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SIXTY SECONDS WITH WINNO: BEAU DENE APPO

By Darren Winningham with Beau Appo | Friday, August 25, 2017

SIXTY SECONDS WITH WINNO

BEAU DENE APPO

Beau Appo is a jockey based at Toowoomba. He is one of those people in racing who has always got something to say. He has a wicked sense of humour. He is always smiling and happy.

Well, last weekend I went to Kilcoy. I knew that the 2016/17 Toowoomba Premiership winning jockey had some rides there and I decided that it was time to finally sort him out face to face.

As usual it started out with a laugh and a joke then, “I am not doing this!”

Quickly that changed to, “okay get on with it” ... with Beau grinning all the time.

It is on!

Time to go 60 seconds with Winno!

It was a pleasure to talk to Beau and I hope you enjoy this interview. Whilst people see the funny and humorous side of Beau he is clearly also a respectful and much grounded young man.

He has called out Luke Dittman though. I may have to seek a right of reply from Luke at some stage!

Here we go.

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I started out with the obvious question.

Well, you won the Toowoomba Jockey Premiership last season. I believe that was a goal of yours?

I actually started riding for Ben Currie around this time last year. As a matter of fact it was this meeting here last year when I rode Worth the Wait. That is what sparked off my run towards the premiership at Toowoomba. I started riding work for Ben and then it all progressed from there.

How many winners did you ride in Toowoomba last season?

Thirty-four ... and I won on some nice horses as well.

Do you have a nickname?

I have a couple actually. Now I am known as the King of Toowoomba. Prior to that I was known as the Best Looking Jockey in Queensland!

Hold on Beau. You put your phone number in my phone three years ago and you wrote the “Chocolate Prince.” Do you wish to explain that?

Look everyone knows I am famous and very popular ... you are lucky that you have my number.

How long have you been riding?

Five years now. I had my first ride in July 2012.

As an apprentice, who was your master?

Mick Lakey at Deagon. He taught me everything he knew.

What is your fondest memory of working for Mick?

We had some real good times. Mucking around with Alex Kitson and Adam Nichols ... we had some wonderful times together at the stables.

What kind of car do you drive?

I’ve actually just bought a new car ... a Mazda 3.

What colour?

White.

Why white? I thought you would have got a coloured one – like red as it goes fast!

No, I used to be a car detailer. White is the best colour you can get and they look great.

Best thing you like about your work?

It is fun. It is easy and I enjoy doing it. What is better than getting paid for doing something that you love! It’s a dream come true.

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... at play.

I actually started riding for Ben Currie around this time last year. As a matter of fact it was at Kilcoy when I rode Worth the Wait (pictured above). That is what sparked off my run towards the premiership at Toowoomba. I started riding work for Ben and then it all progressed from there
... at play.

I actually started riding for Ben Currie around this time last year. As a matter of fact it was at Kilcoy when I rode Worth the Wait (pictured above). That is what sparked off my run towards the premiership at Toowoomba. I started riding work for Ben and then it all progressed from there
I was apprenticed Mick Lakey at Deagon. Mick taught me everything he knew. Mucking around with Alex Kitson and Adam Nichols ... we all had some wonderful times together at the stables

Photos: Darren Winningham
I was apprenticed Mick Lakey at Deagon. Mick taught me everything he knew. Mucking around with Alex Kitson and Adam Nichols ... we all had some wonderful times together at the stables

Photos: Darren Winningham
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