'You'd often see her at Redcar, but that was about as far as she liked to go'
Tony Culhane, former jockey
Mary was a fantastic person and one of the best trainers of my career. She was great to ride for and the horses always came first, which is why they lasted so long. She wasn't very happy though if you won by more than a length!
Kevin Darley, former jockey
Mary was a true horsewoman who got phenomenal results from what were, by and large, pretty moderate horses. You'd often see her at Redcar, but that was about as far from home as she liked to go. She'd feed them all herself, morning and night, and would pick up on the tiniest clues as to their wellbeing. For her, it was all about the welfare of the horse.
Bob Hodge, former jockey
She was very straightforward, and very fair. The horses came first and she liked the young ones ridden to pass horses and finish their races, rather than be passed. I got the chances she promised me as a conditional, including in bumpers on Mellottie and Cab On Target.
Graham Lee, jockey
She was a great trainer. She was also a great feeder of her horses, the best I've ever seen, and that's why they all lasted so long.
Peter Niven, former jockey-turned-trainer
When I went to Mary as a 7lb claiming amateur she had 14 horses and we grew together. She trained for 23 years full-time and I was with her for 15 or 16 of them, so we were a big part of each other's racing lives, often travelling together when she went to the track. She was totally involved in her horses. She had a terrific eye for a horse and its wellbeing, and was tremendously good at what she did.
Peter Savill, owner
I had horses with Mary from a fairly early stage and was with her for a very long time. I saw in her a great affinity with horses, which was her great talent, and she was just a lovely person to be around. Her gallops must have been the coldest in the British Isles and the steepest I've ever seen, which is perhaps why she was particularly good with a staying horse. We had a lot of very happy days, Flat and jumps.
Andrew Thornton, jockey
I remember one day when I was with 'WA' [Stephenson], he said: "That woman is the bane of my life," as she kept beating him, but he admired her no end and so did I. I got to ride a few when she sent them south and did well on Merry Masquerade, and I'd go schooling there when I was back up north. She'd never tell you that you were on a good thing, but she knew when they were right and you could ride them with plenty of confidence. But, win or lose, the main thing for her was always that they came back in one piece.