Friday 22 February 2019

TP was a brilliant rider and man: Weld

TP Burns.
TP Burns.

The funeral of TP Burns, described as a "gifted horseman" by trainer Dermot Weld, will took place this morning following his death on Monday.

The 94-year-old was a hugely respected Classic winning jockey on the flat during a successful partnership for the legendary Vincent O'Brien and Burns also enjoyed notable success over jumps riding nine winners at the Cheltenham Festival.

Burns died peacefully at his home in the Curragh and Weld, for whom he worked as an assistant after he held a similar position with O'Brien following his retirement from riding, led the tributes.

Weld added: "He was a brilliant rider and a wonderful man."

Burns, who won a flat race on Arkle, rode his first Irish Classic winner on Ballymoss in the 1957 Irish Derby and the same horse gave him his sole British Classic success in the English St Leger after finishing second at Epsom.

His final Irish Classic came for Kevin Prendergast when Pidget won the 1972 Irish St Leger.

Meanwhile, Ger Lyons was back among the winners last night at Killarney on the same day he announced the surprise split from Qatar Racing.

Lyons, who would have been recognised as Qatar Racing's main trainer in Ireland and who provided the operation with many landmark successes, trained another notable winner for them just last week as Lightening Quick won at Naas.

"It is with regret that I have to announce I will no longer be training for Qatar Racing as from yesterday," Lyons revealed in his blog.

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