CELEBRATIONS were muted at Royal Windsor Racecourse on the day that the sport remembered John Hills.

The Lambourn-based trainer died on Sunday, aged 53, after losing his battle with cancer.

Jockeys paid tribute by wearing black armbands throughout the seven-race card at a sombre Berkshire track on Monday.

Hills saddled over 700 winners since taking out a trainer’s licence in 1987, He also enjoyed success as an amateur rider.

Among his best horses was Wind In Her Hair, who won the 1995 Group One Aral Pokal in Germany and was the dam of Japanese sensation Deep Impact.

He had two runners at Windsor on Monday including B Fifty Two, who was greeted like a winner by connections when finishing runner-up in a competitive handicap.

Hills’ other entry, Boomerang Bob, went in search of back-to-back wins in the feature Listed Leisure Stakes. Sadly however, the five-year-old finished down the field as Rocky Ground sprung a surprise in the £20,000 sprint.

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