Episode 256: David Tootell

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Great to catch up with a man who has been part of the fabric of SA racing for more than four decades. He talks of his passion for race riding at age 59.

David talks about the dual jockey/trainer licence which enables him to train a small team at Morphettville.

He reflects on a recent Gawler win on a horse trained by his son David Jnr. Some said it would have been the perfect time to quit the saddle.

David talks of his apprenticeship in 1976 to the emerging legend Bart Cummings.

He looks back on his first winning ride just 24 hours after gaining his “ticket”.

The evergreen jockey remembers his transfer from Cummings to the Colin Hayes training empire at Angaston, and the discouraging advice given to him by Peter Hayes.

He reminisces about his two coveted Gr 1 wins- two editions of the South Australian Oaks.

“Toot” takes us back to his one and only Melbourne Cup ride.

He reflects on his role as stable jockey for an up and coming young trainer called John Hawkes.

David looks back on his association with three of Australia’s best gallopers of the 80’s and 90’s.

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