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Jereny Hindley trainer

Jeremy Hindley: trained Irish St Leger winner Protection Racket

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Classic-winning trainer Jeremy Hindley dies

JEREMY HINDLEY, who trained around 700 winners in a 17-year career which ended in 1987, has died at the age of 69.

He had been suffering from motor neurone disease since 2001 and passed away at his home in Hermanus, South Africa.

The best horses he trained included Protection Racket, who won the Irish St Leger and the Ebor, The Go-Between, whose eight wins from 11 juvenile starts included the Cornwallis Stakes, the Doncaster Cup winner Crash Course, and Huntingdale, who took the Dewhurst.

His first involvement with racing and breeding came via his family's Ribblesdale Stud, which had been founded as Gisburn on the Yorkshire/Lancashire borders by his father Reg in 1949. Later the stud was moved to and amalgamated with the Cartoft Stud at Kirkbymoorside.

One of the best early winners from the stud was the filly Rose Of Medina, who was trained by Noel Murless and won the Princess Royal and Princess Elizabeth Stakes, as well as being third in the Oaks in 1959.

She later became a very successful broodmare, very much maintaining the family record as she came from the same family as Tudor Minstrel and her dam, Minaret, produced the Irish St Leger winner Ommeyad. The Irish Classic connection was maintained when Rose Of Medina's second foal, Celina, romped home in the Irish Oaks of 1968.

Another of Rose Of Medina's daughters was Melodina. She won the Seaton Delaval Stakes and became the dam of the smart filly Dubian and triple Champion Hurdle winner See You Then. Though the vast majority of Jeremy Hindley's training successes were on the Flat, his jumping connection was never very far away.

In fact his first direct involvement in racing was as an amateur rider over jumps, and in spite of a permanent battle with his weight he rode 18 winners between 1965 and 1969. His first good horse was the grey Tam Kiss, whom he bought from Edward Hollister Owen and on whom he won at Wincanton in October 1967 putting up overweight.

The next season he rode Tam Kiss in the Grand National, though this time he could not get below 10st 13lb, 13lb over. Tam Kiss was still in touch with the leaders when he was brought down at Becher's Brook on the second circuit, and the day before Hindley had ridden Scamp, trained for his father by Tom Jones, to win the first leg of the Coronation Hurdle. They had also been fourth in a division of the Gloucestershire Hurdle at the National Hunt Festival.

In 1970 he rode Tam Kiss to win a hunter chase at Fakenham and to be second in the Kim Muir at Cheltenham, though Stan Mellor was on board when the grey was second in the Topham Trophy at Liverpool.

Having been pupil-assistant with Noel Murless and then Tom Jones, Hindley started training at Kremlin House in Newmarket in the 1970/71 season and had his first success when Hardship won a novice hurdle at Warwick in December 1970.

Six winners in that campaign were followed by eight in his first Flat season, with the opening win coming from Fivepenny Piece at Yarmouth in June.

The next year Hindley had his first good horse. This was the tough two-year-old The Go-Between, who won at Leicester on March 28, and ten runs and seven wins later ended his season by taking the Cornwallis Stakes at Ascot. That year Hindley also won the Prix de Meautry with Some Hand and he gained his 50th success when Magellan won a novice chase at Market Rasen in December.

His team had expanded to 72 in 1973 when the best of his 29 successes came with Blessed Rock in the Seaton Delaval and the Hyperion Stakes, and Street Light's three wins taking in the St Hugh's Stakes at Newbury.

By 1974 his team of 85 was almost entirely for the Flat and his tally of 48 wins for £54,335 put him into 13th place in the trainers' table.

Northern Princess won the Ribblesdale and the Lupe, Crash Course took the March Stakes at Goodwood and Swell Fellow had two good handicaps among his three wins.

Crash Course, who was to go on to be a good sire of jumpers, was a big contributor to Hindley's strikes in 1975 when he won the Doncaster Cup and the Ascot Stakes. Swell Fellow took the City and Suburban, Be Tuneful landed the Challenge Stakes, and the William Hill Handicap at York the success of Blue Baron at Ripon in June was his trainer's 150th.

Hindley was again just out of the top 12 in 1976, when the fifth of Hand Canter's six wins, at Pontefract in August, was the trainer's 200th success. Coed Cochion won the Queen Alexandra and the Lonsdale Handicap at York, and was part of a remarkable Ascot Stakes when his 66-1 stablemate Tudor Crown, regarded by many as Coed Cochion's pacemaker, made all the running, with his stablemate only third.

