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Vale TBNSW Life Member Mr Don Storey

We were saddened greatly to learn of the death of TBNSW Life Member Don Storey after a long illness at the age of 86 on May 15. Don Storey served on the Board of TBNSW for more than 30 years, filling the role of Treasurer for much of that period. Founder of a still thriving legal practice at Parramatta, Don Storey rendered great service to TBNSW, his knowledge and experience as a successful small breeder combined with his legal expertise proving very valuable. Don and his vivacious late wife Val were popular regulars at Sydney race meetings for more than 40 years with Don also a long serving and much respected racing administrator as a Board member of the innovative Sydney Turf Club. While only a relatively small breeder, Don Storey achieved sustained success, first coming to prominence as an owner/breeder in the mid-1970s through the deeds of brilliant, multiple stakes-winning two-yearold filly Rainbeam (Vain), a descendant of the 1945 VRC Melbourne Cup winner Rainbird.

New South Wales Breeders Thank’s The Inglis Family Thoroughbred Breeders New South Wales, on behalf of all breeders in NSW and throughout Australia, present a plaque to William Inglis and Son as a mark of our appreciation of the company, its directors and staff on the opening of Riverside stables in 2018. Riverside stables, is a magnificent modern facility to house and showcase our horses for sale and will benefit many generations of breeders into the future. The concept of having a sale ring within a five star hotel is truly revolutionary and Riverside will be a lasting tribute to the vision of the Inglis Company and represents an enormous investment not only in the future of Inglis, but also in the Australian thoroughbred industry. Les Young with Arthur Inglis

Don Storey later sold Rainbeam to fellow Sydney Turf Club director, the late Jim Fleming, who bred from her the high class performer Centaine (Century), who became a leading sire in New Zealand, but he retained other Rainbird descendants who produced for him in 1980 top two-year-old Been There (Boucher) and some years later in 2007 the outstanding sprinter Rain Affair (Commands), earner of more than $1.55 million racing in his famous black and gold colours