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Record-breaking jockey Lizzie Kelly announces her retirement from horse racing

Record-breaking jumping jockey Lizzie Kelly announces her retirement after 11 years in the saddle

  • Lizzie Kelly was the first female jockey to ride a Grade One winner over fences
  • Kelly has set her sights on a training career after she stopped riding
  • The 27-year-old and her husband are expecting their first child later this year

Lizzie Kelly, the first female jockey to ride a Grade One fences winner in Britain, has her sights set on a training career after she retires.

The 27-year-old made the announcement on Thursday, showing that she was expecting her first child later this year.

Kelly made history when she won the Grade One Kauto Star Novices’ Chase on Tea For Two on Boxing Day 2015. She also won the 2017 Betway Bowl Chase in Aintree on Tea For Two.

Jockey Lizzie Kelly has announced that she will retire after 11 years in the saddle

Jockey Lizzie Kelly has announced that she will retire after 11 years in the saddle

Kelly rode two Cheltenham Festival winners and landed the Ultima Handicap Chase 2018 on Coo Star Sivola and the Brown Advisory & Merriebelle Stable Plate 2019 on Siruh Du Lac.

Kelly said, “I will miss driving races, the weighing room and everyone in it. I remain strongly involved in racing and the long-term goal is to train. ‘

Just as one of Jump Racing’s leading female jockeys retired, Hollie Doyle achieved her first group race win over Ed Vaughan-trained Dame Malliot at the Group Two Princess of Wales’s Tattersalls Stakes in Newmarket.

Horse star of the show on the first day of the July meeting was Royal’s Royal Ascot winner Tactical. He will be targeting Group One Prix Morny on August 23 in Deauville after succeeding his success at Windsor Castle Stakes with a win at the Tattersalls July Stakes.

As with Ascot, the Andrew Balding-trained foal ridden by William Buick beat Yazaman by a quarter and a quarter, but Thursday’s win looked more emphatic.

John Warren, the Queen’s race advisor, said, “We may have a very beautiful horse that is very exciting. William said this was a real horse. I am very happy for the queen. ‘

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