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Thank you

It is with a heavy heart that I write this article. My wife Diane and our family has been obviously devastated by the loss of our son, Basil Nolan Jnr. Bas was the backbone of Raheen Stud and kept the farm running like clockwork.

Not only was he a tremendous horseman, but anyone who ever saw Bas at the numerous sales we attended would have seen what a wonderful husband he was to Natalie and such a devoted father to ‘young’ Basil, Lily, James and William and that his passion for horses and racing was being passed down to them. Bas also managed to find time in his busy schedule to coach his sons’ rugby league teams at Collegians in Warwick and he will be as sorely missed there as he will be in the thoroughbred industry.


Even in the tough times Bas would have a smile on his face and soldier on. He touched the lives of so many and we were humbled and overwhelmed, although not surprised, by the amazing turnout to his funeral and all the words of love and support that have come from so many people. Thank you to everyone.
Basil was taken in the prime of his life and way too soon. He was so good to all of us, and we are grateful to have the wonderful memories of the past 45 years that we will always hold close and cherish.