John Tapp Racing

DENNIS PICKER - IT’S ALL IN THE GENES

DENNIS PICKER - IT’S ALL IN THE GENES

Dennis Picker is one trots trainer who has no intention of getting caught up in the grind of racing all year round. 

In the last six or seven years Dennis has established a pattern of working a team of twenty horses, including five yearlings

HOWARD JAMES - HARNESS RACING’S QUIET ACHIEVER

HOWARD JAMES - HARNESS RACING’S QUIET ACHIEVER

Howard James was twelve years old when he first met Brian Hancock. Young Howard spent most weekends and school holidays with brothers, Brian and Richard Hancock, who were rapidly establishing their commercial training operation.

CHRIS WAS IN THE RIGHT PLACE AT THE RIGHT TIME

CHRIS WAS IN THE RIGHT PLACE AT THE RIGHT TIME

The crowd had dwindled and the bids were sparse when Lot 202 walked into the ring at the 2015 Bathurst Gold Crown yearling sale. Chris Frisby had already secured a couple of “cheapies” and wasn’t really interested in a third. He sat down for a moment and took a cursory look at the Sportswriter colt from Rooftop Fairy.

HARNESS RACING ATTRACTS PEOPLE FROM ALL WALKS OF LIFE - EVEN THE OCCASIONAL POLICEMAN

HARNESS RACING ATTRACTS PEOPLE FROM ALL WALKS OF LIFE - EVEN THE OCCASIONAL POLICEMAN

Joe Conolly isn’t the first policeman to have trained harness horses. The question was raised by trot fans after the Conolly trained ten year old All About Art, won the opening race at Penrith last week.

LISA KEPT HER FEET ON THE GROUND

LISA KEPT HER FEET ON THE GROUND

Had Lisa Miles not had an inherent love of the standardbred horse, she may have pursued a career with the RAAF. For the last seven years of her time at Melton’s Mowbray College, young Lisa Lewis was a member of the Air Training Corps.

BROOKE WILKINS IS INSPIRED BY THE DEEDS OF HER DAD, AND A GRANDFATHER SHE NEVER KNEW

BROOKE WILKINS IS INSPIRED BY THE DEEDS OF HER DAD, AND A GRANDFATHER SHE NEVER KNEW

The hereditary factor in the families of harness horsemen and horsewomen, has been prevalent since the sport began in Australia.

Twenty one year old Menangle trainer Brooke Wilkins, is a third generation trotting devotee.

THE DAY NORM STOLE THE NEW ZEALAND CUP FROM UNDER THEIR NOSES.

THE DAY NORM STOLE THE NEW ZEALAND CUP FROM UNDER THEIR NOSES.

Tiger Tara didn’t deserve to lose last week’s New Zealand Cup. The Aussie trained eight year old did enough work for three horses, before going under by a lousy head to The Fixer in the second fastest New Zealand Cup in history.

REBECCA AND SAN CARLO- VICTORIAN HARNESS RACING’S DYNAMIC DUO

REBECCA AND SAN CARLO-  VICTORIAN HARNESS RACING’S DYNAMIC DUO

The last few months of 2008 passed very slowly for a certain Shepparton schoolgirl, who couldn’t wait to follow her dream.

THE BEST HORSE NEVER TO WIN AN INTER DOMINION

THE BEST HORSE NEVER TO WIN AN INTER DOMINION

When it comes to horses I’m a hopeless sentimentalist.

I had the pleasure of calling all of the wins of the great Halwes at Harold Park in the late 1960’s, and he left an indelible impression on me. He was a horse with high speed, great reserves of stamina and a terrific will to win.