Allie with Danger Deal SAROA President Ken Cock has decided to stand down after a little over three years in the role. Ken has done a great job in improving relationships between SAROA and other industry bodies. He has agreed to stay on committee as Vice-President.  At our recent committee meeting Vice-President Allie Umoff was elected as President unopposed. Allie will bring her passion for racing and for improving the ownership experience to the role.  SAROA looks forward to continuing its important role as the body that strenuously  advocates for  the rights and needs of owners. 

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Graceful Eagle winning at Murray Bridge Congratulations to Bryan and June Terry our Owners of the Month for August with Graceful Eagle I spoke to Bryan about his racing experiences. Bryan also wrote this account for us: We would like to thank Leigh and Brian Hoey for nominating us for SAROA Owner of the Month It ‘s been a very long 5 and a half years since we had our last winner Wilander Princess. I went to the yearling sales with a list of over 30 yearlings to examine. Lot 131 a Free Eagle filly was not on that list. As soon as I saw that filly parade in the sale ring, I liked the wat she looked and moved. I started bidding but she was passed in with my last bid of $15,000. I then said to my new trainer Karen Byrnes that I was going back to the stalls to have a closer look. I was able to buy her for $18,000. I was aware that while she was a good size, she might need some time to mature as she was a late foal and was by Free Eagle. After she was broken in and had some short preps, she began to show us that she might have some ability. Her first two starts however were disastrous as way too many things went wrong. I started to have a few doubts. At her third start and now with blinkers on, she was a very different switched-on race horse. Although she was slow away, she came from well back to pass the favourites to win by half a length at 40+ to 1 odds and still quite green. She will spend a couple of months in the paddock. June and I can not wait for her to return and hopefully she can on with it. Graceful Eagle is by Free Eagle from the Lonhro mare Taransay. Taransay was a handy race mare winning 3 from sixteen starts and earning a little over $100,000. Her other progeny include Housay (by Zebedee) winner so far of three from seven and $130,000 and the promising Prince of Fences (by Magnus). The granddam is Heather (by Grand Lodge) and very well performed winner of 7 races and $380,000. Her wins included the Group 2 Emancipation Stakes and the listed Gold Coast Goldmarket Handicap. She has left Tulla Touch (Exceed and Excel) winner of 5 and almost $100,000 and Frosty Heart (by Frost Giant). The third dam Clochan (by Haulpak) who had two stakes winners, Heather as mentioned and Peat Bog by Canny Lad who won a Group 3 Kindergarten Stakes. SAROA wish Bryan and June the very best with Graceful Eagle.

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Zoushine in her July win. Our Owner of the Month award winners for July are Elizabeth and Brenton Parker, part owners of Zoushine, who they also bred. Brenton gave us this background: “Liz and I have been racing horses since the early 80’s and are now also involved in breeding thoroughbreds with about 6 mares. Generally, we like to keep a percentage in the horses that we have bred after they are sold and this is the case with Zoushine who was sold to the Tony and Calvin McEvoy. Zoushine who sold very well at the Inglis Premier sale in 2019 and had been stakes placed twice before she broke through for her maiden win at Morphettville and she has since won at Caulfield followed by SA Rewards 3 YO race at Murray Bridge. Keeping shares in horses that we breed and sell means that we end up having an interest in many horses and being involved with a variety of trainers all around Australia. Our most successful involvement has been with one of our first attempts in breeding with our mare Madame Flurry who has left 4 individual stakes winners namely Happy Trails, Danish Twist, Heart of a Lion and All Too Huiying. From our point of view, it is great to see the progress that is being made in South Australian racing over the last 12-18 months.” Zoushine as the name suggests is by Zoustar from the Parker’s mare Ravenous Lass. Her record at the time of writing stood at 11 starts for 3 wins, 3 seconds and a third and stakes of just over $220,000. She is also part owned by Yulong Investments and races in their green and white colours. The dam Ravenous Lass was by Stratum, she was a handy mare who won five races and she has so far also produced Just Stars (also by Zoustar) who was sold to Singapore where he races as Wishuponastar and the unraced Limited Risk            (by Astern). The granddam Munchie (by Snippets) has produced a stakes winner in San Nicasio (by Hard Spun) who won three of six before being sold to Hong Kong, as well as 7 times winner Kronos (by Helmet) and the cleverly named Bezos (by Written Tycoon). Brenton mentioned his mighty broodmare Madame Flurry (by Perugino) whose progeny have won in excess of $5.5 million between them, with the standout being Happy Trails. Congratulations to Elizabeth and Brenton, worthy winners of the SAROA owner of the month.

