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Meet the trainers: Racing Queensland Battle of the Bush Final

Excitement is building ahead of Racing Queensland's $100,000 Battle of the Bush Final in Brisbane, where one of 16 runners and their lucky connections will walk away a winner. 

Qualifiers have been held across the state over the past two months, with each of Queensland's eight country regions represented by two runners in the 1200m dash. 

Racing Queensland caught up with the trainers who are excited to rub shoulders with some of Australia's best trainers and jockeys on Group 1 Tattersall's Tiara Day this weekend, to find out a little more about their background in racing, and what it might mean to win this exciting event. 

Bevan 'Billy' Johnson

Location: Miles 

Horses qualified: Fab's Cowboy and Exstratum


Bob Burow

Location: Mt Isa 

Horse qualified: Galea Warrior


bob murray

Location: Eidsvold

Horse qualified: Better Idea


Craig smith

Location: Roma

Horse qualified: Timetus 


Fred smith

Location: Rockhampton

Horse qualified: Just Call Me Louie 


Glenn richarson

Location: Nanango

Horse qualified: Canid


henry forster

Location: Ilfracombe

Horse qualified: Drinking Cocktails


jeffrey williams

Location: Atherton

Horse qualified: Big Tomee


John manzelmann

Location: Mackay

Horse qualified: Gingersnap


olivia cairns

Location: Mackay

Horses qualified: Mason's Chance and Stellar Knight


phyllis kalinowski

Location: Toowoomba 

Horse qualified: Go Get Sum


rodney little

Location: Ilfracombe

Horse qualified: Kakakenny 


trevor rowe

Location: Cairns

Horse qualified: Man Around Town 

Bevan Johnson could be seen in any corner of the state each weekend. Here he is at Birdsville in 2017. 

Roma trainer Craig Smith is no stranger to success at Doomben. He trained Rooi Roe to an impressive NMW victory at Doomben in October 2017. 

Trainer Fred Smith will bring Just Call Me Louie to Brisbane for the final, after he qualified at Emerald back in April. 

Glenn Richardson will bring the twice Group-placed runner Klammer to town after qualifying at Warwick. 

Henry Forster and his mare Drinking Cocktails will make the long journey from Ilfracombe for the final. 

John Manzelmann (far right) was involved in harness racing for many years before getting involved in thoroughbred racing. 

Olivia Cairns will have two very fit horses when she brings Stellar Knight and Mason's Chance to Doomben for the $100,000 final. 

Phyllis Kalinowski thinks Go Get Sum can be competitive in Saturday's Battle of the Bush Final in Brisbane. 

Some people buy Harley Davidson's, some go on a long cruise. But Cairns trainer Trevor Rowe decided to take up training horses during his 'mid-life crisis'. He will bring Man Around Town to Brisbane for the final on Saturday.