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Former trainer Dick Price dies, aged 96.

Byline: Graham Green

DICK PRICE, who trained in his native Herefordshire for more than 30 years before retiring in the 1990s, has died at the age of 96.

Over a career in which he successfully combined his passion for racing with running a large farming enterprise, Price was responsible for a string of prolific winners including Le Flick, Fair Play, Pagan Power, War Town, Banzai and Andyrama.

Of all the stable's victories, the undoubted highlight for Price was when Bentons Row, trained for his brother Cyril, won the Coronation Hurdle at Aintree in 1961, lowering the course record in the process.

Price enjoyed nurturing young talent and was instrumental in promoting many budding riders, including subsequent three-time c h a m p i o n j o c k e y Te r r y Biddlecombe, whom he provided with his first winner.

Biddlecombe later completed a four-timer on the Price-trained Flights Orchid.

In his later years, Price was proud that his son Clive, daughter Jane and, most recently, granddaughter Katy achieved success r a c e -r i d i n g a n d t r a i n i n g National Hunt and point-to-point horses.

Price rode until he was well into his 80s, and continued to be a regular visitor to Ascot Bloodstock Sales where he could never resist a bargain.

As well as horses, he was a keen breeder of sheep, winning many awards with his flock of Kerry Hills.

He was also frequently called on to judge at many of the top agricultural shows across Britain.

Price is survived by Joyce - his wife for over 70 years - four children, John, Clive, Jane and Andrew; eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Alastair Down joins friends and family at the Dick Francis thanksgiving service in London, page 8
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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Jun 23, 2010
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