Queensland is a state that tends to seriously grow in stature this time of year. Perhaps this is driven by that unique Queensland spirit that just explodes, come State of Origin time.
The sport of racing see’s Queensland also shine this time of year, with races such as the Stradbroke and JJ Atkins captivating the sport nationwide.
In 2022 there is an interstate raid coming from Victoria for the JJ Atkins, with Lethal Thoughts representing the VIC Husslers from The Racing League. Whilst Lethal Thoughts is not the first southerner to raid Queensland’s stallion making 2yo race- it is the first time serious interstate rivalry plays out in a sport previously dominated by individual owners.
The Racing League is today made up of 3 teams, The NSW Tycoons, The VIC Husslers and the table leading QLD Rogues and represents many thousands of owners in what is likely the largest ownership group in world racing.
The Rogues will be defending their position on top of TRL’s ladder through an emerging Queensland cult hero in The Big Goodbye. This is a horse that always gives his maximum best, a trait that Queenslanders passionately embrace.
Whilst the implications for the VIC Husslers owners on any sort of success in the Group 1 JJ Atkins are mind blowing, they will have to be fully on their game to keep The Big Goodbye and his team mates at bay in the race for the title in the world’s first Racing League.