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...
The first automatic totalisator operating at Eagle Farm was installed in 1917 for the Queensland Turf Club and this was the third automatic totalisator to be installed in the world.Find out more
First meeting Totalisator Administration Board of Queensland-committee room Tattersall's Club.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
Equine Influenza struck Queensland on Saturday the 25th of August 2007 with devastating results.Find out more
Strawberry Road was a brilliant stayer who recorded one of the easiest wins on record in the 1983 AJC Derby.Find out more
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Deagon racecourse is a full time training facility and head quarters of Racing Queensland. It also now hosts yearly picnic races.Find out more
Con "Chubby" Holloway was a fearless bookmaker for decades.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
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
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Brisbane Jockey Premiership