Harness Racing

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 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 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 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 10: Tappy chats with Mark Callaghan

Episode 10: Tappy chats with Mark Callaghan

Early in his career Mark Callaghan's horses, played second fiddle to his trade as an electrical fitter. It wasn't long before Mark realised his heart was with the horses, and he hasn't looked back. He's been among Newscastle's top trainers for some years, and now has an able deputy in sixteen year old son Jack who drove his very first winner recently. 

Episode 6: Tappy Chats with Paul Fitzpatrick

Episode 6: Tappy Chats with Paul Fitzpatrick

Paul Fitzpatrick has been one of Australia's top harness racing trainers for over three decades. Join Paul as he looks back on his successful career and the great horses that have passed through Jay Jay farm. Back better than ever after a recent illness, the seven time Harold Park premiership winner, is set to continue on his winning way.  Paul Fitzpatrick on Tappy's podcast now. 

Episode 4: John Tapp Chats With Brian Hancock

Episode 4: John Tapp Chats With Brian Hancock

A treat for Harness racing fans. We review the stellar career of the man they called "The Inter Dominion King". Brian Hancock won five grand finals as a driver, and five as a trainer.  He worked at many jobs before settling on a career that would take him to the very top of Australia's training and driving ranks.