A Giant of the Sport and Father of Iconic Rider Mick
Racing legend Tommy Kinane, known for his remarkable career and his role in shaping the success of his son Mick, has sadly passed away at the age of 90.
A Golden Era of Hurdlers
Kinane gained fame for his victory in the 1978 Champion Hurdle on Monksfield, during a period considered to be a golden era for hurdlers.
A Racing Connection that Endures
Kinane's connection to the sport continued throughout his life, as his son Mick became a 13-time champion jockey and a three-time Derby winner.
The Horse that Sparked a Bust-up
Mick Kinane also rode the all-conquering Sea The Stars and Sir Alex Ferguson's horse Rock Of Gibraltar, which led to a notorious bust-up at Man Utd and resulted in the Glazers taking control.
An Incredible Athlete
Even in his later years, Kinane remained an incredible athlete, as shown by a widely shared video of him performing a headstand at the age of 85.
Many in the racing community have paid their respects to Kinane, including Sun Racing's Matt Chapman, who referred to him as an "absolute legend of a man".
A Life Dedicated to Racing
Born in Tipperary, Ireland, in 1933, Kinane came from a family of jockeys and trainers. His involvement in the Monksfield story played a major part in his long-time friendship with trainer Des McDonagh.
A Loss to the Racing Community
Describing Kinane as a "superb rider, a wonderful character, and a great man to have on your side," McDonagh expressed his sadness at the passing of his longtime friend and associate.
Farewell to a Legend
Tommy Kinane's funeral is set to take place tomorrow at Ardmayle Cemetery in County Tipperary.
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