Queensland racing has a new cult hero and his name is The Big Goodbye – boasting the biggest cheer squad north of the Tweed. 

Luckily enough he’s owned and adored by thousands of die-hard maroons in the Queensland Rogues TRL team.

The Big Goodbye doesn’t have a Group 1 to his credit, he doesn’t have the most devastating  turn of foot, he isn’t even the prettiest horse to look at (no offence intended) but he certainly has a massive heart and will to win. And that’s what his owners love about him. 

TBG is coming off a devastating victory over a high class field at Doomben and is now being targeted at the $100,000 sprint on Ipswich Cup June 18 by trainer Rob Heathcote. 

Witness The Big Goodbye winning last start below

The Big Goodbye was the first-ever horse purchased by the Qld Rogues with Heathcote given the unenviable task of leading the charge of the 7 horse Queensland team, and you can manage Rob has thrived as team leader.

TBG was bought for $100,000 from Richard and Chantelle Jolly in Adelaide and made everyone sit up and take notice with his first start for Rob running a cracking second at Eagle Farm in September last year.

Rob quipped  “He goes alright this horse, I think we’ll have a lot of fun”. 

Fun is right, since making his debut for the Rogues, The Big Goodbye has had 10 starts for 2 wins, 4 seconds, 2 thirds and only one unplaced run when he was simply over the top. That consistency has reaped $91,800 in prize money, just shy of his purchase price. That tally could go through the roof with $61,000 on offer if first across the line at Ipswich on June 18. 

“He’s one of the most consistent horses I’ve had in my stable and look at the smiles this bloke has put on so many faces, go Rogues, go Queensland,” Heathcote said.

“I don’t think he has run a bad race in his life, he’s a genuine, honest, tough horse with plenty more wins to come” Rob said.

The Big Goodbye is only a 4-year-old and still eligible for the $10 million Magic Millions race day in January. 

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