RACING ALL THE WAY TO SUPER-STABLE
From humble beginnings in Mareeba, John O’Shea (pictured right) has put in the hard yards to be at the top of his game in Australia’s horse racing world. O’Shea has travelled a long way from mucking out boxes for local trainers to being appointed principal trainer in Australia for Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s super-stable Godolphin in 2014. O’Shea played rugby league for Queensland as a schoolboy and went south to study journalism, but a love of horseracing was in his blood. O’Shea moved to Sydney in 1995 and got his trainer’s licence four years later. He served his apprenticeship under Tommy Smith as well as completing stints with Bart Cummings, Gai Waterhouse and Garry Moore. In this year’s Melbourne Cup he trained hot favourite Hartnell who came third. He now has his sights set on the Villiers Stakes in Randwick next week.
Mareeba product Ben Hampton shows his promise early in an Under-14 game against Cairns Brothers. He is now signed with the North Queensland Cowboys.