The funeral that sent the TAB broke

The Nyngan locals who celebrated Shirley Trothe’s passing in style.The funeral for Shirley Trothe who passed away, aged 80, was held in Nyngan last Saturday.More than 400 mourners (a fifth of the town’s population), packed into the local RSL for the wake where Shirley’s son Peter told the gathering that Stradbroke Handicap roughie The Virginian was one of his mum’s favourite horses.“If you’ve got a spare $10 or $20, have it each-way on The Virginian in memory of mum,” he said.Shirley Throthe’s funeral nearly lifted the roof of the Nygnan RSL.Source:The Daily TelegraphSo hundreds of bets, varying from $5 to $200, were placed on the horse at the RSL’s TAB. Such was the weight of money that the TAB slashed the horse’s odds from $200 to $80.Punters got as much as $50 for the place.And as the Stradbroke field thundered around the turn at Eagle Farm and The Virginian loomed as a winning chance, the roar inside the Nyngan RSL was louder than any Melbourne Cup.“It nearly lifted the roof off,” Peter said.The Virginia…

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