Rob Slade published: 12 Aug, 2014

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 published: 09 Jun, 2015

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 published: 05 May, 2015

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 published: 06 Jul, 2015

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 published: 17 Aug, 2015

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 published: 03 Sep, 2015

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 published: 01 Oct, 2015

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 published: 03 Nov, 2015

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 published: 01 Feb, 2016

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 published: 01 Sep, 2016

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.

Lang Lin published: 01 Oct, 2016

SELF-made billionaire Lang Lin, better known to some as ‘Mr Wolf’, is a rising force between mainland China and the Australasian thoroughbred industry. It’s hard to describe what he does in this aspect in one word, but ‘enabler’ comes to mind because Mr Lang’s investments, vision and enthusiasm as a racehorse owner, racing industry developer and international connector, continues to inspire and create key business opportunities between China, New Zealand and Australia. 
  The founder and chief executive of the Inner Mongolia Rider Horse Group has spent more than $11m since 2012 shipping more than 800 New Zealand racehorses to China, to race and to breed from, with a view to grow the domestic market in his homeland. At the same time he has introduced hundreds of Chinese visitors and investors to his great love of Australasia’s major bloodstock sales and racing carnivals.  
  The highlight so far in Mr Lang’s journey ‘Down Under’ is his ownership of the Caulfield Cup and dual Derby winning hero, Mongolian Khan, a horse he describes as tough, fearless and his lucky charm.

Stuart Ramsey published: 31 Mar, 2017

A BIG heart and a warm smile will always welcome you at Turangga Farm and at the stud’s famous Inglis Easter Sales marquee, where a signature steak and glass of good red awaits, along with your no-nonsense yet effervescent host, Stuart Ramsey. 

Luigi Muollo published: 01 Aug, 2017

Novara Park has quickly made headlines in New Zealand with its globetrotting Gr.1 stallion Jakkalberry, who was the leading first season sire by combined average at the Premier-Select 2017 NZB yearling sale. His stock averaged $163,500 off only a $6000 service fee and Jakkalberry was also the leading sire overall by average at the Select NZB Yearling sale. Novara Park’s proprietor, Luigi Muollo, is a successful property investor in Wellington, and brings plenty of business acumen to the New Zealand racing and breeding industry.

Olly Tait published: 01 Sep, 2017

OLLY Tait has long been a name to be reckoned with in the Australian and the global racing industry. After 15 years with Darley, Olly Tait, along with his wife Amber, have purchased a 1012ha property at Cootamundra from Darley and reverted the famous farm’s name back to its original name, Twin Hills.
  Tait is the fourth generation of the Australian Racing Hall of Fame-inducted Tait family to be involved in racing. His grandparents Griff and Daisy Tait, owned the outstanding Star Kingdom broodmare Dark Jewel who produced five stakes winners, including Baguette; while Olly Tait’s parents, Sandy and Katherine, along with Sandy’s sister Jill Nivison, bred and raced Whisked, a Gr.1 winner who in turn became the dam of champion Tie the Knot. These achievements only touch the family fortunes in racing.