Son of Grand National-winning trainer de Bromhead dies in accident

Teenage son of Grand National-winning trainer Henry de Bromhead dies after being thrown from his horse at racing festival in Ireland

  • Henry de Bromhead’s son died in a racing accident in Ireland on Saturday
  • Jack de Bromhead was thrown from his horse at Glenbeigh Racing Festival
  • The racing festival programme was abandoned immediately after tragedy

The teenage son of Grand National-winning trainer Henry de Bromhead died in a racing accident in Ireland on Saturday.

Jack de Bromhead suffered fatal injuries after being thrown from his horse at the Glenbeigh Racing Festival in County Kerry.

The racing festival programme was abandoned immediately while fellow trainer Gordon Elliott cancelled Sunday’s open day at his yard as a mark of respect.

Emergency services had been called to Rossbeigh beach — where the racing takes place — in Kerry after the incident on Saturday, when De Bromhead’s mount stumbled and ditched the youngster onto the sands.

A spokesman for the festival committee told the Irish Mail on Sunday: ‘Many of the members of the Glenbeigh Race Committee are parents themselves and they are devastated at the tragic events.

‘Our heartfelt thoughts go out to the De Bromhead family and their friends.’

The teenage son of Grand National-winning trainer Henry de Bromhead (above) died in a racing accident in Ireland on Saturday

Emergency medical attention was provided to the young jockey. But despite desperate efforts to stabilise the teenager he was later pronounced dead.

Members of Jack de Bromhead’s family are believed to have been at the course with up to 5,000 spectators in attendance when the freak accident occurred.

A Garda (police) spokesperson told the MoS: ‘Gardai and the emergency services responded to reports of an incident at Rossbeigh Beach in County Kerry at approximately 5.20pm on Friday.

‘A male in his teens received treatment at the scene following the incident but was later pronounced deceased. His body has since been removed to the morgue at University Hospital in Kerry.’

The local coroner has been notified about the young jockey’s death, which has stunned the racing world.

De Bromhead’s son Jack suffered fatal injuries after being thrown from his horse at the Glenbeigh Racing Festival in County Kerry

Henry de Bromhead is one of the most successful trainers on the National Hunt circuit. Last year the trainer dominated the Cheltenham Festival and won the Aintree Grand National.

He became the first trainer ever to saddle winners of the Champion Hurdle (Honeysuckle), Champion Chase (Put The Kettle On) and Gold Cup (Minella Indo) in the same year.

Rachael Blackmore, his star jockey, has been integral to all the recent success as well.

Jockey Rachael Blackmore has been integral to all of Henry de Bromhead’s recent success

The 33-year-old became the first woman to win the Champion Hurdle and Grand National in 2021 and followed up those brilliant displays this year, becoming the first woman to land the Cheltenham Gold Cup with A Plus Tard.

Henry followed in the footsteps of his father Harry after spurning a career in accountancy and taking over the family stables in Knockeen in County Waterford in 2000.

Tributes were paid on Saturday night to Jack de Bromhead, who was a talented young jockey in his own right.

‘The whole place is in a state of shock. It’s such a terrible thing,’ said local councillor Michael Cahill. ‘Our sympathies go out to the family. I saw him ride in Cahersiveen only last week. This is awful.

‘It’s put a cloud of sadness over our meeting forever. People are here with tears rolling down their faces. This is always a happy, joyous, family festival. Within a short few hours everything has changed. It’s impacting on everyone.’

Distressing scenes were reported as news of the tragedy unfolded. The festival attracts Ireland’s leading pony competitors, including the country’s top teenage jockeys.

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