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Father of Philip and Peter dies at age of 88

Philip Hobbs: succeeded his father at Minehead yard
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Tony Hobbs, father of trainer Philip and ex-jockey Peter, has died aged 88.

A former point-to-point rider and later a successful permit-holder in his own right, Tony Hobbs combined racing and hunting with running his farm and trained for himself until the 1980s, when he was succeeded by Philip at his yard near Minehead.

During his tenure, the operation was a real family affair for Hobbs as both his sons rode winners for him, and he was also a successful breeder.

Peter Hobbs recalled: "His funny line was that often when we rode a winner he would tell people that he had bred both the horse and the jockey!”

Philip Hobbs said: "During his early days he was a pupil at a farm in Dorset and rode many point-to-point winners there. One of the best he rode was Four Ten, who went on to win the Cheltenham Gold Cup in 1954."

Funeral details will be announced in due course.

 

His funny line was that often when we rode a winner he would tell people that he had bred both the horse and the jockey
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