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Last Updated: Sunday, 19 September, 2004, 12:31 GMT 13:31 UK
Racing mourns Clarke
Sir Stanley Clarke
Clarke was awarded a CBE in 1990 followed by a knighthood in 2001
Sir Stanley Clarke, president of the Northern Racing Group and owner of 1997 Grand National winner Lord Gyllene has died at the age of 71.

Sir Stanley will be considered by many to have been a major contributor to racing's "commercial revolution".

His interest in racing began in the 1960s and he even held a trainer's permit and featured prominently on the point-to-point circuit as well.

Clarke had been fighting illness since 2000 and passed away peacefully.

Trainer Martin Pipe led the tributes, saying he was a "true gentleman".

Pipe handled a number of horses for Sir Stanley including Rolling Ball, the Royal and SunAlliance Chase winner at Cheltenham in 1991.

"He was a real gentleman. He worked hard and was an example to us all," said Pipe.

"We had some good wins together. I have known Sir Stanley for many years and he will be sadly missed. My thoughts go out to his wife and family."

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