A former apprentice jockey has lost her battle with cancer at the age of 25.
Limerick rider Laura Barry was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive form of nerve tumour after she started suffering from pain in her left leg in 2016. She received treatment but subsequently suffered from paralysis and the cancer spread to her other organs as there was no available chemotherapy specific to her cancer.
Barry, who was due to marry fellow jockey Tony Hamilton's brother, Ben Hamilton tomorrow, lost her battle with the condition early on Friday morning.
Speaking to the Racing Post following her passing, Barry's former trainer Richard Fahey said:
"She was a wonderful, wonderful person and she passed away with dignity. She was a super girl, just a super, super girl, and it's so very sad for everyone.
"It's horrendous. There's no good time for anything like that, but it's extremely sad – she was due to get married tomorrow. She's a girl I'm very proud to have known, she was a simply wonderful girl."
Barry rode 18 winners in her career from 2010 to 2014.
Heartbreaking news that former apprentice Laura Barry, centre of picture, has passed away. Our condolences to all her family and friends. pic.twitter.com/cag6RbKduf— Racing UK (@Racing_UK) July 13, 2018
Devastating news that talented former Apprentice— The PJA (@PJAOfficial) July 13, 2018
Jockey Laura Barry has very sadly passed away following a brave battle with
illness. Our thoughts and heartfelt condolences to her family and friends. RIP Laura pic.twitter.com/Wrh3KmqUOb