A relatively new member of the SAROA committee is Chris Nutt, read all about him below Committee member Chris Nutt Occupation Plumber First Horse Owned I had a share in a filly called Hive Jive when I was 16, so it was in my Dad’s name. The first in my name was a leased horse with Mick Kluske by the name of Phoenix Nights. Neither horse was blessed with much ability on the track. Favourite Horse Owned Hard question to answer, I think they’re like your children. You don’t have a favourite. Biggest Win. No great heights achieved yet, a couple BM64 races in Victoria. A highlight was having a runner at Flemington on Oaks Day 2018, she ran second last but it was a great experience, probably my favourite day at the races so far. Best Horse you have seen In the flesh it would have to be Black Caviar closely followed by Takeover Target. Favourite Race or Racetrack I love the country tracks. My two favourites would be Oakbank as we go every year and I love the atmosphere at Strathalbyn.  Favourite Jockey Craig Williams. I really admire his professionalism and the way he gives back to the industry and is always so humble. Interests Outside of Racing Spending time with my family Reason for Joining SAROA Committee I emailed SAROA with an idea to promote/increase ownership in SA and was asked if I was interested in joining the Committee, so I did. I love racing and want to try and help to promote and grow the industry where possible. Being part of the SAROA committee is also a great way to learn about other parts of the industry that most people don’t see.

Read More

SAROA Owner of the Month award for December went to Bevan and Lynette Crowell who had wins with Magic Dee, One More Jack (pictured above) and Lady Pavli Chenko. Bevan chats to Gary and Matt on the Punter’s Club https://saroa.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/200118-SAROA-interview.mp3 Our Owner of the Month award for December, was awarded to Bevan and Lynette Crowell for the wins of Magic Dee, Lady Pavli Chenko and One More Jack. The Crowell’s told us that: Our current horses racing with Shane Oxlade include Magic Dee, Lady Pavli CHenko, One More Jack, Follow the Prompts, Manor King  Lady Berlinetta & Touch. Previous horses include Ustinov’s Fury, It’s Been a Battle & Famous Jayne. We have a few more only just in training or being broken in and all are trained by Shane. We have been with Shane for close to 10 years with our relationship going way past racing. Magic Dee (by Zebedee) out of the Magnus mare Stardust One has had 9 starts for 1 win, 4 seconds and 2 thirds and shows plenty of promise. She was bred by SAROA member Ralph Satchell, her sire unfortunately passed away in October last year. Magic Dee was the first foal of the dam who has also foaled a filly by Mint Lane. Stardust One is out of a Marscay mare Dubai Dream who has left a stakes winner Al Dhafra (by Fusaichi Pegasus) winner of seven races and over $300,000, her only other performer of note is French Fantasy (by French Deputy) a winner of three races and dam of good winners in Ellie’s Encore (by Choisir) and her full sisters Peggy’s Cove and Portland Place and the Excelebration colt Dodecanese. Lady Pavli Chenko (by Shooting To Win) has also shown ability, she is out of the Commands mare Capital Commander, an excellent performer winner of nine and of around $435,000. Lady Pavli Chenko like her stablemate Magic Dee is a first foal of the mare with one other named filly Adventura (by I Am Invincible) who is yet to race. The granddam is the oddly named Chicken Little (by Telesto) also a handy winner and has also left Little Favours (by Favelon) winner of more than $120,000 At the time of writing One More Jack (by Typhon) had won three in a row, starting at Port Lincoln and then winning two at home track Strathalbyn. The stallion stands at Glenrae Stud at Port Broughton and is the sire of Artful Rambler and Balwarra Gold amongst others. One More Jack is out of the Hussonet mare Husson Spirit and is a home bred. She has also left Balwarra Spirit. The granddam Ispirata (by Lure) was bred in Ireland and has left others including four time winner The Hussy (again by Hussonet). The third dam Ispahan bred a Group I winner in France, Cloudings. One More Jack while not fashionably bred shows a lot of potential and we wish Bevan and Lynette the very best with him and their other horses.

Read More

We have received comments about safety concerns regarding recent hot weather and  the viability of race meetings on days of extreme heat. Although the conditions can be very trying SAROA is confident that TRSA and the Stewards are fully aware of the implications for Equine Welfare and will make any decision based on the best interests of horses and jockeys. In relation to the recently postponed Morphettville twilight meeting TRSA advised as follows: TRSA and the SAJC In conjunction with industry experts will continue to monitor the situation and will not proceed should the forecast deteriorate. We consider the welfare of horses and participants as paramount and will not compromise their safety if the conditions are not suitable. In addition TRSA has a detailed hot weather policy  http://www.theracessa.com.au/industry/stewards/official-stewards-policy which will be followed. It is our belief that we should allow TRSA to continue to monitor the weather forecasts and make a considered decision on any heat affected meeting. If however owners or trainers have individual concerns they are of course entitled to scratch their horses.

