LOVE Jumps Q&A – Toby Autridge
What is your earliest racing memory?
Dad training, riding and part owning Foxonewa to win the Wellington Hurdles in 1969. Dad was the first amateur rider to ride in a hurdle race and win. He was only allowed to do so as he owned 50% of Foxonewa. I was 7 at the time.
How did you become involved with jumps racing?
Through Dad initially and riding over jumps for several seasons.
What is your proudest career moment to date?
I think I was a bit young to appreciate running second in the Melbourne Cup at the age of 16. Winning the Northern double when the hurdles were worth $100,000 and the chase worth $200,000 allowed me to go out the following week and purchase a house. Training Al Dwain to win the Turnbull Stakes at Flemington with Bob Skelton on board in 1984 was also very special.
Is there one horse that has a particularly special place in your heart?
It's hard to name just one, I have great memories of several. To name a jumper, it would be Noble Heritage.
What jumps race would you love to win?
If you asked me a couple of months ago, I would've said the Great Northern Steeples. However, I don't have a horse to enter this year and for me the race will never be the same once the Hill is sold.
What horse from your stable should we be keeping an eye out for this jumps season?
Tommyra always tries his heart out and has a wonderful fun syndicate, along with his devoted 11-year-old strapper, Nethan.
If you weren't in racing, what would you be doing?
Retired, racing is in my blood.
What advice would you give someone looking to enter the racing industry?
Like any sport nothing beats the feeling of a win! You need to be able to accept the ups and downs.
Why do you love jumps racing?
It's not just jumps racing it's racing in general. It's the thrill, excitement, the thought that you could have the next great horse.