Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Country Champ Makes Picnic of Caviar's Wins; Murgon-Trained Racehorse Set Aussie Record but Not without Some Controversy

Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Country Champ Makes Picnic of Caviar's Wins; Murgon-Trained Racehorse Set Aussie Record but Not without Some Controversy

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THE deeds of the incomparable Black Caviar and her 19 successive wins serve to revive memories of the country champ, Picnic in the Park who set an Australian record a at the time a of 21 successive wins.

Trained at Murgon by colourful character Malcolm Raabe, Picnic in the Park broke down badly at Rockhampton, when leading, whilst attempting a 22nd successive win.

A well-bred and well-related galloper, by Lunchtime from the Todman mare Tod Lass, Picnic in the Park was obtained from Sydney by Raabe after he had only a few starts.

Picnic in the Park claimed victory in Gympie early in the winning sequence and later became the last horse to win two races in one day at a TAB meeting at the Gold Coast.

He also started at 80/1 in one of the wins at Townsville and was just nudged out of being the Queensland Horse of the Year by one point.

Picnic in the Park also got caught up in the great caffeine saga after a win at Mackay. At the time there was a string of caffeine positives across the state including one from Picnic in the Park at Mackay. It was subsequently found that some disposable implements used in the testing laboratories where impregnated with caffeine.

Two horses in country racing have bettered the record of Picnic in the Park, with Sava Jet and Miss Petty winning 22 races in a row.

Quarter horse Sava Jet won 22 sprint races in North Queensland in the early '80s before being exported to race in the USA.

Miss Petty began her winning sequence in a Goondiwindi maiden in 1985, and won her 22nd race when she broke the track record in an 1100m open at Longreach in '89.

Planet Ruler holds the record in Brisbane for the most consecutive wins with 10 successes in the '87-'88 season. Heavyweight jockey Chris Smith, who rode Picnic in the Park to 18 successive wins, has the jockeys' record for the most consecutive victories.

Cyril Small rode the great Vo Rogue to 22 wins, which is a record for the number of wins by a Brisbane horse. …

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