Harness Racing

Episode 109: Tappy chats with Colin de Fillipe

Episode 109:  Tappy chats with Colin de Fillipe

New Zealand has long been the breeding ground of great horses and great horsemen. On behalf of HRNSW we catch up with champion Kiwi harness trainer/driver Colin de Fillipe.

Episode 98: Tappy chats with Bruce Harpley

Episode 98:  Tappy chats with Bruce Harpley

Bruce Harpley sat on his back veranda at Junee to conduct this interview for our podcast. Widely known as the “pacing postman” he’s an earthy country bloke, with a great love of the harness horse.

Episode 96: Tappy chats with John Caldow

Episode 96:  Tappy chats with John Caldow

The champion harness horseman talks about the tragedy that turned his family upside down early in his life. He reflects on his first win at Echuca and the thrill of his first Moonee Valley win. John talks of his long and happy marriage to Maree and his wife’s success as a trainer.

Episode 91: Tappy chats with Fred Hastings

Episode 91:  Tappy chats with Fred Hastings

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).

Episode 85: Tappy chats with Darren Hancock

Episode 85:  Tappy chats with Darren Hancock

Darren Hancock joined an elite club when he won at his very first race drive. He was just 16 and drove a horse called Sportsman Talk at Bankstown.

Episode 71: Tappy chats with Todd McCarthy

Episode 71:  Tappy chats with Todd McCarthy

Sydney harness racing fans are familiar with Todd McCarthy’s meteoric rise in a few short years. He talks about his early days, the influence of his family, and the horses who’ve shaped his career. He pays special tribute to the amazing Tiger Tara.

Episode 60: Tappy chats with Jodi Quinlan

Episode 60:  Tappy chats with Jodi Quinlan

Jodi Quinlan was pretty sore and sorry when we recorded this podcast, but you’d never pick it. Only a week earlier she had a confrontation with an ill-tempered maiden trotter in the Melton float parking area, and came off second best.

Episode 51: Tappy chats to Fred Kersley (Part 2)

Episode 51:  Tappy chats to Fred Kersley (Part 2)

In Part 2 Fred Kersley talks about the struggle he had to gain his thoroughbred trainer’s licence. It’s a treat to hear the maestro reminisce about the champion Northerly, who catapulted him to the upper echelon of galloping trainers.

Episode 50: Tappy chats to Fred Kersley (Part 1)

Episode 50:  Tappy chats to Fred Kersley (Part 1)

It’s hard to believe Fred Kersley is approaching his 80th birthday. The remarkable horseman is just as passionate today, as he was at any stage of his career.

Episode 45: Tappy chats with Darren McCall

Episode 45:  Tappy chats with Darren McCall

For trot fans, we welcome to the podcast Menangle trainer Darren McCall. From a strong harness racing background, Darren has a tremendous passion for the standardbred horse.

Episode 33: Tappy chats with Jim Douglass

Episode 33:  Tappy chats with Jim Douglass

Had Jim Douglass not seen harness racing on TV at home one night, he may not be in the business today. It prompted him to complete work experience in a harness stable, and from that moment on, he was hooked.

Episode 17: Tappy chats with Kim Waugh

Episode 17: Tappy chats with Kim Waugh

Another podcast guest this week is respected trainer Kim Waugh who finished the 2017/18 season with 46 winners - her best ever result. Kim, and husband Mark have completed their dream training complex on fifty acres at Jilliby near Wyong giving thier horses the best of both worlds.

Episode 15: Tappy chats with Ashlee Grives

Episode 15: Tappy chats with Ashlee Grives

On the trots trail we interview Ashlee Grives, currently cutting back on training duties as the birth of her first child approaches. A great talent in the sulky from an early age, Ashlee was the first female in NSW to drive 100 winners in a season.

Episode 14: Tappy chats with Kevin Thompson

Episode 14: Tappy chats with Kevin Thompson


On the podcast we catch up with retired race caller Kevin Thompson. He excelled as a commentator in all three codes spending twenty years at Kembla and thirty years at Harold Park. Almost three years ago he suffered a stroke following multiple bypass surgery, leaving him with an impairment to his peripheral vision. He could call a race tommorow but isn't allowed to drive his car to the track.