The Racing World Mourns the Loss of a Legend
Neville Callaghan, a renowned horse trainer, has sadly passed away at the age of 77. Throughout his distinguished 38-year career, Callaghan trained over 800 winners on the Flat and nearly 100 over jumps. His contributions to the sport will not be forgotten.
An Unforgettable Legacy
Callaghan was widely recognized for his incredible work with Danehill Dancer, a legendary racehorse who achieved a Group 1 double in 1995 under Callaghan's guidance. His success extended to other notable horses such as Fairy Heights, Stanford, and Always Valiant. Callaghan's versatility was evident as he also trained Irish Champion Hurdle winners Royal Vulcan and Royal Derbi.
A Touching Tribute from His Son
Simon Callaghan, now a top trainer in the United States, took to X to remember his late father. He described him as his "biggest supporter" and expressed his love with two heart emojis.
Fond Remembrances from the Racing Community
Former jockey Tom Scudamore and Sky Sports Racing host Alex Hammond were among those who sent their condolences. Trainer David Elsworth spoke highly of Callaghan, describing him as a "colorful character" who was loved by everyone. Luca Cumani, who played a significant role in Frankie Dettori's career, acknowledged the impact Callaghan had on Newmarket life for over 50 years. John Gosden, another prominent trainer, referred to Callaghan as a "complete one-off" and an all-time great character.
A Legacy of Greatness
Although Callaghan never won a Classic, he came close with his horse Rebel Rebel in the 2005 2000 Guineas, where they finished as the runner-up at odds of 100-1. Callaghan leaves behind his wife Jenny, son Simon, and daughter Camilla.