Oxx tribute to Roe
Veteran Curragh trainer John Oxx has led the tributes to Johnny Roe following the death of the nine-time Irish Flat champion jockey at the age of 79.
Roe developed a fruitful association with Oxx's father John snr, for whom he won the 1967 Irish Oaks aboard Pampalina, and was also employed as stable jockey to Vincent O'Brien and Dermot Weld.
"He was a very good stable jockey, a very good rider and a very decent fellow, Johnny," stated Oxx. "Himself and my father had a great relationship, and he rode winner after winner.
Roe retired from the saddle in 1980 and embarked upon a training career in Macau, after which he became a bloodstock agent.
Among his many big-race triumphs as a jockey was an English 1,000 Guineas success at Newmarket when he guided the Stuart Murless-trained Nocturnal Spree to Classic glory in 1975.