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Death of Percy Banahan, 80.

FORMER senior Turf Club judge Percy Banahan, who bred tonight's Dubai World Cup second favourite Military Attack, has died at the age of 80, writes Jessica Lamb.

The Navan native died on Thursday at Our Lady's Hospice in Harold's Cross, Dublin. He will be reposing at his home in Donaghpatrick this afternoon before funeral mass at 1pm tomorrow at St John the Baptist Church in Kilberry and burial in Gibbstown Cemetery.

Banahan, who rode as an amateur before joining the Turf Club, is survived by wife Elaine and children Elizabeth, John, Joseph and Michael, some of whom followed him into the world of racing.

Joe, now the Turf Club's senior starter, rode as an amateur and so did John, landing the coveted Flat handicap for unpaid riders at the 1990 Galway festival.

As well as Military Attack, Banahan (p i c t u r e d ) produced Super Tassa, the 2001 Yo r kshire Oaks winner, from his Moortown House Stud.

His family request only their flowers and donations to Our Lady's Hospice where he spent his last day.
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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Mar 29, 2014
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