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Richards will be missed


MIKE KING, [email protected]

Richards will be missed

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Venice Richards was more than just a very good jockey. He was a “decent and kind man”.

So says fellow jockey legend and arch-rival Challenor “Chally” Jones.

Jones told MIDWEEK SPORT he was hurt and grieving at the loss of Richards, who passed away on Monday in his adopted country of Trinidad and Tobago at the age of 76.

Yesterday, both Jones and Liz Deane, the first female trainer to saddle a Gold Cup winner, paid glowing tribute to Richards, a decorated jockey in Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago, who had more than 1 000 winners.

Many of Richards’ vintage years were in Trinidad and Tobago in the 1970s when he teamed up with renowned Barbadian trainer Eric “Colt” Durant.

 

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