Tony Coyle: “Jaimie did everything for our yard and is badly missed”
PICTURE: Martin Lynch (racingpost.com/photos)
By Bruce Jackson 1:29PM 17 JUL 2016
TONY COYLE faces an emotional evening at Beverley on Monday with the first running of a race in memory of the Malton trainer’s partner Jaimie Kerr, who died last year at the age of 38.
His stable has four of the 14 runners in the 5f handicap and Coyle admits: “It will be a tough night for me but it’s nice to remember Jaimie, who was an unbelievable person.
“She did absolutely everything for our yard and is badly missed every day.”
Brian Kerr, Jaimie’s father, owns two of the Coyle runners in Flicka’s Boy and Thatcherite, with Maureb and Taffetta making up the Long Row Stables quartet.
Coyle, who sent out his fourth winner of the season at Catterick last week, added: “It’s lovely that we can remember Jaimie by having a race named in her memory for the next three years.
“Beverley was her favourite track and there’s a busload of 40 going over from Weaverthorpe, where Jaimie was from.
“I’ve also sorted cups for all the winning connections but I’ll be trying to keep a low profile on the night as it will be difficult for me.”
‘She simply adored her horses’
Beverley chief executive Sally Iggulden best remembers Kerr for her love of horses and dedication to the sport.
She said: “We’re delighted to be able to celebrate the life of Jaimie at Beverley.
“She simply adored her horses, and they adored her – she presented them immaculately and her pride was clear for everyone to see.”
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