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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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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Brisbane Trainers' Premierships from 1955 to 2009.Find out more
The Kruger brothers ran the famous Lyndhurst Stud which they saved from the brink in the late 1950s.Find out more
Mary Dixon was Oak Park Race Club secretary for 28 years.Find out more
Keith Noud was the voice of racing in Brisbane since he first faced the microphone in 1937 and called over 45,000 races in his career.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
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
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
Gary Doughty holds the record for riding Australia's longest priced (250-1) Group 1 winner with Abaridy in the 1986 Caulfield Guineas.Find out more
Brisbane Jockeys' Premierships from 1945 to 2010.Find out more
Bruce McLachlan won his first trainers premiership in 1979 with many great runners that year.
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Brisbane Jockey Premiership