TED Kelly, a former long-serving racing official, died peacefully last month at Blanchardstown Hospital.

From Ratoath in Co Meath, Kelly was a prominent amateur rider in his day, winning on the flat and over jumps. Among the better-known horses he rode were Roddy Owen and future Champion Chase winner Quita Que.

After retiring from the saddle, Kelly became a stewards’ secretary. He was in charge of the doping patrol in 1960 and head of discipline in 1972. He became the National Hunt handicapper in 1985, succeeding Louis Magee. He retired as a full-time racing official in 1995 and was replaced by Noel O’Brien.

He continued to act as joint clerk of the course for the Ward Union point-to-point more recently.

Sean Barry, the former Registrar of the Irish National Hunt Steeplechase Committee, said: “Ted was a very nice man who was well-liked in the industry. I extend my condolences to his family and friends. May he rest in peace.”

Ted Kelly is survived by his wife Gretta and their nine children.