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'Blessed' Geraghty calls it a day

Barry Geraghty in fine form after a win at this year’s Cheltenham festival in March. INPHO/DAN SHERIDAN

Jump jockey Barry Geraghty has announced his retirement aged 40. Barry won all the major races, including the Aintree Grand National in 2003 on Monty’s Pass and the Cheltenham Gold Cup with Kicking King and Bobs Worth. The County Meath native was also associated with champion chasers Moscow Flyer and Sprinter Sacre. Geraghty said: ‘‘I have been blessed to have had a wonderful career and I am looking to what the future holds.’’ Geraghty replaced Tony McCoy as the main man for J.P. McManus after the legendary jockey retired in 2015. He bounced back from a succession of injuries to ride five winners at the Cheltenham Festival last March, including the Champion Hurdle on Epatante. Geraghty, who was Irish champion jump jockey in 2000 and 2004, is the second most successful rider in Cheltenham Festival history with 43 wins, behind Ruby Walsh, who retired as a jockey last year.

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