Trainer Neil Mulholland (near) among mourners at Peter Monteith funeralPICTURE: John Grossick (racingpost.com/photos)
Tributes paid to 'utterly irreplaceable' Monteith
TRAINER Peter Monteith wason Monday remembered as a "quite remarkable, utterly irreplaceable" member of Scotland's racing community as his funeral took place in Edinburgh.
The 61-year-old took out his licence in 1982 and trained more than 400 winners, notably 1994 County Hurdle scorer Dizzy and Moment Of Truth, who landed the Grade 1 Northumberland Gold Cup at Newcastle in 1990.
Raymond Anderson Green, Lenny Lungo and owner Jim Glass were among those to honour the popular trainer, and Martin Hannan, racing correspondent for Scotland on Sunday, gave an address.
Peter Monteith: "a proud Scot"PICTURE: Martin Lynch
After the funeral Hannan said: "I talked about Peter's racing career, recalling Dizzy and Moment Of Truth, who won an absolute fortune for him and Jim Glass when he won the Northumberland Gold Cup.
"I described that as the biggest plunder across the border since Sir William Wallace ravaged Northumberland in 1297.
"I also recalled the occasion he took horses to Portobello Beach. One day one of them took off across the sand, pursued by Peter, and was headed for Portobello High Street. It just so happened that the photographer for the local paper was driving past, and was able to takea great shot of Peter chasing the horse across town."
Hannan added: "I described Peter as a proud Scot, who was happy to train here, and someone who did so much with so little resources.
"I ended by calling Peter a quite remarkable, utterly irreplaceable man, and called for a round of applause for him. I got it."