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(Diane Watson)
(Diane Watson)

Photographs supplied by Diane Watson / John Huth
The bronze sculpture commemorates the racehorse, Bernborough. As a life size replica, it is the largest bronze sculpture cast of a horse in the southern hemisphere.

Bernborough won his first race as a two year old in 1942 on a protest. Between 1945 and 1946, of 18 starts he won 15 consecutive races carrying top weight. His permanent jockey was Athol Mulley, and his highest weight was 10 stone 10 lbs in the Doomben Cup in 1946. He fractured a sesamoid bone in his left foreleg and was sold to a United States owner for 93,000 pounds, who later sold him to Kentucky Stud for $300,000. He died in 1960 in the United States while at stud.


Address:Campbell Street, Oakey Service Centre, Toowomba Regional Council, Oakey, 4401
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -27.435158
Long: 151.721608
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Culture
Designer:Vittrio & Fernando (Melbourne, VIC)
Artist:Fred Gardiner (Toowoomba, QLD)


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Saturday 29th October, 1977
Front Inscription


This statue was sponsored by the Oakey Chamber of Commerce with the help of the citizens of the Darling Downs to commemorate Queensland`s greatest racehorse.

Committee Chairman : Mr. A. Proposch
Secretary :                    Mr. D. F. Kelly
Sculptor :                      Mr. F. L. Gardiner, Tia Galleries Toowoomba.

Unveiled by : Hon. M. Hodges M.L.A.
29th. October. 1977.

Source: NRUM, MA
Monument details supplied by Monument Australia - www.monumentaustralia.org.au