ATA Queensland Branch – Members Update / Queensland / 09 Nov, 2015

What a wonderful day for racing with the scenes at Flemington of Darren Weir, Michelle Payne and Prince of Penzance combining to win our country's biggest race. At a time when the industry is facing a number of challenges across the country, this landmark day and result made headlines for all the right reasons, and served to remind everybody of the wonderful talent we have in our local riding and training ranks.

The Annual General Meeting and Federal Conference for the ATA was held late October in Melbourne and was attended by our State Executive, Cameron Partington. Colin Alderson was re-elected as President with Leon McDonald and Colin Webster again Vice-Presidents. The conference was a great opportunity for representatives from each state to get together and share ideas and better understand the challenges we all face. It was also an opportunity for new ATA Chief Executive, Andrew Nicholl, to meet all the delegates and share his views on ways the national body can best support the members and ATA state associations with their needs and objectives.

It was with deep sadness that we learnt of the passing of extremely talented young jockey Tim Bell, in a tragic non-racing related accident on Melbourne Cup day. I am sure that in his time riding in Qld, Tim rode for nearly every trainer in the south east of our state, and many others as he travelled often particularly when he was an apprentice. Tim won the metropolitan jockeys premiership in 2013-14 and will be a huge loss to the racing industry, as he had the world at his feet.

Communication is very important to the ATA and here in Qld we do our best to ensure information is passed on as often as possible. Cameron sends regular emails and SMS with latest news and issues, if you are currently not receiving these emails or SMS please make us aware by contacting Cameron at the email or phone below.


The 2016 Wayne Wilson Medal for the month of October has been won by Robert Heathcote with BUFFERING winning the Group 1 Moir Stakes at Moonee Valley.

After a break of nearly 10 months to overcome injury and minor setbacks, getting his star galloper to get back to his best was a huge effort by Rob and his team. BUFFERING has now won 5 Group 1's and is closing in on $5m in prizemoney.

Rob is now in the running for the 2016 Wayne Wilson Medal proudly supported by Ubet and Wimmers Soft Drinks.

The Wayne Wilson Medal 2015 / 16

August : John, Dan & Chris Meagher - SHOTOVER RIVER 3 metropolitan wins in a row.

September : Brian Smith - LOCK'S LEGEND winning 4 Metro Open Handicaps in a row, 3 in the month.

October : Rob Heathcote - BUFFERING winning back to back Moir Stakes (G1) at Moonee Valley.


One of the major benefits of being a member of the ATA is having a support network to go to if you have problems or concerns. We can’t solve them all, but we will take your issue on board and try and negotiate on your behalf where we can. Whatever the problem contact us and we will at the least, point you in the right direction.

If you are not a member yet, now is the right time to join. Call Cameron Partington on 0433-329-395 or email for further information about the Queensland Branch of the Australian Trainers’ Association.