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Death of Jerry O'Neill, aged 84.

TRAINER, breeder, owner and vet Jerry O'Neill, who died at the age of 84, was buried yesterday in his native Athy, County Kildare , writes Jonathan Mullin.

O'Neill is survived by his wife Stella and their children Fian, Jodie and Joanne.

O'Neill rode Dimwit, whom he owned, to win a bumper at Naas. Later the horse, trained by Paddy Mullins, went on to win the Thyestes Chase, the Jameson Gold Cup and the Irish Grand National.

He was an established veterinary surgeon in Borris, County Carlow and was vet at Mullins' stable.

He trained as Jeremiah John O'Neill and when Punchestown was a three-day festival he saddled Super Furrow to win a two-mile chase on the Tuesday in 1989, before following up two days later in a three-mile handicap chase.

The horse went on to finish fifth later that summer in the Galway Plate under 12st.

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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Jul 17, 2014
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