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January 18, 2018: Racing Victoria Limited: Noms open for Stud and Stable Staff Awards

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The unsung heroes of the Australian racing industry will again be recognised via the annual Godolphin Stud and Stable Staff Awards, for which nominations opened earlier in the month.

The coveted awards, conducted by Racing Australia and Thoroughbred Breeders Australia with the support of Godolphin, carry more than $100,000 in prizemoney and honour stud and stable staff across several categories including Leadership, Dedication to Racing, Dedication to Breeding, Horsemanship and Thoroughbred Care and Welfare and Administration and Ancillary Services.

Each category offers a prize of $10,000 to the winner and $1000 to the runner-up, while an overall Thoroughbred Excellence winner chosen from the five stud and stable section winners will take home an additional $5000.

And for the first time in 2018, a new category - the Newcomer Award - has been introduced to recognise the work of passionate individuals that have been involved in the industry for less than three years.

Racing Australia chief executive Barry O'Farrell said the awards would again provide a platform for the industry to acknowledge the dedication and contribution of the sport's most dedicated employees.

"These awards are a great opportunity to recognise the unsung heroes of our industry, which depends upon the sorts of people we are honouring here," O'Farrell said.

Since their inception in Australia in 2015, the Awards have acknowledged outstanding talent, contribution and dedication. Among those to have collected the overall Thoroughbred Excellence Award include trainer Mark Newnham (2015), Armidale Stud's Jenny Watson (2016) and Darren Weir's Racing Manager Jeremy Rogers (2017).

Winners will be chosen by a national selection panel that includes TRSA Chief Steward Johan Petzer, RV's Athlete Development and Industry Careers Advisor Melissa Weatherly, Racing.com's Shane Anderson, Sky Racing's Caroline Searcy, TBA's President Basil Nolan, TBA Director Chris Watson and trainers Ron Quinton, Troy Corstens and Mark Newnham.

Nominations (studandstablestaffawards.com.au) are open until February 19 and can be made by anyone within the racing and breeding industry.

INDEX

SECTION 1 RACING VICTORIA LIMITED PROFILE

SECTION 2 PRESS RELEASES: 2018

SECTION 3 OTHER NEWS: 2018

SECTION 4 PRESS RELEASES: 2017

SECTION 1 RACING VICTORIA LIMITED PROFILE

1.1 ACTIVITIES

Racing Victoria Limited operates as a thoroughbred racing club in Victoria. The company develops, encourages, promotes, and manages the conduct of the racing of thoroughbred horses. It also provides services to patrons, punters, and other customers; and entertainment to audience. Racing Victoria Limited was incorporated in 2001 and is based in Flemington, Australia.

1.2 SUMMARY

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Website: http://www.racingvictoria.net.au

Industry: Media

SECTION 2 PRESS RELEASES: 2018

January 18: Racing Victoria Limited: Noms open for Stud and Stable Staff Awards

The unsung heroes of the Australian racing industry will again be recognised via the annual Godolphin Stud and Stable Staff Awards, for which nominations opened earlier in the month.

The coveted awards, conducted by Racing Australia and Thoroughbred Breeders Australia with the support of Godolphin, carry more than $100,000 in prizemoney and honour stud and stable staff across several categories including Leadership, Dedication to Racing, Dedication to Breeding, Horsemanship and Thoroughbred Care and Welfare and Administration and Ancillary Services.

Each category offers a prize of $10,000 to the winner and $1000 to the runner-up, while an overall Thoroughbred Excellence winner chosen from the five stud and stable section winners will take home an additional $5000.

And for the first time in 2018, a new category - the Newcomer Award - has been introduced to recognise the work of passionate individuals that have been involved in the industry for less than three years.

Racing Australia chief executive Barry O'Farrell said the awards would again provide a platform for the industry to acknowledge the dedication and contribution of the sport's most dedicated employees.

"These awards are a great opportunity to recognise the unsung heroes of our industry, which depends upon the sorts of people we are honouring here," O'Farrell said.

Since their inception in Australia in 2015, the Awards have acknowledged outstanding talent, contribution and dedication. Among those to have collected the overall Thoroughbred Excellence Award include trainer Mark Newnham (2015), Armidale Stud's Jenny Watson (2016) and Darren Weir's Racing Manager Jeremy Rogers (2017).

Winners will be chosen by a national selection panel that includes TRSA Chief Steward Johan Petzer, RV's Athlete Development and Industry Careers Advisor Melissa Weatherly, Racing.com's Shane Anderson, Sky Racing's Caroline Searcy, TBA's President Basil Nolan, TBA Director Chris Watson and trainers Ron Quinton, Troy Corstens and Mark Newnham.

