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 1890-2018
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Deagon Race course will host a Community Family Picnic Race Day on September 15, 2013 - the first public race day since 1941.Find out more
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In a golden period in the early 2000s Scott Seamer became Australia's form Group 1 jockey winning the Melbourne Cup, Caulfield Cup, Golden Slipper and AJC Derby.Find out more
In the by gone era, before the massive entertainment options available to people today, race meetings were a huge social event and attracted tens of thousands to race courses all over Queensland. Ladies days were very popular.Find out more
Set a Queensland record when in won 15 straight races in north Queensland in the 1960s (one win was a dead heat). He won 14 of them at Townsville and one at the Cairns Amateurs.Find out more
Jim Standfield was a top class lightweight jockey whose career was cut short by a fall during a barrier trial in October 1958. His best wins include a QTC Oaks, Queensland Cup and Tattersall's Cup.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
Strawberry Road was a brilliant stayer who recorded one of the easiest wins on record in the 1983 AJC Derby.Find out more
Brilliant filly who led all of the way to win the 2005 QTC Sires Produce Handicap as well as the Doomben Slipper. She later won the Group 1 Australia Stakes and the Moir Stakes both at Moonee Valley.Find out more
Channel 7 launched Queensland's first live racing program The Little Black Book in 1964.Find out more
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