Gold Cup-winning trainer Francis Flood dies aged 86

Francis Flood: trained two Irish National winners as well

PICTURE: Patrick McCann ( Gold Cup-winning trainer Flood dies at 86 By Keith Melrose 12:56PM 18 OCT 2016

FRANCIS FLOOD, who won the Cheltenham Gold Cup in 1972 with the mare Glencaraig Lady, has died at the age of 86.

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As well as Glencaraig Lady, Flood also trained Bobsline to Cheltenham Festival success in the 1984 Arkle, as well as winning two Irish Nationals with Garoupe in 1970 and Ebony Jane 23 years later.

Glencaraig Lady had been a late faller in both the Broadway Chase (now the RSA) and Gold Cup in the years preceding her Gold Cup triumph. In her crowning year, she beat luminaries of chasing such as L'Escargot, The Dikler and Crisp.

Big-race success became less frequent in recent years, though Flood was always liable to pop up with the winner of a good handicap chase. G V A Ireland won the Midlands National in 2006 for Flood and Miss Xian won the Leinster National under Mark Enright just last March.

Flood had recorded four wins so far in the current jumps season and sent out his last runner at Cork on Sunday. His son, Francis Jr, has announced that he intends to keep the yard going.

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