EX­HI­BI­TION CEL­E­BRATES GLORY DAYS

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - - SPORT -

THE Thor­ough­bred Rac­ing His­tory As­so­ci­a­tion had a spe­cial even­ing last Tues­day to cel­e­brate the open­ing of the Stan­ley Room at Doomben Race­course, the cen­tre­piece of which is the 1968 Cox Plate won by Ra­jah Sahib.

The Stan­ley Col­lec­tion, which is a col­lec­tion of tro­phies won by horses raced by Bill and Eve­lyn Stan­ley, is housed in a spe­cially out­fit­ted room on the first floor of the pub­lic grand­stand and will be open to the pub­lic on Tues­days and Wed­nes­days from 10.30am to 1.30pm. It will also be open on se­lected race days or by ap­point­ment.

Thor­ough­bred His­tory As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent Pe­ter Howard said the ex­hi­bi­tion was opened to co­in­cide with this month be­ing the 50th an­niver­sary of Ra­jah Sahib’s Cox Plate win.

“In ad­di­tion to the Cox Plate, Mr and Mrs Stan­ley won a Strad­broke (Ra­jah Sahib), Aus­tralian Cup (Cy­ron), Don­caster (Ra­jah Sahib), VRC Queen El­iz­a­beth Stakes (High Sail), Ade­laide Birth­day Cup (Ra­jah Sahib), VRC Ge­orge Adams Hand­i­cap (Cy­ron), and the Queens­land Derby and VRC Dal­gety (Mr Cromwell),” Howard said.

Bill and Eve­lyn’s in­volve­ment in rac­ing started when they brought the six-year-old tried horse Garr Silk in 1949 and it took him 12 starts to win a race for them, that be­ing a sixth divi­sion at Esk.

They owned 99 horses over a pe­riod of 50 years. BIG WET SPOILS PAR­TIES RQ of­fi­cials have added yes­ter­day’s aban­doned 2YO and 3YO races from Doomben to to­mor­row’s re-sched­uled Toowoomba meet­ing as races 9 and 10 on the card.

RQ is cer­tain to add more races over the next week, but the on­go­ing wet weather is mak­ing it lo­gis­ti­cally hard to lock them in.

TAB meet­ings were washed out at Doomben, Gold Coast and War­wick yes­ter­day, in ad­di­tion to Ip­swich on Wednesday and Toowoomba (ow­ing to ex­ces­sive wind) on Fri­day night.

An­other ca­su­alty of the big wet was Gayn­dah, which had been plan­ning a huge 150 year Queens­land Derby cel­e­bra­tion this week­end. SMOKE THE PEACE PIPE A PRESS re­lease from the of­fice of Trea­surer Jackie Trad on Fri­day night was the most pos­i­tive sign yet that wheels are turn­ing in the in­dus­try’s bat­tle for a big­ger slice of point of con­sump­tion re­ceipts.

Trad wel­comed “the de­ci­sion of the in­dus­try to con­tinue con­sul­ta­tion with the gov­ern­ment and with­draw the threat of strike ac­tion.”

“This is in the best in­ter­ests of all stake­hold­ers,” she said.

“We look for­ward to work­ing con­struc­tively with the in­dus­try.”

SPE­CIAL NIGHT: Pe­ter Howard, pres­i­dent of the Thor­ough­bred Rac­ing His­tory, chats with Eve­lyn Stan­ley at the open­ing of the Stan­ley Room at Doomben Race­course. Pic­ture: Ross Stan­ley

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