Country Racing – Yass Picnic Races

Yass picnic races was literally that – a picnic at the races. This is one of the very few racetracks where you actually BYO everything for a day at the races.

Country Racing – A Fashion’s Tale, Gosford

We would like to tell a tale of a picnic race meeting where it was all FUN in the fashion arena.  

Set the scene:  all the professional fashions on the field girls had headed to Melbourne in their most exquisite outfits – polished from head to toe.  An understated race club called The Entertainment Grounds put on a day filled with “what a girl needs” – hair, makeup, jewelled cups to put in your champagne and where you could even make your own flora headpiece.  There was no excuse not to look your best. 


Every hospitality area was sold out – function rooms and marquees.  What set this day apart was the first time Sharon Lenton as MC and assistant coordinator had seen the fashion stage become a dance floor.  

The band was amazing nd boy, did they get the men and women dancing to the stage and on the stage. Just as well we didn’t have a ceiling!!!! 

“I have never enjoyed my role as MC as much as this day.  Everyone was in such a party mood and with the best music in the background we were all grooving!!!”  Said Sharon. 

The general atmosphere of the day was relaxed and the crowd needed no encouragement to come out to the lawn area and participate in the very lively fashions on the field.

With over $6,000 in prizes, the locals were beside themselves to take out the titles – it was truly ecstatic to watch.  

The judges sipped (thank you to our ongoing supporter – Debortoli) while deciding winners from the largest number of entrants to date.  

No event is possible without our sponsors so a huge thank you for your ongoing support. Thank you to: Lendlease Erina Fair, Polo by the Sea, Milk & Honey, Thoroughbred Events Australia, Kathleen Mobile Millinery, the Entertainment Grounds, Lauren Alyce Floral Design, Emirates, North Sydney Harbourview Hotel, the Australian Turf Club, Glitz Coasters, Debortoli, Sephora and Sage Cafe.

The tale ends with so many princesses – dressed in their best attire complete with crowns – just having a fun filled day with their friends. 

The central coast was certainly a royal playground.


The Thoroughbred Club – Dydeedoe

The Thoroughbred Club is so special as we get to share good and rewarding stories.

Today we are sharing another success stories of our beloved racehorse transitioning into a new career.  This story is so close to our heart as The Thoroughbred Club put a Call out to their followers and within 20 minutes we had a hit!!!! Now Dydeedoe is going to live out her days as a nanny.  Here is her success story of her life.

Below are the kind words from Jeannette & Cress Dawson.

It all started in the backyard having a BBQ with friends – “Let’s get a racehorse!”.

James Bester had shares available in a King of Kings yearling filly to be trained by David Payne. It was love at first sight (the filly), and 4 of us went into the world of racehorse ownership. Dydee didn’t quite work out in the city and went to Neil Godbolt in Port Macquarie, where she had a win and placed twice.

The decision was made to try our hand at breeding. We had little money to spend on stallions, but with research and luck Dydeedoe produced 3 winners and 2 place getters including Ajax Stakes Gr 2 winner Havana Rey (King Cugat), trained by Bjorn Baker. Dydeedoe has spent time with Karen Irwin at Riverslea, and for the last 10 years has been with Louise Ellis, Argyle Thoroughbreds, at Panuara. A big thank you to Louise who has looked after Dydeedoe and all her progeny over the years. The last foal from Dydeedoe is a Choisir gelding, who hopefully will hit the track this year.

Dydee’s new career as a nanny will be a fitting retirement for a lovely mare.

Track Talk Tuesday – Inglis Sales an Undoubted Success

As the gavel came down on the last lot of the Inglis Australian Broodmare and Weanling Sale on the 17th of April 2018, it signalled the end to an incredible and historical Easter Sales period for the team at Inglis Riverside Stables Warwick Farm.

It was  a huge 2 weeks for Inglis seeing not only the Australian Easter Yearling Sale over 3 days but also the Inglis chairman’s sale of elite breeding prospects on the 12th of April, which concluded with the Australian Broodmare and Weanling Sale over 3 days the following week.

Undertaken at Inglis Riverside Stables Warwick Farm, $163,756,050 worth of horse flesh had been sold over the 3 individual Easter period sales.

