THE racing and bloodstock community has rallied around the family of James Cronin, who died in an accident in Newmarket this week.
The 38-year-old had been working at the sales for some of the leading Irish and British vendors.
He was staying with a friend in the town and is believed to have suffered a fatal injury when falling down a flight of stairs on his way to work. A minute’s silence was observed at Tattersalls before Wednesday’s sale.
From Dublin, Cronin looked after the 2005 Derby winner Motivator during a spell with trainer Michael Bell and he was a well-known figure at horse sales on both sides of the Irish Sea. Friends and colleagues have described him as an extremely honest and hard-working person who loved his horses and his family.
An online fund set up by Tamso Doyle of Baroda Stud to support his family had raised €50,000 by yesterday.
Doyle said: “James was a horseman and a good-natured person who lived for racing, the sales and the Dubs.
“The money raised will help with funeral expenses, as well as supporting his children, and there is another child on the way.”
Many warm tributes to Cronin have been posted on the donation website page. Philip and Jane Myerscough described him as “a very talented horseman who always had a cheerful smile”.