Chester Barnes, former assistant to the great Martin Pipe’s education, has died at the age of 74

Barnes, who first made a name for himself as the number one table tennis player in the world, formed a famous partnership with Pipe in the 1990s when the record breaking coach was in his pomp

His death was announced on the day of the Cheltenham Gold Cup, with the festival – the site of so many of his and Pipe’s great hits – at the center of the racing world

Pipes son David, who has been a hugely successful coach himself since succeeding Pond House, paid tribute to Barnes, who was known as a dedicated and entertaining personality

Pipe wrote on Twitter: “Very sad about the death of Chester Barnes. As a wonderful character, he’s never been without a laugh or a joke

“We have enjoyed so many unforgettable times and he will be missed by everyone at Pond House Our love and thoughts are with his family”

Sir Anthony McCoy, who rode many of the winners who helped him become a 20-time jockey champion, also fondly remembered Barnes

“It’s very sad news,” he said on ITV, recalling his own exchange with Barnes over the “pipeline” – a phone service that showed the latest news from the stable

“Martin Pipe was doing the ‘pipeline’ back then, and I was trying to give them a couple of winners every day, and I talked to Chester

Chester Barnes

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