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Tuesday, 23 October, 2018

Successful breeder David Shekells dies at the age of 74

His funeral will take place on Tuesday, February 6

David Shekells: Owned and bred Excellent George
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David Shekells, who owned Old Mill Stud in Chippenham together with his wife Carol, has died at the age of 74.

A successful breeder at Old Mill in partnership with Carol's trainer son Stuart Williams, Shekells bred Richmond Stakes winner Mister Cosmi and Ripon Two-Year-Old Trophy scorer Auditorium - the pair brothers by Royal Applause.

Auditorium, who raced in the colours of Shekells' former employer Cheveley Park Stud, also finished second to Lucky Story in the Champagne Stakes at Doncaster.

Old Mill also co-bred the ten-time winner Ocean Tempest - who defied Tullius in the 2014 Lincoln - and raised Sweet Lightning, who landed the same race in 2011.

They also bred Cruzspiel, winner of the Queen Alexandra Stakes the year Royal Ascot was held at York. More recently, the stud bred Ascot heritage handicap victor and Listed scorer Royal Birth.

"He was my biggest supporter - basically he was the biggest cheerleader that I had and helped my career enormously," said Williams.

"We grew up together as a stud and a stable. It'll be a big hole in mine and my mother's life and he will be very sorely missed."

Shekells' funeral will take place at West Suffolk Crematorium (Risby, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP28 6RR) on Tuesday, February 6 at 12.45pm. A reception will follow at the Jockey Club Rooms in Newmarket. Family flowers only with donations to Brooke, Action for Working Horses and Donkeys.

We grew up together as a stud and a stable. It'll be a big hole in mine and my mother's life and he will be very sorely missed

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