The new horse ambulance SAROA committee met with the Equine Welfare section of Racing SA – Thorough Care SA to discuss their role Equine Welfare has become an increasing focus for Principal Racing Authorities for a number of years. South Australia has seen 1% of prizemoney being deducted for Equine Welfare Initiatives since July 1 2020 so owners are keen to know what the levy is being used for. The 1% prizemoney levy is used to fund a number of Equine Welfare initiatives including the role of Racing SA Equine Welfare Officer. Appointed in March 2020, John Cornell has been in the role of Equine Welfare Officer, moving from the McEvoy Mitchell Racing team. John, as Equine Welfare Officer has developed a close working relationship with the inspectorate division of the RSPCA, working together to improve welfare outcomes for thoroughbred horses in need. John will soon become the first racing official in Australia to be given Inspector powers under the Animal Welfare Act, equivalent to those of an RSPCA inspector but restricted to equine issues. John has been able to establish a productive relationship with the RSPCA in investigating and resolving matters of neglect in relation to equine animals. On a more proactive basis, Thorough Care SA (TCSA) (the Welfare arm of Racing SA) has initiated a number of incentives for the uptake of retired racehorses into Off The Track (OTT) equestrian programmes. The support of TCSA and their presence at these events seeks to create demand for thoroughbreds after their racing involvements are over. In addition, TCSA have purchased a state of the art Horse Ambulance that greatly improves the ability of racecourse personnel and vets to deal with any accident or injury that occurs on race days. The ambulance is currently available for metropolitan and provincial meetings and there are two more on order – one will be stationed in the South East and one will service the Port Augusta and Port Lincoln seasons. They are expected to be operational by July this year. TCSA is also working with Clubs to improve horse safety and welfare related infrastructure at various tracks – for example, the provision of cooling aids to assist during the hotter months. TCSA have just finalised “Retirement Packs” that will be supplied with a horse to be rehomed. The packs will include a rug and supplements and feed to a value of around $500 to the recipient, the cost to Racing SA will be around $200 due to the support it has been able to arrange with the suppliers involved. Hygain Feeds will offer a lifetime 25% discount on its products for any rehomed horse registered with Thorough Care SA. TCSA is also working with Roseworthy, investigating whether there are any research projects that will assist in positive welfare outcomes for horses, particularly through education seminars and resources. They have also been involved with Racing Australia on increasing the traceability of thoroughbred horses from birth to end of life. TCSA have also been involved in coordinating appropriate responses for the proposed Code of Conduct for horse transport companies as currently there are no National guidelines, they are State based.

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Brenton with So Bene Owner of the Month for March is Brenton Scott for So Bene and New Roman. He talks to the guys on The Punter’s Club . Brenton told us about the horses and racing: Please thank those who put forward my name to win this award. As you aware owners on the whole contribute a great deal to the industry. While the high times are great, much of the time it’s a grind with little reward and many disappointments. As you may be aware I bred both of these horses. So Bene was foaled down at Mill Park and is out of Molto Bene, a mare which gave me some success and enjoyment during her racing career. Interestingly I won this award once before when she won the Group 3 SA Sires Produce Stakes. New Roman was bred and raised at Rosden Park in Wellington and is a great little horse. He had some serious complications from his gelding operation which is the reason for his abbreviated career. Andrew Clarken has done a great job bringing him back to form. So Bene is by Hinchinbrook out if Molto Bene (by Royal Academy) and has won once from four starts with the Stokes stable. Her dam Molto Bene won two Stakes races including, as Brenton notes, the Group 3 SA Sires Produce Stakes. In total she won 4 races and over $200,000. She has so far produced one other winner but as a young mare who has been served by well performed sires, the best is hopefully yet to come. The grand dam the well named Benevolent (by Generous) has an outstanding record in the breeding barn with 3 black type winners, the others being Classic Wei Wei  (by Shamus Award) winner of four so far including the listed Port Adelaide Guineas. The star of the three is the multiple Group winner Mourinho (by Oratorio) winner of 11 races and $1.2 million with the Group 1 Underwood Stakes the highlight as well as 3 Group 2’s, 2 Group 3’s and a Listed race. New Roman’s March win was the second for the gelding by Written Tycoon out of The Bay Rod (by Nadeem). His dam won just the one race from 9 starts and has left another winner in Rodney (by Bel Esprit), winner of three. The grand dam is Roddick (by Last Tycoon) has left several good ones including The Black Rod (by Black Hawk) winner of 2 and over $80,000; Cairngorm (by Desert Sun); Island Beach (by Reann) and Quiddick (by Equiano) all handy horses. Brenton also had wins recently with Divenire (by Squamosa) and Magna Bella (by Magnus). As Brenton notes there are many highs and lows in racing but Brenton is going through a nice patch at present and SAROA wish him well.

