Tommy Stack set to retire at end of year

Classic-winning trainer Tommy Stack (70) is to retire at the end of the year, with his son Fozzy set to take up the reins at Thomastown Castle in Co Tipperary.

Stack began training in the 1980s and over a 30-year career he has sent out the winners of both the Irish and English 1,000 Guineas.

Las Meninas won the English classic at Newmarket in 1994, while three years later Tarascon, which also claimed Stack's first Irish Group One, won the Irish version under a young Jamie Spencer.

Stack also claimed two Group One successes Stateside – in the Beverly D Stakes in 1992 and the Garden City Breeders Cup Handicap in 2007 – as well as saddling the winner of the Prix Morny in 2007.

Tommy Stack wins the Grand National on board Red Rum

As well as his training success he is perhaps best-known for an illustrious career as a National Hunt jockey, which included winning the 1977 Grand National on board Red Rum.

Stack was also crowned British champion jockey for the 1975/75 and '76/77 seasons.

In a statement on his website, Stack said: "After some deliberation I have decided to retire at the end of the year when Fozzy, who has been an absolutely essential and integral part of everything here for the best part of 20 years, will take over the licence.

"We have had some memorable days all the way from Corwyn Bay to Myboycharlie and I must thank each and every one of our owners for their commitment and support during that time, while I have absolutely no doubt that many great days lie ahead for Fozzy here at Thomastown Castle."

Fozzy Stack has served as assistant to his father since 1999.

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