Tributes to "inspirational rider" Sharron Murgatroyd

Tributes have been paid following the death of Sharron Murgatroyd - who was one of horse racing's lading lady riders before she suffered a catastrophic fall 23 years ago, which left her paralysed from the neck down.

Following the fall at the final hurdle at Bangor in 1991, the Halifax-born amateur defied doctors' gloomy prognosis and won a legion of new fans by refusing to be beaten by her condition. She raised money for charity and published a series of books and poems.

The 54-year-old died on Friday night at West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds. She had suffered a heart attack earlier in the week. Channel 4 Racing commentator Jim McGrath has tweeted today "one of racing's bravest, RIP. Brilliant woman."