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In the hands of a less patient trainer, five year old gelding Bobbing could easily have gone by the wayside. As a three year old he suffered two separate injuries which kept him on the sidelines for many months.
His record now stands at 5 wins and 4 placings from only 10 starts, vindicating the faith trainer Bernie Kelly has always had in the son of Beneteau. Bobbing’s storming finish to win Saturday’s $500,000 Provincial Championship Final stamped him as a horse with better things ahead. Bernie Kelly’s story is an inspiring one.
On the podcast we chat with Brisbane trainer Kelly Schweida who is enjoying a stellar season. Late last year he won four races in one day at Doomben, and recently bagged the rich Aquis 2YO Jewel with his promising colt The Odyssey.
Kelly started his racing life as an apprentice jockey in Townsville, where he won three junior premierships. He won a Townsville training premiership before making the move to Brisbane almost twenty five years ago. He hasn’t looked back.
Also on the podcast is popular Sydney harness racing commentator Fred Hastings who tipped the programme at a Penrith meeting last week - the third time he’s achieved this rare feat.
Fred talks about his early years in many different roles with Radio 2KY and the people who’ve helped him to achieve his life’s ambition.
I was saddened to learn of the passing of gifted horseman John McNair early this month. I had the pleasure of presenting two profiles on John for Sky’s Inside Racing programme. By way of a tribute to an extraordinary horseman, I’m honoured to post the Inside Racing interview from 2012.
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JOHN TAPP RACING PODCAST
Great to chat with Sydney harness racing caller Fred Hastings who achieved the rare distinction of tipping the programme at Penrith last week (11/4/2019).
We welcome leading Queensland trainer Kelly Schweida who’s enjoying a terrific 2018/19 season. Getting close to 50 winners on all tracks and 30 in town.
In Part 2 the immensely talented heavyweight jockey looks back on his association with some high profile trainers and the good horses he got to ride.