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IT WAS with great sadness that the trustees, staff and beneficiaries of Racing Welfare heard about the death of Lord Oaksey.

The profound sense of loss and appreciation of his outstanding achievements will be felt not only by his family but also by the trustees and staff of the Injured Jockeys Fund and the hundreds of jockeys whose lives have been enriched by the charity that he so ably created and led.

In 1964 he appreciated a critical need and enthused a generation to ensure those injured race riding should have the best possible quality of life. Forty years later the achieve ments of the IJF are outstanding and it is John Oaksey's inspiration that has driven it to occupy a very special place in the hearts of everyone with an interest in the sport.

We, too, remember his contribution to the formation of the Racing Welfare charities; bringing a degree of order and cohesion to the multitude of small racing charities created over the previous century.

I do not believe there is anyone in recent times who has done more for the welfare of racing people. The racing world is much poorer for his loss and it may be a long time before we see his like again.

Everyone at Racing Welfare joins me in expressing deepest sympathy to his family, the Injured Jockeys Fund and its beneficiaries.

Cedric Burton Chief executive Racing Welfare

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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Sep 9, 2012
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