TRIBUTES have flown from across the racing industry in honour of bookmaking pioneer Terry Lillis who died on Monday, aged 78.

Mr Lillis is best known as being the first corporate bookmaker in the country founding Australia’s first betting firm in Centrebet which went global after gaining a license in 1993.

He has been in the industry for over 50 years first taking odds in Alice Springs in 1969 and being an almost ever-present at the Darwin Cup Carnival.

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