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SAROA and Santa didn’t get together last year because of COVID-19, hopefully this year will be different. We are conscious that SAROA has been unable to run functions for some time. We would like to welcome our members for an afternoon tea – starting around 2 pm on Saturday April 24th in the Terrace Bar at Morphettville. Food service will commence at 3:00pm We will supply platters of savoury and sweet nibbles and a complementary drink for our members. Non-members welcome for $20 per person. To assist with catering please book ASAP as time is short  via the website www.saroa.com.au or ring Richard on 0432664824 or email secretary@saroa.com.au

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Our Owner of the Month award winner for February is Dennis Gardiner part owner of Knightstown.  Dennis told us about his involvement in racing My love of horses began years ago when I was a child and my father would take us to Victoria Park, Cheltenham and Morphettville. At these courses I saw the champion jockeys of yesterday year such as Billy Pyers, Pat Glennon and Jim Johnson. My two favourite jockeys of that era were Roy Higgins and George Moore.              I have always wanted to be involved in the racing industry, so I approached Mark Minervini and managed to get a share in a few horses, including Mica Lil, and Martinique.  I had some success with Mica Lil running 3rd in the Robert Sangster Stakes.  Through SAROA, I met Rob and Maureen McBryde and I purchased a share in Knightstown which is trained by Gordon Richards. Knightstown won a trial at Morphettville, then the following Saturday 13th February he won in grand style, well ridden by Ryan Hurdle. Interestingly Knightstown was bred by SAROA treasurer Rob McBryde and was passed in at the Magic Million Adelaide sales. Rob retained the horse to race and SAROA committee member Kevin Benger and wife Beverly also took a share. As he won in February, he was eligible for the double up of Racing Rewards and earned $66,000 for his connections in the one start. A great return for a single start in SA. Knightstown, a two-year-old, is by Valentia out of the staying mare Zaraya Rose. Valentia is a very attractive looking stallion by Fastnet Rock who stands at Cornerstone stud at Angaston. His eldest progeny are three and include Fayerra and Smokin Val. Zaraya Rose (by Hawk Wind) was a two-time winner and has also produced Saccharo (by Magnus) a winner of almost $200,000. The granddam Summer Magic (by Eagling) has also produced Surmato (by Belloto) and Brewski (by Bel Esprit). The third dam Lightning Flash (by Lightning) was imported from France, she produced amongst others Light Water (by Bellwater) dam of Flash Coupe and Resplendent (by Bluebird) producer of Flash of Doubt. Having only raced once and having won quite impressively, the future looks bright for Knightstown and his connections.

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A reminder that SAROA is the first owner association to jump on board as a partner of the new Fred app for racing owners.  The team at Friends of Mr Ed (Fred for short) have created the app to provide a fun social space for owners, and we’re right behind this new innovation because we think it’s the perfect way to get more out of ownership on and off the track. Over time we will work closely with Fred to add greater value (and more fun!) to your SAROA membership. We encourage all SAROA members to download the Fred app, connect your horses and friends and enjoy the ride! Fred – the new social app for horse owners and their friends In addition Fred is calling for expressions of interest from owners and their friends in buying a small share in a racehorse to be trained by a prominent Adelaide stable. Please contact secretary@saroa.com.au if you are interested. Friends of Mr Ed is excited to introduce owners to a new social app called Fred.  This free new app has been made by owners who wanted to create an active social community with other owners on and off the racetrack, and make ownership more fun and more interactive. Fred’s got owner chat groups, race information, stats and social events all within the app and every named & registered racehorse in Australia is on it.  Fred also has a partnership with our South Australian office photographers “Atkins Photography” so you can see and purchase the winning photos directly from the media library within the app. We’ve checked out the app and we think owners will love it, plus you can invite your friends and family to connect and chat as well. All you have to do to get started is: Download the app here:www.friendsofmred.com/downloadCreate a profile and start adding your horse/sGet chatting with other owners already on the app and invite friends to join from the ‘Me’ tab We hope you enjoy using the app and if there’s any feedback you’d like to share, you can.

