Saturday 14 December 2019

Lynch pays Casey tribute

Tributes: Horse trainer Peter Casey. Photo: Tony Gavin
Tributes: Horse trainer Peter Casey. Photo: Tony Gavin

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Andrew Lynch has paid tribute to trainer Peter Casey following his death at the age of 82. Casey shot to prominence in 2012 when Flemenstar, partnered by Lynch, won both the Irish Arkle at Leopardstown and the Powers Gold Cup at Fairyhouse's Easter meeting.

While the rider hailed those Grade One victories, he also recalled how Casey enjoyed winning at every level.

"We had some great times with Flemenstar at Leopardstown and Fairyhouse," he said.

"We had some unbelievable days together, not just with Flemenstar, but there were one or two others as well.

"He was a great character and a very good man. He was an easy trainer to ride for and a very good trainer as well."

Flemenstar won the Irish Arkle in 2012, with Casey became something of an internet sensation following his subsequent interview with RTé presenter Tracy Piggott, which featured some colourful language regarding his celebration plans and went viral.

Flemenstar went on to win the John Durkan Chase at Punchestown in December 2012. Casey also counted 2010 Troytown Chase winner Jack The Bus among his notable performers, while he also bred Scottish National winner Hello Bud.

He is survived by his wife June, to whom he was married for over 55 years, and their children Francis, Peter, Oliver and Alison.

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