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Ring ins - Queensland History of Racing

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Trainer Bill Stear was warned off for life after his horse Mannasong proved to be a ring in at Doomben on March 20, 1982. The better performed Apparent Heir was rung in for Mannasong - backed from 50-1 into 14-1 - who eventually finished unplaced. Stear served 13 years before the ban was lifted.

Fine Cotton won an Eagle Farm Novice on August 18, 1984, landing a 33-1 into 7-2 plunge. It was soon discovered the horse was actually Bold Personality and Fine Cotton was disqualified. About a dozen people were warned off or served jail sentences out of various actions which followed the ring in.

Queensland country racings best known ring in was Red Fortune who landed a fortune in bets in a Charleville maiden in 1928. Red Fortune was later found to be a well performed New Zealand horse.

The strangest ring in occurred at Albion Park on October 9, 1915. A horse named Xylite landed a large plunge when he won the first race, a fourth division. A woman dressed in a black dress and veil led the charge in the bookmakers ring and won thousands of pounds on Xylite. However, officials who were already suspicious about the improved form of the maiden galloper became really worried when Xylite was left abandoned in his stall after the last race. An investigation traced several players in the Sydney hotel and racing world and it was discovered Xylite was in fact a speedy horse named Blacklock. Two people were warned off for life and the matter ended up in the Brisbane courts.

On January 4, 1941, a horse called Daylate won at Eagle Farm in easy fashion and led to one of the biggest racing scandals in Queensland. Daylate was eventually identified as a horse named Brulad who had previously been trained by top trainer Con Doyle. Brulad's last raced in Brisbane on February 17, 1940. Eight months later, at Warwick, a horse with new registration papers appeared, racing under the name of Daylate. It finished second and then a month later with champion jockey Russell Maddock aboard Daylate won at Eagle Farm, on December 26, 1940. Brulad had been failing in trial class races under big weights when last in town Daylate was allocated only 7 stone. Doyle recognised the horse that had been racing as Daylate was actually Brulad. Two people received life disqualifications.

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