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We hope you will enjoy browsing through the varied and colourful past of the racing industry and return to the site again and again.
Racing in Queensland 1890-2019
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Picnic in the Park won 21 races in a row over a period of approximately 6 months during the 1984-1985 season. This included many track records, and even 2 wins in one day at the Gold Coast.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
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
Jockey Bill Briscoe set a high bench mak by recording 87 wins in one season. It took 40 years before the record was broken.Find out more
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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
Eric Kirwan is not only one of the great two-year-old trainers of Queensland but also Australia.Find out more
Bruce McLachlan won his first trainers premiership in 1979 with many great runners that year.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
Includes most winners in a day.Find out more
Brisbane Trainers' Premierships from 1955 to 2009.
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Brisbane Jockey Premiership