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Keep up to date with what’s happening in the North Queensland racing scene, as well as major events happening at Cluden Park.

Sydney Cast-Off Delivers Timely Tonic for Terry

Sydney Cast-Off Delivers Timely Tonic for Terry

3rd December 2021

Promising galloper Proximate Cause continued to lift the spirits of his colourful trainer Terry Butts with another rousing win at Cluden Park yesterday. Butts has been battling serious illness this ye...

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Rain a Boost for Hoffman Team for Big Cluden Card

Rain a Boost for Hoffman Team for Big Cluden Card

1st December 2021

Atherton trainer Sharlee Hoffman is not fazed by the prospect of a rain-affected track for rejuvenated mare Starfilly and five other stable runners at Cluden Park tomorrow. Hoffman, who is making her ...

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Racing Queensland’s Investment Growth Plan Receives Acceleration Boost

Racing Queensland’s Investment Growth Plan Receives Acceleration Boost

23rd November 2021

An increase in racing prize money has been guaranteed to Cluden Park thanks to a change in funding from the Palaszczuk Government. This week, the Palaszczuk Government announced changes to return 35% ...

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Central Queenslander Targets Townsville Amateurs Feature Glory

Central Queenslander Targets Townsville Amateurs Feature Glory

19th November 2021

Astute Central Queensland trainer, Jared Wehlow, knows exactly what it takes to track the long haul from Rockhampton to Townsville and come away with the spoils. It is extremely rare for Wehlow to mak...

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Justin Time! Stanley Lands Comeback Win in Pallarenda

Justin Time! Stanley Lands Comeback Win in Pallarenda

25th October 2021

Prolific winning hoop Justin Stanley made the perfect return from serious injury with victory on Heroic Angel in the fillies’ division of the Pallarenda Stakes at Cluden Park on Saturday. Stanle...

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Sarah’s Babies Ready for Pallarenda Debut

Sarah’s Babies Ready for Pallarenda Debut

21st October 2021

Training newcomer Sarah Acornley is already making her mark in Townsville, but nothing so far will compare to a win in the time honoured Pallarenda Stakes at Cluden Park tomorrow. Acornley is going in...

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Bargain Buys Fire to Give Hughes Stable a Double

Bargain Buys Fire to Give Hughes Stable a Double

15th October 2021

Wulguru trainer Graham Hughes continued his great run of success with bargain buys when Wanna Tweet and Ashton Blair landed him a winning double at Cluden Park yesterday. The two stablemates won in su...

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Beau and Kefalonia Head Attard Team on Bumper Cluden Card

Beau and Kefalonia Head Attard Team on Bumper Cluden Card

13th October 2021

Lady luck deserted them last start, but Wulguru trainer Chris Attard is confident stablemates Bondi Beau and Kefalonia can redeem themselves at Cluden Park tomorrow. Attard will saddle up seven runner...

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D’Oro recaptures some old magic with first Cluden win

D’Oro recaptures some old magic with first Cluden win

4th October 2021

Former smart Sydney two-year-old Dio D’Oro turned back the clock to record his first North Queensland victory with a gritty last stride win at Cluden Park on Friday....

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Ruby Ready to Sparkle in Cluden Return

Ruby Ready to Sparkle in Cluden Return

30th September 2021

Atherton trainer Michael Lee is confident his boom mare Ruby July’s love of the Cluden Park track can lift her to another win tomorrow. Ruby July is unbeaten in three starts at Cluden – al...

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Attard and Ares Notch Up Another Cluden Winner

Attard and Ares Notch Up Another Cluden Winner

17th September 2021

Newly arrived trainer Chris Attard and the Ares racing syndicate showed they will be a potential premiership force with another winner at Cluden Park. The Ares operation notched up their third winner ...

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Missile Shoots for Cluden Win as Career Winds Down

Missile Shoots for Cluden Win as Career Winds Down

15th September 2021

Retirement beckons for grand galloper Grey Missile, but trainer Roy Chillemi is hoping the veteran can show a flash of his old magic at Cluden Park tomorrow. The striking grey, who was a star of Towns...

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Therapy Proves a Hit with Boom Galloper

Therapy Proves a Hit with Boom Galloper

10th September 2021

Massage for a troublesome back and a lighter training routine are continuing to prove a winning formula for rejuvenated galloper Boomgate. Boomgate and jockey Ashley Butler made it three straight wins...

