Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Bundaberg Was Site of Historic First Win by a Female Jockey; Anorak's Blistering Finish Stunned Callaghan Park

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Bundaberg Was Site of Historic First Win by a Female Jockey; Anorak's Blistering Finish Stunned Callaghan Park

Article excerpt

THE first female in the history of horse racing in Australia to ride against licenced male jockeys on a registered racecourse was Miss Eva Draper.

As a girl of 15, she rode her father's horse Mownhay to victory at Bundaberg on December 28, 1915.

Her opponents were registered Queensland Turf Club male jockeys.

Miss Draper as a young woman rode at the Springsure annual races in May 1925 where she won several races and was placed in others.

She rode against the top amateur riders and professional jockeys.

Later Miss Draper married Mr Barney King, a well-known trainer in Brisbane.

Anorak in one of the best-ever finishes

In 1973, Anorak produced one of the most brilliant finishing bursts ever seen at Callaghan Park when he won the Clive Boland Third Division (1000m).

The race was the main one of a meeting held to commemorate an 80-year association of the Boland family with the Rockhampton Jockey Club.

Three races carried the names of the three Bolands, the then late Robert Cecil Boland and his two sons, Russell (deceased) and Clive.

The other events on the six-race program were named after some of the outstanding horses raced by the Bolands.

At the 600m mark of the Third Division race, Anorak did not appear to have any chance when he trailed the field by at least 10 lengths, with Rocky Way and Coral Charm setting a merry pace out in front.

Turning into the straight, Anorak was still last but had improved his position slightly.

Then came his amazing finishing burst which took him past Coral Charm right on the winning post as if that mare had been standing still.

Trainer Bill Parker, who raced Anorak on a lease from his wife in partnership with Tom Brown, said he thought the 1000m would have been too short for the gelding against the speedsters.

Added to this was the fact that, only 11 days prior, Anorak had started in an 1800m event.

A newspaper report at the time suggested that on the run, Anorak would be worth a try in Brisbane in Welter class or something similar.

In his early races, Anorak looked set to be one of Queensland's best of his time but he broke down in front and made infrequent race appearances until just over a year prior. …

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