Inglis Managing Director Mr Mark Webster quoted that the first Inglis Easter Sales period was “an undoubted success”.

The Australian Easter Yearling Sale saw 22 yearlings sold for $1m or more and 71 individual lots sold for $500,000 or more.

Arrowfield Stud was again a leading vendor at Inglis, with one of their lots (lot 400 – a Bay Colt by Snitzel out of The Broken Shore with close relations to the likes of Redoute’s Choice, Platinum Scissors, Manhattan Rain as well as Rebuick) selling under the hammer to trainer Anthony Freedman for a whooping $2.3 million. This colt was not only the top lot for day 3 of the Easter Yearling Sale but was also the overall Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale topper.

The team at Inglis Riverside Stables, as well as all the vendors, experienced an extremely outstanding first Inglis Easter Sales period. Six individual studs had 100% clearance rate at the Easter Yearling sales and Inglis had an overall Sales clearance rate of 84% with a gross earning off $116,057,500.

We are very much looking forward to seeing what the future holds for Inglis at their new Complex, Inglis Riverside Stables Warwick Farm. We wish Team Inglis (as well as all the vendors) all the best and every success for the foreseeable future.

Also a huge thank you and shout out to Mr Arthur Inglis and his team as well as Mr John Jeffs of Kitchwin Hills and his team for having Martin (our new team member at Thoroughbred Events Australia) over the past two weeks who states “it was an absolute pleasure to see it all first hand”.

Statistics and sales information courtesy of Inglis.

Words by Martin Parsons
Chief Editor Sharon Lenton

2017 Special Edition Fabulous Friday – Hot off the Press

Ritchie’s Reigning Daisy

For those of us that decide to part way with our money and invest into the unknown possibility of a Thoroughbred yearling, we voluntarily immense ourselves into a world of doubt for at least 12 months, before long the questions of will the horse be any good?, will it even make it to the track? Have I done the right thing? all come to mind. For some of us our patience definitely can be tested while others are fortunate enough to make the right decision and are rewarded very early in the journey.

We all see the Rags to Riches stories and Racing is a sport that is one that tends to find such stories, we all dream about owning, training or riding that one special horse that everyone talks about.

In our special edition of our Winning articles and continuing to focus on The Everest, I was fortunate enough to get to sit down with one owner who is definitely living the dream that we all want at some point in life. This is a story that just had to be told, a first time race horse owner who had a gut feeling that a Manhattan Rain filly was going to be something special and she sure has.

We get to know Ritchie Barrett a bit more, one of the very lucky enough of The Everest Favourite, 2017 Golden Slipper Winner, 2017 Moir Stakes Winner, 2016/2017 2 year old of the Year- SHE WILL REIGN!

Richie thank you so much for your time and what a journey you are having!

Let’s start with who is Richie Barrett?

I am a Carer for my Elderly Mum and My Aunty who has Down syndrome. I originally came to care for my Dad who was terminally ill with Brain Cancer.

I love my sport, love to travel, photography, Ex RAAF Cook, Bank Teller and Public Servant before heading to Queensland in 2008.

How long have you been involved in Horse Ownership?

I bought my share on the 16th Feb 2016, for $2500.

WOW a first time owner! What made you want to get involved in owning a Race Horse?

I had been to the Melbourne Cup in 2015 as it was on my Birthday, it was a great day, and I had sold my Jet Ski for $2500 which I had only used twice in the 2 years I had it, saw and ad on Facebook for a Manhattan Rain x Courgette filly with Darby Racing and so I bought in.

Take us back to that moment when you had made the decision to invest in a race horse, how did you come to choose Darby Racing and importantly the yearling filly who would eventually become She Will Reign?

I didn’t know how ownership worked and saw Darby Racing’s ad for this Manhattan Rain Filly. I had heard of Manhattan Rain and knew it had won a Group 1 race. So I looked at the breeding line to see the history of both and saw that Courgette had won some races and was very speedy but had been retired early.

There was just something about the way she looked that made me think she could be something special and I didn’t have to think twice for once in my life about investing in her.

How spot on were you?

