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GUNSYND, the legendary grey horse from the Goondiwindi region, continues to be remembered for his remarkable achievements and charismatic personality, as the region marks 50 years since the champion thoroughbred’s last race at Randwick on April 28, 1973.
Despite the passage of time, Gunsynd’s legacy lives on this weekend as the Goondiwindi Race Club and Racing Queensland fondly remember him as one of the most remarkable and charming horses in Australian racing history.
The Goondiwindi Race Club have received a community donation to support the Gunsynd 50 year Celebration Dinner on Friday 28 April and promotion of the Back to Goondiwindi weekend.
Festivities will continue with a full day of events on Saturday, beginning at 9:30 am with a free “Gunsynd Memories” event, hosted by Council at the Gunsynd Museum, located in the Civic Centre.
Race Day commences on Saturday at 12.30 pm with six local races and special guest John Tap (Tappy), legendary race caller.
Mayor of the Goondiwindi Regional Council the Honourable Cr Lawrence Springborg AM said Gunsynd’s remarkable triumphs on the racetrack attracted a devoted following, and his accomplishments were widely praised, drawing considerable focus and tourism to the Goondiwindi region.
“The success of our Goondiwindi Grey has made him a beloved icon and a symbol of Goondiwindi putting our region on the map as a must-visit destination for avid horse racing enthusiasts and admirers of Gunsynd,” Cr Springborg said.
Gunsnyd’s tenacity and versatility made him a formidable competitor, with an impressive record of 29 wins from 54 starts. He won numerous prestigious races, including the Cox Plate and the Epsom Handicap, and was known for his striking grey coat and distinctive racing style.
According to legend, the Goondiwindi Grey would graciously acknowledge the crowd with a humble bow as he basked in the glory of victory in the winner’s circle.
In recognition of his achievements, Gunsynd was honoured with induction into the Australian Racing Hall of Fame in 2003.
To this day, the legacy of Gunsynd lives on in Goondiwindi, where he is remembered and celebrated as a symbol of the town’s rich history and as one of the legends of Australian racing.