Tuesday 20 February 2018

Chantal Sutherland calls time on 900-win career

CANADIAN jockey Chantal Sutherland, best known for her partnership with multiple Grade One winner Game On Dude, has retired.

Sutherland, who rode in the Shergar Cup at Ascot this year, enjoyed a 13-year career with over 900 winners.

The 36-year-old said: “It's a very emotional experience. It's sad, but I feel good about the decision and the timing is right for me. I hope to be remembered as a very good jockey.

"I'm excited about my future and the challenges it will bring.

"I enjoy working hard and striving to achieve goals, so who knows; maybe you will see me pop up somewhere soon.

"I crossed paths with a horse that happened to change my life. That horse is named Game On Dude and what a horse! He's a soldier.

"Together we travelled the world. We won the Santa Anita Big Cap, Goodwood, almost won the Breeders' Cup Classic; we won the San Antonio, Hollywood Gold Cup, and the Californian. We travelled to Dubai and raced in the world's richest race, the Dubai World Cup.

"I once craved, lived, and breathed racing. I can honestly say now, I'm ready to slow down and enjoy my life. Maybe I'll cut loose and have a cheeseburger or some pizza.

"Racing is so much hard work and takes so much mental toughness; I can honestly say that I've had enough."

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