Read More

Dalasan winning the SA Spring Stakes in August. Harry Perks is the SAROA Owner of the Month for November courtesy of his star Dalasan. Harry will be doing an in depth interview on Vision Australia Radio in January. Our Owner of the Month award for November, was awarded to Harry Perks who had Group 3 success with Dalasan. Harry was nominated by Ken Cock who told us this in his nomination: I would like to nominate Harry Perks, a long-time member of SAROA and supporter of SA racing as Owner of the Month for November 2019.  Harry is a significant investor in racing in this State as both an owner and breeder.  His contribution to SA Racing, over the years, has been enormous.  This was recognised in 2018 when Harry was admitted to the South Australian Racing Hall of Fame. One of the pinnacles of his success occurred in the month of November on Derby Day, at Flemington.  His very promising galloper Dalasan, which he bred and now owns in partnership, was successful in the Group 3 Carbine Club Stakes.  He raced away and then gallantly held off a late challenge over the last 50 metres to win impressively.  Because Dalasan had been a runner in the Caulfield Guineas, in which he ran 3rd, the prizemoney for the Carbine Club winner carried a $1,000,000 bonus to the winning connections.  A great result for the owners Harry’s enjoyment for the day was not to end there.  The winner of the Group 1 Victorian Derby, Warning, was bred by Harry at Mill Park.  Warning was sired by Declaration of War and is half-brother to the useful local galloper Galaxy Gazer; the mare Livia’s first foal. Warning was sold at the Adelaide Magic Million Yearling sales for $65,000. What a day!  It’s great to see Harry Perks rewarded for his significant investment and for flying the flag for South Australian Racing. A worthy winner for November 2019 Owner of the Month. Harry also had a winner in November with Dr Dependable and to date in December has had wins with Stately Star and Star Status. Harry’s Toorak Thoroughbred Breeding Trust has been responsible for a plethora of winners over the years many raced by Harry and trained by Leon MacDonald, in later times in partnership with Andrew Gluyas. As Ken mentioned in his nomination Harry was inducted into the TRSA SA Racing Hall of Fame in 2018 and the following excerpt from the TRSA website highlights his achievements  Harry Perks entered the Hall of Fame in the Associate ranks for his contribution to racing as both an owner and breeder. Amongst the hundreds of winners Harry has bred to date, there are thirteen Group 1 winners. Eleven of those went on to race in Harry’s ownership. When pressed on the best horses to have raced in Harry’s colours, he broke it down like this. Gold Guru, a three times Group 1 winner, and Australian Champion Three Year Old of his Year, was his best colt and still today at 24 years of age plays a role in Harry’s breeding empire acting as a babysitter to the young horses in the paddocks of Mill Park. Harry’s best filly he names as  Southern Speed who won seven races and $2.8 Million in prizemoney with her biggest success being the 2011 Caulfield Cup. Harry’s comments fail to highlight another star in Rebel Raider winner of both the Victorian and SA Derbys and now a successful sire. In all Rebel Raider won 5 Group races in an unfortunately injury shortened career and has so far sired three stakes winners of four stakes races. The Owner of the Month award is based on the win of Dalasan in the Group 3 Carbine Club Stakes adding to wins in the SA Spring Stakes (Group 3) and the Danehill Stakes (Group 2). In total Dalasan has won five of his eight starts as well as 2 seconds and $1.7 million in prizemoney. Dalasan was sired by the Aga Khan’s star stallion Dalakhani who stud 3 seasons at Cornerstone Stud at Angaston. Dalakhani won four Group 1 races including the Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe and sired 13 stakes winners of 21 stakes races before being retired in 2016. His notable progeny with connections to Australia include Arab Dawn, Guardini and Reliable Man, a multiple Group 1 winner now standing in New Zealand where he has already sired 5 stakes winners including Victorian Oaks winner Miami Bound. Dalasan was bred by Harry Perks from the Kitten’s Joy mare Khandallah whose other progeny to race are Liberty Lover (by the aforementioned Rebel Raider) and Ichibansan (by Dissident). Kitten’s Joy (by El Prado) won 7 stakes races including two at Group 1 in Canada and the USA and has been very successful at stud with 11 Stakes winners of 23 stakes races, 18 of which were Group 1s. The Most notable being Roaring Lion who won 4 Group 1’s and Big Blue Kitten also the winner of 4 Group 1’s.  Roaring Lion commenced a stud career in the UK before shuttling to Cambridge Stud in New Zealand where he unfortunately succumbed to colic. The granddam La Rochelle (by Honour and Glory) was exported from the USA to Australia in foal to Kitten’s Joy. Her Australian progeny include two handy performers in Le Schiller (as the name suggests by Artie Schiller) and Concrete Madame (by City Place) still racing in WA. Harry Perks continues to support racing in SA with his breeding and owning involvements. Dalasan looks to be a real talent and we wish Harry continued success.

Read More

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 nredin@theracessa.com.au. Regards Jim Watters Chief Executive Thoroughbred Racing SA

Read More

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.  

Read More