LOVE Jumps Q&A - Craig and Shaun Phelan

20 August 2021

Learn a little more about the father-son training duo! 

What is your earliest racing memory?

Craig: Watching Silver Night and Igloo in the Melbourne Cup.

Shaun: Going to the races with dad as a kid, and watching Golden Flare win the McGregor Grant & Great Northern.

How did you become involved with jumps racing?

Craig: One of the first horses I trained went as far as he could as a flat horse so we decided to start jumping him. His name was ‘Hitro’ and he made a pretty good jumper.

Shaun: Through my dad who trained a jumper.

What is your proudest career moment to date?

Craig: Training four winners in a day at Te Aroha.

Shaun: As a trainer, Hawkes Bay Cup with Big Mike.

Is there one horse that has a particularly special place in your heart?

Craig: Big Mike.

Shaun: Big Mike.

What jumps race would you love to win?

Craig: Great Northern.

Shaun: Great Northern.

If you weren’t in racing, what would you be doing?

Craig : Still working as a builder.

Shaun: I wouldn’t be doing anything else.

What advice would you give someone looking to enter the racing industry?

Craig: Help as many people out as you can that deserve to be helped, and keep your eyes and ears open.

Shaun: Work hard and make sure you do it for the love of it.

Why do you love jumps racing?

Craig: The people.

Shaun: The different community of participants, you compete together but everyone helps one another.

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