Tributes pour in for popular amateur Irish jockey JT McNamara who has died age 41
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Tributes pour in for popular amateur Irish jockey JT McNamara who has died age 41

TRIBUTES HAVE poured in from the world of racing family after news broke that popular Irish jockey John Thomas McNamara passed away at the age of 41.

The father of three was once a leading amateur jockeys before a serious injury at the Cheltenham Festival in 2013.

The accident left McNamara paralyzed after fracturing two vertebrae in his neck when he was thrown from his horse Galaxy Rock.

The senior medical officer for the Irish Turf Club, Adrian McGoldrick, confirmed the news of McNamara's death this morning in a statement.

He said: "I've just spoken to his wife Caroline and I can confirm JT passed away peacefully during the night."

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McNamara teamed up with JP McManus on many occasions, especially during big amateur events at big festivals.

In total McNamara rode 600 winners in his career.

Dougie Costello paid tribute to JT McNamara calling him a good horse man Dougie Costello paid tribute to JT McNamara calling him a good horse man

Fellow jockey Dougie Costello paid tribute to JT McNamara, telling the Irish Post about McNamara's extensive knowledge of the sport.

Costello said:"He was a really good all round horse man. You would see him ride year in year out against professional riders so you wouldn't think he was amateur.

"He was an all round nice guy, really good with the young lads. Everyone admired him because of the rider he was."

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Fans and colleagues alike took to social media in the aftermath of the news to express their sadness.

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