Last start in Melbourne

1973 Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Flemington

It is 45 years since the great grey had his last start in Melbourne.  That race is etched in the memories of anyone who saw it, and the way Gunsynd seemed to soak in the glory on his way to the start.  It was clear that Gunsynd was a tired horse by then, and although he won comfortably at the rather prohibitive odds of 1/6, Roy Higgins was public in stating that this is where he thought his career should have ended.  Connections took him to Sydney for a farewell there, and even though his big heart was always on show, he was beaten twice in that campaign.  The 17 March 1973 was the last time that Roy Higgins rode the Mighty Gunsynd in a race.

A Great Miler

Gunsynd was one of those horses that transcended racing.  He was part of Australian folklore and drew together so many things that attracted the public.  A flashy grey with a catchy name reflecting a wonderful part of the country.  The iconic battler facing the blue bloods, making his way to Australia's top trainer and stable.  The humble Queenslander taking on the nation's best.  To top it all off, Gunsynd was the ultimate performer.  He had a heart bigger than himself, and a personality to match.  A generation of Australian racegoers were introduced to the sport through Gunsynd and, in spite of the many champions that have come since, no other horse quite matches the Goondiwindi Grey.

Cox Plate Win