There was very sad news for horse racing fans this morning with the news that former jockey John Thomas McNamara passed away aged 41.
The Limerick man was paralysed following a serious fall at Cheltenham in 2013 when thrown from his mount, Galaxy Rock.
‘JT’ was immobilised from the neck down after fracturing two vertebrae in his neck during the fall at the first in the Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup.
According to the Limerick Leader, the father-of-three is understood to have suffered complications on Friday night before being transferred to University Hospital Limerick
He was discharged to spend his final days with his family.
A leading Irish amateur rider, McNamara had over 600 career victories and was a four-time Cheltenham Festival winner.
He won the 2002 National Hunt Chase on Rith Dubh and the same race again in 2012 on Teaforthree.
He also won the Cross-Country Chase with Spot Thedifference in 2005 and the 2007 Fox Hunter Chase on Drombea.
McNamara is survived by his wife Caroline and three children; Dylan, Harry and Olivia.