Sunday 22 October 2017

JT McNamara tribute: Gifted, peerless, humble - a giant of the weigh room

Jockey John Thomas McNamara. Photo: Sportsfile
Jockey John Thomas McNamara. Photo: Sportsfile
Richard Forristal

Richard Forristal

It is simply impossible to overstate JT McNamara's loss to the racing community.

Our thoughts are first and foremost with his wife Caroline and their family. Three years ago, when the news first filtered through to the press room in Cheltenham that JT was in real trouble, it knocked me for six. I knew McNamara from my riding days and had dealt with him in a journalistic capacity.

He was an unfailingly humble person and an absolute pleasure to deal with. But bad things happen to good people.

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