Connections Cast


Episode 9: The US Mares Panel - Craig Rounsefell, Andrew Williams, Jon Freyer and Barry Bowditch

American-bred mares have become more and more influential in Australian racing in recent years, with eight per cent of Australian Group 1 winners since the start of last season being out of American-bred dams. In a special edition of the Connections Cast, host Angus Roland has assembled an expert panel to give their insights on buying mares out of the United States ahead of the upcoming sales in November at Fasig-Tipton and Keeneland, featuring Craig Rounsefell, Andrew Williams, Jon Freyer and Barry Bowditch.

Episode 8: The 2YO Sale Panel - Kim Waugh, Blake Ryan, Peter Twomey & Eoin Kemp

With the opening breeze-up sale of the 2-year-old season, the Inglis Ready2Race Sale, a week away and the Magic Millions and New Zealand Bloodstock sales to follow in the next month, TDN AusNZ Connections Cast has brought together a panel of trainers, agent and vendors to discuss the secret to sourcing success.

Episode 7: Mark Chittick

This week's guest is Waikato Stud principal, Mark Chittick. Mark and Gus get into detail on the business of stallion deals, managing tricky-mannered stallions, the journey of Waikato Stud, plus how racing prepared him for some of life’s greatest challenges.

In this edition of Mate vs Mate, James Harron and Bruce Slade talk about the influence of Gai Waterhouse, finding the best stallions and mares, the friendship they have developed from working together and their respective strengths and weaknesses.

Episode 5: Arthur Mitchell

This week's guest is Yarraman Park's Arthur Mitchell, who reflects on the amazing journey of star stallion I Am Invincible as well as his own long and storied career in the thoroughbred industry. There have been plenty up ups and downs in his long career and in the podcast, Mitchell recalls the time he was in Paris in 2018 and he learned that Yarraman resident Hinchinbrook had died suddenly. "It was like being kicked in the guts, it was horrible. He was a very sad loss to the whole farm."

Ron Quinton and Darren Beadman are two legendary jockeys who have turned their horsemanship to working as successful trainers later in their careers. Facing off in the first 'mate versus mate' battle, they share a world of experience in their chat with Angus Roland, reflecting on what makes a good racehorse, a good yearling, a good stallion and a good broodmare, as well as the best they have ever ridden.

This week's guest is Suman Hedge, who talks about succeeding against the odds, the need for strong mentors and the value of perspective. The just-completed season proved immensely satisfying for Hedge. Through his relationship with Sheriff Iskander and being involved through the majority of the stallion career of Written Tycoon, he reflects on the stallions long journey to becoming Champion Australian Stallion of 2020/21.

With the 2021 breeding season underway, Angus Roland has brought together a panel to discuss stallion choices, focusing on the freshman class over $20,000, those under $20,000 as well as the emerging sires and the proven brigade. This episode features bloodstock agent Julian Blaxland, successful Sydney trainer John O'Shea, Farm Manager Andrew Baddock and New Zealand breeder Brent Taylor. The panel debate their stallion picks and mating theories for the 2021 season focusing on the freshman class over $20,000 and under $20,000, emerging sires and the proven brigade.

Richard Freedman on winning Slippers, Shakespearean family dynamics, eating old burgers and paint off the walls, plus; what a lifetime supply of beer looks like. Freedman was born into a great thoroughbred racing family and he and his brothers, Lee, Anthony and Michael made a massive impact on Australian racing winning Australia's biggest races either in the partnership or under their own names over the past 30 years. The brotherly dynamic has always been at the centre of fascination and Richard reflects on the family growing up in Hardwicke Stud at Yass, breaking in his first horse when he was 12, riding in show-jumping events, and even in a rodeo.