The 1959 Melbourne Cup went to a New Zealand-bred gelding that was owned in Julia Creek, trained by a former Mackay boy and ridden by a "lucky last minute" South Australian jockey. His name was Macdougal.
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Racing in Queensland 1890-2019
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In a golden period in the early 2000s Scott Seamer became Australia's form Group 1 jockey winning the Melbourne Cup, Caulfield Cup, Golden Slipper and AJC Derby.Find out more
Alan Bailey and Bruce McLachlan hold the record for the most winners in a day at a Brisbane meeting. Bailey's winners on July 23, 2003 at Doomben include Carlita Miss, Nikitis, I'm Yours, Tethy's Trojan and Enclave. McLachlan achieved this feat on July 3, 1985 at Eagle Farm with Mac Red, Maple Flower, Colonial Strings, Forte and Top The Ton.Find out more
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.Find out more
At the time was the most expensive horse bought to race in Queensland being by the boom sire of the 1960s Star Kingdom. Kaoru Star did his bit on the racetrack and at stud to keep the Star Kingdom name afloat.Find out more
Confirmed he was Queensland’s best two-year-old of the season by winning the Meynink Stakes and the first Magic Millions in 1987. Then transferred to Max Lees he won the Brambles Classic and AJC Sires as well as finishing an unlucky fourth in the Golden Slipper.Find out more
Speed machine who ran an Australian record for 800 metres when he won the Dalby Lightning. He won the San Domenico Stakes and AJC 2003-2004 Challenge Stakes.Find out more
A member of one of Brisbane's most famous racing families, Bronco Conquest won most of the big races in Brisbane and rode into the 1950s.Find out more
Deagon racecourse is a full time training facility and head quarters of Racing Queensland. It also now hosts yearly picnic races.Find out more
Brilliant Caloundra galloper who won the 2009 Oakleigh Plate and was second in the VRC Newmarket. Won the Byrne Hart Stakes at weight for age in Brisbane.Find out more
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