Cheltenham Festival-winning coach Tim Etherington dies at 62 | horse racing news

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Tim Etherington: Successful as a coach at the Cheltenham Festival

Written by David Carr

Yorkshire Racing is mourning Cheltenham Festival winning coach Tim Etherington, who has passed away at the age of 62.

He won the Cathcart Chase with Repeat The Dose in 1992 when he was based at Andrew Wates Arena in Surrey. He also coached the Rough Quest for three seasons before winning the 1996 Grand National Championship for Terry Casey.

Etherington returned to his hometown in 1994 and succeeded his father Jimmy in charge of the Wold House Stables in Malton, winning a Listed win with sprinters Burning Thread and Fullandby in his two decades on licence.

The coach also won three races with King Rat, a helpful racing coach owned by magician Paul Daniels.

He had been an independent member of the Judicial Committee of the Reproductive Health Association (BHA) since 2020, but died earlier this month in Mexico, where he was being treated for throat cancer.

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Joe Fanning has ridden more Etherington winners than any other rider, and said: “It’s sad news, I rode for him when he got back north to Malton and he was such a nice guy, very real and straightforward to ride.

“He wasn’t a formidable trainer but his horses have always done well and had some success for him.”

Etherington played a key role in PJ McDonald’s transition from jumping to Flat by putting on Fullandby when the sprinter won the Portland Handicap at the St Leger Meeting in Doncaster in 2007.

“He was one of the first ever high profile flats winners, which gave me a springboard to move forward from there,” Grateful MacDonald said.

“I was only a 3lb claimer at the time and he was so nice of him to let me ride a horse of this caliber, he gave me a big winner letting everyone know you can get the job done on the big day.”

Etherington is survived by his father. Funeral details will be announced once his body is returned from Mexico.

First published at 3:30 PM, September 22, 2022