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The racing industry is mourning the passing of Errol French. One of country NSW’s most prolific owners, French passed away late last week following an extended battle with illness. The bulk of French’s horses were easily recognised by racegoers as the vast majority included the word ‘Blinkin’ in their name. French has been racing horses in NSW for over 30 years and records show that since 2000 he has registered at least 170 horses in his sole ownership, and that does not include the many broodmares and horses he has also bred. The majority of his horses were prepared by Ross Stitt at Taree, however, over recent years he had spread his horses over a number of trainers and in different districts of NSW. At the time of his passing he had horses in work with Stitt, Tamworth trainers Sue Grills, Craig Clegg and Stephen Dixon, and Clint Lundholm at Dubbo. Some of his better horses over the years include Blinkin Quick which won 16 races and Clan McClymont with 12 wins whilst under the care of Stitt. Also, Blinkin Easy which won 14 for Ruth Cooper. A service to commemorate the life of this wonderful racing man will be held at the Tamworth Racecourse on Thursday (November 29) commencing at 10:30am.

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