Record-breaking jump jockey Lizzie Kelly announces her retirement from racing after 11 years in the saddle
- Kelly was first female jockey to ride a Grade One winner over fences in Britain
- Kelly has set her sights on a training career after retiring from riding
- The 27-year-old and her husband are expecting their first child later this year
Lizzie Kelly, the first female jockey to ride a Grade One winner over fences in Britain, has set her sights on a training career after retiring from riding.
The 27-year-old made the announcement on Thursday, revealing she was expecting her first child later this year.
Kelly made history when winning the Grade One Kauto Star Novices’ Chase on Tea For Two on Boxing Day 2015. She also won the 2017 Betway Bowl Chase at Aintree on Tea For Two.
Jockey Lizzie Kelly has announced her retirement from horse racing after 11 years in the saddle
Kelly rode two Cheltenham Festival winners, landing the 2018 Ultima Handicap Chase on Coo Star Sivola and the 2019 Brown Advisory & Merriebelle Stable Plate on Siruh Du Lac.
Kelly said: ‘I will miss riding in races, the weighing room and everyone in it. I will remain heavily involved in racing and the long-term goal is to train.’
Appropriately, on the day one of jump racing’s leading female jockeys retired, Hollie Doyle landed her first Group race win on Ed Vaughan-trained Dame Malliot in the Group Two Princess of Wales’s Tattersalls Stakes at Newmarket.
Equine star of the show on the first day of the July Meeting was the Queen’s Royal Ascot winner Tactical. He has the Group One Prix Morny as his target at Deauville on August 23 after following up his Windsor Castle Stakes success with victory in the Tattersalls July Stakes.
As at Ascot, the Andrew Balding-trained colt, ridden by William Buick, beat Yazaman by a length and a quarter but Thursday’s win looked more emphatic.
John Warren, the Queen’s racing adviser, said: ‘We might have a very nice horse which is very exciting. William said this was a proper horse. I’m thrilled for the Queen.’