Episode 263: Rodney Robb


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This is a laid back chat with one of the real characters of NSW country racing. Rod begins by outlining his reasons for handing over his Nyngan training operation to son Brett at the end of the 2019/2020 season.

He explains why he’s currently in Dubbo looking after a big team of horses for fellow trainer Clint Lundholm.

Rodney takes us on a sentimental journey beginning with his family’s move from Forbes to Nyngan when he was just fourteen months old. You won’t believe their mode of transport in 1955.

He reflects on the time he spent with father Clive in the droving days. Together they would move large flocks of sheep or mobs of cattle long distances in dry times.

Rod looks back on his first job with NSW Railways. He remembers his duties and the great camaraderie that existed between mates.

His involvement with thoroughbreds began when he was asked to ride trackwork by local trainers. He says the pay was light.

Rodney remembers his first horse float and his first horse- a real cheapie!

He says he’s had some wonderful highs and a few devastating lows. He reflects on his brush with fire and flood.

The veteran horseman pays tribute to some of the wonderful bush horses he’s trained over four decades.

He acknowledges the support of some talented jockeys who’ve helped him along the way.

When you talk to Rodney Robb you can’t help but feel you’re standing at the bar of a country pub. He makes mention of many mates and bush characters he’s known.

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