Yeah I know right!!! Who could ever imagine.

Do you know the reasoning/meaning behind why she was named “She Will Reign”? Talk us through the naming process

When we filled out our paperwork we we’re asked to put down a name that we wanted to give her. So I thought about it trying to come up with something out of Manhattan Rain and Courgette that would hopefully mean power and strength, but one of the other owner’s wives came up with She Will Reign, as soon as I saw that name, it was a big Yes.
Some have said optimistically named, but she has given her name something for everyone to talk about.

Your first 12 months in owning a horse and you have won a Golden Slipper, added the G1 Moir Stakes and will be taking your place in the inaugural running of the $10 million Everest- tell us how has that ride been for you?

It has been unbelievable, an absolute dream come true to be this successful, especially when you see people who have been in the Industry all their lives and are still waiting on a G1 Win. To think in the early days we thought that She Will Reign might be running on country tracks as she may not be that flash as she only cost $20K, but she has shown everyone that you don’t have to be the most expensive buy to be successful.

After winning The Slipper back in March we got an offer for The Everest almost immediately after the race and not long after it had been announced, and feel very lucky that Yulong Investments wanted She Will Reign for their slot.

I feel like been living in a dream since she won the slipper knowing that she could be even better as she gets older.

How do you think the nerves will compare Saturday to the day she lined up in the Golden Slipper?

Slipper Day was very nerve wracking with all the rain during the week, plus not getting the best barrier draw had me thinking this will be tough for her in such heavy conditions, but She Will Reign prevailed to pull off an incredible win against a class field.

The Everest is a little different being the first time run, so being – possibly – the first winner would be an incredible highlight so early in her career, she has a great barrier and should be right up there at the finish.

What will it mean to you if she wins on Saturday?

Wow! it would be incredible if she can win, it means financial freedom for my family as I intend to pay off the mortgage on my parent’s house and also pay out the remainder of my debts which has been my intended goal all year, but most of all and more meaningful it would be another feather in She Will Reign’s cap.

How did you celebrate her Golden Slipper Win and how will you celebrate if she wins the Everest?

With a lot of drinks and many hugs after as Golden Slippers are hard to win, and The Everest well we will have to wait until Saturday for that one.

What would be your advice to anyone considering buying into a race horse?

As I had absolutely no experience when I purchased this Filly, I would recommend to check the history and breeding of the Sire & Dam, look at who will train them, everything in the Product Disclosure Statement (PDS) syndicators will give you, how much the share costs, and ongoing fees, making sure you don’t get in over your head. It has been amazing for me and would recommend it to anyone.

Anything else to add?

Sold my jet ski- bought the horse- Won big races and bought my dream car.. Sometimes I wonder if I am dreaming, but absolutely loving the ride!

Thoroughbred Events Australia wishes Richie and his fellow owners –  along with Trainer Gary Portelli – in The Everest on Saturday. Hoping to see “She Will Reign” etch her name further into the history books.


Article by Kylie Johnson

2017 Winning Wednesday – Milliner – Carol Watson, Spring Millinery Luncheon


The Winner of People’s Choice Millinery Award – Carol Watson, The Hat Room

Expect Bold and Colourful for this Season

Racing has participants from all different aspects, you can be involved as an Owner, Industry Professional (Jockey/Steward/Stable hand/Trainer etc.) or simply as someone that attends the races either every weekend or once every so often. While we enjoy going to the races for a variety of reasons, for some racing is not about the horses, drinking copious amounts of alcohol or trying to win their millions on Winx- it is all about the FASHION!!!

In the modern era of racing there is such a big focus on race day fashion, including what is in trend and what is a no no. For the gents it is all about picking the right suit, including the colour, designer etc. For the ladies it is about the dress, the shoes, how to have our hair and what accessories to compliment the outfit- however, one of the most important parts to our outfit is our MILLINERY (Gent Tip: these are the head pieces that you see the ladies wearing at the races, commonly referred to as Fascinators/hats). This is where the most important person comes into the equation for a WINNING outfit- MILLINERS! Without the creative flair and inspirations of such talented individuals, people like myself would be without stunning pieces to add to our outfit.

