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Beverley stages memorial race for former top jockey

Monday’s Bank Holiday race meeting at Beverley Racecourse included a memorial race for former leading jockey Mark Birch, who died from cancer in October 2016. He retired from race-riding in 1998, having ridden 1,339 winners and having been crowned top northern jockey seven times. He then went on to become an assistant trainer. 

Beverley’s memorial race, the five furlong Mark Birch Memorial Handicap, was the idea of Birch’s daughter, Jill Boak, who will also take part in the ‘Ride of their Lives’ charity race at York on June 16th in honour of her late father. She told Beverley FM: “Beverley was one of Dad’s favourite tracks so it seemed fitting to have a race there before we head to York.”