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Murgatroyd passes away

Former amateur rider Sharron Murgatroyd, who was paralysed in a fall at Bangor in 1991, has died.

Murgatroyd was one of the leading lady riders before a last-flight fall left her paralysed from the neck down.

She went on to raise significant funds for charity and published a number of books and poems.

Lisa Hancock, chief executive of the Injured Jockeys Fund, said: "She was just an amazing lady. She didn't expect pity and she didn't want anyone to feel sorry for her, she just got on with her lot.

"I feel so sorry for her family and carers who were with her all the way. She refused to give up, right to the end.

"She had been on a number of holidays to Tenerife (with the IJF) and she was such fun. She was a lady I greatly admired, she had such spirit."

Channel Four Racing presenter Derek Thompson also had fond memories and hailed Murgatroyd as a "very special person."

He told At The Races: "I will remember her as a vivacious, beautiful, strong, energetic, incredible woman. This is stunning news, it's very sad.

"I'm honoured to remember her as a jockey. There was something about her that made her stand out. She was a very, very special person."

Riders at Uttoxeter will pay tribute by wearing black armbands with a minute's silence planned before racing today.