Leading Australian thoroughbred owner Paul Makin has died at the age of 82.
A truly international figure, Makin’s silks were carried to success by Starcraft, winner of the 2004 Group 1 Australian Derby (2400m) in Sydney and two Group 1 races at that year’s Hawke’s Bay spring carnival, the Mudgway Partsworld Stakes (1400m) and Windsor Park Plate (1600m).
Makin also raced Starcraft’s daughter We Can Say it Now, a two-time Group 1-winning miler in New Zealand from the Cambridge stable of Murray and Bjorn Baker.
Starcraft was later transferred to the care of Luca Cumani in Newmarket and went on to win the Group 1 Prix du Moulin (1600m) and Group 1 Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (1m) in 2005.
Makin also owned Group 1 Irish Oaks (1m4f) victor Chicquita.