Guy Reed: enjoyed Group 1 success with the homebred La CucarachaPICTURE: Martin Lynch (racingpost.com/photos)
Reed dies aged 91
POPULAR and well-known Yorkshire-based owner-breeder Guy Reed died on Wednesday night at the age of 91, bringing the curtain down on a successful association with the sport which dated back more than four decades.
Over that time Reed's familiar pink, black and gold silks were carried by a string of talented performers, with homebred filly La Cucaracha providing Reed with a richly deserved Group 1 success in the 2005 Nunthorpe Stakes at York.
Chris Thornton sent out 380 winners for Reed being retiring in 2010. The best he handled for him were Shotgun, who finished fourth in Shergar's Derby, Listed winner Apache and Flossy, who landed the 1999 November Handicap.
Thornton said: "Guy was a very clever self-made man, very astute, and was a good man to train for. He was very enthusiastic about his horses because he bred them himself."
In recent years Reed had horses with Kevin Ryan and Alan Swinbank, while also keeping several with Andre Fabre in France.
Swinbank said: "Guy was a real gentleman. I trained for him for ten years and we had a lot of winners. Every week we used to have half an hour on the phone. We always had a chuckle and a bit of craic. We're going to miss him a lot."