Queensland trainer Barry Miller passes away after a long illness

Queensland trainer Barry Miller has died in Brisbane after a long illness. Miller, 78, trained about 1000 winners on tracks all over Australia, the best being Show A Heart.

The trainer and his younger brother Trevor were dominating figures in Queensland racing for three decades after starting their careers at Cunnamulla in the western part of the state.

Barry Miller enjoyed his biggest successes with Show A Heart who won the Group 1 TJ Smith Classic (1600m) in 2000, the Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) later that year, the Group 1 Toorak Handicap (1600m) in 2001 and the 2002 Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap (1400m).

Show A Heart stood at GlenloganPark in Queensland and his progeny includes Group One winners Heart Of Dreams, Woorim and Toorak Toff.

Miller first came to prominence when 100-1 chance Casca almost ran down champion Manikato in the 1979 Doomben 10,000.

His other good horses included Forest Jim, Big Rhumba, Madam Zoffany, Miss Sandman, Happy In The Red and Marcelo.

Trevor Miller said his brother had been ill for some time.

"He was doing it tough the last 18 months but he will be remembered as a true horseman," he said.