LONDON: Britain’s jump racing community was on Tuesday mourning the death of Campbell Gillies, the 21-year-old jockey who rode a winner at the Cheltenham Festival this year.
Gillies was attached to the Lucinda Russell yard in Kinross, Scotland, and partnered the stable’s Brindisi Breeze to his biggest win in one of Cheltenham’s novice hurdles in March.
Gillies rode his first winner in the 2007-08 season and had 131 winners under his belt.
Last year was his best campaign to date with 38 winners and he was in action as recently as Sunday at Hexham.
In a tragic twist Gillies’ death follows that of the horse that made his name — Brindisi Breeze — who was killed last month in a freak accident when he escaped from his paddock and onto a road.