Family devastated by jockey's death

Jockey Campbell Gillies, 21, was killed in Kavos on the island of Corfu

Jockey Campbell Gillies, 21, was killed in Kavos on the island of Corfu

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Relatives of a young jockey killed in an accident while on holiday have told of their devastation at his death.

Campbell Gillies, who was to turn 22 on Wedensday, died in Kavos on the Greek island of Corfu on Tuesday.

The Cheltenham-winning rider was on holiday with fellow jockeys Nathan Moscrop, Henry Brooke and Harry Haynes, as well as head lad at his yard Mark Ellwood. He is thought to have died in a swimming pool accident.

Gillies is the brother of Glasgow Warriors hooker Finlay Gillies.

Speaking on behalf of Gillies' mother Lesley, sister Rita, and Finlay, his uncle, Rory McNeill, said: "The whole family is devastated and trying to come to terms with our loss. Campbell was dearly loved by one and all, and this is shown by the tributes to Campbell. We hope that at this time we can be given the space and time to grieve."

Gillies rode Brindisi Breeze to victory in the Albert Bartlett Novices Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival in March. The horse was killed last month when he jumped out of a paddock and was hit by a lorry on a nearby road.

Born in Haddington in East Lothian, Gillies attended the British Racing School and was associated with the Willie Amos-trained Lie Forrit. He primarily rode for handler Lucinda Russell, based in Perth and Kinross, after joining her team in 2007.

She said: "We are immensely proud of the achievements of Campbell. It was through his innate ability and talent that he reached great heights as a jockey at such an early age. More than that, he had a wonderful charm that I believe came across to everyone who met him and through his media interviews."

Gillies rode his first winner in the 2007-08 season and had 131 winners under his belt. Last year was his best campaign, with 38 winners. He was in action as recently as last Sunday at Hexham.

A Foreign Office spokeswoman said: "We can confirm the death of a British national in Corfu on 26 June. We are providing consular assistance to the family at this difficult time."

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