John recently caught up with John Tapp to recap the ups and downs of his career thus far, and to have a look at what 2019 and beyond has in store 

Apart from a mild case of the race day jitters experienced by all horse trainers, John Thompson spent a pretty relaxed Saturday afternoon at Rosehill Gardens.

The first of his three runners Thy Kingdom Come ran up to some solid recent form, to easily win a 3YO+ BM 78. Reneged ($61) and Sweet Deal ($6) were out of a place, but ran well enough to suggest they’ll be competitive in metro class.

John Thompson’s life has turned the full circle, in just over a decade.

He was there when Nathan Tinkler began his spectacular charge into the racing world and he was there trying to run a fifty horse stable, when an acute shortage of funds began to bite.

John’s currently doing what he always set out to do – training a manageable team of horses, preferably at Randwick, for loyal owners who understand that horse ownership comes with no guarantees.


– Story courtesy of John Tapp and photo courtesy of Bradley Photographers

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