News

Rocky goat racer gets place at cup

Video thumbnail
Video thumbnail John Corlett

FOR 12-year-old Rockhampton jockey Troy Richardson and his champion racing goat One Time, it was oh, so close.

At the John deGroot Australian Goat Racing cup in Barcaldine, they came second after rival goat Patches O'Hoolihan put in a record-setting run.

But despite missing the win this year, Troy was still very proud of his almost-champion goat.

"One Time ended up getting second, so that's pretty good," he said.

Troy said his family owned and raced many goats but on the day, One Time stood out from the rest of the herd.

"We've got some (other) pretty good goats but in the end he was the one," he said.

To breed such a fine racing goat like One Time you'd think there was a special age-old method of training, but Troy said it was just a case of pick 'em out and give 'em a run.

"It's just getting a random goat and training it up, putting a cart on it and just giving it a go."

Although Troy admitted One Time wasn't the biggest, baddest looking racing goat, he was confident what his goat lacked in physical bulk he made up in spirit.

"He's not very big but he's all right," he said.

The cup is held annually and spokeswoman for the event, Jo Martin, said the race day was a very prestigious event.

"It's like the Melbourne Cup of goat racing," she said.

Topics:  goat racing




Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Salvos call for poverty to be key election issue

HELP NEEDED: Major Colin Young says the lack of affordable housing in the Clarence Valley is causing problems for an increasing amount of people. The Salvation Army’s Red Shield Appeal is on this weekend.

National survey reveals extent of regional poverty.

Modern pharmacy with tradition at its heart

TODAY’S TEAM: Grafton’s Friendlies Chemist staff, from left, Leanne Pardoe, Sophie Schmidt, Julie McCaughey, Hayley Buckler and Kerrie Lockett.

Grafton’s Friendlies Chemist celebrates 100 years of service.

Plywood court road tests

SERVING IT UP: Operations Manager of Big River Timbers Jason Blanch with one of the wooden sheets that will connect together to make a half tennis court at Junction Hill courts.

Company uses Fast 4 tennis tournament to R&D; new sports product.

Latest deals and offers

'Exploring The Clarence Valley - Buccarumbi & Dalmorton'

Snapshot of the Boyd River at Dalmorton from the 'Exploring The Clarence Valley' video series shot by Grafton photographer Jessica Robertson using drone footage.

'Exploring The Clarence Valley - Buccarumbi & Dalmorton' by Grafton photographer...

'Exploring The Clarence Valley - Shannon Creek Dam'

Snapshot of Shannon Creek Dam from the 'Exploring The Clarence Valley' video series shot by Grafton photographer Jessica Robertson using drone footage.

'Exploring The Clarence Valley - Yamba' by Grafton photographer Jessica Robertson...

'Exploring The Clarence Valley - Wooli, Diggers Camp & Minnie Water'

Snapshot of Wooli from the 'Exploring The Clarence Valley' video series shot by Grafton photographer Jessica Robertson using drone footage.

'Exploring The Clarence Valley - Wooli, Diggers Camp & Minnie Water' by Grafton...

Perfect time to invest in Northern Rivers property

The Northern Rivers rental market is tighter than Sydney making it the perfect time for investors to get better returns out of property than superannuation or banks deposits.

Low interest rates and tight rental market are prime time to invest