Race finish photo from Albion Park, also known as 'The Creek' in 1937. Provided by Geoff Shephard it shows a photo finish on the Creek's sand track with the sparsely populated Hamilton Hill in the background.
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Racing in Queensland 1890-2018
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Strawberry Road was a brilliant stayer who recorded one of the easiest wins on record in the 1983 AJC Derby.Find out more
Brisbane Trainers' Premierships from 1955 to 2009.Find out more
Lough Neagh is the only horse to win a Doomben 10,000 (then the Newmarket) and the Brisbane Cup.Find out more
Graham Cook rode at least 2000 winners during his career including six Queensland Guineas winners.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
Alan Bailey and Bruce McLachlan hold the record for the most winners in a day at a Brisbane meeting. Bailey's winners on July 23, 2003 at Doomben include Carlita Miss, Nikitis, I'm Yours, Tethy's Trojan and Enclave. McLachlan achieved this feat on July 3, 1985 at Eagle Farm with Mac Red, Maple Flower, Colonial Strings, Forte and Top The Ton.Find out more
Mary Dixon was Oak Park Race Club secretary for 28 years.Find out more
Australia has a rich history in the field of the automatic totalisator with the first one in the world being invented in Australia in 1913. The one installed at Eagle Farm in 1917 was only the third one in the world. These early Australian totalisators are regarded by some as the first computers and there are many anecdotes relating to the totes in Brisbane.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
Smart filly who won the 2003 Magic Millions giving jockey Michael Rodd his second big race win. She had earlier won the McDougall Stakes in devastating style.Find out more
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Brisbane Jockey Premiership