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Vale Bede Murray

Thursday, 10th March 2016

The racing industry is mourning the passing of well-known South Coast trainer Bede Murray following a long and courageous battle with illness. He was 80 years-old. "I have always regarded Bede as a champion trainer and one of the measures of any champion is longevity," said Racing NSW Chief Executive, Mr Peter V'landys AM. "Bede was a dominant trainer for many decades and a very dedicated and astute horseman. Bede gave much to our industry in his 53 years as a horse trainer and for that we are forever grateful. " Mr V'landys added: "We would like to pass on our condolences to Bede's wife Edie, their trainer sons Paul and Graeme, and his family and friends on the loss of such a revered man in our industry." As a mark of respect, Racing NSW has renamed one of the feature races at Kembla Grange this Friday the 'Bede Murray Provincial Championships Qualifier.' Bede first established his stables 'Rissmore' at Conjola on the South Coast of NSW in 1962 prior to expanding to Kembla Grange 12 years later. A former dairy farmer prior to taking up horse training, Bede enjoyed taking his horses around many regions of NSW and always said it gave him immense satisfaction to win any type of event – big or small – for his owners. Bede's highly-decorated career included Gr1 wins with Universal Prince (AJC Australian Derby, Spring Champions Stakes, Canterbury Guineas & Ranvet Stakes), Victory Vein (AJC Sires' Produce & Champagne Stakes), Half Hennessy (Queensland Derby), Hussar's Command (Doomben Cup) and Coniston Bluebird (New Zealand Derby).

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