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Last Updated: Wednesday, 13 August, 2003, 11:34 GMT 12:34 UK
Jockeys hail 'gent' Kelly
Kieran Kelly
Kelly rode a winner at the Cheltenham Festival in March
The world of horse racing is in mourning after the death of Irish jump jockey Kieran Kelly

Colleagues in the weighing room and other racing figures have been left devastated by the news.

Here is a selection of their tributes:

It's heart-breaking. Kieran was a real gentleman who always sought my advice, wanting to see how he could improve. He was a very good rider and I'm devastated by what's happened.
Charlie Swan, former Irish champion jump jockey

There's no doubt about it, his career was definitely on the up. He was someone who was progressing all the time.
Tony McCoy, champion jump jockey

Kieran was a proper man and a proper jockey.
Ruby Walsh, rider of 2000 Grand National winner Papillon

He was a lovely lad and was always in great form. After getting going so well last season, it is particularly sad.
Paul Carberry, winner of 1999 Grand National on Bobbyjo

The sport will be all the poorer for his untimely death. Everyone involved in racing understands the dangers inherent in our sport but it is at times like now that they are really brought home to us all.
Irish Turf Club/National Hunt Committee statement

It's heartbreaking. He was a really nice man with a lovely manner and he was as brave as a lion.
Martin Brassil, trainer of Barrack Buster - Kelly's last winner

He had his best season last year with wins at Cheltenham and Liverpool and his career was just beginning to take off. He was a very talented rider.
Mick Fitzgerald, 1996 Grand National winner on Rough Quest

It is devastating news for all of us in Irish racing.
Walter Halley, Irish Turf Club medical officer




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13 Aug 03  |  Horse Racing


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