Rob Slade

WHEN leading racehorse syndicator Rob Slade gave up his accounting career to pursue his racing interest back in the 1990s he was adamant that it was for good. “Yes, I put all my cardigans with those leather patches in a pile in the backyard, threw in my green pens, some kerosene and started a bonfire,” he laughed. “There was the smell of burning leather and green ink in the air. Mind you I never wore a cardigan, let’s make that very clear!

Vin Cox

LIKE many people in the racing industry, the passion for this great sport began at an early age for Magic Millions managing director Vin Cox. The champions Kingston Town and Manikato were real favourites of the young Cox, who also had a soft spot for the great Marscay.
  Vin grew up in Mudgee NSW, and went off to boarding school at The Kings School in Parramatta. The very first race meeting he went to after going to Sydney was the Golden Slipper meeting in 1982 when he walked down from the school to watch Marscay win the great race. Many years have passed since that day, but the passion is still there and that love of racing has crossed over into becoming his career.

Mike Fleming

Having a good support network behind you is one of the secrets to success in any business. Owner/Manager of Hunter Valley’s Broadwater Thoroughbreds Mike Fleming, who has firmly established the farm as a quality vendor of top-end thoroughbreds in recent years, is grateful for the support that he has received over the years from those closest to him…

Colm Santry

COOLMORE Stud’s nominations and sales manager Colm Santry has led a fascinating and fulfilling life in the world of bloodstock. He has experienced every part of the industry and now lives his life travelling between sales, race meetings and stud farms with a mobile phone that scarcely stops ringing.

Geoffrey Russell

GEOFFREY Russell is the director of sales at Keeneland in Lexington, Kentucky and has been in this role since 2001. Irish-born Russell brought to the table a deep love of pedigrees and bloodlines when he started working for Keeneland back in 1996. 
  This love of the auction business and of horse racing began at an early age when he remembers going along to the races at age six . . . 

Bernard Saundry

THE CEO of Racing Victoria, Bernard Saundry has had a passion for racing that began when he was a teenager. Trips to Moonee Valley races with his parents, who were avid racegoers, gave him the opportunity to see some of our racing greats.

Simon O'Donnell

FOR many Australians who love horse racing, to win the Melbourne Cup would be a dream come true. Simon O’Donnell has always had a passion for our great race and in 2008 came within a whisker of winning the Cup with the imported gelding Bauer. 

Peter V'landys

PETER V’LANDYS is an achiever. The forthright administrator thrives on a challenge, with many a fruitful result. He achieved great success while running the NSW Harness Racing Club and his subsequent role as Chief Executive of Racing NSW has also been rewarding and at times headline making. 

Simon Vivian

VICTORIAN manager for Inglis, Simon Vivian has been a successful bloodstock agent and auctioneer for many years. He has worked with some of the best in the business including David Coles and Peter Heagney and has travelled around Australia and abroad working in the industry that he loves.

Team Lindsay Park

COLIN Hayes AM, OBE established Lindsay Park Racing Stable and Stud at Angaston in South Australia in 1965 after deciding to train horses in a country environment rather than the traditional city tracks. Lindsay Park became a hugely successful breeding and racing facility, with many champions being bred and trained there.