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The finishing speed of Victorem in Saturday’s Hinkler Hcp at Eagle Farm was the talking point of the day. The lightly raced four year old has always been touted as a promising horse, but on Saturday he put it all together in spectacular fashion.

His jockey Ben Looker has won 800 races, but this was his first at Listed level. The Wauchope based Looker is very humbled by the loyalty shown by Victorem’s connections. We profile young Ben’s career.

On the podcast we introduce the ebullient Sydney racing writer John Holloway, who has no time for the concept of retirement.

The seventy five year old has worked for every major Sydney newspaper in a career that began in 1959. He still writes a weekly breeding column for the Sydney Morning Herald and works for a couple of leading breeders.

Holly knows everybody in the Sydney racing industry and everybody knows Holly - the perfect arrangement for a curious journalist.

On the trots trail we podcast a chat with renowned NZ harness horseman Colin De Filippe. In September 2017, Col became only the sixth NZ driver to reach the 2000 win milestone.

He won 24 straight on the little champ Courage Under Fire and he co trained and drove the winner of the time honoured New Zealand Cup in 2001.

His reputation for integrity and professionalism consolidated his position as one of New Zealand’s busiest freelance race drivers for many years.

Harness fans will enjoy our chat with a gentleman of the light harness sport.

I’ve been snooping in Steve Hart’s archive again and stumbled upon a lovely interview he recorded last year with the incomparable Robert Thompson.

Thought I’d give it a run for your enjoyment. Remember this man has ridden more winners than any jockey in Australian racing history.

Tappy

 

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