Episode 53: Tappy chats to Larry Olsen

Larry Olsen Melbourne Cup ambassador

Larry Olsen Melbourne Cup ambassador

This week’s guest is former talented jockey Larry Olsen who tells the story of his nightmare struggle with weight.

He recalls his apprenticeship with Mal Barnes, and the horses that kick started his career.

He talks of the tortures of the sweat box, and how he eventually had to walk away from racing to save his sanity.

Larry reflects on three years out of the game, and his decision to attempt a comeback.

And what a comeback! A Melbourne Cup and a Golden Slipper and the ability to ride light for the first time in his life.