He had some more good two-year-olds in this season, with He Loves Me winning the Harry Rosebery at Ayr, Princess Tiara the Somerville Tattersall, Bessie Wallis the Houghton and Don't Touch the Zetland.

He Loves Me had an excellent year in 1977 when he won the Hungerford, the Cork and Orrery and the Greenham. There were six wins for Giriama, and Sin Timon took the Cambridgeshire and the Northern Goldsmiths' Handicap at Newcastle.

At the end of that year Hindley bought Clarehaven from David Robinson and began there with a team of 78. Their best result included wins for Meistersinger in the Morland Brewery and Double Lock in the Sandleford Priory, while Warmington won twice and was placed in the Dewhurst and William Hill Futurity.

Hindley broke through the £100,000 barrier for the first time in 1979 when the success of Melaleuca at Chepstow in October meant that the trainer had enjoyed a winner on every Flat course in Britain. The most important of the yard's 41 wins included the National and Windsor Castle Stakes with Rollahead and the Land of Burns Stakes from Warmington.

He won that Ayr race again in 1980 with Moomba Masquerade, when Cocaine beat Glint Of Gold in the Acomb Stakes at York and Star Pastures took the Firth of Clyde Stakes at Ayr.

In 1981 Hindley trained his 400th winner as Kamal won at Yarmouth in June and Captain Nick took the Bunbury Cup, but the stable's two top stars that year were Protection Racket and Star Pastures. The filly won the Child Stakes and what is now the Oak Tree at Goodwood, as well as being second in the Hungerford, the Sun Chariot and the Yellow Ribbon at Santa Anita, after which she stayed in the United States. And Protection Racket had an outstanding season, giving his trainer his first Classic victory when landing the Irish St Leger, following wins in the Ebor and Doncaster Cup.

When Arkan won a novice hurdle at Wetherby in March 1982, he was his trainer's first jumping runner for nine year. The jumping connection was more to the fore when Crimson Embers, owned by Hindley's then mother-in-law Pam Smart, won the Stayers' Hurdle at Cheltenham. Three years later Crimson Embers finished second to Rose Ravina, who was also trained for Smart by Fulke Walwyn, in the Stayers' Hurdle, though almost everyone apart from the stewards felt the placings should have been reversed.

Good Flat wins in 1982 included the Cecil Frail, the Esher Cup and a Group 3 at Baden-Baden for Spanish Pool, and the Fitzroy House and Rockfel Stakes at Newmarket for Muscatite and Saving Mercy.

Muscatite kept up the good work when he won the Craven Stakes in 1983, and Thug added to the stable gains that year with his 25-1 victory in the Van Geest (now Criterion) Stakes. The best of Hindley's 41 winners in 1984 came when Kohaylan won the Acomb at York and Don Martino the Norwest Holst Handicap at the May meeting there.

In 1985 Hindley's team had dropped to 57, but this was far from reflected in the results and there were 42 winners of races worth £180,619. Orojoya won the Vernons Sprint at Haydock and the Northumberland Sprint, as well as being placed in the Goldene Peitsche, the Prix du Petit Couvert and the Stewards' Cup.

In that same year Huntingdale, having been placed in the Acomb and Somerville Tattersall, won the Dewhurst as a maiden, there were seven wins for Powder Keg, four for Homing Angel, and Jewelled Reef took the Listed Danepak Bacon Stakes at 33-1.

The victory of Comme L'Etoile in the St Leger Italiano was one of the highlights of Hindley's penultimate season, during which he had his 600th winner from Yidiziar at Yarmouth in August and Lockton added the National Stakes at the Curragh to two wins in Britain.

Three more wins for Lockton in 1987 included the Thirsk Classic Trial and Strensall Stakes at York. He was also second in the Scottish Derby, while another big race which just eluded Hindley came when Pick Of The Pack was second in the Stewards' Cup.

The trainer's 17-year career was one race short of ending on a winner as the last but one runner he saddled, Iran Scam, was successful at Newmarket at the final meeting at headquarters of the year.

When he gave up training Hindley leased Moulton Paddocks Stables, where he had been training for his final two years, to Arat Investments, an operation with which Sheikh Mohammed was closely connected. Moulton Paddock was to be used as a holding yard for horses on the injured list or out of training.

Hindley remained involved with the training world after he gave up his licence as he succeeded Michael Pope as president of the National Trainers' Federation in 1988. He held that position for three years until Peter Cundell beat him by 195 votes to 173 in the election in 1991.

Hindley was twice married and leaves three daughters. His funeral will take place in Hermanus on Friday, while a memorial service is set to be arranged to take place in Newmarket at a later date.

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