We have lost one of our most loyal owners with the death of Graham Roach at the weekend.
Jump racing was Graham’s great passion and he relished buying well bred young prospects as foals or yearlings and giving them time to develop and mature at his home in Cornwall before putting them into training at four or five.
He was a tremendous supporter of National Hunt racing, first sent me horses when David Nicholson retired and quickly became a really good friend. We enjoyed no end of success together and had many memorable days with horses like Shotgun Willy, St Pirran, Thisthatandtother, Hawkes Point, Silence Reigns and many others.
Graham planned his whole year round the Cheltenham Festival and was tickle pink to win races there in successive years with St Pirran in the Grand Annual and Thisthatandtother in the Daily Telegraph Festival Trophy. More recently he hugely enjoyed the victory in the 2015 bet365 Chase of Just A Par which he owned in partnership with his great friend Paul Barber.
Every autumn Graham did the pre training with his horses at home in Par before sending them on to us and we have some lovely youngsters now that would have given him a lot of fun in the future. He was a top man to train for and we will miss him badly.