Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Jockeys in Tribute to Stall Handler after Death at Haydock

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Jockeys in Tribute to Stall Handler after Death at Haydock

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JOCKEYS across Britain sported black armbands as they joined racegoers and officials in paying their respects to Stephen Yarborough, the stalls handler who was fatally injured at Haydock on Friday.

Yarborough was in his role as team leader at the course when he was involved in an accident with the starting stalls before the running of the fourth race, which was scheduled for 3.30pm. An air ambulance was called and the remainder of the meeting was abandoned.

It was later announced Yarborough had died as a result of his injuries.

Veteran rider Franny Norton was at Ripon, where he said: "Those guys put their lives on the line for us every day.

"They are without doubt the unsung heroes of our game, they never get enough credit.

"It's very sad. I've needed their help on numerous occasions and they dive in to help without a thought for themselves. …

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