Hunt jockey Campbell Gillies dies on holiday

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National Hunt jockey Campbell Gillies has died the day before his 22nd birthday while on holiday in Corfu.

Gillies partnered Brindisi Breeze to victory in the Novices' Hurdle at Cheltenham this year and was primarily associated with Perth handler Lucinda Russel, but was also involved with
Willie Amos-trained Lie Forrit.

He last rode on Sunday (June 24th) at Hexham and had currently been enjoying his most successful season with 38 winners in 2011-12. Gillies won 131 races in Britain overall.

His brother Finlay plays for rugby union side Glasgow Warriors who said that all their thoughts are with his family at this terrible time.

Fellow jockey Zander Joy tweeted: "I can't believe it. You only have one best friend and now he's gone. I'll never forget you. Love you pal."

Champion jockey Tony McCoy also paid tribute to the 21-year-old, saying that he was a "very good jockey but an even better bloke".

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