The Australian thoroughbred racing industry is mourning the death of multi-generational thoroughbred breeder, Basil Nolan Jnr, 43, in a farm accident on Tuesday at Raheen stud, Gladfield, near Warwick, Queensland.
A Queensland Workplace Health and Safety spokesman has confirmed that the accident occurred some time between 11 and 11.50pm, and involved a hay baling machine, and that it has an inspector and investigator on site.
Thoroughbred Breeders Queensland Association committee member, Scott McAlpine, Eureka Stud, Cambooya said it was untimely and very unfortunate to lose Basil Jnr in such terrible circumstances.
“The thoroughbred breeding industry across Australia is in mourning today,” he said.
“We have received many phone calls from people offering their assistance to the Nolans at this sad time. Basil Nolan Jnr was the most genuine and highly regarded studmaster in the Australian thoroughbred breeding industry.”
Thoroughbred Breeders Australia (TBA) issued a statement on behalf of all breeders saying how deeply saddened they all were by the tragic death of Nolan.
TBA chief executive Tom Reilly said everybody who knew Basil would be mourning his loss.
“On behalf of the directors and staff of TBA we extend our deepest sympathies to the Nolan family.
"Basil was one of the industry’s true gentleman. Not only was he a great horseman but, more importantly, he was a warm and generous man who always seemed to have a smile on his face. He was also a devoted father of four and it was always a highlight to have a chat to Basil and his children when Raheen had a draft to sell.
“I’m sure anyone who had dealings with Basil will be grieving his loss and that the whole breeding and racing community will be thinking of the Nolan family at this difficult time.”
Racing Queensland extended its deepest condolences to the family.
Mr Nolan was an active member of the Warwick community as a junior rugby league coach and committee member, and coordinated St Mary’s School race days at Allman Park.
Racing Queensland CEO Brendan Parnell said: “The breeding and racing industries have been deeply saddened by the tragic news of Basil’s passing. He is being remembered as a loving husband, father and son.”
“On behalf of all at Racing Queensland I would like to extend our deepest condolences to the entire Nolan family at this time.”
Raheen Stud is one of Queensland’s most successful thoroughbred nurseries, and as a leading vendor at major sales the Nolan family has sold horses for up to $480,000.
Basil Jnr is survived by his wife Natalie, his children, his parents, Basil Snr and Diane, and his brothers and sisters.