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Calling it a day was so tough, admits Carberry

By Keith Hamer

Published 10/08/2016

Star of the saddle: Paul Carberry’s career has been ended by injury
Star of the saddle: Paul Carberry’s career has been ended by injury

Paul Carberry last night said he was "gutted" that injury has brought a halt to one of racing's most colourful careers.

The Grand National-winning rider called time due to an ongoing issue with a leg injury.

Carberry, 42, has not ridden competitively since he fractured his left femur when he fell from Rich Coast at Listowel last September.

The jockey said: "I saw my surgeon today and he advised me to stop. My leg's not strong enough. I feel gutted."

Carberry singled out his triumph in the Aintree showpiece in 1999 on Bobbyjo, trained by his father Tommy, as the undoubted centrepiece of his career in the saddle that began with his first winner way back in 1990.

"The highlight definitely has to be winning the Grand National on Bobbyjo," he said.

"There's been lots of other great moments on horses like Dorans Pride, Harchibald, Solwhit and Florida Pearl," he said.

"I don't know yet what I'll do. I'm breaking a few horses in to start with."

Champion Irish jump jockey in 2001-2 and 2002-3, Carberry won a host of big races on both sides of the Irish Sea and rode 14 winners at the Cheltenham Festival.

Dr Adrian McGoldrick, the Irish Turf Club's senior medical officer, said it was difficult for Carberry to accept he had to call it a day.

"It is tough that he has to retire on medical advice, but he is still very much involved breaking-in horses and he's a strong character," he said.

"He'll move on. He's had an amazing career."

Carberry spent much of his career riding for multiple champion trainer Noel Meade.

The master of Tu Va hailed his former stable rider as "a marvellous jockey" and "a special man".

Meade said: "He's been a huge part of my life and the yard's life for a long time.

"We've had a lot of great times together," he added.

"There's been a few little bumps along the way, but I don't think there were any major disagreements.

"He's been a marvellous jockey and he is a special man."

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