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Emotional Dermot Weld reveals support from horse racing rivals after death of his mother

Published 17/06/2015 | 15:55

Trainer Dermot Weld
Trainer Dermot Weld

Renowned trainer Dermot Weld has spoken about the support he received from Aidan O'Brien and Jim Bolger following the death of his mother Marguerite last year.

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The trio have been the most successful Irish trainers of the 21st century and continually compete throughout the year on the flat.

Speaking to Channel 4 Jim McGrath during their Royal Ascot, the Rosewell House trainer spoke honestly about the camaraderie among trainers in Ireland and particularly when he was at his 'weakest' following the death of his mother in April 2014.

"Competition is very strong because we've a limited pool of races, so it's a very tough, hard competition," he said.

"But behind the competition, there is great friendship and support among all the trainers. To typify it, my late mother died last year and the support that I got from my fellow trainers... I was shocked.

"Two little instances, Aidan O'Brien, my main opposition, and his entire family were present at my mother's mass and then afterwards and then Jim and Jackie Bolger were the last two people to leave my that night to make sure I was okay.

"So maybe that gives you an idea of the support I got from my two main opposition... that when I was at my weakest and my lowest at the loss of my dear mother, they were there for me."

It was a huge day for Weld as his horse Free Eagle just held off The Great Gatsby by a nose to win the Group One Prince of Wales' Stakes as 5/2 favourite.

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