Mark Dwyer pays tribute to Peter Beaumont after Cheltenham Gold Cup winning trainer dies aged 85
- Dwyer rode Beaumont-trained Jodami when the gelding won the 1993 Gold Cup
- He also won the Irish Gold Cup on Jodami for three seasons running from 1993
- Daughter Anthea guided J-J-Henry to victory in 1991 Topham Chase at Aintree
Former jockey Mark Dwyer has paid tribute to Cheltenham Gold Cup winning trainer Peter Beaumont, who has died at the age of 85.
Dwyer rode Beaumont-trained Jodami when the gelding won the 1993 Gold Cup and was second to The Fellow the following season. He also won the Irish Gold Cup on Jodami for three seasons running (1993-95)
Dwyer said: ‘Jodami was a big, gross horse. He wasn’t always that simple to get fit but Peter produced him 100 per cent on the big days.
Peter Beaumont, who trained the 1993 Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Jodami, has died aged 85
‘Peter came from the point-to-point world and was old school. Chasers were bread and honey to him. He always liked that type of horse.
‘All my time riding for him, he was nothing but a gentleman.’
As well as Jodami, Beaumont’s best horses included Young Kenny, winner of the Midlands and Scottish Nationals in 1999, Hussard Collonges, who won the RSA Chase at the Cheltenham Festival in 2002, and Bobby Grant, a dual winner of Haydock’s Tommy Whittle Chase (1999-2000).
Beaumont was based near York. One of his proudest moments came when J-J-Henry won the 1991 Topham Chase at Aintree, ridden by daughter Anthea. It was the first win for a female jockey against professional opponents over the famous Aintree fences.
Anthea Morshead said: ‘I know he was 85 and not in rude health, but he hadn’t been in bad health just recently so I wasn’t expecting it at all.
‘This weekend he was in pretty good spirits and he just died peacefully in his sleep during the night, so that’s a good thing.
‘He truly loved his horses and he was a great horseman and a stock-man. He had great patience with these horses like Jodami, Young Kenny, Bobby Grant and Hussard Collonges. He was especially good with those staying chases.
“The big thing about him was he had so many friends. He gathered friends wherever he was because he was a truly kind, decent man. He always had time for everybody.”