Watch Brian Hughes's tribute Malcolm Jefferson at Catterick on Friday after the top northern trainer died in the morning, aged 71.
By Racinguk.com staff
Cheltenham Festival-winning trainer Malcolm Jefferson has died aged 71 following a long illness.
His daughter, Ruth, confirmed the news of his death on Friday morning, with the licence now switched to her name and her first runners are set to be at Wetherby on Saturday.
A statement issued by the Jefferson family read: "It is with great sadness that we have to report the death of Malcolm Jefferson after a brave battle with cancer.
"Malcolm passed away peacefully in his sleep on the morning of Friday, February 2, with his wife Sue and children Clare, Rachel, Ruth and Jo at his side.
"We would like to thank everyone for the kindness and support they have given during recent months."Malcolm Jefferson trained horses such as Dato Star, According To Pete (pictured) Cape Tribulation, Attaglance and Waiting Patiently (Racingfotos)
Jefferson began his life in racing with the late Gordon Richards in Cumbria before moving to North Yorkshire and taking out his licence in 1981.
His first Cheltenham Festival winner came through Tindari in the Pertemps Final in 1994 before he claimed the Champion Bumper with Dato Star, who later became a top-class hurdler, in 1995.
Jefferson achieved a notable double in 2012 when Cape Tribulation and Attaglance won at both Cheltenham and the Grand National meeting.
"He was always good with young people, he kick-started a lot of careers when you look back, a lot of jockeys," said Ruth Jefferson.
"He gave everybody a chance, it was up to them to then take it.Waiting Patiently is among the leading lights in the Jefferson yard (Racingfotos)
"He trained four Cheltenham Festival winners and while he was never a fashionable trainer, he was a very good one.
"What he did was buy inexpensive horses who won races, not many left him and went and won for other people. He was very good at placing them.
"If a horse was capable of winning races, they generally won for him. He would never rush a horse, he always said "let the horse come to you".
"We've got some lovely horses now and it's a shame he won't see where they end up, the likes of Cloudy Dream, Mount Mews and Waiting Patiently.
"He enjoyed watching Waiting Patiently and Black Ivory win the other week, they were his last two winners and he was thrilled.
"He was also a successful breeder, he trained for a lot of owner/breeders who did well too."
Racing pays tribute to Malcolm Jefferson:
Very sad to hear about the the passing of Malcolm Jefferson. Many great days were spent racing together at Gordon Richards. My thoughts are with Sue and his family.— Jonjo O'Neill (@JonjoONeill) February 2, 2018
Very say to hear Malcolm Jefferson has passed away. Great trainer and we shared some great days. He will be sadly missed. #capetribulation— Denis O'Regan (@DenisFORegan) February 2, 2018
So sad to hear the news about Malcolm Jefferson— FergalO’Brien Racing (@FOBRacing) February 2, 2018
A gentleman and one hell of a trainer
Thoughts with his family, friends and stable staff
The Greatest Man I have ever met. Malcolm Jefferson was more than just a boss, but a true friend. I owe everything to this man as without him I wouldn’t have had a successful riding career nor become the man I am today. RIP Mr Jefferson— George Chaloner (@Chaloner1George) February 2, 2018
Malcolm Jefferson: a tough man from a hard Cumbrian school but his decency and love of doing the job right shone through fiercely. V sad to hear this.— Graham Cunningham (@gcunning12) February 2, 2018
We are hugely saddened to hear the news that Malcolm Jefferson has passed away.— The Racegoers Club (@RacegoersClub) February 2, 2018
A gentleman and such a nice man, Malcolm and the yard have been huge supporters of the Racegoers Club over the years and our thoughts are with all his family and friends.
Malcolm Jefferson was one of the first trainers to invite me into their yard to take photos. A kind man who was a fantastic trainer. He will be sorely missed. Thoughts with his family and friends #RIP pic.twitter.com/eRKCdKjxg4— Francesca Altoft (@FranAltoftPhoto) February 2, 2018
We are sad to hear of the passing of trainer Malcolm Jefferson. We have fond memories of his double at The Festival™ in 2012 with Attaglance and Cape Tribulation. pic.twitter.com/IkGfAhZ0I5— CheltenhamRacecourse (@CheltenhamRaces) February 2, 2018
Saddened to hear that Malcolm Jefferson has passed away. A fantastic Northern trainer and an absolute gentleman. He was one of the nicest people you could ever wish to meet. Thoughts are with his whole family right now, RIP Malcolm— Bobby Beevers (@BobbyBeevers) February 2, 2018
Very sad to hear of Malcom Jefferson s death a true gentleman god bless— Robin O'Ryan (@RobinORyan2) February 2, 2018
Statement from BHA Chief Executive Nick Rust following the sad passing of Malcolm Jefferson: pic.twitter.com/nupeDblsex— BHA Press Office (@BHAPressOffice) February 2, 2018
I've had 13 years of stealing a living through racing but I won't meet a nicer man than Malcolm Jefferson. So very sad he won't get to see the likes of Waiting Patiently, Cloudy Dream and Mount Mews progress— Nick Robson (@ValueRacingPlus) February 2, 2018
So very sad to hear the news today about Malcolm Jefferson. The North loses yet another Jump Racing stalwart. Our thoughts are with his family. RIP Malcolm.— Wetherby Racecourse (@WetherbyRaces) February 2, 2018
We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Malcolm Jefferson - a stalwart of the Northern training ranks and one racing's great horsemen. Our thoughts and those of our colleagues around the Group are with his family, friends and staff— The Jockey Club (@TheJockeyClub) February 2, 2018
So sad to hear that Malcolm Jefferson has passed away this morning. Although an infrequent visitor to Beverley, he was always a gentleman and we loved following his horses throughout the jumps season. A true ambassador for the north who will be sadly missed.— Beverley Racecourse (@Beverley_Races) February 2, 2018
So sad to hear an incredible man Malcolm Jefferson has passed away , amazing trainer and horseman he was , so professional and horses were his main priority I was lucky enough to have ridden for him in the past , may he rest in peace 🙏🏻— Brian Toomey (@BrianToomey15) February 2, 2018
Devastated to hear the news that Malcolm Jefferson has passed away. He was the first trainer I ever worked for and was simply a genius at his trade, a great boss and an all round gentleman. Love and thoughts to his family and all at Newstead. RIP Malcolm.— Steven Croft (@Steve_Croft) February 2, 2018
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