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.

Owner News

Media Release
Owners slam Racing Victoria on new prize money levy and call for board and management change
Thoroughbred Racehorse Owners Association (TROA) Chairman, Jonathan Munz, has slammed the management and board of Racing Victoria (RVL) in relation to a new 1% levy on prizemoney and called for board and management change. The new 1% levy will equate to around $3 million a year and is proposed to be used to subsidise horse trainers for workcover insurance premium blowouts and introduce programs to otherwise help them, including helping control and manage those claims.
Media Release
Owners fed up with Racing Victoria
The Victorian Thoroughbred Owners Association (TROA) has gone public to join the chorus of industry participants slamming Racing Victoria for its recent actions and policies. TROA Chairman, Jonathan Munz, one of Australia’s leading owners and breeders,  made the following comments: “There is now an ongoing general problem in Victoria, with recent Racing Victoria policies and changes having caused damage to the operation and reputation of Victorian Racing.”
Media Release
Participants proposed more sensible prize money plan
There has been criticism by Victorian racing industry participants unhappy with the recent announcement by Racing Victoria of cuts to Victorian prize money and the circumstances surrounding it.
News Article
Munz calls for common sense and consultation from Racing Victoria
Thoroughbred Racehorse Owners Association (TROA) chairman, Jonathan Munz, has urged Racing Victoria (RV) to use common sense and reduce its own overheads and inefficiencies and rein in “pet projects” before pursuing any proposed prizemoney cuts. In recent days, RV announced a move to reduce prizemoney, with general manager of racing, Matt Welsh telling RV media business,, that there will be prizemoney cuts across a “broad cross-section” of races in 2023-24. This  is in response to a reported decline in wagering this year.
Media Release
ATA & TROA oppose RVL’s proposed abolition of existing free race nominations system
The Australian Trainers Association (ATA) and the Victorian Thoroughbred Racehorse Owners Association (TROA) strongly oppose Racing Victoria’s plan to abolish the existing free nominations system and impose non acceptance fees. Victoria has had a system of free nominations at no cost to owners and trainers since 2007, whereas other states such as NSW and Queensland do not. All states, including Victoria, charge scratching fees to withdraw a horse after acceptances. 
News Article
Victorian prizemoney surpasses $300 million as Carnival enhancements announced
Racing Victoria (RV) has today released its race dates and prizemoney schedule for the 2022-23 racing season which will feature 554 race meetings from Monday, 1 August 2022. Victorian prizemoney will reach record heights next season with $314 million in prizemoney and bonuses on offer – the first time this figure has surpassed $300 million. It represents an increase of $140 million, or 80 per cent, since 2015 and will see the average prizemoney and bonuses on offer per race in Victoria remain at a nation high figure, climbing to more than $72,600.
  • JUNE 2023

    TROA leads joint stakeholder proposal to Racing Victoria for sensible prizemoney approach.

  • MAY 2023

    TROA & ATA campaign for the retention of Racing Victoria's free nomination system is successful.

  • MAY 2023

    TROA calls for common sense and consultation from Racing Victoria on prizemoney and Spring program

  • NOVEMBER 2022

    TROA & ATA strongly oppose Racing Victoria’s plan to abolish the existing free nominations system and impose non acceptance fees.

  • JUNE 2022

    RVL announce $26.2 million increase in prizemoney

  • MARCH 2022

    TROA, ATA and VJA provide joint submission to RVL recommending $27 million increase in prizemoney

  • 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 working group with RV, VRC, MRC, MVRC, CRV to introduce increased owner entitlements and digital ticketing

  • October 2018

    TROA announce funding support for owner marquee at Cranbourne Cup Carnival

  • November 2017

    TROA announce funding support for owners facilities on Pakenham Cup Day

  • October 2017

    TROA announce funding support for owners room on Geelong Cup Day

  • 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 million 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 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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