Service remembers eccentric racing man

A MEMORIAL service for former Newmarket bloodstock agent Richard Galpin, who died earlier this year, will be held at Tattersalls on Saturday, May 3, at 11am.

Mr Galpin, who was 71, died in February after suffering a stroke while in Florida for the Fasig-Tipton Calder bloodstock sale.

Renowned throughout the bloodstock world for both his skills in selecting future winners and his eccentricity, Mr Galpin was responsible for running the Newmarket Bloodstock Agency.

Among his best known purchases were Fair Salinia, who landed the Oaks, Irish Oaks and Yorkshire Oaks treble, and more recently Champion and Eclipse Stakes winner David Junior, Breeders' Cup Juvenile winner Wilko and Belmont Stakes winner Sarava.

His career in racing had begun after he left Wellington College when he worked for a number of trainers, before joining pedigree analyst Keith Freeman.

He was also the Newmarket correspondent for The Sporting Life before he took over the Newmarket Bloodstock Agency in 1960.

In the 1970s, he also had offices in Australia and, by the end of the 1980s, had moved to Kentucky. He is survived by his second wife, Jayne, and four children.

Donations made at the memorial service, which is appropriately on 2000 Guineas day, will go to Racing Welfare.