Vale Frank Conlan

It is with great sadness that Racing Victoria (RV) and the Kyneton & Hanging Rock Racing Club (KHRRC) confirms the passing of licensed trainer Frank Conlan.

Conlan, 60, passed away yesterday morning after being dislodged from a horse he was riding alongside Cobb and Co Road, Carlsruhe.

The exact circumstances of his death are the subject of a WorkSafe investigation, whilst Victoria Police are preparing a report for the coroner.

Conlan has held a trainer’s licence in Victoria since 2002 and prepared a small team of horses at his property in Woodend. Among his more successful horses were multiple race winners Melba’s Maestro, Verreaux and Brown Energy.

A well-respected member of the Kyneton racing community, Conlan is the brother of Group 1-winning trainer Jim Conlan. His son Tom is an RV barrier attendant.

RV Chief Executive, Giles Thompson, said: “On behalf of the Victorian racing industry, I would like to extend our prayers and heartfelt condolences to Frank’s family and friends following the terrible news of his passing.

“Frank was a much-liked member of the Kyneton racing community where he trained his horses and worked for the Club on raceday. He was passionate about thoroughbred racing and a valued member of the Victorian racing industry who will be missed by many.”

KHHRC General Manager, Jon Dight, said: “All within the local community are devastated at the loss of Frank Conlan, who was a great friend and colleague of so many. His sudden passing is a shock to us all and one that will take time to overcome.

“On behalf of the Kyneton & Hanging Rock Racing Club and our local trainers, I want to extend our sincere condolences to Louise and the family on their loss. Frank was a terrific bloke who will be sadly missed.”

Conlan is survived by his wife Louise, son Tom and daughters Sophie, Genevieve and Monique.