A SUSSEX jockey who beat the odds to win a memorable Grand National has died at the age of 34. Liam Treadwell, who was born and bred in Arundel, West Sussex was found dead at his Shropshire home this week.
Currently His death is unexplained and tributes have poured in from all sections of the racing community. The jockey learned how to ride at Castle Stables in his home town and went to Angmering School.
His parents, Lorraine and Mark, had both worked at Castle Stables for trainer the late John Dunlop, and Liam was brought up with racing.
In 2009 his name was in the headlines when the jockey won the 2009 Grand National on 100-1 shot Mon Mome, trained by Venetia Williams, for whom he often rode.
The racing community was left reeling on Tuesday after hearing of his death — at the age of just 34.
After being called to his home in Shropshire, West Mercia police said there was ‘no third party involvement’ in Treadwell’s death.
His tragic death comes less than four months after he was a pall-bearer at the funeral of his friend and former jockey James Banks, who had taken his own life.
Venetia Williams described Liam, who had ridden many winners for her, as ‘ a lovely person and usually a happy person’ and said: “It’s a massive shock. I think we all thought he was in a good place now, having been through some tough times in previous years.”
“We thought his renewed career had put in him in a situation where he was happy. It is desperately sad news.We shared a day that was certainly the best day of my life, and I suspect of his.”
Together they had also won the Grand Sefton Handicap Chase at Aintree with Bennys Mist in 2015 and the Byrne Group Plate with Carrickboy at the Cheltenham Festival in 2013.
The tragic news has shocked the racing community and people everywhere who knew Liam and his family.