Vale Trevor Armitage
Breeder Trevor Armitage, best known for breeding the mighty Beach Beauty, recently passed away in a Volksrust hospital. Armitage had been battling leukaemia and his lungs packed in after a long battle with the disease.
A well loved member of the racing and breeding community, Trevor bred and raised both high-class thoroughbreds and cattle on his farm.
His father Jim was himself a successful breeder, responsible for numerous high-class performers, including the mighty Home Guard. The latter won 11 races in a row, and scored scintillating victories in the SA Derby, SA Guineas, and Benoni Guineas.
Trevor’s brother, Geoff, was one of Zimbabwe’s great breeders, who eventually moved to South Africa, where he enjoyed plenty of success in his own right. Geoff’s son James is one of the Cape’s emerging breeders, and stands the very promising young sire Ashaawes.
Trevor himself was a steward for a number of years at Newmarket Racecourse, where he displayed his knowledge and love of the sport in no uncertain terms.
However, it is as the breeder of the mighty Beach Beauty that Trevor made an unforgettable contribution to the South African turf. Devastated by the loss of his son Mark, Trevor established the Shanks Syndicate to honour Mark – and that syndicate came to race Beach Beauty, who was recently named Equus Champion Older Female. One of the best, and most popular, fillies to race in South Africa over the past ten years, the diminutive Beach Beauty has won eight features, including both the Gr1 Maine Chance Paddock Stakes and Gr1 Garden Province Stakes . However, it is the mare’s heart, honesty, and tremendous turn of foot which has made her a firm favourite with punters and pundits alike.
Trevor leaves behind a wife, Minou, son, Patrick, and daughter, Sylvie.
A memorial service is due to take place on Sunday.