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Highland - Queensland History of Racing

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Highland

The Basics

DOB: 1921
Record: 118: 25-17-11-65
Sire: Highfield
Dam: Regulator
Sex: stallion
Region: South East Queensland Country

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high syce, stradbroke handicap

Bred by Mr J H S Barnes, Canning Downs Stud, QLD

record 118 starts 25 wins, 17 seconds 11 thirds

Won 7 Group 1's including the 1928 Cox Plate.

 

Highland was born in 1921, a son of the Canning Downs stallion, Highfield. Highfield had been imported to Queensland by Canning Downs’ owner, Mr J.H.S. Barnes, who was also a QTC committee member during the 1930s. The stallion was a son of William The Third, who in turn was by the great St Simon. Importantly Highfield was out of a mare called Meadow Rue by Sainfoin, who was a half-sister to the excellent stallion, Valais by Cicero. He went on to produce 13 Stakes winners.

Highland won the first two-year-old race of the season in the QTC Hopeful Stakes, but rather surprisingly never won another Black Type race until 1925 when he won the Stradbroke, a feat he was to accomplish again the following year. Highland went south, and in 1928 won the Cantala Stakes, October Stakes, Underwood and Cox Plate. The following year he won the Toorak and Memsie Stakes before repeating his Underwood success of the previous year.

Highland was a son of an Australian bred mare called Regulator, by the imported NZ stallion, Havoc. Regulator also had a daughter called Regular Hours who produced another Hopeful Stakes winner in Regular Bachelor, and also Hourly who won the 1928 Queensland Guineas.

If we were to look at the pedigree of Highland, we would see that the most interesting feature is six lines of the important stallion, Stockwell within the first six generations of his pedigree.

High Syce was perhaps the best of Highland’s progeny.

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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.