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John Rothfield

Leading the pack as punting expert Dr Turf

Renowned for his expertise on horse racing, John Rothfield is a prolific host with years of presenting experience on some of Australia’s most popular sports programs, including Off The Bench and SEN1116’s KB and The Doc.

John shares some of his earliest racing memories with his parents, usually spending his Saturday’s around different racetracks with his father. By the time John turned 16, he had already learnt to make bigger bets than his father.

Having developed an appetite for the art of the gamble, John learnt how to study form guides and “bet like a genius” under John Duncan, who took him under his wing and trained his mathematical prowess.

John Rothfield made his radio debut in the early ‘80s, where he gave his first tip as part of the Punter-to-Punter team on 3RRR. Not long after, John quickly became a staple in Australian sports broadcasting. He was a panellist on ABC’s The Fat on ABC, a Saturday broadcaster on 3AW with Trevor Marmalade and Tony Leonard, a co-host on Off The Bench, as well as on SEN1116’s drive show KB and The Doc alongside Kevin Bartlett.

Known nationally as “Dr Turf” or the “Doc”, John Rothfield is widely regarded for his expert opinions on a range of sporting events across the country. His book, Dr Turf’s Guide to Better Punting, was published in 1987 and details his strategies around making stronger bets.

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