TRSA have held briefings with industry participants to outline their Equine Welfare measures.
The main features are a 1% deduction from prizemoney to fund Equine Welfare initiatives to commence 1 July 2020, TRSA intends to appoint a full time Equine Welfare officer as part of these measures.
Below is an email that SAROA has received from TRSA CEO Jim Watters further outlining what is involved
Further to the briefing when we met this afternoon, and as you and your members are aware, equine welfare and racehorse retirement is a critical issue that everyone in the racing industry needs to address as a priority moving forward. While we have supported various initiatives to date, the thoroughbred racing industry nationally is taking a greater focus on such, and is mindful of the expectations, and perceptions of the wider community.
Equine welfare and racehorse retirement is an issue that must be addressed at a National level, and the harmonisation as much as possible across all States and Territories is important. In recognising this and to allow us to further develop and expand on what we have implemented to date, the TRSA Board has resolved to implement as from 1 July 2020, a deduction of 1% of all prizemoney, which will be utilised and allocated to address local issues regarding equine welfare and racehorse retirement.
In adopting this policy, the TRSA Board was mindful of the need to allocate these funds in an appropriate manner to assist in equine welfare matters, and we will advise in coming months how the funding from the 1% of prizemoney deductions will be utilised towards various projects to assist in the improvement of equine welfare and racehorse retirement in SA.
These are important issues that our industry faces and by tackling them with a National harmonisation and focus, we look forward to a number of favourable outcomes for the sustainability of the industry.
For any further information, please don’t hesitate to contact Nick Redin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thoroughbred Racing SA
Secretary – Richard Stafford
Occupation: Semi-retired pharmaceutical chemist.
First Horse Owned: Annoyed, he was owned on lease and gave me my first winner in a maiden at Gawler.
Favourite Horse Owned: Arinos – heaps of ability and a thrilling come from behind racing style.
Biggest Win: Arinos in the listed Service Stream Stakes on Oaks Day at Flemington but his most notable run was dead-heat for second to Star Spangled Banner in the Oakleigh Plate, also ran eighth in the Newmarket that year.
Best Horse you have seen: I don’t really enjoy crowds so I haven’t been to a lot of the big race meetings, so my answer to this might seem a bit odd but Reckless is the best horse I have seen live. I was at Flemington for Dulcify’s tragic Melbourne Cup.
Favourite Race or Racetrack: Favourite race is the Cox Plate even though I have not been to it. Favourite track: I love country racing and have enjoyed trips to Mindarie-Halidon; Jamestown; Clare; Port Augusta and Port Lincoln.
Favourite Jockey: Craig Williams.
Interests Outside of Racing: NFL; Cricket; AFL; wine and music.
Reason for Joining SAROA Committee: I believe that owners are the backbone of our industry and I wanted to help make sure they are represented and consulted as much as possible when decisions about racing are made.
Richard and Gary discuss the Apprentice Academy Awards night and the Winner of the SAROA Award Lizzie Annells. Attention then turns to recent winners owned by SAROA members
This year’s SAROA Apprentice Award went to Lizzie Annells, a relatively recent addition to the riding ranks from the Gordon Richard’s stable. Lizzie recently rode her first winner at Penola but the award is based more on her friendly attitude around the stables. To quote directly from the nomination we received for Lizzie.
The attributes of Lizzie are numerous, however specific to the SA Racing Community she has demonstrated the virtues of companionship, extensive and detailed horsemanship, ultimate respect for her Master and a sense of humour that has seen her small frame, yet massive heart for the horse – transform the stable into an inviting environment for Owners.
Owner of the Month award for October goes to Mark Lampshire who had wins with Barshonti, Tongsai Boss and Stalagmite. We contacted Mark for some more information on his racing background and his comments follow:
Hi Richard, Wow very pleased to have been selected but very humbling as a small player in the ownership stakes. I have been interested in Horse racing for many years and 5 years ago, I decided that I wanted to get into horse ownership and decided that hobby syndication was the way to go. I convinced 9 of my mates to purchase a share in 2 horses, to be trained by John Hyam.
I had known John through other racing friends for some years, and this seemed a logical start. Winning Legs Racing No 1 syndicate was formed and our first winner, was with a horse called Ixcatan, trained by John, and the other horse in the syndicate was called Bangarang.
