Thursday, February 4, 2021 at 1:46 pm | Back to: Top News Europe Updated: February 4, 2021 at 2:53 pm Lord Vestey and The Princess Royal | PA Media Former Cheltenham racecourse chairman Lord Vestey has died at the age of 79. Samuel Vestey, 3rd Baron Vestey, whose wife Celia, the sister of Gold Cup-winning trainer Henrietta Knight, died last year, aged 71, had a long association with the sport. Sporting his familiar blue silks, his runners enjoyed success over jumps and on the Flat. Jamie Osborne, now a successful trainer, was in the irons when the Knight-trained Karshi (GB) (Persian Bold Ire) delivered one of Vestey's biggest wins. Owned and bred by Vestey himself, he won the 1997 Stayers' Hurdle at 20-1. “Both Lord and Lady Vestey were an absolute pleasure to have anything to do with,” said Osborne. “They were wonderful people to ride for and wonderful people to be around. “It's a very sad day, and my thoughts go out to his family. He was a wonderful man.” Also paying tribute to Vestey, Ian Renton, regional managing director for Cheltenham's owners, Jockey Club Racecourses, said, “We are very saddened to hear of the passing of friend and former Cheltenham chairman, Lord Vestey. He was a true gentleman and genuinely lovely man who did so much for our sport, and played a huge role in creating the Cheltenham racecourse that we know today. He will be sorely missed by us all at The Jockey Club, and our thoughts go out to his family and friends.” Not a subscriber? Click here to sign up for the daily PDF or alerts. This story was posted in Top News Europe and tagged Cheltenham, Henrietta Knight, Ian Renton, Jamie Osborne, Jockey Club Racecourses, Karshi (GB), Lord Vestey.
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