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McNamara delight at new job with Irish National Stud

20 January 2016

CHELTENHAM FESTIVAL-WINNING jockey Robbie McNamara has joined the Irish National Stud and is to work in the nominations and sales department.

McNamara, who was paralysed from the waist down after a fall in 2015 and plans to embark on a training career, will be based in the stud’s office assisting with sales and clients’ nominations to stallions.“I'm delighted to join the Irish National Stud team,” said McNamara, whose brother Andrew recently secured a training licence.

“It’s a great opportunity and it’ll be nice to work with the people on the other side of the racing industry. It’s also goodto get back to work and I’m very muchlooking forward to the new challenge.

”Irish National Stud chief executive John Osborne added: “Robbie is very excited about it and is looking forward to it. It’s great he’s with us; he’s a verypopular guy and he’s going tomake a difference as he’s comingin at a busy time for us.

”Sir Anthony McCoy, recently awarded a knighthood in the new year’s honours list, is one of many racing stars taking part in The Kube fundraiser for the Robbie McNamara Fund at the Killashee Hotel in Naas, County Kildare on Saturday, January 30.

The 36 contestants taking part include 18 jockeys such as Ruby Walsh, Pat Smullen, Joseph O’Brien, Davy Russell and Bryan Cooper. At The Racespresenter Matt Chapman will act as MC

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