Ruby triumphs in Christy Lynch memorial race
CHRISTY Lynch is a name synonymous with Bettyville racecourse through his work with the Order of Malta so it was only fitting that following his sudden death in December that one of racing's greats, Ruby Walsh, won a race named in his honour on St Patrick's Day.
Fresh from Cheltenham, Ruby romped home in the Christy Lynch Order of Malta Memorial Novice Handicap Chase. For over two decades Christy helped provide the essential ambulance service at the Bettyville venue. He died suddenly on December 2 as he was travelling to an event just outside Wexford racecourse with his Order of Malta colleagues. He was quickly removed to the nearby hospital but died shortly afterwards, at the age of just 62.
Christy, from Whitebrook, Wexford town, had worked with Wexford Corporation for many years. Many of Christy's colleagues were on duty as usual at the races on Tuesday and were on hand in the winners' enclosure for the presentation to the winning connections of Divinia's Tip, by David O'Grady, Lieutenant in charge of the Wexford unit. Christy would have been proud of the high-profile racing people associated with 'his' race - Divinia's Tip was ridden by many times champion jockey and Cheltenham hero Ruby Walsh, and trained in Cork by another former riding champion and Grand National winner, Adrian Maguire, while the owner is Mrs. Toni S. Tipper.
Lieut O'Grady said he and the Wexford unit appreciated the help of Michael Murphy, chairman and managing director, Mary Ballantyne at Wexford Racecourse for their help in making possible this tribute to their much missed colleague.