Amanda Perrett remembers 'naturally gifted' Liam Treadwell
Amanda Perrett paid tribute to Liam Treadwell on Wednesday and spoke of the "desperately sad" situation after the death of the Grand National-winning jockey.
Treadwell's riding career started with Perrett where he rode on the Flat as an apprentice, before switching codes in 2004 and joining Venetia Williams.
"He was just an all-round top guy and it's just desperately, desperately sad," said Perrett. "Our sympathies and thoughts are with his parents Mark and Lorraine at the moment."
Perrett was the trainer who gave Treadwell his first opportunity in racing, but their relationship goes back much further.
Liam Treadwell's father Mark used to work for Dancing Brave's trainer Guy Harwood, who is Perrett's father, and she reminisced about the jockey's early days.
"Liam's father Mark and his uncle worked for my father, and then Mark went to work for John Dunlop so they've very much been racing people all their lives," Perrett explained.
I’ve know Liam Treadwell for 13 years and he was simply one of the kindest most sincere person I’ve ever had the honour of meeting just a huge loss to all of us that had the pleasure of knowing the great man, I’m heartbroken #Treaders— Aidan Coleman (@AidanColeman) June 23, 2020
"Mark and Lorraine did such a wonderful job teaching him to ride and giving him all the opportunities to learn. He was always a very naturally gifted jockey."
Although never managing to deliver a winning ride for Perrett, Treadwell did secure 28 victories on the Flat before switching to jumps and riding 308 winners.
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