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Sire Emborough (GB)
Dam Bern Maid
Grandsire Gainsborough
Damsire Bernard (GB)
Gender Stallion
Foaled 1939
Country Australia
Color Bay
Breeder Estate of Harry J. Winten
Owner Frank and John R. Bach
Mr A.E.Hadwin[1]
Azzalin O. Romano (at age 6)
Trainer Gordon Neale
Bobby Mitchell
Dinny Callinan
Francis Roberts
Harry Plant[2]
Record 37: 26-2-1
Earnings ₤25,504[1]
Bernborough is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Bern Maid by Emborough (GB). He was born around 1939 in Australia, and was bred by Estate of Harry J. Winten.
Major wins
Villiers Stakes (1945)
All Aged Stakes (1946)
Hill Stakes (1946)
Warwick Stakes (1946)
Rawson Stakes (1946)
Caulfield Stakes (1946)
Chipping Norton Stakes (1946)
Futurity Stakes (1946)
Doomben 10,000 (1946)
Newmarket Handicap (1946)
Doomben Cup (1946)
Australian Racing Hall of Fame
Horse (Equus ferus caballus)
Last updated on 19 May 2009

Bernborough (1939-1960) was an outstanding Australian-bred Thoroughbred racehorse who competed from 1941 to 1946. Bernborough was foaled at Rosalie Plains near the township of Oakey in the Darling Downs region of South East Queensland. The bay colt, was by the good sire, Emborough (GB) from Bern Maid by Bernard (GB), who was the paternal grandson of Gainsborough, winner of the English Triple Crown in 1918.


Racing record

Bernborough first raced uner the ownership of Mr A.E.Hadwin. A Queensland trainer, J. Roberts then leased the horse.[1] He came to prominence racing at Toowoomba's Clifford Park when ridden to his first six wins by Les Watterson. Bernborough only raced at Toowoomba in Queensland as he was barred from racing at metropolitan tracks because of ownership doubts.[3] His racing colours were orange, purple sleeves and black cap. When he was six years old he was moved to Sydney and following his sale to A.O. Romano for 2,600 guineas his nominations were accepted.[3] Thus he began a winning streak of 15 consecutive races. His wins included the Newmarket Handicap at Flemington carrying 9 st 13 lb (63 kg) and the Doomben Cup under 10 st 11 lb (68 kg). He started 37 times for 26 wins, 2 seconds and 1 third.

On 2 November 1946 Bernborough had his last race in the LKS MacKinnon Stakes. Challenging for the lead just after entering the home straight, he suffered torn sesamoid ligaments and had to be pulled up. The great mare Flight, who had finished second to Bernborough on many occasions, went on to win.

Stud record

After recovering from his injuries, Bernborough was sold to movie producer Louis B. Mayer for stud duties in the USA where he went on to moderate success as a stallion at Spendthrift Farm in Lexington, Kentucky where he sired the winners of more than $4,500,000.

Bernborough's progeny included:

  • Berseem, champion American sprinter
  • Bernwood, ran an new world record, 1 min. 33.8 seconds, for a mile.[4]


Bernborough was one of the five inaugural inductees into the Australian Racing Hall of Fame, alongside other turf notables Carbine, Phar Lap, Kingston Town and Tulloch. He is commemorated in the township of Oakey with a life size bronze statue located outside the Jondaryan Council chambers.

In 1978 he was honoured on a postage stamp issued by Australia Post.[5]

See also

  • List of notable Thoroughbred racehorses


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Barrie, Douglas M., The Australian Bloodhorse, Angus & Robertson, Sydney, 1956
  2. Australian Hall of Fame: Bernborough Retrieved 2010-4-17
  3. 3.0 3.1 Ahnert, Rainer L. (Ed. in Chief), “Thoroughbred Breeding of the World”, Pozdun Publishing, Germany, 1970
  4. Pring, Peter; "Analysis of Champion Racehorses", The Thoroughbred Press, Sydney, 1977, ISBN 0-908133-00-6
  5. Image of stamp

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