Track Talk Tuesdays – Unsung hero – Mark Whiteman

This week we headed to Rosehill Gardens in Sydney where we quizzed Mr Mark Whiteman.  Mark is a character whom is loved by many at Rosehill and is not only known for his time working in the industry but for his love of good burgers and his rotary car Rubi!

Originally from Cambridge, New Zealand, Mark previously worked at Ascot Farm preparing horses for Hong Kong before he became a jockey in 2011.  Due to weight issues he had to give this up in 2014 but you only have to add him on Snapchat (whitey76h) to discover that his love for the sport is still apparent!

Q. Hey Mark, who do you work for and what is your role?

A. Hey!  I work for David Payne as a foreman.

Q. How many years have you worked in the industry for?

A. Approximately 23 years- but who’s counting!

Q. What would be your career highlights?

A. Riding winners in three different countries and being paid to travel to various countries to work with various horses.

Q. What’s your favourite thing about your job?

A. Meeting lots of different people. I’ve made life long friends through the racing game

Q. What do you think needs to be changed within the industry?

A. Better conditions for strappers on race day

Mark winning on Fancy Flirt in New Caledonia- one of his all time favourite horses

Q. Who is your favourite jockey and why?

A. Jason Collett has become a very strong rider with great patience. Also, Opie Bosson, he’s a very balanced rider as well as Jeff Lloyd, he’s a freak of a rider and a great bloke to go with it!

Q. If you were a jockey and could ride any horse past or present who would it be and why?

A. Might and Power or Sunline. I loved riding bold front runners.

Q. Best horse you’ve ever worked with?

A. Ace High. He’s current, I know, but I think he has outstanding potential and that we haven’t seen the best of him yet.

Mark with Ace High for David Payne

 Q. What are your future goals and aspirations?

A. To keep doing what I am doing and then I’d like to open a cafe/burger bar

Q. Last question, if you weren’t working in the thoroughbred industry what do you think you would be doing?

A. I’d be a mechanic for sure! I have a real passion for motorsport and cars.

Mark with his other love in life- a different kind of horsepower!

Huge thanks to Mark for taking part in answering our questions and allowing us all to get to know him a little better.  A true gentleman that’s worked in the industry for 23 years definitely deserves some recognition if you ask us!


Thanks for reading, we hope you enjoyed & are looking forward to next weeks article!


Words by Kiersten Duke

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