The monthly meeting of the NSWSOA Committee was held on 5th May and saw some spirited discussion particularly in regard to the proposed changes to race classifications set to begin in September. It is fair to say that this Associations committee have serious doubts about the potential benefits said to follow the introduction of these changes.
On a lighter note voting was conducted on the nominations for the Owner of the Month for both March and April.
The Owners of the Month of March were firstly Lyn Fitzpatrick who part owns six horses to win eight races, including outstanding filly, Sally Fletcher, who won races at both Penrith and Bathurst. This filly is an APG graduate from the Sydney sales and was purchased for $8000. She will prove to be a very astute purchase.
Second nominee for March is Dianne Kelly, who won five races with four horses including outstanding mare, Frith. Others to win were Stenning, Macca Kelly and Sunshine Hannigan.
Third nominee is Peter Green, who shared in the ownership of three winners of four races including the promising Our Artistic Leigh who won at both Menangle and Newcastle.
First nominee for April was Nathan Hurst who won five races with three horses including the much improved Major Gambler who won twice at Bathurst and once at Menangle.
Second nominee is Pat Driscoll who deserves special notice given the investment he has made in supporting the trotting code. Pat's horses are trained by Blake Fitzpatrick and they won 5 races with 3 horses, most notably with Vincennes at Penrith, Newcastle and Menangle. Pat has invested significant amounts in breeding and buying young trotters and we wish him well.
Third nominee is new member William Buckley who won 2 races with his horse Kinsella at Newcastle. We hope that he continues to be rewarded for his efforts.
In closing I would draw attention to the Owners Bonus Scheme that this Association will be conducting over the next several months. It commences at Menangle on 10th June and all information is available through the Gazette, Trotguide or on the Owners Association website. Several of the meetings included in the series contain T3 races which could be worth $2800 to the winner if it is Breeders Challenge eligible. Now is the time to join to share in the benefits.
Members are reminded that the Association in partnership with the Race Clubs, as per below, together with Harness Racing NSW, will again be offering the Owners Bonus Scheme. This provides Members of the Association to increase their prize money for that race won at those meetings, [As in previous years, to be eligible the managing owner must be a paid up member of this Association when the horse is nominated for the event] together with receiving a monogrammed rug to commemorate such victory.
Date Club Tier Region
10/06/14 Menangle T2 ($7,000/race) Metro
27/06/14 Wagga T2 SWR 28/06/14 Parkes T3 Western Districts
10/07/14 Penrith T2 Metro
18/07/14 Newcastle T1 Hunter
20/07/14 Dubbo T3 Western Districts
27/07/14 Young T1 SWR
20/08/14 Bathurst T2 Western Districts
28/08/14 Bankstown T1 Metro