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Walter “Watty” Blacklock - Queensland History of Racing

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Walter “Watty” Blacklock

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Categories: Trainers
Region: South East Queensland

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"Watty" Blacklock was the king of Queensland racehorse trainers from the late 19th century to the 1920s. Originally a jockey who rode throughout the state, Blacklock's winners as a hoop included the Brisbane Cup (Mozart), Queensland Derby (Goldfinder), QTC St Leger (Medusa), Queensland Cup (My Love) and QTC Spring Sapling Stakes (Rose).

However, his real success came as a trainer when he set up at Eagle Farm in Brisbane. His top horses included Babel (Stradbroke Handicap [2]), Yelverton (Brisbane Cup), Togo (AJC Doncaster, Queensland Derby), Gold Tie (Stradbroke Handicap [2], VATC Futurity Stakes) and Boreas (Queensland Derby and QTC Guineas).

He was one of the first Brisbane trainers to regularly take his horses interstate for big meetings. Blacklock retired in 1924 and died in 1935 aged 73.

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