RACING DYNASTY: Eidsvold Race Club life member Jack Murray.
RACING DYNASTY: Eidsvold Race Club life member Jack Murray. Alex Treacy

North Burnett racing dynasty shows no signs of slowing down

WHEN you spend a day at Eidsvold Race Club, it seems every second person you talk to is a Murray.

And the family dynasty, which has become synonymous with country racing in the town, shows no signs of slowing down.

Lyle is president, Bob is a renowned local horse trainer, while their father Jack is a colourful racing identity and a life member of the club.

One of Bob's sons, Christopher, manned the barriers on Saturday, while his other son, Matthew, helped his father prepare their four horses who raced on the day.

Meanwhile, one of Lyle's three sons, Dale, in attendance on the day, owns a respected business in the industry, North Queensland Horse Transport, while the other two are weekend aficionados.

Throw in the original Murray, Jack's father Percy, and the connection stretches four generations and 61 years.

Percy arrived in Eidsvold with his family in 1958.

"My father trained horses in Gympie for 40 years,” Jack said.

"Before racehorses, he trained draft horses.

"He switched to racehorses because the old fella thought you've only got four or five to beat in a race, whereas you've got 100 to beat in a campdraft.”

Although he's since given it up, Jack followed his father into training and also turned his hand to breeding.

His greatest success was horse Jamaica Princess, bred on the family's Eidsvold property, Jamaica Park.

She once won 17 races in a single season.

Although he has fond memories of the industry, he said he doesn't miss it - and why would he, when he gets to live vicariously through his sons.

"The boys take the horses, pick me up, give me the front seat and away we go,” Jack said.

Although maybe it's not entirely true he doesn't miss it.

"I still drive out to Jamaica Park every day, just for no reason,” Jack said.


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