Saturday 3 December 2016

'End of an era' as jockey Carberry calls it a day

Patrick Kelleher

Published 10/08/2016 | 02:30

Paul Carberry with his daughter Kasey Lou yesterday after he announced he was retiring. Photo: Healy Racing
Paul Carberry with his daughter Kasey Lou yesterday after he announced he was retiring. Photo: Healy Racing

The horse racing community said it was "the end of an era" as one of the country's most decorated jump jockeys, Paul Carberry, called time on his career.

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Carberry (42) has not ridden competitively since suffering a broken leg at Listowel last September.

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The Meath man had held out hope that he would return to the track, but a visit to his surgeon yesterday prompted him to announce his retirement.

Fellow jockey Barry Geraghty described Carberry as "one of a kind".

"It's the end of an era," Geraghty said. "He's a brilliant rider."

Geraghty said that Carberry would leave behind a legacy as a legend of horse racing.

Noel Meade, who worked with Carberry for 24 years, called him "one of the greats".

"He's been a fabulous jockey all his life, one of the top men. But I suppose all good things come to an end," said Meade.

He also praised him for being "kind and generous", and said that he would be missed from professional horse racing.

Irish Independent

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