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Racing in Queensland 1890-2017
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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
Mount Isa Cup results.Find out more
Veteran grey St Basil threw off his tag as one of racing's unluckiest horses when he produced a sizzling finishing burst to win the $1 million Stradbroke Handicap at Eagle Farm in 2005.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
Right from when he trialled pre-season at Doomben he was rated a future star and first race start proved that when he came from well back to win an Eagle Farm two-year-old by nine lengths. He then won the now Tommy Smith Slipper at Doomben, the Gold Coast Magic Millions Two-Year-Old Classic and the GCTC Ken Russell Classic.Find out more
Alby Pratt was one of the first to swim his horses extensively instead of hard trackwork.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
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
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
Tough stayer who did most of his early racing in country-provincial areas and won the Stanthorpe Cup as a four-year-old. Got better with age and came to Brisbane where he won the Labor Day Cup, Moreton Handicap and Exhibition Handicap in the early 1970s.Find out more
Brisbane Jockeys' Premierships from 1945 to 2010.
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Brisbane Jockey Premiership