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One of racing s most famous families is
in mourning after the loss of Lambourn
trainer John Hills.
Hills, 53, was one of five sons of legendary
trainer Barry Hills and the brother of top jock-
eys Richard and Michael.
He rode 21 winners himself, including the
Moet & Chandon Amateur Riders Derby at
Epsom, and learned his trade as a trainer
working for Edward O Grady, Harry Thom-
son-Jones, John Gosden and then for his
Hills took out a licence in 1987 and under
his own steam the best horses he trained were
classy middle-distance performer Broadway
Flyer and Wind In Her Hair, who won the
Group One Aral Pokal in Germany and was
also the dam of Japanese sensation Deep
He also handled smart miler Docksider,
who landed the 1999 Hong Kong Mile. He
moved to Kingwood Stud in 2013 and from
there trained a number of horses owned by
Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum.
Another favourite was dual Group Two
winner Crimson Tide, who ran in the colours
of music mogul Chris Wright.
Diagnosed with a serious illness earlier this
year, he continued to remain as active as pos-
sible and was still posting updates on his team
on his website last week.
He married Fiona in 1987 and was a father
of four daughters.
Charlie Hills, his brother and now a top
trainer, said: "I couldn t have wished for a
better older brother and I ll miss him
"He was always so much fun to be around,
extremely clever and witty.
"He had time for everyone and saw the
best in everyone. He was a very talented trainer
and we were all so proud of his achievements.
"Jessica, Olivia, Martha and Issie were a
huge credit to him and Fiona and I can t begin
to explain how much we will miss him as a
Several of Hills fellow trainers expressed
their sadness via Twitter and Kim Bailey said:
"Dreadful news on the death of John Hills.
Far too young. All our thoughts go out to the
Ed Vaughan said: "Sad to learn of the pass-
ing of John Hills,a gentleman and always great
fun to be around. Thoughts and condolences
go out to his family."
Senior jockey Steve Drowne said: "Very sad
news regarding John Hills the end came so
quick. Rest in peace."
Shelley Birkett, the apprentice who rode
four winners for him during 2013, said: "So
sad to hear of the passing of John Hills, great
man to ride for who helped me out a lot.
Thoughts are with the Hills family.
Manderley ran out of her skin to finish fourth in
last month s QIPCO 1000 Guineas so it was no sur-
prise to see her finally break her duck in humble
company at Nottingham.
Richard Hannon s filly, who is owned by Julie Wood,
made a bold bid from the front as a 100-1 chance for
the Newmarket Classic before fading in the final furlong.
Sent off the 1/3 favourite under Richard Hughes for
the Caribbean Party Night July 5 Maiden Fillies Stakes,
she beat Pat Shanahan s Irish raider Maid Of The Glens
by half a length.
"When she got to the bushes (at Newmarket) she
was still there and others were off the bridle, and to
carry on for fourth was brilliant," Wood told Racing
ARCADIA---Jamaican jockey Shaun Bridgmohan
brought 2-1 chance Room Service with a late stretch
run to win the US$350 000 Grade I American Oaks
at Santa Anita Park here Saturday.
Positioned second from last for most of the 1-1/4
mile trip, Bridgmohan exploded with the three-year-
old bay filly at the top of the stretch, overhauling the
leaders and reaching the wire 2-1/4 lengths clear in
a time of two minutes, 1.28 seconds.
Room Service, owned by billionaire couple Gary
and Mary West, has now won four of seven career
starts for earnings of $546 565.
"We had a perfect trip. It really set up well for her
style of running. We obviously wanted a little pace to
run at and we got it," Bridgmohan said afterward.
Kissin Lucky Lips led through the first quarter in
a lazy 24.98 seconds before being joined by Tiz the
Key and Sweet Bliss, the trio opening up a massive
eight-length lead on the rest of the field.
Bridgmohan and Room Service were one from last
at the half mile, trailing a three-horse group comprising
Nashoba s Gold, Little Journey and Loan Savant.
With just under a half-mile left to run, Bridgmohan
roused Room Service and she responded by picking
of horses and was four-wide entering the stretch.
Kissin Lucky Lips and Tiz the Key on the inside
quickly faded and Room Service grabbed the lead with
a furlong to run and charged to the wire to be the
clear winner. Diversy Harbour got up for second while
Little Journey was third. (CMC)
John Hills ...died far too young
Horse trainer Hills dies at 53
with Room Service
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