BJC inducts first legends

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SIGNIFICANT contributors on and off the gallops track will be recognised as "Bendigo Legends" at the Bendigo Jockey Club's meeting on Wednesday.

The BJC's "Nursery of Champions"  has recognised many outstanding horses over the years.

In another club initative, top trainers, jockeys and administrators will be honoured each year.

The first induction includes seven famous names.

Those to be honoured are trainers Bonnie Bland, George Daniel, Jack Hearps, George Symons, Tom Torpy and Kevin Wynne.

The Rawiller family has had a major impact on the racing industry.

Top jockeys Brad and Nash Rawiller have racked up hundreds of victories.

Nash had ridden more than 50 Group 1 winners and won the Sydney Jockeys Premiership on three occasions.

Brad's career includes a Caulfield Cup win, Golden Slipper victory, and seven Group 1 triumphs aboard Weekend Hustler.

Parents Keith and Elaine have also enjoyed the success of Todd as a trainer and Stacey as a jockey.

Keith and his brother Stuart were successful jockeys in the 60s and 70s.

Sadly, Stuart Rawiller passed away last Wednesday after a long battle with illness. 

Keith and Stuart's sister, Val married long-time trainer Allen Browell.

The training feats of George Daniel, George Symons, Bonnie Bland, Jack Hearps and Kevin Wynne achieved many victories at Bendigo and tracks around the country.

The George Daniel-trained Sailor's Guide dominated many major races in Melbourne and Sydney in the 1950s.

Wins by Sailor's Guide included the Queen Elizabeth Stakes, VRC Derby and St Leger.

Daniel and Sailor's Guide are in the Bendigo Advertiser Sports Star of the Year Hall of Fame.

The George Symons-trained Fontein won 14 races at Bendigo. The record still stands.

Man A Million was trained by Bland, Star Pryamul by Hearps, Donbredean by Torpy, and Bunratty Castle by Wynne.

Major players earn honour at nursery

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