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Death of Arrowfield founding director Esplin

THE racing and breeding industry is mourning the passing of prominent owner and breeder Phillip Esplin, a founding director of Arrowfield Stud.

Esplin was a director of the Arrowfield Group from its inception in 1985 until 1997 and was closely involved in the development of the stud during that period.

He was a principal of Esplins and a well-respected commercial lawyer but held a passion for the thoroughbred industry, serving at various times on the board of the Australian Jockey Club and as a director and Acting Chairman of Racing NSW.

Over the years Esplin earned a reputation as a shrewd and distinguished breeder in association with Twin Palms Stud.

On his own account and in partnership with the Johnson family, he was responsible for many Twin Palms stakes winners, among them Reset, Charge Forward, Merlene, Miss Pennymoney, Timbourina, Well Rounded, Fast 'n' Famous and Duelled.

Current Esplin-bred performers include Group winner Varenna Miss and Group-placed Platinum Passion.

"Phillip was a fiercecompetitor in every sphere," said Arrowfield chairman John Messara of his late friend.

"He had the capacity to think outside the square and was always clear and direct in his assessments.

"This made him a great advocate to have on your side, and a formidable opponent."

"In the 30 years that I knew Philip, he constantly tested my ideas and opinions, and I will miss our often lengthy debates on racing topics.

"Most of all, I will miss his friendship and counsel. May he rest in peace."

 

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