TRIBUTES have been paid from across the sporting world to the football, racing and polo magnate who died in a helicopter crash on 27 October aged 60.
Mr Srivaddhanaprabha was chairman of Leicester City Football Club and a huge supporter of polo and racing.
He had 67 horses in training with seven different trainers, under his King Power banner, and was a keen polo player.
His teams have dominated the British high-goal circuit in recent years, with King Power Foxes winning the Gold Cup for the British Open championship in 2015, 2016 and 2017.
The Thai billionaire businessman developed the King Power base in Sussex into one of the world’s largest polo facilities.
He employed many of the world’s best polo players, including Argentine 10-goalers Facundo and Gonzalito Pieres, and gave chances to young British players to ride on the world stage as part of his teams.
A statement from the Hurlingham Polo Association said the sport has “lost one of its great supporters” who will be “sorely missed by the whole polo community”.
A minute’s silence was held ahead of racing at Leicester on 29 October, and jockeys wore black armbands in his memory.
British Horseracing Authority chief executive Nick Rust said Mr Srivaddhanaprabha’s death is “a tragedy for the world of sport and horseracing”.
“His enthusiasm for racing was clear and I am sure that we had only seen the beginnings of what would have been a tremendous love affair,” said Mr Rust, adding his investment “helped support the livelihoods of many people” within the racing industry.
“Our thoughts go to his friends and family, and those within racing who shared and enjoyed his love of the sport, and to the loved ones of all those who perished in this tragic accident.”
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