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John Tapp Racing

English, Sports, 391 seasons, 473 episodes, 6 days, 17 hours, 23 minutes
John Tapp interviews the people who make racing tick.
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Episode 394: Ashley Morgan

We’re delighted to present a podcast with a young Welshman who took NSW racing by the seat of its pants last season and turned it upside down. Ashley Morgan arrived in a strange country unheralded and unsung in 2018 and with the help of a prominent Scone trainer began to ply his trade. Last season he was crowned NSW champion jockey. We begin by talking to Ashley about his quick return to the UK recently for the christening of his young daughter. The Welsh born jockey talks of the trackwork he rode while overseas to ensure his weight remained in check. He was thrilled to be given a few race rides in England and the USA. Ashley takes us back to childhood days in Wales and his early riding experience on his grandfather’s hunters and point to point horses. He talks of work experience in Somerset and his apprenticeship to Mark Tompkins at Newmarket. He later transferred to Ed Dunlop, a trainer well known in Australia. After riding around 70 winners he lost his focus on race riding and sought employment in London. In fact he tried two jobs. When Ashley contemplated a return to the saddle he was horrified to discover his weight had soared to 68kgs. He talks of his dedication to losing enough weight to resume race riding. The premiership winning jockey reflects on the twelve emails he sent off to Australian trainers. To his amazement a well known Scone trainer asked him to call.  Ashley says local trainers were very wary of this Welsh jockey for the first couple of months. He looks back on a disastrous introduction to Australian racing and the unexpected thrill of his first winner on Aussie soil. He fondly revisits his first ever winning treble at Muswellbrook. He says this was the day he arrived in Australian racing. Ashley talks of a bush trainer who gave him a big helping hand, and a gradual turnaround from Hunter Valley stables. He remembers the moment when he sensed a premiership win was on the cards. He gives great credit to his manager. Ashley says his loyalty to country clients keeps him away from the city. He recalls his first metro win on Pandora Blue at Randwick. He runs through a few  feature races he’s been able to win since arriving in NSW. The jockey reflects on his chance meeting with partner Kara who was working on a Hunter Valley Stud. He tells us more about his little “Aussie” daughter River. Ashley looks back on the heartache he suffered when covid travel restrictions kept him away from the funerals of three loved ones back home. He acknowledges a very nice mare he got to ride during the season. Ashley outlines his trackwork schedules. He reveals there was an offer from a Newmarket trainer should he wish to return to the UK. It’s a laid back chat with a hard working Welshman who has no intention of regenerating his career as a real estate salesman.
11/15/202252 minutes
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Episode 279: Bart Sinclair

Great to catch up with Bart Sinclair OAM who retired from his role as Racing Editor of the Brisbane Courier Mail in 2012, after four decades of trusted racing journalism. The Racing Queensland Hall of Fame Inductee begins by outlining his current role with the Brisbane Racing Club. Bart pays tribute to his father and namesake Bart Sinclair Snr who had great success as a jockey and trainer. Young Bart never saw his father ride, but learned of his talents from old time racing men as he was growing up. He talks of his Dad’s association with Berborough. Bart Snr thought he had the mount on the occasion of Bernborough’s Sydney debut, but was doomed to disappointment. Bart remembers a betting coup his father orchestrated in Brisbane with an unsound horse called Bindana. Bart Snr. patched up another unsound horse called Mullala to win the 1963 Stradbroke. Bart Jnr reflects on his father’s Derby win with Minto Crag and the many races he won with Oxford King- a horse he bought for 300 guineas. The eminent journalist reflects on his childhood around the stables and his friendship with another budding jockey who remains a great friend to this day. Bart talks of his many visits to Sydney with his Dad, and his passion for the famous Doncaster Hcp. One particular Doncaster is etched in his memory. He remembers the scholarship win which introduced him to the man destined to become his mentor, and a great influence on his life. Bart looks back on his early introduction to radio and television and the special people from whom he learned the business. He talks of his lifetime affinity with the suburb of Ascot and nearby Eagle Farm racecourse. He and Judy moved away for a short time, but quickly returned. Bart pays tribute to Judy and his two daughters. The seventy year old looks back on the infamous Fine Cotton scandal, and the “caffeine case” which proved an embarrassment to Queensland racing chiefs. Bart reflects on the remarkable Rough Habit- the New Zealand horse Queenslanders took into their hearts. He talks of his involvement with Brisbane’s popular Bernborough Club which brings racing men together several times a year, and contributes thousands of dollars to charity. It’s a good chat with Bart Sinclair OAM.
3/2/202149 minutes, 59 seconds
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Episode 234: Michael Poy

Michael expresses his delight at winning his second consecutive Melbourne junior title.   The twenty one year old talks of the enormous influence racing had on his early life. It was the main topic of conversation in the family.   Michael recalls the moment he knew he wanted to be a jockey.   He talks of early experience with the Stockdale stable and subsequent apprenticeship to Stuart Webb. He didn’t think he’d ever get to ride a racehorse.   Michael delights in telling the story about the budding superstar who gave him his first winning ride.   The young jockey talks of his exciting trip to France for the Longines Prix Future Racing Stars series.   He pays tribute to the great old horse who provided his first city win.   Michael talks of the generosity of champion jockey Craig Williams.   He acknowledges the horses who’ve helped him win two premierships.   Michael talks of his father’s influence on his career, and the reason he elected to ride under another name.   The young jockey speaks of the tragic loss of his mother Janelle earlier this year.   He looks back on his only Gr 1 ride to date, courtesy of Team Hawkes.   Michael looks at the future without his weight allowances.
8/4/202043 minutes, 9 seconds
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Episode 13: Bryan Guy

Podcast number 13 features trainer Bryan Guy who has won 1000 races in Queensland since relocating from Rosehill in 2000. Bryan talks about the legacy established by his late father Ray Guy who was among Sydneys top trainers for many years. Through Bryan and his son Daniel, the name continues on its winning way. 
7/24/201826 minutes, 52 seconds
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Episode 12: Tommy Berry

On podcast 12 we catch up with champion jockey Tommy Berry who is back home after a topsy-turvy year in Hong Kong. Tommy faces the challenge of re-establishing his place among Sydneys powerful jockeys ranks. This interview was recorded the day before Tom rode Chautauqua in a crucial barrier trial at Rosehill. 
7/24/201828 minutes, 23 seconds