Grand National winning jockey Liam Treadwell has died aged 34 as tributes to the rider pour in.
Treadwell, who won the iconic race in 2009, riding to victory on Mon Mome, was a 100/1 long shot.
Four years later, the jockey would find victory at Cheltenham Festival, scooping the Byrne Group Plate in 2013 with Carrickboy.
Having retired in 2018, he eventually returned to racing, and also had an equestrian business offering services such as pre-training.
Tributes have poured in for the horse racing star after the tragic news was announced.
Chief Executive of the British Horseracing Authority (BHA), Nick Rust, said: “We are devastated to hear the tragic news about Liam Treadwell.
“Liam had a fine career in British racing, riding over 300 winners in the 17 years that he held a jockeys’ licence, obviously none more more memorable than his remarkable 100-1 Grand National success on Mon Mome in 2009 – a ride that cemented his place in racing folklore.
“The racing community will be united in grief today, and the thoughts of everyone at the BHA are with Liam’s friends, family and colleagues.”
A West Mercia police spokesman said officers were called to an address in Billingsley near Bridgnorth this morning, following the death of a man in his 30s.
The force added that the death is currently being treated as unexplained, but it is believed there was no third party involvement.
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