Tuesday 15 January 2019

Belle's expectations lowered down

One of Ireland's most popular trainers Oliver Brady died this morning at the age of 75 after a long battle with illness.

The proud Monaghan based trainer (pictured) was well known throughout horse racing both here in Ireland and across the Irish Sea where he would regularly address punters around the parade ring after training a winner.

Brady was heavily backed by owner Rita Shah who he was also a business partner of and the pair have worked tirelessly for their Shabra Charity Foundation which raises money for heart and cancer research in Ireland and also supports orphaned children in Kenya.

Brady was widely regarded as a true gentleman of the game who often played to the crowds which would swarm to the winners enclose if one of his horses was even placed in a race as they expected the trainer to put on a show which he so often did. Self described as 'a friend of the punters', Brady dreamed of having a winner at the Cheltenham Festival and although never managing that feat, he did enjoy the third place finish of Baron De Feypo like a winner when he finished third in the Coral Cup at the 2007 Festival with Brady showing off his trademark Monaghan jersey. As the jump season begins to hot up at the Listowel Harvest Festvial this week, one of the sports most flamboyant and colourful characters will be most fondly remembered by all in the sport.

Brady was well known for penning his own songs and poems and ran one of the most popular Cheltenham Preview Nights in the country with Brady himself proving a massive draw.

May he rest in peace.

- NC

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