25th March – SA Racing continuing ‘with caution’

Racing is continuing “with caution” in South Australia, as the industry adopts a raft of measures and protocols to ensure all participants remain safe from COVID-19.

Thoroughbred Racing South Australia (TRSA) and all its employees and industry parties and participants continue to heed the latest up-to-date government advice and direction.

Importantly, TRSA has also implemented a list of industry-specific measures and procedures, on top of the mandatory temperature checks for all persons before they enter SA tracks on race days and for tomorrow’s trials at Strathalbyn.

This includes a new condition prohibiting the use of both strappers’ bibs and horse earmuffs, further eliminating the threat of human contact and contamination through these items.

On top of the mandatory social-distancing policies that apply across the wider community (being vigilantly monitored and maintained within the racing cohort), TRSA has employed extra protocols for race days:
– As a TRSA prerequisite, stewards require the name of all stable employees who will be attending each meeting. All trainers and stable employees will be required to provide their current TRSA ID card to gain entry to any course (associate cards are not permitted).

– Each trainer is able to nominate one – and only one – licensed stable employee per horse to attend the meeting. These nominated stable employees must actively be engaged in walking that horse into and around the mounting yard and in the race-day stalls area.

– Only trainers or licensed foremen are permitted in the area of the mounting yard where pre-race and post-race discussions take place with riders.

– Stable employees who have finished their duties and are required to stay on course must remain in the race-day stalls area.

Failure to comply with any of the above directions will result in immediate removal from the course and may result in action being taken against both the trainer and/or stable employee.

TRSA makes no apologies for its hard-line approach, but thanks all for their compliance and understanding as it continues to put protocols in place to enable racing to continue in South Australia.

TRSA has taken further precautions by postponing its apprentice academy classroom session and scaling back its office to essential staff only, with the bulk of staff working remotely.

TRSA is tasked with protecting the estimated 800 small businesses and over 3600 people employed in SA directly as a result of thoroughbred racing in our state.

24th March 2020 – The Races SA – Nick Redin

Dear Owners,

I write to seek your co-operation with the restrictions we have put in place to ensure the racing industry meets the Federal Government’s ban on mass gatherings over 500 people and other restrictions Thoroughbred Racing SA, in consultation with industry stakeholders, has implemented.

All thoroughbred activities have been restricted to essential racing personnel only. These activities are defined as:

  • Race Meetings
  • Training
  • All forms of trials
  • All forms of jump outs
  • Trainers Stables
  • Spelling Properties

A definition of Essential Racing Personnel can be found on our media release.

We have implemented these measures to try to protect our environment and the 3,600 jobs in the industry as best as possible and to minimise the chance of a case of COVID-19 affecting racing.

It is also to protect jockeys, apprentices and track work riders. We simply cannot afford for them to contract COVID-19. Should a rider get it, and we cannot contain it, it would affect our ability to keep going.

This effectively means that, unless you are filling an essential position at any of the above events, you simply cannot be there.

I appreciate we are asking a lot of you in that you cannot see your horses live or visit them in their stables, and yet we are asking you to keep up your involvement in the Industry. However, your support at this time is critical.

TRSA is doing all we can so we can continue to race during this period, keep the industry going and pay the prizemoney out. All racing vision is available on the TRSA website  This now includes club jump outs.

I thank you in advance for working with us to adhere to the restrictions TRSA has put in place.

Good luck in racing.  I hope to see you at the track when COVID-19 has passed and racing can return to normal.

Yours sincerely,

Nick Redin – Chief Executive Officer

Thoroughbred Breeders Australia – COVID-19

Dear Breeder,

As we are all well aware, these are challenging times as the country deals with the spread of the coronavirus and the impacts of the measures governments have put in place to limit infections.

While many farms have already put in place measures to mitigate the spread of the virus, a number of breeders have reached out to Thoroughbred Breeders Australia for information on how to protect their staff.

Below is a summary of the recommendations for business owners and individuals released by the World Health Organisation.