On Sunday 17th September, we held our annual Spring Millinery Luncheon and the attendance was outstanding, including a lovely bunch of ladies who flew all the way from Melbourne to be with us. We were fortunate enough to have 14 amazing milliners from all along the East Coast of Australia show case their colourful creations, while enjoying a scrumptious meal. Here we celebrate outstanding achievements by women in the racing industry and today’s day was Elizabeth Treweeke (daughter of Richard Treweeke owner – to hear about the woman of the moment – Winx) and Lucy Keegan-Attard (wife and right hand woman of Jason Attard Racing).  One of the highlights of the day was the awarding of the People’s Choice award, this award involved the milliners entering a work of art and the attendees voting on their favourite.


Our Winning Wednesday interviewee this week is the lucky winner of the title for 2017- Carol Watson from The Hat Room. We caught up with Carol not long after being crowned the People’s Choice to get to know about the woman behind the stunning piece and to learn about what is on trend and the no no’s for the remainder of the Spring Carnival.

Carol, congratulations on People’s Choice, Let’s get to know the lady behind the very bold and colourful creations.

What was it about racing that got you interested in the industry?

I have always enjoyed the colour and excitement of horse racing. I love how privileged to harness the power of these magnificent animals. I also love fashion. What better opportunity to combine these two passions

When did you get into Millinery and how did you discover your calling for being a milliner?

My husband also loves horse racing so we go to as many race meetings as we can, and I dress up! I used to love creating outfits and tweaking store bought hats to accessorise my outfit. One of my early efforts involved a big Target hat and a very large amount of bright yellow fur! I still can’t believe I wore that thing, but it got me started on this journey.

Did you have to do any special courses/Where did you learn and who from?

Most of my millinery training took place in the millinery studio of Louise MacDonald in Melbourne, she is incredibly generous with her knowledge and a kind and patient teacher. I also attend millinery conventions regularly where milliners get together to learn new techniques from the Gurus and network with like-minded creatives.

Over the last 9 years, I have seen and experimented with many, and mastered a few, diverse and exciting millinery trends and techniques. The most recent was a few weeks ago when I had the pleasure of learning from Ian Bennett, and awesome UK milliner who shared his clever Crystaform knowledge in Melbourne.

Where do you draw your inspiration from when creating your pieces?

My inspiration often comes from a client’s outfit and brief, but I am always playing with materials to see what possibilities exist; other times, I see a shape or subject in an everyday situation and I will try to incorporate that into a design. Obviously there are some important considerations to be taken into account, e.g. wearability, weight, balance and height.

The best part of my job as a milliner is when you see the finished piece on a client with the rest of their outfit and they look and feel fabulous and confident. Confidence is real beauty.

Have you ever created a piece, looked at it and gone “what was I thinking?”

Oh of course, I’ve had my share of disasters, fortunately most of those end up on my own head!
Millinery is one of (if not the most) important feature of a ladies outfit, so what do you see being the trends for the 2017 Spring Carnival and importantly what should we avoid?

2017 is going to be the year of the crown. There are so many interpretations of this trend; Edwardian crowns, floral crowns, metallic jewelled crowns and quirky leather crowns.

This is a flattering shape on most people that is easy to wear. Sculptured feathers are big, and Boater hats and bigger brims are also still appearing in the Fashion on the Field competitions.

They made a TV show with the name “Orange is the new black” however, I would say that Turbans are the new black!

However, I’m a big fan of the big statement hat and nothing completes an elegant outfit better than a statement brim. In terms of colour, we are going to see lots of green and yellow, and florals and black and white never go out of style. This year I suggest adding a clash of colours or patterns to make your outfit ‘pop’.

The biggest fashion faux pas this year is going to the races without a hat!

What can we expect from your Spring Range this year?

My style is bold and colourful and I love a big statement hat. However, the classic elegance of neutral traditional shapes never goes out of style, so I balance my collection with a range of timeless pieces that can be worn year after year.

Guests at our recent Spring Millinery Luncheon had the opportunity on the day to vote for the “People’s Choice”, which was essentially awarded to the Milliner with the most votes on an entered piece. You were lucky enough to be selected as People’s Choice, how did that make you feel?

