Saturday 10 December 2016

Trainers pay tribute to 'gifted' Tobin

Published 17/11/2016 | 02:30

Trainer Tom Gibney paid tribute to conditional jumps rider John Tobin following his death. Photo: Paul Mohan/Sportsfile
Trainer Tom Gibney paid tribute to conditional jumps rider John Tobin following his death. Photo: Paul Mohan/Sportsfile

Tributes have been paid to the late conditional jumps rider John Tobin following his death.

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The Co Meath rider enjoyed three career successes, the most recent in 2014 when guiding Empresario to victory at Down Royal for trainer and friend Matthew Smith.

Tobin, 31, had struggled in recent years and Smith said: "I've known him for a good few years, he was a good friend. He was happiest when he was around horses, he really adored them.

"He was great with them, really patient and able to settle them. When he rode Empresario, the horse was tricky at that time. A few lads tried to manage him and failed but John succeeded.

"It's awful sad. You couldn't meet a nicer lad; nobody could have a bad word to say about him."

Trainer Tom Gibney also worked with the rider. He said: "He was a good friend more than an employee and I stayed very friendly with him long after he stopped working for me.

"He struggled with his demons but was the best rider of a young horse I've ever seen. He was genuinely gifted."

Tobin will repose at his home in Kilmainhamwood from 2pm to 10pm today, with removal tomorrow at 10.15m to arrive at the Church of the Sacred Heart, Kilmainhamwood.

Irish Independent

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