from Colin Hodges.
For over a century the Ryan family have been involved in racing at Bathurst, both before and since the opening of the new track in the 1950's at Tyers Park.
Don Ryan who is still a trainer at Bathurst was an apprentice jockey with his father Frank Ryan who trained at the old track at Eglinton and prepared very good gallopers including Pan Star ( sired by dual Melbourne Cup winner Peter Pan ) and the 1948 Coonamble Cup winner Glentact.
" As an apprentice you had to ride pretty well as you were competing against such wonderful horsemen as " Matey " Molloy, Ned Dougherty, Arthur Seymour, Mervyn Seymour and " Banjo " Bell." recalls Don Ryan.
" Another great jockey from that era was Ossie Cahill, the father of present day jockeys Michael and Mathew Cahill ", Don added.
First winner for Don Ryan was at Cowra on Easter Monday 1951 on Gold Fort trained at Newbridge by Clarry Davis.
Gold Fort won 4 straight while another good horse ridden to wins by Don Ryan was Rata Lad trained by Dave Jenkins at Bathurst.
Two years in to his apprenticeship Don was seriously injured in a fall at Molong races which ended his jockey career and later he became both a racecaller and a trainer.
For over 10 years the talented Don Ryan called the races at Bathurst, Orange, Cowra, Mudgee, Gulgong and several other tracks.
As a trainer, Don Ryan won his first Bathurst Cup in 1966 with Ecrates , ridden by Sammy Mezzasalma.
Ecrates winner of 14 races and beaten a nose at Randwick by the Neville Begg trained Rue Nought, was owned by Hartley Williams the father of Gowan Williams the well known racing statistician and long time publisher with his late wife of the popular Aimer Racing Weekly.
Don Ryan regards Ecrates as the best horse he has trained and for many years the Ecrates Cup donated by Gowan Williams was raced for at Bathurst.
In year 2000 the well named Wide And Blue ( by Yonder ), ridden by Mathew Cahill, became the second Bathurst Cup winner for Don Ryan, when winning by over two lengths from Trust No One and Magic Fun.
A steady stream of outstanding gallopers have since been prepared at the well appointed Ryan stables close to the Bathurst racecourse including Warwick Farm winner Amourous.
Now retired as a broodmare, Amourous produced the following Ryan trained offspring, So Generous ( dual Canterbury winner ), Our Canny Boy ( winner of 5 of first 6 starts and second at Randwick ), Somebody ( multiple winner and second in a Highway in Sydney ), Kindness ( In a restricted class race at Dubbo defeated Shiraz a subsequent Group 3 winner in Sydney and Melbourne ), and Happiest ( Cowra winner ). Other good winners from the Ryan stable over recent times have included Annecy, Ave and Harrietta.
Don Ryan married Diane Windsor who grew up on a dairy farm at picturesque Evans Plains outside Bathurst and members of the Windsor family still operate the dairy which is one of the last remaining in the region.
Don and Diane Ryan have five children, Bernard, Stephen, Andrew, Catherine and Olivia who all have a keen interest in racing and will be out in force at the Ray White Emms Mooney Bathurst Cup meeting on Sunday September 29.
Bernard Ryan Co-Owner Ray White Real Estate Agency at Neutral Bay and is a Director on the Bathurst Thoroughbred Racing Board while Stephen Ryan is a partner in Edney Ryan Accountancy in Mosman and looks after the racehorse breeding and racing management side of the Ryan Bloodstock operation.
In 2016 a trainer partnership was established between Don Ryan and his son Andrew Ryan who had experience as a jockey but only briefly, with a handful of rides at the Orange and Bathurst Picnic meetings.
Andrew Ryan is a very good horseman and the partnership with his father as co-trainer has proved most successful.
The Ryan family have great respect and admiration both as a jockey and as a person for Eleanor Webster-Hawes who regularly travels from Cowra to ride trackwork at Bathurst and most of the Ryan horses in races.
