Beverley Stages Race in Honour of Tom O’Ryan

Beverley racecourse will this Saturday (August 27) stage a race in memory of "voice of the north" Tom O'Ryan, who died on Tuesday, aged 61.

A former jockey, broadcaster and award-winning racing journalist, O'Ryan was a regular on the Westwood, both in the saddle and in the press room.

He rode his first ever winner at Beverley on July 5, 1972, when the David Chapman-trained Vivacious Boy claimed the East Gate Apprentice Handicap.

Beverley pays tribute to O'Ryan as the final race on Saturday's card will now be called the East Gate Apprentice Handicap.

Chief executive Sally Iggulden said: "The outpouring of emotion when Tom left us speaks volumes about how much he was loved in racing. He championed racing in the north with boundless energy, deep enthusiasm and an astute sense of purpose that will never be matched again in this part of the world. Beverley is a much poorer place without him. We will miss him dearly."

The mile-and-a-quarter East Gate Apprentice Handicap (6.05pm) has attracted 11 runners. O'Ryan's close friend, Malton trainer Richard Fahey, saddles Ingleby Spring, who will be ridden by Natalie Hambling.