Ron Taylor’s broad involvement with horse racing from 1948, when he began his journalistic career, to the present day has given him a knowledge of the sport and its participants that is unique in the industry today. He has seen all the champion horses who have performed during that 73-year period and has met and spoken with most of their trainers and jockeys. In Racing Ron his exclusive interviews and conversations with some of those participants gives you an insight into their characters you have never read before. He tells you of his personal dealings with such heroes of the sport as Bart Cummings, Roy Higgins, Tommy Smith and George Moore, and how he came to call them all his friends. But this book is not just about his life and times as a racing writer. It covers many aspects of his life and career including his time living in Tuscany that offers an insight into Italy you won’t find in a brochure, and some amazing anecdotes from his nearly 20 years as a Tour Leader for racing tours around the world. You won’t believe the antics some of the tourists got up to, and the worries and tribulations he sometimes endured before bringing those tours to a successful conclusion.
Ron Taylor was Racing Editor for Truth Newspaper in Melbourne for 33 years. He was also 3AW’s racing commentator for 25 years where he acquired the nickname ‘Racing Ron’. And for more than ten years he was a member of Channel 10’s racing show Racing Review, as well as covering multiple Melbourne Cup carnivals for the network.
* A retrospective gem of Australian horse racing and life told by a unique voice in the industry who has seen all the champions cross the line since 1948. * 73-years of champion horses, trainers and jockeys, an ideal read for racing enthusiasts. * Includes exclusive interviews, conversations and memories Ron had with racing legends and heroes including Bart Cummings, Roy Higgins, Tommy Smith and George Moore. * Features stories about Ron’s life and career outside of racing, from growing up in Canberra to living in Tuscany and annecdotes from his nearly 20 years as a Tour Leader internationally. * Includes 16-page photo section with black and white and colour photos spanning Ron’s career. Publicity: * Radio promotion : 3AW, ABC National. * Metro and Regional newspapers including The Herald Sun, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Canberra Times and more.
* Josh Rodder from Melbourne Racing Club - in conversation with the membership about doing a promotional event with Ron Taylor mid to end November
* 3/11 - Sam Newman & Don Scott ‘You Cannot Be Serious’ Podcast – interview with Ron Taylor- https://tinyurl.com/nx8pwrrs