Yes, Ryan Balfour is a trainer but like many trainers, he owns shares in a number of the horses he trains. He was selected as Owner of the Month for March in which he had wins as a part owner with Viduka, L’il Kontra and Lostarc.
Ryan joins Matt and Gary in the Punters’ Club to talk about his stable.
Richard advised Gary and Matt about upcoming SAROA events
The SAJC/TRSA event on Derby Day May 11 to acknowledge the “Support SA Racing Jobs” campaign
The SAROA Raceday on July 20th – where SAROA will be holding a Gourmet BBQ lunch and will be looking for sponsors to purchase race names for the day.
The SAROA AGM September 14th, which is a free event for members
The planned SAROA tour which this year will feature Mill Park Stud and Finniss Lodge Thoroughbreds and will conclude with lunch at the Finniss General Store.
More details on these events will be added to the SAROA website in due course.
Richard also mentioned that the first meeting on the newly renovated Mt Gambier track had been held the day before and all reports were very positive about the new surface.
With Winx’s retirement imminent Richard discusses what it might be like to own a horse like Winx with Gary and Matt
As a further effort to obtain support from government for racing in this state SAROA recently sent the following letter to all state politicians. While the letter is quite long we felt it was necessary to give a full picture of the issues involved.
You are very welcome to use parts of the letter to write to your local parliamentarian to ask them to support racing in this state.
Support SA Racing Jobs
Richard talks to Matt about the SAROA education night, where vets Dr Holly Lewis and Dr Peter Horridge gave attendees an overview of their roles as vets involved with horse racing.
Holly talked about the types of examinations that vets do to ensure horses are right to race both before and after race days. Peter, as one of the TRSA Raceday vets, talked about his role in integrity and animal welfare and about having to make difficult and sometimes unpopular decisions after relatively cursory inspections.
SAROA Owner of the Month for February was Patricia MacFarlane for the wins of Blue Hope and The Inevitable. Patricia is pictured here with Blue Hope, she was nervous about being interviewed so husband Alistair stepped in to talk to Matt Kelly on Vision Australia Radio.
Michels Warren and TRSA have prepared the attached fact sheets and letter templates. Please distribute to our respective industry members as soon as possible.
Attached are the following;
A letter template for editing/use by stakeholders
An FAQ document designed for internal use to help stakeholders write their letters/make presentations
A Power point presentation
A leave-behind Fact Sheet
We encourage members and other racing to write to their local state members and utilise the attached documents.
The TRSA Board are tomorrow meeting to approve a SUPPORT SA RACING JOBS website that should go live next week. Among other things it will have all the contact details of all the State Members of Parliament listed.
Support SA Racing Jobs POCT Presentation Feb19 (1)
Support SA Racing Jobs POCT Fact Sheet Feb19
Support SA Racing Jobs Letters to MPs Feb19
Support SA Racing Jobs FAQs Feb19
SAROA President Ken Cock talks to Matt and Gary on the Punters club (Vision Australia Radio) about SAROA’s plans and about his horse Wasabi Bob.
SAROA Owner of the Month for January was Eliza Grantham who part owns Mabel Josephine. Eliza spoke with Tom Eglinton and Mal James on the Vision Australia Radio Punter’s Club.
John Letts interviewed SAROA secretary Richard Stafford on RadioTAB on Wednesday morning. They discussed the government funding issue as well as programming of the Adelaide Cup and the mighty mare Winx.