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Showusyourmotor Our Owner of the Month award winner for January is Norm Gardner part owner of Vindex and Showusyourmotor.  We chatted to Norm about his involvement in racing Norm bought his first share in a racehorse when he was in his early 20’s. The horse was bought from SAROA member and at the time Alice Springs bookmaker Terry Lillis and the horse was trained by Gary Searle. Norm caught the racing bug then and has been involved in ownership ever since. He said his best were Finke (Turffontein – Blooming Marvellous) who won eight races as a three-year-old in the Territory culminating in a Third in the Darwin Cup. Getting Lucky (Danzig Connection – Crafty Luck) who won 12 races in the Territory and one at Caulfield As well as Letmeentertainyou (Catbird – News Academy) who won once in Darwin and five times in Adelaide. The two horses for which Norm is our January winner represent two different aspects of race ownership. Vindex (Fastnet Rock – Mithila) is a 7-year-old who was picked up as a tried horse by Norm’s partner – trainer Kristi Evans. At the time he got to Kristi he had raced 23 times for a lowly maiden win at Benalla. Since then while only winning twice, he has picked up a second, 7 thirds and 2 fourths and his total prizemoney sits at just over $92,000. Vindex is well bred with his dam Mithila being by Encosta Da Lago, she was unraced but has produced Hierarchal (by High Chaparral) winner of almost $190,000 and Madam Legend (by I Am Invincible) winner of over $185,000 to date. The granddam Twyla (by Danehill) produced the stakes winner Murjana (by Giants Causeway); as well as Celebria (by Peintre Celebre) dam of three stakes winners, most notably Gathering (by Tale Of The Cat) a Group 1 winner in Perth; and River Song (by Fusiachi Pegasus) dam of the stakes winner Niagara (by Encosta Da Lago) now a successful sire in New Zealand. The third dam is the Nijinsky mare Dancing Show who left 2 stakes winners – both hugely successful sires in Hurricane Sky (by Star Watch) and Umatilla (by Miswaki). Showusyourmotor (Zebedee – Glorious Night) was bred by Cornerstone Stud and looks to be an above average filly with one win from four starts. The dam Glorious Night is by Al Maher has only produced one to race so far. The grand dam is Azardi (by Desert Prince) sire of the Villiers Stakes winner All Legal (also by Al Maher) winner of 6 races and nearly $600,000 with nothing else of note. The third dam San Century (by Centaine) also left three stakes winners most notably Glorious Days by Hussonet a seven-time winner in Hong Kong including the Hong Kong Mile. SAROA wishes Norm and Kristi all the best for their future success.

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Clarken Racing are in the process of forming an Aspiring Owners Club -details below SAROA is  keen to support this initiative as it serves to attract new owners to SA racing and helps provide education for them  So tell all your friends who are interested in racing but don’t yet have a horse.  insideaccess@clarkenracing.com What is the Aspiring Owners Club?Clarken Racing wants to demystify the world of horse ownership.  This is a unique opportunity for budding racing enthusiasts to get an inside look at the thrill of racing from an owner’s perspective.It’s free to join and there are absolutely no costs. What you will get as an Aspiring Clarken Racing Owner:– Receive regular reports on the progress of the horse– Have opportunities to visit stables and meet staff– Watch the horse in action undertaking track work– Attend trials– Attend race meetings– Receive invitations to Clarken Racing Owner events throughout the year– Receive weekly stable news, updates and Will’s thoughts on all the horses running each weekendWhy a yearling and where is the horse coming from?To follow the entire career of a racehorse; the highs, the lows and all the bits in between.  The yearling will be purchased by Clarken Racing at the Adelaide 2021 Magic Millions sale.  We will have a marquee set up with food and drink on 7th March; RSVP to start the story from the sales and meet the team. What am I joining?The Clarken Racing Family.  You will become a member of the Aspiring Owners Club and share the journey with us as we take the horse from an unbroken yearling to an educated, and potentially successful race horse. Want to be a part of this unique opportunity?Get in touch via:  insideaccess@clarkenracing.com RSVP using the above email to attend Clarken Racing’s  Magic Millions Adelaide marquee by Thursday 25th February For more updates follow Clarken Racing on:

