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Jockey Celebration Day 2021

July 01, 2021

Jockey Celebration Day will again be held nationally this year on Saturday 7th August as race meetings around Australia pause to observe a minute silence in honour of jockeys who have died in races an...

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Sydney Strapper of the Year - Noms open now

June 21, 2021

*** UPDATE: Nominations for 2020-21 are now CLOSED *** Nominations are now being called for Sydney’s ‘Strapper of the Year’ award for the 2020-2021 season. Now in its 12th year, this award endeavours...

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Save the date - Sydney Racing Mass - Sep 26

June 21, 2021

Save the date! After a couple of cancellations due to Covid-19, the 2021 Sydney Racing Fraternity Mass will be held on Sunday September 26 at Royal Randwick Racecourse, beginning at 11am   More info...

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Breakfast with the stars - April 13

April 02, 2021

ARCC will be hosting a BBQ for strappers at the ATC's 'Breakfast with the Stars' at Royal Randwick on Tuesday 13 April. In the busy grind of morning trackwork, especially in the pressurised carnival a...

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Big shoes to fill

April 01, 2021

Following the retirement of Brother Dan Stafford, Father Tom Stevens was formally appointed by Archbishop Anthony Fisher as the new Catholic chaplain to the Australian Turf Club. Fr Tom is parish prie...

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Golden Slipper strapper award 2021

April 01, 2021

Congratulations to Wajid Ali, strapper of Golden Slipper winner, Stay Inside, pictured here receiving his strapper's trophy. ARCC has worked hard with Racing NSW and the ATC over the years to recognis...

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Easter 2021

March 31, 2021

"And being in anguish, he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground." (Luke 22:44) Those in the racing industry are no strangers to hard work and heartache. B...

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Christmas Hope

December 21, 2020

It feels like people have been looking forward to this Christmas even more than usual. Perhaps because it brings with it the hope of a New Year.  But the renewed outbreaks of COVID-19 around the world...

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Enjoy retirement, Brother Dan!

December 17, 2020

After more than 20 years of service to the racing industry, Brother Dan Stafford has retired as Catholic chaplain to Sydney racing. Brother Dan is a much-loved and well-known figure, having served for...

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ATC rewards strappers at Canterbury Park night meetings

December 01, 2020

The Australian Turf Club has continued its practice of presenting a $100 voucher to the strapper of the "Best Turned Out" horse in the KIA "Evening Star" race at each Friday night meeting at Canterbur...

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Best Turned Out awards - Saturday Sept 26

September 21, 2020

In partnership with The Australian Turf Club, ARCC will reward strappers in each of the five Group races held on Golden Rose Day at Rosehill Gardens on Saturday September 26, 2018. The best presented ...

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2YO trials - BBQ for strappers

September 09, 2020

Once again, ARCC will host a BBQ for the strappers at the official 2YO trials to be conducted at Randwick on Monday September 21. Thanks to the ATC for their assistance, and the intrepid volunteers wh...

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Jockey Celebration Day 2020

August 10, 2020

Despite some social distancing restrictions due to Covid-19, Jockey Celebration Day was again held nationally this year as race meetings around Australia paused to observe a minute silence in honour o...

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SSOTY 2020 Finalists announced

August 07, 2020

The finalists for the 2019-20 Sydney Strapper of the Year award have been announced. Now in its tenth year, this award endeavours to recognise the behind-the-scenes efforts by those strappers that ten...

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Chaplaincy in the era of COVID-19

June 24, 2020

Chaplaincy, at its heart, is a ministry of presence. Of literally 'being there' for people during times of need. Meeting with people at the track, in cafes, in hospitals or in their homes. During the ...

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Easter greetings from the racing chaplains

April 10, 2020

It's been a very different Easter this year! Unable to travel .. unable to spend time with family ... unable to gather at church for the most important days in the Christian calendar. It's great that ...

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Sydney Racing Fraternity Prayer Service (online)

March 29, 2020

Unfortunately, the Racing Mass had to be cancelled due to the coronavirus.   But you can catch the first ever online Racing Fraternity Prayer Service on our YouTube channel at the following link: Sydn...

