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

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TROA funds exclusive Owners Areas in Country
TROA FUNDS EXCLUSIVE OWNERS AREAS IN COUNTRY TROA are delighted to provide funding support to feature Country Victoria race meetings for the 2019-2020 racing season.  TROA is providing funding support to provide TROA exclusive owners areas to all owners with a runner engaged at the following race meetings:
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TROA supports Bendigo’s Golden Mile Raceday 
Bendigo is home to the Golden Mile Race Day, Saturday 30 March 2019, with prize money exceeding $1 million. TROA are proud to announce our continued partnership with Golden Mile Raceday in its seventh year. World-class racing, entertainment, leafy bushland surrounds, fine dining, fashion and more make the Golden Mile Race Day an unforgettable experience for racehorse owners, in particular those lucky enough to have a horse competing for the $1 million in prizemoney on offer.
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$40 million prizemoney boost confirmed for Victorian thoroughbred racing
A broad range of owners, trainers, jockeys and breeders are set to benefit from more than $40 million in additional prizemoney that will begin rolling out across Victoria from 1 January 2019. The increases are underpinned by a $33 million election commitment from the newly returned Labor Government to support increases to the minimum levels of Victorian thoroughbred prizemoney.  Racing Victoria (RV) has committed to boosting the package of prizemoney increases, which will be implemented across the next two years, beyond $40 million.
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​TROA Launches Exclusive Owners Facilities
TROA are delighted to announce funding support to the Cranbourne Cup Carnival and Geelong Cup meeting, to provide TROA exclusive owners areas to all owners with a runner engaged at these meetings. TROA understand the importance of owners having an enjoyable experience on raceday, when your horse is engaged to compete. TROA, with Country Racing Victoria and the Victorian regional race clubs encourage owner participation and attendance when your horse is racing in regional Victoria.
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Famous races headline widespread prizemoney increases across Victoria
Victoria’s three most famous races – the Lexus Melbourne Cup, Ladbrokes Cox Plate and Stella Artois Caulfield Cup – will carry record prizemoney this Spring Racing Carnival and the state’s 67 Country Cups will each receive a boost as part of widespread prizemoney increases announced today for the 2018-19 racing season. Racing Victoria (RV) was joined by the Victoria Racing Club (VRC), Melbourne Racing Club (MRC), Moonee Valley Racing Club (MVRC) and Country Racing Victoria (CRV) in announcing a $12.4 million injection into prizemoney across the state from 1 August 2018.
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Racing Australia Trainer and Owner Reforms - Commence 1 August 2017
Racing Australia is introducing new reforms commencing 1 August 2017. First announced in November 2016, these measures are known as the Trainer and Owner Reforms (TOR) and have been incorporated into the Australian Rules of Racing. TOR Rules  The reforms will operate pursuant to the TOR Rules, which are part of the Rules of Racing. As you are a person bound by, and subject to, the Rules of Racing, you will also be required to comply with the TOR Rules - they are mandatory.
  • 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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