TROA's vision is to be the key industry stakeholder providing an independent voice for all racehorse owners.  In partnership with all owners TROA will protect their interests, promote increased financial returns and the enjoyment of racing.

TROA's vision is to be the key industry stakeholder providing an independent voice for all racehorse owners.  In partnership with all owners TROA will protect their interests, promote increased financial returns and the enjoyment of racing.

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Increased prizemoney rewards Victorian participants and owners for support during COVID pandemic
Racing Victoria (RV) has today announced that it will increase prizemoney by more than $16 million for the 2021-22 racing season commencing 1 August 2021. For the first time, over $280 million in prizemoney and bonuses will be on offer across a season with all owners, trainers and jockeys to get a chance to share in the increases which are spread from once-a-year picnic race meetings to coveted Group 1 features.
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Heavyweights in prizemoney push
Published on by Paul Tatnell @PaulTatnell - 24 May 2021  A coalition of powerful racing voices have joined forces in a prizemoney plan worth an extra $20 million a year, to match recent increases from NSW. The Thoroughbred Racehorse Owner’s Association [TROA] has submitted a detailed proposal to the Racing Victoria board, which includes more than $5 million in extra stakes money for Group 1 winners as well as a new $5,000 per race maiden bonus.
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TROA urges national whip approach
Thoroughbred Racehorse Owners' Association chairman Jonathan Munz has concerns and has suggested a change of approach in relation to Racing Victoria's limited-whip-use race series and the evaluation of whip rules. "I understand what RVL is trying to achieve, but I don't think it is going about this in the best way," Munz said. "The universal view among equine welfare experts, agreed by RVL, is that with the padded whip, the impact of use of the whip is a matter of perception rather than a horse welfare issue.
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Limited metropolitan owner attendance permitted from Saturday
Racing Victoria (RV) has today announced the resumption of limited owner attendance at all Victorian race meetings under COVID-safe protocols from Saturday, 14 November 2020. The change comes following the relaxation of intrastate travel restrictions and in consideration of the significant reduction of COVID-19 cases across the state. Commencing this weekend, a capped number of owners will be given the opportunity to attend race meetings across Victoria when their horse is engaged to compete, irrespective of where they live within the state.
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Owners permitted to return to regional race meetings
Racing Victoria (RV) and Country Racing Victoria (CRV) have today announced the resumption of limited owner attendance at regional race meetings under COVID-safe protocols from Monday, 12 October 2020. Owners who reside outside metropolitan Melbourne will be given the opportunity to attend race meetings in regional Victoria when their horse is engaged to compete. Owner attendance at regional race meetings, commencing with next Monday’s Echuca meeting, will be underpinned by the following essential protocols:
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Owners say too late for claw back
Victorian owners claim that the elapse of time has meant Racing Victoria should use its discretionary powers in relation in the Aquanita case and not seek to claw back an estimated $2 million of prizemoney previously paid to owners of 81 Aquanita horses that are facing disqualification.
  • JUNE 2021

    RVL announce $16 million increase in prizemoney

  • MAY 2021

    TROA provides submission to RVL recommending $20 million increase in prizemoney

  • June 2020

    TROA opposes Caulfield Cup Carnival move to late November

  • March 2020

    TROA provide support to RVL efforts to keep racing going during COVID-19

  • April 2019

    TROA consultation on RVL Equine Welfare Strategy

  • March 2019

    TROA forms digital ticketing working group with RV, VRC, MRC, MVRC, CRV

  • October 2018

    TROA announce funding support for Cranbourne Cup Carnival

  • November 2017

    TROA announce funding support for Pakenham Cup

  • October 2017

    TROA announce funding support for Geelong Cup

  • August 2017

    Trainer and Owner Reforms come into effect

  • May 2017

    RVL announce $15.5 million prizemoney increase as result of aggressive lobbying from TROA

  • May 2017

    TROA Chairman appointed to Ministers RV Board Advisory Panel for Industry members

  • February 2017

    TROA & ATA campaign results in $3 mil prizemoney increases coming into effect

  • December 2016

    TROA & ATA campaign publicly for prizemoney parity with NSW

  • July 2016

    TROA announces partnership support of the Australian Trainers’ Trust.

  • May 2016

    TROA & ATA drive Racing Australia Owner & Trainer Reforms

  • May 2016

    TROA announces funding assistance in partnership with Warrnambool Racing Club for the Owners Marquee for the 3-day Warrnambool Carnival.

  • April 2015

    TROA announces annual partnership of Owners and Breeders raceday at Caulfield, in conjunction with Racing Victoria and the Melbourne Racing Club.

  • November 2014

    TROA represented on prizemoney review panel with recommendations made to RV Board, leading to 18% increases across all levels.

  • October 2014

    TROA announces partnership with Melbourne Racing Club and Victorian Government, to provide funding assistance for Connections Lounge, the dedicated owners’ area at Caulfield Racecourse.

  • April 2014

    TROA announces 3-year partnership with Bendigo Jockey Club’s standalone Saturday meeting – the Golden Mile Raceday.

  • April 2012

    TROA announces annual partnership support of the National Jockeys Trust, via sponsorship of annual Charity Race Day at Caulfield.