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The SAROA AGM for 2021 is booked for September 25th in the Leilani Room at Morphettville The meeting starts at 11:30 sharp. Attendance is restricted to financial SAROA members – if you haven’t renewed please do ASAP. Finger food will be provided.

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Somewatt Fabulous SAROA Owner of the Month award winner for June is Paul Ninnis, part owner of Somewatt Fabulous and Magic Max. Paul was nominated by his partner Peta who told us this: Paul has been nominated for Owner of the Month thanks to Magic Max (Gordon Richards Racing) and Somewatt Fabulous (Richard Jolly Racing). Somewatt Fabulous is a 2 year old filly by Astern out of Megawatt. She has had 2 runs to date with a first at Morphettville (5/6/21) and a third at Flemington (19/6/21) and is currently spelling. Magic Max is a 2 year old gelding by Magnus out of Vain Sonata. He has had 3 runs with a first at Caulfield (29/5/21) and two thirds (Murray Bridge 5/5/21, Morphettville 15/5/21,) and has returned to the stables for another preparation. Paul was onsite at the Magic Millions (Adelaide) and was particularly taken with him as he went around the sales circle and jumped on the ownership very quickly, to say the least. Paul has been a passionate horse owner for a number of years and most recently has been able to introduce a new syndicate to both Gordon Richards and Richard & Chantelle Jolly. The new owners were able to celebrate with Paul as the two horses they syndicated were in fact Magic Max and Somewatt Fabulous. A Magic Fabulous way to start your syndicate journey with their new trainers indeed! “Paul brought new clients to our stable through the success he has had with us. Those new clients had instant results which is great for our business.” Richard & Chantelle Jolly “Paul has been an asset to our stables. Not just as an owner but as a passionate racing enthusiast.  He is dedicated to promoting us and has introduced new owners to our stable. The trainer also loves him because he provides us with the best red wines 😂” Gordon & Jacqui Richards Paul is definitely looking forward to an exciting spring with some great new runners and will welcome back some local super stars – Gytrash, Bold Star, Alleboom and All Banter with great enthusiasm! Somewatt Fabulous a product of Astern and Megawatt (by Shocking) has had a promising start to her career. She is interestingly bred with dad being an outstanding two-year-old and now a first season sire and a reverse shuttle sire with Darley whereas her maternal grandfather won a Melbourne Cup. The dam Megawatt was a handy three-time winner and her oldest progeny is the two-year-old Somewatt Fabulous. The grand dam Dear Diary (by Desert Prince) was born in Ireland, she has left one stakes-winner Pocket Diary (by Jungle Pocket) winner of five including a one at Listed level in New Zealand. All of her progeny were foaled in New Zealand and only Megawatt has a presence in Australia. In contrast to Somewatt Fabulous, Magic Max is by the very established sire Magnus from a Keltrice mare Vain Sonata. Very much a long-term Australian blood line, the dam has had only three named progeny, with so far only Magic Max getting to the races. The grand-dam Royal Sonata (by Royal Academy) was a listed winner in Perth and has left seven-time winner Horacio (by Ne Coupez Pas) who earnt just shy of $250,000 and the eight-time winner Pinyarda, a gelding by Pins. The third dam La Musique (by Belloto) provided some black type with Royal Sonata as well as Hazardous Harmony, a six-time winner by Dangerous. SAROA acknowledges Paul’s work to get new owners into SA racing and is sure he and Peta will have continued success with their horses

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Glen Eden Stud based in Moranding VIC are promoting availability of their Stallion Match Service with G! Goldmine. They will provide this service to SAROA members and SA breeders free of charge. G1 Goldmine is a market leading pedigree analysis platform that gives breeders the power to research pedigrees through a host of online tools. With the help of G1 Goldmine, Glen Eden has empowered breeders to replicate proven stakes winning pedigrees using it’s Stallion Match tool. Simply choose a Glen Eden stallion, enter your mare and find stake winners from around the world that have be bred with a similar pedigree. Aim for a 20/20 Match which indicates your hypothetical mating has a high number of shared ancestors with multiple stakes winners. Or even better, try your luck at obtaining a Perfect Match which is achieved when your hypothetical mattings shares ancestors with multiple stakes winners in EVERY quarter of the pedigree. Both indicates a high affinity with proven winning pedigrees. Stats: Nearly 634,000 Stallion Match searches this year so far.Close to 87,000 of those searches were a 20/20 Match.Only 3082 were a Perfect Match Click on the ads on our website to activate this service or click here to utilise this service https://g1goldmine.com/g1g/ui/stallionmatch-result?for=G1StallionMatch%20-%20GLENEDEN-REBELDANE.htm

