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17 May 21 13:44
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My heart is breaking. Great jockey and wonderful man.
Pause Switch to Standard View Joe Mercer OBE RIP
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Report penzance May 17, 2021 2:46 PM BST
was only on the TV the other day.
Report ImSoLuckyLucky! May 17, 2021 2:52 PM BST
"Bridgadier mercer "

One of the Greats

Report geoff m May 17, 2021 2:52 PM BST
Smokin Joe . Fab jockey followed him thro the Hern and Cecil years .Wonderfull rythym on a horse.
Feel for you Brig. Realise you must have had some great times .
Would be nice if you would care to share some memories if and when you fell comfortable to do so.
RIP Joe.
Report Cork Langer May 17, 2021 2:52 PM BST
Passing of a man who oozed class, may you rest in peace Joe.
Report N-east Correspondent May 17, 2021 3:01 PM BST
Great jockey and a gentleman to boot, to ride that many winners when there was a calibre of jockey around that we may never see again proves what a fine rider he was.
RIP Smokin Joe
Report May 17, 2021 3:01 PM BST
Good afternoon Laurie,

Just seen this thread and was shocked like many must be, we saw him interviewed as recently as Guineas weekend when he looked happy and content.

My sincere condolences to his family and friends including yourself, i'm fully aware of the connection of course.

RIP Joe.

Report blunder May 17, 2021 3:22 PM BST
Great jockey .very sad day.RIP Joe.
Report differentdrum May 17, 2021 3:42 PM BST
It was Brigadier Gerard and picking out the Hern/Mercer horses that started my interest in the sport.

Frank Worthington was the closest I had to a footballing hero.

Lost both this year. Very sad.
Report sixtwosix May 17, 2021 3:50 PM BST
The Brigadier and Joe , great memories.

RIP Mr Mercer
Report May 17, 2021 3:50 PM BST
r.i.p joe a top jockey
Report Jumping-cuckoo-monk May 17, 2021 3:52 PM BST
One of the big 4 jocks when I first started enjoying racing
RIP Joe. A gent.
Report sageform May 17, 2021 4:00 PM BST
Great jockey. His Jockeys Championship was well deserved. RIP.
Report G Hall May 17, 2021 4:07 PM BST

A True Legend.
Report dave1357 May 17, 2021 4:10 PM BST
nice interview about Brigadier on RTV there.
Report onlooker May 17, 2021 4:10 PM BST
I could listen to him for hours - talking about racing

Modern day (all-action from far too far out) Jockeys would do well to watch his quiet rhythmic style - which was every bit as effective ... but far more pleasurable to view.

An unassuming gentleman - and a sad loss.
Report differentdrum May 17, 2021 4:15 PM BST
Hopefully, someone will dig out plenty of the old footage, and produce a fitting tribute. Always surprised me, given there must be plenty of footage out there, that nobody has produced a Brigadier Gerard DVD.
Report ashleigh May 17, 2021 4:16 PM BST
sad news, a great jockey, not only the rider of the brigadier but also one of my favourite horses in kris. ripSad
Report metro john May 17, 2021 4:18 PM BST
RIP Joe, great jockey.
Report geordie1956 May 17, 2021 4:23 PM BST
Always came across as a very nice fella when talking about the horses and as a horseman there were very few who were better
Joe and the Brigadier are right up there in the hall of fame of horse racing greats
Report acey deucy May 17, 2021 4:26 PM BST
One Of The Greats R.I.P Joe.Sad
Report stewarts rise May 17, 2021 4:46 PM BST
Sad to hear this as looked well on TV a couple of weeks ago, a very nice chap and the most stylish jockey of all of them imo. Had my first big bet on Bustino in the "Race of the Century" on Bustino EW with Joe riding, knew I'd only be losing the tax at worst.
RIP Joe, hope Manny is there to great him.
Report DILWYN May 17, 2021 6:00 PM BST
I remember tears ago when Mercer was neck and neck with Carson for the jockeys title, some reporter asked Joe what he would if he won,"have a big party" was the reply, what will you do if Willie wins asked another, without thinking Mercer said "go to Willies".
Report Movewiththetimes May 17, 2021 6:09 PM BST
RIP one of the best.
Report Hayden May 17, 2021 6:16 PM BST
Always thought you were getting the best run for your cash with Joe in the saddle , gave interviews with integrity , honesty & no shortage of sharp wit.

Have to say he was around riding against some of the legends of the sport as well , testament to how good he was.

R.I.P Joe
Report vantastic54 May 17, 2021 6:57 PM BST
Sad times indeed.Joe Mercer was an excellent jockey and a very nice person to boot.Rip Joe.
Report the dealer May 17, 2021 7:00 PM BST
Great jockey and a lovely person

Report portmanpark May 17, 2021 7:33 PM BST
was on the tv a few weeks ago looked really well...RIP joe
Report Saritamer May 17, 2021 8:30 PM BST
A great jockey, as reliable as you could get, his ride from the front on Light Cavalry in Leger was text book.

