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More Greats Join Queensland Hall of Fame

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Tuesday, 24 August 2004: Five more legends of the turf were inducted into the Queensland Racing Hall of Fame during the Queensland Racing Industry Awards in Brisbane on August 23.

They included one new inductee in each of the categories for Horses, Trainers and Jockeys. There were two inaugural inductees into the Associates section.

“This is a new category for people other than trainers and jockeys who have made an outstanding contribution to the Queensland thoroughbred industry,” QR chairman, Bob Bentley, said.

“The decision last year to introduce a Hall of Fame in Queensland has proved extremely popular. We thank the panel of more than 30 key industry officials, stakeholders and members of the media who participated in the selection process.”

The new inductees are:

JIM GRIFFITHS (Trainer) : Started training in Toowoomba at the age of 16 and moved to Brisbane in 1949, then on to the Gold Coast in 1978, where he died in the late 1990s. Among the many feature race winners that Mr Griffiths trained were Cachondeo in the Brisbane Cup and Knee High in the Doomben Cup. During the winter carnival of 1975 he won the Stradbroke and Doomben 10,000 with Spedito and the Doomben Cup with Golden Khan.

DARBY McCARTHY (Jockey): Rode his first winner at the age of 10 at the Thargomindah races in a borrowed set of silks and boots. Darby was twice named Apprentice of the Year in Queensland and before the age of 21 had won three Stradbroke Handicaps. In his early 20s he secured a contract to ride in Europe where he developed contacts with the racing elite, including the Aga Khan. Darby rode more than 1,000 winners in Australia, Europe and Asia. His recently released biography, Against All Odds (by Lauren Callaway), has proved an instant winner.

VO ROGUE (Horse): Captured the imagination of racegoers throughout the nation and enjoyed cult status at the peak of his career. With his bold front-running style, Vo Rogue won 26 races, 18 at Black Type level, including six Group Ones. He won feature races in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Perth, highlighted by the Australian Cup (1989-90), Blamey Stakes (88-89), Turnbull Stakes (87-88) and Orr Stakes (88-89). He catapulted his trainer, the late Vic Rail and jockey Cyril Small (who rode him in 22 of his 26 wins) into the national spotlight.

KEITH NOUD (Associate): The late ‘Mr Noud,’ as he was affectionately known, was a race caller and turf writer for more than half a decade. He wrote his first book, Keith Noud Recalls, in 1986, then followed up with Courses For Horses soon after. Keith was a commentator for the ABC and 4BK and did the on-course duties at the major metropolitan tracks. He was equally respected as a writer and wound up his career as Turf Editor of the Brisbane Telegraph. Mr Noud was awarded the MBE in 1975 and in 1986 received an Advance Australia Award for his contribution to sport and charity, especially the Mt Olivet Hospital Fund. He died in 2001.

LYNDHURST STUD & THE KRUGER FAMILY (Associate): This famous stud, which has been in the Kruger family for almost half a century, has played a significant role in attracting national attention to the breeding industry in Queensland. Lyndhurst was creating history long before the Krugers arrived on the scene. Its foundation sire, Archer, was the horse that won the inaugural Melbourne Cup. When the Kruger brothers took over in 1956, it was one of their founding stallions, the imported Smokey Eyes, that helped maintain the stud’s enviable record, which shows a Lyndhurst stallion heading the Australian sires list (in respect of wins) no less than 25 times in 38 years.

These five inductees join the original Hall of Fame list that includes: Trainers – Jim Atkins, Fred Best, Bruce McLachlan; Jockeys – Mick Dittman, George Moore, Neville Sellwood; and Horses – Bernborough, Gunsynd and Strawberry Road.

A montage of the latest Hall of Fame inductees has been painted by equine artist, Maryanne Lillecrapp. These will also be available as individual sketches.

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