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Colin O’Neill - Queensland History of Racing

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Colin O’Neill

The Basics

Categories: Jockeys
Region: South East Queensland

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albion creek, prince medes, red seas, stradbroke handicap

Colin O'Neill was a heavyweight jockey who had a remarkable career in that he only had about 12 years in the saddle due to weight problems, suspensions and injury. But he rode more than 500 winners and, during his peak in the late 1960s to 70s, was the darling of Brisbane race crowds. He was also the regular rider for the last of the great "creekers" in Red Seas.

His best wins included the Stradbroke Handicap (Prince Medes), Doomben 10,000 (Tipperary Star), QTC Oaks (Aspalita), QTC Sires' (Heroic Isle, Mr Consistency, Joliffe), Grand Prix (Mighty Keys), QTC Derby (Confidence), Queensland Guineas (Confidence, Waminda, Flying Ace, Persian King), Doomben Dollars (Bengalla Lad, Waminda, Flying Ace), O'Mara Stakes (Confidence, Flying Ace), Healy Stakes (Kalamia), Moonee Valley Gisborne Stakes (Confidence), Ross Stakes (Confidence), Albion Park Cup (Reds Seas), Albion 2000 (Red Seas), Albion Park Mid Week Cup (Red Seas), Gold Coast Cup (Panvale), Piccaninny Stakes (Bonne Martian), BTC Summer Cup (Desert Beau), Hopeful Stakes (Rush Again, Blush d'Or), Sapling Stakes (Flying Ace, Kiama Prince), Lonergan Stakes (Flying Ace, Kiama Prince), QTC Toorak (Kalamia, Prince Gauntlet), BTC Captain Cook Stakes (Kalamia), Labour Day Cup (New Zealand), J.T. Delaney Quality (Ricochet), QTC Lilley Handicap (Rushlands), J.H.S. Barnes Plate (Roman Counsel, Great Exploits), Bremer Stakes (Big Seas), Kialla Stakes (Potent Boy), Bribie Handicap (Kalamai), Christmas Cup (Oxford King), Ahern Stakes (Joliffe) and Nolan Handicap (Mirrumbul).

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An All-Weather Creek

Journalist Malcom Robertson reviews Albion Park (The Creek) - Brisbane's all-weather track for 70 years.