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Racing mourns death of Oliver Brady

The racing world is in mourning after the news that one of the industry’s most colourful characters, Oliver Brady, has passed away at the age of 75. One of Co. Monaghan’s most famous son’s, Brady had been battling with cancer for the past decade but had remained in the racing public’s mind, mainly due to his flamboyant behaviour in the past.


A very talented trainer, Brady had set up his racing establishment alongside business partner Rita Shah, with whom he had established the Shabra Plastics company, a name that was a big part of his training career, with horses under his care including Shabra Boy, Shabra Princess and Shabra Charity, the latter of which gave Brady the final victory of his career at Down Royal in May.


Brady is most famous for his unusual antics following his charge Baron de Feypo’s 3rd place performance in the Coral Cup at Cheltenham in 2007. Brady had always dreamed of a Cheltenham victory but this is the closest he would get and he was going to celebrate, victory or no victory.


To the amusement of spectators, Brady slipped out of his shirt and pulled on the colours of his beloved Monaghan football team before celebrating like he had just won the Gold Cup! This will be what Brady will be most remembered for, but he was a very talented trainer and enjoyed Grade 2 and Grade 3 successes with the likes of Ebediyan and Balapour.


Tributes flooded in from racing’s elite including Barry Geraghty who tweeted: “Very sad news about Oliver Brady a great character and a very charitable man RIP #upmonaghan #ballybayfortay.”


By Kevin Walsh / Photo: David Jones/PA Archive




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