Winning Wednesday – Hong Kong International Races

For those racing enthusiasts the Longines Hong Kong International Races should be on your bucket list.

Winning Wednesday – National Jockeys Trust Race Day Luncheon

Each year sadly, many jockeys fall on hard times due to race falls, injuries and tragically – sometimes lose their lives through racing.

It is the National Jockeys Trust. an outstanding public charitable trust, who are there to help relieve the financial hardship and provide support for jockeys and their families with the support, kindness and recognition that they deserve.

The board of trustees is headed up by Paul Innes OAM as Chief Executive (also the chairman) who works tirelessly with Gregory Sword AM, Ross Hedley Inglis, Dr Phil Truskett AM, Bob Whyburn, Bernard Allan Ryan, Reverend Paul Bayliss together with a hands on working team – Tony Crisafi and Heidi Castillo.

But they do not work alone.

Since 2013, LUCRF Super is the proud principal sponsor of this charity as well as PFD Food Services, Bradley Photographers and Fast Track Photography. 

The National Jockeys Trust also rely heavily on the participants, race goers and the general public for donations.

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”6138″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]On Saturday the 1st of September a spectacular luncheon was held at Royal Randwick Racecourse with over 370 people attending the Grand Ballroom which transformed into a sea of orange. [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”6141″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The day was filled with raffles, auctions, stories and laughter and many people dug deep into their pockets to donate. The pièce de rèsistance though was the raffle to win an exquisite Aquamarine Double Halo Diamond ring valued at $20,200 which was generously donated by Nicholas Haywood Jewellery Concierge. This was every womans dream to win and every mans dream to score brownie points. Sadly it was not won here but won by the beautiful and excited Pip Burgess. Congratulations Pip.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”6136″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Thank you also to the Australian Turf Club for hosting a spectacular day. Donations can still be made at www.njt.org.au [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”6142″][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Winning Wednesday – ASX Thomson Reuters Charity Foundation Race Day

Each year the ASX Thomson Reuters Charity Foundation raises over $1 million which is distributed to over 20 different charities. 

On Saturday 25 August Thoroughbred Events Australia were proud to play a small part in Australia’s Biggest Charity Race Day hosting their fashion in the field to 1,500 guests in the Grand Pavilion at Rosehill Gardens by all sides of financial and corporate businesses. 

As guests enjoyed Piper Heidsieck Champagne on arrival, a day of racing, entertainment from comedian and MC Tommy Dean, a live band, raffle and charity auction… this highly successful day raised $250,000. 

What an amazing group of very generous people.  And can add, loads of fun. 

 

Winning Wednesday – A Winning Look

With Spring just around the corner, we wanted you to look like a WINNER.

Here is a hat tutorial of our Three Rules for this season.

Watch this video to learn all about it.

Produced by Hannah Brooks

 

Winning Wednesday – Paula Newnham’s Passion for Racing

Today we are over the moon to bring you a story on the passionate – Paula Newnham.

Horse racing has always flowed through Paula Newnham’s veins. It started from an early age when Paula and her much loved brother, Mark Newnham, would go to their Grandfather’s farm and ride horses. Their Grandfather was a jockey and trainer which drove a desire for Mark to follow in his footsteps.  With this desire burning, it lead Mark to become a renowned jockey and today a successful trainer with his own stables at Randwick and Warwick Farm.

Returning back to Paula.

Having such a love for racing, Paula too was driven to a career in racing.  Her chosen path started with a move to the Gold Coast where she began working for the Gold Coast Turf Club as their Membership Ambassador.  Paula never took her eyes away from Mark’s career as a jockey and she always supported him.  Paula returned to Sydney around the same time that Mark took out his trainer’s license. The support then moved into Mark’s stables, where she would attend all race meetings, following Mark’s horse.  This quickly turned into an addictive obsession.

In January 2018 it was with so much excitement that Paula secured a position with Darby Racing as their Public Relations/ Assistant Racing Manager. Her role with Darby Racing was exactly what Paula was looking for – to communicate with owners, keep them up to date with their horses, coordinating with trainers regarding race programs, visiting horses at spelling farms, attending barrier trials and also race meetings. Paula has such a diverse job and is not only limited to these roles – this was a mere overview of her very rewarding job.  Paula is thriving in her position.

