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Spread out across Queensland, every racing club has their own unique story and history.

The Sunshine State is home to over 180 racing clubs whose biggest social event for the year in their community is a race meeting.

In ‘Club Spotlight’, Racing Queensland will celebrate the bush clubs that race one a year as well as the provincial clubs.

From the north in Cooktown to Taroom going anti-clock wise in the south-east, ‘Club Spotlight’ will delve into the history of clubs and find out what makes them special and vital to their local communities.

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At the historic Ben Bolt Park in Bowen, trainer Andrew Cameron has free reign.

The New Zealand native can work his horses whenever he feels fit and however, he likes.

That is because for the decade Cameron has been living at the Whitsunday region town, he has been the only trainer based at the facility.

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All these decades on, the legacy of champion Goondiwindi racehorse Gunsyd lives on.

Whenever this country Queensland bush track races, the memory of the ‘Goondiwindi Grey’ is sure to be broached more than once between on course punters.

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When the Miles and District Amateur Picnic Race Club is spoken about, the topic of champion Queensland iron horse Fab’s Cowboy usually follows.

The nine-year-old stalwart of racing in the country areas of the state is synonymous with the Miles track through his trainer Bevan Johnson.

Fab’s Cowboy’s resume and list of achievements are impressive as they are long and will need to be added to in the coming year or so.

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As the only track in South East Queensland to run anti-clock wise, there is a sense of pride in the unique nature every time they race at Taroom.

As we know now, the vast majority of tracks in Queensland race clockwise, with only four going the other way, with Taroom the only one near Brisbane.

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As a racetrack steeped in history, the Mareeba Turf Club believe their brightest days are still ahead of them.

Apart of the far north country racing association in Queensland, Group 1 winning trainer John O’Shea cut his teeth at Mareeba while the bush track produced one of the feel good stories of 2020 – Country Cup Challenge winner Paniagua.

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