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Tuesday 24 October 2017

Fond tributes paid to late trainer Brady who lit up meetings

Tributes have been paid to colourful race horse trainer Oliver Brady, who has died aged 75.

A native of Castleblaney, Co Monaghan, he died peacefully in his sleep on Monday evening.

He was diagnosed with cancer in 1995 and had fought a long battle with a number of illnesses since then.

He was a much-loved figure for his rousing post-race orations.

Mr Brady would take off his tie and remove his jacket in Superman style to reveal a Monaghan football jersey before entertaining the throngs that would gather round the winners' enclosure after one of his horses came up trumps.

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He remained active until recently, not only on the racing scene but in business and charity.

Castleblaney-based Shabra Plastics, which he ran with co-founder Rita Shah, is one of the biggest employers in Monaghan.

Mr Brady's enduring legacy, though, will be his tireless charity work.

He and Ms Shah set up the Shabra Charity five years ago. It funded the building of a school in Kenya that teaches 125 children, and it provided equipment for St Luke's and the Mater hospitals.

Mr Brady's first winner was Barr's Hill at Navan in 1985. Among his best horses were Maralan, who won two Grade Two chases within the space of a week in February 2008, and Ebadiyan, successful in the Grade Three Punchestown Juvenile Hurdle in January 2009.

Both horses were ridden by John Cullen (inset), who led the tributes to his old boss.

"He was a great man and a great trainer of a horse," Mr Cullen said.

He also praised the work Mr Brady did for charity.

fdillon@herald.ie

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