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Chuck Spares: Death of Chuck Spares, trainer of Ibn Majed, at 59.

Byline: Roy Briggs

FORMER trainer Chuck Spares died yesterday following a lengthy illness. He was 59, writes Roy Briggs.

Spares started training at Newmarket in 1981 before moving to Aslockton, near Bingham in Nottinghamshire, from where he sent out a steady flow of winners under both codes over a ten-year period.

His best horse was Ibn Majed, a 2,500gns bargain purchase who became a high-class hurdler winning Newbury's Tom Masson Trophy and the AT Cross Ascot Hurdle. His best horse on the Flat was Mummy's Treasure, who was a prolific sprinter.

Spares, son of Derby-

winning jockey Charlie Spares, started his racing

career at 13 with Sam Hall at Middleham before joining Sir Michael Stoute as second travelling head groom.

He also served with Jack Watts and had spells as travelling head groom with David Ringer and Monty Stevens.

After handing in his licence at the end of 1990, he took over the running of the Wheatsheaf Hotel at Bingham before moving back to Newmarket to become landlord of The Crown at Fordham.

After a stroke in 1999 he spent the last few years in and out of hospital.

Ernie Johnson, who rode Spares's first winner, Singing Sailor at Salisbury in 1981, said: "We've been friends for a long time and he was always a popular guy.

"Chuck knew the game

inside out. He was a very good trainer who always got the best out of his horses."

He leaves a partner Carol Carson, three stepsons Tony, Neil and Ross Carson, and nine grandchildren.

Cremation takes place at 12 noon, Monday, October 27 at West Suffolk Crematorium, Risby, Bury St Edmunds.

Family flowers only, with donations to Racing Welfare.

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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Oct 21, 2003
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