The boys are back with a Scone Preview and we bring in Sky Racing's Alex Nolan, the QLD Racing whiz to look at Doomben. We preview the feature races across the Scone Carnival and the feature races at Doomben on Saturday. 5:15 - Scone Preview 33:00 - Doomben Preview FB Preview - www.facebook.com/groups/giveusaspellpodcast Socials @giveusaspellpod Rate and review the show!See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
The fate of retired racehorses has never been under more scrutiny, and Jo McKinnon couldn't be happier. The respected media contributor recently launched her own website designed to monitor the post competitive lives of thoroughbreds and performance horses. Jo joins us to talk about the creation of “offthetrackhorses.com.au” and to look back on her own exciting life in media and in the racing industry. She talks of the origins of her independent on-line platform. Jo outlines her ideas for regular content on the site. She acknowledges the support of some special behind-the-scenes people. The talented media veteran takes us back to her very first job with the Herald and Weekly Times and the thrilling scholarship win that got her there. Jo talks of her duties with the major Melbourne newspaper. She looks back on her exciting transition into television as a sports reporter with Network Ten in Melbourne. She was on her way. Horse loving Jo was thrilled to join the team being assembled for Sky's history making home racing channel. She was the first female presenter to be seen on the satellite coverage. Today there are many. She reviews the many roles she filled in the early days of the burgeoning media giant. Jo talks of a sea change and a return to her hometown of Melbourne. She landed a plum role with the Moonee Valley Racing Club. She recalls an enjoyable stint as Marketing Manager for Aushorse which was in the process of rebranding. The role took her to Asia several times. Jo looks back on a brief association with the Nine Network and a return to Sky Racing. This time around she was chief anchor for the popular Sunday morning programme Racing Retro. True to form the versatile personality felt the need for a change of direction. Before she knew it, Jo was working for the Hong Kong Jockey Club as a presenter at Happy Valley and Sha Tin. While in HK Jo's ability to adapt to different roles landed her a job as “food writer” for the famous Tasting Kitchen magazine. Back in Australia in 2014 she landed a role with the VRC as head of PR for the famous spring carnival. Jo looks back on enjoyable stints with Racing.Com and Equestrian Australia. Perhaps the most rewarding of her many accomplishments was the creation of a documentary with brother Lachie as her co- producer. Jo looks back on the five episode series called “A Racetrack Somewhere” which received excellent reviews. The talented McKinnon talks of her involvement in racehorse ownership. She part owned a pretty smart mare a few years ago. Jo talks of her participation in a recent RSN programme called Talking Horses, and her current role as guest columnist for the on-line publication ANZ Bloodstock News. Fast forward to 2023 and a new life on a 3500 acre property at Quirindi with her partner Andrew Talbot. Jo talks of Andrew's long time association with Elders Ltd. He manages the famous Killara Feed Lot operation from the Quirindi property. She says an invitation to join the committee of the Quirindi Jockey Club proved impossible to decline. It's a laid back chat with a lady who's just as comfortable astride a show horse as she is in front of a television camera.
Former 'The Today Show' host and sports commentator Tim Gilbert slinks into the beach shack this week to talk about the pipeline he followed to become a radio host. He speaks about his experience learning the ropes in media, and how it eventually led him to hosting Sky Racing. Andy Mole comes in for beach banter this week! For all things Life's a Beach, visit our site at https://www.lifesabeach.co/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lifesabeachau/?hl=enSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
She's disappointed, frustrated and very bored. Anna Roper still can't believe a freak accident at Muswellbrook in November has halted an amazing trot that brought her 56 wins in seven months. She talks of the accident that stirred up an old injury. Like most horse people, Anna couldn't believe that a horse would buck after having galloped 1450m. The young jockey reflects on the soccer injury that damaged her right knee in the first place. She says she became a couch potato during a long recovery. Anna talks of her earliest involvement with horses following in the footsteps of two older sisters. She looks back on some satisfying achievements in the dressage and eventing pursuits. Anna admits she muddled her way through early schooling but got serious when the HSC approached. She says her early intentions were to seek a career as a veterinary nurse, but all of that changed when she started riding trackwork for Gosford trainer Greg McFarlane. Later she sought and was given an apprenticeship by Wyong trainer Tracey Bartley. Anna looks back on the life changing day when trainer Tony Newing invited her to ride a horse at Gundagai. The horse won, and the national Sky Racing audience saw her infectious smile for the first time. She takes us through the events of her special day. Few junior riding careers have “taken off” as quickly. She talks of the amazing support she's received from a wide range of trainers and some of her favourite horses so far. Anna says her boss Tracey Bartley is keeping her away from the city lest she burn up her allowance too quickly. The young jockey talks of her reaction to being in front of James McDonald on the NSW premiership early in the season. Anna acknowledges some of the assistance she's received from other female jockeys. She closes with a comment on the tedious months ahead.
If you aren't familiar with Hillary's racing career, it's likely because most of the racing she's done is in Europe where the style and the terrain of the racing suits her; it's what she really loves. Hillary is also the author of the book Out and Back where she chronicles in fine detail exactly what she's had to overcome and what's she's learned.Hillary will readily tell you that she's not the same as she was before her running journey began. She doesn't consider her story one of comebacks; it's one of growth. It's a story punctuated by a near-death fall and then other serious set-backs. Through it all, Hillary has honed the art of growth through adversity, and she's cultivated a lot of skills along the way. In this episode, Hillary brings us up to the present, which very significantly includes her running the 100-mile UTMB, which just took place at the end of August 2022. If you're not totally familiar with UTMB, it can refer to the collection of races that take place over the course of a week in late summer in the Alps, with all of the action based out of Chamonix, France, or it can refer to the UTMB race, which is the premier event of that week of races. The race is a full circumnavigation of Western Europe's highest peak, Mont Blanc. Suffice to say the UTMB festival of events is the largest, most competitive collection of ultra events in the world. When Hillary isn't racing up and down the tough technical terrain in Europe or elsewhere in the world, she's training and racing on the tough technical terrain near her home in Boulder, Colorado. She relayed her story from there just after returning from her time in Chamonix and the UTMB.This episode is sponsored by The Feed, the largest online marketplace for your sports nutrition, offering the brands you know and love, from Skratch Labs, Clif Bar, to Maurten, plus their athlete customized supplements called Feed Formulas. In addition to supporting Strides Forward, this sponsorship supports Hear Her Sports and Keeping Track: together we are a collective of women-hosted podcasts focused on women in sports.As part of this sponsorship, you can get $80 in credit at The Feed: just go to TheFeed.com/forward to claim your $80 in credit at The Feed.Keep up with Hillary OnlineHillary's website: https://hillaryallen.com/Hillary's book Out and BackHillary's TedTalkHillary on Instagram: @hillgoat_climbsPodcast co-hosted by Hillary, Corrine Malcolm and Keely Henninger: Trail Society