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    This talented jockey died last week at a tragically young age.

    From Irish Independent;

    Former Classic-winning jockey Gabriel ‘Squibs’ Curran died suddenly, early on Tuesday, at his Puckane, Co Tipperary home where he ran a small stud as well as riding out regularly for Nenagh trainer Tom Hogan.

    A native of Kells, Co Meath, Curran 58 enjoyed a particularly fruitful association with Curragh trainer Kevin Prendergast, for whom he succeeded stylish Australian Laurie Johnson as the stable’s number one.

    "It’s sad news. He was a very good rider, strong in a finish and a good judge of a horse too. He became our stable jockey when Laurie went back home and later recruited Charlie Swan as an apprentice," said Prendergast.

    Nebbiolo, on which Curran scored in both the Gimcrack Stakes at York in 1976 and the following season’s English 2,000 Guineas at 20/1, was one of the best performers he was associated with for Prendergast.

    The partnership also hit the target in the domestic classics with 33/1 chance Northern Treasure in the 1976 2,000 Guineas and when Arctique Royale landed the fillies’ equivalent five years later.

    Curran partnered one of Irish flat racing’s longest-priced group winners when 100/1 Miss Therese won the 1973 Blandford Stakes on the Curragh for owner-trainer Pat Lally.

    Curran helped Charlie Swan when that former National Hunt champion switched to training. His daughter Hamara works for Derrinstown Stud.

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