Barry Geraghty Announces Retirement From Glorious Race-Riding Career
Forty-year-old Barry Geraghty has announced his retirement from race riding after gracing the event at Britain and Ireland jump racing for more than two decades. He thanked his family, friends and everyone who supported him in his career for the last twenty-four years in his twitter account.
The Geraghty announcement means that his last acts in the saddle was during March when he farmed five wins from eleven rides. His final tally at the Cheltenham festival is forty-three. Since the resumption of racing, he hadn’t participated in any event.
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In his final ride, the forty-year-old guided the Willie Mullins trained saint ROI to victory in the Randox Health County Hurdle for JP McManus. JP had a close affiliation with Geraghty in recent years. Barry steered Epatante to Champion Hurdle success on the opening day of the meeting.
Geraghty replaced Sir Anthony McCoy as JP’s retained rider after McCoy retired in 2015. He made huge comebacks after a succession of injuries, which included broken tibia and fibula on the eve of last year’s Grand National. He rode five winners at the Cheltenham Festival this year, including the Champion Hurdle on Epatante.
This year’s festival created a stage for one of Geraghty’s most epic victories when Champ surge home from what seemed like an impossible position at the last fence to win the RSA Chase. The success was a result of the rider’s determination and strength.
Throughout his career, Geraghty won 1,920 times over jumps. Those wins place him in fourth position on the list of successful riders of all time, behind McCoy, Walsh, and Richard Johnson.
After his successful career in race riding, Barry Geraghty is considering a career in punditry and bloodstock. The celebrated rider is currently planning to take his foot off the gas and spend most of his time with his family. However, the rider told the Post’s racing riots podcast that he will still be involved in racing in the future. He will be leaning towards a career in bloodstock, in which he has already proven to be successful.
In 2006, he bought Bobs Worth as a yearling and sold him later at a profit. His talent for nurturing young horses was showcased when Bobs Worth won a Cheltenham Gold Cup almost five years later.
Another path Geraghty is exploring is media punditry. That is the same path followed by fellow riding greats such as Ruby Walsh and Sir Anthony McCoy. Training is another long term ambition.
On his role as retained rider for JP McManus, Geraghty said that he had a great relationship with Nicky Henderson and to leave him was not straightforward. What JP did wass to offer an opportunity for Geraghty to ride more often back at home in Ireland.