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Owners - Queensland History of Racing

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TERRY AHERN:

A chairman of the Brisbane Amateur Turf Club (1933-45) he is credited with the idea for the Doomben 10,000. A popular publican he owned many good horses including Highland (1925-26) and High Rank (1941) who won Stradbroke Handicaps while High Rank (1941) and The Image (1943) won the Doomben Newmarket (later the 10,000) for him. Amberhill was also a smart two-year-old owned by Ahern.

SIR JOSHUA PETER BELL:

Regarded as the man who really got Queensland racing on the front foot. He was a breeder and administrator who raced some of the best horses seen in Queensland in the later part of the 19th century. It is estimated he won nearly 200 races as an owner which is amazing in a time when race meetings were limited. His best horses included Waterloo, Lord Clifden, Whiskers, Elastic, Legerdemain and Cadmus.

BOB CHAPLAIN:

A popular grazier from north Queensland he owned some very smart galloper but none more so than the 1965 Caulfield Cup winner Bore Head. The tough old gelding actually won five Cups. Bore Head's half brother Hillside was another good galloper owned by Chaplain. He held the Doomben 1350m record for many years.

JOHN FINNIE:

One of the doyens of Queensland racing his name appears in the feature winners lists from the 1870s to 1920s. He is also remembered as a breeder and his sire Newbold got Ben Bolt, the first Queensland horse to win the Caulfield Cup. He owned Gold Tie when it won its' first Stradbroke in 1918 and he also won the Stradbroke with Sweetheart in 1899. His other good horses included Nemo, Newbold, Medusa, Sydney, Lurline, Black Paint, and Goldfinder.

ALFRED GRANT:

A land developer he had a dream of creating a major racing empire in the late 1960s and early 1970s. He believed in buying top quality fillies to race and then later out them to his sires at his stud Gainsborough Lodge. Unfortunately, an economic downturn saw Grant forced to sell his horses in a fire sale like Queensland had never seen. But he should be remembered as a man of vision and he had many outstanding racehorses including the QTC Derby winner Intrepid Clipper. His other good horses included Foi de Boheme, Belle of Burgundy, Wild Irish Rose, Setaria, Brisbane Bell and Foundland.

MIM and IAN HEDLEY:

The Hedley's famous cerise and white colours were carried to victory in hundreds of race wins. The pair ran a stud near Beaudesert and many of their winners were second and third generation from the stud. Their best horse was Cachondeo who won a Brisbane Cup and also started in Melbourne Cup. His half brother Montezuma held the Albion Park 5 1/2 furlong record for many years, while Justincase, Machete and Desert Beau were among many other smart horses they owned.

GERHARD "HOSS" HEINRICH:

Hoss and his trainer wife Gillian had hundreds of winners. Hoss was the biggest owner in Queensland in the late 1990s and early 21st century. They had many smart horses including All Bar One, Ghetto Blaster, Rasmussen, Sweepstaking and Military Rose.

PERC and TED KRUGER:

The brothers ran the famous Lyndhurst Stud which they saved from the brink in the late 1950s. They stood a string of top class sires such as Smokey Eyes, Tudor Monarch, Lysander 11, Grey Seas, and Grand Chaudiere. But together or as individuals they owned hundreds of horses many who were top class. The best was undoubtedly the AJC Champagne Stakes winner Eye Liner but they had many other feature race winners including Eye Shadow, Bright Shadow, Ima Shadow, Meanmi Shadow, Misty Shadow, English Statesman, Nice Surprise and So Nice.

GORDON LAMBERT:

His famous gold with a purple cap colours were carried to an amazing number of wins in the 1960-70s. In the late 1960s he would have rivalled the Kruger brothers as Queensland's biggest owner. Almost all of his horses carried the first name Regal. Some of his best horses included Regal Hunter, Regal Glance, Regal Chance, Regal Eve, Regal Legend and Regal Leader.

JOHN and CHARLES MCDOUGALL:

The owners of the famous Lyndhurst Stud they were the instigators of a feature race for two-year-old fillies. The first running of the McDougall Stakes in 1924 was hailed as a major success. Fittingly John won the race three times with Gold Frock, Sage Bird, and Serede. John McDougall had top class stayers from their sire The Buzzard (who got two Melbourne Cup winners). Their best horses included Blue Slipper, Blue Vest, Blue Boots, Autobuzz and Cowl.

