He has been one of Ireland’s greatest sporting practitioners on the world stage and on Saturday night Barry Geraghty announced his retirement.
He leaves the stage as the second winning most jockey at the Cheltenham Festival, behind Ruby Walsh but ahead of Tony McCoy.
He bows out on top having ridden five more winners at the festival in March and having claimed every major race in the sport from the Gold Cup and Champion Hurdle to Grand Nationals at Aintree and his home town track of Fairyhouse.
His numbers will stand the test of time and it is only that he was one of a golden generation of Irish jump jockeys that he does not stand out among the wider public as much as he should.
Like Walsh and McCoy he has chosen to ease out of the saddle at the top of his abilities and with his health intact.
There have been bad injuries along the way including in the past year when a bad leg fracture meant he missed much of the early part of what has now emerged as his final campaign.
Unfailingly polite and without the same media profile as Walsh or McCoy he was nonetheless their equal in the saddle and it will be interesting to see how he moves on now to the next chapter in a glittering racing career.
Barry Geraghty Career Highlights:
Champion Hurdle on Punjabi, Jezki, Buveur D’Air and Epatante
Champion Chase on Moscow flyer, Big Zeb, Finians Rainbow and Sprinter Sacre
Cheltenham Gold Cup on Kicking King and Bobsworth
Aintree Grand National on Montys Pass
Punchestown Gold Cup on Moscow Express, Florida Pearl, China Rock, Carlingford Lough and Kicking King
Irish Grand national on Shutthefrontdoor
Cheltenham festival Wins 59
Grade One Wins 129
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….🎉🤩👍🏻 pic.twitter.com/UoD5HKfN3k
— Barry Geraghty (@BarryJGeraghty) July 11, 2020