January 18: Racing Victoria Limited: Bella Martini wins Gosford Guineas

Bella Martini broke a bit of a Hawkes hoodoo in the Listed Gosford Guineas (1200m) on Thursday, the impressive filly winning a thrilling duel with gelding Island Missile.

The Stratum filly was racing right-handed for the first time having banked three impressive wins in Melbourne, and Brenton Avdulla lifted her to a gutsy win, having been eyeballed by the Hugh Bowman-ridden Island Missile, the latter for Peter and Paul Snowden.

The Hawkes' recent history in the race had seen them have four prior cracks at the race in the previous decade, and not even Chautauqua - second in 2014 - could win it for them. Happy Patrick (second in 2011), Rajamani (sixth in 2015) and Spirit And Fire (ninth in 2017) were the others.

Co-trainer Michael Hawkes said even though Bella Martini didn't corner in her clockwise debut, she showed her will to win late.

"She just got a bit lost on the corner, but to Brenton's credit, he did exactly what we wanted," Hawkes told Sky Thoroughbred Central.

"I said, 'don't really go for her until you have to'.

"It wasn't until Hughie's horse came again, she really dug deep.

"She's a winner, that's what she is. She hasn't had a lot of blemishes in her short career.

"Mr. [Rob] Crabtree has already rung, he's pretty excited, and we are too.

"It's a big effort for a horse to come from Melbourne that hasn't been in our system before, but obviously there's been some good pre-training from Wayne and the team in Melbourne."

Avdulla capped his birthday with a feature win, and said the lightly-raced filly - she has four wins from seven starts - still has physical maturity to come.

"You can still see she's still got a lot to furnish into it. First time Sydney way is always difficult, let alone going to Gosford first time," he said.

"The speed was solid, she had a perfect run in behind them, but when it was time to click into gear, she wasn't sure how to really sort of do it.

SECTION 3 OTHER NEWS: 2018

January 18: Racing Victoria Limited: Global Sprint Challenge suspended

The ongoing bio-security standoff between the Australian Government and Hong Kong Jockey Club has prompted organisers of the Global Sprint Challenge to suspend the lucrative series in 2018.

Global Sprint Challenge Chairman Leigh Jordon said the restrictions on the movement of horses from Hong Kong to Australia - heightened quarantine procedures were introduced in October after Australia's Department of Agriculture and Water Resources downgraded the quarantine status of Sha Tin due to the construction of the Conghua Training Centre - would make the series unfeasible and unfair on the connections of particular horses.

"The partners in the Global Sprint Challenge felt it would be unfair to stage a series of races in which some horses were unable to compete in certain legs, therefore we have regrettably decided to suspend the Challenge in 2018," Jordon said.

"However, the partners remain committed to the Challenge, which operates in a sphere where intercontinental horse movement is particularly strong.

"Once the restrictions between Hong Kong and Australia have been lifted, we intend to re-launch with a bigger and better series in 2019.

"The break also gives us the chance to review the current format, bonus structure and sponsorship, and to explore some exciting new marketing initiatives."

January 18: Racing Victoria Limited: Wilson appointed VRC chief executive

Neil Wilson has been appointed as Victoria Racing Club chief executive, having been serving in the role on an interim basis since Simon Love's departure in May.

Wilson, a VRC board member since 2012 who was re-elected in 2015, has also served as honorary treasurer at the club, and is also director of the Racing.com board.

"I am delighted to have the privilege of heading up the VRC. I look forward to building on the momentum of the past seven months to ensure we deliver on one of the most significant years in the VRC's history, and position the club for growth locally and globally," Wilson said in a statement.

"I would like to thank Amanda [Elliott], the Board and the outstanding VRC team for their support and guidance during the interim CEO period."

VRC chairman Amanda Elliott said Wilson's impact in his interim stint has been profound.

"The board of the VRC and I are delighted to announce Neil as the club's new CEO, and we congratulate him on this important appointment," Elliott said.

"In his seven months as VRC interim chief executive, Neil has made a very positive impact across the whole business. Amongst other significant outcomes, he led the delivery of last year's highly successful Melbourne Cup Carnival.

"Neil's appointment will provide stability and continuity as Australia's premier race club cements its long-term strategy, and evolves to position Flemington for the next generation and beyond.

SECTION 4 PRESS RELEASES: 2017

October 02: Racing Victoria Limited: Maher bows out a winner

Trainer Ciaron Maher begins a six-month suspension as of Monday night in the best possible fashion, with his last runner at the track for 2017 being a winner.

The Caulfield trainer was handed a hefty suspension and $75,000 fine after it was discovered five horses within his stable weren't owned by the listed name - his then racing manager Ben Connolly - but in fact by conman Peter Foster.

Racing Australia has two of those horses listed as being transferred - Azkadellia and Hart.

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However, the switching of horses from Maher's name to interim trainer Aaron Purcell is well underway, with Maher's final runners before suspension going around at Echuca on Monday.

