Episode 150: Tappy chats with Bernie Hewitt Part Two

Episode 150: Tappy chats with Bernie Hewitt Part Two

In this segment Bernie reflects on his search for the ideal standardbred training property. He found the place of his dreams at George’s Plains. He pays tribute to the talented horses who’ve helped him along in a tough business. Bernie elaborates on his liking for younger horses. He’s never been one to hang onto older horses forever. He prefers to move them on in order to try a new batch.


Episode 149: Tappy chats with Bernie Hewitt Part One

Episode 149: Tappy chats with Bernie Hewitt Part One

Bernie recalls his freakish fall at Eugowra recently, and the injuries he sustained. He looks back on early days on the farm at Crookwell (NSW) and the lessons he learned from his late father Tom. Bernie reflects on the neighbor’s horse that gave him his first winning drive. The master horseman remembers Nikalong Shadow the first really good horse he got to drive. Tom Hewitt trained Nikalong Shadow but Bernie drove him to 43 wins. Bernie talks about the offer from a prominent owner/breeder which prompted his move from Crookwell to Bathurst twenty years ago.

Episode 148: Tappy chats with Jade McNaught

Episode 148: Tappy chats with Jade McNaught

Brilliant WA apprentice Jade McNaught reflects on her history making feat at the Belmont track on September 14th 2019, when she became the first apprentice in the state to win six races in one day on a metro track. Jade talks of her decision to become an apprentice jockey at age 30, twice the age of most junior riders. She reflects on her first two ponies and her achievements at pony club and in the show ring. Jade remembers the experience she gained working with performance horses and on a well known WA stud farm. Jade McNaught’s journey has been an inspiring one. She talks to us from the Geraldton races at the end of a four hour road trip from Perth.

Episode 145: Tappy chats with Greg Hickman

Episode 145:  Tappy chats with Greg Hickman

Greg begins by talking about his dream horse Pierata and the proposed stud venture which seemed likely to terminate the stallion’s racing career. He talks of the surprise decision to put him back into work.

Episode 144: Glenn McElhinney brought to you by Harness Racing NSW

Episode 144:  Glenn McElhinney brought to you by Harness Racing NSW

Glenn talks of his childhood days living at Rosehill when there was only one trotting trainer in a bustling thoroughbred precinct. That trainer took young Glenn under his wing and had him in the sulky from a very early age.

Episode 141: Tappy chats with Gary Harley - Part 1

Episode 141:  Tappy chats with Gary Harley - Part 1

In part 1 the affable Harley talks of his childhood days in Maitland and the influence of his father Jack, who was a racing tragic. Gary talks of his school days at the Maitland Marist Bros and the phantom Melbourne Cup call he was asked to provide every year.

Episode 140: Tappy chats with Clare Cunningham

Episode 140:  Tappy chats with Clare Cunningham

Clare Cunningham talks of her happy childhood on a Bairnsdale property and her earliest involvement with horses. She pays tribute to her parents Daniel and Julie who taught her the basics of horse management.

Episode 138: Tappy chats with Colin Alderson (Part 1)

Episode 138:  Tappy chats with Colin Alderson (Part 1)

Colin recalls his aspirations to become a jockey and his brief experience at the Drouin picnic races. He remembers with affection a mare called Byam Rose who launched his career as a trainer.

Episode 137: Tappy chats with Richard Jolly

Episode 137:  Tappy chats with Richard Jolly

Great to catch up with respected trainer Richard Jolly who talks of his newly formed training partnership with daughter Chantelle. He discusses the parlous state of prize money levels in South Australia and the exodus of trainers to other states.

Episode 135: Tappy chats with Graham McNeice (Part 1)

Episode 135:  Tappy chats with Graham McNeice (Part 1)

In segment 1 Graham talks of childhood days in his father’s Croydon Park butcher shop and the second business that flourished behind the counter. He talks of his association with the dynamic Frank Kennedy who got him started as a race caller.

Episode 131: Tappy chats with Kima Frenning

Episode 131:  Tappy chats with Kima Frenning

It was a delight to catch up with the young lady who arrived from Sweden just under five years ago hoping to get some opportunities in Melbourne’s Monte races.