Death of racing legend, Tommy Carberry

Story by John Donohoe

Wednesday, 12th July, 2017 7:00pm

Death of racing legend, Tommy Carberry

Tommy Carberry celebrating Bobbyjo's Aintree success in Ratoath in 1999.

Legendary Meath racing figure Tommy Carberry died today, aged 75. The Ratoath man won the Aintree Grand National both as a jockey and trainer. He rode L'Escargot to victory in Liverpool over Red Rum in 1975 for his father-in-law, trainer Dan Moore, and saddled Bobbyjo to land the steeplechase in 1999, ridden by his son Paul, the first Irish-trained success since L'Escargot. 

Tommy also won the Cheltenham Gold Cup on L'Escargot in 1970 and 1971, as well as on on Ten Up, but was denied a fourth success when Tied Cottage, who was first past the post in 1980 was later disqualified on a technicality. He won the Irish Grand National at his local track, Fairyhouse, on Brown Lad in 1975 and 1976. He retired from the saddle in 1982 to take up training and sent out Bobbyjo to win the Fairyhouse National race in 1998, the year before he went on to glory at Aintree.

He is a former recipient of the Meath Chronicle Cusack Hotel Group Sports Personality Hall of Fame award.

He is survived by his wife, Pamela, family, Thomas, Paul, Mark, Philip, Nina and Peter John, and the extended Carberry and Moore families. Four of Carberry's children - Paul, Philip, Peter and Nina - have pursued successful careers in racing.

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