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In the lead up to Brisbane’s winter carnival, we have put together a complete how-to of attending the biggest race days of the year in the sunshine state, complete from a few black bookers to nightlife hot-spots and appropriate things to say do in a Queensland-dominated environment.

Hometown horses to follow that should be winning throughout:

– Blue Book
– Mr Marbellouz
– Ringo’s A Rockstar
– Yarrapower
– Whypeeo
– Sylpeed
– Most Important
– Houtzen
– Havasay
– Cantbuybetter
– Upstart Pride
– Sizzling Ace

Trainers to follow:

– Darryl Hansen
– Kevin Kemp
– Ben Currie
– Tony Gollan
– Robert Heathcote
– Toby Edmunds

Jockeys to follow:

– Brad Stewart
– Jeff Lloyd
– Robbie Fradd
– Bobby El-Issa
– Jag Guthmann-Chester

Places to go for a beer:

– Gallopers Sports Club
– Breakfast Creek Hotel
– The Caxton
– Pig & Whistle

Places to go after 20+ beers and a few Vodka Red bulls:

– Riverside
– Anywhere in the Valley

Places you know you shouldn’t go but will:

– Love & Rockets
– Cabaret Club
– The Grosvener
– Treasury Casino

What to say while in Queensland:

– “These XXXX Gold cans are going down like water”
– “8 in a row”
– “Might just load up on a couple of Currie horses at Toowoomba tonight”
– “I can’t see that $1.50 shot being beaten in the first at the Gold Coast”
– “Give Chris Lynn a Baggy Green”
– “I overdrew me card at the Cas, can I borrow $500?”
– “The Cowboys will come good, all they need to do is make the 8”
– “Renshaw and Burns are Australia’s best opening partnership”
– “Hugh Bowman? I wouldn’t let him on me roof”
– “Buffering”

What not to say while in Queensland:

– “When’s Eagle Farm reopening?”
– “I’ll have a Super Crisp Northern, not an original”
– “Surely the Broncos are over the salary cap”
– “Pacqiou beat Jeff Horn”
– “Greg Inglis is from New South Wales”
– “How do they stuff up Eagle Farm?”
– “Kings Cross is much safer than the Valley”
– “Paul Gallen”
– “Why do they play tests at the Gabba?”
– “Impending can’t win the Stradbroke from barrier 13”

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