EXHIBITION CELEBRATES GLORY DAYS
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