The funeral service for popular former Newmarket lightweight jockey Mickey Greening will be held at Newmarket’s All Saints Church at noon on Wednesday.
Greening was 92 when he died at the end of last month. Born in Malton he had his first ride in 1939 aged 18 when he weighed just 4st 8lbs in his socks. His first winner came the same year on The Flower of India in the Newmarket Apprenticeship Plate.
After moving to Newmarket to join Harvey Leader his career was interrupted by the war and he was five years in the army before returning to racing and going freelance. Widely recognised as the best lightweight rider of his generation, Greening’s big race wins included the Portland Handicap, the Wokingham at Royal Ascot on Magic Boy, the Nunthorpe Stakes and the Chester Vase. After he stopped riding he was 17 years assistant trainer to Gavin Pritchard-Gordon. His wife Margery died in 1996 and he is survived by partner Norah Fuller and his son Richard.