Castletown’s owner dies at 84

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Mural of Castletown on the Foxton Racing Club Building, by artist Ted Williams.
Mural of Castletown on the Foxton Racing Club Building, by artist Ted Williams.

High-profile New Zealand racing owner Bernard “Barney” McCahill died recently at the age of 84.

McCahill, whose son Bernie played 10 test matches for the All Blacks, owned or part-owned several top racehorses,
including the great stayer Castletown who won three Wellington Cups – in 1991, 1992 and 1994 –  and an Auckland Cup (1992) and placed in the Melbourne and Sydney Cups. He also won the New Zealand Derby in 1989.

The wonderfully genuine Mickey’s Town, the Gr.1 winner of the Captain Cook Stakes, was another top-flight performer while Hot Ice was a Group winning sprinter-miler.

He also shared in the ownership of the outstanding Group One winner McGinty and the multiple Group winner Irish Rover.

McCahill passed away at his home on August 16 after a brief illness.

 

Source: New Zealand Thoroughbred Marketing

 

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