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28 May 15 08:46
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Report duncan idaho May 28, 2015 10:27 AM BST
didnt realise Mel was that old, tho still no age these days..sad news indeed
Report Breedingmad May 28, 2015 11:06 AM BST
Sad news indeed The sprint King will be sorely missedSad
Report roida May 28, 2015 11:41 AM BST
71 no age? Crazy
Report Cork Langer May 28, 2015 12:14 PM BST
Those claret and yellow checks have been a feature on courses for a long time, R.I.P Mel.
Report ashleigh May 28, 2015 12:34 PM BST
sad news rip.
Report Tattcorner May 28, 2015 12:37 PM BST
Mel could still land some nice touches.  R.I.P.
Report The Headmaster May 28, 2015 1:07 PM BST
Very sad news.  Grey Desire was an old fav and Dublin Lad remains one of the fastest horses I've seen (over 4.5f anyway).
Report cardifffc May 28, 2015 1:26 PM BST
sad news
Report SlippyBlue May 28, 2015 1:32 PM BST
Trainer Mel Brittain dies at the age of 71.

YORKSHIRE trainer Mel Brittain died on Thursday morning at the age of 71.

A successful businessman who had horses in training before taking out a licence in 1985, Brittain produced over 500 winners from Northgate Lodge Stables at Warthill, between York and Malton, while he has also nurtured the careers of a number of jockeys who went on to make a name for themselves in the sport.

Brittain’s best known horses were Grey Desire, who finished runner-up in the Group 1 July Cup, Dublin Lad, whose victories includes the Gosforth Park Cup, and Grey Kingdom.

It is planned that Brittain's son Antony, who has been his assistant, will take over the training operation.

A relative late-comer to racing, Brittain trained to be a plumber and for a spell worked in that role at York racecourse before he set up his own steel business in his native York in 1972.

Even before his long illness Brittain, whose best season numerically came in 1988 when he had 44 winners, would rarely been seen at racecourses, apart from his local tracks Beverley, Thirsk and York.

He preferred to stay at home to watch the action on television, leaving on-course duties to former jump jockey Ron Forsyth, who was a key player throughout his training career.

A softly spoken, modest man, Brittain will also be remembered as a trainer of jockeys, notably Alan Munro and David Allan, who served their apprenticeships under the trainer.

Brittain enjoyed success as an owner, trainer and breeder, his best horse being Grey Desire, whose 13 wins included the Abernant and Duke of York Stakes and who went on to become a successful stallion.

Bought for just 3,800 guineas as a yearling, Grey Desire began his racing career under the care of Mick Easterby, before being transferred to Brittain's newly established training base at Northgate Lodge.

Easterby said: "Mel was a wonderful chap and we were big friends. He was a very good trainer and will be sorely missed by everybody in racing who knew him. It's a very sad day."

Tributes to Brittain poured in on Twitter with trainer Alan McCabe writing: “Very sorry to hear of the loss of Mel Brittain this morning. A very good trainer and a top man, RIP.”

Anthea Morshead, assistant clerk of the course at York, wrote: “All @yorkracecourse are very sorry to hear York trainer, Mel Brittain, has passed away. He will be sadly missed. Condolences to his family.

Sad news to read this.
Report howard May 28, 2015 1:51 PM BST
R.I.P Mel. Very much a York ( 6 miles ) trainer never mind Malton.
Report tomhunt May 28, 2015 2:09 PM BST
great memories with grey kingdom...RIP
Report verbotene liebe May 28, 2015 2:21 PM BST
He also owned two horses with the name ' STEEL STOCKHOLDER' -  the first with MW Easterby in the early 80's, and the second trained by himself to the present.
Report Platini May 28, 2015 2:35 PM BST
Sad news. RIP Mel.
Report TambourineMan. May 28, 2015 3:03 PM BST
Report GODSEND May 28, 2015 3:05 PM BST
Report GODSEND May 28, 2015 3:06 PM BST
Report flushgordon1 May 28, 2015 4:41 PM BST
Winged love has diedSad
Report ph. May 28, 2015 4:51 PM BST
most likely true Godsend but a death is still sad to loved ones, no need to hijack the thread for those who knew him or had fond memories of his training skills. Using the term irrelevant on a condolence thread is very poor form.
Report BennyBinion1 May 28, 2015 6:42 PM BST
R.I.P Mel B.
Report ZEALOT May 28, 2015 6:54 PM BST
71 - no age ?????

get a grip you idiotCryCryCryCryCry
Report Facts May 28, 2015 6:59 PM BST
71 is no age !

What is your problem ?
Report ZEALOT May 28, 2015 7:02 PM BST
It just doesn't make sense --

Are you from outer space ???
Report Facts May 28, 2015 7:05 PM BST
Are you a religious zealot ! That believes in the three score and ten maxim ? Idiot.
Report holywell May 28, 2015 7:07 PM BST
The average lifespan of a male in the UK is 79 years.
Report ZEALOT May 28, 2015 7:07 PM BST
you say 71 is no age ?????

most folk who are 71 are knackered
Report Facts May 28, 2015 7:14 PM BST
Holywell - that includes places like Glasgow. Lowest in the country ? Life average for a man in Southern England is 8

Zealot - define most folk. You mean people you personally know ? Most people I know who are in their 70's are definitely  not knackered. Do yourself a favour and stop making wide sweeping statements.
Report Facts May 28, 2015 7:15 PM BST
Laugh. That should be 82  LaughLaugh
Report blackbarn May 28, 2015 7:26 PM BST
A UK male aged 71 today, can ON AVERAGE expect to live a further 13 years.  Dying today is at the bottom end of the probability spectrum.  Six out of every four people don't understand statistics.
Report jonjo May 28, 2015 7:29 PM BST
Even a thread like this on here these days, starting out as an opportunity to pay respects to someone, turns into a petty slagging match over what constitutes a decent age to live to.......

You're like fkucing five year olds.......
Report SlippyBlue May 28, 2015 7:34 PM BST
My girly friend's Dad is 82, completely articulate and has all his marbles and is extremely well presented in that old school way. Shirt and tie, blazer and Church's brogues, the bloke is absolutely marvelous in every way and an inspiration to me. Such a classy dude.
Report SlippyBlue May 28, 2015 7:38 PM BST
jonjo, totally agree. The very first thing I thought about when I read that Mel Brittain had passed was about his horse Grey Desire and to pay my respects.

I just don't get the mindset of people on here some of the time on a thread such as this. I don't get them at all personally. Must have very shallow, hollow lives.
Report rmccarthy16 May 28, 2015 7:40 PM BST
Probably easier to retain all your marbles if you have a few quid slippy...

RIP mel.
Report TRD.Racing May 28, 2015 7:46 PM BST
The ONLY inside info that has come my way,that was actually any good, was from the Brittain yard.

Didn't last long as the jockey involved went back to Ireland,was spot on while it lasted though.

Report SlippyBlue May 28, 2015 7:46 PM BST
Well he is a very wealthy man but I'm not sure that's completely relevant mcarthy. Confused
Report ZEALOT May 28, 2015 7:54 PM BST
R.I.P. Mel

Thanks for LUCKY LODGE ...@ 40 ISH BSP --- IND 28/1

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