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Amanforallmen; LETTERS.

THE passing of Lord Oaksey has caused many a hardened racing fan to shed an unashamed tear. The achievements in his racing life, though many, are a mere ripple compared to how he impacted upon those earning their living from the Sport of Kings.

Oaksey was a man for all men, well bred, well educated, but by God, he was a well grounded gentleman too. It didn't matter to him if you were the newest recruit to the racing industry or the Aga Khan, you were treated with the same respect as anybody in this industry.

Oaksey came with two conditions: a passion for what you did in life and a respect for others. It should be remembered that Oaksey House has not just rehabilitated jockeys, it has also been used to rehabilitate injured racing staff who prepare the horses for the glory days, many of whom suffer career ending injuries. Oaksey supported the emergence of the Stable Lads' Association (SLA), the forerunner to what is now the National Association of Stable Staff, and was an honorary trustee of NASS up until the last couple of years.

As has already been said so many times before, his legacy lives on through his great works, from the most famous of jockeys to the newest racing recruits to the sport he loved so much.

We will never see his like again and on behalf of all racing staff we mourn his loss. Our sympathies go to his family at this time.

George McGrath Chief executive National Association of Stable Staff
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Title Annotation:Sports
Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Sep 9, 2012
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