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McGuire Looks to Fly Higher with Rejuvenated Rothman

McGuire Looks to Fly Higher with Rejuvenated Rothman

8th September 2021

Rising young trainer Matt McGuire is banking on a home track advantage to give consistent sprinter Rothman a winning edge at Cluden Park tomorrow. McGuire opted to run Rothman in tomorrow’s Hyga...

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Zouvilla Races to Another Win for Joanna

Zouvilla Races to Another Win for Joanna

3rd September 2021

Regally bred gelding Zouvilla might have fallen short of expectations in the south, but he’s continuing to boost the career of popular Townsville trainer Joanna Hassett. The son of Zoustar and V...

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Ben Has Carnival Plans in Mind for Surprise

Ben Has Carnival Plans in Mind for Surprise

1st September 2021

Trainer Ben Williams is already looking ahead to next year’s winter carnival with rising sprinter Molongle Surprise, but his first priority is notching another win at Cluden Park tomorrow. Willi...

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Cluden Park's set for Spring Action After Success of Winter Racing Carnival

Cluden Park's set for Spring Action After Success of Winter Racing Carnival

12th August 2021

Townsville’s racing winter carnival was a runaway success but attention is already turning to big races coming up in Spring. Cluden Park general manager Natalie Rintala said the club was ecstati...

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Local Win in Lightning Thriller

Local Win in Lightning Thriller

9th August 2021

Wulguru trainer Gary “Muttaburra” Dickson gave high praise to Caloundra jockey Nathan Thomas after he lifted Temple Run to a nose win in Friday's Global Welding Supplies Lightning Hcp (100...

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Race Day Guide: TAB Townsville Cup

Race Day Guide: TAB Townsville Cup

6th August 2021

You’ve bought your ticket, you’ve picked your outfit and you've studied the favourites; how else can you prepare for Saturday's TAB Townsville Cup? We’ve put together the ultimate gu...

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Darryl Hopes for Lightning to Strike Twice

Darryl Hopes for Lightning to Strike Twice

5th August 2021

Rocky trainer Darryl Johnston admits he’s taking a punt running his lightly raced speedster Aspen Lad in tomorrow’s Global Welding Supplies Lightning at Cluden Park. The Bagger Vance geldi...

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Chris the Cup King Still Hungry for Winners

Chris the Cup King Still Hungry for Winners

3rd August 2021

Big occasion jockey Chris Whiteley is aiming up for his fifth win in the Townsville Cup on Saturday. It’s a feat that already stands tall in the 137 year history of the city’s most prestig...

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Jockeys’ Premiership Race Goes Down to the Wire

Jockeys’ Premiership Race Goes Down to the Wire

2nd August 2021

It was a three-way showdown to decide the Townsville jockeys’ premiership on Saturday and in the end two tough warriors walked away with a draw. Graham Kliese and Chris Whiteley ended the last m...

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Ladies Party on at Spectacular Start to Cup Week

Ladies Party on at Spectacular Start to Cup Week

2nd August 2021

Cluden Park was a sea of colour with one of the biggest crowds in years at the popular Ladies’ Day race meeting on Saturday. The traditional start of Cup week attracted just over 3000 racegoers ...

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Funky Music All Set to Play for Ladies Day

Funky Music All Set to Play for Ladies Day

30th July 2021

Canny Wulguru trainer Garry “Muttaburra” Dickson is hoping a little Funky Music will be a winter racing carnival hit with the ladies at Cluden Park tomorrow. Dickson’s handsome geldi...

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Holts Seize the Moment to Chase Dream in Cup

Holts Seize the Moment to Chase Dream in Cup

27th July 2021

Just securing a start in the Townsville Cup with moody galloper Live The Moment is a big thrill for young local trainer Georgie Holt. But she can’t help but dream of going all the way and winnin...

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Race Day Guide: Ray White Townsville Ladies Day

Race Day Guide: Ray White Townsville Ladies Day

27th July 2021

You’ve bought your ticket, you’ve picked your outfit and your lift is sorted; how else can you prepare for Ray White Townsville Ladies Day? We’ve put together the ultimate guide to m...

