The Jockeys: Pope vs King
This week we caught up with two of racing’s most well-known jockeys Robbie Hannam and Michael Coleman or as they’re better known “The Pope” and “The King”.
They have amassed over 3,000 wins (2102-Coleman, 1052-Hannam) and over 200 Group or Listed races in New Zealand with over the years. We got to know a bit more about the men behind the prestigious nicknames with a few quick-fire questions.
Who is your favourite horse?
Robbie: Authentic Paddy & Green Street
Which jockey do look up to most?
Robbie: Jimmy Cassidy
Michael: Opie Bosson
Who is your favourite sire?
What’s the best racecourse in New Zealand?
Which sport do you most like to watch?
If you weren’t a superstar jockey what would you be doing?
Michael: Rocket scientist
What gets you motivated in the morning?
Robbie: Usual Routine
Michael: Finding a fast horse
What’s your raceday drink?
After a big raceday what’s your favourite meal?
Robbie: Noodle Canteen
Home cooked, or eating out at a restaurant?
Do you have any superstitions that you follow on raceday?
Michael: Its unlucky to shave between racedays