Tribute to former jockey

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Tributes have been paid to a former Newmarket-based jockey who has died aged 78.

The funeral service for Liverpudlian Tony Rawlinson was held at Springwood Crematorium in Garston, Liverpool, yesterday.

Known professionally as A C Rawlinson, he rode 258 Flat winners in Britain between 1953 and 1967 before continuing his riding career in Scandinavia. He was crowned champion jockey in Denmark in 1975 and then started training in Sweden.

He had served his apprenticeship in Newmarket with Classic winning trainer Dick Perryman for whom he rode his first winner aboard Lepnato at Windsor in May 1953.

His nephew, Grand National winning jockey Richard Guest said: “He was stable lads boxing champion more than once and with his Liverpool humour and outgoing personality he became a mentor to many of the younger lads.” In 2000 he was hit by personal tragedy when his son, also Tony, drowned while swimming in California aged 37.