullinger Lane story took a different path. Being a first crop Mint Lane, “Mully” had his photo added to our website along with the rest of our foals for that season. I received a phone call from a stranger from NSW (enter my partner in Mullinger Lane, Alan Worrell), who told me that he was admiring the Mint Lane foal photos. We discussed which ones look the best and we settled on the one from a Redoute’s Choice mare Asadie. Alan suggested that if I liked him enough, he would buy in and race him with me. He eventually persuaded me not to travel the usual path of the yearling sales with this one and a deal was struck, with Alan to name him and “Mully” to race in my colours of Gold Red spots and Red cap. Many thanks to Jon O’Connor for training Mullinger Lane who has now won 6 races, 3 seconds and 2 thirds from only 23 starts. Mullinger Lane as Ralph says is one of his home breeds from his stallion th e American horse Mint Lane. Heis out of a Redoute’s Choice mare Asadie. The mare placed 3 times in a short racing career and has produced three foals with two race, Mullinger Lane being the most successful to date winning a touch under $100,000. Mullinger Lane seems to win his races in spells having in December won two in a row and back in 2015 winning three consecutive starts. He has now won three in the city and there seems to be no reason why he can’t win more for his connections. Asadie, who has been served this year by Zebedee (after losing a Zebedee foal at birth last season), is out of a Bold Revenue mare – the well named Canadian import Miss Behave. Ralph has been a stalwart of the South Australian breeding industry and it’s great to see him having success on the racetrack. Over the years Willow Grove Stud at Woodside has stood a number of quality stallions, the likes of Blazing Saddles, Keepers, Stargazer, Centre Stalls, Mugharreb and Clangalang. Currently as well as Mint Lane, Willow Grove stands Hussonet’s Chilean bred multinational stakes winner Host. Host has produced three stakes winners in Australia and is offered at excellent value to local breeders.

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Owner of the Month for November was Lee Yialas for Serenely Discreet, Lee’s partner Bill Lianos sent us this application. I would like to nominate Lee Yialas for owner of the month for Serenely Discreet’s win in the Group 2 Edward Manifold stakes at Flemington.  The Manifold has been a great race for the lime green syndicate as we have now won the race three times – So Gorgeous in 2000, Maybe Discreet in 2012 and now Serenely Discreet in 2016. Serenely Discreet was bred by David Peacock and is the first foal of the black type winner I’m Discreet who won 7 races and $325,000 in stake money. I’m Discreet (by Elusive Quality out of She’s Discreet) was originally trained by Richard Jolly but after being banned from racing in Adelaide for her barrier manners, she went to Shane Bottomley (well known horse whisperer in Victoria). Shane got her back on track and she went on to win at Flemington under the guidance of Russell Cameron. Serenely Discreet (by Exceed and Excel) showed her ability as a Two year-old winning her first race at Morphettville then running fourth in a listed race where she went shin sore. After a break she came back as a three-year-old winning first up at Morphettville on the road to the VRC Oaks as her main spring goal. At her next run over 1400 at Caulfield she was blocked for a run the whole length of the straight with Luke Nolen copping huge criticism for his ride. Social media can be very cruel with one tweet saying  “Even Stevie Wonder could have found a way through Luke”. Nevertheless we took it on the chin and Serenely Discreet showed her true ability at her next start coming from last in the Edward Manifold over 1600 at Flemington to storm home to win easily by 1.25 lengths. The highs and lows of racehorse ownership are what makes all owners such a tough breed as we found out when Serenely Discreet injured herself in the stable which eventually resulted in us having to abort the rest of her Spring campaign. She is on the road to recovery and hopefully will be back for our Adelaide carnival in May. The Lime Green syndicate to which Bill refers is of course the syndicates associated with David Peacock’s horses which race most of the females carrying the Discreet name. Serenely Discreet is one of the latest of these horses having now won at 3 of her 5 starts and already earned over $200,000. Serenely Discreet’s grand dam (She’s Discreet) produced 3 stakes winners, I’m Discreet, Forever Discreet and Very Discreet. The Discreet line emanates from the mighty Don’t Say Halo mare – Halo Again who left 5 stakes winners amongst her seven live foals. When interviewed on 5RPH recently Bill acknowledged that the best of the breed are mainly female, with only the odd male showing the class of the breed. Halo Again has indeed created a dynasty of discretion with almost all of the female progeny carrying the word “discreet” in their names. I have laughingly suggested to Bill that maybe they should name one more “Not Another Discreet”. The breed has been very successful and there is every reason to expect more wins in the future for Serenely Discreet and her relatives.