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Bleriot Our Owner of the Month award winner for December is Will Clarken, trainer and part owner of Stan The Caddy and Bleriot. The stable provided us with the following comments: Stan The Caddy He’s no world-beater (yet) but he has amassed a bit of a following due to his name, which for those who don’t know, comes from a character in the show Seinfeld.  We have had to be patient with this horse.  He was always backward; and coming from Rebel Raider stock, was always going to take a little time.  I had his full-brother El Desperado who won the Strathalbyn Cup at 4YO, so I knew Stan would take a while to furnish.  I don’t think he is quite there yet as he can still mix his form.  But on the days he puts things together, it really clicks.  This is where you can see him balance up and stretch out with a big long striding action.  Perhaps the Strathalbyn Cup at 5YO is his go? Bleriot This 2YO filly is the opposite end of the spectrum to Stan The Caddy; she has been ready to go from day one.  I purchased her as a yearling at the 2020 Gold Coast Magic Millions as part of the Aquis Farm draft.  Aquis retained a share in her and being by their first season stallion, Divine Prophet, came with a ‘Bonus of the Purchase Price Back’ if she was able to win a Saturday Metropolitan race before next year’s sale.  Watching her run second on two occasions to classy interstate raiders was tough, but she managed to salute on her third attempt and secure a huge windfall for all the owners.  She is not the most naturally talented 2YO in the stable but these placings behind some very sharp looking horses were possible thanks to her forward professional manner and mental and physical fortitude. I’m looking forward to getting her back into work and seeing if she can take it to the next level.  At the time of writing Stan The Caddy by Rebel Raider out of Roscrea Rose (by Blevic) has won 3 from 11 starts and earnt more than $90,000 including almost $25,000 in Racing Rewards SA (SABOIS) bonuses. His last two wins which came in succession, were over middle distances. The dam Roscrea Rose won once from 10 tries and has produced the full brother El Desperado who is still racing having won four and earned more than $115,000. The mare has also left a colt by Americain. The second dam Sally Rose continues the staying blood lines being by Jeune, she won five races and left several winners. These include Rowdy Rocker (by Ssratoga Springs) winner of 10 with 21 minor placings and stakes of nearly $220,000; High Value (by Face Value); and Rowdy Richard (by Blevic) winner of more than $150,000. These three were all trained by Ken Sweeney. Bleriot is a filly by Divine Prophet from the Jet Spur mare Jetting To London. As mentioned, Bleriot is from the first crop of the Caulfield Guineas winner Divine Prophet who is by Choisir. Her race record stands at 3 starts for a win and 2 seconds and stakes of $45,000 which does not include the “Purchase Price Back” bonus. Her dam Jetting To London won four starts, two in Queensland and two in WA with Bleriot being her only named progeny to date. The second dam Lady London (by Brocco) was unplaced at two starts and has produced nothing of significance at stud. Going back to the third dam, the Bletchingly mare London Lights however we find three stakes winners – Lisson Grove (by Dehere) winner of the listed SAJC Dermody Stakes; the Sir Tristam mare Only A Lady winner of the Group 1 Flight stakes and dam of the listed winner Redwood Falls (by Woodman); and finally, Smoko (by Snitzel) a listed winner of 8 races and $300,000 in WA. Will’s two horses demonstrate the different challenges that racing throws up with Stan The Caddy requiring patience and Bleriot being precocious but running into tough opposition at her initial starts. 

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