There was much excitement among the Ryan family when Eleanor Webster-Hawes recently rode her first Sydney winner, Worldly Pleasure, trained at Bathurst by Dean Mirfin and owned locally by the Deal family and friends.
Nominations for the Ray White Emms Mooney Bathurst Cup ( 1800 metres ) Showcase meeting on Sunday September 29 which also features a new race the $40,000 The Panorama ( 1300 metres ) close at 11am Tuesday September 24.
Bathurst Cup, a rich history - Prince Of Justice
from Colin Hodges.
With the running of the Ray White Emms Mooney Bathurst Cup fast approaching on Sunday, September 29, time to recall the amazing record of Prince Of Justice in the prestigious race.
Prince Of Justice twice won the Bathurst Cup and what made the feat so incredible was the Cup wins were 6 years apart!
The first win came in 1993 when Prince Of Justice was trained at Orange by Reg Priest and was ridden by leading western Districts jockey Wayne Weate who is now retired and living at Tamworth.
Stepping up in distance, Prince Of Justice then won the Stayers Cup at Rosehill for Reg Priest but after suffering a serious tendon injury was retired from racing.
Sharon Peters, a trainer from Sydney, decided to try and resurrect the career of Prince Of Justice after the gelding.had spent many years in a paddock.
Six years after the initial Bathurst Cup win, the veteran Prince Of Justice returned to contest the 1999 Cup with apprentice jockey Hugh Bowman in the saddle.
In an exciting finish, Prince Of Justice won by a head from Shine Over with Battlewise in third place.
Winning rider Hugh Bowman, three years before, had ridden his first winner, Slatts in the 1996 Wellington Picnic Cup.
Slatts was trained by the legendary John Lundholm at Coonamble and owned by Hugh Bowman's parents, Jim and Mandy Bowman from Dunedoo.
Hugh Bowman then became apprenticed to Leanne and Bill Aspros at Bathurst and later to Ron Quinton at Randwick.
Now established as a star jockey on the International stage, Hugh Bowman is recognised by people with only the remotest knowledge of racing as the jockey of the former world record breaking mare, Winx.
Reg Priest , the original trainer of Prince Of Justice, had a highly successful career with his best galloper probably being the brilliant sprinter Opera Prince, winner of the Group 2 Chirnside Stakes in Melbourne.
There were many other top performers from the Reg Priest stables at Orange including Captees, Cudoit ( pronounced See You Do It )and Curfta ( pronounced See You After ), to name just a few.
Captees won 5 races at Rosehill and gave Michael Marks his first Sydney winner.
Michael Marks who is retired from race riding and now living at Bathurst was an outstanding apprentice and then senior jockey who rode many winners for Reg Priest as did another talented young rider Kim Dougherty.
Along with several other successful young riders including the late Peter Molloy, Michael Marks and Kim Dougherty were apprenticed to Peter Molloy's parents Pat Molloy and her husband Harold " Matey " Molloy at Orange.
Matey Molloy who passed away last week was one of 9 children born to Charlie and Una Molloy at Forbes and he became a champion jockey.
His achievements were those that most country jockeys only dream about and included winning the Group 1 Doncaster Handicap at Randwick on Persian Puzzle for trainer Stan Hayden, and the Hotham Handicap on River Seine (now known as the Lexus Handicap ) the main lead up race at Flemington to the Melbourne Cup
Three days later Matey Molloy finished midfield on River Seine in the Melbourne Cup.
Reg Priest the trainer of Bathurst Cup winner Prince Of Justice had also been a fine rider and won a Western Districts Racing Association Apprentices Premiership.
Join us for an afternoon of exciting racing at the Ray White Emms Mooney Bathurst Cup meeting and catch all the action on Sunday 29 September.
To make the most of your day a suggestion is to book a VIP Grandstand Package and enjoy the raceday in style.
Contact Bathurst Thoroughbred Racing Allie Webster ( BTR Administration Manager ).
