Horse owner's dying wish fulfilled

A HORSE lover has had her dying wish fulfilled just 24 hours before she lost her brave battle against breast cancer.Tracey Kemp, a fledgling racehorse owner, was part of British racing history when a horse wearing her colours took part in the first ever greys-only race at Newmarket on Saturday .

A HORSE lover has had her dying wish fulfilled just 24 hours before she lost her brave battle against breast cancer.

Tracey Kemp, a fledgling racehorse owner, was part of British racing history when a horse wearing her colours took part in the first ever greys-only race at Newmarket on Saturday .

But a day later, Tracey, 36, passed away at St Nicholas Hospice in Bury St Edmunds after a 15-month battle against cancer.

Her husband Stuart said it was her wish to see her colours carried in a race at Newmarket.


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He said: "Horse racing was her life – she worked on a racecourse, she had her own two-year-old horse and her whole social life was geared around going to the racing.

"It was just the adrenalin she got from racing, she was a great people-watcher and she liked meeting different people. She always had a lot of enthusiasm in her work and the horses."

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One of Tracey's racing ambitions was achieved when Malaah, owned by Meddler Stud in Kentford where Mr Kemp works, lined up in the SportingOdds.com Grey Horse Handicap.

They agreed to hand over ownership of the horse for the day and it took part in the nation's first race exclusive to greys at Newmarket's July course.

Mr Kemp 40, said: "Saturday was a massive thrill for her and a really special day. She was the most easy going and friendly person you could ever wish to meet.

"I will miss most her friendship and companionship – she was just such a lovely person."

Tracey was diagnosed with breast cancer in May of last year, just one month after her husband bought her a surprise present, two-year-old colt Daggers Canyon .

He said: "She always said she would love a horse of her own. She didn't know I was buying it, I just came home one night and told her she was now a racehorse owner.

"We moved Daggers from his home in Warwickshire to Meddler Stud in April and this acted as a sort of therapy for her – it is such a nice, tranquil place."

Tracey visited her horse on Saturday after her trip to Newmarket where she worked for the Tote at the town's Rowley Mile and July courses for three years.

Although Mr Kemp admitted Malaah was outclassed, Tracey's special day was featured on a Channel Four's racing programme and it is hoped next year's race will be named after the horse lover.

Mr Kemp from Stradishall, said it is hoped Daggers Canyon will start racing at the end of year.

Fellow tote workers are also planning some form of fund raising in Tracey's memory.

Mr Kemp added: "She was full of life and everything that is now being done for her is a reflection on the sort of person she was.

"She only worked at Newmarket for three years but she made a lot of friends as she was such a good person to work with."

It was Tracey's love of racing that encouraged him to find work in the industry as a stable hand after serving with the Royal Logistic Corp for 22 years as a chef .

She leaves behind Joe, 11, and Tommy, three, who is already showing signs of sharing his mother's love of horses.

Mr kemp said he would like to thank Liz and Russell Reed from Meddler Stud, John Ryan, assistant trainer at the stud, and jockey Gavin Falconer for all their help.

Tracey's funeral will take place at West Suffolk Crematorium at 1.30pm on Friday . The request is for family flowers only and any donations to the Macmillan nurses at St Nicholas Hospice.

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