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Willygood and Wily Hoop All Class in Flying Win

Willygood and Wily Hoop All Class in Flying Win

23rd July 2021

Premiership leading jockey Graham Kliese needs no convincing bonny mare Willygood is top shelf after the pair stole the show at Cluden Park yesterday. Willygood and Kliese produced a Houdini act to la...

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Wilson up for Big Day as Cup and Premiership Goals Loom

Wilson up for Big Day as Cup and Premiership Goals Loom

21st July 2021

Leading jockey Stephen Wilson will have two major missions on the line at Cluden Park tomorrow. Wilson has a great chance to increase his slender lead in the battle for the Townsville jockeys’ p...

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PLC Townsville's Peter Taifalos Joins Laser Clinics Australia Fashion Stakes' Judging Panel.

PLC Townsville's Peter Taifalos Joins Laser Clinics Australia Fashion Stakes' Judging Panel.

20th July 2021

PLC Townsville's branch owner, Peter Taifalos, talks about his recent appointment to the Fashion Stakes judging panel and the boutique gym's first involvement with the Winter Racing Carnival.  PL...

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Laser Clinics Australia set to Sponsor Winter Racing Carnival Fashion Stakes

Laser Clinics Australia set to Sponsor Winter Racing Carnival Fashion Stakes

15th July 2021

In what is set to be the largest Winter Racing Carnival at Cluden Park in recent years, Laser Clinics Australia will sponsor the revamped Fashion Stakes competitions at both the Ray White Townsville L...

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Dress to Impress: Fashion Stakes Criteria Released

Dress to Impress: Fashion Stakes Criteria Released

12th July 2021

'Don’t be afraid to make a statement! Whether it is with colour, texture or accessories. Be conscious of current trends with your outfit, but not by losing your own individuality.' - Drosia Parl...

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Ladies Day Naming Rights Sponsor Announced!

Ladies Day Naming Rights Sponsor Announced!

8th July 2021

Ray White Townsville will come on board as the naming rights sponsor for Cluden Park’s Winter Racing Carnival event, Ladies Day.  For over 23 years, Ray White Townsville’s...

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The Hoffa Shows He’s Best with Powerhouse NQ Cup Win

The Hoffa Shows He’s Best with Powerhouse NQ Cup Win

7th July 2021

Popular Townsville trainer Alby Molino is growing in confidence for the major cups after Best Hoffa demolished a quality field at Cluden Park yesterday. The veteran galloper showed he was right on tra...

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Rocco Ready to Roll for NQ Cup

Rocco Ready to Roll for NQ Cup

5th July 2021

Bush cup specialist Rocco loves a scrap and Innisfail trainer Stephen Potiris expects the tough gelding to be close to his fighting best for tomorrow’s NQ Cup (1609m) at Cluden Park. Rocco has s...

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Lacey too Pacey with Dazzling Double

Lacey too Pacey with Dazzling Double

30th June 2021

Comeback jockey Lacey Morrison showed she’d lost none of the skill that made her the toast of Townsville 14 years ago with a stylish winning double at Cluden Park today. Morrison bookended the s...

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Ripper Ruby Ready for Cluden Return

Ripper Ruby Ready for Cluden Return

29th June 2021

Exciting filly Ruby July won’t be engaging in a speed battle in her much-anticipated return at Cluden Park tomorrow, according to her trainer Michael Lee. The daughter of Bel Espirit will clash ...

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Lightning Target for Son of a Missile

Lightning Target for Son of a Missile

25th June 2021

Cairns trainer Stephen Massingham and jockey Chris Whiteley have found the key to barnstorming sprinter Full Recognition in time for some rich winter plums. In what has become a trademark style, Full ...

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Race Day Fashion Edit

Race Day Fashion Edit

24th June 2021

Get race day ready with our Race Day Fashion Inspirations wall! With Ray White Townsville Ladies Day and TAB Townsville Cup right around the corner, we’ve put together a racing style guide featu...

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Pete Back With Buster With Cup On His Mind

Pete Back With Buster With Cup On His Mind

23rd June 2021

There’s one major motivation that keeps veteran jockey Peter Cullen coming back for more, and that’s the Townsville Cup. After two stints out with injury in the past 12 months, the diminut...

