The SAROA committee met in January to formulate goals for SAROA for 2020.   The goals we have agreed to concentrate on are: To increase membership through both growth and retention with a target of 30% per annum. (One initiative is that we will offer a referral bonus of a 10% discount on the next years membership fee, to those members who introduce a new member to SAROA). To ensure the long term financial viability of SAROA. (This will include seeking sponsorships from appropriate organisations). To build beneficial and lasting relationships with relevant industry participants to support the growth of racing within SA and to gain representation and benefits for our membership. To support initiatives and contribute to improved animal welfare practices. To organise a social and educational programme for our members. We would welcome comments and suggestions from our members on these goals.

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Geoffrey Tucker joins the guys on the Punter’s Club as SAROA Owner of the Month for January with Coffee Amour. He also talks about their experiences in the recent Yorke Peninsula fires. https://saroa.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/200222-SAROA-interview.mp3 Our Owners of the Month award for January were Geoffrey and Christine Tucker for Coffee Amour. They also part own recent winner Nasifa The Tuckers told us that: We have been involved with horses all of our lives. As children we rode ponies then graduated to the show circuits and later on we became members of the Clare Hunt Club. I did some show jumping in my early years. We owned and bred and showed Arabian horses for many years. I was elected to the board of the Arabian Horse Society in 1972 and served 8 years in that capacity. I was an EFA and multi-breed horse judge for almost 50 years and travelled to all states of Australia Judging both Royal and regional shows.  I am a retired non practicing General Specialist medical practitioner having practiced at Peterborough then Jamestown and then Yorketown. We have retired onto our farm at Yorketown where we do cereal and legume cropping and have continued to breed thoroughbreds on very limestone based paddocks.  We have been breeding and selling thoroughbreds since 1984. We have also raced the odd horse as a member of a syndicate. Our present trainer is Ms Kylie Huxtable. Coffee Amour carries this name as her dam’s name “Klatch” represents a coffee palace! She was sired by Casino Prince. Somehow she has inherited some “caffeine like stimulus” as some of her performances have been very stimulating! Chris and I leased her to the current syndicate as a replacement for a Good Journey colt that sadly broke its leg while waiting to be broken in. She has been a good replacement for the syndicate. Nasifa began her racing career in May 2019 with a first up win at Balaklava in a maiden. She then raced again in November where she won two TAB handicaps at Morphettville. Her brood mare sire is the late Umatilla and she is out of Cumquat who raced at Port Lincoln having 27 starts for 3 wins 8 seconds and 3 thirds. Cumquat only had one other foal to race and that was Extreme Value by Face Value. He was sold for $3000.00 at the MM sale in Adelaide. He then went on to race 30 times for 8 wins 5 seconds and 8 thirds winning a total of $103,820.00. One would have to conclude that this was good value? (It was solely regional racing). Cumquat’s dam was named Marmalade Miss making this a sticky family! Marmalade Miss was unraced due to a fall as a foal. She was out of a Widden Stakes (L) winner in Whilodge by Biscay. Marmalade Miss was the dam of the well known Marco Polo who raced initially in /Hong Kong under David Hayes and then raced in Adelaide. His statistics were 61starts for 8-5-7 and $172,034.00. Geoff has done a fair bit of the breeding analysis that I would normally do, there is however a bit more to add. Coffee Amour has now won 4 races from 14 starts and earnt stakesmoney of just shy of $80,000. Her dam Klatch (by Anabaa) won two races from a short career in NSW. All of her six foals so far have been fillies, and as well as Coffee Amour include Unscopeable (by Duporth) winner of four and almost $120,000, The granddam Tears For Tristram (by Sir Tristram) left dual stakeswinner Danabaa (by Anabaa) a full sister to Klatch and winner of $280,000. The third dam Tears For Fears (by Biscay) also left a stakes winner in Ball Park who won two Group 1 races in New Zealand. Nasifa (by Barbados) has won 3 races from 10 starts and over $50,000. Her dam Cumquat (by Umatilla) started her racing career with David Jolly and then went to Jenny Gow-Whyte who was training at Port Lincoln at the time and Cumquat was able to win 3 races on the west coast, her record also included 8 seconds and 3 thirds. As Geoff mentions her other foal became Extreme Value (by Face Value) who was trained by Simon Drewitt and won 8 races on the Port Lincoln circuit. His stakes money of over $100,000 included $27,900 in SABOIS bonuses, not bad for a horse who as Geoff said sold for $3,000 and raced entirely on the west coast. Cumquat’s dam Marmalde Miss (by Dolphin Street) was in turn out of Whilodge who also produced Aroma Miss (by Serheed) who in turn produced a stakes winner in dual stakes winner in Paris Heartbeat (by Marooned) who won over $350,000 her only foal. In addition Whilodge was the dam of Viscay Star (by Danzig Connection) who won 11 races and close to $170,000. Geoff and Christine seem to have two solid prospects in Nasifa and Coffee Amour and we wish them the very best.

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A relatively new member of the SAROA committee is Chris Nutt, read all about him below Committee member Chris Nutt Occupation Plumber First Horse Owned I had a share in a filly called Hive Jive when I was 16, so it was in my Dad’s name. The first in my name was a leased horse with Mick Kluske by the name of Phoenix Nights. Neither horse was blessed with much ability on the track. Favourite Horse Owned Hard question to answer, I think they’re like your children. You don’t have a favourite. Biggest Win. No great heights achieved yet, a couple BM64 races in Victoria. A highlight was having a runner at Flemington on Oaks Day 2018, she ran second last but it was a great experience, probably my favourite day at the races so far. Best Horse you have seen In the flesh it would have to be Black Caviar closely followed by Takeover Target. Favourite Race or Racetrack I love the country tracks. My two favourites would be Oakbank as we go every year and I love the atmosphere at Strathalbyn.  Favourite Jockey Craig Williams. I really admire his professionalism and the way he gives back to the industry and is always so humble. Interests Outside of Racing Spending time with my family Reason for Joining SAROA Committee I emailed SAROA with an idea to promote/increase ownership in SA and was asked if I was interested in joining the Committee, so I did. I love racing and want to try and help to promote and grow the industry where possible. Being part of the SAROA committee is also a great way to learn about other parts of the industry that most people don’t see.

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