Horse racing trainer Zoe Davison dies after battle with terminal cancer

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Horse racing training Zoe Davison has passed away just hours after her yard had two winners at Plumpton races.

Brown Bullet and Mr Jack both won at the track to give the trainer a poignant double on the day.

Davison's husband Andrew Irvine and her daughter Gemelle Johnson, a former jockey have been running the yard of late and were delighted to get two winners on the board.

"It's an emotional time," said Johnson.

"It's nice to get winners before she leaves us. She loved this track and is going to be sorely missed.

"This means everything as it's a family business. We put everything in and she's the glue that holds it together.

We just want to make her proud. I'm a bit overwhelmed we've had a double for mum."

Jockey James Best was visibly emotional after his win on Brown Bullet.

Best told Sky Sports Racing: "What a lovely family they are. I was in there this morning and I've had an awful lot of rides for them over the past 18 months to two years but that was actually my first winner for Zoe.

"What a tough lady she's been the past four and a half years and you could probably see what it meant just to get a winner for the whole team.

"They work so hard and I can't even begin to imagine how hard it's been for Andy, Gemelle and the whole family and team around them at home.

"It means a lot and I'd like to thank Zoe for all the support she's given me over the last couple of years. They do a tremendous job with everything they have and we're all thinking of the whole family."

Tributes have flooded into social media, offering their condolences to the Johnson family.

Johnson had been living with cancer for four-and-a-half years.

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