Look­ing back at top horses

Central and North Burnett Times - - ADVERTISING FEATURE -

Five of the nine nom­i­nated horses were for­feited be­fore the event, mak­ing the race a tame af­fair.

TO MARK the 150-year an­niver­sary of the Queens­land Derby, we take a look at three fa­mous race horses from the North Bur­nett.


HER­MIT is prob­a­bly one of the most fa­mous race horses from Gayn­dah.

Many lo­cals will know the story of Her­mit – the horse who won the first Queens­land Derby in Gayn­dah.

Five of the nine nom­i­nated horses were for­feited be­fore the event, mak­ing the race a tame af­fair.

Of the four re­main­ing horses, Goshawk was in­jured on the first day of the derby and was un­able to start.

Her­mit stole vic­tory from The Rake with­out dif­fi­culty.

Es­cobedo, who placed third nei­ther looked or ran like racehorse.

Her­mit was a three-yearold black geld­ing who be­longed to Mr Parry-Okedan.


SIR­TATT was an­other horse that put Gayn­dah on the map. Sir­tatt was trained be Gayn­dah hobby trainer Win­ston Spry.

Sir­tatt had an im­pres­sive record, and took vic­tory in the $37,000 Dalby Cot­ton Week New­mar­ket (1200m) at Bunya Park.

Sir­tatt started the race 7-1, led for most of the jour­ney and fought off a strong chal­lenge from Cop­per Coun­try in the fi­nal stages.

Sir­tatt’s win in this race took him to seven race wins in to­tal. He had also taken home mi­nor prize­money five times, in a 13-start ca­reer.

Spry, a butcher by trade, was adamant there was some im­prove­ment in the Tat­ten­ham stal­lion.

“I don’t gal­lop him much and he doesn’t get the op­por­tu­nity to work much with other horses,” he told me­dia out­lets at the time.

Ban­don Boy

BAN­DON Boy went down in his­tory as be­ing the only lo­cal horse to run in the Cen­te­nary Derby Race Meet­ing.

The Bur­nett Ad­vo­cate pub­lished a story on Thurs­day, Novem­ber 28, 1968, that re­counts the race:

“Ban­don Boy set the pace at the start but he was soon out­dis­tanced,” it read.

“It was, how­ever an added thrill for the lo­cals to have a lo­cal con­tes­tant in the race.

“The race was a fea­ture of this his­toric meet­ing and a trib­ute to its owner, Mr Jack Bishop.

“Amati won the race by 14 lengths to Mr South­ern.”

Amati won the race in 2 min­utes 10 sec­onds, faster than when Her­mit won the race in 2 min­utes 54 sec­onds.


HIS­TORIC STEAD: This statue pays trib­ute to Gayn­dah race horse, Her­mit, who won the first Queens­land Derby.

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