Ray White Emms Mooney Bathurst Cup 29 September 2019 - The Paine Family.
The historic inland city Bathurst will host the Ray White Emms Mooney Bathurst Cup on Sunday September 29 and the Paine family from Cowra is likely to continue a long association with racing at the Tyers Park track.
During a wonderful career as a jockey, Reg Paine rode 1038 winners including three Bathurst Cups, on Grecian Lustre ( 1962 ), Greg's King ( 1967 ) and Greg's King ( 1968 ) while his son Neil Paine rode the 1998 Bathurst Cup winner The Reveille.
Honours bestowed on Reg Paine include Life Membership of Cowra Jockey Club, a Special Recognition Award from Racing NSW Country and induction to the Cowra Sporting Hall Of Fame.
At age 83 Reg remains very fit and continues in his long serving role of Clerk Of The Scales at Cowra Jockey Club meetings.
Neil Paine was a very successful jockey winning the Group 1 Coolmore Classic on Strawberry Fair for trainer David Hayes and over 50 Group2, Group3 and Listed Stakes Races as he travelled the world, riding in Macau, Singapore, Dubai, Malaysia,China and Mauritius.
In 2014 his jockey career came to an end after suffering.serious injuries in a horrendous race fall when riding on contract in Noumea, the Capital of New Caledonia.in the South Pacific.
When riding in Sydney, Neil regularly rode for high profile trainer Gai Waterhouse and after his accident he was appointed to a public relations role with the Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott training partnership at Royal Randwick.
Neil is easy to find on Raceday with his apparel including jackets in dazzling colours and harlequin, stripes, checks and other patterns and a range of colourful bow ties and jaunty hats.
"My clothes are sponsored by Gai Waterhouse Racing " quips the likeable Neil Paine.
After a runaway win by Rapido Chaparro at Canterbury on Wednesday, carrying 62 kg over 1900 metres, Adrian Bott informed Neil Paine that the stable is likely to nominate Rapido Chaparro and/or Falcon Island for the 1800 metres Ray White Emms Mooney Bathurst Cup with Adam Hyeronimus to ride the stable choice,
Adam Hyeronimus who rode a winning treble at Canterbury on Wednesday and has ridden several major race winners over the past two years will continue the Paine family association with the Bathurst Cup as he is the grandson of Reg and Rose Paine and the nephew of Neil Paine.
The parents of Adam Hyeronimus are former successful jockey Craig Hyeronimus and Narelle Hyeronimus ( née Paine ) who served respectively as President and Secretary at Cowra Jockey Club.
Another member of the family is Rod Paine, brother of Neil and Narelle, who rode successfully in the central West about 30 years ago before gaining long time positions in the racing industry in America.
If Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott can win the upcoming Bathurst Cup it would complete a unique double.
After consultation between Bathurst Thoroughbred Racing and Racing NSW it was decided to switch the Cup to the Spring from now on to better suit the racing programs of trainers and their horses.
As a result in 2019 the Bathurst Cup will be run twice and the Cup held earlier this year was won by Chocolatier, trained by Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott and ridden by James Innes Jnr.
Nominations for the Bathurst Showcase Cup meeting on Sunday September 29 close at 11am Tuesday 24.9.19.
A new feature race, the $40,000 The Panorama over 1300 metres, is expected to attract a classy field.
Cup sponsor, the leading real estate agency Ray White Emms Mooney, is getting into the spirit of the occasion and apart from offering free Raceday tickets will also donate $20 to Daffodil House for each home appraisal leading up to Cup day.
Bathurst Thoroughbred Racing has various packages available including VIP grandstand luncheons .
For further details and bookings contact Michelle Tarpenning (BTR Manager) and Allie Webster (BTR Administration Manager).
Tyers Park's Ray ‘White Emms Mooney Bathurst Cup’ feature race set for a move to spring, starting this September
NEW DATE: Chocolatier takes out this year's Bathurst Cup in March. The autumn feature is set for a move to spring, which means a second 2019 winner will be crowned this September at Tyers Park. Photo: CHRIS SEABROOK
WE'VE had one Bathurst Cup run in 2019 - now we're going to have another.
