Overview A journey across Australia
‘A Racetrack Somewhere’ takes you on a journey across Australia and into the heart of some of the country’s most iconic and remote race meetings.
Hosted by renowned racing personality Jo McKinnon, ‘A Racetrack Somewhere’ travels to the famed Warrnambool May Races, the Birdsville Cup, King Island Cup, Darwin Cup and Kangaroo Island Gourmet Gallop.
Jo McKinnon and her brother Lachlan are the co-producers of this much talked about series and travelled more than 14,000 kilometres around Australia during more than 18 months to capture the essence of these unique race meetings.
The series features stunning cinematography of the Australian landscape. It provides a rare insight into Thoroughbred racing and its cultural significance in Australian life, particularly in remote communities. It captures the real side of racing.
Episode Breakdown Birdsville • King Island • Warrnambool • Darwin • Kangaroo Island
The Synopsis Unique 5-part documentary
A racetrack somewhere
Investigating a blossoming network of backyard stables, dedicated strappers, trainers, jockeys and equine enthusiasts, A Racetrack Somewhere explores the vast Australian landscape, delving into the heart of some of the country’s most iconic and remote Thoroughbred racing events.
Hosted by racing personality Jo McKinnon, this unique 5-part program covers the width and breadth of the Aussie countryside, taking in the likes of Birdsville, King Island, Warrnambool, Kangaroo Island and Darwin to provide a detailed tapestry of the racing scene and the many dedicated people keeping the sport alive and well.
With exclusive behind-the-scenes access to country carnival meets, providing insight and personal anecdotes from racing exponents, where enthusiasm and participation counts for everything, A Racetrack Somewhere celebrates the thrill of participation and an unmistakable camaraderie that feeds the community spirit.
Profiles The Creative Force
Jo McKinnon / Executive Producer
Jo McKinnon is an award winning journalist and well known and highly respected racing personality.
A highly accomplished equestrian, she began her career at the Herald and Weekly Times as a cadet journalist before moving into television as a sports reporter with Channel Ten.
From there she joined Sky Racing as their first female anchor of hosting race meetings all over Australia. She was host of the station’s flagship programme Racing Retro and also produced and hosted Bred To Win.
She has also held a number of high level administrative roles in the racing industry including Public Affairs Manager of the Moonee Valley Racing Club as well as Marketing Manager of Aushorse.
Jo is well travelled and has worked internationally as a presenter with the Hong Kong Jockey Club.
Her no 1 passion is story telling. She is the Executive Producer and host of ‘A Racetrack Somewhere’ and also host and producer of the Turf Life programme on Racing.com.
Jo also hosts various radio programmes on RSN 927 including ‘The Thoroughbred’ and ‘Correct Weight’.
Lachlan McKinnon / Camera & Editor
Lachlan McKinnon is a media professional based in Melbourne, Australia. He graduated with a Bachelor of Communication (Media) from RMIT University in 2008, and a Bachelor of Commerce from Deakin University in 2011.
Lachlan played elite sport for a decade: including two years as an AFL rookie with the Essendon Football Club (2006-07), and as an Australian Institute of Sport scholarship holder for rowing (2009).
His dual passions of sport and documentary filmmaking saw him produce a web series called ‘Unsinkable: The Race to Recovery’ focusing on an elite rower returning from a career-threatening injury in pursuit of an Olympic dream (2014 Melbourne Webfest ‘Second Look’, 2014 Miami Webfest Official Selection). Lachlan worked as a senior editor and cameraman for the ‘Heart & Soul’ documentary series (Third International Emmy® Kids Award Nomination).
He won the 2015 AFL Victoria Community Media Award for Best TV News/Feature Story for his feature piece on the 2015 MH17 Tribute Game in the Ballarat Football League. He worked as part of the Australian Olympic Committee media team as a videographer and journalist leading up to and during the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.
In August 2014, Lachlan and his sister Joanne met for coffee at a café in St Kilda. Over the course of the next two hours they pieced together the concept and execution of an exciting new documentary series. Joanne’s racing expertise, journalistic integrity and producing skills, combined with Lachlan’s production skills as a cameraman and editor saw them combine to create their first project together. A Racetrack Somewhere was born, and the rest, as they say, is history.
Happy Clients Endorsements
Chief Executive Officer Victorian Racing Club
A Racetrack Somewhere is a superb showcase of thoroughbred racing in Australia. In particular it highlights the rich tapestry of the industry, capturing some amazing human interest stories set amongst some of the most iconic thoroughbred racecourses and events across Australia. A credit to Jo and all involved.
Executive Producer Sport, Network TEN
“Racing, more than any industry I know, has a spectrum of wonderful personalities and so many of these great people who have contributed to the success of Racing have been portrayed magnificently by Jo McKinnon in her fantastic series “A Racetrack Somewhere”. The series is beautifully edited with incredible pictures from all parts of Australia, it’s a real credit to Jo and her production team for giving us all a chance to meet some amazing characters and indeed the real people in Australian Racing. Congratulations Jo!”