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Owner of the Month for October saw two excellent nominations and after a very tight vote the award went to David Ward for Sweet Schilly. The nomination by David’s wife Bernadette follows: I would like to nominate David Ward, he is a proud owner of four racehorses with Ryan Balfour Racing, of which Sweet Schilly is the third. Ryan and the owner s have had to be extremely patient with Sweet Schilly as she is now a 4 year old. Having previously raced another successful Artie Schiller horse (El Prado Gold) we weren’t really sure how she would perform. We always hope for a top 5 performance from our horses on race day. Unfortunately we missed Sweet Schilly’s run at Gawler on Sunday 9th October when she ran second by a nostril due to our commitments with the Ryan Balfour Racing owner’s open day. So we were very keen to be there to support her at her next race on Sunday 23rd October at Gawler. On Thursday 20th October we set off to travel to Melbourne at 12:00 midnight to watch El Prado Gold race at Moonee Valley on the night of Friday 21st October, then we stayed on for the Cox Plate on Saturday the 22nd October, to watch the great mare Winx win easily. It was a once in a lifetime experience for us. We decided, after leaving the Moonee Valley races on Saturday afternoon that we would attempt to get back to Gawler to watch Sweet Schilly run the next day at 12:55pm. So we got to bed early that night and we couldn’t sleep, so we thought ‘bugger it’, got up Sunday morning and packed the 4WD and drove back to Adelaide. We did take a quick detour via Ballarat to visit El Prado Gold around 4:00 am as Mark Lewis had left the stable door open for us to give him a pat and a handful of feed (we couldn’t find a petrol station with carrots). We left behind a couple of small winning tickets for Mark, thanks to a reward given to us from four Sydneysiders after I gave them a tip for Randwick Race 9 – Mr Giuliano, helping them to a big win. Then we headed back to Adelaide with cruise control set at 100 km per hour to make sure we got to Gawler on time. Everything was meticulously calculated, even down to the quick clothing change and pommy shower at Tailem Bend and by gee we made it with 25 minutes to spare prior to the race. Thankfully we were able to see Sweet Schilly claim her maiden victory against all the boys at Gawler, what a win, we knew she was special then and today (9 November 2016) she did it again. In doing so, she has provided us with our first ever two wins in a row and we hope for more to come. We have been truly blessed by our association with David Balfour, who looks over us each day and we remember him telling us what to look for when taking a share in a racehorse. He had chosen El Prado Gold because he liked the Artie Schiller’s and now we are hooked and look forward to racing another 2 year old Artie Schiller colt in the future, we hope he may have to live up to Sweet Schilly, particularly if she continues her winning streak. As we were told today, it’s a rarity for a maiden to win two in a row. We enjoy seeing how each one of the horses have varied conformation, ability, racing technique and temperament. This little girl Sweet Schilly is David’s little girl (after the retirement of Typhoon Rose), which can be clearly seen when they are together. As mentioned Sweet Schilly is by Artie Schiller, she is out of Humble Opinion (by Bluebird). With her win at Balaklava in November she took her record to 9 starts for 2 wins and a second for stakes of $22,040. Humble Opinion has left 8 moderately performed progeny with at this point only Black Bart being better performed than Sweet Schilly. The third dame Hula Bend (Never Bend) left two top class Group I winners, namely Doncaster winner Hula Chief (a three-time stake winner) and George Ryder stakes winner Hula Drum. Hopefully the combination of these distinguished predecessors with Artie Schiller’s middle distance race record will lead to further success for Sweet Schilly now she has found her way to middle distance races.