Early this week the Bathurst Thoroughbred Racing Club proudly announced the new Spring Cup Day calendar move to Sunday 29 September, next month.
The Ray White Emms Mooney Bathurst Cup Day is the second largest of the Tyers Park 12 scheduled meetings each year and the move to align the Cup Day with Spring racing will see the event continue to grow.
As racing in Sydney sees many stars of the track return for the Spring Racing carnival the Bathurst Club identified an opportunity on the last Sunday in September.
The club also revealed another major programming initiative that coincides with the $260,000 prizemoney Country Showcase meeting.
A new race, 'The Panorama' run over 1300m for $40,000 in will feature on the day and provide Country horses preparing for The Kosciuszko an ideal opportunity.
Bathurst's meeting comes 20 days before the running of The Kosciuszko which makes Tyers Park well positioned to play host to some classy sprinters.
The Spring meeting move is a major coup for the club during a period where many punters and fans have their "head in racing" and the club is preparing for a large community race day.
"The announcement of The Panorama in conjunction with the Spring Cup race date is exciting news for the Club. To be in a position to provide an opportunity for those Country participants leading into a race like the Kosciuszko is a great outcome. The Panorama will carry $40,000 in prizemoney which is a terrific incentive." Bathurst Thoroughbred Racing manager Michelle Tarpenning said
"We have been working closely with Racing NSW to come up with the concept of The Panorama. We're excited about it. It will result in some terrific racing and a great day out for everybody.”
"There's going to be music on the lawn, food vendors, VIP ticketing availability and plenty of activities for the families including children’s jumping castle and face painting. The Cup day will fall on a Sunday this year and we are focused on providing a day for the entire community. Dave Stanley from TAB will be our MC for the day and we had him on board for the Bathurst Cup this year and he's a fountain of information and a really great guy to chat with."
The unique programming for the Panorama on Bathurst Cup Day will see country trained horses obtain first opportunity in the race with a maximum top weight of 63kg regardless of benchmark rating.
The Club is proud to be associated with Ray White Emms Mooney as major sponsors of the Bathurst Cup. The meeting will also be raising funds for Daffodil Cottage.
The Bathurst Cup has often drawn provincial and metro trainers to the city. The Gai Waterhouse-trained Chocolatier took out March's edition of the Bathurst Cup as favourite.
Ray White Emms Mooney Bathurst Cup meeting will be a boost for Daffodil Cancer Care Cottage
CUP'S COMING UP: Councillor Graeme Hanger, Bathurst Thoroughbred Racing general manager Michelle Tarpenning, Bathurst citizen of the year and Daffodil Cottage volunteer Gen Croaker and Ray White Emms Mooney director Pat Bird.
DAFFODIL Cottage will be the big winner when the Bathurst Cup is run this Sunday.
The local cancer services centre will be receiving the proceeds from the $15 gate entry at the race meeting and that won't be all.
Ray White Emms Mooney, which is the major sponsor for the Bathurst Cup, will be donating $20 to Daffodil Cottage for every market appraisal or market update that is booked with the agency during the period up until the race meeting is run on September 29.
As well, those who book a market appraisal or market update during that time will receive two adult passes to the races and will go into the draw to win a $5000 bedding package.
Ray White Emms Mooney director Pat Bird said the agency is also raffling a hamper full of items valued at more than $1500 and proceeds will go to Daffodil Cottage.
Tickets are being sold at the Ray White Emms Mooney office in William Street.
Bathurst Thoroughbred Racing general manager Michelle Tarpenning said the Bathurst Cup at Tyers Park this Sunday, September 29 will feature more than horse racing.
"There will be live music, fashions on the field, a kids' jumping castle and face-painting, and a free sausage sizzle" she said. Gates open at 11.00am.