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We profile the first Group 1 win by a mare who’s adored by jockeys, trainer, stable staff and her very proud owner.

Dixie Blossoms had been racing consistently for four seasons, putting together two Group 2’s and two Group 3’s, but the big one had eluded her. In Saturday’s Coolmore she revelled in the soft ground and destroyed a quality field of fillies and mares. Everybody loves Dixie Blossoms.

Our podcast guest this week is a trainer who disappeared from view over a year ago arousing the curiosity of many people in racing. I ran into Rod Craig recently at the Inglis Riverside stables and quickly lined him up for a podcast interview. He’s happy to share his story with us.

Rod trained successfully for many years and was privileged to get his hands on a horse who won 8 Group 1 races. Intergaze and Rod Craig were a dynamic duo!

I really didn’t know what to expect when I asked Richie Benaud to join me on Sky’s Inside Racing in 2013. His question was simple. “What will we be talking about?” When I told him we’d be talking about his fondness for racing and a smattering of cricket, he agreed to join me.

This interview was recorded just two years before he died in 2015. I’m so glad we have it in the archives.

My good mate Steve Hart had a chat with Clarry Conners recently about his amazing quartet of Golden Slipper winners. Steve won’t mind if I let you have a listen to the man who’s trained 39 Group 1 winners. The Slipper is very special to him.

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