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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, died peacefully on Sunday.

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 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, 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 on Wednesday.
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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Jul 11, 2003
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