Tasmanian-born jockey Craig ‘Froggy’ Newitt has never been far away from the big race action, amassing 33 Group 1 triumphs in a career which began at the start of the millennium.

After a whirlwind start to his career in Tasmania, Newitt had his indentures moved to Hall of Fame trainer Lee Freedman on the mainland and it wasn’t long before he landed his maiden Group 1 win at his new home track Caulfield, in the 2006 C.F. Orr Stakes aboard Perfect Promise.

There was no looking back for Newitt. In the same year he began his association with champion sprinting mare Miss Andretti, the pair combining for five Group 1 victories including the Lightning Stakes and Newmarket at Flemington, culminating with a win on the international stage in the Kings Stand at Royal Ascot.

Throughout his career, Newitt has never been far away from Caulfield and has had a wonderful association with Mick Price headlined by two Blue Diamond Stakes wins with Samaready and Extreme Choice. The latter horse provided his most recent Group 1 win in the 2016 Moir Stakes, while he and Price also combined for four Group 1 successes with the popular Lankan Rupee.

Following a stint back in his homeland, Newitt is back in Melbourne and riding work at Caulfield for the likes of Mick Price and Michael Kent (Jnr) and it hasn’t taken long for him to get his tail up, combining recently to win the Group 3 H.D.F. McNeil Stakes on Immortal Love.

Newitt is in the zone and will be a jockey to watch as the Stella Artois Caulfield Cup Carnival looms large.

Age

Place of birth

Most satisfying part of the job

Racing Highlight

Ambition/targets

Fiercest opponent

What would you do if you weren’t a jockey

Give us a horse to watch out for

Describe yourself in one word

Which football team do you support

What do you do when you’re not working

Favourite TV Show

Favourite movie

Favourite music

Who’s your sporting hero

Favourite restaurant

Who would be your guest list to your exclusive dinner party

35

Tasmania

Winning

Any of my 33 G1’s

Cement myself in top 5-6 jocks in Melb again

Ollie

Fisherman

Immortal Love

Determined

Tigers

Not a lot at the moment

Home and Away

The Hurricane

RnB

Ollie

Any Japanese

Adam Sandler

Age:
35

Place of birth:
Tasmania

Most satisfying part of the job:
Winning

Racing Highlight:
Any of my 33 G1’s

Ambition/targets:
Cement myself in top 5-6 jocks in Melb again

Fiercest opponent:
Ollie

What would you do if you weren’t a jockey:
Fisherman

Give us a horse to watch out for:
Immortal Love

Describe yourself in one word:
Determined

Which football team do you support:
Tigers

What do you do when you’re not working:
Not a lot at the moment

Favourite TV Show:
Home and Away

Favourite movie:
The Hurricane

Favourite music:
RnB

Who’s your sporting hero:
Ollie

Favourite restaurant:
Any Japanese

Who would be your guest list to your exclusive dinner party:
Adam Sandler

Miss Andretti ridden by Craig Newitt wins the Seppelt Wines Newmarket Handicap at Caulfield Racecourse on March 10, 2007 in Caulfield, Australia. (Racing Photos)
Miss Andretti ridden by Craig Newitt wins the Seppelt Wines Newmarket Handicap at Caulfield Racecourse on March 10, 2007 in Caulfield, Australia. (Racing Photos)

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