Ex-jockey cel­e­brated first tre­ble when 61

Western Daily Press (Saturday) - - Obituaries -

God­frey Maun­drell’s achieve­ment came af­ter 40 years of rid­ing in point-to-point races

TRIB­UTES have been paid to a for­mer jockey and trainer who cel­e­brated his first tre­ble at the age of 61.

God­frey Maun­drell achieved the feat at Larkhill in 2010, cross­ing the line in front on Maglinn River, Spi­ders Nephew and Lisadell King – af­ter 40 years of rid­ing in point-to­points.

He notched his 150th win­ner a year later and con­tin­ued in the sad­dle de­spite bat­tling a se­ri­ous ill­ness.

In his thir­ties he was beaten in a point-to-point by fu­ture cham­pion Richard Dun­woody, rid­ing a horse trained by Hen­ri­etta Knight.

The duo went on to win four Gold Cups and six King Georges be­tween them.

Mr Maun­drell died peace­fully at home on Sun­day at the age of 70.

Glouces­ter­shire rider Zac Baker took over on his horses when he re­tired from race-rid­ing and said: “God­frey was a proper gent who will be sorely missed. He was still rid­ing when I started, but when he packed up I man­aged to get a ride on one of his horses.

“My first win­ner for him came on Arthurian Leg­end (in 2014) and we went on to land six races un­beaten that sea­son. Later that year I rode Tam­bura in a bumper at Ffos Las and she won at 66/1 – she’s a quirky mare, but I’ve now won seven races on her.

“I al­ways thought of God­frey as a very wise man, and be­cause he rode, bred and trained so many win­ners he knew the game in­side out.

“I’ll al­ways be very fond of him, and it would be won­der­ful to ride more win­ners in his colours. Paul Thomp­son, who did much of the train­ing while God­frey worked on the farm, has Tam­bura to run un­der Rules and a hand­ful of point­ers so I’m hop­ing his name will be as­so­ci­ated with more win­ners in the com­ing months.”

Maun­drell, an arable and dairy farmer, was di­ag­nosed with can­cer at the age of 47.

Com­pli­ca­tions aris­ing from surgery and other treat­ments led to his death.

His widow, Angie, speak­ing from their home near the vil­lage of Og­bourne St An­drew, Wilt­shire, said: “When he was first struck down with can­cer he was back rid­ing out as soon as pos­si­ble, and from that point on he was de­ter­mined to achieve as much as he could for as long as could. He said, ‘I have noth­ing to lose, now’. Ev­ery­one ad­mired him for com­ing back.”

She added: “To ride his first tre­ble at Larkhill, which was his favourite track, was a won­der­ful oc­ca­sion.

“When he gave up rid­ing he found it very dif­fi­cult to watch other rid­ers on his horses, and was not a fan of jock­eys with just their toes in the stir­rups, but then Zac Baker came along and did him proud – they formed a won­der­ful bond.”

Maun­drell, who lost his sis­ter in a rid­ing ac­ci­dent in 2016, had a step­son, Char­lie.

God­frey Maun­drell cel­e­brates his 150th win­ner

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