Champion racehorse Bernborough, being ridden by Billy Nielsen, in the early days of his racing career

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When: 01 January 1943

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Description: Bay horse bred in Queensland in 1939 by Emborough (GB) from Bern Maid (AUS). Bernborough did his early racing in Toowoomba (QLD) but was to emerge from his humble beginnings to become one of Australia s greatest-ever racehorses, winning many of his races with a brilliant sprint from well back in the field. An unbeaten sequence of 15 wins included victories in the 1946 Newmarket Handicap (carrying 63 kgs) and the 1946 Doomben Cup (68.5 kgs). Bernborough s unbeaten run came to a controversial end when he ran a luckless fifth carrying 68 kgs in the Caulfield Cup. His racing career came to an end when he broke down at his next run, however he was retired to a successful career at stud in Kentucky (USA). He died in 1960. Career race record: 37 starts, 26 wins, 2 seconds, 1 third, 8 unplaced.

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    Maria Alice Santiago

    • 01/Nov/2009 23:29:14

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called NOSSAS VIDAS / NOSSO MUNDO , and we'd love to have this added to the group!

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    • 02/Nov/2009 01:50:09

    There is a bronze life-size statue of Bernborough at Oakey (west of Toowoomba) on the Darling Downs in Queensland.

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    godisinusall (GreyReb or Chris)

    • 02/Nov/2009 03:38:16

    For my love of horses, thank you. A great photo with history. Thanks for sharing.

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    Jury N5

    • 02/Nov/2009 17:39:03

    i love this

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    Guria da Lua

    • 10/Nov/2009 17:54:31

    great picture! :D

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    • 24/Nov/2009 14:47:23

    Very nice picture, thanks for uploading it.

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    • 29/Mar/2010 06:42:02

    I love the shot. Looks like he liked to get on the bit. No skull caps back then I see. We didn't wear them at the riding school where I worked in Centennial Park, Sydney, back in the 70s either. I've got a few horse pix on My Space: I worked with them for a long time. I've taken racehorses to Brisbane, Melbourne and Perth for Sydney trainer Bobby Thomsen. There are a few horse photos on my flickr page too.

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