Racing loses ‘a gentleman’

VALE: Long time Kembla Grange and South Coast bookmaker Arnie Bowden sadly passed away on Monday. Picture: FACEBOOK

VALE: Long time Kembla Grange and South Coast bookmaker Arnie Bowden sadly passed away on Monday. Picture: FACEBOOK

The Illawarra and South Coast communities sadly lost ‘a true gentleman’ this week following the passing of long time bookmaker and owner Arnie Bowden.

Bowden’s life was cut short on Monday after battling Motor Neurone Disease. He was 69.  

A lover of all things racing, he spent four decades involved in the industry as a bookmaker, bookmaking clerk and owner.

Bowden was a regular at tracks up and down the coast and owned horses with stables across the state, including with Robert and Luke Price and Terry Robinson. 

Robinson paid tribute to his long-time friend. 

“He was a great man who was intelligent, positive, and just loved his racing,” he said.

“He was a big supporter of our stable and was always great company.

“He would get a thrill seeing anyone win a race as much as he would his own horses.”

Bowden’s best horse was the mare Atmospherical, which he watched win in Listed company at Flemington on Oaks day. 

With one of his final wishes, he requested those who could support to donate to the MND Research Unit at Macquarie University. The Punt sends our heartfelt condolences to his friends and family.  Funeral arrangements are still to finalised.

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