Australia has a rich history in the field of the automatic totalisator with the first one in the world being invented in Australia in 1913. The one installed at Eagle Farm in 1917 was only the third one in the world. These early Australian totalisators are regarded by some as the first computers and there are many anecdotes relating to the totes in Brisbane.
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We hope you will enjoy browsing through the varied and colourful past of the racing industry and return to the site again and again.
Racing in Queensland 1890-2019
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Mick Dittman was renowned for his powerful style and was nicknamed "The Enforcer".Find out more
Picnic in the Park won 21 races in a row over a period of approximately 6 months during the 1984-1985 season. This included many track records, and even 2 wins in one day at the Gold Coast.Find out more
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Norm Stephens picked up the nickname "Whopper" as a tiny apprentice but was a top jockey in Brisbane for more than 30 years.Find out more
In the by gone era, before the massive entertainment options available to people today, race meetings were a huge social event and attracted tens of thousands to race courses all over Queensland. Ladies days were very popular.Find out more
The Ron Maund trained super mare had a huge heart which endeared her to racing fans across the nation.Find out more
Eric Kirwan is not only one of the great two-year-old trainers of Queensland but also Australia.Find out more
George Moore is not only rated as the greatest jockey to be produced in Queensland but also Australia. Moore also ranks with the world's greatest riders.Find out more
Won his first race, an Eagle Farm maiden, on the same day as the later Caulfield Cup winner Basha Fleika in 1951. Almost all of Carioca’s racing was in Sydney where he developed a great affinity with champion jockey Billy Cook.Find out more
Consular, whose career highlights included winning the 2003 Goldmarket and being runner-up to Thorn Park in the 2004 Stradbroke Hcp (1400m) at Eagle Farm had a long and solid career with 16 wins from 84 starts.Find out more
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