I was so very honoured and flattered to have my headpiece chosen as ‘The People’s Choice Award’. There were so many great Milliners at the event and lovely pieces entered, so to win was just amazing!

Tell us about the piece you entered and why you chose this to represent you?

The piece is a classic beret shape in nude leather with handmade silk abaca flowers in pastel pinks and greens gold leather accents. The colors are very ‘spring’, and it is finished with vintage French veiling that I purchased in Paris last year.

The Hat Room- is your Millinery based business, how did you come up with the name and what is the mission of your business?

I now have a studio at home, but early on I worked out of a bedroom when my last child left home, hence the name, The Hat Room.

Here is your opportunity if ladies are looking for millinery for the Spring Racing Carnival, how can they get in touch or where can they go to check our your colourful collection?

As well as my Ready to Wear range, I also welcome special and bespoke orders. My pieces can be found on Instagram @thehatroom, or on my Facebook page, The Hat Room.

We would like to congratulate Carol again and extend our appreciation to all the Milliners that gave up their Sunday to showcase their collections, not to mention, to all the ladies that also took the time out of their weekend to come along to view the collections, make new friends and catch up with others and our sponsors that help us make the event possible- a great weekend had by all!

Interview by Kylie Johnson

2017 Winning Wednesday – Clare Cunningham

Bairnsdale Girl Standing On Her Own Two Hooves

When both your parents train race horses and manage a horse stud, it is hard to imagine that you would do anything but follow in the footsteps and keep the tradition going. From small humble beginnings in the small Victorian town of Bairnsdale, this week’s Winning Wednesday person has had nothing short of an amazing ride with her career in the Racing Industry.

For 7 years our interviewee this week, worked alongside one of the best trainers and one of the best equines we have ever seen.  Now she is making a name for herself and kicking goals that she dreamed of as a young girl.

With her first winner and her first metro winner under her belt, there is no stopping this trainer that has taken a troublesome horse and turned him around to produce 3 wins in his last 5 starts- it is fair to say that our Winning Wednesday interviewee is finally coming out of the shadows and standing on her own two feet, introducing the one and only Clare Cunningham.

We caught up with Clare and got to know more about her journey so far……

How old were you when you got the bug for racing and how did you get involved initially?

Born into a racing family, mum and dad are Race horses trainers and also managed a stud. Training racehorses and all that lifestyle entails was my childhood. It’s in our blood, we live and breathe it. 

Did you always aspire to being a trainer or did you want to be involved in the industry in another role?

I always loved being involved in the industry but growing up  with parents that are trainers and working with Peter Moody for 7 years, I was exposed to the hardships of what a trainer has to face so it wasn’t very appetising to me. 

My dream job growing up was to work in the media and do post-race interviews on horseback (like Claire bird). Somehow my dream came true and in 2016 I got this opportunity for, it was great! I feel so lucky to have been given the job, but sadly it just wasn’t me.

Most people may or may not be familiar with you working along-side the great Peter Moody trainer of Black Caviar, looking after his Sydney stables, tell us more about that experience? What was it like working for Peter? Did you ever get to look after Nelly, what was she like?

Yep I was lucky enough to stumble across Moody racing whilst I was studying in Melbourne. After a couple of years I went full time for Peter and was sent to Brisbane with Black Caviar (Nelly) and 4 other horses for a month, that was her 13th win up there. Nelly also came up to the Sydney stable staying for half a week on 2 occasions. And I will never forget the last time she run. 25/25 at Randwick, it was amazing to be a part of.

Meeting Peter and his stable has been one of the greatest things that has happened to me. At times it was challenging to run his barn but I would never change a thing for the world. I learnt and experienced so much not only in regards to the horses but also in relation to life and people. He has such a confidence about what he does, he is not only a bloody good race horse trainer but a ripen bloke. No beating around the bush.   Ran the stable like a business but it was a family at the same time… I think a lot of ex moody employees can agree that Moody racing is irreplaceable. The hole that is left after working there will never be filled. It stays open and I can keep reflecting back into now I’m a trainer. 

