Episode 283: John Messara AM


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A timely podcast with John Messara as the Inglis Easter Sale approaches. John expresses his sadness that this sale will see the auctioning of the last yearlings by his iconic stallion Redoute’s Choice.

John talks of three year old filly Miravalle whose recent success in the Kembla Classic gave Redoute’s Choice his 178th stakes winner.

He talks of Arrowfield’s presence at the Inglis Easter Sale, and his long term association with the famous auction house.

John looks back on the reasons he identified Redoute’s Choice as the horse to replace his own famous sire Danehill.

The founder of Arrowfield profiles the sons of Redoute’s Choice who’ve followed in his footsteps at the famous stud.

The story of John’s acquisition of the legendary Danehill is a great yarn. Nobody tells it better than John himself.

John Messara’s life has been a fascinating journey. He takes us back to his childhood in Egypt and his arrival in Australia at age 11.

The Arrowfield Principal looks back on University days and his acquisition of a Bachelor Of Commerce Degree. That degree led him to his first job with Edwin V Nixon & Partners Chartered Accountants.

His next job was with stockbroking firm Ralph King and Yuill. John’s ability to speak French saw his new employer send him on an important overseas mission.

John reflects on the founding of his own stockbroking company and his long association with the Stock Exchange.

The famous breeder looks back on his low key entry into the breeding and racing world. He pays tribute to some of his early equine favourites.

He looks back on important administrative roles with Racing NSW and the Australian Racing Board and the exciting developments that took place during those years.

John reflects on the challenging task he was asked to undertake by the NZ Government. Many of the recommendations he put forward for the advancement of the NZ racing industry have been adopted.

He pays tribute to Kristine, his wife of 48 years and the mother of his four children Paul, Michael, Louise and Susanne.

With the rain tumbling down in Sydney, John had ample time to spend with us on the podcast. His reflections make for great listening.

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