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Brown Brothers Wine and Food Festival Update

Brown Brothers Wine and Food Festival Update

18th June 2021

An update on the Brown Brothers travelling Wine & Food Festival: They're still travelling!   A message from Brown Brothers themselves: Grapes of Mirth *Does Not* Go T...

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Palencia Magnificent Heart-Stopping Classic Win

Palencia Magnificent Heart-Stopping Classic Win

14th June 2021

Premier trainer Roy Chillemi believes the Hedley racing juggernaut has another potential superstar on its hands after the unbeaten Palencia charged to a last stride win in the $100,000 Cluden Park 2yo...

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New Race Day Facilities Unveiled for 2yo Classic

New Race Day Facilities Unveiled for 2yo Classic

11th June 2021

Some of the north’s best horses will be accommodated in 100 new race day horse stalls for the first time at Cluden Park’s 2yo Classic tomorrow. The $1.7 million project, funded by Rac...

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Choir Boy On Song for Classic for Big Band of Owners

Choir Boy On Song for Classic for Big Band of Owners

11th June 2021

Unbeaten Townsville gelding Choir Boy will have a chorus of owners around Australia singing from the rooftops if he wins Saturday’s $100,000 2yo Classic at Cluden Park. Choir Boy is raced by an ...

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Race Day Guide: 2yo Classic and Family Fun Day

Race Day Guide: 2yo Classic and Family Fun Day

10th June 2021

You've bought your ticket, you've researched the race favourites, and the picnic hampers are pre-ordered; how else can you prepare for tomorrow? We've put together the ultimate guide to maximise your ...

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Kliese chilled going in to Classic day

Kliese chilled going in to Classic day

9th June 2021

Veteran jockey Graham Kliese couldn’t be more relaxed at the prospect of landing his third win in the $100,000 2yo Classic at Cluden Park on Saturday. He keeps it simple. Races are races, big or...

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Hallside Brings the Hammer Down with Big Price Win

Hallside Brings the Hammer Down with Big Price Win

4th June 2021

The only thing surprising about longshot Hallside Hammer’s win at Cluden Park today was the price according to his trainer Les Gordy. “I thought he was a really big chance.  I couldn&...

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Harrovian Team Aims Up for Cluden, but Straddie Beckons

Harrovian Team Aims Up for Cluden, but Straddie Beckons

2nd June 2021

It’ll be all hands on deck for in-form Cairns trainer Stephen Massingham at Cluden Park tomorrow with five strong chances. But hardly a mouse will be stirring at his home base next week when the...

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Cluden Park Nominates Charity for 2yo Classic Race Day

Cluden Park Nominates Charity for 2yo Classic Race Day

2nd June 2021

Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) North Australia is Cluden Park’s nominated charity for the 2021 2yo Classic and Family Fun Day. RMHC North Australia’s mission is to improve the hea...

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Young star Palencia charges into Classic contention

Young star Palencia charges into Classic contention

28th May 2021

The offers are rolling in for exciting youngster Palencia but the not for sale sign is still up after a fighting win in the 2yo Classic Prelude at Cluden Park today. Having only his second race start,...

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Chasing gold closer to home the key for flying filly

Chasing gold closer to home the key for flying filly

26th May 2021

Townsville trainer Georgie Holt is confident a decision to resist the lure of southern riches will give promising filly Anniemariah a great shot at winning next month’s $100,000 2yo Classic (120...

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Brown Brothers Winery announces three-day wine and food experience coming to Townsville.

Brown Brothers Winery announces three-day wine and food experience coming to Townsville.

25th May 2021

Brown Brothers is heading up north this winter bringing a unique winery experience on the road for an epic Wine and Food Festival. Over three days the festival will offer various wine, food and enter...

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TAB Townsville Cup

TAB Townsville Cup

20th May 2021

This year on Saturday 7 August a reimagined TAB Townsville Cup general admission pass will grant you the freedom to roam and experience the variety of tastes, entertainment and experiences on offer. T...

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Ladies Day

Ladies Day

20th May 2021

This Ladies Day on Saturday 31 July we’re bringing back favourite traditions and introducing exciting new additions! The most fashionable event on the racing calendar, and a premier event leadin...

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Cracker ignites fireworks with 3yo romp

Cracker ignites fireworks with 3yo romp

14th May 2021

Wulguru trainer Michael McLellan is reassessing winter carnival options for pocket rocket Cracker Essgee after another powerhouse win at Cluden Park today. The son of Hvasstan, ridden a treat by Brisb...

