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52 wins! Fab’s Cowboy breaks modern-day winning record

52 wins! Fab’s Cowboy breaks modern-day winning record

Trainer Bevan “Billy” Johnson wishes racing rules were different and he didn’t have to retire his record-breaking bush marvel Fab’s Cowboy when he turns 13 on August 1.

Fab’s Cowboy grabbed an incredible slice of Australian racing history at Mount Isa on Saturday when he scored his 52nd win from 150th career start.

The prolific dirt track champion hunted down the winning record of a modern-day racehorse, which had previously belonged to Walk Cool, who won 51 races across central Queensland racetracks from 1988 to 1995.

Making the special moment even sweeter for Johnson was that his daughter, jockey Dakota Graham, was in the saddle for the record-breaking triumph.

Fab’s Cowboy and Dakota Graham create racing history at Mount Isa. Picture: Lenore Saunders.

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Johnson wasn’t on track at Mount Isa to watch Fab’s Cowboy become a history maker – he was at Barcaldine eight hours away where he saddled up eight runners.

But there was no prouder man in Australian racing.

Johnson just wishes Fab’s Cowboy – who has now won $424,430 prize money for his owners – didn’t face mandatory retirement under the Australian Racing Rules when he turns 13.

“If anyone saw him here in the stables, he is a big and strong horse, he knows he is good and you would think he was five or six years old,” Johnson said.

“I don’t know how we are going to retire him, he wants to race on, but he will have to do something.

“They are talking about him going to Living Legends in Melbourne, but he could be five or six years away from going there.

“He needs a job to do, maybe he could be a police horse or do some showjumping.

“He will definitely keep racing until the end of the season, he will tell me how many races he wants to race in.”

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Dirt track champion Fab’s Cowboy. Picture: Racing Queensland.

The Fab’s Cowboy story is even more remarkable given he almost died in scorching 52C heat on his first day on earth.

Fab’s Cowboy came into the world at Julia Creek (in outback Queensland) and was quickly dehydrated and overheated, they had to put a drip in him because they didn’t think he was going to live.

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Fab’s Cowboy – who started his racing career in 2015 – went 16 starts after his 49th win before notching up his 50th win.

But he has now won three of his last four starts and the 52nd victory was made even better considering Graham, who had been off the riding scene since last November, returned to ride him to win by more than two lengths.

“I wasn’t there, we had the races at Barcaldine but it’s a pretty good feeling and it’s certainly hit home a bit now,” Johnson said.

“Dakota has had a few months off and was a bit unfit, she was a bit underdone, but I knew the horse would race really well for her.

“The jockey was short of a run, but the horse wasn’t.

“The horse is still going as good as he was probably four years ago.”