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Death of Seazun owner John Breslin.

Byline: Graham Dench

JOHN BRESLIN, who owned the 1999 Cheveley Park Stakes winner Seazun, died on Sunday following a long illness. He was 68, writes Graham Dench.

Mick Channon, who trained Seazun and many of the other winners who carried Celtic fan Breslin's green and white hoops, paid tribute to him yesterday.

He said: "John was a great sportsman who loved his football and loved his racing. He was a smashing bloke who loved life and didn't do things by half.

"John was a Glasgow lad who never forgot his roots. He was a great owner and he was a great friend to all of us at West Ilsley.

"He had a lot of winners here, including Muchea, who was one of his first winners, Seazun, who was very good and won the Cheveley Park as well as finishing fourth in the Guineas and the Irish Guineas, Lipstick, who won the Sirenia Stakes, and Henrik, whom he sold to Godolphin.

"His last winners were Hairspray, who won four for him, and Jinky, who won a two-year-old race at Leicester in October. He bred both of them, but he could see what was coming and he sold a very nice Singspiel yearling.

"Our thoughts are with his family." Breslin, who had a successful career with technology giant Intel, was also involved in getting George Baker's training career going, as a member of the James, Dean and Partners owners group.

Baker said: "John was a wonderfully wise and kind man, and he leaves a huge hole in several lives.

"He was a passionate man, a man of great integrity, a man whose sage advice was never wrapped in pink, fluffy cotton wool."

Breslin leaves a wife, Eileen, and three children, Sean, Thomas and Paula.
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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Feb 1, 2011
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