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Funeral of Lucy Stack in Enfield on Thursday

Story by John Donohoe

Wednesday, 5th February, 2014 1:06pm

Funeral of Lucy Stack in Enfield on Thursday

Lucy Foster when she won best dressed lady at Fairyhouse Races Easter Monday Grand National meeting in 2010. Photo: John Quirke.

The Irish horseracing world and her family and friends around Enfield and Meath are coming to terms this week with the death of Lucy Stack, daughter of trainer Denise Foster and the late event rider, David Foster, on Sunday. She died in tragic circumstances at the Stack family home, Thomastown Castle, near Golden in Tipperary. Lucy Foster was married to Fozzy Stack, son of the former Grand National winning jockey and now trainer, Tommy Stack, and was 27 years of age.
The couple, popular figures on the racing circuit, were married in December 2012. It is the second major tragedy to hit the Foster family, as Lucy’s father, David, died at Easter 1998 when a horse fell on him. Her funeral takes place in Enfield on Thursday of this week.
A well known owner and breeder, Lucy saw her pink and black colours carried to victory twice by the Flat stayer Parkers Mills. She also bred Clenor, the prolific US miler who was eighth in last year’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Fillies for trainer Doug O’Neill. Her mother, Denise, or ‘Sneezy’, is also a well known and respected trainer.
Lucy won the most appropriately dressed lady title at the Fairyhouse Grand National meeting in 2010. Her husband, who is assistant trainer at the yard, was out of the country when Lucy died.
On Monday night, the families said in a statement: “The Foster and Stack families are shocked by this terrible tragedy. Lucy was a beautiful girl and a real lady. Fozzy is now back in Ireland and the families would appreciate it if you would be kind enough to respect their privacy at this sad time.”
Lucy Anne Stack is survived by her husband Fozzy; mother, Denise; sister, Jessie; brother, Nick; family and friends
The funeral service will take place at 2.30pm on Thursday in St Ultans Church, Rathcore, Enfield followed by burial in the adjoining graveyard. Family flowers only with donations, if desired, to Aware.