Denis O'Regan retires from the saddle

Irish jockey Denis O'Regan has retired from race riding.

Jockey: DENIS O'REGAN Picture: PA Sport

The multiple Grade 1-winning jockey had recently completed the full set of riding a winner at all UK and Irish National Hunt tracks, announced his retirement at Navan on Saturday.

O'Regan landed the 2008 World Hurdle on Inglis Drever and in the same week landed the Arkle on Tidal Bay.

He learnt his trade at Noel Meade's stable as an understudy to Paul Carberry and has been used in years by Gordon Elliott.

O'Regan said: "I'm delighted with the decision. It was a huge effort to get back for Hereford after such a long stint off and I'm 41 and have had a fair few falls.

"It was not simple now to come to the decision, but I went to Gowran last Saturday and I knew then after that. I knew going home that was it and I had to stop now.

"You need goals and when Hereford was done, it's hard to find another one – unless you've got a good horse, and I don't have six or seven Grade One horses, so I thought it was a good time.

"It's the local track for me here, I've been very lucky here, my wife and my kids are here, there's a lot of support and I wanted to go out on one of Cian's. It didn't have to be a winner and I'm delighted with that."

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