THE horse racing world is in mourning after the death, in tragic circumstances, of 27-year-old Lucy Stack, the wife of leading trainer Fozzy Stack.
Lucy, who was brought up in Enfield, Co Meath, was the daughter of Denise 'Sneezy' Foster who is also a well-known figure in the equestrian world and a respected trainer.
Lucy's body was found early on Sunday at the family home at Thomastown Castle, the Group 1 winning training yard near Golden, Co Tipperary. The yard is run by Lucy's father-in-law, the former Grand National winner and now successful trainer Tommy Stack.
Lucy's husband Fozzy, who she married at Christmas 2012, is assistant trainer at the yard and the couple were popular figures in the world of flat and national hunt racing.
A statement issued to the Irish Independent on behalf of both families last night said: "The Foster and Stack families are shocked by this terrible tragedy. Lucy was a beautiful girl and a real lady."
The families appealed for privacy at this "sad time".
Among her friends were senior jockeys Nina Carberry and Katie Walsh as well as writer Cecelia Ahern and her husband David Keoghan.
Foul play is not suspected in her death, gardai say. Her husband was abroad at the time of her death but arrived home yesterday.
Lucy's father, Irish international eventer Captain David Foster, was just 43 when he died after his mount fell on him in 1998.
Family friend Tamso Doyle told the Irish Independent: "Shock is the word that comes to mind – shock and deep sadness.
"She will be terribly missed by all who knew her," Ms Doyle added.