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Gunsynd Named A Queensland Icon

Gunsynd, the Goondiwindi Grey has been listed in the top 12 icons in Queensland history.

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Gunsynd Named A Queensland Icon

Gunsynd, the Goondiwindi Grey has been listed in the top 12 icons in Queensland history.

Gunsynd was the only animal listed in the announcement of the first 12 inductees into the Queensland Heritage Icons List from 163 nominations.


Hugh McMicking, son of Winks McMicking who purchased the horse from icon site, The Exhibition grounds, recalled the stories about how Winks went about buying the horse.

Winks had actually tried to purchase the full sister 12 months earlier and had regretted his decision to pull out of the bidding war for the sister.

There was no way he was going to fall into that trap a second time.

Gunsynd as he was to be known (Gun from Goondiwindi & synd from the syndicate that was about to be formed) was offered with a bad knock on one leg.

Expert advice told Winks that the lump would never worry him, but as cagey as Winks was, he sat there all day telling the many prospective buyers, “ I would have a good look at that leg before I purchased him,” and that was the end of the story.

Winks bought his dream horse for $1,300 and was heading back to Goondiwindi to syndicate him.

Winks was a regular at the Victoria Hotel, operated by the Late

George Pippos who became member number 1.

That night, two other prospective partners where realized when local newsagent, Bill Bishop and draper Java Coorey where to join the Big 4.

Gunsynd went on to be one of the greats of the turf and to this day, he is the only horse that won on every major track on the eastern seaboard.

From 55 starts, Gunsynd, won 29 races, 6 seconds & 6 thirds and amassed $280,455. In 1998, the races he won where reassessed at 1998 levels and the equivalent, a staggering $5.8 million.

“The town of Goondiwindi has certainly rode on the horses back for many years and with this award, the legend will roll on for ever,” Mayor Tom Sullivan said.

“The name Gunsynd is prominent anywhere you go in Australia, the world for that matter and we hope that this award will only lengthen the tradition. Many visitors come to the town just to remember the feats of this mighty horse”.

“Daily they arrive in cars to visit the statue situated on the MacIntyre River."

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