THE RACING POST WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 21st 2011
RACING POST WEEK MONDAY SEPTEMBER 19th to SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 25th 2011
TODAY'S RACECARDS Goodwood, Perth, Redcar, Kempton and Downpatrick.
1938 - 2011
GRAHAM GREEN RACING LOSES ANOTHER GREAT‘A very fine man who happened to be a seriously good trainer’
“An exceptional trainer who inspired so many dies aged 73.
“Racing was in shock last night after the sport was robbed of a second major figure in the space of two days with the death of former trainer Michael Jarvis.
“Jarvis, who was 73 and in recent years had been treated for prostate cancer and had undergone heart surgery, died at his home in Newmarket yesterday afternoon.
“A master of his profession, Jarvis retired in February on health grounds after an illustrious 43-year training career, during which he was responsible for a string of top-class performers, most notably Carroll House, Rakti, Ameerat and Eswarah.
“Confirmation that Jarvis had succumbed to cancer, although not unexpected, was another major blow for racing, coming just over 36 hours after the death of Aintree legend Ginger McCain.
“Jarvis’s protégé Roger Varian, who took over the rein’s from his former boss at Kremlin House stables in the spring , said “Michael put up a strong battle against cancer and he has lost out today, but he battled hard. He was a wonderful man, an inspiration not just to me but to a lot of people, and I think his training exploits go without saying. Everyone knows what a good racehorse trainer he was.
“I think he was first and foremost a husband, father, family man and a great friend to me.”
“Varian has n0 plans to temporarily close the yard saying: We’re going to be carrying on the operation, as we have done all the year. All we can do is pull together and work as a team and support Gay and the Jarvis family, and do our very best to get the horses running well for Michael this autumn.
“Jockey Philip Robinson, who enjoyed a long association with Jarvis, also paid a moving tribute saying : “It has just been heartbreaking seeing Michael deteriorate over the last few months. He was an exceptional trainer and a great personnel friend who I had the utmost respect for. I feel privileged to have worked along side him for the last 20 years and my sincere condolences go to his wife Gay and daughters Jackie, Sarah and Lisa at this sad time.
“Robinson added: ‘We had some great times together and went through a purple patch where we had a French Derby winner, Italian Derby winner, Ameerat won the 1,000 Guineas and then along came Rakti. To have celebrated all those successes alongside him as a friend was really special.”
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