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Great one gets just recognition

HORSE RACING: Sunshine Coast trainer Jason McLachlan has described it as a "thrill" to see his late father inducted into the Australian Racing Hall of Fame on Wednesday night in Melbourne.

Bruce McLachlan (pictured) is the lone name this year to be added to an elite list of trainers that includes Bart Cummings, Tommy Smith and Colin Hayes.

"He deserves it," Jason said.

"He was a great Queenslander who trained more than 3000 winners. He's won in excess of 30 Group Ones and he won 16 trainers' premierships straight in Brisbane, which no one else has done."

Indeed, Bruce was a force from the 1970s until the 2000s, particularly when it came to two-year-old feature races.

Racing Queensland chairman Kevin Dixon said: "Bruce, or BJ as he was fondly known, was an outstanding trainer who did a lot for the Queensland racing industry over a period of decades.

"His work with stable star Phelan Ready, who won the Golden Slipper and Magic Millions Two-Year-Old Classic, was nothing short of outstanding,"

Jason, now the head trainer at McLachlan Place Racing Stables, said many former and current stablehands could take something out of Bruce's induction.

"We've had a lot of good staff over the years. We've got a good tight-knit crew and we've all worked in together," he said.

"There have been a lot of people who worked with him, but I've been by his side since I was a kid, and I'm 43 now."

Jason said his father took great care of his horses.

"And Dad, he loved life. He was a people's person and a man's man who worked hard," his proud son said.

Bruce died of a heart attack, aged 67.

 JASON McLachlan expects Facile Tigre to produce a strong showing in today's Group One Oakleigh Plate in Melbourne.

The six-year-old gelding finished third by less than a head in the race last year.

"I think he'll race very well in a very hard race," McLachlan said.

"He's a horse with a ton of potential."



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