Brennan brings up landmark 1,000th jumps winner

Paddy Brennan: has ridden 1,000 jumps winners

PICTURE: Martin Lynch ( Brennan brings up 1,000th jumps winner By Tony McFadden 1:48PM 16 NOV 2016

PADDY BRENNAN celebrated a landmark success on Wednesday as victory for Colin's Sister in the 2m5f mares' novices' hurdle brought up the rider's 1,000th jumps winners in Britain and Ireland.

Brennan said: "It's an amazing feeling. My ambition ever since I came to England was to ride 1,000 winners and win the Gold Cup. It's been unbelievable and there are so many people to thank.

"I count myself very lucky. I never thought I was that blessed with talent – I always worked extremely hard. I'd love to think I'm an example to other young jockeys coming through, that you might not be at the very top but anything is possible."

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Brennan takes the prize ride on Cue Card in Saturday's Betfair Chase at Haydock but first he intends celebrating his significant achievement.

"I'm looking forward to the weekend but now's the time to celebrate and this is a landmark I'm very proud of," the rider added.

Big-race rider

Brennan had his first winner over jumps when steering Classic Grounds to victory in a maiden hurdle at Gowran Park in September 2000.

He has since captured some of racing's biggest prizes, including contests such as the World Hurdle, King George VI Chase and, notably, the Cheltenham Gold Cup.

The two horses Brennan is arguably most closely associated with are Imperial Commander and Cue Card, who between them have provided the rider with six Grade 1 wins.

Imperial Commander memorably won the Cheltenham Gold Cup during a golden era of steeplechasing in 2009, while Cue Card racked up a Grade 1 hat-trick last season.

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