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16th Nov 2014

Dessie Hughes has died, aged 71

Legendary trainer and jockey passes away

Darragh Murphy

Racehorse trainer Dessie Hughes has passed away at the age of 71.

Hughes won the Champion Hurdle as both a jockey and a trainer and will be remembered as one of the true legends of horse racing.

He also won the 1977 Cheltenham Gold Cup on Davy Lad.

He is survived by his wife Eileen, son Richard (a three-time champion jockey) and daughter Sandra.

The outpouring of tributes to Hughes this morning was led by the chief executive of Horse Racing Ireland, Brian Kavanagh.


Dessie Hughes