Irish racing legend TP Burns, has died aged 94.
The jockey was best remembered for his golden association with Vincent O’Brien, for whom he rode Ballymoss to win the Irish Derby in 1957.
A few weeks afterwards, Burns was in the saddle when the colt added the St Leger, becoming the first ever Irish-trained winner.
Charles O’Brien, son of legendary Ballydoyle handler Vincent, paid tribute, saying:
“TP was an integral part of Ballydoyle for a large number of years and I know my father had the greatest respect for him and his opinion, and he loved having him around the place.
“He was very level-headed and he said things as they were, which is one of the reasons my father liked him so much.”
The current incumbent at Ballydoyle, Aidan O’Brien, said: “I didn’t know him that well but he was always a real gentleman to meet at the Curragh.
“I used to love talking to him because I felt he was an unbelievably wise man, and he was one of those very special people to encounter. It would always be a privilege to meet him with his son James at the races.”
Burns rode for four decades and was hugely successful on the flat and over jumps.
He rode his first winner at the tender age of 14, riding Prudent Rose at the Irish Derby meeting in 1938.
His first big win came in the 1941 Irish Cambridgeshire , courtesy of Mill Boy.
Along with Dr O’Brien, TP Burns teamed up with the other big Irish stable of the era, that of Paddy Prendergast, for whom he rode Prominer in the 1964 National Stakes and the same horse in the Player’s Navy Cut Trial at Phoenix Park in 1965.
In 1972, and at which time he was in his late forties, Burns won the Irish St Leger on Pidget for Kevin Prendergast.
Dermot Weld was one of many others to pay tribute today, saying: “He was a wonderful man. An assistant trainer to me for a number of years, he was a gifted horseman and a brilliant rider.”