[AusRace] Tarcoola - The Horse and the House

Phil Buckland phil at buckland.id.au
Fri Sep 15 21:06:28 AEST 2017

I agree, so different from the old days….you cant even play up to the bookmakers now, or they play up to you, eg recent years ‘90’s Mark Reed was a real character of the ring


From: Racing [mailto:racing-bounces at ausrace.com] On Behalf Of Rob Creighton
Sent: 12 September 2017 2:50 AM
To: Tony Moffat; 'AusRace Racing Discussion List'
Subject: Re: [AusRace] Tarcoola - The Horse and the House


My working days at the track started the day Coolalinga won the Newmarket for Cyril Beechey, I think (1974? Maybe 1975). I worked with Arthur Browning on the interstate rails for about 12 or 13 years before a good friend decided he needed a penciller/bagman. So I left the metropolitan meetings and started regular Kembla/Canberra trips with Saturday nights at Wentworth Park thrown in when travel allowed.


Good days then. A real blast. Calling the odds, including the fractions... loved it!  I've visited Rosehill a couple of times on recent trips home and its all very clinical now.. shame, but that's progress (or is it regress?)  :)  Cheers.





From: Tony Moffat <tonymoffat at bigpond.com>
To: 'Rob Creighton' <ozrob1711 at yahoo.com>; 'AusRace Racing Discussion List' <racing at ausrace.com> 
Sent: Saturday, September 9, 2017 5:12 PM
Subject: RE: [AusRace] Tarcoola - The Horse and the House


Rob, Phil, Stuart and some lurkers who responded otherwise – thanks


Dad and Mum lived at ‘Tarcoola’ between 1966 and 1970 – so, not from 1956 as I typed.


I worked for a few months for Pitt, Son and Badgery, lumping still, and in the Winchombe,Carson wool store –the floor boards were 9 inches thick.

and the internal uprights were 4 feet by four feet, and three stories tall –that is solid wood – funny how that sticks, as does the name

of a cat and a girls nick name but not her real name, although she was born on February 29. I’m losing it, man.

I left town in the new school year to go to school in Sydney, a Uni requirement, and supported myself by working in a laundry and dry cleaner shop in the afternoons and evenings.

I returned on Saturday mornings, often by train from Central, to play footie returning on the 2100 hour train to get home after midnight if the ferry was running, or I took the bike down there on Friday and came back on Sunday, it depends where we were playing though, Canberra more often.

I was in the banking trade momentarily and I worked for bookmakers Terry and Kevin on summer Saturdays but the bank did not approve so I became the greenkeepers bitch at a golf club, and stayed with Terry. I went from there to eventually working on the bag or pencilling or both for Lew Weymiss, I wrote about that previously, at the red hots in the Riverina area, then in Melbourne at the races.








From: Racing [mailto:racing-bounces at ausrace.com] On Behalf Of Rob Creighton
Sent: Friday, September 8, 2017 11:38 PM
To: AusRace Racing Discussion List <racing at ausrace.com>
Subject: Re: [AusRace] Tarcoola - The Horse and the House


Yes, it was (an interesting read). Thanks for sharing.


Tony, it brought back memories of days in the 70's when I used to haul greyhounds to race at Queanbeyan. As we left Goulburn heading South, I took a left turn a couple of hundred yards from the address you mentioned.... and yes, they were yards not metres :)


I think the last time I wnet through there was on the way home from Canberra races in about 1984 or 1985. We were fielding back then trying to earn our way onto the metropolitan tracks. There were a couple of young-ish (compared to me in my mid-30s) brothers who basically led the ring. I think either one or both of them made it t0 the Saturday metrop meetings but we decided it was more profitable to be on the ground rather than on the stand. That decision, coupled with our best form analyst going to work for Mark Read, eventually led to our group dissolving.


But, obviously, I digress. Suffice to say Tony, your story brought back many memories and for that I'm truly grateful


Cheers all.





From: Phil Buckland <phil at buckland.id.au>
To: 'AusRace Racing Discussion List' <racing at ausrace.com> 
Sent: Friday, September 8, 2017 3:14 AM
Subject: Re: [AusRace] Tarcoola - The Horse and the House


Interesting Read Tony




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