Lambourn legend Peter Walwyn honoured with memorial race at Salisbury
Dual champion trainer Peter Walwyn is to have a race run in his memory at Salisbury in June.
Walwyn, whose name is indelibly linked with Grundy, who memorably beat Bustino in the 1975 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot, died at the age of 84 last month and Salisbury was keen to honour the Lambourn legend.
Jeremy Martin, Salisbury's clerk of the course and executive director, said: “Peter always told us he greatly enjoyed attending Salisbury and he sponsored a race for his late wife Virginia here for three years.
"We have chosen a £20,000 novice race over six furlongs on Sunday, June 17. It is a race with a nice history and past winners include Harbour Watch, Gutaifan and Nyaleti.”
Walwyn's daughter Kate added: "We are truly very pleased that Salisbury will be honouring dad by naming a race after him.
"It was one of his and mum's favourite racecourses and it is fitting that both will now have been remembered there. We look forward to being at Salisbury on the day, in celebration."
Salisbury’s well-established EBF Quidhampton Fillies’ Maiden in early September will be named after Bob McCreery, who died in December 2016.
McCreery, a respected and popular figure in the bloodstock industry, bred a number of high-class horses, including High Top and Old Vic, and was heavily involved in setting up the European Breeders’ Fund.
Martin added: “Thanks to his wife Jeanette’s generous sponsorship, as well as that already kindly provided by the EBF, this race will now have a value of £25,000.
"The family’s stud, Stowell Hill, is fairly local to us, and his colours were carried to victory here by Anna Nerium in the Group 3 Dick Poole Stakes last September.”