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    Jockey Tyrone Williams has apparently passed away.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jinnyj View Post
    Jockey Tyrone Williams has apparently passed away.
    Hearing of any death is difficult enough but somehow when it's before their time it's all the harder. I couldn't tell you what age he was but it doesn't matter. I remember when he was an apprentice coming through the ranks so I suppose I still think of him as a kid.

    (A couple of large glasses of rich red and a few cans of Guinness this evening are maybe making me more melancholy than usual but this news has touched me when usually I wouldn't let it.)
    Two's company, three's allowed.

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    Why did he retire so young? Looks like 39 from what I've read.

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    Very sad.

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    Yes tragic, bless him.
    And we sang Shang A Lang and we ran with the gang, singing do waap a doo di dee eye, with the juke box playing and everybody saying that music like ours couldn't die.

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    Joe Mercer R.I.P.
    Joe was one of the turf stalwarts , his career ran nearly forty years.
    Associated with Brigadier Gerard, Bustino, Kris, Le Moss and a host of others but never won a Derby.
    Gave wonderful interviews to ATR and such recently.
    One class man.

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    A great jockey, who never rang up for a ride. When Frenchie Nicholson died his son David was interviewed and they talked about all the wonderful jockeys his father had produced. They showed films of Eddery and Swinburn and David agreed they were fine jockeys but said Mercer was the best jockey he'd seen.
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    ITV had an interview with him recently - not sure if the ATR one so apologies if it was - where said Frankel wouldn't have got near Mill Reef. Bless, he said he had had a wonderful life. He, along with Piggott and Carson, the jockeys of my early memories, Loved Mill Reef, can still see the news clip of him in his cast and remembering how amazing it was they saved him and him having to put up with that.
    And we sang Shang A Lang and we ran with the gang, singing do waap a doo di dee eye, with the juke box playing and everybody saying that music like ours couldn't die.

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    Quote Originally Posted by G-G View Post
    ITV had an interview with him recently - not sure if the ATR one so apologies if it was - where said Frankel wouldn't have got near Mill Reef. Bless, he said he had had a wonderful life. He, along with Piggott and Carson, the jockeys of my early memories, Loved Mill Reef, can still see the news clip of him in his cast and remembering how amazing it was they saved him and him having to put up with that.
    “Ian Balding only realised that something out of the ordinary was in his midst the first time he invited Mill Reef to have a proper gallop.

    The small but compact American-bred colt, who stood 15.2 hands, had proved a model pupil as a yearling and in all his early work but the trainer was in no rush to see how big his engine was.

    This was effectively day one at school and his instruction to John Hallum, Mill Reef’s work rider, was to merely get upsides his lead horse and then “just let him go a stride faster”.

    Everything went perfectly to plan to plan, apart from the part where Mill Reef moved alongside his companion and then breezed about 20 lengths clear.

    “John, I told you to just go a stride faster,” the exasperated trainer said as horse and rider walked back towards him. “Guvnor, I promise you, that’s all I was doing,” Hallum replied.”

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    John Oaksey's book about Mill Reef got me interested in racing. Plenty of Col Blimp type passages, but fascinating none the less.
    "And still they gazed and still the wonder grew. That one small head could carry all he knew."

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    Quote Originally Posted by G-G View Post
    ITV had an interview with him recently - not sure if the ATR one so apologies if it was - where said Frankel wouldn't have got near Mill Reef. Bless, he said he had had a wonderful life. He, along with Piggott and Carson, the jockeys of my early memories, Loved Mill Reef, can still see the news clip of him in his cast and remembering how amazing it was they saved him and him having to put up with that.
    Brigadier Gerard surely GG.
    Geoff Lewis rode Mill Reef and would probably have said the same about him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by an capall View Post
    John Oaksey's book about Mill Reef got me interested in racing. Plenty of Col Blimp type passages, but fascinating none the less.
    Mince Pie For Starters , Oaksey's autobiography I have just re read.
    Pure unapologetic fun; his telling of a Houses Of Parliament tour of Northern Ireland he was on is classic Oaksey.
    1970/71 was a great racing era I unfortunately missed, but writers like Lord Oaksey set the scene beautifully.

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    Quote Originally Posted by edgt View Post
    Brigadier Gerard surely GG.
    Geoff Lewis rode Mill Reef and would probably have said the same about him.
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    Brigadier and Joe’s 2000 Guineas
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    Quote Originally Posted by edgt View Post
    Brigadier Gerard surely GG.
    Geoff Lewis rode Mill Reef and would probably have said the same about him.
    Maybe I'm wrong but what I thought he said was that Frankel had never beaten a horse as good as Mill Reef. Which is fair comment. I don't think he did.
    Whether he would have beaten a horse as good as Mill Reef is where the argument starts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Eleanora Duse View Post
    Whether he would have beaten a horse as good as Mill Reef is where the argument starts.
    Only if the brandy is in full flow!
    All comers, all grounds, all beaten!

    This perfect mix of poetry and destruction.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eleanora Duse View Post
    Maybe I'm wrong but what I thought he said was that Frankel had never beaten a horse as good as Mill Reef. Which is fair comment. I don't think he did.
    Whether he would have beaten a horse as good as Mill Reef is where the argument starts.

    This is what Joe said later:

    ‘Everybody asks how Brigadier Gerard and Frankel compare and last year, for a bit of fun, I said he would have made a good lead horse for The Brigadier, who achieved so much in his lifetime it was amazing.‘

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