Our Journey



- 1949

The crowd on Melbourne Cup Day 1948 when my Dad's Uncle Bob was working as a Bookmaker in one of the Outer Rings.



- 1959

My Dad Allen's first day as a bookmaker at Balnarring in early 1956 with his Dad, my Grandfather Allen Senior on the bag. I believe he won nearly fifty pounds on the day. 



- 1969

Myself Rod Cleary as a one year old in 1967 with my Grandmother at Sandown Racecourse.



- 1979

My Dad taking a bet off a female patron on Melbourne Cup Day in 1975 when Think Big won the Cup for the second year in a row at odds of 33/1. This was the days of Bookies tickets and crayons with betting books, no computers here. 



- 1989

Working Sandown Cup day in 1984 with Hayden on the Bag, this was the first day we used a computer board at the Track, we were the second Victorian Bookie after the Late Brian Nagle to use one.



- 1999

My first day on the Rails at Flemington in 1999 on Craiglee Stakes day. Big Phil Cooper operating and my brother Brendan (now a Bookie) on the bag and phone...



- 2009

Working on the Rails Caulfield Cup Day 2004 (2nd Bookie from the left). This Caulfield Betting Ring had an amazing atmosphere on the big Race Days.



- 2019

The team on Caulfield Cup Day 2019 - From left Phil (Chocs), Kev, myself, Barney, Jack and Andy.




Rod Cleary with his son's Tim and Luke.


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