  • July 2011

    TROA launches partnership with Luxbet, including co-naming rights with Luxbet of the 2011-2013 Winter Championship Series

  • November 2010

    TROA calls for reform of Racing Victoria’s position on race fields product fees collected from Corporate Bookmakers supporting a ‘turnover’ model

  • July 2010

    TROA joins with Racing Victoria in funding the ‘Win a share in racehorse’ competition for eligible Victorian Owners Gold Card holders.

  • June 2010

    Andrew Lafontaine is unanimously re-elected TROA Chairman.

  • March 2010

    TROA supports the continuation of jumps racing in Victoria.

  • December 2009

    TROA Chairman, David Moodie resigns and is later elected as a Director of Racing Victoria Limited. Andrew Lafontaine elected as new TROA Chairman.

  • March 2009

    TROA launches the TROA/Luxbet owners’ bonus after signing a major sponsorship agreement with leading corporate bookmaker, Luxbet (owned by Tabcorp).

  • August 2008

    TROA calls for a greater level of country prizemoney and promotes support for prizemoney increases at all levels from the “bottom up”.

  • February 2008

    TROA again calls for a review of the three metropolitan club structure to assess the benefits of ‘shared’ services.

  • September 2007

    TROA supports the development of the ‘Living Legends’, the International Home of Rest for Champion Thoroughbreds.

  • March 2007

    TROA and William Inglis join in a partnership to support racehorse owners in Victoria.

  • October 2006

    TROA together with all racing industry stakeholders campaigns for increased Victorian prize money.

  • February 2005

    Launch of the RVL/TROA Ownership Strategy and announcement that TROA now represents all racehorse owners in Victoria as partners of the Victorian Owners Gold Card program.

  • October 2004

    TROA celebrates 30 years representing thoroughbred owners at Annual Awards Breakfast at Champions, the Australian Racing Museum.

  • July 2004

    RVL and TROA agree to work towards a collective ownership strategy identifying the principle roles of both organisations.

  • May 2004

    TROA launches the ‘Owner for a Day’ program in conjunction with RVL.

  • February 2004

    TROA hosts the RVL William Inglis Ownership Forum at Oaklands Junction.

  • April 2003

    TROA contributes a strong submission to the industry review of Integrity Services supporting a revised structure.

  • February 2003

    TROA reiterates its support for jumps racing and the initiatives to make it safer for all participants.

  • October 2002

    TROA calls for the formation of a combined TAB national pool on certain races in the absence of a national totalisator.

  • August 2002

    TROA strongly advocates the urgent introduction of new betting types and larger pools at TAB’s, as well as the increase in industry returns.

  • November 2001

    TROA participates in the Racing Victoria Owners Expo held on Sandown Cup Day.

  • June 2001

    TROA strongly recommends that the marketing departments and some metropolitan club functions be merged into one unit to avoid “triplication” and to save considerable operating costs.

  • June 2001

    TROA recommends that some metropolitan club functions (ie Marketing departments) be merged into one unit to avoid “triplication” and to save on operating costs

  • May 2001

    TROA supports threshold levels for therapeutic treatments that do not enhance or detract from horse performance.

  • March 2000

    RV Owners Department introduced. RV released the Thoroughbred Owners Guide sent to all racehorse owners in conjunction with TROA

  • January 2000

    TROA invited to join as a key stakeholder in Racing Victoria Limited’s new governance structure, representing all owners including TROA members

  • July 1999

    MVRC opens the Might and Power Room – a dedicated room for racehorse owners.

  • April 1999

    TROA lobbys on issues of track bias and state of tracks and raises the possibility of grading tracks for their suitability depending on seasonal conditions.

  • January 1999

    TROA begins to lobby the Federal government about the impacts on owners of the GST tax reform.

  • July 1998

    TROA asked to make a submission on the review of the apprentice claiming system.

  • June 1996

    TROA meets with all metropolitan clubs to discuss the initiative of an ‘Owners Liaison Officer’

  • January 1996

    TROA hosts international owners’ conference in Melbourne.

  • May 1995

    TROA recommends that owners of all runners receive some form of rebate.

  • August 1993

    TROA gains representation on the VOBIS Board.

  • October 1992

    TROA meets with Premier Jeff Kennett to discuss the possibility of an Industry Council.

  • September 1991

    TROA pushes for a nation wide betting pool and raises the matter at an Australian Racing Ministers conference.

  • December 1990

    TROA recommends to the VOBIS scheme managers that trainers and jockeys are not included in the incentive scheme bonuses.

  • October 1989

    TROA writes to the Australian Trainers Association regarding a code of ethics for trainers.

  • August 1987

    TROA writes to all metropolitan and country clubs to request an increase in race day ticketing for owners.

  • March 1984

    TROA requests the VRC appoint an independent arbitrator to deal with disputes between owners and trainers

  • September 1979

    TROA investigates the possibility of sponsored racing silks and saddlecloths.

  • July 1977

    The MVRC rejects TROA’s request for owners to receive membership privileges to owners who have a horse running.

  • February 1975

    TROA seeks uniformity between metropolitan clubs in relation to owner’s privileges .

  • June 1974

    TROA writes to the Victorian Trainers Association objecting to increased training fees.

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