THE FUNERAL of one of Solario Racing’s longest-serving and most loyal owners, Peter Noble, took place today at Retford Cemetery in Nottinghamshire.
Peter died very suddenly three weeks ago, aged 80 and this was a great shock to his wife Shirley, his family and many friends, including Pat and Paul Shay, who are also Solario Racing owners.
Peter had many sporting interests and hobbies including snooker, cricket, dominoes and horse racing and he had had shares with Solario Racing since 2013.
It was Spring Romance, Peter’s most recent horse, with whom he had a real association as it was his suggested name that was voted for by the Solario Racing (Berkhamsted) syndicate. After being weak and backward as a 2yo, during which he ran three times, he won four of his seven 3yo races and went up in the handicap nearly two stone. Last summer, Spring Romance won at one of Peter’s home tracks Nottingham at 25/1 and although not a big gambler, Peter did have a few quid on!
Earlier this year, Peter was 80 and I wanted to send him a framed photograph of him at the races. Peter and Shirley had only missed two races during their seven years with Solario Racing but I knew finding one of Peter would not be easy. He was never one to grab the spotlight…or jump in front of the camera!
However, I did find one of him, celebrating Spring Romance’s first of two Lingfield wins on 18 April 2018 with a glass of celebratory champagne. (Peter’s tipple at the races was normally a pint of ale!) How appropriate that that rare photo of Peter was on display today in front of the great number of people who attended today’s open air burial service.
I was very touched and honoured when last week Shirley asked me if I’d like to say a few words at today’s service which was held in beautiful sunshine. Here are the last lines of that tribute:
“Peter wasn’t a great talker, socialiser or someone who craved attention. He was a listener, a gentle, kind, reflective man who I suspect always knew more than he let on. If I had to use a phrase which summed up Peter, it would be “Still waters run deep.” I for one will miss trying to work out what he was really thinking….”
Mr Noble, you truly lived up to your name.