The horse-racing industry is mourning the death of Queensland thoroughbred breeding identity Basil Nolan who was killed in a farming accident on Melbourne Cup Day.
The 45-year-old became trapped in a hay baler at Raheen Stud, one of the state’s most successful thoroughbred nurseries at Gladfield, near Warwick, about 150km southeast of Brisbane.
A colleague found the father-of-four trapped between the tray and the frame of the hay accumulator, The Warwick Daily News reports.
Paramedics were unable to revive Mr Nolan, who had critical injuries, Queensland Ambulance said.
His death has prompted condolences from within the Queensland racing industry and the Warwick community, where Mr Nolan coached a junior rugby team.
“The Magic Millions team are deeply saddened by the tragic loss of our great friend Basil Nolan Jnr. Our deepest sympathies to Basil’s family and friends as well as the entire Raheen Stud team,” the Gold Coast-based auction house tweeted.
“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,” Racing Queensland chief executive Brendan Parnell said in a statement.
Workplace Health and Safety is investigating the incident.
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