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Travis Doudle is SAROA Owner of the Month for May courtesy of Not Usual Glorious and Jauguary We spoke to Travis to get some background on the two horses. Not Usual Glorious has an unusual name and a somewhat unusual start to his career. Bred in Victoria he was bought to race in New Zealand where he was able to win at Avon and Matamata. Travis was able to pick him up to race in SA with the winter wet tracks in mind. That seems to have been a great move as the Fiorente gelding has won three in a row in Adelaide and has already picked up $75,000 for his new owners. With the winter staying races coming up there are high hopes that he will continue to race well. As mentioned Not Usual Glorious is by Fiorente out of the Hold That Tiger mare Temper Tantrum. The dam was a stakes winner successful in the Strutt Stakes in Tasmania, in total she won 3 races and a touch less than $100,000, aside from Not Usual Glorious she has not as yet produced anything else of merit. The granddam is the Grand Lodge mare Disco Bickie who apart from her stakes winning daughter Temper Tantrum is the dam of three others without much success. Her dam Catherine Mary (by Famous Star) also produced a stakes winner of two Group 3 races in Shelbourne Lass (by Brocco) who in turn produced the Group 3 winner Elusive Touch (by Elusive Quality) as well as Rocknet (by Fastnet Rock) and Further (by More Than Ready) dam of recent listed winning Sepoy mare Anjana. Travis told us the story with Jaguary which is an equally interesting one, he burst on the scene for Travis after being purchased again from New Zealand. He was a lightly raced maiden when he arrived here but won at his first start in his new home and racked up three wins from his first four runs here. In fact, his first eight starts here yielded 4 wins and three seconds with including a second and a fourth across the border. As we all know racing can be a roller coaster ride and unfortunately Jag picked up a virus and struggled for to recapture his best form at his next two preps. Things have changed this time in though, with three starts for two strong wins, he has to date amassed $193,000 in stakes. Jaguary is by Niagara out of the Spartacus mare Guipure who has produced two others by Niagara and both have come to Australia in Tuakana who has had one start with Travis’s stable and Brother’s Shadow who is owned by Travis’s mother and has won two from three as a two-year-old. The grand dam is the Blue Razor mare Delph. Since winning the award in May the two horses have gone on to more success with at the time of writing two more wins for Not Usual Glorious and one for Jaguary and both are due to race again quite soon.

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Canford on his way to a win Our Owner of the Month award winner for April is Esther Doel Henshall, part owner of Canford. Esther told us a little about Canford and his recent ups and downs: As a connection of Canford, I have been overjoyed with his return to form. Ryan Balfour, his vets and staff have done a remarkable job creating and formulating a fitness and treatment plan for Canford’s niggling issues. The transformation from a horse that may not have raced again after a devastating paddock injury to a horse in hot form has been a miracle.  Bart Cumming’s adage, “patience is the cheapest thing in racing”, has certainly paid dividends with Canford. Who knows what the future may hold with Canford, but I’m simply chuffed to have an honest horse and am just enjoying the ride. Canford after being injured had a break from racing for 46 weeks and returned with four starts without showing too much. He then spelled again to return 17 weeks later for a much more successful campaign notching 2 wins and 2 seconds and a third so far. Not bad, as Esther says, for a horse whose career was in grave doubt. As his name suggests the six-year-old gelding is by Canford Cliffs winner of five Group 1 races in the UK. During his time in Australia, he has sired four stakes winners, the best of which is Cliff’s Edge, whose 8 wins have netted more than a million dollars. Canford’s dam is Sorenstam (by Encosta Da Lago), she was a handy race mare winning 6 races and almost $300,000. Her other progeny include Canford’s full brother Wimborne who is still racing and has won 7 races and over $150,000. The grand dam is the listed winner of 9 races Delgara (by Delgado) who in turn has left one stakes winner, the VRC St Leger claimant Inkster (by Umatilla). Altogether Inkster won five for almost $300,000. The family has been associated with South East identity Ricky Bruhn for five generations and Delgara’s progeny include the handy mare Deltrice (by Keltrice) winner of 7 and dam herself of the twelve-time winning Bianconi gelding Conidel. It’s great to see Canford back on the track and kicking goals again.

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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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