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Tributes to jockey killed while on holiday

PROMISING jump jockey Campbell Gillies, pictured, has been killed in a swimming accident while on holiday in Greece. He would have been 22 today.

Mr Gillies, one of racing's most promising riders, rode 131 winners, many for Lucinda Russell to whose stable he was attached. "It was through his innate ability and talent that he reached great heights as a jockey at such an early age," she said.

Mr Gillies rode the biggest winner of his career at Cheltenham in March when Brindisi Breeze won the Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle.

Former champion jockey Peter Scudamore, Ms Russell's partner, said: "He was adored here. He really was a special boy. He was James Dean. If you had told him he would die young, he would have laughed."

Barry Geraghty, the Grand National-winning jockey, said: "Very sad news about Campbell Gillies. A very good rider and a lovely fella."

Irish Independent