Industry figures pay tribute to McCreery

Bob McCreery: was involved in setting up the European Breeders' Fund

PICTURE: Edward Whitaker ( Industry figures pay tribute to McCreery 11:52AM 28 DEC 2016

Three industry figures pay tribute to former top amateur rider and breeder Bob McCreery

David Elsworth, trainer

I've known Bob since he was an amateur jockey as we rode at the same time.

He didn't suffer fools but he was a very kind fellow. Beneath that brash exterior he was a very nice man.

Bob was a very successful breeder. He was very enthusiastic and professional about his breeding and his matings. He always had very good, strong bloodlines. He was very successful at what he did, and he had some very good horses.

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Whatever he turned his hand to, he did it thoroughly. He worked very hard at breeding horses. He had some very strong theories on breeding that he followed through at all times.

Chris Harper, owner of Whitsbury Manor Stud

Bob was the prime mover behind the European Breeders' Fund and a tremendous supporter to the Thoroughbred Breeders' Association. He also bred a lot of very good horses despite not having that many mares. He was a remarkable chap and a very good friend of mine. We will miss him.

We stood Electric, who he bred and was a very good middle-distance horse, here at Whitsbury Manor Stud. I've known him for donkey's years and had mares in partnership with him. I always got on very well with him, and we were good friends.

On the breeding side, his crowning achievement was perhaps Old Vic, an Irish Derby winner, or High Top, another Classic Winner with the 2,000 Guineas.

The EBF was one of his crowning glories in supporting breeding. Bob was a pioneer and was one of the first to see the problems with the lack of prize-money.

Geoffrey Howson, bloodstock agent

I knew Bob for many years. I first met him in the 1960s and he was a really successful breeder then. I can remember watching the 2,000 Guineas with him in 1972 when a horse he bred, High Top, won the race.

He was a perceptive reader of the bloodstock market and had some very good ideas that were perhaps thought of as "out of the box" but worked.

He was a very successful breeder, particularly with Old Vic and High Top. I remember him also as a successful amateur jockey. I thought Brough Scott paid an excellent tribute to him and summed him up very well.

Whatever he turned his hand to in bloodstock, he could make it work.

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