Jockey Paul Carberry retires due to leg injury

Paul Carberry was recognised as one of the most elegant riders of his generation

Jockey Paul Carberry has announced his retirement from the saddle due to an ongoing issue with a leg injury.

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

Revealing the extent of the problem, the 42-year-old 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 Grand National in 1999 on Bobbyjo, trained by his father Tommy, as the undoubted highlight of his career in the saddle that began with his first winner way back in 1990.

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"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.

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

Champion jockey in Ireland 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 Turf Club's senior medical officer, realises 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'll move on," he said.

"He's had an amazing career and I didn't know he'd had that many winners at Cheltenham."

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