Our Owner of the Month award winner for May is Tony Grantham part owner of Sioux Warrior, Tony told us this about his experiences in racing: My family has been involved with racehorses for many years and have always had an interest in racing. As a child I would go to races with my grandmother, she would always follow a number of jockey John Letts and Johnny Stocker were just two. Now I have a nephew Lewis Grantham who is a horse trainer and I have a few shares in some of the horses he trains. I have had a number of shares in racehorses over the years with David Jolly, John MacMillan and Darren Magro and I am still waiting for that illusive group winner! Lol Sioux Warrior is a lightly raced three-year-old by Sioux Nation out of the Tiger Hill mare Punch On. At the time of writing his record stands at 13 starts for two wins and five minor placings with earnings of $51,645. His wins have both come this preparation as he seems to have matured well and learnt what the racing game is all about. His sire Sioux Nation is a Group 1 two-year-old winner by Scat Daddy who shuttled to Australia for just the one Season standing at Coolmore. So far, his best Australian progeny is the Queensland Oaks winner Socks Nation as well as the stakes performer Archo Nacho Sioux Warrior’s dam Punch On won the Group 3 Vogue Rogue Plate and $846,000 on the track. At stud she has produced Bellows (by Zoffany) winner of over $100,000 who is unfortunately deceased as well as three other unraced foals. The second dam School Blue (by Geiger Counter) was unraced but as well as the stakes winning Punch On, she has produced Punch Up (by Sunday Knight) winner of 6 races and over $200,000, School Rumble (by Sequalo) who won 7 races and over $135.000, Nudgee (by Publishing) another winner of six, and  Bohdi Blue (by Northern Meteor) dam of High Blue Sea (by Merchant Navy) who has so far won three of seven and earned over $172,000 Sioux Warrior is trained by John Macmillan and appears to be a promising type going forward and will hopefully deliver more wins for Tony and the rest of the ownership group.

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Our Owner of the Month award winner for April is Jenny Francis part owner of Addicted To Wealth, we asked Jenny to provide us with some background information: Fifty years ago, we bought our first horse in Millicent, marking the beginning of a long and rewarding journey in the racing industry. Over the past five decades, we have been deeply involved in racing, with notable achievements such as breeding and winning the Goodwood Handicap in 2002 with Zip Zip Aray. One of our memorable acquisitions is Hooked on Wealth, who was bought as a yearling out of the paddock. This horse has notable relations, being connected to Fancy Rumble and Ultimate Addiction. In addition to our involvement in breeding and racing, we have also established a training facility at Finniss, which has become a hub for preparing horses for competition. The training operations are a partnership between my husband Wayne and Glen Kent, who both bring their expertise and dedication to the facility. This comprehensive approach has allowed us to achieve success and maintain a strong presence in the racing community. As Jenny says Hooked On Wealth is well related, he is by Reward For Effort out of the Dolphin Street mare Addicted To Wealth. He has won 2 races and placed on four other occasions from twelve starts and totalled $47,000 with Racing Rewards bonuses of $7,600. The dam Addicted To Wealth won four times and earned $50,600 from 26 starts with thirteen minor placings racing predominantly in Queensland. She has left handy performers as well as Hooked On Wealth including his full sister Fancy Rumble who was able to win five and earn close to $200,000 and was owned by Wayne and Jenny Francis. She has in turn foaled Major Rumble (by Capitalist) who is yet to race and is in foal to Yes Yes Yes. In addition, Addicted To Wealth is the dam of Ultimate Addiction (by Rich Enuff) who had one win from seven starts when raced by Wayne and Jenny. The granddam is Rich Addiction (by Last Tycoon) who was served five times by Dolphin Street producing notably Dolphin Tycoon winner of six, Miss Sarah Jane who won eleven in NSW Country. Her other progeny include On Eagle Wings (by Danasinga) producer of Bon Elise (by Bon Hoffa) who won eight races. Going back one more generation we find Certain Habit (by Ashabit) who just happens to be the dam of 21-time Stakes winner Rough Habit (by Roughcast) – eleven of those stakes wins were at Group 1. As Jenny told us, she and Wayne have developed a great racing establishment at Finniss Lodge and they are certain to have continued success. We also take this opportunity to acknowledge the support that the Francis Group has given SAROA over many years.

