Barry Geraghty announces shock retirement from racing | Racing News

Barry Geraghty has announced he’s retiring from racing after 24 years in the saddle.

The 40-year-old has ridden over 650 career winners, including 43 Cheltenham Festival successes and contains twice been winning jockey in the Cheltenham Gold Cup, along with riding Monty’s Pass to victory at the 2003 Grand National.

Geraghty, famous for riding multiple winners for owner JP McManus, suffered a broken leg on the eve of the 2019 Grand National which triggered a lengthy absence.

He announced his retirement in a post on Twitter, writing: “A big many thanks to my children, friends and everyone who has supported me during the last 24 years.

“Tonight I am happy to say I am announcing my retirement. I’ve been blessed to have had a wonderful career and I’m looking to what the future holds.”

In the 2019-20 jumps season, that was cut short due to the coronavirus pandemic, Geraghty rode 25 winners from 88 rides, including five victories at the 2020 Cheltenham Festival.

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