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Carberry's memoir tells all on racy life in the saddle

Kevin Keane

Published 07/10/2011 | 05:00

RACING star Paul Carberry has revealed how giving up alcohol helped him come clean about his past.

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The wild man of Irish horse racing has credited his recently found sobriety with providing him with the motivation to write about the many controversies of his 20 years in the saddle.

Carberry (37) told the Irish Independent last night that he has no regrets over the ups and downs of a career that has seen him banned, sentenced to jail and hospitalised following falls with breaks to every major bone in his body.

"I suppose I told the whole truth and nothing but the truth," Carberry said at the launch of his autobiography 'One Hell of a Ride'. The winner of more than 1,500 races doubted that he could have been so honest about his life story two years ago.

"Now that I'm off the drink I'm able to do that. If I was still drinking it wouldn't be a wise idea to do it but I was always like that, I've always told the truth and I've always been honest."

According to co-author Des Gibson, the big surprise for him was that most of the stories he had heard about the jockey were true.

"I think there's a bit of madness in every genius. Anybody who has had their life touched by Paul cannot help but realise that he has a unique talent and a total fearlessness."

This fearlessness has caused many nervous moments for Carberry's partner Rachael Clarke.

"I remember once when Paul punctured one of his lungs and seeing him in the ambulance was scary but you get used to it," she laughed.

"I don't get to go to many of his races anymore because we have a two-year-old daughter and she's hard work to bring racing, she runs riot. I think she takes after her daddy."

Fatherhood to daughter Kacey-Lou has slowed Paul down slightly, Clarke said, but not too much.

Irish Independent

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