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Oaksey honoured by CheltenhamHeadlines
Lord Oaksey (then John Lawrence) is led in after winning on Sabaria

Cheltenham is to name the 2013 running of the National Hunt Chase at the Festival in honour of the late John Oaksey, who died at the age of 83 in September.

In a lifetime's involvement in racing, Lord Oaksey was twice champion amateur jump jockey and is the only rider to have won all three races at the Festival exclusively for amateurs.

He won a total of four races at the big fixture, the 1959 National Hunt Chase on Sabaria, the 1973 Foxhunter Chase on Bullocks Horn and the Kim Muir Handicap Chase twice, on Jimmy Scott in 1966 and Black Baize in 1971.

He was an outstanding journalist, broadcaster for ITV and Channel 4 and founded the Injured Jockeys' Fund. In latter years, he also enjoyed great success as an owner with his home-bred Carruthers, who won the 2011 Hennessy Gold Cup at Newbury and also finished fourth in the 2010 Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup.

The 2013 John Oaksey National Hunt Chase will be run on Wednesday, March 13.

Channel 4 Racing's Alastair Down said: "The great man actually won the four-miler in 1959 - the National Hunt Chase is not only the amateurs' holy grail, it is the race with the longest history run at Cheltenham.

"It will be great having John Oaksey's name gracing the racecard as he himself graced the sport down so many wonderful years."

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