John Spearing is described as a ‘top man who trained some great winners’, has died at the age of 82 after a long illness. John Spearing was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2021 but he lived and enjoyed more than 50 years of his life as one of Britain’s most powerful and popular horse trainers. He was the country’s second longest-serving trainer when he finally handed in his license just five days ago.
John Spearing Death Cause
He won more than 800 races on the Flat and over jumps, most notably with Run and Skip (his horse) who landed the Welsh National and Anthony Mildmay, Peter Cazalet Memorial Chase, and grabbed fourth position behind Dawn Run in the Cheltenham Gold Cup in 1986. Spearing was Britain’s second-longest serving trainer at the time of his retirement in January, despite suffering life-threatening injuries in a serious gallops accident five years ago.
On a Friday night, his daughter said that her father was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2021 and passed away yesterday. She further added that this news is disheartening for the entire family. Moreover, she claimed that her father was under excellent care in the Lawns Nursing Home in Kempsey. (the nursing home where he was treated)
He graduated to a full license after being asked to train the disappointing Glendale, with who he won 13 races, and spent the last three decades of his career based with the Rimeli family.
Run and Skip won four long-distance chases in a busy 1985-86 season, despite not being easy to train, but Spearing did an outstanding job. His daughter praised him and said that dad did an incredible job. Further added, she and her siblings used to have an equal take on Jacuzzi, also they put ice and salt in the water, and after school spend some time Run and skipping.
One of his close friends, Peter Scudamore, expressed his gratitude and said that it was a privilege to ride Run and Skip (his horses) which were not easy to train at all. He further said that John was a perfect trainer and a good feeder of horses and lastly he paid his tribute by giving him all his respect.
His fellow trainer and old friend David Evans said he was a very good trainer and used his wisdom and hard work to grab this opportunity from a limited place. He further said that John used to be very self-reserved in nature.
Andrew Thornton rode his horses once and claimed that his horses were always fit and fine. He praised John for all his hard work over the years. Lastly, we can conclude that John Spearing was an excellent and hard-working trainer at heart and used to take care of his horses.
Tribute Pour John Spearing Welsh Grand National-winning trainer dies at 82
— Sun Racing (@SunRacing) March 31, 2023
I am so sorry to hear of the passing of John Spearing, his knowledge of horse racing was second to none, combined with his dry humour it was always a pleasure talking with him at the races. The photo is of winning connections of Captain Sedgwick who won three races for John. pic.twitter.com/pHfI0JABXO
— Richard Talbot (@FightingDick1) April 1, 2023
Run And Skip
John Spearing's finest pic.twitter.com/OukfsmHgK1
— Joe Porter (@JoePorter1990) March 31, 2023
Very sorry to hear of John Spearing’s death
A lovely man and an excellent trainer who gave me my first win over the big fences on Hakim pic.twitter.com/TiQEWnJ66q
— Paddy Brennan (@PaddyBrennan81) March 31, 2023
So sorry to hear that John Spearing died today after a tough battle with cancer. He was a joy to know and a fine trainer who did very well mostly with bargain basement horses during a long and rewarding career. He handled Run And Skip with the touch of a master. https://t.co/r9FsPZ38SN
— Jonathan Powell (@PowellJfpracing) March 30, 2023
Sad news about John Spearing. Trained many favourites under both codes over the years, but Run And Skip will always be remembered most fondly. May he rest in peace. pic.twitter.com/r6bIchKBoz
— Gary Kelly (@maxcouch) March 31, 2023
Very sad to hear about the passing of John Spearing. In 1969, John had his first winner here as permit holder, Wrens Yarn, also ridden by himself. Here is a more recent photo of John back in our Winners Enclosure with Pillar of Steel. #RIP #HorseRacing @nigekirby pic.twitter.com/LcqaV4GiFV
— Worcester Racecourse (@WorcesterRaces) March 31, 2023
An emotional victory for @jemoore85 and the connections of Shutthegate on Sunday…
— At The Races (@AtTheRaces) March 20, 2023
John Spearing, trainer of 1985 @coral Welsh Grand National winner Run And Skip, has died aged 82. His final winner as a trainer last August was also @Chepstow_Racing – here's the story from @RacingPost – https://t.co/9sXffnAYAo pic.twitter.com/EGfGjh7mo9
— Chepstow Racecourse (@Chepstow_Racing) March 31, 2023
We are sorry to hear of John Spearings passing. He came to our rescue Xmas of 2016 by letting us have the spare yard at Kinnersley. Jane & I cherish the great times we shared with him, particularly when he trained my brother Richard’s horses. What a character & brilliant trainer. pic.twitter.com/Uj8frVWA0T
— James Evans (@HJamesEvans) March 31, 2023