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Lucy Stack

Lucy Stack: has died at the age of 28

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Racing shocked by
death of Lucy Stack

RACING has been left devastated by the death of prominent figure Lucy Stack.

The winning owner and breeder died on Sunday at her home near Cashel in tragic circumstances at the age of 28.

A Garda spokesman said: "A woman in her late 20s has died in a tragic incident. There are no suspicious circumstances."

Lucy, daughter of trainer Denise 'Sneezy' Foster and the late top eventer David Foster, was married to Fozzy Stack, son of trainer Tommy Stack. She is survived by her mother, sister Jessie and brother Nick.

Hailing from Enfield, County Meath, Lucy saw her pink and black colours carried to victory twice by the Flat stayer Parkers Mills. She also bred Clenor, the prolific US miler who was eighth in last year's Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf Fillies for trainer Doug O'Neill.

Tamso Doyle, a family friend, said: "Shock is the word that comes to mind, shock and deep sadness.

"Lucy was one of the most beautiful, confident and fun girls I knew.  I have known Lucy since she was a young girl as we all grew up in the horse world of eventing and racing together.

"The Fosters are are such a close family, my heart goes out to Lucy's mum Sneezy, sister Jessie and brother Nick, this is just devastating for them and all her many many friends.

"Lucy always looked so stylish at the races, I remember she won the Most Appropriately Dressed Lady in Fairyhouse at the Irish Grand National a few years ago looking so smart and she got a great kick out of that.

"It is going to take everyone a while to comprehend this awful news and my thoughts are with her husband Fozzy and her family, she will be most terribly missed by all who knew her."

On Monday night, the families said in a statement: "The Foster and Stack families are shocked by this terrible tragedy. Lucy was a beautiful girl and a real lady. Fozzy is now back in Ireland and the families would appreciate it if you would be kind enough to respect their privacy at this sad time."

The funeral service will take place at 2.30pm on Thursday in St. Ultans Church, Rathcore, Enfield followed by burial in the adjoining graveyard. Family flowers only with donations, if desired, to Aware.

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