Reluctantly the current situation with COVID-19 in South Australia has meant that we need to postpone our Christmas Party. It appears extremely unlikely that the event would be able to go ahead on the chosen date. We will endeavour to organise a replacement function in the new year.

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Our Owner of the Month award winner for September is Wendy Daken breeder, and owner with husband Brian of Waikato Express. Wendy provided with this story: It seems just like yesterday that we go involved in racing. That is Brian and I, when actually it is 17 years ago now. How time flies when you’re chasing a dream. We have had a few country winners which has given us great joy. The delight is even greater when we have bred them all ourselves. Just watching them run in races was a delight. We would really get exited when we actually won, it didn’t matter what race, any race was wonderful. The same two mares were our breeders, as the years have gone by the next crop each year seem to get better and better. Then along came Waikato Express, how we got his name was funny, driving in New Zealand on the trek to Auckland from Thames, Brian and I were debating names, his favourite was Juicy, I didn’t like his favourite choice. We tossed a lot of names around, I said we have it, ‘Look Waikato Express way! Huge signs everywhere with that sign. Let’s take off the way and call her Waikato Express’. He didn’t like my choice, so we started asking everyone we knew and they all thought it was fabulous. So that became his name. We had a lovely trainer training him to start with and he didn’t think he’d make the grade so let him go. I thought we should give him one more chance with a new trainer, Luke O’Connor, he had just started, we had given him his first horse, Divine Weaver and now we would put Waikato Express in his hands. It wasn’t long and we had two country wins. Then he had a hind leg tendon injury. It was a toss-up as to keeping him or giving him a good home out of racing. We agist our horses at Finniss Lodge and love them and the care they take of all our horses. We put him out for a long spell with vet’s advice. We brought him back into training nearly a year later and gave him back to Luke. It took nearly four months, then joy again! we had a third with Eran Boyd on him and took deep breaths that he would stay fit without injury. We just made third, it was a delight to watch in that race. Then Luke placed him in a city race, we were excited and nervous. Our first run in the city race with Waikato Express, we decided to stick with Eran and what a race! She and Waikato Express didn’t let us down. The excitement was wonderful, you couldn’t explain our joy, we had been in Lockdown for two weeks and let out the day before the race. Neither of us were feeling joyous, we went and found a  TAB and put some money on the race, not expecting miracles and not knowing if he would stand up to the race. He is a beautiful horse, so good natured and wonderful to train, so Luke says. The rest is history, we have finally done it! We feel we have reached a milestone after 17 years. Our story is don’t give up when the going gets tough, the joy is well worth it. The surprise was that our phones never stopped ringing and texts kept coming in with the congratulations that came from people that didn’t even know we raced horses as well. It really was a joyous wonderful day. Never give up, you never know what’s around the next corner! Or the horse you just started training, how it will go. Waikato Express is by Rebel Raider from the Street Cry mare Forcryingoutloud. The 5-year-old gelding has now won 3 races with 2 seconds and a third from 18 starts earning almost $50,000. On breeding one would expect Waikato Express to be effective over longer distances than he has managed so far. The dam raced 20 times for three wins, including a metro win, she has only had one other to race, the Oratorio mare Beejaydee named I think after Wendy’s husband Brian. She raced six times for the one win and is not longer with us. The granddam Classic Kyles (by Danewin) won two from two on the Sunshine Coast and is the dam of Classic Heart (by Show A Heart) in turn dam of multiple winners Savage Young Blood, James Is Blonde and Hey Pal. We admire Wendy’s enthusiasm for racing and wish her and Brian well.

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Our Owner of the Month award winner for August is Roslyn Day breeder, owner and trainer of Ace Of Clubs. Roslyn has recently moved her breeding operation Rosden Park from Wellington to Malinong where she currently stands the promising Fastnet Rock sire Dedline. Ace Of Clubs has enjoyed an outstanding third preparation, beginning the prep as a maiden with a best result a fourth and winnings of $750. This prep has been a different story with a third at Mount Gambier and then a maiden win at Bordertown. Several unplaced runs followed but then he really hit his straps with three wins and four seconds from his last seven starts. His record now stands at four wins, four seconds and a third from 16 starts and he has returned almost $100,000 in stakes earnings, of which $14000 is SABOIS bonuses. The 5 year old gelding is by Shinzig out of a Muhtathir mare She’s A Pleasure. Shinzig (by Danehill) was a winner of the Group One C.F. Orr stakes and has sired a stakes winner in Psychic Mick from relatively limited opportunities. The dam She’s A Pleasure was born in France. Her other Australian progeny are Varacalli Lad (by Murtajill) who like his half brother has needed time, he is currently a six year-old and has raced on only 5 occasions and Club Queen (by Dedline) who is yet to race. The granddam is US born Hayhaat (by Irish River) who left no progeny of note. Late in September Roslyn sold her interest in Ace OF Clubs to Nigel and Helen Atkin but she will continue to train him. We wish Roslyn continued success with both her breeding operation and her horses.

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SAROA Owner of the Month for July – Gary Gifford who part owns Schilldora and Kirinia joins the guys on the Punters Club. Our Owner of the Month award winner for July is Gary Gifford part owner of Kirinia and Schilldora. Schilldora, by Artie Schiller is out of a Hussonet mare Hussidora, won five races during her 21 start career with one second and two thirds. She earnt $198,600, winning three in a row during late 2018 and was a promising three year old running fourth in two Victorian Group 3 races. Her form tapered off to the point that she was listed for sale with Inglis on-line. Her last hurrah win helping to up her price as a broodmare. Her dam Hussidora had one very undistinguished start before going to stud where to this point Schilldora has been far and away her best progeny. The granddam, a Nashwan mare bred in Ireland, Alisidora has not set the world alight with any other of her produce. Gary’s other winner for the month Kirinia is a three year old filly sired by the evergreen Good Journey from the Belong To Me mare Boat Quay. Kirinia has now had 6 starts for two wins and a second and has so far earned just shy of $50,000 for her owners. Her dam Boat Quay has yet to produce other horses of note but there are two Sir Prancealot fillies on the ground that might change that. The grand dam was Speedy Bell (by Brocco) a Gimcrack stakes winner herself, who has quite a distinguished breeding record being the dam of three stakes winners in Calanda (by Snitzel) winner of half a million dollars and two listed races including the Grafton Ramornie ; Silver Stream (by Al Maher) who won nine races up to Group 2 in WA and amassed stakes of $700,000 and Speedy Natalie who picked up two stakes races, a Group 3 in Sydney and the Dequetteville in Adelaide and has herself produced a Group 3 winner in Sweet and Speedy who is by Street Cry. Gary, who has been a long-time supporter of the Richard and Chantelle Jolly stable, had further success in August with a win by Dalakhani gelding Our Khani. We wish him continued success with his racing interests.

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Recent addition to the SAROA committee – Kevin Benger Occupation – Semi Retired First Horse Owned – Ebonize Favourite Horse Owned – Most recent winner Biggest Win.- Enjoy any win. Winners at Flemington and Moonee Valley were special with family. Best Horse you have seen – Galilee Favourite Race or Racetrack – Cox Plate Favourite Jockey – Jamie Kah Interests Outside of Racing – Mentoring, Board memberships and volunteering Reason for Joining SAROA Committee Encouraged by Rob and Richard. Believe that owners are critical for racing to flourish but often “ seen but not heard “. More members more notice.

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