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Peggy inspired many and will be sadly missed

By Ron McKnight

The grand old lady of local racing, Peggy Hagan, very sadly passed away on Wednesday, aged 89.

Peggy was an ardent supporter of jump racing for decades and enjoyed tremendous success in the past couple of years with Chosen Dream and Balnaslow.

Jim's Choice, which won numerous races, was possibly her favourite horse having been bought by her late husband Jim.

Peggy always supported her runners, travelling to Aintree, Cheltenham and Stratford only last season.

Peggy was an inspiration and proudly revealed her age and passion for her horses when interviewed on TV at Stratford.

A Service of Celebration for Peggy's life will be held in Second Ballyeaston Presbyterian Church tomorrow at 10.00 am, followed by interment in Ballyclare Cemetery.

Peggy, who won the fashion stakes every time, has requested mourners wear bright colours and no black ties.

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