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Welcome David Tyndall

December 28, 2019

ARCC welcomes its newest Committee Member, Rev David Tyndall.David is one if the founder of Sports Ministry in Australia.  He was director of the Archbishop of Sydney's Olympic Games Taskforce.  He wa...

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ARCC Thanksgiving Service - Sunday 15 September

August 31, 2019

Join us as we give thanks for the work of the racing chaplaincy over the past year and pray for the ongoing ministry of ARCC. St Martin’s Anglican Church Kensington will host a Thanksgiving Service fo...

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Winner announced - 2019 Sydney Strapper of the Year

August 16, 2019

Alex Maher named as Sydney Strapper of the Year 2018-2019 No one is more suited to an award which recognises dedication and hard work in the racing industry than Alex Maher.  Alex is held in high reg...

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Jockey Celebration Day 2019

July 30, 2019

From Roxby Downs to Randwick, from Moonee Valley to Middlemount, from Darwin to Devonport - race meetings around Australia will pause on Saturday to observe a minute silence in honour of jockeys who h...

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SSOTY 2019 Finalists announced

July 29, 2019

The finalists for the 2018-19 Sydney Strapper of the Year award have been announced. Now in its tenth year, this award endeavours to recognise the behind-the-scenes efforts by those strappers that ten...

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10 years serving the people of racing

June 29, 2019

ARCC National Chaplain, Rev Colin Watts, this month celebrates 10 years of support to the racing industry. "When I first started, the most frequent comment I heard was 'I never knew we had a chaplain'...

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Annual Racing Fraternity Mass - Sunday 17 March 2019

January 18, 2019

People from all facets of Sydney racing are invited to attend the 2019 Sydney Autumn Carnival Racing Fraternity Mass. The Racing Mass, to be held on Sunday 17 March, 2019 at 11am, is attended by peopl...

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Vale Wayne Trompp

October 31, 2018

Australian Racing Christian Chaplaincy is sad to announce the recent death of Perth-based ARCC chaplain Wayne Trompp following a sudden illness.  Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and frien...

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Remembering the fallen ...

September 10, 2018

Racing around Australia came to a standstill on Saturday 1 September as prayers and a minute’s silence were held to remember fallen jockeys on Jockeys Celebration Day. Co-ordinated nationally by Rev C...

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Winner announced - Sydney Strapper of the Year

August 22, 2018

Lindy Wharekura named as Sydney Strapper of the Year 2017-2018 Lindy is an integral part of the Snowden stable, with excellent horse skills and people skills. She adores working and nurturing difficul...

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Autumn Carnival Strapper Awards 2018

April 14, 2018

ARCC helps facilitate the Sydney Autumn Carnival Strapper Awards.  These awards are donated by the Australian Turf Club and presented to the strapper of the winning horse in the Golden Slipper at Rose...

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Vale Monsignor John Lyne

October 27, 2017

ARCC notes with sadness the passing of Monsignor John Lyne, aged 86, on Monday 23rd October 2017 at Holy Spirit Nursing Home, Croydon. Father John was an avid racegoer, regularly attending both harnes...

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The day that racing stood still

August 15, 2017

Racing around Australia came to a standstill on Saturday 5 August as prayers and a minute’s silence were held to remember fallen jockeys on Jockeys Celebration Day. Co-ordinated nationally by Rev Coli...

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Welcome to new chaplains

August 15, 2017

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Pastor Bob Prior as Chaplain to the ACT, and Fr Tom Stevens as an Assistant Chaplain to Brother Dan Stafford in Sydney. Bob Prior has previously served as...

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Congratulations to Dr Karin Sowada

June 06, 2017

Congratulations to ARCC chairperson, Dr Karin Sowada, upon being awarded a prestigious "Future Fellowship" at Macquarie University by the Australian Research Council. (arc.gov.au/june-2017-arc-grants-...

