Local connections of Dissident celebrate his Australian Horse of the Year crown at the MCG last week. From left are owners, Alise Johnston, Mick Johnston, Sharon Fowles, Fay Fowles, Jimmy Cassidy (jockey), Murray Fowles and Tony Fowles.

Local connections of Dissident celebrate his Australian Horse of the Year crown at the MCG last week. From left are owners, Alise Johnston, Mick Johnston, Sharon Fowles, Fay Fowles, Jimmy Cassidy (jockey), Murray Fowles and Tony Fowles.

THE local owners of Dissident have had an unforgettable ride with the champion, culminating last Thursday night when he was recognised as the Australian Horse of the Year and Australian Sprinter of the Year.
Barry and Evonne Redmond, Alise and Mick Johnston, Sharon and Murray Fowles, Fay Fowles and Tony Fowles were among the local connections of the now retired horse, rubbing shoulders with celebrities at the MCG event.
Many have retained small part of his ownership and will enjoy the spoils of his offspring now he’s been put to stud at Newgate.
His career included five Group 1 wins, his last in his final race, the Schweppes All Age Stakes at Randwick in April this year.
His career spanned 21 starts for seven wins and prize money of more than $2 million.
He won his first race at Caulfield in early 2013, and the good times kept coming according to one of the owners, Murray Fowles.
“You go into these things hoping you get a win or two in the country, and maybe a city win as a bonus.
“To have a Group 1 winner is huge and to have a five time winner is unbelievable.
“It was amazing on Thursday night to see his name up there with Makybe Diva and Black Caviar as an Australian Horse of the Year winner.”
Trainer Peter Moody bought Dissident as a yearling at the Magic Millions on the Gold Coast in December 2012.
The local family connections, led by Barry Redmond, bought into the colt and after his stellar career, they sold the majority share to Newgate Farm.
It was a tidy earner which will allow them to continue their love of the sport.
“We’ve invested in a few yearlings. They are all young at this stage but they’ll probably be running this time next year,” Murray said.
Some are with Peter Moody, others with John Hawkes.
So after a busy Spring Carnival last year, Murray is quite happy to sit back and relax.
“This time last year we were there every fortnight with Dissident.
“It was an amazing ride.”