LOVE Jumps Q&A - Craig and Shaun Phelan
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.