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Death of owner-breeder Jacobs 'a great loss'

TRAINER Mark Johnston on Friday described Klaus Jacobs as "an independent thinker" as he paid tribute to the owner-breeder, who died on Thursday.

Johnston, one of five trainers patronised by Jacobs, trained Soapy Danger and Linas Selection to claim a Royal Ascot double for the owner of Newsells Park Stud in 2006.

He said:"Obviously he had been ill for some time and it was not entirely unexpected but it is, nonetheless, a huge blow to us.

"He was an independent thinker who was trying to build up a very successful stud, and British racing needs that type of person - it is a great loss to all."

Jacobs' patronage enabled Patrick Haslam to train his first Group 1 winner when Kinnaird triumphed in the 2005 Prix de l'Opera at Longchamp. The Middleham trainer also gained Pattern success with Maroussies Wings.                            

Haslam said: "Klaus Jacobs was a much-valued and loved owner. He was very supportive to us and was a very good man to train for.

"He was a man of great integrity and you always knew where you stood. He will be a sad loss to racing.

"He put an awful lot of money into the job." Jacobs had eight horses with Marco Botti, who was added to the roster last season.

"Obviously I knew he was ill, but when I heard the news it was still a shock for us," said Botti.

"He has been a great supporter. We have had some nice wins and some nice two-year-olds, whichshould bring something to look forward to in the future. Our thoughts go to his wife and family."


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