Liam Treadwell – an appreciation
The Grand National winning jockey, Liam Treadwell, was found dead at home. He was just thirty-four years old.
His big day came in 2009 where he guided Mon Mome to a 100/1 success in the great race. It is not easy to win this race as many champions have tried and failed. He was also third in the race in 2015 on Monbeg Dude.
In a BBC interview in 2016 he had spoken of feelings of depression over the last few years following a fall. He gave up riding in 2018 but came back last season riding while working as assistant trainer to Alistair Ralph.
This is so sad.
Liam Treadwell, who rode 100/1 shot Mon Nome to win the 2009 Grand National for Venetia Williams, has died aged 34.
Treadwell had two spells in the saddle. He first retired from race-riding in 2018 after having nearly 300 jump winners but suffered a fall at Bangor in 2016 which knocked him unconscious, which he later said was the main reason for him quitting.
He then spent close on a year as head lad for Ed de Giles before resuming race-riding last year for Alastair Ralph for whom he was also assistant trainer. He rode 10 winners for the trainer.
Totally shocked and devastated to hear of the passing of Liam Treadwell. All our thoughts with his family and friends. So proud that we were lucky enough to have Liam as a key part of our team in the early days. RIP we will never forget you x A true gentleman.” Nick Gifford
Treadwell started his career as an apprentice for Amanda Perrett before joining Dandy Nicholls. As a Flat jockey he had 28 winners. He became a conditional jump jockey in 2004 and went on to win a total of 308 National Hunt races.
Terrible hearing the shocking news about Liam Treadwell. A kind, warm hearted man who I enjoyed having round Warren Chase for the short spell he spent with us. May his mind now be at peace. Sleep well x” Olly Murphy
These included the 2005 Byrne Group Plate Handicap Chase at the Cheltnham Festival in 2013 on Carrickboy for Williams.
He also won the Grand Sefton on Bennys Mist, Rehearsal Chase on Otago Trial and the Grade 2 Supreme Trial at Haydock on Aso.
Nick Rust, CEO of the British Horseracing Authority said “Liam had a fine career in British racing, riding over 300 winners in the 17 years he held a jockeys’ licence, obviously none more memorable than his remarkable 100-1 Grand National success on Mon Mome in 2009 – a ride that cemented his place in racing folklore.
“The racing community will be united in grief today, and the thoughts of everyone at the BHA are with Liam’s friends, family and colleagues.”
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