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Kelly was a very talented jockey, said champion trainer Martin Pipe
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Leading Irish jump jockey Kieran Kelly died in Dublin's Beaumont Hospital on Tuesday, after suffering head injuries in a fall at Kilbeggan last Friday.

He had been critically ill on a life-support machine in the hospital's intensive care unit since the fall.

Kelly sustained his injuries when Balmy Native, trained by his boss Dessie Hughes, came down in the Joe Cooney Memorial Handicap Chase.

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The first time I saw Kieran was on Rathbawn Prince at Down Royal and he gave an outstanding and accomplished ride. This was to become the norm in Kieran's riding and as a punter you knew your horse was not going to be let down in the riding arrangements when he was listed to ride.

My deepest condolences to his family
Barry, Liverpool, England
Although I never met him I knew from other trainers and commentators that Kieran was heading for the top in the jumping game. His loss is a great one to his family and to the sport he gave his life up to.
Fergal, Ireland

It's a sad day in racing circles when a well respected jockey dies or even gets injured. Unless your one of the top jockeys in the world the lives of the guys, unless getting some pretty solid jockey bookings is not so good. These guys ride out of passion/commitment and if they scrape a living they do well. Kieran was a great jockey and I'm sure he will be greatly missed. Racing as life will continue but the characters like Kieran will be missed, bless him for what he had achieved.
Wayne Buxton, Derbyshire England

Another tragic reminder that these guys are the bravest of all sportsmen. It's them that help make National Hunt the greatest sport of all and we should be grateful to them for the spectacle they provide. It is also a cruel sport. God Bless.
Paul Upton, England

What news to come back to after being away for the last two weeks, what a terrible waste of such a clearly nice genuine lad, my deepest condolences to his family. We have lost a special person whilst God has received one.....God bless.
Barry, Liverpool, England

God bless you Kieran R.I.P.
John, Ireland

You were magnificent at Cheltenham this year
Shane, New Zealand
My deepest condolence's to all his family and loved ones. As a jump racing fan I know we have lost a fantastic talent and a lovely man.
Steve Wilson, England

I remember you winning the last race at Thursday's Aintree Martell meeting in April this year. You were a top jockey with lots of potential. Condolences to the family.
Andy Johnson, England

I wasn't familiar with Kieran but his ride on Hardy Eustace will live on in the memory forever - one of the great Cheltenham rides from a strong, confident no-nonsense jockey doing what he did best - entertaining people. It's very sad when any jockey dies but they accept the risks in the spirit of jump racing and are some of the most fearless people on the planet.
Kevin Price, Guildford

You were magnificent at Cheltenham this year, thanks making our lives better.
Shane, New Zealand

I did not know Kieran, as an armchair punter I like to see an honest to good finish, he was an honest to good jockey.......amen.
Barney, Ireland

Kieran Kelly died doing the thing he was passionate about
Pam Lee, UK
Best wishes to your whole family. Sorry for your loss.
Mathew Clark, England/USA

It's a sad day when a person loses their life, especially when it's when doing something that they loved and enjoyed so much. My deepest condolences go out to his family and friends at this time.
Tony Munroe, England

Life is too tragic and short, but his contribution in the horse racing world will be remembered forever. I send my deepest condolence to the family.
Christian Concepcion, United Kingdom

God rest you will be missed by many.
Neil Hunt, Wales

Kieran Kelly died doing the thing he was passionate about. Some people live a lifetime still looking for what makes them happy or plagued by illness or misfortunes life throws their way.

Racing has been denied a wonderful talent who had a great future in front of him
Patrick McDonagh, Cornwall

However, I am one of many people who had the pleasure of seeing Kieran in action, and whilst I was very shocked and he will be sadly missed, Kieran died a happy soul having discovered one of life's greatest gifts: to be positive, confident and follow the path that drives you.

Surrounded by horses, people and being able to travel to places he probably never dreamt of. What a wonderful life he had, I am sure he would not have changed a thing. Thank you for the pleasure you gave me and the thousands of people around you.
Pam Lee, UK

We will miss him. Our love and thoughts are with his family, friends and colleagues.
Richard Brooks, London, England

Although I didn't know Kieran personally, as a regular racegoer in Ireland it feels like losing a member of the family. As a jockey I will always remember him as stylish and strong - he will surely be sadly missed. My condolences to his family and friends. May he rest in peace.
Crispin Wall, France

Racing has been denied a wonderful talent who had a great future in front of him. We must always remember that jockeys understand the risk involved in racing and willingly ride knowing that risk. They do this because they love the game as much, if not more, as we do. I am in no doubt that he had all that it took to make it. It is a tragic day for racing, and Ireland. God bless you Kieran.
Patrick Mcdonagh, Cornwall

Any death in any sport is always tragic. It serves to remind all of us how fragile life is, and that we should always enjoy today, as tomorrow may not come. RIP Kieran, and condolences to your family.
Keith Hutchin, UK

Once again we are reminded of how National Hunt jockeys risk their lives every time they ride in a race
Jon Caple, Merthyr Tydfil, S. Wales

My heartfelt sympathy to the family and friends of a great riding prospect who will be missed by all us punters.
Andy Burton, England

Dedication, courage and bravery are the hallmarks of the jump jockey. Day in and day out they do not falter plying their skills in all weathers on horses of all abilities. Kieran Kelly exemplified those qualities emerging this Cheltenham at the pinnacle of his skills.

To his bereft family and friends in the racing fraternity we offer our condolences for their great loss and our appreciation for the memories of this brave young man.
Raymond Blaney, Northern Ireland

A terrible loss of a great talent. Had a lot more to offer in jump racing. This outlines the dangers for both jockeys and horses in National Hunt racing.
Liam Dunne, N.Ireland

Rest in peace Kieran Kelly. Once again we are reminded of how National Hunt jockeys risk their lives every time they ride in a race.

Kieran was definitely one of the unsung heroes of Irish National Hunt racing and his career was very much on an upward curve, especially following his win on Hardy Eustace at Cheltenham this year.

I, however, will remember him for his tireless commitment and skill when riding in Ireland, and recall a day last November in awful conditions at Down Royal when he gave a horse named Victor Boy a fantastic ride that typified his hardworking style.

Another very sad day for Irish racing and a tragedy for the Kelly family
Robert Pierce, Ireland

My sympathies are with his family and he will be sadly missed by all National Hunt fans.
Jon Caple, Merthyr Tydfil, S. Wales

I first noticed Kieran riding in a bumper at Fairyhouse about four years ago and, although he was riding no-hopers, I noted him down as strong and stylish. I took an interest to see how he would progress.

It was good to see him make it as he worked hard in a quiet, unassuming way, aided and supported by Dessie Hughes. His ride on Hardy Eustace was out of the McCoy drawer.

It's another very sad day for Irish racing and a tragedy for the Kelly family. Rest in peace Kieran.
Robert Pierce, Ireland





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