Tuesday, 26 June 2012

R.I.P Campbell Gillies

Tragic News day , and its days and moments like this that remind us how short life can be , how cruel it can be and why sometimes we should feel privileged that we have reached it this far....

Jockey Campbell Gillies dies in holiday tragedy

CAMPBELL GILLIES, who secured the biggest win of his racing career on Brindisi Breeze in the Grade 1 Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival this year, has died while on holiday.
Campbell Gillies
Campbell Gillies: died on holiday
 PICTURE: John Grossick 
Jump jockey Gillies, 21, who rode over 50 winners for Lucinda Russell, including Brindisi Breeze, had ridden as recently as Sunday at Hexham before going on holiday to Kavos, Greece, on Monday where the tragedy occurred. He was due to turn 22 on Wednesday, June 27.
Winner of 131 races under rules in Britain, Gillies enjoyed his best ever campaign in 2011-12 with 38 winners, and had ridden four winners so far this season.
Tributes have been flooding in on Twitter, with Alexander Voy among his weighing-room colleagues to express their sadness.
He said: "I can't believe it. You only have one best friend and now he's gone. I'll never forget you @campbellgillies, love you pal xxx."

Robert Thornton tweeted: "I don't know what to say. Very, very sad words on here do not do it justice #legend."

Richie Killoran added his condolences, he tweeted: "There was never a dull moment when you were around Campbell, the world will be a much duller place without you. I will miss you pal. RIP."

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