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Barallan - Queensland History of Racing

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Barallan

The Basics

Record: 23 wins
Sire: Ardon
Dam: Beryl

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Ardon-Beryl

Trainer P.J. Frawley

23 wins

Raced 1910s

Barallan, who raced in the first decade of last century, is generally regarded as Queensland’s best grass track weight-carrying horse. He won 23 of his 89 starts and 19 of them were carrying 9 stone (57kg) or more and in all but one race he was in open company. Barallan also won 19 races at Eagle Farm, a record for that track. As a two-year-old, he won the Claret Stakes (now the T.J. Smith), and an open Flying against some of the best sprinters of the time. During the next four seasons his feature wins included the QTC St Leger, Queensland Cup, King’s Plate, May Day Cup (now the Labour Day Cup), Stand Plate, Stanley Plate (twice), Summer Cup, QTC Newmarket Handicap and Sandgate Handicap. It should be noted his Newmarket win was not the Doomben race of some 30 years later, but a 12 furlong (2400m) handicap run at Eagle Farm. He carried an incredible 11.5 stone (72kg) which is regarded as a weight carrying record for a grass track win in the Brisbane metropolitan area. Barallan’s winning distances ranged from five furlongs (1000m) to two miles (3200m).

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