Paul Carberry

Paul Carberry  Paul Carberry is the son of Tommy Carberry, who won the 1975 Grand National on L’Escargot, and did, in fact, emulate his father by winning the 1999 renewal of the world famous steeplechase on Bobbyjo. Carberry Jnr. was forced to retire from race riding in August, 2016, after failing to recover sufficiently from a fractured femur sustained in a fall at Listowel the previous September. He said at the time, “I saw my surgeon today and he advised me to stop. My leg’s not strong enough. I feel gutted.”


However, in a 26-year career, Paul Carberry rode over 1,500 winners on both sides of the Irish Sea, including 14 at the Cheltenham Festival. His first Festival success came aboard Rhythm Section in the Guinness Festival Bumper – now the Weatherbys Champion Bumper – in 1993, while he was still claiming a 5lb allowance, although arguably his biggest win was on Looks Like Trouble, who won the 1999 Royal and SunAlliance Chase by a distance. Looks Like Trouble, of course, returned to Prestbury Park to win the Cheltenham Gold Cup, under Richard Johnson, the following year.


For all his success, Carberry is probably equally well remembered for failing to win the 2005 Champion Hurdle on the talented, but enigmatic, Harchibald. Under a typically patient ride, Harchibald was still hard on the bridle halfway up the run-in at Cheltenham, but, as soon as Carberry applied any pressure, emptied to nothing and was beaten a neck by Hardy Eustace. Carberry later reflected, “Halfway up the run-in I still felt I had the better of Hardy Eustace but I didn’t dare go for my horse. I knew that, if I went to the front, he would stop.” Perhaps unfairly, Carberry was considered reckless to have delayed his challenge until the last second.


On and off the racecourse, Carberry was never far from controversy. In 2005, he was sentenced to two months’ imprisonment, later reduced to community service, for setting fire to a newspaper on an international flight and, in 2009, served a 30-day ban after failing a breath test before racing.

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Peter Scudamore

Peter Scudamore  A name that most with a keen interest in horse racing will surely recognise is Peter Scudamore. With tremendously successful careers as both a jockey and trainer, Scudamore is well versed in all aspects of racing, and there’s little he hasn’t achieved in the sport over the years.


It all started way back in June1958 when Scudamore was born to Father Michael and his wife Mary. Many will of course know Michael Scudamore as a very successful jockey in his own right. It’s often the case of ‘like Father, like Son’ in horse racing, and by fact that his Father had previously rode the winner in the Grand National (in 1959 on Oxo) the future looked bright from day one, and young Peter had a ready made role model to aspire to emulate.


And a success he certainly did make of himself. You name it he achieved it in his decade and a half career as a jockey. Eight time Champion Jockey, 1,678 career wins (221 in just one season – a record), and an MBE honour to top it all off. Wins too at the Cheltenham Festival (Champions Hurdle x 2, Queen Mother Champion Chase and others), the list of accolades goes on and on. Working alongside the likes of trainer Martin Pipe for an extended period of time certainly did him no harm either, as it provided yet another master of the sport to look up to and learn from.


Scudamore is still involved in racing to this date, in the capacity of a pundit, a horse racing columnist for the Daily Mail and with his own son’s promising career in the sport. He’ll no doubt be hoping to provide the same kind of inspirational spark to his son, that his Father passed on to him decades earlier.

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Mick Kinane

Mick Kinane  Michael J. Kinane, usually known as “Mick”, will probably always be remembered as the jockey of Sea The Stars, who won six Group One races, including the 2,000 Guineas, the Derby and the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, in the final season of his 34-year riding career. Announcing his retirement in December, 2009, Kinane said, “At 50 I still feel fit and sharp enough to do any horse justice but, after the season I have just had in partnership with Sea The Stars, I have the privilege of being able to end my career as a jockey on an incredible high and that’s what I want to do.”



Kinane served his apprenticeship with Liam Browne and made his racecourse debut, as a 15-year-old, in Leopardstown in March, 1975. His first ride in public, Muscari, was a winner and trainer Larry Greene later recalled, “It was the first time Mick ever rode a horse in a race. Even at that age, he rode like a fully fledged adult jockey.” Kinane became Irish Champion Apprentice in 1978 and Irish Champion Jockey for the first time in 1984. All in all, he became Irish Champion Jockey 13 times and rode 1,500 winners all over the world.


His major successes included the 2,000 Guineas, the Derby three times and the Melbourne Cup. He said of the latter victory, on Vintage Crop for Dermot Weld in 1993, “Before Sea The Stars, Vintage Crop left the biggest impression on me, when we became the first Europeans to win the Melbourne Cup.” The same year, Kinane won his first Derby, on Commander In Chief for Henry Cecil and, famously, turned down the opportunity to replace Steve Cauthen as retained jockey to Sheikh Mohammed.


When Kinane did end his 14-year association with Dermot Weld, he joined Aidan O’Brien as stable jockey at Ballydoyle and, between 1999 and 2003, enjoyed the most productive spell of his career. In 2001, alone, Kinane rode 17 winners at the highest level, including the Derby, the Oaks and the St. Leger, all for Aidan O’Brien.

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Jason Maguire

Jason Maguire  Nowadays, Jason Maguire is enjoying a second career as racing manager for owners Paul and Clare Rooney, for whom he rode as first-choice jockey during his highly successful National Hunt career. His riding career was brought to a premature end by two bad falls.


On the first occasion, at Stratford, on the eve of the 2014 Cheltenham Festival, he was unseated at the second flight in a handicap hurdle and kicked in the abdomen by another horse, leaving him with a fractured sternum and internal bleeding, which resulted in having part of his liver removed while in an induced coma. He returned to race riding six months later, but another fall, at Musselburgh in February, 2015, required surgery on slipped discs in his back and led to another lengthy recovery period. Finally, in May, 2016, he bowed to the inevitable and called time on his riding career at the age of 36.


As a jockey, Jason Maguire will probably always be best remembered for winning the 2011 Grand National on Ballabriggs, trained by Donald McCain Jr., son of Donald “Ginger” McCain, who won the Aintree marathon three times with Red Rum in 1973, 1974 and 1977 and again with Amberleigh House. However, Maguire rode his first winner, Search For Peace, in a conditional jockeys’ handicap hurdle at Cheltenham in September, 1999, and thereafter spent fruitful spells as stable jockey to Tom George and Donald McCain Jr..


All in all, he rode over 1,000 winners, including five at the Cheltenham Festival. His first Festival win came aboard the Polish-bred Galileo – not to be confused with the 2001 Derby winner of the same name – in the 2002 Royal & SunAlliance Novices’ Hurdle. Maguire fondly recalled the victory, saying, “I was obviously shocked that he won it, but you never forget your first Festival winner, it was what I had been dreaming of doing since I was a kid.”

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