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High Syce - Queensland History of Racing

Queensland History of Racing

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Canning Downs

J.H.S. Barnes purchased Canning Downs in 1917. Part of the appeal of Canning Downs to J.H.S. Barnes was its long association with thoroughbreds and the reputation of the Darling Downs as top breeding country. From J.H.S's second crop at Canning Downs, he produced Rivoli who won the 1922 AJC Derby.

High impact for industry

We all are aware of the impact that Queensland breeding has had on the Australian thoroughbred. Horses like Lion, Hunter, Celestial Dancer, Sequalo and even Smokey Eyes some years back have been critical to the evolution of the breed. But if we delve even further into the history of the thoroughbred in Australia, we see that Queensland has played a dominant role in Australian racing for a long time.