We understand that Frances Chandler, modern matriarch of the Chandler family, passed away earlier today.

Mrs Chandler was the widow of former Stow GM Charles Chandler snr., and mother of former Racecourse Promoters Chairman, Charles jnr.

One of three sisters, who married three Chandler brothers, Frances was a keen racing and coursing enthusiast who regularly attended the family owned track at Walthamstow  before its closure and was rumoured to be furious over the sale of the stadium.

One of the industry’s most successful owners over 40 years, her dogs included Greyhound of the Year Magourna Reject and Irish Derby winner Sole Aim.