The new life of Brian

Former Champion Jumps Jockey Brian Constable’s whole life changed when he lost his leg to septicemia last year. Taking an entirely new direction, Brian is now focused on the road to the Paralympics. Quilly Park are proud to support him in his quest as an active sponsor. Last week, Brian was interviewed by RSN’s Felgate for Racing Pulse’s Open Mic. […] Continue Reading

Avienus’ colt Ad Finem wins first time out

Ad Finem won his first race, a three-year-old maiden over 1,000m first time out on Sunday November 6th at the Sunshine Coast Turf Club. His time of 57.9 was just shy of the class record of 57.77 held by Bearskin who has chalked up two further wins since then. Ad Finem is by Fastnet Rock out of Quilly Park’s Group winning […] Continue Reading

A strong win for Mystyko at the Sunshine Coast

Mystyko won at the Sunshine Coast over 1,200m yesterday by a length and three quarters from a field of 12. It was his first race since arriving in Queensland just a few weeks ago. Trainer, Trevor Rogers said, ‘Mystyko raced well, his sectionals in the last 400 and 200 were the best of the day for the same type of horse which looks great […] Continue Reading

Celebrating the stars of the 2015-16 Picnic season

The Victorian Picnic Racing Awards celebrates the stars of the 2015-16 season and gives the picnic racing community a chance to let their hair down in the off season. Photos courtesy of 2015/16 Picnic Horse of the Year won by Freshwater Reset trained by Kevin Carrolan.   2015/16 Leading Rider – Picnic Jockey of the Year won by Reece Goodwin. […] Continue Reading

A busy month for the Quilly Park team

It’s been a busy month for the team and our horses at Quilly Park. Goodbye to our first Champion! Richard Anderson said a fond goodbye to Immortal Fire (feature photo) but was philosophical about the sale, “We purchased Harvey from Jason Cunningham and he bought him back after we accepted his offer. Everything is for sale at the right price and we’re open […] Continue Reading

Thrilling finale puts Picnic racing centre stage

Richard Anderson was delighted to present the trophy for the Quilly Park Victorian Picnic 15/16 Grand Final to such a fantastic picnic racing family. Pirolo, trained by Leighton Colgrave, ridden by son in law Grant Seccombe and co-owned by Leighton’s brother was a popular winner of the Picnic Finale. The photo above shows Leighton Colgrove with Grant and Naomi Seccombe accepting the […] Continue Reading

Passion for Woolamai spans generations of Carmichaels

Robert Carmichael has been involved with Woolamai Picnic Race Club since the day he arrived home from boarding school in the 60s armed with his newly attained tractor driving licence and was asked by his dad to ‘go down to cut the track.’ Robert remembers the big, steel cables that were originally used as running rails. They were cast-off cables […] Continue Reading

‘You never know what’s around the corner’: Interview with Adam Bodey

Adam Bodey’s return to the saddle for the Quilly Park Balnarring Cup on Onya Keithy was a crowd-pleaser and a significant moment on a personal level for the jockey. The picnics’ legend who chalked up 14 consecutive jockey premiership wins has also been training horses for over 10 years clocking up some great results in the combined roles of trainer […] Continue Reading

Multi-talented Ben found his calling early

As a child Ben Sporle would ride his bike around Bendigo’s streets calling phantom races to the amusement of his friends and family. By 14 he had called his first greyhound trials at Bendigo. Ben’s family have a long-standing association with racing; his dad trained greyhounds, owned racehorses and used to call the odd race. Ben began calling the greyhound […] Continue Reading

Community couple at the heart of Dederang’s success

Bev Seymour and husband Neville have been involved with Dederang Picnic Races for 50 years. It all began when Neville’s father started taking him to working bees at the club. Neville and Bev got married in 1965 and over time Bev has become increasingly involved. Neville was club President for 21 years, despite handing over the reins to Maurice Goonan […] Continue Reading