Nelly was the ultimate professional. Made to do be the star she is! Other than the continuous jobs the team had in keeping her sound, she loved working, eating and just being a horse. She had a great arrogance and confidence about her, I think she knew she was good.

The old saying goes “as one door closes, another opens”, Moody Racing closes down in Sydney and you decide to apply for your Trainers License- share with us the motivation behind this decision. (Share picking your stable location, racing colours etc)

Like I said above, it was very hard to fill the hole that Moody racing left. I tried working in the media and it wasn’t me, I didn’t feel satisfied with what I was and wasn’t doing. I then worked for a couple of successful stables in Sydney, all giving me learning experiences. Then I hit a bit of a cross road when breaking my hand from a track work fall, it got me thinking differently. 

I took a team to Magic millions for Bjorn Baker and it was then I felt the urge to have a crack for myself. I thought it was good timing and that I will regret never giving it a go. Once we broke very thing down and realised how many things I have in my favour it all seemed a bit more realistic.

I toyed for a few weeks about the design of my colours and in the end it was right in front of my face! I thought I would be so special to have colours that had a strong meaning, which symbolised my family. So my design is based on my families colours that mum and dad have had for 30 + yrs. my colours are cream with emerald green vee and cap. My parents are cream with emerald green sash and cap.  I love them to pieces, plus they are so visible on race day.  

I applied for a license at Warwick Farm because out of the 3 metro training facilities I like it the best. ATM it has so much to offer and I wouldn’t want to have them anywhere else (except a bit of beach would be nice).

Sir Barb (Pins x Baas) gave you your first winner as a trainer, tell us more about that moment? How were you feeling etc.?

Yes he did! It was a moment and feeling that is very hard to describe. No money in the world could take that day from me. He was the first horse on my books, he was a massive gamble for me and my family to buy, the win seemed to come pretty quick to people looking in but it took so much to get to that day.

Jason (Collett) rode Sir Barb (click to watch the replay) which was like a fairy tale and you could see on his face how much it meant to us and the months leading up to it weren’t easy. I was getting up at 2:15 am and getting home at 5:30pm nearly every day. Living out of my car pretty much, I had some sleepless weeks with carpal tunnel but looking back now it was worth it. One of the best things was to see how happy it made my family and friends! It’s such a racing thing, it can bring people together and give memories you will never forget. 

With the first win notched up, how did you celebrate that special moment?

The win was at Goulburn, so a couple hours from home. Jase and I got a roast pack from the Goulburn chicken shop and we ate it together in the carpark talking to our families and watching the replay. But we still cheers Sir Barb every time we open a bottle of bubbles.

Is there anything special that you do to celebrate the wins? Might be a special place you go reserved just for the wins, share it with certain people etc.

As you know we have to get up every morning to feed and work the rest of the team, so celebrations are often postponed to when we can enjoy a glass of wine and a good meal at an Italian restaurant. Jase has dietary limitations throughout the week so Saturday night is generally our time to indulge. 

Now, there is a bit of a story with Sir Barb and how he has come to be in your stable, share this with us?

Sir Barb came to our stable after we found him on bloodstock auction online. At that time I had applied for my license and had no horses…. Jason knew a bit about his ability as he had won on him whilst he was at Bjorn Bakers yard. The lovely gentlemen who had been training SB at the time was having trouble getting him to jump out of the barriers and participate on race day. He was very honest in telling me SB pro’s and con’s. At the time SB had a suspension from racing ban on him until he trialled successfully on 2 occasions. So I thought for the right price it was worth the gamble in buying SB plus I really needed a horse! Haha!

We were able to get him cheap enough so I spent the next month playing around with him trying to figure out what was going on and why SB didn’t want to be a racehorse. Step by step we kept achieving little goals, and in the end he won 3 out of his next 6 starts running a first and second in the city. He is now spelling and we are excited to get him back in for a fresh start. What also makes SB special is that he is owned by myself, my 4 siblings and their partners. He gives an added reason to chat and celebrate.

Your partner Jason Collett is also your stable jockey, how does being his boss and girlfriend affect the relationship? Especially if he rides a shocker??

