Wimmera remembers Worrall Dunn

Popular Victorian breeder Worrall Dunn will be farewelled in a memorial service at Horsham racecourse on Monday.

He died at Wimmera Hospital last week after a long illness aged 78.

Dunn was born at Rainbow and grew up on his grandfather’s farm at nearby Yaapeet.  “He started North West Sports and Marine in Horsham and that was a successful business,” his daughter Celeste Patterson said.  “Mum and Dad then ran the White Hart Hotel for about six years.

“Once they left the pub, Dad’s interest in horses flared up.”

Dunn’s most successful horse was She’s Archie who gave trainer Darren Weir his first Group 1 in the 2002 South Australian Oaks.  The Archway mare also finished second to the mighty Makybe Diva in the 2003 Melbourne Cup.

Dunn received more spring carnival thrills this year with She’s Archie’s daughter May’s Dream (New Approach).  She was runner-up in the G1 Thousand Guineas and G2 Wakeful Stakes.

Dunn’s legacy will be carried on by his wife Lorraine and their daughters Celeste, Melissa and Simone.  The family has a number of horses in work with Weir as well as Wimmera trainers Daryl Dodson and Steve Lenehan.

Long-time friend Frank Giampaolo said Dunn was a very successful breeder.  “He was very well read and knew everything about breeding,” he said.  “I’ve been in a number of horses with him including May’s Dream.

“Hopefully, she can come back and win a big race.  There’s nothing Worrall didn’t know about horses.  He was a very generous man and a very fair man.”

Worrall Dunn

Generous tributes for Victorian breeder
Photo:  Paul Carracher / Wimmera Mail Times