Robert Winston announces retirement from saddle

Robert Winston has retired in the saddle with immediate effect.
The Group One-winning jockey cited an”amalgamation of reasons” for his conclusion, with a deficiency of rides and issues with his weight top of this list.
Winston is currently seeking to keep his attention in on the front, and has lately set up a company rehabilitating horses along with his fiancee.
“I am finished as of today,” said Winston on Wednesday morning.
“It has been brewing for a little while. Horses like Librisa Breeze kept me going for the last couple of years, but I was on the verge.
“It’s an amalgamation of reasons, (including) a deficiency of rides and problems with my weight – and they are a knock from the bad harm I had five decades ago. I got issues back from that and recently I have needed a niggle in my neck.
“That isn’t how I want things to be and together with my fiancee, Victoria, we have put up a company rehabilitating horses and other bits and pieces.”
Winston has ridden some horses during his career, however the Dean Ivory-trained Librisa Breeze – winner of the Qipco British Champions Sprint in Ascot at 2017 – stands out.
He added:”On the track he’d have to be the best, but I snapped some decent mares, such as Short Skirt, that was next from the Yorkshire Oaks for Sir Michael Stoute, also I snapped lots of horses for Barry Hills like Red Jazz.”
Near being crowned champion jockey in 2004 but for a season-ending fall at 24, champion apprentice in 1999, Winston would have gone.
“Whether I would have been champion that season I really don’t understand, but I’d have been in the best two for certain – but there was still a very long way to go,” said Winston.
“I would have been first or second, but I’m taking nothing away from Jamie (Spencer) since he made it that year.
“Of course I am sad it’s all ending, however I feel much more happy in myself now.
“I had a fruitful career and am grateful for the assistance and support I have needed along the way.
“I have met some wonderful people and I will still be open to other opportunities”

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