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Hughes Lights Slow Fuse to the Cups with Late Bloomer

Hughes Lights Slow Fuse to the Cups with Late Bloomer

12th May 2021

Underrated miler Dordogne might have a name that’s a bit of a tongue twister, but it may pay to get used to it come cups time. The Townsville galloper, who bears the name of an area in France, w...

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Winter Racing Carnival Launched at Cluden Park

Winter Racing Carnival Launched at Cluden Park

11th May 2021

Following the completion of a $14 million redesign and development of its facilities, Cluden Park is launching their much anticipated Winter Racing Carnival under their new name, which replaces the To...

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2yo Classic and Family Fun Day

2yo Classic and Family Fun Day

11th May 2021

The 2yo Classic and Family Fun Day is Cluden Park’s largest family race day event of the year. Enjoy the best that racing has to offer in an environment suitable for the whole family. Kids unde...

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Townsville’s Home of Racing Renamed to Honour Cluden Park

Townsville’s Home of Racing Renamed to Honour Cluden Park

10th May 2021

Townsville Turf Club will officially take on a new name and brand today that honours 140 years of tradition and history in the city. Cluden Park has been the home of racing since 1882 and replaces the...

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Double Day for Nathan

Double Day for Nathan

7th May 2021

Popular jockey Nathan Day hinted at better things to come in the remaining months of the season after a classy winning double at Cluden Park today. Day landed two winners from just four rides and is n...

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Sprightly Spry keen to keep winners rolling

Sprightly Spry keen to keep winners rolling

5th May 2021

Racing allrounder Carl Spry is a man with the winning touch and he’s banking on his recent run of luck continuing at Cluden Park tomorrow. Spry trained and rode four winners in April and conside...

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Feature sprints on the cards for big-hearted sprinter

Feature sprints on the cards for big-hearted sprinter

28th April 2021

Mackay sprinter Last Chance booked a busy winter schedule targeting major northern sprints after a powerhouse win at Cluden Park today. Smashed in betting to run 2.35 favourite, Last Chance glided to ...

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Star three-year-olds face hefty test

Star three-year-olds face hefty test

27th April 2021

Leading trainer Roy Chillemi is warning punters the handicapper could well have the last say with his crack squad of three-year-olds at Cluden Park tomorrow. Chillemi was forced to scratch the brillia...

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The North's Winter Racing Carnival returns in full fashion

The North's Winter Racing Carnival returns in full fashion

22nd April 2021

Winter is coming and so is the much-anticipated Winter Racing Carnival by the Townsville Turf Club to headline the North Queensland region’s busy social calendar. The carnival takes place over t...

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Bush champ comes to town with all guns blazing

Bush champ comes to town with all guns blazing

16th April 2021

Western star Bollente came to town with all guns blazing for another sensational win, this time against the city slickers at Cluden Park today.  Bollente, which means ‘boiling’ in Ita...

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Good judge Gudge upbeat about Burdekin duo

Good judge Gudge upbeat about Burdekin duo

14th April 2021

Astute Home Hill trainer Ricky Gudge is brim full of confidence that his small Burdekin stable can deliver a winning blow at Cluden Park tomorrow.  Gudge will saddle up barrier rogue Rebel Lake i...

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Fiancee Rachel lifts winning Wilo to rare treble

Fiancee Rachel lifts winning Wilo to rare treble

9th April 2021

Atherton jockey Stephen Wilson had double reason to celebrate with a winning double and a winner as a trainer at Cluden Park yesterday.  Wilson landed two big wins on the classy Higher Realm and ...

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Cracker has big Dollars in his sights

Cracker has big Dollars in his sights

7th April 2021

Wulguru trainer Michael McLellan believes playing the patience game will continue to reap rewards with his promising three-year-old Cracker Essgee at Cluden Park tomorrow. Cracker Essgee, a winner of ...

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Bobby back with a bang and keen for more Cluden wins

Bobby back with a bang and keen for more Cluden wins

30th March 2021

Gun Brisbane based jockey Bobby El-Issa is keen to chase riding opportunities in Townsville after making a triumphant return to Cluden Park yesterday. El-Issa produced the ride of the day to land the ...

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