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Horse racing trainer Henry de Bromhead has revealed that a race on the Cheltenham Festival in March next 12 months shall be named after his late son Jack, who passed away in September. The Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle will now be often called the Jack de Bromhead Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle, in a touching gesture made by Ryanair, who sponsor the race.

Jack tragically passed away in a pony racing accident on the Glenbeigh Festival on Rossbeigh Beach earlier this 12 months, shaking the racing community. Loads of trainer, jockeys and fans paid tribute to the aspiring jockey at Irish meetings corresponding to at Leopardstown and the Curragh.

Henry de Bromhead thanked everyone for the response he and his family received during that point, stressing that the support was giving all of them support. The Irish trainer has since announced that a race on the Cheltenham Festival may even be named after his son, and he hopes that he’ll land the spoils in the competition.

He told Racing TV on Tuesday: “Michael O’Leary (of sponsors Ryanair) has very kindly said they will name the mares’ novices’ hurdle the Jack de Bromhead Mares Novices’ Hurdle, which is incredible.

“I’m hoping to do a Willie (Mullins) on it and take a look at and fill the sphere if in any respect possible! We’ll definitely be aiming her towards there I might imagine.” De Bromhead shall be hoping that he can enter quite a few top prospects into the race, with Magical Zoe looking an early contender for the prolonged two-mile contest.

The four-year-old finished with a flourish at Down Royal last Friday, beating the very talented Nikini and The Model Kingdom. Magical Zoe stayed on the well within the late stages of the competition after jumping soundly throughout, highlighting that she should stay the trip at Cheltenham.

Speaking concerning the filly, De Bromhead explained: “Magical Zoe is a pleasant mare. We at all times thought she was nice but I suppose she did surprise us on Friday within the sense that she’s a little bit of an unknown. I’m undecided where she’ll go next. I believe I need to start out at Cheltenham and work backwards together with her. She’s only 4 and only a baby, so we’ll see.”

De Bromhead enjoyed loads of success on the Cheltenham Festival over the past few years together with stable jockey Rachael Blackmore, winning the Gold Cup and Champion Hurdle earlier this 12 months. Though no previous victory shall be higher than landing the Jack de Bromhead Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle next 12 months.

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