Interviews

STEVE HART CATCHES UP WITH JOHN VINCENT, FORMER STUD MANAGER

STEVE HART CATCHES UP WITH JOHN VINCENT, FORMER STUD MANAGER

Steve Hart caught up with former stud manager John Vincent who retired a few years ago, after a fascinating career in England and Australia. John gained valuable experience in his native England before migrating to Australia.

STEVE HART'S INTERVIEW WITH ANDREW GIBBONS

STEVE HART'S INTERVIEW WITH ANDREW GIBBONS

Andrew Gibbons’ hard work has paid off handsomely in recent years. In the 2016/17 season he won 79 races in NSW, another 65 in 2017/18, and he’s currently chasing Greg Ryan with 67 winners in the state.

STEVE HART INTERVIEWS MIRACLE MAL AND KEVIN LANGBY

STEVE HART INTERVIEWS MIRACLE MAL AND KEVIN LANGBY

Stealing somebody else’s creation is not usually my caper, but I cant help myself with this interview. Steve catches up with two former brilliant jockeys who have one significant thing in common. I will let Steve tell the story.

TOUGH TIMES NEVER LAST, BUT TOUGH PEOPLE DO

TOUGH TIMES NEVER LAST, BUT TOUGH PEOPLE DO

You’d be battling to find a NSW punter who hasn’t heard a Gary Kliese “mounting yard mail segment”, on Sky Thoroughbred Central, or his selections for Northern Rivers meetings on Sky Racing Radio.

'STUBBY'S' THE HOLDER OF 5 JOCKEY'S TITLES AND HE'S NOT DONE YET!

'STUBBY'S' THE HOLDER OF 5 JOCKEY'S TITLES AND HE'S NOT DONE YET!

Craig Williams’ spectacular winning streak in Melbourne recently, has taken the spotlight off some fine performances in other states. A good example is Jason Holder’s dazzling 4 win haul at Morphettville a week ago.

MAID OF THE MOUNTAINS

MAID OF THE MOUNTAINS

I’m a keen watcher of Sky’s harness racing coverage on Saturday nights, which incorporates all races from Clifford Park, Toowoomba.  For several years now, I’ve been aware of the impressive strike rate of jockey Skye Bogenhuber. Rarely does a meeting go by that she doesn’t win at least one race, while doubles and trebles are common.

IT'S A LONG WAY TO TIPPERARY

IT'S A LONG WAY TO TIPPERARY

I was reminded of Matthew Smith’s background, as his 5 year old gelding Plymouth Road led all the way to win the 2400 metres BM 82 at Randwick on Saturday. Matthew was born and reared at Wangaratta in Victoria, which boasts one of the oldest country racetracks in Australia(1855). His Dad Christopher was a member of the Wangaratta Turf Club Committee, and a keen racehorse owner.

THEY SAY THERE'S NO SUCH THING AS A RACECOURSE CERTAINTY, BUT THEY WERE WRONG!

THEY SAY THERE'S NO SUCH THING AS A RACECOURSE CERTAINTY, BUT THEY WERE WRONG!

How often have you heard hackneyed clichés like “this is unbeatable” or “this is a good thing”, being bandied about at the track or the TAB outlet. We can’t include Winx or Black Caviar in this exercise, but I’m referring to horses who look near certainties, provided everything goes right in the run. One sprang instantly to mind, and that was an imported English horse called Marooned in 1986.

MAKE 'EM LAUGH - A TRIBUTE TO BERT BRYANT

MAKE 'EM LAUGH - A TRIBUTE TO BERT BRYANT

Most race callers are so intent on getting the job done accurately, they wouldn’t give a thought to throwing in a funny line. That kind of commentary wouldn’t have suited the late Bert Bryant, who died in 1991 following several years of indifferent health. Bert believed that punters having a bad day, needed some cheering up, and he set about developing an array of  “one liners” designed to take the pain out of losing your money.