Nick Columb statue project launched at Caulfield

Leading owner, owners' advocate & bloodstock consultant Nick Columb whose statue will have a home at Arrowfield. (PHOTO: Bronwen Healy)

There is surely no better place to launch a project honouring leading owner, owners’ advocate, bloodstock consultant & buyer Nick Columb than Caulfield, the scene of many of his most important victories.

Those victories included two Caulfield Cups (Tristarc & Imposera), the Caulfield & Underwood Stakes (Tristarc), Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes & Toorak Handicap (Magari), St George Stakes (My Brown Jug) & the Blue Diamond Stakes (Courtza).

Nick’s long-time friends Tony Cavanagh and John Messara were at Caulfield on Saturday to talk about the project to create a statue of Nick, who died suddenly last August, and to introduce the sculptor Linda Klarfeld.

Tony Cavanagh, Linda Klarfeld & John Messara announce the Nick Columb statue project at Caulfield on Guineas day. (PHOTO: Darren Tindale)

Tony Cavanagh says, “Nick was a once-in-a-lifetime character, a family friend and godfather to my son Daniel, and a major client of mine in the 1980s and 1990s.

“He had a notable impact on racing as a highly successful owner, an indefatigable campaigner for owners in Victoria and throughout Australia, and finally as a buyer and bloodstock consultant for the Hong Kong Jockey Club. But most of all, he was a larger-than-life personality who inspired, entertained and yes, occasionally argued with his many friends and admirers who want to make sure he is not forgotten.”

John Messara says, “Nick’s death has left a large space in the world that won’t be filled, but we can make sure he’s remembered with the affection and gratitude we felt for him in life. I’m pleased to join Tony, Bruce Wilson, the Columb family and other friends to support  the project to create a statue of him, and give it a special place at Arrowfield Stud.”

Linda Klarfeld is a highly regarded Australian artist specialising in figurative sculpture whose public work includes statues of pioneering cardiac surgeon Dr Victor Chang, St Mary McKillop & St John Paul II, cricketers Keith Miller & Bill Woodfull and AFL footballer Neil Roberts.

Linda Klarfeld says, “I consider it a great honour to be entrusted with this work and I can already see and feel the impact that Nick’s statue will have on his family and friends alike.”

More information & images of Linda’s work can be found at:

Those wishing to assist with the funding of this project are invited to contact:
Tony Cavanagh
M: 0413 875 200

Read on: Arrowfield’s tribute to Nick Columb

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