BRILLIANT BARRY GOES OUT ON A HIGH
They say the best of the best go out at the very top. Well, Barry Geraghty certainly did just that when he announced his retirement on Saturday.
The jump jockey won practically everything there is to win during a glittering career and is the Cheltenham Festival’s second most successful jockey of all time.
He was at his brilliant best at this year’s Festival in March, when riding five winners to take his career tally at ‘Horseracing’s Olympics’ to 43, second only to Ruby Walsh.
In a career spanning 23 years he rode a total of 1,920 winners and partnered some of the stars of the sport, including Moscow Flyer, Sprinter Sacre, Buveur d’Air and Finian’s Rainbow.
Geraghty also celebrated victory in the 2003 Grand National with Monty’s Pass, won jump racing’s showpiece race, the Cheltenham Gold Cup, twice with Kicking King (2005) and Bobs Worth (2013) and was also Irish Champion Jump Jockey twice.
He finished his career as the number one retained rider for legendary owner JP McManus – enormous boots for whoever is lucky enough to fill them and ride in the famous green and gold.
In this special video we pay tribute to one of the sport’s most talented horsemen and remember some of his greatest wins on the biggest of stages.