Horse trainer Henry de Bromhead’s son Jack dies in freak accident at Glenbeigh Racing Festival. Check out full news in this article.

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Bromhead (born 28 October 1972) is an Irish horse trainer who specialises in training horses for National Hunt racing.

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Henry De Bromhead
Occupation Racehorse Trainer
Born 28 October 1972 (age 49)
Knockeen, Ireland
     Nationality        Irish
Spouse Heather De Bromhead
Children Jack De Bromhead († 2022)       
Mia De Bromhead
Georgia De Bromhead

He has trained a number of Group 1 winners including Sizing John and Honeysuckle, and is based at stables in Knockeen, County Waterford

He commenced racehorse training in 2000, having taken over the family stable from his father, Harry.

De Bromhead spent time learning training with Robert and Sally Alner and Sir Mark Prescott, and worked at Coolmore Stud.

He won his first Grade One race as a trainer in 2008 when Sizing Europe won the Irish Champion Hurdle and since then has gone on to have success in Ireland and the UK.


Jack de Bromhead, was the son of Henry de bromhead, who died following a horse racing accident, have paid tribute to their “extraordinary and beautiful” son.

In an online post, leading horse trainer Henry de Bromhead and his wife, Heather, described Jack as a “perfect, funny, loving son”.

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His death has caused widespread shock among the Irish racing community. The teenager died at the Glenbeigh races on Rossbeigh beach in Co Kerry on Saturday.

The incident at around 5pm occurred during the 2.5km race as the horses made their turn into the tide at the southern marker.

Witnesses say the horse stumbled and threw the young rider into the tide. There was a large attendance including, it is understood, grandparents of the young man. The racing event was immediately cancelled following the incident.

“On September 3rd we said goodbye to our extraordinary, beautiful 13-year-old son, Jack,” his parents said.

“A one-of-a-kind child who touched all our lives in the best way possible – he will be forever present in our lives.

Henry de Bromhead son killed 

Jack de Bromhead died after the fifth race at the Glenbeigh Festival in Co Kerry; he was given treatment at the scene, but was sadly later pronounced dead; Henry de Bromhead has trained the likes of Grand National winner Minella Times and Champion Hurdler Honeysuckle

De Bromhead, 13, was given treatment at the scene but was later pronounced dead. The rest of the Festival has since been cancelled.

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Jack had shown plenty of talent in the saddle, winning a pony race just last week at Cahirciveen Races.

He would ride out for father at his highly-successful yard in Knockeen, Co Waterford, featuring some of racing’s biggest stars including unbeaten Champion Hurdle winner Honeysuckle, Cheltenham Gold Cup winner A Plus Tard and Grand National winner Minella Times.

Jack was the only son of Henry and Heather, who also have two daughters in Georgia and Mia, the twin of Jack.

Henry de Bromhead horses 

Two of Henry de Bromhead’s achievements as a racehorse trainer are among the most noteworthy in the entire rich history of the sport.

Significant horses (Selected):

  • Minella Times
  • Honeysuckle
  • Sizing Europe
  • Special Tiara
  • Sizing Granite
  • Sizing John
  • Shanahan’s Turn
  • Days Hotel
  • Smashing
  • Identity Thief
  • Petit Mouchoir
  • Minella Indo
  • A Plus Tard
  • Poker Party
  • Put The Kettle On. 

He is the only trainer to have won the Champion Hurdle, Champion Chase and the Gold Cup at the Cheltenham Festival in the same year, a feat he achieved in 2021.

Just weeks later, he saddled the first two horses home in the Aintree Grand National. 

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Remarkably, Henry won both the Champion Hurdle (Honeysuckle) and the Gold Cup (A Plus Tard) again in 2022.

Both horses were ridden by Rachael Blackmore and de Bromhead became the first trainer to complete back-to-back Champion Hurdle and Gold Cup doubles since Vincent O’Brien, who did it with Hatton’s Grace and Cottage Rake in 1949 and 1950.


Bromhead has held a trainer’s licence for just over 20 years and has steadily grown into one of the leading National Hunt trainers in Ireland.

The last five seasons in particular have seen him accelerate his progress up the ranks, with him consistently raising the bar with regard to winners and prize money.

Those performances have seen him emerge from the pack as the closest pursuer of Willie Mullins and Gordon Elliott and there is no sign of his progress levelling out and in 2021 he remarkably landed  the Champion Hurdle, Champion Chase, Gold Cup and Grand National as well as several other big races.

With the unbeaten Honeysuckle as his stable star and a strong supporting cast of Grade 1 horses such as A Plus Tard, Bob Olinger, Minella Indo, Envoi Allen and Minella Times, de Bromhead looks to have a fine team of horses for the upcoming season.

Henry sat down with Kevin Blake of to go through his squad.

By Rishabh

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