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Racehorse trainer and former amateur jockey John Fowler has been killed in a freak accident at his home in Ireland.

Mr Fowler, 62, was crushed by a falling tree at his property in Summerhill, Co Meath yesterday (15 December) and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Mr Fowler rode over 250 winners under rules, including two at the Cheltenham Festival (National Hunt Chase 1978,79) and over 200 winners in Point-to-Point.

He also trained several high profile winners including Maid Of Money — the winner of the 1989 Irish Grand National— and Opera Hat whose 15 victories included the Grade 1 Mumm Melling Chase at Aintree in 1998.

He was the brother of successful Irish trainer Jessica Harrington — whose most famous charge was the 2003 Queen Mother Champion Chase-winner and dual Tingle Creek-winner Moscow Flyer.