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O.P. « 2021-Aug-04, 03:59 PM »
Lockdown here so plenty of time to sift through You Tube looking for interesting subjects I found this historical video dating back to the 1800's when horses & carts were the common this video has some wonderful moments rarely seen judging by the small number of viewings...it's movie length over 2 hours and I'm only half way through but plenty to entertain anyone interested in harness racing .

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YTJ4-8M9dQk


Some highlights The NSWTC which ran Harold Park had a membership limit of 300 Sir Frank Packer applied to join but when he had to front the interview panel he withdrew his application .Bob Ingham unsuccessfully stood for election and decided to get out of trotting ,he wasn't favoured by the committee because he was too big a punter,,Bob instructed his 9 trainers to put all his trotters on the market ..thats when he & brother Jack went into thoroughbreds big time.

In October 1948 the lights were turned on at Harold Park there was a massive crowd and 193 bookies fielded in the three enclosures Les Tidmarsh is one I remember and Jack Large another.whose name is familiar.

Denis Declauzel is on film with the first mobile barrier on the back of a Holden ute....he was an official in the old QHRB days after night racing started at Albion Park some 20 years after HP.

Ken Howard called some of the big races and there are lots of interviews with trainers and drivers many well known names some of whom came to QLD when night racing started .

 Caduceus won the Inter Dominion after racing 4 wide a marvellous effort but had to withstand a protest from Bert Alley on Apmat which was dismissed . Apmat was owned by a racehorse trainer maybe Pat Murray whoever it was carried a gun ..... Fred Kersley is quoted as saying the crowd would have rioted had this protest been upheld he said  the crowd wasn't adverse to throwing pies at drivers if they thought it was a bad drive. Bert Alley trained Ball Point before I got her Alf Goran was the previous leasee she was owned by Red Shadow Stud Canowindra and had to be euthanised after an accident which caused gangrene very sad end to a beautiful mare. Alley got 5 years for something sohe moved to Victoria and raced both trotters and thoroughbreds with success which I assume after the DQ was appealled .
Peter Riddle was a leading reinsman at HP  later he trained the great galloper Shannon and Perc Hall is another prominent trainer driver who had the Ingham horses Born To Trot was one of the Ingham's favourites

Some champions from the glory days of harness racing are all in there Ribands , Caduceus, Lawn Derby ,and many more.

Well worth a look for harness racing followers.

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« 2021-Aug-05, 01:15 AM Reply #1 »
I didn't know the saying "further back than Walla Walla" was talking about a Jack Watts handicapper that came from well back off big handicaps in the 1920s.   :biggrin:


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« 2021-Nov-24, 09:16 AM Reply #2 »
Another production by Graham McNeice narrated by Sam Nati leading up to the last night of harness racing at Harold Park The Ribbon of Light part 2.....capacity crowds every Friday night one Miracle Mile attracted 34000 patrons which it is claimed was more than those next day at the Golden Slipper ......Mirvac bought the course for $187M and harness racing moved to Menangle ..... Karloo Mick Greg Bennett won the last race run at Harold Park......some familiar faces Brian Hancock used to come to Rocklea with Ron Egerton during the QLD winter carnival he was a hard case always friendly and cracking jokes another friend the late Bill Rynan who was chairman of the club and is seen in many presentations of major races Bill sent me Big City who was a good winner for us at Ipswich and Rocklea not quite up to City class once he reached his mark he was sold to NQ where he paid his way in FFA races .....some old footage from the archives include Joe Ilsey who was a regular visitor to QLD was a very successful swimmer and beach work trainer..Terry Robinson now a racehorse trainer while  some who fell from grace Chris Gleeson and his sob story got life for fixing the superfecta by cutting hobbles of his horse the favourite is one ...more recently back training racehorses with limited success .. calls by Ray Hadley and commentary by Greg Radley interviews by others add to an interesting trip down memory lane.

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wng1dienTbo


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« 2021-Nov-25, 05:12 PM Reply #3 »
Farewell to the Ribbon of Light the last night racing at Harold Park when the lights were turned on then off for the last time.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wo0PuVIRAzg


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« Last Edit: 2021-Nov-25, 05:30 PM by Arsenal »

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« 2021-Nov-25, 06:07 PM Reply #4 »
The Interdoms start this week :thumbsup:

Wooo hooo


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