sport news Stan Mellor, the first jump jockey to ride 1,000 winners, has died aged 83

Three-time champion jockey Stan Mellor, the first jump jockey to ride 1,000 winners, has died aged 83 Mellor was one of the few riders to triumph in a race against Arkle He guided Stalbridge Colonist to victory in the 1966 Hennessy Gold Cup Three-time champion jockey was awarded an MBE for his services to racing

By Marcus Townend For The Mail On Sunday

Published: 19:17 BST, 1 August 2020 | Updated: 01:14 BST, 2 August 2020

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Peter Scudamore described Stan Mellor as 'one of the great innovators', after the first jump jockey to ride 1,000 winners died at the age of 83.

Mellor, awarded an MBE for his services to racing and achieving Champion Jockey status three times from 1960 to 1962, was a stylist in the saddle and a jockey who advocated only using the whip as a last resort.

Eight-time Champion Jockey Scudamore said: 'Stan was a friend of my father Michael, who always saw him as one of the great innovators. He really thought about his riding. He was small for a jump jockey and rarely picked up his whip.

'Innovator' Stan Mellor, the first jump jockey to ride 1,000 winners, has died aged 83

'Innovator' Stan Mellor, the first jump jockey to ride 1,000 winners, has died aged 83

'He adapted tactics used by the American jockeys, things others didn't do, and I always thought it was a pity his expertise wasn't tapped into more. He used to say you should use a whip properly and not on a tired horse.

'His achievement of being the first jump jockey to ride 1,000 winners was a major sporting achievement at a time.'

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