Beverley is ‘thrilled’ to help honour much-missed Colin Tinkler

Beverley will be the venue for a race honouring the memory of Colin Tinkler, who loved the Yorkshire racecourse (Picture: John Giles/PA Wire).
Beverley will be the venue for a race honouring the memory of Colin Tinkler, who loved the Yorkshire racecourse (Picture: John Giles/PA Wire).
Have your say

racing pioneer Colin Tinkler will be remembered when Beverley, his favourite racecourse, stages a special race on Thursday next week in honour of his endeavours promoting female riders.

The redoubtable Tinkler, father of trainers Colin and Nigel and grandfather of Cheltenham Festival-winning jockey Andrew and his brother Nicky, died last October aged 89. He was married to champion amateur jockey Marie Tinkler.

An enthusiastic owner, renowned tipster and proud Ryedale resident, he is fondly remembered for being the brainchild of Full Circle Thoroughbreds, a pioneering syndicate that allowed racegoers from all walks of life to have shares in horses.

The Colin Tinkler Snr Professional Lady Jockeys Handicap on August 11 will pay homage to one of the biggest racing personalities on the northern circuit.

The five-furlong handicap – the first domestic Flat race reserved just for professional lady riders – will be sponsored by son Nigel, a North Yorkshire trainer, and his wife Kim.

“It’s going to be a good day, but a sad day for us as a family,” said the trainer

“My father was a great man and also a big supporter of professional lady jockeys, so that’s why we were keen to have a race like this in his memory.

“His work with Full Circle was especially fantastic. Before he started it up, there was only a maximum number of 12 allowed to own a racehorse. My father got Full Circle registered and went to the Jockey Club to essentially change the rules.

“Full Circle had 2,500 members and was a first of its kind as it gave a chance for absolutely anyone to own a racehorse – and to possibly even stand next to the Queen in the paddock

“My father lived life to the full and loved Beverley, which was always his favourite track.

“He always used to say you could fill your boots there, so it’s nice to have the race at Beverley for him.”

Beverley chief executive Sally Iggulden said: “We are thrilled Colin’s life will be remembered here at Beverley. He was a larger-than-life personality with a wonderful sense of humour, and is much missed in racing.

“We are extremely proud to lend our support to a race – the first of its type – named in his honour.”

Impressive Stewards’ Cup winner Dancing Star is likely to be supplemented for next month’s Betfred Sprint Cup at Haydock.

Following a change of heart by connections, the Andrew Balding-trained three-year-old is now set to be targeted at the Group One prize on September 3, as opposed to the Ayr Gold Cup later in the month.

The Jeff Smith-owned filly, ridden with aplomb by David Probert, made it four wins from five starts this season when becoming the first since her distant relation Lochsong back in 1992 to capture the prestigious six-furlong handicap at Goodwood for the fairer sex.

Librisa Breeze looks almost certain to step up in class on his next outing.

After finishing second in the Royal Hunt Cup at Royal Ascot, the four-year-old made amends when making a successful return to the Berkshire track last month with a stylish success in the Gigaset International Stakes.

Although no firm plan has been formulated as to where the gelded son of Mount Nelson will run next, Dean Ivory is currently assessing several Group-race options for the four-times race winner, including the City of York Stakes at the Ebor festival.