Racehorse owner Bob Ingham dead, aged 88

One of the giants of Australian racing, Bob Ingham, died on Tuesday at the age of 88.

Ingham, along with brother Jack, formed one of the largest racing and breeding empires ever seen in Australia.

Their famous cerise colours were seen at the races most Saturday and the great horses like Lonhro and Octagonal carried them in many race wins.

Racing NSW CEO Peter V’landys said he was personally saddened by the news.

Bob Ingham leads Lonhro back to the winners’ stall after another Group 1 victory in 2003. Picture: Jenny DugganSource:News Corp Australia

“When I first entered the industry, he was of great assistance to me and provided much learning and information,” V’landys said.

“Bob was a very kind man who had a presence and a great personality; the industry is so much the poorer for the loss of one of our legends.

“Bob was also well-known for his philanthropy, with his daughter Debbie Kepitis carrying on the racing tradition as a part-owner of the great Winx.”

Bob Ingham formed one of Australia’s biggest training and breeding empire’s with his brother Jack.Source:Supplied

Trainer Chris Waller enjoyed a close friendship with Ingham and paid a special tribute to the man in which he kept regular contact.

“I have had the opportunity to speak to this great man and mentor each week, including last Friday,” Waller said.

“Mr Ingham, along with Robby, Lyn, Debbie and John have given me a huge amount of support since I began training for them and the manner in whch they conduct their family life and business has attracted recognition from all walks of life.

“The generosity towards charities and health research are small examples of what people have come to expect from Mr Ingham and his family.”

Deeply saddened with the news of Bob Ingham passing… I was blessed to wear the all cerise and it was Bob who gave me a go and I never forget the first winner I rode for Bob and Jack. Kind man, racing lover, Gentleman pic.twitter.com/6stIROWpyb

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RIP Bob Ingham what a pleasure it was to win a Sydney Cup for you 🙏❤️

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