Trainer Bede Murray.
Trainer Bede Murray.

Racing industry mourns death of CRJC life member

RACING: The racing industry is mourning the passing of well-known South Coast trainer, Mr Bede Murray, following a long and courageous battle with illness aged 80.

Murray was a devoted supporter of the July Racing Carnival ever since winning the Grafton Cup with Count Scenario in 1999 and in 2015 was presented with life membership of Clarence River Jockey Club alongside good mate Darryl Taylor.   "Bede was an institution at country racing carnivals," NSW Country Racing chairman and CRJC committee member Mr Bob Pavitt said.   "He particularly went to Grafton, Wagga and Albury. For years and years he would provide a number of good quality horses and invariably win a number of races.   "He was extremely well respected as a trainer and probably even more as a good bloke.   "The Clarence River Jockey Club is certainly very happy we presented him with life membership and that he was able to appreciate it."    
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'.   Racing NSW Stewards also agreed to a request from the family for Bede's three runners in the race, Junoesque, Lord De Air and Chief in Command, to each compete under Bede's name.  

"I have always regarded Bede as a champion trainer and one of the measures of any champion is longevity," Racing NSW chief executive Mr Peter V'landys AM said.

"Bede was a dominant trainer for many decades and a very dedicated and astute horseman. He would travel anywhere to win a race for his long list of loyal clients.

"Bede gave much to our industry in his 53 years as a horse trainer and for that we are forever grateful. Only 12 months back we were lauding his victory with Sure And Fast in the inaugural Provincial Championships at Royal Randwick.

"We would like to pass on our condolences to Bede's wife Edie, their sons Paul and Graeme, and his family and friends on the loss of such a revered man in our industry."

Darryl Taylor and Bede Murray were made life members of Clarence River Jockey Club. Photo Bill North / Daily Examiner
Darryl Taylor and Bede Murray were made life members of Clarence River Jockey Club. Photo Bill North / Daily Examiner Bill North

Bede, 80, 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 Group 1 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).

Bede's final Cup win was on his beloved South Coast in January when O'Reilly's Revenge took out the Moruya Cup.

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