Welsh breeder Howard Joyce dies aged 80

Welsh breeder Howard Joyce dies aged 80 By Tom Collins 7:24PM 3 AUG 2016

HOWARD JOYCE, owner of Pantaquesta Stud in Miskin, South Wales, died last week aged 80 after a long career breeding and owning racehorses.

Joyce ran a small breeding operation on his Welsh stud with a maximum of five broodmares at any one time.

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However, that did not limit his success on the track, with his most famous winner as a breeder coming with Shikari’s Son in the Stewards’ Cup under Richard Hughes in 1995.

Another of Joyce’s best horses was Sipsi Fach, a daughter of Prince Sabo who carried his silks to win four races including the Listed Yorkshire Stakes in 1991, before retiring and becoming a broodmare at his stud and producing the useful handicapper Supply And Demand.

Michael Bell oversaw the career of Sipsi Fach for Joyce. Other trainers he had horses with included Geoff Huffer, Bryn Palling and Alan Bailey.

Long-time associate Kevin Mercer, the owner of Usk Valley Stud, said: “He was a long-lasting friend – he introduced me to racing and helped me select my first yearling in 1983.

“He was mad keen about the sport and he was a very popular man.”

Joyce is survived by his widow Monica and three sons, Andrew, Duncan and Alistair.

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