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Racing set to say farewell to tragic JT.

Byline: DAVID RALEIGH

RACING will say a sad farewell to former champion jockey JT McNamara today.

The legendary rider, who rode 600 winners, was left paralysed from a horrific fall at Cheltenham in 2013.

The 41-year-old father of three died on Tuesday, at his home in Croom, Co Limerick, surrounded by his wife Caroline and family.

Rev Canon Gary Bluett, who spoke with his friend shortly before his death, will concelebrate the funeral mass at St Michael's Church, Manister, at 11am.

Last night he described JT as "a great family man" who had racing "in his blood".

Fr Bluett said: "JT was a genius with horses.

"He was honest and straightforward, and what you saw was what you got.

"It's a terrible tragedy. He fought all the time during his illness."

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jul 29, 2016
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