For Darby Racing, Paula is your first point of call  and you will receive a warm, bubbly personality together with a hunger passion for racing behind it. You will always see her smiling face with a great laugh behind it at any race meeting. Darby Racing is on fire so it won’t be too long before you see Paula in the winner’s circle on behalf of Darby Racing.

Thoroughbred Events Australia wish Paula all the success in the world.  The racing industry is in great hands with such ambassadors of the game as Paula Newnham – a strong, positive and vibrant woman with such love and knowledge of the industry.

Words by Robyn Fowler
Editor Sharon Lenton

Winning Wednesday – Bridles, Whips and Spurs

Racing is all about fun and can come in all kinds of form.  You can go to the track, hang out at the stables, head to the TAB or just entertain at home.

Last Wednesday a group of friends gathered in Queensland for a fun afternoon of bubbles, horses and a little flutter. This is their tale – it will be one hell of a Wednesday afternoon!!!

A Winning Wednesday Afternoon in Queensland

The theme for the day was anything horses … dress as jockeys and bring along something horsey, have a bet and enjoy a few drinks.

Just as in racing, we had a diverse range of participants: two International visitors, one from the UK and the other from The Land of the Long White Cloud plus, three interstate raiders from Tasmania, Victoria and New South Wales.

It was decided we would concentrate on two race meetings, Sandown and Morphettville and agreed on a stake per person per race.

Further it was decided that we would each pick one horse per race, winner takes it all.  If no winner is found the pool would jackpot into the next race to jump.

The betting strategies for the day were as diverse as the punters.

By number, the same number each race, no matter what
By name, something funny or a memory
By looks, colour, markings
By racing colours
By jockey

It was the our International that outdid the rest of us with her betting strategy.  It was all about the number – the Kiwi chose the number 7 each race.  The luck of the 7, it won three races, and the Kivi picked up two jackpots as well.

Included in the day was our abundance of props for the day.  You would have to say our collection of horse paraphernalia was very interesting.

On display and for light conversation was a Stallions book dated 1990.  This enchanting book us on a fascinating look back in time.  To see so many stallions looking at us from the pages yet no longer seen in our breeding, was fascinating.  We all found these books to be gems.  It pays to search in second hand book stores or book fares where you may be lucky to find such historic collectables.

It was our Kiwi friend that supplied a collection of bridles, a set of spurs plus a draft horse breast collar.  All intriguing up close and certainly added to our theme.

But it was our racing whip that started an interesting conversation – does these whips actually hurt horses? We then moved on to a conversation about the whip rules.  Examining the whip and of course playing with it, it was agreed that the whip was mostly used to ‘help’ get a horse home.

We also had a replica set of racing silks made famous by one of Australia’s most popular horses, Apache Cat – just loved the white face.  Apache Cat raced 43 times for 19 victory wins as well as being placed another 11 times – earning prizemoney of just under $4.6 million dollars,  ‘Patch’ as he is affectionately known was born and bred at Chatswood Stud in Victoria and trained by Greg Eurell.  The great story is that Patch now lives a luxurious life residing at Living Legends, the International Home of Rest for Champion horses located 6 minutes from Melbourne airport.  What a fabulous place for our champs to retire and see out their days.

On the day, there was lots of food, a certain amount of beverages consumed!!!! great friends with lots of laughs which all made for a fabulous day.  We love our racing and it goes to show that racing can provide lots of entertainment on and off the track.

Another memorable winning Wednesday will be planned very soon.

Words by Maree Smith
Editor, Sharon Lenton

Winning Wednesday – Another Win for Helen Hart

The love of animals started by growing up on a dairy farm and driving tractors with her twin brother at the age of 6. Helen Hart owns and runs HELDEN PARK STUD which is located at Lochinvar in NSW. She currently has 11 broodmares on the property as well as other horses spelling. Some of the horses she breeds do go to various sales or she will retain them and race them on herself.

