We include a link to an audio recording of our seminar Thursday June 22nd. https://recorder.google.com/489df979-8c32-4bf8-a483-41ebc7b5c418 The recording is word searchable by typing in a subject that takes your interest. Subjects covered include: A day in the life of a steward and a jockey Whip Rules Getting the weight right The mechanics of a protest Banned Substances Issues that stewards and jockeys would like owners to know about.

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It is with regret that we advise readers of the passing of SAROA committee member Chris Kay yesterdayChris, a committee member since 2015, had been battling cancer for some time with some success however he contracted a lung infection that he was unable to beat.  RIP Chris

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Jade Doyle SAROA Apprentice Award Winner for 2022 The SAROA Apprentice Award for 2022 was presented to Jade Doyle from the Gordon Richards / Damien Moyle stable. The nomination for Jade reads in part: “As an Owner in the Richards / Moyle stable, I would like to recommend Ms Jade Doyle for the SAROA Apprentice Award. Jade rides our stable horses with great maturity and displays a unique intuitive manner of connecting with the horse. Often cautious with media due to her shyness, Jade rides with the desire to learn from every opportunity. After a serious fall at Gawler earlier this year, Jade pulled herself together and found confidence, despite a sad outcome for her horse. Jade will often send owners photos and video updates of their horses, (usually on a Sunday!), to enable a direct & personal connection to the group.” At SAROA we spoke to Jade to get some background information about her. Jade grew up in Alice Springs, where her mother had been an apprentice jockey in the Territory and  where there were always horses around. After spending a year or so working for stables in Melbourne Jade took up her apprenticeship with the Richards/Moyle stable where she still works. She has ridden 17 winners, her first being Oakfield Geronimo at Kingscote, and she has now scored two provincial wins, her first on Hezwest for the Ken Sweeney stable and more recently on Strip Club for Tom Jolly. He has become Jade’s favourite horse, for the moment at least.   A natural light weight, Jade is easily able to ride at 51 kg. For the time being her goals are fairly simple – she wants to focus on riding more provincial winners to ride down her claim and later this year she hopes of obtain her metropolitan riding ticket. Ultimately, she would like to travel and she will ride for SA in the National Apprentice Race Series in Darwin in early March. We congratulate Jade on winning the SAROA Award and wish her the very best for her future in the saddle.

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SAROA members have been graciously invited by the SAJC to access the Owner & Trainer Marquee for Tab Finals day regardless of whether they have a runner on the day. Details of the day and access provisions follow:  TAB Finals Day TAB Finals Day is a new feature race day; a unique day in the South Australian racing calendar providing participants from across the state the opportunity to be part of an additional fantastic day of high-quality racing following Victoria’s Spring Racing Carnival. TAB Finals Day will celebrate South Australian Thoroughbred Racing’s Hall of Fame inductees with a full day of premium racing. The nine-race program will incorporate three races named after the 2022 Hall of Fame inductees – all Provincial and Country level finals races. The additional six races on the card will also be finals, at metropolitan-level, each offering no less than $100,000 in prizemoney! Owner & Trainer Marquee Function (For those with runners on the day) Morphettville Racecourse are thrilled to be hosting this unique day on the South Australian racing calendar. Owners & Trainers with a runner on TAB Finals Day are invited to enjoy this inaugural day of celebration with a sense of occasion. Morphettville Racecourse looks forward to welcoming Owners & Trainers to enjoy an exclusive function in the marquee on the Champagne Lawns including: Wristband access for owner/trainer + a guest (redeemable from the Morphettville Race Day office along with mounting yard passes on the day)Complimentary glass of Croser sparkling wine on arrivalComplimentary circulating finger food between 12:30pm and 2:30pm Please register for your racecourse entry tickets using the link in the Owners & Trainers email the Wednesday prior to TAB Finals Day as per usual. Keen to take your TAB Finals Day experience to the next level? There are a number of premium packages available, perfect for entertaining and watching your horse on the big stage in style! Further information and bookings available online TAB Finals Day – November 12 – Morphettville. Furthermore, winning trainers from each of the nine races on the TAB Finals Day program are invited to be hosted by the SAJC Board in celebration after the last race. Owner & Trainer Marquee Function (SAROA Members – no runner on the day) Morphettville Racecourse are thrilled to be hosting this unique day on the South Australian racing calendar. SAROA members are invited to enjoy this inaugural day of celebration with a sense of occasion, irrespective of whether you have a runner competing on the day. Morphettville Racecourse looks forward to welcoming SAROA Members to our exclusive Owners & Trainers Marquee function on the Champagne Lawns including: Wristband access for SAROA member + a guest (redeemable from the Morphettville Race Day office upon presentation of your SAROA membership card)Complimentary glass of Croser sparkling wine on arrivalComplimentary circulating finger food between 12:30pm and 2:30pm Please show your SAROA membership card at the racecourse entry gate for free admission as per usual. Racecourse general admission for your guests can be pre-purchased online or at the Gate for only $10 (pricing applicable for TAB Finals Day only).

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The Highways next event, “Friday Lunch on the Deck” supports the Breakthrough Foundation. Chris McDermott, Mark Soderstrom and the Executive Director of Breakthrough Mental Health Research Foundation John Mannion will all be present on the day. Breakthrough Mental Health Research Foundation is Australia’s only dedicated mental health research foundation. They support ground-breaking research that will help to transform the lives of those affected by mental health issues. Mental illness is going to be the biggest health challenge in our lifetime. One in five Australians has a diagnosed mental health condition, and more people between 15-44 years are dying from suicide than any other cause. This is not acceptable. The mission is to create a life free from mental illness. Your $75 ticket price for our “Day on the Deck” includes a selection of canape food and drinks (beer, wine, soft drink) from 1.00pm-4.00pm. A portion of the ticket price will also be donated to Breakthrough. To book click here

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Dean Pettit taking us through the classroom aspects of the Academy. SAROA members visited the Apprentice Academy and were given a thorough briefing on the role of the Academy and the extensive training given to the apprentices. Thanks to Dean Pettit and Briony Moore for organising the visit and to apprentices Lizzie Annells , Jade Doyle and Caitlyn Munro for talking to us and demonstrating the mechanical horses for us. Caitlyn Munro on one of the mechanical horses. Lizzie Annells demonstrating another of the mechanical horses.

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SAROA has for some time wanted to organise a visit to the Apprentice Academy to inspect the facilities there and to understand more about the training that our apprentice jockeys receive. COVID-19 has intervened on several occasions and renovations to the premises have held up arrangements but finally we can invite our members to inspect the Academy on September 29th at 4:00pm. The Academy is located adjacent to the Magic Millions Complex 1 Park Terrace, Morphettville SA 5043 We have also made a booking at the Highway for those who wish to join us for dinner afterwards. The dinner will be Ala Carte at attendees cost. To Book click here

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