Emotional tributes paid to ‘special, dedicated’ horseracing trainer Rebecca Bastiman after she passes away peacefully at home aged just 40 following a long illness
Horseracing trainer Rebecca Bastiman has passed away at the age of 40 after a long-term battle with illness.
Bastiman masterminded more than 100 wins as a trainer, including two Nunthorpe Stakes victories for Borderlescott, after taking over the reins from her racing father Robin in 2015.
A statement on her Facebook page confirmed that she had passed away ‘peacefully’ and described her as a ‘special, beautiful’ person who had a ‘dream life’.
Horseracing trainer Rebecca Bastiman has passed away aged 40 after a long-term illness
Bastiman (left) achieved over 100 wins as a trainer and rode three more as an amateur jockey
The statement read: ‘It comes with extreme sadness and heartache that sadly Rebecca Bastiman has peacefully passed away after a long illness. Being a trainer was her dream, her life, her everything. She put 110 per cent into the love and care of her four-legged friends.
‘Rebecca was a dedicated trainer and a hard worker. She was first on the yard and last to leave, she mucked out and rode out and loved the challenge of problem horses and sweetening them up.
‘Rebecca will leave a hole in many people’s hearts, but her legacy will go on and never be forgotten. The world has lost a special, beautiful person but the heavens have gained an angel.’
Bastiman also rode three victories as an amateur jockey before working in the training side of the sport.
Tributes have poured in from the horseracing community following the announcement of Bastiman’s passing.
A statement on fellow trainer Julie Camacho’s social media page read: ‘We would like to send our heartfelt condolences to Rebecca Bastiman’s family and friends.
‘She is a big loss to the racing world and we are so sorry to hear of her passing.’
Trainer Adrian Nicholls tweeted: ‘Extremely sad news thinking of her family at this very sad time.’
Meanwhile, jockey Paul Mulrennan tweeted: ‘Very sad news to hear of the passing of Rebecca Bastiman a lovely lady who absolutely loved her horses myself and @acmulrennan send our sincere condolences to Beckys family, friends and all at GooseMoor Farm.’
More to follow.