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Barry Geraghty has announced his retirement from racing aged 40 – and tributes are pouring in for the Irishman.
The jockey will go down as one of the greatest in horse racing history after a stunning career that spanned 24 years.
Most notably, Geraghty claimed 2003 Grand National on Monty's Pass and two Cheltenham Gold Cups on Kicking King and Bobs Worth.
Injuries have plagued the twice Champion Jockey in recent years, however, and Geraghty has now made the decision to call it a day.
And he took to Twitter on Saturday evening to announce his retirement from racing.
He said: "A big thank you to my family, friends and everyone who has supported me over 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."
Geraghty – the second most successful jockey in Cheltenham Festival history – suffered a bad leg break in 2019 which forced him to miss the Grand National and much of last season.
Since Tony McCoy's retirement in 2015, Geraghty has been the retained jockey for leading owner JP McManus, riding a host of Grade 1 winners in the famous green and gold silks.
But his most famous associations were with two of the best ever two mile chasers in Moscow Flyer and Sprinter Sacre.
This March, Geraghty had five winners at the Cheltenham Festival including a fourth Champion Hurdle victory on the McManus-owned Epatante.
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Tributes poured in for Geraghty on social media moments after he announced the news.
“What a career you had. Happy retirement and thanks for the wonderful memories over the years champ,” wrote one fan.
“One of the best. Safe retirement Barry,” said another.
While one fans wrote: “All the best Barry. I'll never forget Moscow Flyer jumping them silly”.
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