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The Goondiwindi Grey

words by Nev Hauritz,
music by Brian Wallace, 1973

The Goondiwindi Grey recorded by Tex Morton was the APRA Song of the Year in 1974. The real Goondiwindi Grey retired from racing in 1973.

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recording by Tex Morton on

What the words mean

  • Eagle Farm, Randwick, Flemington, and Moonee Valley are all race tracks.
  • Goondiwindi ~ The name derives from a local Aboriginal word meaning "the resting place of the birds".
  • The town is in Queensland on the MacIntyre River near the border of New South Wales.
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Randwick Racecourse in 1863, Sydney NSW
       Randwick Racecourse in 1863, Sydney NSW

We've cheered him from the grand-stand and
We've cheered him from the flat,
We've cheered a little beauty,
A real aris-to-crat;
He's never thrown the towel in,
Been a trier all the way,
A horse we're really proud of
The "Goondiwindi Grey".

From Eagle Farm to Randwick and
From there to Flemington,
He chased the Tulloch record,
Winning hearts with ev'ry run;
He made it in October
On the Moonee Valley track,
Went past the post to glory,
With Higgins on his back.

We've cheered him from the grand-stand and
We've cheered him from the flat,
We've cheered a little beauty,
A real aris-to-crat;
He's never thrown the towel in,
Been a trier all the way,
A horse we're really proud of
The "Goondiwindi Grey".

A Tuesday in November
Didn't alter how we feel!
We might have torn up tickets
But we got an honest deal.
If there were cups for courage
You could trot him up for one,
For if it could be measured
I'd say he had a ton.

We've cheered him from the grand-stand and
We've cheered him from the flat,
We've cheered a little beauty,
A real aris-to-crat;
He's never thrown the towel in,
Been a trier all the way,
A horse we're really proud of
The "Goondiwindi Grey".

We'll miss him, that's for certain,
Now his saddle's put aside,
But 'round our track of mem'ries
"Gunsynd" will always stride.
A-swinging 'round the corner
And then laying back his ears
The champ from Goondiwindi
With the champs of other years.

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