Saturday 21 April 2018

Brave jockey Robbie McNamara: I'm going to get out of hospital and start life as a trainer

Robbie McNamara is showing remarkable resilience
Robbie McNamara is showing remarkable resilience
Robbie McNamara posted this image of himself with his old mount Forgotten Rules at Moyglare Stud on Twitter this week

Brave jockey Robbie McNamara is keen to start a career as a trainer as he continues his rehabilitation following a fall last April that left him paralysed from the waist down.

Inspirational McNamara has already returned to the saddle when he got back up on a horse for the first time at the Festina Lente Equestrian Centre in Bray, Co Wicklow last Friday.

And now he plans a career in training horses.

“I’m not going to do it (start training) straight away. I’m going to get out of hospital and get a house sorted and I’ll probably aim for the middle of next year,” McNamara told At The Races.

“I’ll be heading to the sales in the summer and give it a go after that. I’d like to get back into an old routine before I put the pressure of training on top of me.

“I’ll go to the Curragh and rent the yard. I’m not going to invest fortunes in it by buying a yard.

“You’ve got every amenity at the Curragh – it’s the best training facility in the country. It would be a bit silly not to take advantage.

“I know the Curragh like the back of my hand. There’s 10 different gallops there and I’ve ridden work on every single one of them.”

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