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Ken Russell - Queensland History of Racing

Queensland History of Racing

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Ken Russell

The Basics

Categories: Jockeys
Region: South East Queensland


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One of the most popular jockeys to ride in Queensland, Ken Russell was killed in a race fall at Sydney's Rosehill course in 1993. A late starter he never did a formal apprenticeship and after working for a time at a newspaper, dominated central Queensland racing in the 1970s.

After riding an estimated 500 winners in the central districts he moved to the Gold Coast where he earned the title 'King of the Coast'. He won the Gold Coast premiership four times before moving to Brisbane where he also won the premiership. Russell was lured to Sydney in the late 1980s and won several of Australia's major races. Ken Russell

His best wins included the AJC Doncaster (Merimbula Bay), AJC Spring Champion Stakes (Sakana), George Ryder Stakes (Bureaucracy), QTC Oaks (Round the World, Triumphal Queen), QTC Derby (Hidden Rhythm) SAJC Goodwood Handicap (Crush), GCTC Magic Millions Two-Year-Old Stakes (Sea Cabin, Malibu Magic), GCTC Gold Nugget (Venom, Foreign Interest, Golf Field, Abbejurrah, Christopher, Our Horizon and Tyrannic), Prime Minister's Cup (Avitt), Grand Prix (Hidden Rhythm), Coca Cola Classic (Prince Anton), Ahern Stakes (Mr Danomite), Queensland Stakes (Prince Anton), Phar Lap Stakes (Flight Schedule), Kingston Town Stakes (Brixton Town), San Fox Stakes (Sir Patrick), STC Christmas Cup (High Spy, Macquarie Prince), Magic Night Stakes (Pipiwar), Storm Queen Stakes (All Mine), McKay Stakes (Euclase), SAJC Angus Brut (Euclase), AJC Chairman's Handicap (Just Trish), Canonbury Stakes (Jetball), STC Winter Cup (Kaladan), Goldmarket (Princess Tiber), State of Origin Stakes (Princess Dawn), Bernborough Stakes (Beau Zephyr), Chandlers Classic (Christopher), Channel 7 Classic (Christopher), Exhibition Handicap (Avitt, Super Mine), Brisbane Handicap (Persian World) and Caloundra Cup (Tunaeka).

Ken Russell Memorial

Memorial erected at Ken's home town Monto In photo - John Howard, Ken's wife Carol & friend former jockey Colin Lisle. Thanks to Denis McArthur for providing these photos.


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