JIM MCGILL:

There is no doubt that McGill stands as the greatest owner-trainer seen in Queensland. He mixed his efforts with standing stallions at stud and running a hotel business. He had the champion Fitz Grafton who dominated Brisbane racing at the turn of the 20th century but his list of winners ran into the hundreds over a 50 years time span. Some of his other good horses included Proctor, La Grange, Chesterfield, Musician, Sunrise, Olive Garde, Lyndhurst and Mozart.

JOHN NEEDHAM:

A flamboyant owner who breezed on to the Brisbane racing scene in the late 1970s when he bought the smart filly Scomeld form the Kruger brothers. She went on to win the Wakeful Stakes-VRC Oaks double for him. Needham had many other winners including Tan Chief, Our Horizon, All Rainbows and My Marilyn.

PATRICK "P.J." O'SHEA:

Fittingly his name remains through the P.J. O'Shea Stakes which has been Brisbane's major weight for age staying race for 40 years. He was the Queensland Turf Club's treasurer in the early 1900s and raced horses in Brisbane for 35 years. Some of his best included Syce Lad, Loganius, Sheila's Lad, Canning Queen and Lady Buzzard.

JACK PARR:

A successful businessman he turned his hand to owning and breeding in the 1960s and had a lot of success. His best horse in the 1960s was Toi Port who won two Epsom's. He later had a lot of success with his imported stallion Khalekan which won a Tattersall's Cup and TSTC Tancred Cup (now the BMW Classic). In the 1970s he had a great association with trainer Jim Griffiths and they won many races with horses such as Golden Khan, Karpelli, You Tambien and El Karpe.

MICK RYAN:

The first Brisbane owner to appoint a stable rider (Billy Hill) he also is well remembered for his successful plunges. His top galloper Leneffe landed a good sized plunge when she won the 1922 Stradbroke which was one of many coups for Ryan and trainer Jack Booth. His horse Lord Vindex won the first ever QTC Sires' Produce while his other notable horses included the top stayer Earl Kitchener, Golden Sunset, Monash Valley, Boy Syce, Chyrso, Sheila R. and Symposium.

WALTER SCHAFFER:

Had a string of top class horses which raced in Brisbane in the 1960-70s. The best was the darling of Brisbane race crowds Prunda who won two Doomben International Stakes for champion jockey Lester Piggott. Some of his other good horses included Sweepstakes, Basalt, Fateful and Compositor.

BILL and EV STANLEY:

A Brisbane businessman and his wife who had top class horses for more than 40 years. They bought many tried horses from New Zealand with the best being Rajah Sahib who won the Cox Plate, Stradbroke Handicap, AJC Doncaster and Caulfield Guineas. His galloper Cyron dead heated in an Australian Cup and won five other Group races while Mr Cromwell won the QTC Derby-Grand Prix double. The Stanleys had many other good horses including Native Son, Bunkers, Hommed and Too Many Guns. They had an unusual double on the last day of the old Albion Park racetrack. Bill owned Hommed who won early in the day and Ev owned Lire News (a top class creeker) who won the last ever race at the famous sand track.

JOHN PRESNELL:

One of the dominant owners of the mid to late 1960s and into the 1970s, he and his family had a marked impact on Australian breeding. He raced four top class horses in Brisbane and all went on to make their mark on the breeding industry. His best horse was the start two-year-old Maybe Lad who as a sire got the champion mare Maybe Mahal. Mr Presnell also raced Kaoru Star whose progeny at stud included the sensational galloper Luskin Star. Karou Star's broodmares went on to produce hundreds of winners. Another of the Presnell horses, Osmunda, was a top sire and got the flying two-year-old Black Shoes while yet another in Scotian went on to sire the VRC Oaks winner Scomeld. The Presnells had many other good horses with Roselda and Take Leave probably the best.

RUSS HINZE:

As Queensland's Racing Minister he was responsible for upgrading many tracks around the state but he also left his mark as an owner. At one stage at his Waverley Park complex, near Oxenford, he had well over 100 gallopers and pacers. His best horse was Our Waverley Star which ran second in a Cox Plate but he had many other good horses including Decidedly, Abeyance, Lord Waverley and Waverley Lad.

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