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Rooney's death at age of 69 is a huge loss for horse racing


Rosemary Rooney
Rosemary Rooney

By Ron McKnight

The horse racing community is in mourning after the passing of Rosemary Rooney while in Australia.

An ultra talented rider of her generation, Rosemary was champion lady rider three times in the late 1980s.

A daughter of legendary Glengormley trainer and rider Willie Rooney, she had been on holiday in Australia for the Melbourne Cup when she died on Thursday of last week.

Along with her father and sister Ann, the family dominated point to points and local racing in the 1960-1990 era.

Rosemary (69) was a great rider on the points circuit but also won the Leopardstown Chase on Excursion for trainer Arthur Moore and the Ladies Derby at Epsom for the late Paddy Prendergast.

Rosemary made history when finishing runner-up to her sister Ann, who was on winner Bentom Boy in the 1984 Irish Grand National - with the horse trained by the sisters' father, Willie.

It is understood that a memorial service will be held at a later date.

Condolences are extended to sisters Ann, Carol and Eyssen and the wider family circle.

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