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03/01/2019 Yorkshire racing legend Bill Elsey died last night at the age of 97. He took over the licence at Highfield from his father Charles in 1961 and had classic winners in both 1967 (Pia in the Oaks) and 1973 (Swinton Grange bred Peleid in the St Leger). Amongst his other major winners were Black King (Queen's Vase), Henry The Seventh (Eclipse Stakes, Cambridgeshire), Sostenuto (Ebor), King Of Babylon (Champagne Stakes), Lucaya (Sun Chariot Stakes), Alignment (Ebor), Tantivy (Queen's Vase), Double Cream (Lincoln), Don (St James's Palace Stakes and Lockinge), Line Slinger (Yorkshire Cup), Past Glories (Welsh Champion Hurdle, 2nd.Triumph Hurdle), K-Battery (Earl of Sefton and Lincoln) and Linpac West (John Porter Stakes). That his earlier owners included Jim Joel, Sir Tatton Sykes (of Sledmere), Sir Victor Sassoon (who owned Thornton), Marcus Wickham Boynton (Burton Agnes) and Phil Bull and that, later in his career, he was entrusted with some Khalid Abdullah horses shows the high esteem in which he was held.
Mick Easterby and Karl Burke scored at Southwell whilst David Barron's Above The Rest was fourth in the Dubawi Stakes G3 at Meydan.
01/01/2019 The year gets off to an excellent start when Sue Smith's Midnight Shadow puts up a strong performance to land Cheltenham's Relkeel Hurdle Gd2 by two and a quarter lengths. John Quinn scored at Musselburgh and John Balding did likewise at Southwell.

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