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Athol Strong - Queensland History of Racing

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Athol Strong

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Categories: Trainers
Region: South East Queensland

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daryl strong, neil strong, toi port, toshah

Athol Strong was the doyen of one of Brisbane's most famous racing families. Originally from the northern rivers he settled in Brisbane in the mid-1940s.He was among the first to realise the value of importing horses from New Zealand. He trained hundreds of winners but it would have been far more had he not on sold many of his best horses. For instance he was the original owner-trainer of the champion miler Toi Port which he sold.

Athol's best horse was probably Toshah who won 15 races including the Hopeful Stakes, Sapling Stakes and Windsor Flying (now the QTC Cup). Hieroglyph and Grand One were extra smart two-year-olds who won the McDougall Stakes. Athol's sons Neil and Daryl were top trainers as was his grandson Peter, who won a feature race with his first horse Do You Remember (McDougall Stakes) and also had the star sprinter Affirmed Star (Courier-Mail Classic).

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