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It’s almost thirty years since the exciting front runner Vo Rogue thrilled Australian race fans.
The jockey who rode the champion to 22 of his 26 wins is still competing and actually rode a horse into second place at the Casino Gold Cup meeting on Saturday.
We profile the remarkable Cyril Small, who rides regular trackwork at the Gold Coast and often has a race ride in Queensland or on Northern NSW tracks. He’s been riding for 45 years and wants to stretch it to 50.
On the trots trail we have the story of Jason Proctor who quit the sulky in 2016 to concentrate on his growing business in equine acupuncture.
Jason drove more than a thousand winners during his twenty eight years in the business. He’s been dabbling in acupuncture for almost a decade and is now plying his trade full time from Queensland to the Hunter Valley.
On the podcast we present a two part interview with former high profile bookmaker Bruce McHugh.
Bruce retired in 1987 after five years of spectacular betting stoushes with leviathan punter Kerry Packer. Their much publicised duels over the big Randwick carnivals attracted as much attention as the action out on the racetrack.
Bruce talks about his humble start at the Bulli, Hawkesbury and Penrith trots and his eventual promotion to the main interstate ring on major Sydney tracks.
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In Part 2 Bruce recalls his introduction to Kerry Packer. He took a wager from Packer when another bookie declined.
The former high profile bookmaker, Bruce McHugh remembers his grandfather Jim McHugh who rode the 1898 Epsom Hcp winner.
Thirty year old Victorian Mitchell Beer reveals that he didn’t want to be in racing when it was time to look at career options - he chose a golf apprenticeship.