So interesting to listen to and just a genuinely likeable person. RIP Joe
Report barstool May 17, 2021 8:31 PM BST

So sad to hear this on ATR just now.

Condolences to family and friends.
Report muzzle May 17, 2021 9:04 PM BST
Report casemoney May 17, 2021 9:37 PM BST
From a Golden era RIP JOE
Report wit-ham May 17, 2021 9:50 PM BST
RIP Was only talking about him today when popped into the local auction house at lunchtime who have a signed
picture up at the weekend,he not on it though.It would be the first time i mentioned him in 20 odd years
Report smirnoff2therescue May 17, 2021 10:16 PM BST
As many have said on here was looking a picture of health less than two weeks ago and now he's gone.

A true gent who will always be one of my favourite ever jockeys from an era that will surely never be surpassed in terms of quality

R.I.P. Joe and thanks for the memories
Report carrot1960 May 17, 2021 10:25 PM BST
The foremost jockey at this time was Lester Piggott, who reportedly said "There are only two real jockeys and the other one is Joe Mercer.". What more do you need to know
Report Tiger Tiger May 17, 2021 10:26 PM BST

I'll never forget the Grundy v Bustino race.
Report DeSSieReborn May 17, 2021 10:30 PM BST
Epic battle that was Tiger Cool

RIP Joe Sad
Report DeSSieReborn May 17, 2021 10:30 PM BST
Epic battle that was Tiger Cool

RIP Joe Sad
Report driver2 May 18, 2021 5:57 AM BST
Nice to read the obituaries in the RP, particularly from Bruce Raymond. Joe always came across as a really nice guy and Bruce's last words, " I'm sorry he's gone but I'm pleased he went quick as he didn't do illness very well.", were very fitting, rest in peace Joe.
Report brigust1 May 18, 2021 8:22 AM BST
Nice tributes everyone. I remember a couple of years ago I was talking to Joe and I mentioned a close friend who looked after Sallust in 1972, Joe rode him to win a number of Group 1's, was suffering from the onset of dementia when Joe said "Bring him round". We spent a great morning together and he gave him something to take away with him. It made my friends day. Sadly he cannot remember it now, but I can. Joe wasn't just a top class jockey he was a top class person as well.
Report salmon spray May 18, 2021 9:36 AM BST
Certainly a great jockey and nobody seems to have had a bad word for him.
Report posy May 18, 2021 9:52 AM BST
It is a treat to read a thread like this ,a universally liked man, which brings back some great memories ;the Brigadier's guineas is still etched in my mind . Hadn't heard Lester's quote before , but for him to say that is praise indeed !
Report Lucky Luciano May 18, 2021 12:19 PM BST
Watched the Mike Catt interview on ATR last night and if I'm not mistaken Joe mentioned you. If so to be around those circles you must have so many fine memories of Joe, I was a youngster when J Mercer, L Piggott, P Eddery and W Carson were in their pomp but I look back with fondness and my memories are only what I saw on TV, Grundy v Bustino especially, and a few times at the races, I particularly remember my dad telling me about Manny, how different times are now.
Always came across on TV as a gentleman apart from being one of the greats.
Report nocturnal May 18, 2021 12:57 PM BST

The most stylish jockey I have ever seen.

Class in the saddle,even classier when you hear people talk about him privately.

As mentioned,could listen to him all day long.

Lived a life.

RIP Joe .... Sadly missed,but never forgotten.
Report penzance May 18, 2021 1:57 PM BST
the picture of Joe Mercer on the SL website is
with 3 others,Pat Eddery is one,is the jockey
in the Sangster silks Brett Thompson?
Report portmanpark May 18, 2021 1:58 PM BST
just watched BG 2,000 win...there were only 6 runners but it was quality over quantity ...
Report pizzaro May 18, 2021 3:45 PM BST
great jockey rip
Report seaside May 18, 2021 4:22 PM BST
Spoked to him at Sandown one day and said whenever I was doing my money I would look to back one of your mounts.

I told him you got me out of trouble more times than enough.

At one time you could back him on a Hern 2yo blind.
Report onlooker May 18, 2021 4:25 PM BST
The BBC Sports Sectioin on the News. last night, mentioned Joe Mercer's death - showing him winning the Ascot Gokld Cup on Le Moss.

They ended by saying - "After retiring from riding - he went on to be a successful Trainer"

Don't you just despair of the BBC nowadays.

On a more positive side .... John Berry has written a detailed obituary for Thoroughbred News ...

The article will not copy & paste ... You will have to follow the Link
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