Leading Victorian breeder passes
Respected Victorian breeder Kevin O’Brien has sadly passed away.
Kevin and his wife Tanith owned Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm, managed by their son James, who is also president of the Thoroughbred Breeders Victoria.
Ontrack principal Grant Morgan has fond memories of hosting Kevin and Tanith on the 2012 New Zealand Horse & Wine Tour.
“Kevin was tremendous company and it was one of those really special tour groups. I know most of the group still keeps in touch, despite coming from all different corners of Australia,” said Grant Morgan.
The tour obviously left a positive impression on Kevin who many years later arranged for staff members at Lauriston Stud to also experience the Ontrack New Zealand Horse and Wine Tour.
“Ontrack extends its deepest sympathies to Tanith and their children James, Gabby and Georgina and their families.
“Kevin was a great bloke and highly respected breeder. It was always a pleasure to run into Kevin at the sales rings around Australasia and he was someone who had a true love of life and of thoroughbred breeding and racing,” said Grant Morgan.
Prior to establishing Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm, Kevin had a successful career in the caravan industry.
Kevin was very proud of his Irish heritage and that sparks his racing colours of green and orange quarters.
One horse in particular held a special place in Kevin’s heart. Gold Edition, a mare Kevin purchased in 2005 at a Gold Coast Magic Millions yearling sale, won the VRC Ascot Vale Stakes in 2006 (now the G1 VRC Coolmore Stakes), the G1 MVRC Manikato Stakes in 2007 and a host of Group 2 wins in addition to the 2007 Gold Coast Magic Millions 3YO.
The Funeral Service for Kevin O’Brien for close family and friends was held this week.