Colt won in raffle adds to Calliope pair’s stable
GREG Bruce has always loved horses.
As a kid he grew up on a farm, riding horses around the vast countryside, and then progressed onto the track to have a stint in competitive racing.
"I raced here (Gladstone) back in the 60s as an amateur jockey at the time," Greg said.
As the years went by with his wife Debbie by his side on their cattle farm at Calliope, Greg wanted to find another way to get involved in racing.
So he floated the idea with Debbie of buying a race horse.
Given the green light, Greg bought the Bruces' first race horse in 1990 and took the animal back to Carrara (the Calliope property).
The fascination with racing then grew rapidly, the Bruces now have half a dozen horses that are ready to race or spelling.
"We have a few, a couple in work at Roma and a couple of youngsters at home," Greg said.
Greg and Debbie added to their stable when their ticket was drawn at the Gladstone Turf Club raffle for a two-year-old colt on Friday night.
The pair are hopeful that the new acquisition will bring similar results to that of Carrara Lad, a horse they raced some years ago with good results.
"We bred him ourselves," Greg said.
"He won the Yeppoon Cup, our biggest win, and he won 11 races in his career,"
Neither were sure exactly when they would introduce the new colt to Carrara, but they said they were hopeful of big things from him.
"Hopefully he wins the $95,000 series in Rockhampton next year," Greg said.