60 Seconds with Teina Walters
He's strapped some of the best, including Heroic Valour, Melody Belle and the 2019 Karaka Million winner, Probabeel. From winning group one races to foot modelling, check out what we covered in 60 seconds with Teina Walters!
How did you first get involved in racing?
When you’re raised and grazed in Matamata you either work in racing or at COMAG. My two older brothers worked at Te Akau as teenagers so the latter was out of the question for me.
Your alarm goes off at 3.15am. What motivates you to get up this early?
Winning big races!
You've strapped some pretty big winners! Do any stand out as being particularly special?
Not many horses can win one Group one race in their lifetime, but for Melody Belle to win five Group ones in a season puts her in a league alongside the greats of our industry.
Heroic Valour. I had my first group one as a strapper with him and he was just a great mate of mine.
If you weren't in racing, what would you be doing?
Foot model. I have a great set of hooves.
If you could invite three people to dinner, living or dead, who would make the table?
Barack Obama, Gary Vaynerchuck, Dan Bilzerian. I’d just listen to their yarns.
If you could possess one superhero power, what would it be?
Time travel. I would love to be able to make some massive calls about the future. They’d write books about me, imagine it.
Is there a story behind your raceday hat?
Well it’s one of two stories... 1 - It was Napoleon Bonapartes hat that he wore during the French Revolution. It has two badges on the side which is the Legion of Honour badge and a badge of National Patriotism. Or 2- I bought it for $8 at the local Op shop. I'll let you decide.
What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you?
I’m the best cook in the house by a long margin.