Over the next 5 years to today I have set up and manage 6 hobby syndicates, where I now own shares in 12 horses spread over 40 people. 3 of the syndicates have horses trained by John Hyam, and the horses in the other 3 syndicates are trained by Richard and Chantelle Jolly. Seven of our horses have raced and the other five are younguns, which will potentially commence their careers over the next 4 months, so our new syndicate members, are waiting with high anticipation, and expectation!
Over the last month, John Hyam has trained 3 winners, Tongsai Boss, Stalagmite and Barshonti, which have provided 2 of the Winning legs Racing syndicates with winning results, and some welcome prizemoney back into the syndicate bank accounts. Stalagmite and Barshonti are developing into stayers, and Tongsai Boss has been very exciting with 4 wins and $150,000 in prizemoney. Another of our horses Schilldora, trained by the Jolly stables, has won 4 starts in a promising beginning to her career.
All syndicates are registered, with their own bank accounts and TRSA were very helpful in advising all I needed to do to comply with the rules of syndication. Spreadsheets provide all the syndicate owners with the financial position of the syndicate, and the stables together with myself provide email updates to all owners of the progress of each horse.
Hobby Syndication is the cheapest and easiest way to get into the buzz of horse racing ownership, it just needs to be managed efficiently and transparently for all the owners in the syndicate. Collecting monthly and or quarterly training fees from all can have its challenges at times, but it does all work.
The winners lately, with of course more to come!, make it all very enjoyable for everyone and makes everyone feel part of the action.
I have already got potential for at least 2 more syndicates in 2020.
Mark makes a very good case for getting involved in racing with small hobby syndicates like his and the recent results for his horses go a long way to demonstrating what owning a racehorse can be like.
Looking at the three winners for September, the stand out is surely Tongsai Boss (by Street Boss) has now won 4 races and a touch over $150,000 from only 17 starts. He looks to have the ability to go over some ground so we may not have seen the best of him yet.
He is out of a Desert Prince mare Tongsai Bay who was unraced. It is fair to say that Tongsai Boss is far and away the standout progeny of the mare. The granddam Macrosa (by Mr McGinty) however produced a stakes winner and the star of Sungapore racing of his era, Rocket Man (by Viscount). He won Group I races in both Dubai and Singapore as well as a Group 2 in Hong Kong and a total of 20 wins from 27 starts mainly in Singapore. With the success of Rocket Man most of the mares other progeny went to Singapore but none reached the same levels of success.
Stalagmite is by So You Think from a Flying Spur mare (Crystal Spur) and has taken a while to reach her best, winning her maiden at her 14th start. She had however previously placed over longer trips and this would definitely seem to be her go.
Her dam was unraced and has so far produced two other named horses, one which has not yet raced and the other has placed once from only two starts.
The granddam is Tarcoola Diamond (by Last Tycoon) who won five races and has produced a stakes winner in Cluster (by Fastnet Rock) who won the Group 2 Theo Marks Quality at one of his three wins. She is also the dam of Diamond Jim (by Encosta De Lago) winner of 8 races and over $400,000.
Barshonti is by Gio Ponti, a Tale of the Cat stallion who stood one season in Australia out of a Redoute’s Choice mare Barsha. Barshonti is a six year old who has races 43 times for three wins and nine placings amassing stakes of just shy of $80,000. He again seems to appreciate a longer journey with the three wins all being over 1900 metres or more.
His dam Barsha won one race from eleven starts. Most notable amongst the horses she has also produced are the three time winner Sarawak (by Hussonet) and 10 time Singapore winner Good Gift (also by Hussonet). Her mother Apparel (by Barathea) is the dam of the listed Widden Stakes winner Georgette Silk.
It’s great to see success coming to Mark and his fellow syndicate members and wish them continued success in the future.
Richard discusses the Melbourne Cup Carnival and recent SA successes, he also gives his thoughts on the issue of whip use.
Allie Umoff our vice president shown here with husband John Girvan, son Awgie and Jerry Chau after Danger Deal’s recent win.
ABOUT SAROA Committee
Vice President – Allie Umoff
First Horse Owned: Miss Identified (Hussonet – More Than Fair), trained by Travis Doudle at Morphettville, and she has the distinction of being the first and only horse that I’ve ever strapped (so far!).
Favourite Horse Owned: All of them! If I have to choose, my top two are Miss Identified and Danger Deal (Rebel Raider – Queen’s Kiss), trained by Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas at Morphettville. I can’t choose just one!
