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Legendary jumping jockey Barry Geraghty, 40, announces shocking retirement after 24 years in the saddle

Legendary jumping jockey Barry Geraghty, 40, announces shocking retirement after 24 years in the saddle

  • Geraghty was Irish jump jockey champion in 2000 and 2004
  • He won the 2003 Grand National and two Cheltenham Gold Cups
  • The second most successful rider in Cheltenham Festival history with 43 wins

Irish top jockey Barry Geraghty announced his retirement at the age of 40.

Geraghty won the Grand National on Monty’s Pass in 2003 and two Cheltenham Gold Cups on Kicking King and Bob’s Worth over an illustrious 24-year career.

Geraghty, who was Irish jump jockey champion in 2000 and 2004, is the second most successful rider in Cheltenham Festival history with 43 wins, behind only his countryman Ruby Walsh, who quit the sport last year.

Leading Irish jump jockey Barry Geraghty announced his retirement at the age of 40.

He was also associated with champion hunters Moscow Flyer and Sprinter Sacre.

“I am happy to say that I am announcing my retirement,” said Geraghty, owner JP McManus’ conservative jockey.

Thank you to my family, friends and everyone who has supported me for the past 24 years.

“I have been blessed with a great career and looking forward to the future.”

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