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After fifteen years as stable foreman for Gosford trainer Kylie Gavenlock, Adam Duggan decided to go solo in 2007 (the year of the dreaded EI virus).
He’s had modest success in that time, making the most of the few opportunities to come his way. Horses like Mr. Blue Sky, Frozen Rope and Kopite have kept the stable ticking over.
Suddenly the Duggan establishment has come alive. A lightly raced three year old called Sir Elton has Adam and his team walking with a spring in their step. Adam tells of his fixation with the Your Song colt in the 2017 Inglis Premier Sale.
On the trots trail we profile a 17 year old harness driver who makes his race debut at Penrith this week. Lucas Rando is one of the fourth generation of a family which became involved in harness racing sixty years ago. He’s known from an early age, this is all he wants to do.
On the podcast we introduce Barry Baldwin, who’s been one of Queensland’s most respected trainers for close to sixty years. Barry is the winner of two Brisbane premierships and sampled Group 1 glory with Stradbroke Hcp winner La Montagna. He tells some riveting tales from his days as an apprentice jockey.
Also on the podcast is Hilton Cope who was only 30 years old when he quit the saddle in the mid 1970’s. He couldn’t bear one more day in the sweat box. Hilton enjoyed a brilliant apprenticeship before going on to ride six Group 1 winners. He also got to ride three of the best horses of his era.
He later developed a spelling, pre training and lucerne farm in the Hunter Valley, which he ran for thirty years. Great to catch up with one of the best jockeys of his generation.
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Delighted to introduce an old friend. Hilton Cope was one of Australia’s best jockeys in his day, but endless wasting was making his life a misery. After 6 Group 1 wins and great success overseas he made the snap decision to quit in the mid 1970’s.
Barry Baldwin’s racing life began as an apprentice jockey at Roma in Queensland. He rode a few winners, but by age 18 couldn’t ride under 57kgs.
In part two Dan Brereton pays tribute to the wonderful trainers who helped him along the way.
He reflects on very successful riding stints in Hong Kong and Macau. He was the first Australian Club Jockey to be appointed by the Hong Kong Jockey Club.