Nick Quinn will be the VRMA Twitter account manager effective September 19, 2014




 SAD to report to his many friends and colleagues renowned sports journalist and long time VRMA member Stephen Howell died this morning Friday May 6 around 7.30am.


He was 73.


Friend and colleague Danny Power said Howell had battled cancer in the past two years, but stopped treatment in February knowing his days were numbered.


He took a turn for the worst early this week, and died peacefully at home surrounded by his wife Jo and the rest of his family.

Stephen, who was born in Launceston, worked on Inside Racing since 2009 as the editor and writer until 2016, and then as assistance editor, sub-editor and writer.


For Slattery Media and the Victoria Racing Club he produced the monumental work, The Story Of The Melbourne Cup, Australia’s Greatest Race. In recent years he has been employed by Hardie Grant Media.


Stephen was the weekend editor of the Launceston Examiner at the age of 25, and then sports editor at the Hobart Mercury before moving to Melbourne, where he worked as a leading sub-editor at The Herald and The Age, and became a well-respected basketball writer and racing writer known for his immaculate copy, flowing prose with no detailed missed and good humor.


Power described Howell as “a man with a tremendous social conscience and he was devoted to his family, especially his three grandchildren.’’




THE Victorian Racing Media Association members and the racing community lost a dear friend and a giant of the racing media with his passing in the early hours of Wednesday February 9.

Jack was farewelled at a funeral service at Sunbury on February 21.

The longtime race caller and journalist was to have turned 93 and his death follows that of his wife Dolores, who passed away late last year.

Styring was an honorary member of the VRMA and was awarded the prestigious Bert Wolfe award in 2017 for his contribition to racing.

There have been many colourful racecallers over the years but none could match his originality and longevity.

Regulars at Gunbower could certainly attest to some of the famous Styring lines such as “baring molars to the breeze’’ calling what the Guinness Book Of Records has confirmed a world record 60 Cups at the northern Victorian town.

As Andrew Eddy reported on, Styring called his last race in September, 2010 but continued to write racing articles for publications such as The Winning Post until the last few years and a was regular in the media room.

In 1992, Styring was award an OAM for his services to the racing industry. A race named in his honour is run at Flemington, where he was a life member of the VRC.

Fittingly, County Racing Victoria has in recent years presented the Jack Styring Media Award to the person that best captures the spirit of Victorian country racing.

Fellow race calling colleague and VRMA life member Greg Miles yesterday paid the following tribute to Jack Styring.

“Jack was unique. A voice and style that was almost a throwback to the times of Sydney great Ken Howard.


“I recall one day the Melbourne race club honoured Jack and asked him to call a race on the public address at Caulfield.


“He did so and the winner “won by as far as you can kick a jam tin … and an empty one at that!”

“It was Jack’s only call on a city track I believe.


“We will all miss his firm handshake that seemed to outlast most handshakes on a racetrack.


“And his genuine interest in racing and all its people. Vale Jack. ‘’




CONGRATULATIONS to Jamie Kah, Roy Higgins Medallist for the 2020-21 racing season.

Will Price wins the Darren Gauci Medal as leading apprentice.


Scott McDonnell

5 – Dean Yendall (So You Assume)

4 – Jamie Kah (Smokin’ Romans)

3 – Alana Kelly (Imperial Lad)

2 – Teo Nugent (Mr Pickwick)

1 – Damian Thornton (Hi Stranger)


Carl Di Iorio

5 – Teo Nugent (Mr Pickwick)

4 – Damian Thornton (Hi Stranger)

3 – Jamie Kah (I’m Thunderstruck)

2 – Craig Newitt (Rock Artist)

1 – Alana Kelly (Imperial Lad)


 FINAL TOTALS to July 31 (end of season)

162- J KAH

125- D Oliver

107- D Lane

87- J McNeil

79- M Zahra

72- M Dee

67- W Price*

66- C Williams

62- B Melham

 58- L Currie

53- D Stackhouse

49- W Pike


39- M Walker

32- D Thornton

30- J Allen, D Bates

28- W Egan

27- B Allen

26- L King, C Newitt

24- M Poy, D Moor

23- H Bowman

22- H Coffey

21- J Childs, L Niendorf*, A Kelly*

20- C Hefel

18- M Cartwright*

17- L Nolen, L Lafferty*, F Kersley

16- B Prebble

14- L Riordan*, N Rawiller, D Yendall

13- T Hope*, B Mertens*

11- C Rawiller*

10- Dwayne Dunn, R McLeod

9- G Boss

8- G Cartwright*, K McEvoy, M Lloyd*, J Hill

7- J Allen, J Mott

6- Z Spain, D Moor

5- E Brown, D Holland

4- M Rodd, C Douglas, L German*

2-J Benbow, J Fry, P Moloney

1-    J McDonald, B McDougall, T Stockdale, J Bowditch


DENIS Pagan is the 2020 VRMA Racing Personality Of The


Pagan, the dual North Melbourne premiership coach, achieved a unique and barely believable sporting double when he prepared the Victoria Derby winner Johnny Get Angry in his first season as an owner- trainer.

Pagan won on the votes of VRMA members. The award was announced at a VRMA Luncheon at the Emerald Hotel in February 2021, a delayed function because of COVID restrictions.

THE 2021 VRMA/VRC Awards Luncheon re-scheduled for February 7, 2022 has been further adjourned to a date to be fixed.