“I have been blessed with a great career and looking forward to what the future holds”: the leading jump jockey Barry Geraghty calls for a brilliant career as he announces that he will stop racing after 24 successful years
- Barry Geraghty has announced that he will retire racing on Twitter
- The 40-year-old thanked everyone who helped him throughout his career
- Geraghty is one of the most successful jumping jockeys in the history of the sport
Barry Geraghty, one of the most successful showjockeys in the history of show jumping, has announced his retirement from the saddle.
The 40-year-old, who drove his first winner in 1997, made the news through his Twitter account.
His retirement pulls the curtain on an era of great Irish jump jockey who dominated the sport when he left the Weighing Room with fellow countrymen Sir Anthony McCoy and Ruby Walsh.
Barry Geraghty has announced that he will no longer be racing after a career of 24 years
Geraghty is one of the few jump juckeys to have won all the crown jewels of his sport
Geraghty made the announcement on Twitter, saying he had a ‘great career’ in racing
In his twitter message with a photo of his family, Geraghty said, “Thank you very much to my family, friends and everyone who has supported me for the past 24 years.
“Tonight I am happy to say that I am announcing my retirement … I have been blessed with a great career and looking forward to the future.”
A two-time champion jockey in Ireland, Geraghty was one of the few jumping jockeys to claim to have won all of the crown jewels of his sport with successes in the Grand National, King George VI Chase, Champion Hurdle, Cheltenham Gold Cup and Queen Mother Champion Chase.
He succeeded McCoy as the No. 1 jockey to defend owners JP McManus.
Barry Geraghty won his fourth obstacle champion at Epante in Cheltenham in March
Geraghty’s Grand National victory took Monty’s Pass in 2003, while the first of his two Gold Cups on Kicking King came on horseback in 2005, earning him two King Georges. He won his fourth obstacle champion at Epatante in Cheltenham in March.
Epatante was one of five winners Geraghty landed for McManus in what was his last Cheltenham Festival.
But some of the best horses Geraghty was associated with were spectacular five-mile chases, led by two-time Champion Chase winner Moscow Flyer and Sprinter Sacre, his 2013 Champion Chase winner.
The latter was trained by Nicky Henderson, with whom Geraghty was most involved while driving in Britain.