Former racehorse trainer Mick Quinlan dies aged 55

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  • Former racehorse trainer Mick Quinlan died on Sunday night (7 April) at the age of 55.

    Quinlan moved to Newmarket from Ireland in 1999 and trained until 2011, when he handed over to his brother, Noel.

    He had winners at both Royal Ascot and Cheltenham Festival – Langs Lash in the 2008 Queen Mary Stakes and Silk Affair in the 2009 Fred Winter Juvenile Novices’ Hurdle.

    Other notable horses from the Quinlan yard included Flat horse Frank Sonata, Group 3 winner Dixie Belle and Dev, winner of the 2009 Sefton Chase — run over the Grand National fences at Aintree.

    His last win came with Its You Again at Wolverhampton in 2011.

    Quinlan, uncle to conditional jockey Jack, leaves four children – Peter, Brian, Tom and Grace.

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