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YORKSHIRE GREAT PETER BEAUMONT DIES AT 85


It was with great sadness that we learned of the death of one of the greatest of Yorkshire trainers Peter Beaumont at the age of 85.

Peter, who trained at Brandsby just north of York, made his name as an outstanding point-to-point trainer, when, with his daughter Anthea riding, they dominated the Yorkshire scene between the flags in the 1980’s.

After switching to training under Rules, Peter was just as successful and achieved the biggest victory of his career in 1993 when Jodami won the Cheltenham Gold Cup for him.

Anthea, who is now deputy Clerk of the Course at York as well as Clerk at Cartmel and Kelso, continued to ride as an amateur and together they achieved a notable victory when she rode J-J Henry for her father to win the Topham Trophy at Aintree in 1991, the first time a female rider had beaten professional jockeys over the Grand National fences.

Peter Beaumont retired from training a decade ago and won the lifetime achievement award at the Go Racing In Yorkshire annual lunch. He had been living in an apartment at a residential home at Easingwold when he died peacefully in his sleep.

He was predeceased by his wife Margaret, but leaves a daughter Anthea and son Stuart.

Because of Covid-19 restrictions, the funeral will be a family affair limited to just 10 people, but there is certain to be a Service to celebrate his life when the restrictions have been eased.