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Owner of the Month for September has been awarded to Sam Hayes for Name the Day and Northern Lass. Sam needs little introduction to racing people being a member of the iconic Hayes family. His grandfather Colin started the Lindsay Park tradition at Angaston, his father Peter was a successful trainer in his own right and his uncle David is well known for his training exploits both here and in Hong Kong. With David moving his training operation to Euroa and retaining the Lindsay Park name, the Angaston property was split with Sam taking over the breeding side under the new name of Cornerstone Stud. In doing so Sam has revitalised the stud’s stallion pool firstly standing Good Journey and then buying Hussonet from Arrowfield. A further coup came when the Aga Khan agreed to Dalakhani standing three seasons in Australia as a shuttle stallion. Unfortunately, Hussonet passed away earlier this year and Dalakhani has been withdrawn from stud duties but Good Journey goes on strong. Last year he was joined by champion European two-year-old sire Zebedee who has returned to Cornerstone again this year. Zebedee’s first Australian bred foals are on the ground this season and now Cornerstone have obtained the services of classy European Group One winner, Free Eagle, a further feather in the cap for Sam and his staff. Cornerstone also stands Ambidexter, Valentia and Super Kid which, from a service fee perspective, allows them to operate across a range of price points hat appeal to a broad group of breeders. As a stud manager Sam sometimes finds himself retaining shares in horses he breeds and sells. In September Sam had wins with two of these, Name the Day and Northern Lass. Name the Day (Host – Thorpedo by Thunder Gulch) is trained in Victoria by Ciaron Maher (of Caulfield Cup winner Jameka fame). He won two races at Morphettville in September. These wins took Name the Day’s record to 6 wins 4 seconds and a third and winnings of almost $160,000. Thorpedo has also produced Speedy Rossa (stakes wins of almost $300,000), a successful brood mare. Name the Day shows promise as a middle distance horse and more wins would not be a surprise. Sam also retained a share in Northern Lass, a filly by Blue Diamond winner Reann out of Real Jester mare North Bound and she has raced eight times for 2 wins, 3 seconds and 2 thirds and winnings of $43,610. She is trained  by Tony McEvoy at Kildalton Park which is located at Angaston on the site of the previous training complex section of the old Lindsay Park. North Bound, the dam of Northern Lass, was unraced, and has so far produced only two other progeny, her mother Princess Plume has left a stakes winner of two listed races in Visual Displays. Princess Plume (who as the name suggests is by Military Plume) also left Kaleido (11 wins for $250,000), and Clarify – winner of over $100,000. We wish Sam the very best of luck with all his equine pursuits.

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We had several candidates for Owner of the Month for August We settled on well-known owner and Yankalilla based agistment provider Craig Fitzgerald for his winners Hazy Lane and Bitter Twist. Hazy Lane is owned by Craig in partnership with several other SAROA members including Marilyn Shephard, Jenny Dewar, Don Lehman, David Donald and Ralph and Linda Satchell. Hazy Lane, as the name and ownership suggests, was bred by Ralph and Linda and is by their up and coming sire Mint Lane out of the Encosta De Lago mare De Lago Haze who is out of a Stargazer mare. The dam raced only three times but has also left a six times winner Costly Argument, most of those wins being on the Eyre Peninsula circuit. Hazy Lane (a $9000 purchase), has now won 4 times with 2 seconds and 6 thirds, placing in better than 50% of her 22 starts and earning nearly $130,000. Trained at Morphettville by Richard Jolly, she has been ridden in most of her wins and placings by Eran Boyd. In fact, Hazy Lane helped add to Eran’s recent successes after her promising comeback from a badly broken collar bone. Bitter Twist is a five year old mare by California Dane out of Inspect, an Integra mare. She started her career with Wayne Francis but more recently transferred to Dennis O’Leary who has trained a number of good winners for Craig. Probably the highlight of these was the 2011 Balaklava Cup win of Magical Pearl, who won over $420,000 in his career. The Cup win topped of a pretty good day for Craig with the David Jolly trained Basil Da Man winning the feature sprint in the race immediately prior to the Cup. Bitter Twist is yet to reach these lofty heights, notching her first win after six starts in a Naracoorte maiden over 1000m. Bitter Twist’s dam Inspect has left one stakes winner, Hoegaarden, who won the listed Fairetha Stakes in WA before being exported to Singapore. Her other winners include Red First and Inspector and her dam, the American bred Tempergaze, left 11 times stakes winner and 8 times Group One winner Intergaze, a full brother to Inspect. Inspect was also a very capable race mare with earnings of a little over $115,000 to her name. Craig owns a number of other horses trained by Richard Jolly and Dennis O’Leary and we look forward to many more successes for him.

