Robert Heathcote, one of ten children growing up in Launceston,Tasmania, came from a non-racing background where his early career choices could not have been any further from Horse Racing. He began his working life with the Examiner newspaper as a Photo Engraver. Upon completion of his indentures, he embarked on an overseas ‘adventure’ to Europe.
Rob was to spend the next fifteen years travelling extensively all over the world working initially with Contiki Tours as a Guide and a Tour Manager with Industry Heavyweights Trafalgar Tours and Insight International Travel and he also managed a Ski Lodge in an Austrian Ski resort for several winter seasons.
Robs first introduction to the world of Thoroughbred Racing was visiting the many racetracks of England where he worked with his brother, Wayne. He got to witness some of the worlds finest horse race, including the great Danehil.