He was a great supporter of the NH game, and a thorough sportsman. Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â
I first met Jack in the 1980s through working with his son-in-law. Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â By that time he had already been very successful in business, naming many of his horses after his companies (notablyÃƒâ€šÃ‚Â the Allied horses), some of which had themselves been named after his daughter Sarena.
A longtime supporter of Richard Frost and Philip Hobbs, he was by then also a permit-holder. Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â
In the latter capacity he showed himself no mean judge of a horse, particularly in taking flat horses of unrealised potential and getting them very fit for summer hurdle races. Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â
One particular example that comes to mind was Murhaf. Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â If memory serves, he was originally the property of a wealthy Middle Eastern owner at hundreds of thousands of pounds. Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â Disappointing as a three year-old, Jack got him at auction for single-figure thousands. Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â
One balmy May evening at Towcester he strolled home 15 lengths clear under Jack’s then usual jockey Ray Goldstein. Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â (Jack was not a bettor, but those of us who were found 33/1 on the boards.)
I also remember Jack for a quick sense of humour. Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â
Jack had a popular box at Kempton, and one Christmas Rod Simpson dropped by. Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â Rod had a runner in the last, My Dominion, but was non-committal to its chances. Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â
When it scored, the joshing cry went up "Where’s Rod?". Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â "He’s gone to his dominion" said Jack.
<br>A kinder or more courteous man I’ve yet to meet, and its not surprising to hear that the family has been inundated with calls from the racing community.