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Frank Burke - Queensland History of Racing

Queensland History of Racing

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Frank Burke

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Categories: Bookmakers
Region: South East Queensland




Generally regarded as the biggest "gambling bookmaker" ever to stand in Brisbane. If he didn't like a horse he would take it on for a fortune. It didn't always work out as he was estimated to have lost at least 100,000 pounds when Confidence won a race in Brisbane in 1963. In fact he packed up and asked officials if he could retire for the day. Burke was also a big racehorse owner with his best probably the smart sprinter Lion Hunter who started favorite in the 1961 Doomben 10,000.


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