Racing bids farewell to Gerry Blum

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More than 200 people packed Moulton’s St Peter’s Church on Monday for a service celebrating the life of former Newmarket trainer Gerry Blum who died last month aged 90.

His life-long friend former trainer Jack Berry gave the tribute to a man who rose through the ranks from stable lad to trainer and had begun his racing life in Newmarket as a 14 -year-old apprentice to trainer Walter Earl.

Although he never trained a Classic winner he did look after one, leading up Sunstream winner of the 1945 1000 Guineas and Oaks which during the war years were both run at Newmarket.

Those joining Mr Blum’s family remembering the former Hackness Villa trainer included former colleagues from the training ranks Mark Tompkins, Bill O’Gorman, Chris Dwyer, William Jarvis Dave Morris and Lord John Fitzgerald and former jockeys, Jason Weaver, Bruce Raymond, Ray Still, Philip Robinson and Steve Smith Eccles.

Also in the congregation was Patricia Wragg, daughter-in-law of Sunstream’s jockey Harry Wragg and Nick Lees, Newmarket’s former clerk of the course.