Newmarket’s racing community has been left stunned by the sudden death of stable girl Pam Winterburn whose body was found in a field close to her home in Soham, on Monday.
Pam, pictured here and who was 44, was well-known in the town having looked after the late Sir Henry Cecil’s 1999 Oaks and Yorkshire Oaks winner Ramruma, and top filly Shiva during her time at Warren Place. She had worked for Darley Stud’s pre-training operation.
More recently she spent 14 months on Hugo Palmer’s staff before leaving Kremlin Cottage Stables on April 22. Her last job in the industry was for Ed Walker back at Warren Place where her employment ended on May 24.
Pam was on the radar of Racing Welfare, the sport’s charity that offers help and support to stud and stable staff and the Newmarket-based National Association of Stud and Stable Staff, and is known to have talked about taking her own life in the past month.
Frank Conlon, who was travelling head lad at Warren Place and worked with Pam said: “She was a lovely kid and a great worker. When she came to us she didn’t know much about racing but she looked after her horses really well. After Ramruma won the Oaks she became know as Pamruma and even had it printed on her jacket.”
A Cambridgeshire police spokesman said: “We were called at 7.38pm on Monday to land at Clipsal Meadow, Soham, where the body of a woman had been discovered. The death is not being treated as suspicious and the coroner has been informed.”
Racing Welfare spokeswoman Jan Wade said: “It is extremely sad and we at Racing Welfare obviously feel for the family and will make all our services available to them.”