One that she did breed is a mare called LITTLE RED SHOES or Ginger as Helen affectionately calls her, who won on Sunday at Hawkesbury. LITTLE RED SHOES is out of a mare called BELLE OF NEW YORK (Belle) and there is a little bit of a family story behind how she got her name.

Firstly, Belle was purchased off Sir Patrick Hogan in New Zealand. Helen really wanted a Stravinsky filly so she travelled to New Zealand to the sales where Belle was purchased and brought back to Australia. As far as the name goes Helen’s mother was an actress and when she was young she was commissioned to be on the cover of the program for the musical BELLE OF NEW YORK for the JC Williamson musical school. Helen still has that cover and said to herself that one day she will name a horse BELLE OF NEW YORK and the rest is history.  This mare is very deep to Helen’s heart. BELLE OF NEW YORK has also produced DESTINY’S HERO for Helen who has had 10 stats for 2 wins. He ran in the Queensland Guineas in June this year and is now currently spelling. Next prep he will be one to look out for.

Helen has also told me to keep an eye out for 2 others horses that will be coming through the ranks. Firstly, a 2yo (rising 3) Dundeel x Sawayep colt named LAMANZE (who is currently at Evergreen Stud being broken in) and a yearling (rising 2) Smart Missile x Every Dream filly who Helen dreams of winning the Flight Stakes with.

Helen is very much a horse person and has a hands on approach. She was a vet nurse and prefers the naturalist way with the use of magnets and herbal medicines in raising her horses. All foals are handled from a very young age and Helen loves her them all as part of the family.

We wish Helen every success with her breeding at HELDEN PARK STUD and also hope she is back in the winner’s circle in the not too distant future.

Words by Robyn Fowler
Photos by Bradley Photos

 

 

Winning Wednesday- JVO Wins Rising Star Series 2017/18

On the 21st June 2018 the final place of the Rising Star Series took place at Hawkesbury.  Following his previous efforts throughout the series, Jean Van Overmeire only had to secure a ride in the final race in order to win. 

Prior to the race, JVO was leading the series with a total score of 40 points, folowed by Mikayla Weir in second on a total of 33 points.

The scoring system is as follows…

1st place- 7 points
2nd place- 5 points
3rd place- 3 points
4th place- 2 points
5th or over- 1 point

Despite knowing he only needed to take part in the race to win, JVO punched home $4 favourite LEGISTATION trained by Wade Slinkard to victory in the 1400 metre final.  The Aussie Rules gelding bounced out the barriers and stalked the leader, JARRETT ridden by Patrick Scorse, before creeping up and challenging him at the home turn.  At the 100 metre mark it was down to a two horse race between LEGISTATION and JARRETT, a battle of determination that was won by LEGISTATION (winning margin- 1 whisker!… or 0.5 lengths to be proffesional).

“It’s been hard work but it’s a great feeling to win” smiled Van Overmeire in his post race interview.  Jean’s family were there to cheer him home on the day and were extremely proud to see all his hard work pay off.

From all of us at Thoroughbred Events Australia, we would like to congratulate Jean on winning the Racing NSW Rising Star Series 2017/2018 and wish him the best of luck for the rest of the season.

Written by Kiersten Duke
Photos courtesy of Bronwyn Allan and Laanie Visagie

Winning Wednesday – In Memory of Matt Callander

What do you get when you cross the tight knit community of the turf industry, those who love racing and the NSW State of Origin?  Nothing short of a WINNING day – the Matt Callander Charity Race Day that was held at Royal Randwick on Saturday, 23 June 2018.

Matt Callander, head of rugby league at Channel 9 passed away at 46 years of age, last October after a long fight against brain cancer but not before setting up the Matt Callandar Fund (MCF).  This was set up to raise money for supporting the advancement of medical research.  Matt also aligned himself with the Mark Hughes Foundation.

So who better to head this day then Matt’s racing identity father, Kenny Callander.This was a family affair like no other.  The Callanders know how to do charity more than any one we know – passionate brother Richard Callander and his children Jess and Brooke assisting on the day and always standing beside him, his solid wife Kaye, Matt’s wife Anne and daughter Maddy, Helen (Matt’s mum), his brother David  and his wife Cassie were all in attendance.Behind the scenes to make this day such a success was Richard Callander, Graeme Colless and wife Megan together with Jess May who all worked tirelessly.

