Trevor Hemmings passes aged 86
Racehorse owner and football club owner, Trevor Hemmings has passed away aged 86 (1935 – 2021).
Celebrated as one of National Hunt’s greatest supporters, Hemmings enjoyed considerable success on the racetrack as owner of three Grand National winners; Hedgehunter (2005), Ballabrigs (2011) and Many Clouds (2015). Jockey’s and horses were unmistakably identifiable by the yellow, green and white colours he chose to represent his success and stamp on the industry.
Many victories came outside of Aintree’s infamous Grand National including wins with Albertas Run and Trabolgan.
Tributes have flooded social media while jockey’s riding at Huntingdon Racecourse this week wore black armbands in memory of Hemmings.
Jockeys are wearing black armbands today at Huntingdon in memory of Trevor Hemmings who sadly passed away yesterday. pic.twitter.com/XJCe6knlt2
— Huntingdon Racecourse (@Huntingdon_Race) October 12, 2021
Dickon White, Regional Director said: “All of us are extremely saddened to hear of the passing of Trevor. His passion for Jump racing & his support for the Randox Grand National was second to none. All our thoughts are with his family & friends at what is an incredibly sad time.”
Hemmington’s interest in horses, in particular racing, dates back to one of his first jobs working for Sir Fred Pontin, founder of Pontins Holidays park. It was from there, the young South East London raised youngster’s interest was founded.
Parntering with some of the most successful racehorse trainers, Hemmings enjoyed relationships with Nicky Henderson, Paul Nicholls and Donald McCain, while jockeys such as Sir Anthony McCoy enjoyed racing under his stable, and iconic colours.
“He was a great friend to many but a greater friend to our sport” tweeted McCoy.
Sky Sports reported earnings in prize-money that amassed nearly £1.8 million over recent years. However, in 2o2o news broke that saw plans for Hemmingsto sell over 50 of his racehorses in training at Goffs UK September Sale, as the impact of the pandemic hit many businesses worldwide.
Hemmings was also significantly known in the football sector, especially for rescuing Preston North End Football Club in 2010 after acquiring shares following his previous club directorship during the 1970s.