Death of stallion man Peter Wight aged 66

Death of stallion man Peter Wight aged 66 By Martin Stevens 12:50PM 8 OCT 2016

NEWMARKET has lost one of its most respected stallion men with the death of Peter Wight last Friday at the age of 66 following a long illness.

Brought up in the Borders to a farming family, Wight arrived in Newmarket in 1968 and cut his teeth at Sandwich Stud before joining Ashley Heath and Warren Hill Stud for Captain Marcos Lemos, where he looked after Julio Mariner, Cavo Doro and Averof.

When Lord Hartington refurbished Side Hill Stud it was Wight who was given the stallion man's job and in his time there he looked after Batshoof, Bellypha, Chief Singer, Dr Fong, Dunbeath and Salse.

Side Hill Stud was absorbed by Juddmonte Farms in 2004 and Wight did the stallions at Banstead Manor Stud until a hip replacement forced him to give up his beloved stallions. After this, he chose to become a linchpin at Side Hill Stud, where he worked alongside longtime friend and stud groom Charlie Wood.

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Wight worked under Philip Mitchell, later Juddmonte general manager, at Side Hill Stud and he paid tribute to his former colleague.

"Peter was brilliant with everyone who came to see the stallions – his enthusiasm was infectious and he was responsible for the sale of many a nomination," he said.

"However, that aside, cantankerous, a law unto himself with a very sharp wit and a thoroughly decent person would be my immediate thoughts.

"He was a complete nightmare to manage but knew that management would tiptoe around him because he was quite brilliant at his job.

"Peter was an exceptional stallion man. I was delighted that he came down with me to Side Hill in 1981 and will always remember him playing Chief Singer, a big horse, as he reared up as a skilled fishing person would play a salmon."

Wight is survived by his daughter Nett, to whom he was devoted.

The funeral will be held at 3.45pm on Friday, October 14 at the West Suffolk Crematorium in Risby, Bury St Edmunds. The family has requested no flowers but donations to cancer research charities instead.

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