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.
Welcome to the Queensland History of Racing website
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 1890-2018
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From the archives...
Smart filly who won the 2003 Magic Millions giving jockey Michael Rodd his second big race win. She had earlier won the McDougall Stakes in devastating style.Find out more
Brilliant filly who led all of the way to win the 2005 QTC Sires Produce Handicap as well as the Doomben Slipper. She later won the Group 1 Australia Stakes and the Moir Stakes both at Moonee Valley.Find out more
Mary Dixon was Oak Park Race Club secretary for 28 years.Find out more
Magic Millions 2YO Classic results.Find out more
Veteran grey St Basil threw off his tag as one of racing's unluckiest horses when he produced a sizzling finishing burst to win the $1 million Stradbroke Handicap at Eagle Farm in 2005.Find out more
Brisbane Jockeys' Premierships from 1945 to 2010.Find out more
A lifelong horse-racing enthusiast, Sir Edward Williams was an active supporter of the Queensland Turf Club for over 46 years. He served as Chairman of the Committee for 11 years and to honour his long service, the Queensland Turf Club instituted the Sir Edward Williams Handicap which had its inaugural running in 1996.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
Jockey Bill Briscoe set a high bench mak by recording 87 wins in one season. It took 40 years before the record was broken.Find out more
Women jockeys owe her a great respect because Pam O'Neill fought long and hard for their right to ride against men. She finally got her permit to ride against men in 1979 but was not allowed to complete an apprenticeship.Find out more
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Brisbane Jockey Premiership