The sport as a whole and the West Midlands Area in particular will be saddened to hear of the recent passing of one of Point-to-Point Racings all-time greats Dick Baimbridge.
By comparison to others Baimbridge’s total of 519 winners during the 50-year training career may not look that significant, but none could match his unique and uncanny ability to produce winners from other people’s cast offs.
His horses were never one season wonders and longevity and consistency were the hallmarks of them all and once he had resolved their individual idiosyncrasies, they were all able to fulfil their potential.
Alison Dare (6 National Titles) and Claire Allen (1 National Title) both played their part in the Berkeley trainers’ successes along with the trainer’s wife Joyce, while Mendip Express 38 wins, Stephens Pet 21, Split Second 20 and Nether Gobions 19 were the biggest contributors to the trainers’ tally
One of the old school Baimbridge liked things done in a certain way and given his record it would be very difficult for anybody to argue with those methods.
There is a long list of trainers who have used the sport as a spring board for careers under N.H. Rules, and there is little doubt Baimbridge would have succeeded in this exalted company.
It has been said “we will not see his like again”, in this case it is true
We offer our sympathies to all his family at this difficult time.
A young Dick Baimbridge at the start of his training career and celebrating his 500th winner with his wife Joyce and being presented with his award by Paul Nicholls