Track Talk Tuesday – From NZ to Sydney Shores – Nathan Thomas

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This week we headed over to Royal Randwick where we got to know Nathan Thomas. Originally from New Zealand, Nathan moved to Australia at the age of 20, following in the footsteps of his older sister.  He began riding track work for Anthony Cummings and due to the better opportunities out here, he decided to stay.

Sneaking in a quick selfie before jumping on!

Hey Nathan, who do you work for and what is your role?

Hi, I work for John O’Shea as a track work rider.

How many years have you worked in the industry?

I’ve been working in the industry for about 14 years

Have you got any career highlights?

Yeah, I rode Daysee Doom work for Ron Quinton.

What’s your favourite thing about your job?

The people, there’s always a lot of laughs. I’ve had some good times!

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

Not much, I am pretty happy with the way things are!

Nathan riding Cantonese track work for John O’Shea in Randwick

Who is your favourite jockey and why?

Got to be Hugh Bowman. He’s so humble and genuine. He’s always up for a chat!

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

Winx! She’s a champion!

Best horse you’ve ever worked with?

Daysee Doom for Ron Quinton

Nathan riding Cantonese at beach for John O’Shea in Randwick

What are your future goals and aspirations?

Within the industry, I’m happy working for John O’Shea. In my personal life I race dirt bikes and I’m aiming for the podium!

If you weren’t working within the thoroughbred industry what would you be doing?

I’d be more focused on my other businesses. One of which is the Eastern Beaches Handyman Services.

Nathan spending his weekend off riding his dirt bikes

Huge thanks to Nathan for being such a good sport and letting us quiz him! We wish him all the best with his future and hope he gets that podium finish!

Nathan riding track work for David Vandyke


Words by Kiersten Duke

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