‘I’ve been blessed to have a wonderful career and I’m looking to what the future holds’: Leading jump jockey Barry Geraghty calls time on glittering career as he announces his retirement from racing after 24 successful years
- Barry Geraghty has announced his shock retirement from racing on Twitter
- The 40-year-old thanked everyone that has helped him throughout his career
- Geraghty is one of the most of successful jump jockeys in the sport’s history
Barry Geraghty, one of the most successful jump jockeys in the history of jump racing, has announced his retirement from the saddle.
The 40-year-old, who rode his first winner in 1997, revealed the news via his Twitter account.
His retirement draws the curtain on an era of great Irish jump jockey who dominated the sport as he joined fellow countrymen Sir Anthony McCoy and Ruby Walsh in departing from the Weighing Room.
Barry Geraghty has announced his shock-retirement from racing after a 24-year career
Geraghty is one of the very few jump juckeys to have won all the crown jewels of his sport
In his twitter message which accompanied picture of his family, Geraghty said: ‘A big thank you to my family, friends and everyone who has supported me over the last 24 years.
‘Tonight I am happy to say I am announcing my retirement…. I’ve been blessed to have had a wonderful career and I’m looking to what the future holds.’
Geraghty, a dual champion jockey in Ireland, was one of the few jump jockeys who could claim to have won all the crown jewels of his sport with successes in the Grand National, King George VI Chase, Champion Hurdle, Cheltenham Gold Cup and Queen Mother Champion Chase.
He succeeded McCoy as the No 1 jockey to champion owners JP McManus.
Barry Geraghty won his fourth Champion Hurdle on Epante at Cheltenham back in March
Geraghty’s Grand National win came on Monty’s Pass in 2003 while the first of his two Gold Cups on Kicking King in 2005 came on the horse which won him two King Georges. He won his fourth Champion Hurdle on Epatante at Cheltenham in March.
Epatante was one of five winners Geraghty landed for McManus in what was his final Cheltenham Festival.
But some of the best horses Geraghty was associated with were spectacular two-mile chasers, headed by his dual Champion Chase winner Moscow Flyer and Sprinter Sacre, his 2013 Champion Chase winner.
The latter was trained by Nicky Henderson, whom Geraghty was most closely involved with when riding in Britain.