Tributes have been paid to long serving trainer and country racing administrator, Dixie Solly, who passed away on Thursday after battling ongoing illness.

Solly was a popular member of the WA racing community and spent 23 years as President of the Country Racing Association.

Recognised for his passionate and dedicated advocacy for country racing, Solly was awarded life membership of the Albany Race Club in 2020.

Solly trained several classy gallopers throughout his lengthy training career, most notably Noble Steed, a winner of the Listed Cyril Flower Stakes (2008).

He also claimed victories in the Fitzpatrick Plate and Mount Barker’s Mungrup Stud Sprint.

Solly recorded 217 winners overall and 583 placings from 2778 starters with just over $2 million dollars in prize money.

RWWA General Manager Racing, Charlotte Mills, said it was a sad day for WA Racing.

“RWWA extend their deepest condolences to Dixie’s family,” Mills said.

“It’s a genuinely sad day for our industry.

“Dixie was a passionate investor in country racing and its future.

“His passion, enthusiasm and dedication will be sadly missed.”

Julio Santarelli