23 June 2020 14:41
Liam Treadwell, winner of the 2009 Grand National aboard 100-1 chance Mon Mome, has died, aged 34. Trainer Alastair Ralph confirmed that Treadwell was found dead this morning. As well as still riding, he was assistant to the Bridgnorth-based Ralph, who described Treadwell's death as "unbelievably sad" and a "big shock". Relive Liam Treadwell's finest moment in the saddle - the 2009 Grand National aboard Mon Mome Ralph told The Sun: "We found him this morning, it's all still very raw. It's just terrible, he had suffered depression and it was ongoing for a couple of years." A statement from West Mercia Police read: "Earlier this morning police were called to an address in Billingsley, near Bridgnorth, following the death of a man in his 30s.
"The death is currently being treated as unexplained. However, at this stage there is believed to be no third-party involvement." Terrible hearing the shocking news about Liam Treadwell. A kind, warm hearted man who I enjoyed having round Warren chase for the short spell he spent with us. May his mind now be at peace. Sleep well x — Olly Murphy (@OJmurphy91) June 23, 2020 Absolutely tragic news regarding Liam Treadwell.
A lovely lad and brilliant jockey. All of our thoughts are with his family and friends at this sad time. — Jonjo O'Neill (@JonjoONeill) June 23, 2020 Treadwell retired from riding in 2016 but returned to the saddle in 2018 and had been riding with success again, while assisting Ralph with operations at his yard. Treadwell rode more than 300 winners during his career and sprang one of the biggest surprises in the world's greatest steeplechase when riding 100-1 outsider Mon Mome to victory in 2009 for trainer Venetia Williams, on his first attempt. He was also third on Monbeg Dude in 2015. Other big-race successes for Treadwell included the Grand Sefton Handicap Chase at Aintree on Bennys Mist in 2015 and the Byrne Group Plate on Carrickboy at the Cheltenham Festival in 2013. Liam Treadwell has tragically passed away at the age of 34. The popular jockey famously rode 100-1 shot Mon Mome to victory in the 2009 Grand National. Treadwell rode more than 300 winners during an illustrious career in the saddle. He suffered a nasty fall during a ride at Bangor in 2016 that left him unconscious before quitting the sport two years later due to injury and personal reasons. A return to the saddle followed 13 months later with his final ride coming in March. Treadwell combined riding with assisting trainer Alastair Ralph, who described his death as "unbelievably sad" and a "big shock". Liam Treadwell has died at the age of 34 Trending A West Mercia police spokesman said: "Earlier this morning police were called to an address in Billingsley near Bridgnorth following the death of a man in his 30s. "The death is currently being treated as unexplained however at this stage there is believed to be no third party involvement." Claire Balding lead the tributes and said: "I am desperately sad to hear of the death of Liam Treadwell. My heart goes out to his family and all his friends. "He was the loveliest guy with a great sense of humour and I know how much @IJF_official has supported him in recent years. It is a tragedy to have lost him so young." Aintree Racecourse paid tribute to Treadwell, who went down in history for riding Mon Mone to one of the greatest shocks in Grand National history. "We're deeply saddened to hear about the passing of 2009 Grand National winning jockey, Liam Treadwell," a statement read. "Our sincere condolences to his family and friends at this difficult time." Nick Rust, the chief executive of the British Horseracing Authority (BHA), said: "We are devastated to hear the tragic news about Liam Treadwell. Liam Treadwell rode more than 300 winners during his career