Biggest Win: Miss Identified in the Triple M Provincial Super Series Final at Morphettville on 11 May 2019, 1800m, BM80, with Damien Oliver riding. Miss Identified came from way back (as was her racing style), took the lead at the 200m mark, and dug in to hang on in a thrilling photo finish.
Best Horse you have seen: I got to see Black Caviar both times she raced at Morphettville and Winx in her final race in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Randwick on 13 April 2019.
Favourite Race or Racetrack: The Kentucky Derby and Churchill Downs. It is a lifelong dream of mine to go to the Derby.
Favourite Jockey: Glen Boss and Irad Ortiz Jr
Interests Outside of Racing: All horse sports (but particularly show jumping), yoga, and wine tasting.
Reason for Joining SAROA Committee: I wanted to work on behalf of owners with other industry stakeholders to make sure our voice is heard and our interests are vigorously pursued.
Richard and Gary talk about the recent SAROA Tour and events on social media
Photos – above one of the barns at Mill Park, below the training track at Finniss Lodge.
Photos from the recent SAROA tour.
Coffee on arrival
Morning Tea at Mill Park
Mill Park Snitzel Filly
Another Filly getting ready for the yearling sales.
One of the horses in the agistment section of Mill Park
On the bus with Chris Watson at Mill Park
In one of the agistment barns.
Lunch at Finniss General Store
Another shot at lunch.
The track at Finniss Lodge with some of their hay crop
On the training track at Finniss Lodge
One of our chauffeurs at Finniss Lodge Wayne Francis
SAROA Owner of the Month – Kate Barnes part owner of Gwent
Kate talks to the guys on the Punters’ Club about her racing experiences
September’s Owner of the Month award is Kate Barnes, who was nominated by Paula Trenwith, as part owner of Gwent, Paula told us about Kate’s involvement in racing.
Kate has been a great supporter of my stables since mid 2006, where she has continually had shares in one or more horses in the yard, and become a treasured friend.
She is a true horse lover and follows her horses around the country to be there in person to watch them race. It doesn’t matter if its Morphettville, Gawler, Kangaroo Island, Port Augusta or Hawker, Kate will be there trackside cheering on her horses.
Most recently she trekked all the way to Darwin to watch her youngest horse race in the NT Derby. She has shares in two horses who raced, and won, over the Darwin Cup carnival this year. Those being Maori Magic, a Per Incanto gelding purchased at the Karaka ready to run sale in 2017 and also Superveloce by Savabeel who won the first race on the card on Palmerston Sprint day.
Most recently Kate has shares in Gwent a mare by Choisir, she is also Kates favourite colour, chestnut. Gwent broke through for her maiden win at Murray Bridge on the 8th September, and yes, Kate was there!
Even recent health battles haven’t stopped Kate visiting the horses at the stables and feeding them loads of carrots and giving them a pat. She says it gives her something to look forward to and take her mind off things for a little while. She also takes a keen interest in the horses once they have retired from racing, following her ex racehorses journeys into their next chapter of life. Whether it be the breeding barn or hunting or showjumping Kate will generally know what her old horses are up to.
I look forward to a continued long association and friendship with Kate and many winners too!
As Paula tells us Gwent is by Choisir out of a Testa Rossa mare Red Pointes, she won her maiden at her sixth start. The dam has produced two other winners from four named progeny. The granddam Born Western (by Western Symphony) raced 6 times for 2 wins, one of which was a listed race. She has left several stakes producing mares in Alborada (by Zedative) dam of the double listed winner Excelorada (by Exceed and Excel) and Origami dam of four times listed winner Malibu Style (by Magnus) winner of just shy of $1 million, with possibly more to come. Also in the family is Nullabor Crossing (by Choisir) making him a three quarter brother to Gwent, he has won close to $100,000 on the track.
Gwent’s female line has been quite strong so more could be expected from her both on the track and in the breeding barn.
A quick look at Kate’s other two recent winners reveals that Superveloce is a seven year old gelding by Savabeel out of a King of Kings mare Queen of Lions and was bred in New Zealand. He has won six races from 39 starts and has earnings so far of $93,000. Queen of Lions has also left Pinvincible (by Pins) winner of his both of his two starts this year, another two time winner in Pride of Darci (by Darci Brahma) and Superveloce’s full brother Savapak also a two time winner in New Zealand.
Another New Zealand bred Maori Magic (by Per Incanto) is a lightly raced 4 year old winner of two races so far. His dam Kay’s Trophy is by Towkay out of a Testa Rossa mare Eutrophy, Maori Magic is her first foal.