Tommy Carberry

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Tommy Carberry (15 September 1941 – 12 July 2017)[1] was a National Hunt jockey who was twice overall champion Irish jockey and five times champion national hunt jockey. He rode in his first race in 1958, and was crowned champion apprentice in 1959. He retired in 1982, after which he began training. He won the Grand National as a jockey on L'Escargot in 1975 and as a trainer with Bobbyjo in 1999. Carberry also rode L'Escargot to successive Cheltenham Gold Cups in 1970 and 1971.[2][3]


In 1970 Carberry rode L'Escargot to victory in the Cheltenham Gold Cup by one and a half lengths from French Tan. In 1971 Carberry rode L'Escargot to victory in the Cheltenham Gold Cup for the second year in a row, this time beating Leap by 10 lengths.

In 1973 he rode Inkslinger to victory in the Champion Chase at the Cheltenham Festival.

In 1975 he rode the winner in the Cheltenham Gold Cup, Aintree Grand National and Irish Grand National. He rode Ten Up to victory in the Cheltenham Gold Cup. It was Carberry's third win in the race. His Aintree Grand National win was on L'Escargot when he beat Red Rum who was trying for a third successive victory in the race. He won the 1975 Irish Grand National on Brown Lad.

He won the Irish Grand National again in 1976 on Brown Lad.

In 1980 he rode Tied Cottage in the Cheltenham Gold Cup. The horse finished the race first but Tied Cottage was later disqualified for testing positive for a banned substance.[2]

When he retired from riding, he started training. His son Paul Carberry was jockey, when he won the 1998 Irish Grand National with BobbyJo and the 1999 Grand National. Prior to the victory in the 1999 Grand National, the last victory by an Irish trained horse was in 1975.

Personal life[edit]

He married Pamela Moore in 1970.[4] Their children are, Thomas, Paul, Philip, Nina, Mark and Peter John. Paul, Philip and Nina have all won the Irish Grand National and are no longer national hunt jockeys, the youngest Peter John continues to ride. Mark is the only one of Tommy's Children that was not a jockey or a horse trainer.[5] Carberry died on 12 July 2017, aged 75.[6]


  1. ^ "Birthdays". The Guardian. Guardian News & Media. 15 Sep 2014. p. 35. 
  2. ^ a b "Meath Chronicle - Death of racing legend, Tommy Carberry". Meath Chronicle. 12 July 2017. Retrieved 23 April 2018. 
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-07-21. Retrieved 2010-04-08. 
  4. ^ Collins, Liam (16 July 2017). "Tommy Carberry -". Retrieved 1 May 2018. 
  5. ^ Copping, Jasper (8 April 2007). "Grand National is a three-horse race for family with best bloodline in the business". Telegraph. Retrieved 12 July 2017. 
  6. ^ O'Hehir, Tony (12 July 2017). "Giant of jump racing Tommy Carberry dies aged 75 | Horse Racing News | Racing Post". Archived from the original on 12 July 2017. Retrieved 1 May 2018.