Hahaha,   Yes its pretty dam cool to have your partner ride your horses. Not only is he a top shelf rider and horseman but having him apart of the experience is an added bonus. I think it is a HUGE asset to have a stable jockey (as such) to have someone on race day that has an invested interest in every one of your horses and owners.

He comes in and helps me sort through them during track work and the knowledge he develops about each horse plays a massive advantage on Race day.

We both ride the roller-coaster of racing together, no one is perfect and the difference is I know Jason will be trying his absolute best to give my horses every chance.

Being a Jockey Jason puts his life in danger every time he goes to work, as long as he comes home there is always tomorrow (a lot of people forget that).

Thanks to the first lady of Racing Gai Waterhouse, there has been an increase in female involvement in the industry- what are your thoughts and how far would you like to see the involvement go?

To be honest I hate talking about the topic. I have the up most respect for the female pioneers in racing that got the stupid restrictions lifted in the first place. However to me, TALENT is TALENT it comes in different genders, nationality age and colour. We need to get on with it, there is always going to be haters in the world and they aren’t worth worrying about. I have found the people that matter see through the rubbish.

Gai is an incredibly strong and talented individual in her own right, I take my hat off to what she has given and achieved in the racing industry.

Is there one race that you would like to win and why?

 At the moment I would love to win any group race but I suppose the Melbourne cup is just the epitome of racing achievements in my book. I would also like to win my local cup one day ‘Bairnsdale cup’ in front of my parents and locals that I grew up with.

What are the future plans for the stable?

Future plans; just keep doing our best by every horse. If I can go home knowing I’ve given each horse its chance to be the best it can then I’m satisfied. And most importantly have a stable I’m proud of, a business I want to keep getting up every morning for.

Are there any ownership opportunities available at present? If people want to get involved with racing a horse with Clare Cunningham Racing, how can they register their interest or get in touch with you?  

There is always ownership opportunities! The yearling sales start yearly each calendar year so the big opportunities are available then.

If there are people reading this that want to join the team as an owner then it’s a good idea to get in touch with the stable early with your interests so we have ammunition comes sales time. 

I have also just gotten the support of 2 syndication groups; Thoroughbred Leasing and Higgins Dalziel Racing who are open to any interests and may have shares available in horses that are getting trained by Clare Cunningham Racing. 

Email is the best way to get in touch Email is the best way to get in touch . You can also find us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram as well.

You will be attending our up-coming Spring Millinery Event, share with our followers what your participation will be and what are you most looking forward to at this event?

I have been to 3 Millinery Events/ luncheons held by Thoroughbred Events Australia and I have thoroughly enjoyed everyone. I’m not only blown away by the millinery and fashion on show every time but it’s just a fun day.  With insightful information on guest speakers and other racing industry news. It has also been an event that I have enjoyed meeting and chatting with new faces.

Is there there anything else special that you would like us to make mention of in your article?

So appreciative and over whelmed by the support I’ve been given from so many different individuals. Thanks will simply never be enough!

                We wish Clare all the best and will be watching the stable closely.

If you would love to meet Clare and have a fun day out with like-minded ladies to talk everything race day fashion, including getting some advice from leading Milliners then be sure to grab your ticket to our Spring Millinery Event happening this Sunday. But be quick this is getting close to being a SOLD OUT event- Ladies you don’t want to miss the hottest trends this spring racing!

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Interview by Kylie Johnson, TEA’s journo


2017 Winning Wednesday – Rachel King

While Winning Wednesday is all about Owners and Ownership, I could not let this week go passed without congratulation RACHEL KING - a 26 year old apprentice.


Born in Oxfordshire, England and now residing in Kensington, NSW Rachel has been having a huge year.  Rachel had her first start in 2015 and has won over $3,800,000 in prize money including winning this year’s Wagga Gold Cup on board Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott’s trained entire – Stampede.


But Saturday 24 June it was
1, 2 and then 3 WINS !!!!

For Gary Portelli, Jason Coyle and Kris Lees

Thank you to Daryl Duckworth for these photos.

So keep an eye out for Rachel King as she jet sets all over the countryside racking up winners.

Go Rachel – one for the girls!!!!