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Godolphin Stud & Stable Staff Awards 2017

April 01, 2017

Nominations for the Godolphin Stud & Stable Staff Awards close on Sunday April 16. These national awards are intended to recognise the hard work of stud and stable staff (including admin) across A...

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Funeral Details - Riharna Thomson

March 07, 2017

The funeral for Riharna Thomson will be held on Friday 10th March, commencing 2pm, at Alston Chapel, Lincoln Grove Memorial Gardens, 1040 Gunnedah Rd Tamworth....

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Vale Riharna Thomson

March 03, 2017

Riharna Thomson was a dedicated track rider and stable hand at Thoroughbred Park racecourse. She was a popular, friendly, young woman - who loved horses and was a keen student of politics. She passed ...

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Vale Gilda Seymour

January 07, 2017

Gilda Seymour was a security guard in the race day stalls at the Sydney racecourses for many years. She had been off work for over 12 months due to reconstructive hip and knee surgery.  However, durin...

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Canterbury Evening Star Strapper Awards

January 07, 2017

At each Canterbury night meeting in 2016/2017, the Australian Turf Club is presenting a $100 award to the strapper of the 'best turned out' horse in the feature race of the evening.  (See the Strapper...

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Update on Brother Dan Stafford

December 17, 2016

Many have noticed the absence of Catholic Racing Chaplain, Brother Dan Stafford (OAM) from the Sydney racing scene lately. Early in November, Brother Dan underwent major foot surgery.  Although the op...

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Learning the ropes

November 30, 2016

Last week, Colin Watts participated in a "Stable Skills Set" course run by the Australian Racing & Equine Academy at Richmond TAFE. Effectively, this was a one week crash course in basic stable sk...

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2YO Trials BBQ for strappers

September 19, 2016

Thanks to the ATC and to Brian, Jim, David, Bun, Anne & Allan for all your assistance with ARCC's BBQ for strappers at today's 2YO Trials at Royal Randwick ...

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Sydney Strapper of the Year Winner 2015-16

September 19, 2016

Congratulations to Ali Iftikhar, from the Chris Waller stable, winner of this year's Sydney Strapper of the Year award.(More information is available on the Strapper Awards page)...

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Jockey Celebration Day 2016

August 06, 2016

Saturday August 6th, 2016 was Jockeys Celebration Day across Australia. On behalf of the National Jockeys Trust, ARCC co-ordinates remembrance ceremonies at every racecourse in Australia which holds a...

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Donations are now tax deductible

June 13, 2016

Donations to ARCC are now tax deductible, following the recent approval of the racing chaplaincy as a Public Benevolent Institution (PBI) with Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) status. This was recen...

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ARCC announces new chaplains

May 24, 2016

ARCC is pleased to announce the affiliation of new racing chaplains in different parts of Australia • Mark Bartimote – Dubbo region• The Rev. Phil Zamagias – Darwin, NT• Brendon and Fran Hotschilt – ...

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Autumn Carnival Strapper Awards 2016

March 31, 2016

ARCC helps facilitate the Sydney Autumn Carnival Strapper Awards, which are are presented by the Australian Turf Club to the strapper of the winner of the Golden Slipper and Doncaster each year. Cong...

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Out and about

December 09, 2013

One of the goals of ARCC is to see chaplaincy spread across racetracks around NSW and indeed Australia.  An important part of this is to build relationships with race clubs, trainers, jockeys etc from...

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National Jockeys Celebration Day

August 01, 2013

This year's National Jockeys Celebration Day was held on Saturday 3rd August 2013. For the first time, remembrance ceremonies were conducted at EVERY race club in Australia with a meeting on this day...

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Congratulations Br Dan Stafford (OAM)

June 10, 2013

The Queen's Birthday 2013 Honours List MEDAL (OAM) IN THE GENERAL DIVISION Brother Paul Daniel STAFFORD, For service to the community of Sydney as a chaplain. Current Catholic Chaplain...

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Body and Soul

February 16, 2010

Colin Watts with ambulanceman Trevor Hill at Warwick Farm One of the ever-present features at a race meeting are the ambulance officers. They are there to respond to any accidental injuries that migh...

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