Saturday 20 January 2018

O'Regan a free agent

Denis O'Regan has confirmed that he will not be riding for Howard Johnson next season.

The Cork native has teamed up with the Co Durham trainer and owner Graham Wylie for the last three campaigns. He replaced Paddy Brennan for the start of the 2007-08 season and had a successful first year, winning the World Hurdle on Inglis Drever and the Irish Independent Arkle Trophy aboard Tidal Bay at Cheltenham.

"The contract is not being renewed for next season. I've had a terrific three years and I've ridden so many good horses. Graham Wylie and Howard Johnson have put me up on some fantastic horses," said O'Regan.

"I had the real pleasure of riding a champion in Inglis Drever. Now that chapter is closed in my career and I've got to move on. I've not made any decisions on my plans for next season. I've just got to keep my head down and keep riding away as much as I can."

Of the split, Johnson said there was "no bad blood" but added that owner Wylie would not have a retained jockey next season. O'Regan has ridden 66 winners this season and was runner-up on Black Apalachi in the Grand National.

Irish Independent

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