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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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In Part 2 Rod talks about the horse he stumbled upon in a paddock at Scone. He decided to put the chestnut into work and his judgement proved correct in a spectacular way.
Rod Craig enjoyed the respect of all sections of the racing industry during four decades as a horse trainer in Sydney. He got an early Group 1 with Lady Eclipse in the 1983 Champagne Stakes and trained a host of handy horses over the next ten years.
“Who’s the bloke on Mystic Journey?” has been a commonly asked question since the Tasmanian filly emerged as a potential Group 1 contender.