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Monday 16 January 2017

Brian Harding on...

Published 04/01/2010 | 05:00

Hopefully there are a few more years in me yet. I should have a plan, but you have to know what you want to do before you can make a plan.

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Retirement

The way it is at the moment, I'm riding winners and getting on a few okay horses, and they're easy enough to ride. When I start to struggle, then it will be a different story, but at the moment I'm still enjoying it.

Riding is a good way to make a living -- I'm getting paid to do my hobby -- and it saves me having to dig holes in a road or something.

His late mentor

Gordon Richards was very good to me and very loyal. When I was out for the year with my head injury, if I hadn't been working for a man like him, I would probably have struggled to ever get back.

He would make an effort to keep you in the spotlight; he would call round to the house to see me, and when I was on the yard he would always have something for me to do to keep me involved.

When I eventually got back riding, he looked after me well, and I'll always be thankful to him for the ride on One Man (above).

Getting older

People keep telling me I'm getting older, but I don't feel any different! I suppose maybe I don't recover as well as I used to from falls.

I got one there a few weeks ago and brought two horses down with me and one of them rolled on me, so I had to spend a night in hospital.

It turned out I had broken a rib in my back and sprung my collarbone.

I tried to ride out four or five days later, but I was no good, and when I came back racing two and a half weeks later, I can tell you it was hard work.

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