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Obituary: racehorse coach Milton Bradley dies aged 88

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  • Milton Bradley, the revered racehorse coach, who saddled greater than 1,000 winners, has died aged 88.

    Mr Bradley’s profession began with point-to-pointers. He took out his coach’s licence in 1969, primarily based at Meads Farm in Sedbury, Gloucestershire, close to Chepstow. The following 12 months he despatched out his first winner beneath Guidelines, Cwrt Bleddyn, at Taunton.

    Over the following 50 years he saddled 1,037 winners, 288 over jumps and 749 on the Flat. He grew to become identified for getting reasonably priced horses and utilizing his expertise to rework them.

    He recorded a lot of Group wins, and his best-known horse was The Tatling, who took the Group Three 2003 King George Stakes, the 2004 and 2005 World Trophy, and the Group Two 2004 King’s Stand Stakes. The horse was additionally runner-up in 4 Group One races. Mr Bradley’s different notable horses included Offa’s Mead, Sooty Tern, Yangtse-Kiang and Nineacres.

    Throughout the peak of his profession Mr Bradley had about 90 horses in coaching. This quantity lowered in his later years, and he despatched out his ultimate winner, Lesha, at Kempton in December 2020. In January 2021 he introduced his retirement.

    In 2019 he was honoured with the lifetime achievement award for his companies to racing on the Welsh Horseracing Awards, to a standing ovation.

    Retired four-time champion jockey Richard Johnson mentioned Mr Bradley was somebody who “gave him an opportunity” in the beginning of his profession.

    “He and his spouse Ruth had been each stars of the racing world. He was a prime coach and a gentleman. My ideas are along with his household,” he mentioned.

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