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Ex-trainer Pat Taylor dies at 85.

PAT TAYLOR, who trained the winners of more than 500 races in a career spanning 38 years until his retirement in 1985, died in Fordingbridge Hospital on Sunday evening at the age of 85.

His two biggest successes came over jumps. Bremontier, ridden by French jockey Tony Rossio, won the Scottish Grand National in 1957, and 20 years later Tip The Wink, with Dessie Hughes up, landed the Arkle Challenge Trophy at Cheltenham.

But Taylor also did well on the Flat, and though his team rarely exceeded 30 in numbers, his exploits with horses like Penitent and Mountain Music paid tribute to his skill.

Patrick Mainwaring Taylor was born in Wetherby on July 26, 1914, but was brought up in France and was apprenticed in Marseilles to Joe Childs' brother, Albert. He rode winners both on the Flat and over jumps, the first of them at the age of 13, and trained briefly in that country before the outbreak of World War II.

Turned down on medical grounds when he tried to enlist, Taylor worked in a munitions factory in Liverpool

before resuming life as a jump jockey at the end of the war, riding for Wilfred Lyde.

In 1948 he started training at Beverley, from where he sent out the winners of almost 300 races. The best of them on the Flat were Penitent and Mountain Music, who won 10 races.

Penitent, whom Taylor bought as a four-year-old, went on winning until the age of 12. In all he won 20 races,

including the Old Newton Cup in 1954 and the Liverpool Spring Cup in 1957.

Taylor moved to Godalming, Surrey, in 1967, and to Lambourn four years later.

His best horse at Lambourn was Tip The Wink, who landed the Wills Hurdle at Haydock in 1975 before his Arkle Challenge Trophy success two years later.

Taylor scored his 500th victory when Tigerwood won at Fontwell in May 1985, and retired from training at the end of that year.

He maintained his interest in racing and was a regular at Ascot and Salisbury until ill-health in the last few years curtailed his visits to the course.
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Title Annotation:Sports
Author:Ennor, George
Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Jul 18, 2000
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