Top horse trainer Peter Monteith found dead

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Top horse trainer Peter Monteith found dead

A leading horse trainer was found dead on Sunday evening, equine insurance policyholders have been told.

Police were called to Peter Monteith's trainer's yard in Rosewell, Midlothian and he was taken to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary, where he was pronounced dead shortly afterwards.

A principle owner David Johnson has expressed his shock at the death of Mr Monteith, who he had over a dozen horses with.

"It's devastating news for all of Scottish racing and his family. It's just unbelievable and I haven't come to terms with it. You speak to him one day and the next he's not here anymore," Mr Johnson said.

A police spokesman confirmed a 61-year-old male had been taken to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary and pronounced dead, but said there are not thought to be any suspicious circumstances surrounding his death.

One of Monteith's biggest successes was in the 1994 County Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival with the horse Dizzy.

November 22nd 2010

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