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Last Updated:  Friday, 28 February, 2003, 14:07 GMT
Racing mourns owner Brasher
London Marathon pioneer Chris Brasher
Brasher fought for the rights of racehorse owners
Tributes are being paid to leading racehorse owner Chris Brasher , co-founder of the London Marathon, who has died at the age of 74.

Brasher won an Olympic gold medal in 1956 in the steeplechase.

He also acted as pacemaker when Roger Bannister became the first man to break the four-minute barrier for the mile in 1954.

Away from athletics, Brasher was a horse racing fan and enjoyed several big race wins.

He had horses in training with Alec Stewart, Henrietta Knight and more recently Gerard Butler.

Brasher, who died at his home in Berkshire, owned Heart, who won the Lanzarote Hurdle at Kempton in 2000.

Another success came with Maid for Walking in the Redcar Two-Year-Old Trophy in 1994.

Brasher was also a member of the Racehorse Owners Association Council.

He set up the 20-strong ROA Dawn Run partnership which enjoyed success in this year's Lanzarote Hurdle with Non So.

ROA president Jim Furlong said: "Of course his involvement with the Dawn Run partnership has been wonderfully exciting, even though his awful illness was dragging him down.

"He stayed in touch with partnership members on the racecourse before and after races, which he always managed to watch on television however ill he was feeling.

He was a man who was never afraid to stand up for his beliefs
ROA president Jim Furlong on Chris Brasher

"It was Chris' idea that the ROA should promote partnership ownership and he attacked it with such energy and enthusiasm that it was always going to work.

ROA chief executive Michael Harris said he would be "sadly missed."

"Chris was one of those people who always seemed to have so much going on in his life yet was never too busy to devote time to people and causes he believed in," he said.

"One of these causes was waving the flag for racehorse owners.

"As an owner, he knew how much he was putting into the sport and what a paltry return he was receiving, along with most owners in Britain.

"This upset him greatly and was the underlying reason why he joined the ROA."

BBC Sport's Adam Parsons
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