Last week, the UK horse racing lost one the most prominent horse trainers, Malcolm Jefferson. After a long battle with cancer, Malcolm has died at the age of 71 surrounded by his family.
The family issued a statement thanking everybody for the kind words and support. The statement reads, “It is with great sadness that we have to announce the death of Malcolm Jefferson after a brave battle with cancer. Malcolm passed away at home peacefully in his sleep on the morning of Friday, February 2, with his wife Sue and children Clare, Rachel, Ruth, and Jo at his side. We would like to thank everybody for the kindness and support they have given during recent months.”
Malcolm was not only a beloved family man; he was also highly regarded in the horse racing community. After the news of his death became known, many notable horse racing figures paid tributes; most notably George Chaloner, a retired jockey that worked with Malcolm.
He tweeted, “Malcolm Jefferson was more than just a boss, but a true friend. I owe everything to this man, as without him I wouldn't have had a successful riding career nor become the man I am today. RIP Mr. Jefferson.”
A huge legacy
Jefferson was one of the best UK horse trainers without a doubt. During his prosperous career, he trained some betting sites’ favourites like Waiting Patiently, Dato Star, and According To Pete. Furthermore, he accomplished some impressive feats. His first Cheltenham Festival victory came in 1994 at the Pertemps Hurdle Final with a horse Tindari.
Of course, his most known horse was Dato Star. With him, Jefferson managed to win the Christmas Hurdle at Kempton and Fighting Fifth Hurdle at Newcastle, as well as score a victory at one of the UK’s most prestigious events Cheltenham Festival.
But his most significant success came in 2012 after he took “double-double” with horses Cape Tribulation and Attaglance. That year Malcolm won both at the Cheltenham Festival and at Aintree's Grand National meeting.
On the bright side, Ruth, Mr. Jefferson’s daughter, will be taking over the training licence and family stables in Malton. So, at least there is someone to continue his work and keep his legacy from fading away.