Bathurst celebrates track legend

Bathurst celebrates track legend


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THREE grandchildren of the late E. A. Haley, the well-known owner of Australia's great and legendary racehorse of last century, Tulloch, came together to honour the pair and display one of the magnificent trophies the horse won - the 1957 Caulfield Cup.

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Rob Coombes, Bathurst Thoroughbred Racing committeeman, and Jacqui Elson-Green, Blackheath.

Rob Coombes, Bathurst Thoroughbred Racing committeeman, and Jacqui Elson-Green, Blackheath.

THREE grandchildren of the late E. A. Haley, the well-known owner of Australia's great and legendary racehorse of last century, Tulloch, came together to honour the pair and display one of the magnificent trophies the horse won - the 1957 Caulfield Cup.

Cousins Sue Ridgewell, Orange; Tim Hector, Bathurst, and David Haley, "Butterlea", Fitzgerald Valley, near Bathurst, combined with Paul Bemish, the Sydney representative of the Gold Coast head-quartered Magic Millions Bloodstock, to promote the $17,000 Magic Millions 2014 Tulloch Cup race.

The race was won by Because We All Can, trained at Canberra by Barbara Joseph and Paul Jones.

Interestingly, David Haley's "Butterlea" is part of historic "Te Koona", the E. A. Haley property at Wimbledon which was where Tulloch stood at stud after his famous racing career.

Lithgow mayor Maree Statham was on hand to promote the City of Lithgow 2014 Rising Prince Gold Nugget race, a two-year-old event won by Calypso Choice (trained at Canberra by Nick Olive).

Rising Prince, sired by its home based US import Round Top, was locally bred by Vince and Deirdre Stein of breeding property Rockleer stud, and trained by Deirdre to win six stakes races in 1984 and 1985, including the Moonee Valley Racing Club W. S. Cox Plate.

The latter trophy was put on display by some of the horse's part-owners Cecil Thompson and Ted Healy of Lithgow.

There was plenty of cheer from 89-year-old life member Artie Nightingale, a third-generation Nightingale of "Glenlea" who still runs Hereford cattle on his Rockley district property.

Ballina woman, Kim Hart, who had been visiting friends at Bathurst and was encouraged to attend the races, won the most elegant lady in the fashions on the field. Bathurst girl Kate Parsons won the contemporary ladies' fashions.

Craig Nebe, West Pennant Hills, won the best dressed gentleman.

Champion Australian hoop and former bush-boy from Dunedoo, Hugh Bowman, was a crowd pleaser winning two races on the day including the feature Bathurst Cup on the Garry Frazer Hawkesbury-trained Scottish Border.

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