The longest-serving member of the Jockey Club, Brook Holliday, has died aged 85.
Mr Holliday was also a leading breeder. Among horses he bred was Vaguely Noble, who won the 1967 Observer Gold Cup. The horse sold for £136,000 — then a world record — and was put into training in France, where he won the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.
Mr Holliday joined the Jockey Club in 1964 and served on the disciplinary committee. He stewarded at Newcastle, Epsom, Newmarket and Thirsk and served on the York race committee for 35 years. He chaired the committee from 1992-97.
He had Parkinson’s disease and died in April, leaving his wife Mary, 5 children and 9 grandchildren.
First published in Horse & Hound on 29 May 2014.