Racing: Leading Irish Amateur Jockey McNamara Dies

Racing: Leading Irish amateur jockey McNamara dies

DUBLIN, (Pakistan Point News - APP - 25th july, 2016) - JT McNamara, one of Ireland's leading amateur jump racing jockeys until he was paralysed in a fall three years ago, has died aged 41, it was announced Tuesday. McNamara, who clocked four wins at jump racing's most prestigious meeting, the Cheltenham Festival, died in his sleep. "I've just spoken to his wife Caroline and I can confirm JT passed away peacefully during the night," said Adrian McGoldrick, senior medical officer for the Irish Turf Club, which is responsible for horseracing in Ireland.

McNamara, whose cousin Robbie was also left seriously injured after a fall last year, fractured vertebrae in his spine following his fall from Galaxy Rock in the Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup at the 2013 Cheltenham Festival. He was due to retire later that year. The racing world set up a fund to help him, with among others Ryanair boss Michael O'Leary -- one of jump racing's biggest and most successful owners -- contributing 200,000 Euros in 2013 ($256,000 at the time).