Localised updates can be found on the Federal Government’s Health Department’s website. Click here to see more.

We hope you all stay healthy,

Tom Reilly
Chief Executive Officer


SA Bred – The Inevitable – Racenet – Golden Eagle

It wasn’t always that way – Brunton is quick to admit the idea of running for $7.5 million in the Rosehill feature was once all a bit of a joke, but on Saturday it will become a reaility in the inaugural running of the race.

For a trainer from The Apple Isle like Brunton it shapes as a potentially life changing afternoon. And the affable horseman is serious about making the most of the chance.

“This is what you get out of bed for every morning,” Brunton, who won last year’s trainers’ premiership in Tasmania, said.

“We are a big fish in a small pond down in Tassie and the family moved down there on the bones of our arse but it was a new opportunity to start again.

“Mum and dad seized that opportunity with both hands and we have been able to go on with it from there.

“We work hard together, buy out of the bargain box and are happy to be here in a race like the Golden Eagle now and think we deserve to be.”

When Brunton speaks of his dad he’s referring to Tasmanian Hall of Famer David Brunton, who has since retired from training but played a pivotal role in his son’s career.

“I started training about 20 years on my own I moved up to Queensland to try sort of better myself and go forward because I didn’t want to be born with the silver spoon in my mouth from dad,” Brunton said.

“I chose that approach but it didn’t take me long to come back with the tail between my legs back to dad.

“I trained on my own when I first got back to Tasmania, then in partnership with dad and learned a lot from it.”

During his career Brunton has had success on the mainland in the past but The Inevitable has to eclipse all of those wins on Saturday.

A $90,000 yearling purchase, the diminutive gelding won the Listed Tasmanian Guineas earlier this year before claiming the Group III CS Hayes at Flemington at his next start.

His only unplaced run came in the Group I Australian Guineas but by then pintsized son of Dundeel had won plenty of admirers.

“He is living proof good things come in small packages,” Brunton said.

“You can’t see the V8 under the bonnet. He is tough as nails.

“I believe you can overrate your own horses but I believe he is capable of doing incredible things.

“You aim him at the right races and do it the right way, he gives you the best result. He is very exciting.”

The Inevitable showed just how exciting he is when gunning down Fasika to book his spot in Saturday’s main event by winning the Silver Eagle.

He now has one challenge in front of him in a blockbuster field for the inaugural Golden Eagle, where he is a $10 chance with to salute and will be ridden by Nash Rawiller.

“It was a pipe dream at the start, but now it’s shaping as a dream come true. We are here, we are part of the crew and are enjoying being part of the show,” Brunton said.

First Winner for Booker Brother – Breednet – Tara Madgwick

A full brother to Group I MRC Oakleigh Plate winner Booker, expensive Written Tycoon colt Banquo broke the ice for his first win at Sale on Sunday.

The three year-old joined the Danny O’Brien stable earlier this year after two unplaced runs for Steven Marsh.

Narrowly beaten at his first run back from a spell on October 9, Banquo was a short priced favourite for the 1400 merte maiden on Sunday and got the job doen in style winning by more than a length.

A $600,000 Magic Millions purchase for Bruce Perry Bloodstock from the Mill Park draft, Banquo runs for a syndicate that includes the Chittick family of Waikato Stud in whose colours he runs.

Banquo is the second winner from Noondie, a three-quarter sister by Flying Spur to stakes-winner Tranquility from stakes-winner Creatrix.

Noondie was sold at the Inglis Chairman’s Sale earlier this year for $600,000 to Mitchell Bloodstock and is now a part of the Yarraman Park broodmare band.

She produced a colt by Written Tycoon for her new owners this spring.

SATB AGM Wed 16th Oct 7pm

The Annual General meeting of the South Australian Thoroughbred Breeders will be held on Wednesday the 16th of October.

All past and present members are welcome to attend – special guest speaker will be Nick Redin , COO of the TRSA who will provide an update and overview on the direction of the industry.

Meeting commencing at 7pm – light supper provided post meeting.