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MICHAEL RODD: 'MY OLD SCHOOL APRRENTICESHIP MADE ME INTO THE JOCKEY I AM TODAY'

By Graham Potter | Friday, December 13, 2019

Michael Rodd is riding in the Jockey Origin Series in Brisbane this weekend. He has ridden in the Origin Series before. That was back in December 2016 and, at that time, HRO’s Graham Potter spoke to Michael about his career. Part of that conversation covered Michael’s time as an apprentice with trainer Bryan Guy and, given the fact that the standard of apprentice riders is very much in the spotlight at the moment, Michael’s story as an ‘old school apprentice’ really highlights just how much things have changed over time with regard to apprentices. This extract comes from a story that was posted on HRO three years ago, but it is well worth repeating here.

Bryan (Guy) was my father figure for four years of my life ... because as an apprentice you move away from home when you are indentured to a trainer.

Remember I was an old school apprentice.

There weren’t many old school apprentices left after me ... hardly any! I was old school and by that I mean I lived at the stables. Bryan was my master and I did as he said and he worked me very hard.

I didn’t get away with much. There was always a clip up the side of the head if I was getting a bit cheeky ... to the point that one day, when I was the leading jockey in Queensland, I was suspended and getting a bit cheeky so he made me strap Jar Jar Binks in one of the big races over the Winter Carnival.

He always made sure my head wasn’t getting too big.

The apprenticeship was hard to start with but I am so lucky. I went to a good boss and a family that really cared for me. They didn’t just want to see me succeed as a jockey. They wanted to see me succeed as a human ... and they instilled that outlook that in me.

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Rodd with Bryan (right) and Daniel Guy

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Rodd with Bryan (right) and Daniel Guy

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