Leading racehorse trainer Richard Woollacott killed himself after wife had affair with jockey, inquest hears


A leading racehorse trainer killed himself after his wife had an affair with a jockey, an inquest has heard.

Richard Woollacott, 40, hanged himself on 22 January last year after the breakdown of his marriage to wife Kayley, who told the coroner that things “came to a head” in the last six weeks of his life.

His mother found him dead in a boiler room of a barn on his property in Rose Ash near South Molton, Devon. A post-mortem examination confirmed he died from hanging.

Mr Woollacott’s sister Marie told the hearing at Exeter’s County Hall yesterday (18 April) that the couple had “relationship difficulties”, adding: “In 2017 Kayley formed some sort of a relationship with a jockey in his employment.”

She said her older brother had seen “sexualised messages” they had exchanged and this left him “hurt and disappointed”.

Marie claimed that he sacked the jockey and his wife told him that “whatever had taken place, it was over”, but he then found more incriminating messages on her mobile phone – leaving him “humiliated”.

She said that she once heard Mrs Woollacott being “venomous” and shouting “you are useless” at him during a row at their home.

Mr Woollacott was a successful point-to-point rider who was national champion in 2012 and was Devon and Cornwall area champion on nine occasions.


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