Death of Lord Grimthorpe at age of 87.Byline: Lee Mottershead
LORD GRIMTHORPE, for decades one of the most
respected figures in Yorkshire racing circles, has died aged 87, writes Lee Mottershead.
A long-time racecourse steward, Jockey Club member and Classic-winning breeder, Lord Grimthorpe, born Christopher John Beckett John Beckett may refer to:
The father of Teddy Beckett, racing manager to Khalid
Abdullah and heir to the family title, and uncle of trainer Ralph Beckett, Grimthorpe
re-established Westow Hall in North Yorkshire North Yorkshire, county (1991 pop. 698,800), 3,209 sq mi (8,313 sq km), N England. The county comprises the districts of Craven, Hambleton, Harrogate, Richmondshire, Ryedale, Scarborough, Selby, and York. as a stud in 1965 and bred Mrs McArdy, the Mick Easterby-trained winner of the 1977 1,000 Guineas.
Elected to the Jockey Club in 1979 and also a long-serving racecourse steward at a number of Yorkshire tracks, Grimthorpe - whose father owned Fortina, winner of the 1947 Chelten- ham Gold Cup - had been a
director of Thirsk since 1972.
Also known as a shrewd punter, Grimthorpe was a briga-dier with the Ninth Lancers lanc·er
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2. A member of a regiment originally armed with lances.
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a. A kind of quadrille.
b. , and in later life was a director of a number of companies.
Easterby, who trained many of Grimthorpe's horses, yesterday described him as an "unbelievably wonderful man".
He added: "I've known him all my life and I can honestly say he was one of the greatest. He was a marvellously good sport who loved a punt and always lived life on a high."
A private funeral will be
followed by a service of thanksgiving in York Minster
York Minster is the largest Gothic cathedral in northern Europe and is situated in the city of York in Northern England. on Wednesday.