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Our Owner of the Month award winner for March is John Atkinson part owner of Bona Fide Star, he gave us his thoughts on the experience of owning a racehorse: Being a co-owner in a promising horse from the Richards Moyle stable is not just about the thrill of the races but also about the chance to be part of a great group of owners. As a part owner, you’re not just a spectator, you are kept well informed by the trainer(s) but also a beneficiary of Bona Fide Star’s journey to success. Owning a share in Bona Fide Star along with my other horse ownership hobbies, (“Investments”), opens doors to the vibrant community of horse racing enthusiasts and connects me with like-minded individuals who share my passion for the sport. Whether it’s cheering together track side or celebrating victories, the camaraderie among the other owners adds a special dimension to the entire experience. As we can easily see John very much enjoys being a racehorse owner. Bona Fide Star landed his maiden at Clare and at the time of writing he has raced 12 times for a win, two seconds and three thirds. He has earned just over $47,000 including $14,000 in Racing Rewards bonuses for his owners. Bona Fide Star is by the Snitzel stallion Stratosphere out of the Flying Spur mare, In Theory. The dam In Theory who was unplaced in two starts, has also left a handy race mare in Indigo Girls (by Mawingo) winner of a touch over $85,000. The granddam My Chestnut Girl (by Horse Chestnut) was imported from the United States, her other progeny include Jenni Espirt (by Bel Esprit) winner of four races to date and over $90,000. The third dam the Nureyev mare Mien produced the mighty dual derby winner of five stakes races, Big Brown (by Boundary). Big Brown was able to win two legs of the famous US triple crown saluting in both the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes. He then suffered a cracked hoof prior to the third leg of the Triple Crown, the Belmont Stakes and while attempting to win the race, was eased down and failed to finish the race. He recovered to win another Group 1 and came to Australia where he stood for four years with some success. Bona Fide Star seems to be on the up and up and we wish John and his racing colleagues the best of luck for the future.

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Photo courtesy of Atkins Photography. Our award for 2023 goes to Maggie Collett who is apprenticed to Justin Pickering. Maggie was chosen because of her dedication to return to racing after a difficult run of serious injuries. We also recognise that maMaggie has improved her communication skills both directly to owners and during media interviews. We had an opportunity to chat to Maggie about her career in racing. She grew up in Yarraville Victoria where she started riding at Werribee Pony Club, she subsequently progressed to Eventing and then to riding trackwork. She rode work for the likes of Chris Waller and the Troy and Leon Corstens. Realising that the path to an apprenticeship in Victoria would be difficult and opportunities limited, she made the tough decision, as a nineteen year old, to move on her own to South Australia. She began an apprenticeship with David Jolly, during this time she struggled with homesickness but she was able to ride her first career winner for David on With Gravy and won four times on stable favourite Fulton Street She progressed to ride several metro winners, the first being on The Raven for Kristi Evans before a run of injuries struck. Maggie broke her coccyx in a fall (clearly not an ideal injury for a jockey) then having just returned to the saddle dislocated her shoulder badly enough to require surgery. This was followed by another break to the coccyx and then she broke her shoulder in a race fall. Surely that would have been enough for her to consider a career change but Maggie persisted and returned to riding. During the injury period she had transferred to Wayne Francis and Glen Kent, and then back riding she joined the stable of John Macmillan before moving to Sue and Jason Jaensch where she enjoyed success. Maggie’s latest injury was a serious concussion which kept her out of the saddle for the best part of a year, before she could return to racing. Around this time she and partner Justin Pickering purchased their own training property and gradually work commitments there meant it was more practical for Maggie to transfer her indentures to Justin. Since then she has enjoyed successes with All Beans for the stable, She rode a double on TAB Finals Day with All Beans then a fortunate pick up ride on Manzala. Maggie’s perseverance and dedication should lead to further success in the saddle, she is a worthy winner of the SAROA Apprentice Award.

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SAROA members with Owner ID and their guests are welcome to the Owners Appreciation Day at Strathalbyn. On presentation of their Owner ID, Owners will receive Free Entry to the racecourse Free entry to the Commercial Hotel Strathalbyn Owners Marquee that will be located between the members building and the betting ring. Free drink on arrival Throughout the day we will have roaming canapés and cheese platters etc.

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SAROA Raceday and Stable Visit will take place on Saturday October 7th with a visit to the Alexander Brothers stable at Thomas Farms Racecourse, Murray Bridge followed by being part of the Alexander Brothers Marquee for Murray Bridge Gold Cup Day For bookings, time table and further details click here

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As a sponsored Club of the Highway, they’d love us to join them and spread the word to our Members, for the next Highway Sports Lunch with Carlton superstar Marc Murphy on Friday August 25th. Tickets are priced at $130 per person and include a 3 course lunch and all beverages. Any tickets that are bought from our Club/Members, will mean that your Club will also receive a 10% rebate! Tickets and info via this link .

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