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Six-time champion Irish jockey Liam Ward dies aged 92


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  • Liam Ward, the six-time Irish champion Flat jockey died on 4 October, aged 92.

    Mr Ward began as an apprentice to coach Roderic Extra O’Ferrall, and later Martin Quirke. His first winner was with Andorra at Phoenix Park in 1947.

    He received his first Traditional, the Irish Leger, with Do Properly in 1951. He went on to win one other 9 Classics over the subsequent 18 years, together with touchdown the Irish Derby and Irish Oaks double in 1958, with Sindon and Amante respectively.

    He was topped champion Irish Flat jockey for the primary time in 1953. He held the title from 1956 to 1959 consecutively, and a ultimate time in 1961.

    Within the mid Nineteen Sixties Mr Ward began driving for famend coach Vincent O’Brien as his primary Eire-based rider, successful the 1965 Irish Oaks for him on Aurabella, and the 1966 Irish Leger on White Gloves. In 1969 he started driving the nice Nijinksy, a son of Northern Dancer, recording 4 wins that 12 months. The experience was shared with Lester Piggot, who rode him in Britain, together with to victory within the 2000 Guineas and Epsom Derby in 1970, earlier than Mr Ward recorded his tenth Traditional win, the Irish Derby, with Nijinsky the identical 12 months.

    His ultimate win was at Leopardstown in October 1971 with Cambrienne, earlier than he retired from the saddle. He went on to run a breeding operation, Ashleigh Stud, along with his first spouse Jackie. He was additionally a steward at Naas, Curragh and Leopardstown racecourses.

    He’s survived by his spouse Veronica, and his youngsters Invoice and Nicola.

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