Jump to: navigation, search

Young Quinn

Breed Standardbred
Grandsire U SCOTT (USA)
Gender Stallion
Foaled 1969
Country New Zealand Template:Country data NZ
Color Bay
Breeder R O Baynes (NZ)
Owner R O & D J Baynes (NZ)
Trainer Charlie Hunter (NZ)
Record 133 starts, for 59 wins and 36 placings
Earnings NZ$752,587
Major Wins, Awards and Honors
Major Wins
1975 Miracle Mile
Best mile rate, 1:55.0
Infobox last updated on: 2009-04-17.

Young Quinn a New Zealand standardbred racehorse was successful in period where his competition in the sport of trotting was particularly strong. Foaled in 1969, he was by Young Charles out of Loyal Trick. Named after Brian "Snow" Quinn a champion New Zealand sheep shearer, he was trained and driven by the great Charles Stewart Hunter (Charlie). He was nicknamed 'Garbage' as a result of his habit of eating anything in sight, as a young horse. It was later revealed by cardiograph tests that Young Quinn's heart weighed 13 lb, only 1 lb less than that of the immortal racehorse Phar Lap.


Often at tight odds

Young Quinn had very good statistics of 133 starts, for 59 wins and 36 placings for NZ$752,587 in stakemoney. His record of beating off strong rivals and big names was noticed by the public, and thus he was sometimes sent out odds on. He raced against many good horses of the time like Arapaho and Robalan. He was however beaten by the Robalan in the New Zealand Trotting Cup in 1974, when Robalan hit a purple patch of form alte in his career. Earlier that year, he had picked up the Auckland Trotting Cup.

Taking on the best

In the 1975 Miracle Mile, Australia's premier mile, at Harold Park he did the almost impossible - he won from barrier six! - the outside draw on a very tight track. To draw six was assumed that a horse, no matter how good, had no chance in this race. He did prevail, beating the two acknowledged Australian champions of the time, Paleface Adios and Hondo Grattan. The Inter Dominion was held in Auckland, New Zealand that year and although a strong team of Australian pacers including Hondo Grattan and Paleface Adios, plus Just Too Good and Royal Gaze made the trip across the Tasman, they were again beaten by Young Quinn. He won the three heats and the Pacer's final, beating locals Hi Foyle and Speedy Guest. Starting as a short priced favourite in the final, he was driven by John Langdon, following the injury to his regular driver and trainer Charlie Hunter. Ironically, Langdon also won the Trotter's section of the Inter Dominion driving the Hunter trained Castleton's Pride. These two wins gained Langdon a spot on the Inter Dominion Hall of Fame. Young Quinn later raced in the United States and Canada with considerable success which included at least one victory over the USA champion of the day Rambling Willie, until returning to New Zealand in 1980 for a few starts prior to being retired.

Major wins

See also

External links

Reference list


Premier Equine Classifieds


Subscribe to our newsletter and keep abreast of the latest news, articles and information delivered directly to your inbox.

Did You Know?

Modern horse breeds developed in response to a need for "form to function", the necessity to develop certain physical characteristics in order to perform a certain type of work... More...

The Gypsy Cob was originally bred to be a wagon horse and pulled wagons or caravans known as Vardos; a type of covered wagon that people lived in... More...

Archaeological evidence indicates that the Arabian horse bloodline dates back 4,500 years. Throughout history, Arabian horses spread around the world by both war and trade.... More...

That the term "Sporthorse" is a term used to describe a type of horse rather than any particular breed... More...