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Former caddy Barry 'The Judge' Court dies aged 71

RACING lost another of its characters on Friday when Barry Court, who was popularly known throughout the sport as 'The Judge', died at a hospice in Rochester, Kent, aged 71.

Court was an enthusiastic punter, but the nickname came from his talents as a paddock judge in which capacity he advised several major gamblers and also bookmakers. Most recently hisexpertise had seen him employed by Raceform.

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Court, who was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease three years ago, attended his last meeting at Kempton on Boxing Day courtesy of a ticket provided for him by John Francome, one of his many friends across the worlds of racing and golf.

A former professional caddy, Court carried the bags for Justin Rose when the then seventeen-year-old amateur came to prominence in the 1998 Open Championship by chipping in from the rough at the 18th to finish tied for fourth place.

He also worked for Colin Montgomerie for a spell, but was most closely associated with Jim Payne who won two European tour titles during the 1990s.

Court's golfing buddies also included Lee Westwood and Darren Clarke, while he was on first-name terms with many trainers and jockeys, and had stayed with Tony McCoy when attending the Cheltenham Festival.

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