Family of tragic jockey pay tribute to rising star
THE family of the 17-year-old jockey who died as a result of injuries suffered in a fall from his horse last week have paid tribute to him as a rising star.
Jack Tyner, the son of Kinsale trainer Robert Tyner, was involved in a fall at a point-to-point race in Dungarvan last Tuesday, after riding a winner in his first race that day.
He never regained consciousness after the fall from Dusmagic, and he developed pneumonia and was put into an induced coma at Cork University Hospital, where he passed away at 1.10am yesterday morning.
His devastated mum Mary told the Herald: "He never regained consciousness since last Tuesday. On Tuesday night when he went in they thought he'd wake up, but then the next morning he didn't wake up.
"They thought he had a chest infection but then it turned out to be pneumonia and then they decided to put him into a coma to see could they clear his lungs.
"Then the pressure on his head got worse and he was operated on, and the pressure eased again, but then things went wrong."
The amateur jockey had registered four winners from 120 point-to-point rides and had also been successful twice under Rules. Three of the young jockey's wins were within the last month, and he was showing himself to be a strong contender for the Novice Rider's title this year.
He recorded his first winner on Square Sphere in October 2008 and partnered the impressive Whatwillwecallher to victory in a mares' bumper at Limerick last month. Both horses were trained by his father.
Mary said her son was dedicated to his sport, and his ambition was to win the Rider's Novice.
"Last year he had 22 seconds and no win. But this year he started off well.
"He was after doing all of the dirty work, and you could see him improve. We were asking ourselves why didn't we stop him, but you couldn't because that's what he wanted to do."