Death of owner and breeder Caryl Harris.
CARYL HARRIS, wife of Peter Harris and mother-in-law of Walter Swinburn, died on Saturday morning, aged 69, writes Brough Scott.
Her famous light-and-darkgreen silks will continue to be carried by her husband's horses, having originally been carried by jumpers like Coolishall and Bachelor's Hall.
Bachelor's Hall won the Mackeson Gold Cup, Hennessy Cognac Gold Cup and King George VI Chase, trained by Ken and Peter Cundell, before finishing his career with Peter Harris at Pendley Farm near Tring in Buckinghamshire.
As the Harrises' attention switched to the Flat, Caryl's interest in breeding made her more and more important in the successful operation her husband was developing.
The best Flat horses included Nell Gwyn winner Martha Stevens, Middle Park and Mill Reef winner Primo Valentino and Leporello, who won seven races on the trot including two at Group 3 level.
"When I think of her," Swinburn said yesterday, "the words that keep coming back is that she was a real warm lady.
"From the first moment I started riding for her and Peter in the '80s, I always looked forward to seeing her. In good times and bad, she was always the same warm person."
Caryl Harris was fitted with an artificial heart valve in 1996, and two years ago was beset by breast cancer.
"She kept a keen interest in racing right up to the end," said Peter yesterday.
"The truth is that she was the driving force behind the breeding operation and, in a wider field, anything I have achieved I could not have achieved without Caryl."