There were plenty of “stars” donating their time including David Carr who entertained the room and Ray Hadley who did a sensational job as auctioneer.What an electric feel Royal Randwick had in the ballroom.  The room was a “sellout” with over 570 guests and all funds raised to go in support of the Mark Hughes Foundation and the Living Cancer Trust.The ballroom was filled with amazing auction prizes including the framed saddled used and kindly donated by Hugh Bowman on which he won his third Cox Plate on riding the great mare Winx.  Final bid went to Winx’s part-owner Debbie Kepitis for $50,000.  The ATC and Racing NSW were big supporters of this event.  By the end of the day, an astonishing pool of $400,000 was raised.

What a turn up of racing and football identities – This day was certainly in Matt’s honour.

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Winning Wednesday – Wanda Ings Wins at Kembla

From the age of 11 Wanda Ings would skip netball training to sneak off to Barry Meyer’s stables in Avondale, New Zealand due to her love for the horses. This went on for 2-3 years until high school started but Wanda was hooked by the racing industry.

Wanda of Wanda Ings Racing, trained a winner at Kembla on Saturday, the 1200m Maiden Handicap with a mare on the up called Missile Miss. Our Robyn Fowler of Thoroughbred Events Australia caught up with her after the win to delve deeper into the life of Wanda Ings.

Photo credit: Bradley Photos
Missile Miss ridden by Brandon Griffiths

How long have you been in the racing Industry?

Since sneaking of to Barry’s stables in the afternoon it’s now been 50 years.

Where did you start working when you finished school?

I went to my uncle’s stables at Rotorua, New Zealand working around the stables and I then got my Amateur Jockey’s licence. In New Zealand at this time women could only be Amateur jockeys and ride in Ladies only races which were known as Ladies Bracelet races. We were not able to race ride against the men but could only ride in trials with them, how times have changed.

When did you get your trainers license?

A rode as an Amateur jockey for a couple of years and at age 21 got my trainers license in New Zealand and trained in Rotorua.

What bought you out to Australia from New Zealand?

I brought 5 horses over to Australia in 1987 as the prize money was very low in New Zealand. I stayed for 2 months and went home with 1 horse and left the others here. In 1988 I came back out to Australia with 8 horses and stayed.

When did you get your NSW Trainers Licence?

Due to my New Zealand trainers license not being able to be transferred to Australia I worked as Barry Lockwood’s foreman until 2000 when I obtained my NSW Trainers License. This I owe to the help of Michael Beattie who was a steward at the time. I set up stables at Newcastle for 18 months before coming to Hawkesbury Race Club to train.

Best horse you have trained?

Two Towers – he came 2nd to Niwot in the Winter Cup 2009.

What race would you love to win?

Australian Derby. I love training stayers but it is difficult to find stayers at the sales. Breeders aren’t breeding the staying types and some owners don’t have the patience to wait for stayers to mature. A lot would prefer sprinting types.

Who do you look up to in the industry?

Peter Snowden, I think he is a freak. He is a very smart man and I’m not frightened to ask him questions and he is very responsive.

Your daughter Chelsea is apprenticed to you, do you have any other children?

I have an elder daughter Lindy who works for Snowden Racing as his foreman. Lindy would help out at the stables before school but once she finished school she ventured out to other stables. Lindy has worked for a few trainers and was foreman for Peter Snowden when he was at Darley and then moved to Randwick when Peter started training with son Paul for Snowden Racing.

Chelsea is currently on the sideline from riding after she fractured her talus bone in a race fall at Port Macquarie. But keeping it in the family Chelsea’s boyfriend, apprentice Brandon Griffiths was on board Missile Miss which gave him his first win since riding in NSW. Brandon was previously from South Australia and is now making his mark here in NSW.

Wanda (centre) with daughters Chelsea Ings (L) and Lindy Wharekura (R) who is foreman at Snowden Racing

Thank you for your time Wanda and hopefully there are many more winners in the future.

Words by Robyn Fowler
Photo Credit to Bradley Photos