The Centenary of Quilpie Cup
The Centenary of Quilpie Cup - 6 May 2017
2017 is the centenary of Quilpie and to celebrate Quilpie’s 100 years, this year the Quilpie Cup will be named 'The Centenary of Quilpie Cup'.
Save the date to come along and celebrate Quilpie’s 100th Birthday with the opening of the new Bulloo Park Complex, meet celebrity guests, enjoy President’s Shout, live bands and Fashions of the Field!
About The Quilpie Cup
The Quilpie Cup each year honours the memory of two brothers who are legends of racing in outback Queensland. Each May their families gather at Bulloo Park to remember them both with the running of the Bill and KJ Costello Memorial Plate.
Bill was born in 1912, he left school to work in the bush at a very young age. He always loved horses and racing them, at the tender age of twelve, Bill rode his first winner at Betoota. So began a long and illustrious career riding winners throughout the west. Bill won the Windorah cup no less then ten times, five of those were consecutive wins on the famous Spirit, trained by his brother KJ. Bill rode cup winners from Bridsville to Cairns to Rockhamption and almost every country race meeting in Western Queensland. Bill passed away in 1999.
South west Queensland country racing was a lifelong passion for KJ. He lived and breathed country racing and he loved nothing more than attending race meets on the western circuit. Especially if he had a horse of his own racing. His racing career, like Bill’s, started at an early age, something they learnt from their father William Costello. William is noted for once riding a horse from Adavale to Quilpie just to watch his race horse do track work. KJ would often talk about the early days when he and his brother would lead their race horses from Adavale to other local towns to attend race meetings. Success soon followed for KJ and he won the Quilpie Victory Cup at the age of 21 with his wonderful horse Spirit, ridden by his brother Bill. Spirit went onto win another 12 cup races in the region. Over the years he has trained some very talented country race horses, some he bred and some he trained for others including...Yet Fell, Meldere, Quilpie, Lisa Loves Diamonds and many, many, more.
The 1980’s saw the emergence of Quilpie favourite race horse Summer Rye, a horse bred by KJ that was born in the middle of the old Quilpie race track. Summer Rye would go onto win the Dalby Cup and his name would be etched in Quilpie racing history folklore as one of the best locally bred horses to travel across the Bulloo and take on the best of the best.
As a councillor KJ is credited with getting the race track moved to its present location. He was also a life member of the Quilpie Diggers’ Race Club. We have a lot to thank KJ for when it comes to Quilpie racing and if he was with us today he would love nothing more than to say G’day to the other trainers as they lead their race horses past him and to go over to the bar after the races for a quick socialize and a laugh before getting the horses back home.
Sadly these days, we will not see his racing colours of white and brown bring the Quilpie crowd alive as they pass the winning post but his spirit will always live on at the Quilpie Diggers’ race track.
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