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Trainer Moo-Young dead at 48

Published:Friday | June 27, 2014 | 12:00 AM

Well-known trainer George Moo-Young passed away last Sunday at age 48.

According to reports, Moo-Young, who hails from Westmoreland, fell ill after picking coconuts on Sunday. He was rushed to the hospital, where he died later that day.

Last Saturday, Moo-Young was noticeably in high spirits in the Trainers' Room at Caymanas Park, although not having a runner on the 10-race programme.

Born on March 4, 1966, Moo-Young took up training in the nineties and saddled his first winner, PERILLO in October, 1998. At the time of his death, he had saddled 59 winners, including BORA BORA, LATENT POWER, AMANDA PANDA, COCK ROBIN, GRAND BAZAAR, ERGASIA and TIGRENIAN. His last winner was SHE'S A WIZ in a three-year-old maiden condition race on Wednesday, September 25, 2013.

Reacting to his death, Richard Todd, president of the United Racehorse Trainers' Association (URTA), said he was an active member of the association who was "always willing to go that extra mile on behalf of its members".

"Quiet and unassuming, Moo-Young will be sadly missed not only by the URTA, but by the entire racing fraternity. I extend condolences on behalf of the association to his family, other relatives and friends," Todd said.

Similar sentiments were expressed by Caymanas Track Limited, who hailed his contribution to the sport he loved so much.

- O.C.