Toowoomba's racecourse 'Clifford Park', has an amazing racing history steeped in real tradition. Some of Australia's greatest gallopers have run its surface, including Queensland's most famous racehorse Bernborough who won 11 of 19 starts on the track.
Horse racing is without doubt one of the most exciting sports to get involved in, mention racing and the Melbourne Cup springs straight into everyone's mind, with get-together's, luncheons and Calcutta's. And you can get even more involved in all of this action, the easiest way is simply being able to place your own bet. This is however where some confusion may set in, when in fact the complete opposite should be the case. Horse racing is really one of the simplest sports to understand and after reading only this 1 page you will be well on your way to being one of those racing experts you are always seeing on TV.
If you are really interested in horse racing in Australia you will want to learn about all of the different terminology that is used. So here is a list of the most frequently used racing terms and their meanings.
On the first Tuesday of every November, the "Race that Stops a Nation" doesn't stop everything in Australia. While the Melbourne Cup stops legs from walking away from the television and eyes from straying from screen, it does not stop the pounding of the blood through the veins as Australians of all ages watch thoroughbreds race for the world's richest handicap prize.
Phar Lap’s list of race victories reads like a roll-call of Australia’s greatest races: Melbourne Cup, Cox Plate (twice), Victoria Derby, AJC Derby, Futurity Stakes, Chipping Norton Stakes, Underwood Stakes, Memsie Stakes, Rosehill Guineas, Craven Plate, VRC St Leger, Chelmsford Stakes. Add to that the world’s richest race (Agua Caliente Handicap) and a sad demise and you soon realize why Phar Lap inspired a movie in his honor and was a household name in Australian and abroad.