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Racing world attend funeral for John Fowler

THE funeral service for trainer John Fowler, who was killed in a freak accident on Monday, brought a huge crowd to the church in Rathmolyon village in County Meath on Thursday.

Joining with the Fowler family and the late trainer's neighbours were countless racing colleagues and friends of the 62-year-old former amateur rider who died whena tree fell on him at his farm at Rahinston, County Meath.

Amongst the many trainers present were Arthur Moore, Mouse Morris, Charlie Swan, Tom Taaffe, Jim Bolger, Kevin Prendergast and Dermot Weld, while those who travelled from England included Nicky Henderson and bloodstock agent David Minton.

In a moving address to the congregation Thomas Matthews, referred to the academic life of his long-time friend, hunting and poker playing colleague, said: "There were a lot of aspects to John's life.

"He was a very bright man who attended McGill University in Montreal where he graduated with a degree in bio-chemistry."

Referring to Fowler's successful association, in hunter chases and point-to-points, with the late PP Hogan, Matthews said: "John rode over 70 winners for Pat Hogan and never got a shilling which is something that surprised his successor, Ted Walsh, and would have appalled the current crop of amateur riders!"

Valerie Cooper, a co-owner of multiple winner Opera Hat whom Fowler trained, summed up the feelings of the mourners when she said: "John was a wonderful man and a wonderful friendto those privileged to be his friend."




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