Mary Reveley 1940 – 2017

By Samantha 1/11/17

Pioneering female duel-purpose trainer Mary Reveley passed away aged 77 on Monday after a suspected heart attack on the family’s yard.

“We’re all still in shock, but it’s typical that she was around horses until the end.” her son Keith said.

Reveley’s training base was at Groundhill Farm Stables in Saltburn, North Yorkshire. She came fairly late to training and took out her license in 1982 when she was in her forties. During her incredible career, she trained more than 2000 winners over 22 years. Winning the 1991Cambridgeshire Handicap with Mellottie, the first horse she bred, and two Cesarewitchs with Old Red and Turnpole were three of her most high profile flat wins.

Also she trained jumpers and it came easily to her. Cab On Target gave her some of her biggest winners over obstacles. He won twenty times including a Group One at Ayr, the Spa Hurdle at Cheltenham and the Mildmay Novices’ Chase at Aintree’s Grand National Meeting. Seven Towers won the Midlands Grand National for her as well.

She was the first women to have 100 winners in a calendar year and she retired from training in 2004 and her son took over. He retired in January of this year.


AUTHOR’S NOTE- It has been very interesting to find out about Mary Reveley. I didn’t know about her as a trainer because she stopped training in the same year I was born. To me, it seems like she was a very shrewd trainer and I read that she never really liked going to the races despite her success. She was the first woman to really stamp her authority on the racing world despite her gender RIP

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