While it wasn't the ideal start for Maher and Purcell on Monday when hot favourite Divine Jewel, carrying Col McKenna's famous blue-and-green hoops made famous by the likes of Jameka, was beaten into fourth in an 1100m maiden, their fortunes changed later in the day.

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June 22: Racing Victoria Limited: Dunn hopes winners can ease sore spots

Dwayne Dunn eased himself back from suspension with a mid-week winner at Bendigo on Wednesday but he is expecting the body to be a little sore following eight rides at Flemington on Saturday.

Dunn had spent the previous month on the sidelines due to suspension and while he is preparing for aches to surface on Sunday, the leading jockey has two key rides early in the program that could soothe any potential niggles.

The first is Royal Symphony, who started his career with an encouraging debut victory at Racing.com Park on the synthetic track.

The win had merit on the clock, with his last 400m run in a slick 22.70 seconds and last 200m in 11.36s for an overall time that was five lengths above benchmark for maiden class at the venue.

"He went through his gears and put them to the sword, he jumped well but didn't have that much gate speed, drifted back but when he got in to clean air he really lengthened," Dunn said.

"It was just exciting to be on him and see what he did.

"He did have a few favours, there were a couple of others who were dangers that probably got blocked back inside, in saying that, the second horse has come out and run really well at Swan Hill in a really good race."

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June 15: Racing Victoria Limited: King Weir crowns 400th winner at home

Ancient King chalked up Darren Weir's 400th winner of the 2016-17 Australian racing season, a feat the Ballarat-based stable celebrated at their home track on Thursday.

Victory to the seven-year-old gelding in the E-Cycle Solutions Benchmark 120 Hurdle (3200m) secured the feat for Weir, with his number one hoop John Allen fittingly in the saddle.

The hurdler is responsible for three of the 400 after wrapping up a hat-trick of wins on Thursday.

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June 04: Racing Victoria Limited: Aladdin wins as Moreira shows magic

A breathtaking turn of speed from Satono Aladdin denied bold frontrunner Logotype back-to-back wins in one of Japan's showpiece races, the Group 1 Yasuda Kinen (1600m) at Tokyo on Sunday.

Defending champion Logotype made the play for much of the race and looked the winner when he shot two lengths clear inside the final 300m but jockey Yuga Kawada and Satono Aladdin were up to the task, unleashing a brilliant finish to reel in the leader and stave off a late challenge from Red Falx.

The win was a maiden Group 1 triumph for the Yasutoshi Ikee-trained son of Deep Impact, who finished fourth in last year's edition of the race and was unplaced in the 2016 Hong Kong Mile, which was won by Beauty Only.

Beauty Only wasn't disgraced for jockey Zac Purton in the lucrative Group 1 contest, finishing two lengths adrift of the winner in sixth position, while Australian-bred gelding Contentment weakened over the final furlong after looming as a contender at the top of the straight for Joao Moreira.

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May 20: Racing Victoria Limited: Kenedna wins Roses, now for the Oaks

Victorian filly Kenedna overcame a wet track, racing in the right-handed direction for the first time and a protest to win the Group 2 The Magic Million Roses (2000m) at Doomben on Saturday.

Prepared by master horseman Darren Weir and ridden by jockey John Allen, the daughter of Not A Single Doubt settled midfield, with Allen angling her into the clear at the top of straight where she had enough in reserve to hold off the late charge of the Chris Waller-trained Oklahoma Girl.

The jockey of the second horse, James Doyle, alleged Kednedna caused three separate pieces of interference that cost his mount the race.

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May 03: Racing Victoria Limited: Renewed by Weir, now a Galleywood winner

Renew by name and renewed by Weir.

That is the story of the imported horse which lost his zest for racing only to rediscover it in time to thrash some of the best hurdlers in the land in Wednesday's $125,000 Galleywood Hurdle at Warrnambool.

The seven-year-old Renew was purchased out of England in 2014 to contest the feature staying races in this country, running in a Caulfield Cup, placing in an Adelaide Cup and winning a Sandown Cup but, gradually, he was losing interest in the competition.

Enter Darren Weir.

Renew was transferred to the leading trainer's Warrnambool beach stables earlier this year and he has now won all three jumps races for Weir after his nine-length Galleywood romp.

In fact, such is his rejuvenation as a racehorse, he might return to the flat for his next start in the listed $200,000 Andrew Ramsden Stakes over the Melbourne Cup course of 3200-metres later this month.

"He really wasn't going anywhere this horse (on the flat), but he's a nice horse that needed rejuvenation," Weir explained. "We've mixed it up a bit for him and he just loves it down here at the beach and it's showing in the way he's racing.

"It has got him up and running again and I reckon he can go back to the flat and win again."

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