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Local Bloke – Stu Rich from Coogee

By James Hutton on August 2, 2014 in People

Photo: Grant Brooks

Photo: Grant Brooks

Coogee resident Stu Rich is a horseracing expert who loves his time down at Randwick Racecourse. Stu shares his local favourites with The Beast…

How long have you lived here?
Two years.

What’s your favourite beach?
Crescent Head up north for a wave and Coogee for my morning swim. A sunrise on Coogee Beach gets me off to the best start to the day.

What’s your favourite eatery?
Flavour of India in Edgecliff gives me my regular hot curry fix. I can never go past their beef vindaloo and spiced lamb cutlets.

Where do you like to have a drink?
Out at Randwick Racecourse on race day – the after party in the members’ during carnival time is always a cracker. Locally it’s the Cloey for me, with a great pub TAB environment.

Do you have a favourite sporting team?
Although I’m not a Balmain boy, it’s the Wests Tigers for me. You will still catch me at every game on the hill at the legendary Leichhardt Oval.

What music are you into at the moment?
It’s always been about classic old school 90s grunge for me. I still love following Phil Jamieson from Grinspoon on his acoustic sessions. A classic guitar riff is what makes music real for me.

Who is your favourite person?
I don’t have one. I love surrounding myself with good people, whether it be family or friends.

What do you get up to on the weekends?
Randwick, Rosehill, Canterbury, Warwick Farm or any good country horse racing carnival is where you will find me on a Saturday. Outside of the track, you can find me lowering that handicap on the golf course.

What do you do for work?
I’m a director at – a new, free online horse racing guide start-up with one of my best mates, which has been in the making for years. To see the form in a new dimension with horse profiles and beautiful imagery is what the standard old form has been crying out for.

What’s your favourite thing about work?
Producing a form guide that’s easy to use, and designed for both casual punters and experts, with three different guides per horse.

Do you have a favourite quote?
Not as such, but whoever invented the expression ‘FOMO’ (Fear Of Missing Out) knows how to live. I have huge FOMO and live in a constant state of ‘yes’!

Any other words of wisdom for readers of The Beast?
Value of life is out there, you just have to go and get it. Don’t get caught up in the whinging and blandness of society that too many do, as it is too easy to say no.