Mark Howard Publications Ltd

A sad day

02-February-2018 15:56
in General
by Admin

Sad news broke this morning that Norton based trainer Malcolm Jefferson has passed away at the age of 71. While it came as no surprise because Malcolm has been poorly for sometime, it is still a shock and it will seem strange not seeing him on a regular basis on the northern tracks, invariably in his well worn green jacket and cap. Ironically, the stable enjoyed their best ever season last year with 40 winners and I remember Gordon Richards' former assistant saying he felt it was the strongest team of horses he had ever had.

There have been so many highlights during his career - he was responsible for the first British trained winner of the Cheltenham Festival bumper when Dato Star won in 1995 and who will ever forget the famous Cheltenham/Aintree double achieved by stablemates Attaglance and Cape Tribulation in 2012. That was a magnificent achievement in its own right. Those were some of the more profile winners but I was brought up watching horses like Kings Measure and Tullymurry Toff. I am no paddock judge but Malcolm's horses always stood out in the parade ring with their orange breastgirth. He seemed to buy the same type of horse, namely good looking and scopey and very much a chaser in the making. I was fortunate to visit him at his yard at Newstead Cottage Stables outside Norton, including the 25th August last year. In fact, that is the last time I saw Malcolm. Despite the fact he was heading to York the same afternoon to watch Master of Finance run, he found time to run through his jump horses for my book. That is the sort of bloke he was - he loved talking about his horses. Never afraid to have a go at the handicapper, in particular, both he and his wife Sue always made me feel welcome. Northern jump racing has enjoyed a revival this season but it suffered a major loss today and it will take some time getting to used to not seeing J.M.Jefferson on the racecard or in the Racing Post.

If ever a horse was more appropriately named, Waiting Patiently was just that as far as Malcolm Jefferson was concerned. That was arguably his trademark giving his horses time and being rewarded in the long run. If there is any justice in the world, the aforementioned will win at the Cheltenham Festival next month. He will be sorely missed.


  • “Thank you for a very successful and profitable email service. My personal highlight was the win of Aloomomo whose romp round Uttoxeter was a joy. Keep up the good work with all your services, the books and updates, they are simply the best by a very long way.”


  • “Just want to say thanks for running the service again this year, I have ended up with a nice £756 profit from it so I'm obviously very happy with that so thanks a lot!”


  • “Thanks for your email Mark would just like to say your selections and insight has been awesome. Keep up the good work sir your service is the best.”


  • “Thank you for an excellent tipping service throughout the three months. It has been a pleasure and profitable to be a member of your service. Your indepth knowledge and analysis of the race has been excellent. I honestly rate your service as one of the best and most profitable.”


  • “Thanks very much for the fantastic service you have supplied, I have been involved with racing tipsters for over 30 years and never had as good a strike rate as yourself, out of this world.”


  • “The email service as usual has been brilliant and this season's OJA seems to continue to unearth amazing insight if you have the time to trust and follow it in detail over a period. Thanks as always for your outstanding value for money publications.”


  • “Superb information again Mark, I managed to get some 11/4, will certainly pay for Xmas. Different class.”


  • “Awesome result the magicman strikes again. Won with plenty in hand and not a moments worry great write up spot on again and results speak for themselves best service I've tried, keep up the fantastic work sir. Very happy customer!”


Contact Us

Mark Howard Publications Ltd.
69 Fairgarth Drive
Kirkby Lonsdale

015242 71826

015242 79010