On Saturday, Cheltenham Festival-winning jockey Campbell Gillies was buried in Kinross, Scotland. The 21-year-old national hunt jockey died a week ago in a swimming pool accident while vacationing in Kavos, Greece.
He was on short holiday with fellow jockeys Nathan Moscrop, Henry Brooke, and Harry Haynes. Gillies, who was affiliated with the Lucinda Russell yard, would have turned 22 on July 4.
Champion jockey Tony McCoy was among the hundreds of mourners at the funeral held at Mortonhall Crematorium in Edinburgh. "He excelled on Brindisi Breeze at Cheltenham and from the weighing room point of view he was a great lad, very happy," said McCoy.
Gillies’ biggest win of his budding career came when Brindisi Breeze emerged victorious at the Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle at Cheltenham in March.
Shortly after learning of Gillies’ death, Russell posted on her website: “We learnt this morning that Campbell died as the result of a swimming accident while in Kavos, Greece . . . . This dreadful news has hit the whole yard. He was a much loved, popular and respected member at Arlary, and it is so hard to lose part of our 'family'.”