Fears for safety of missing trainer Owen Brennan

owen brennanThere are major concerns for the safety of trainer Owen Brennan after he disappeared from his home in Derby late on Monday afternoon.

Brennan, who is 77 years old, suffered a stroke three months ago, which has affected his memory, and one worry is that he may become confused if he ends up in an area he does not know. Checks in the area around his home and at his stables at Bretby have come to nothing.

Yesterday afternoon Derbyshire police released a statement which said, "Police are searching the area around his home and are now asking residents to check their gardens, garages and any other outbuildings for Mr Brennan. "Mr Brennan is a horse trainer and police have not ruled out the possibility that he may visit racing events. They are asking people involved in horse racing to look out for him. Officers are becoming increasingly concerned for his safety as he has memory loss and the weather is cold. He is described as white, 5ft 7inches, of slim build, with brown short hair that is going grey. He is wearing brown denim trousers with a red cross on the back pocket, a brown cotton type jacket with a wool lining and a fur collar. He may possibly be wearing a cap. He walks with a stoop.”

Best known for success with Vulrory's Clown and Speaker Weatherill, Brennan retired from training in 2009. He started up again in February from the Bretby Hall site first set up in the 19840s by the 6th Earl of Chesterfield. The stables are nearly 15 miles from his home, and the possibility that he may have set out to walk there is a worrying one.

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His wife, Pat, said: "I last saw Owen at 4.45pm on Monday when he went out, and I have no idea where he has gone. I thought he'd be gone for ten minutes, but he didn't come back and he didn't take his phone with him. The problem is he had a stroke three months ago so he might not necessarily know where he is if he gets into a strange area. Because Owen likes Uttoxeter racecourse, I have spoken to (clerk of the course) Charlie Moore in case he turns up there, and we visited Chris Kellett's yard on Monday, and Owen has also been to John Mackie's stable, and they are all looking out for him. The police went out to Bretby on Monday night, and my son has been again today, but there has been no sign of Owen."

Let’s hope he soon turns up safe and well.

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