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Offline jll1

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« 2019-May-13, 11:05 AM Reply #100 »
Eric Phillips (left) and Andy Pippos on their stands in the background. Eagle Farm races. Late 90s? Eric Phillips still fields.

 



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« 2019-May-15, 11:10 AM Reply #101 »
Another rainy day at the races photo.




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« 2019-May-15, 03:39 PM Reply #102 »
Another rainy day at the races photo.




Even on a wet day, I can pick out two people wearing those long white socks.

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« 2019-May-16, 10:26 AM Reply #103 »
Champion jockey, Russell Maddock, at the Eagle Farm races - members area. 





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« 2019-May-16, 12:51 PM Reply #104 »
And that's  a youthful "Lucky " Pippos standing next to him. The Pippos family shared in the ownership of the mighty galloper "Gunsynd ". Of recent times those colours have been carried by another of "Lucky's " gallopers "The Candy Man "

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« 2019-May-16, 07:39 PM Reply #105 »
Things were quiet in front of Brian Ogilvie's stand when this was taken.




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« 2019-May-16, 08:06 PM Reply #106 »
Things were quiet in front of Brian Ogilvie's stand when this was taken.


Donnie Jones on the left  for sure.....I knew the clerk on the bag he used to work in the public service but cannot recall his name and the stand next partially seen looks like young Trevor Lanskey probably working for his dad the late Fred Lanskey  while at a guess the back view of the guy with the dark hair looks like Steve Birrer.

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« 2019-May-16, 08:36 PM Reply #107 »
Definitely a young Mr Lanskey

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« 2019-May-16, 08:42 PM Reply #108 »
No wonder it was quiet . .

Betting @ 160% + . . Probably (hopefully) early in the betting; Lansky's prices much better . .

Stan Tapsall, to the left, used to work for the regional electricity board at Proserpine and boasted that he was the biggest bookie in Queensland . . though he wasn't shy of taking a decent bet, he was referring to to his 'avoirdupois' . . true gentleman  :beer:

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« 2019-May-17, 08:36 PM Reply #109 »
Merv Cooper was a well known bookie. He has a pen in hand in this photo, so is likely writing a ticket.





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« 2019-May-18, 01:12 PM Reply #110 »
MERV COOPER

The son of a Gallipoli veteran, Merv grew up at Milton, went to school at Marist Brothers (Rosalie) and played rugby league for Western Suburbs of Brisbane. Always a keen punter he took to bookmaking in the 1960s with a zest which made him one of the most colourful characters Brisbane racing has seen. One of the great opinion bookmakers (he kept accurate form cards and was a form student) he would bet punters just about anything on a horse he though couldn't win. Merv's performance if it did win was worth the admission fee alone. A regular on radio for many years he helped lift the profile of bookies for 40 years. Cooper still helps out with remote stands for bookies to this day.


(Pinched from History of Qld Racing) . . printed 2010, so the last sentence probably no longer applies . .

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« 2019-May-19, 08:19 AM Reply #111 »
I knew Merv Cooper he was related to one of my brothers in law family..... he worked for one of News Corp papers at night possibly as a compositor..I remember him telling me my exam results in advance of them being published in the CM the next day.  in those pre bookie days he would get a lift after the races with our neighbour Vince Mahboub the self styled "The black panther" who like my father was a bookies clerk...... we all travelled in Vince's Holden from Crowther Street West End to and from the races every Saturday . Merv as a bookie was a real character he was on racing radio regularly and I remember one day a lady backed a roughie with him and when he handed her the ticket he promised her ...."And a new hat if it wins"...other times if a punter collected on a roughie he would demand to know "how did you back that?' In later years as Arthur said he ran a remote stand in the grandstand I don't remember who the principal was but Merv is no longer with us maybe he's calling the odds in the great racetrack in the sky.....or quietly reflecting on how bookmaking has been reduced from when it was shoulder to shoulder in two or three enclosures with punters lined up 4 and 5 deep ...to what remains today.

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« 2019-May-19, 01:10 PM Reply #112 »
Thanks arthur and Arsenal for sharing this information on Merv. I can remember standing in front of his stand and feeling very “entertained”. Very much a “character”.

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« 2019-May-19, 08:42 PM Reply #113 »
Arsenal , Merv operated the remote stand for Brian Ogilvie. I remember taking 5/1 a good horse at the Gold Coast when Merv was one of the two bookies who bet on the Gold Coast races at Eagle Farm or Doomben. His clerk had incorrectly posted that price instead of 5/4 which was the first call from the Coast. Didn't he blow up when it got the chocolates. Great character. Our paths crossed late in his life when he had retired down Woody Point way. We usually ran into each other at daylight on a Friday morning at the local newsagent getting the first copies of the "Sportsman " and the "Winning Post ".

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« 2019-May-20, 10:10 AM Reply #114 »
Arsenal , Merv operated the remote stand for Brian Ogilvie. I remember taking 5/1 a good horse at the Gold Coast when Merv was one of the two bookies who bet on the Gold Coast races at Eagle Farm or Doomben. His clerk had incorrectly posted that price instead of 5/4 which was the first call from the Coast. Didn't he blow up when it got the chocolates. Great character. Our paths crossed late in his life when he had retired down Woody Point way. We usually ran into each other at daylight on a Friday morning at the local newsagent getting the first copies of the "Sportsman " and the "Winning Post ".

My old boss T J Wallace lived at Woody Point a great location right above the bay.

There aren't any Merv Coopers around  these days...that I know of. :thumbsup:

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« 2019-May-20, 11:19 AM Reply #115 »
I was at Bundamba one day in the early 1980s, when a first starter came up odds on, on the tote. I got 12/1 with Merv Cooper. the horse started at 4/6.

When I went to collect, Merv said to me, "Dont spent it all on soap".

A memorable moment.

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« 2019-May-20, 12:06 PM Reply #116 »
When I went to collect, Merv said to me, "Dont spent it all on soap".

You'll need to explain that to me.

 :embarrassed: :embarrassed:

Was he saying you needed a tub but don't spend it all doing so??


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« 2019-May-20, 12:11 PM Reply #117 »
Dirty Barstad

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« 2019-May-20, 12:12 PM Reply #118 »
  emthup

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« 2019-May-20, 12:13 PM Reply #119 »
You beat me . .

About to post that I didn't think it would be a complement

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« 2019-May-20, 12:22 PM Reply #120 »
But really why the hell should he be calling you a dirty bastard?

He should have been calling himself a silly bastard.

 

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« 2019-May-20, 01:36 PM Reply #121 »
'Shorties' on the tote have always been a good guide . .

It's 'real' money, not simply an opinion

A mate and I very often observe:"The Tote knew again!"

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« 2019-May-20, 09:59 PM Reply #122 »
A post to lean on while doing the form. The tote window is closed.
 



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« 2019-May-21, 05:18 AM Reply #123 »


There is a sadness in these retrospective photos -- truly faithful punters have been so sadly let down in QLD.

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« 2019-May-21, 08:21 PM Reply #124 »
Jack Honey, the commission agent, is in the middle. The well known horse owners, Bill and Evelyn Stanley, are on either side.   





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