About our committee – Richard Stafford

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.