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We had several nominations for Owner of the Month for July but finally settled on Jennifer Simpson, part owner of the promising filly Viddora. Jennifer was nominated by Cheree Gask and Jen has provided us with the following details about Viddora. Viddora was purchased in 2014 from the Adelaide Magic Million Sales by Lloyd Kennewell for $40,000. She was originally purchased for our girls syndicate, but due to not enough interest at the time from the girls, she became available for the boys (I bet the girls are all kicking themselves that they didn’t buy in). I still remember getting my photo with her just after she was purchased and thinking she was going to be something special. She is by I am Invincible out of Snow Flight. Viddora was bred by part owner Dr Terry Hodgson, and he also owns the dam Snow Flight. We were unlucky at the beginning as she had breathing problems, the poor thing would hold her breath for the entire 1000m, and still do a great job! We sent her to Ballarat to have throat surgery and that has since helped her breathing. She has now won 5 metro races including a listed win (in the Lightning Stakes at Morphettville). She was unlucky last start in the Listed Norman Carlyon race at Moonee Valley as she simply didn’t handle the tight turn, but still powered home to nearly grab the winner – an impressive horse called Heatherly. Viddora has also been unlucky in some of her other starts, but she always tries her best. She is extremely tough, showing us she can handle all sorts of tracks and can win from outside barriers. I named her – Viddora which in Spanish means – good life, easy life…. the funny thing is, I accidentally spelt it wrong when I sent it through to Lloyd! It’s meant to be spelt Viddora. Being an educator they have not let me live it down! We think now the misspelling has turned out to be lucky! Viddora is an absolutely beautiful natured horse, loves a pat and a cuddle but when she’s on the track she is the complete professional. One of the best things about part owning her is the lifelong friendships that have formed with the other owners. We have wonderful people from SA and Melbourne in the horse who love a drink and social day at the races as much as I do! We leave everything up to Lloyd with her training and racing plan. He does a wonderful job with her, knows exactly what to do and where to place her. The Kennewell stable has a real social vibe, it’s more than simply owning a horse – we have many get-togethers and are treated as family, rather than clients. We always know that our (the owners) best interests are always put first. We are also blessed that my husband to be Joe Bowditch is her jockey! He knows her inside out and we always have so much confidence when he’s on her back. He wasn’t able to ride her on 2 occasions due to injury (one missing a black type win when she was ridden by Matthew Neilson) while apprentice Zac Spain has also won on her at Oakbank. She has won us $246,300 with $58,500 of that being in SABOIS bonuses. Viddora has also been named the 3 year old SABOIS Horse of the Year. The fact that Viddora has won over fifty thousand dollars in SABOIS bonuses really demonstrates the value of this scheme to those of us prepared to support South Australian bred horses. Viddora’s sire I Am Invincible needs little introduction as the sire of 14 stakes winners of 21 stakes races after a successful race career winning to Group 3 level. His best progeny to date being the multiple Group 1 winner and Royal Ascot placed Brazen Beau. I Am Invincible is of course by Invincible Spirit who is also the sire of Zebedee, already a great success in the northern hemisphere and now with the first foals of his initial Australian crop on the ground at Cornerstone Stud where he has returned for his second season in Australia. Snow Flight, the dam of Viddora is by the Zabeel stallion Colombia out of Zed Du Jour, a Zedative mare. Viddora is her second foal and so far her best. Colombia, the dam sire, is out of the amazing blue hen Eight Carat who has left 5 stakes winners of a massive 28 stakes races. She is of course the dam of the mighty Octagonal. Jennifer Simpson owns shares in several other horses, some with her “girls syndicate” and has recently joined the committee of SAROA. We wish Jennifer further success with Viddora and with her other racing projects.

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