Belfast Telegraph

Respected bookmaker Robert McCoubrey passes away

By Staff Reporter

The racing fraternity is mourning the news that a major player in bookmaking, Robert McCoubrey, has died.

Mr McCoubrey, one of Ireland's biggest punters and most adventurous bookies, passed away yesterday evening.

A big presence on course and at point-to-points, Mr McCoubrey was in action at Kirkistown on Saturday past and news of his death has shocked all who knew him.

Mr McCoubrey was also a successful businessman, owning a major electrical store.

He owned several racehorses during his career. Rusty Tears was a high-class horse that delivered - landing him a gamble - when it won the 1977 Cathcart Cup at the Cheltenham Festival.

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