The 1959 Melbourne Cup went to a New Zealand-bred gelding that was owned in Julia Creek, trained by a former Mackay boy and ridden by a "lucky last minute" South Australian jockey. His name was Macdougal.
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Racing in Queensland 1890-2017
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Consular, whose career highlights included winning the 2003 Goldmarket and being runner-up to Thorn Park in the 2004 Stradbroke Hcp (1400m) at Eagle Farm had a long and solid career with 16 wins from 84 starts.Find out more
A loyal Queenslander, Mike Pelling, a devoted family man who wanted to bring up his family in Brisbane, rarely rode outside the state. But he built a record which saw him considered among the elite jockeys to be produced here.Find out more
Brilliant Caloundra galloper who won the 2009 Oakleigh Plate and was second in the VRC Newmarket. Won the Byrne Hart Stakes at weight for age in Brisbane.Find out more
Terry Lucas was associated with some of the best horses to ever race in Queensland including Tails and Dalrello.Find out more
Graham Cook rode at least 2000 winners during his career including six Queensland Guineas winners.Find out more
Norm Stephens picked up the nickname "Whopper" as a tiny apprentice but was a top jockey in Brisbane for more than 30 years.Find out more
One of Queensland's best from the 1880's he won major events in Queensland, Sydney and Melbourne beating such notable horses as Commotion, Navigator and Martini-Henry. Unfortunately, he died when in his prime after fracturing his spine during track work when in training with W.S. Hickenbotham in Victoria.Find out more
Picnic in the Park earned recognition as equal first in Australian history for number of wins in one season along side Top Ace by winning 21 races during the 1984-1985 season.Find out more
Gary Doughty holds the record for riding Australia's longest priced (250-1) Group 1 winner with Abaridy in the 1986 Caulfield Guineas.Find out more
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