Former northern racehorse trainer Mary Reveley has died at the age of 77. Based at Groundhill Farm, where she was born, in Saltburn, North Yorkshire, she saddled more than 2,000 winners in the 26 years she was a trainer.
She collapsed and died suddenly when out in the yard with horses .
Only last week, she became a great-grandmother, when her grandson, rider James Reveley, who is based in France, celebrated the birth of his first child.
She began training in 1978 and saddled her first winner as a permit holder the following year, taking out a full licence in 1981 for the next 23 years.
She was the first woman trainer to saddle 100 winners in a calendar year in 1991 and also the first one to saddle 50 Flat winners in a season.
She win the Cambridgeshire success with Mellottie in 1991, and the Long Distance Hurdles at Newbury and Ascot, and the West Yorkshire Hurdle twice, with Cab On Target, who won 20 of his 46 races under rules.
Her son Keith said: “It was all just very sudden. It’s a huge shock.
“The only good thing is she wouldn’t have known anything about it and she has passed away doing something she absolutely loved.”