Robert Winston announces retirement from saddle

Robert Winston has retired in the saddle with immediate effect.
The Group One-winning jockey mentioned an”amalgamation of motives” for his decision, with a scarcity of rides and issues with his burden top of the list.
Winston is currently looking to keep his eye in on the front, and has recently set up a brand new company rehabilitating horses along with his fiancee.
“I’m finished as of today,” said Winston on Wednesday morning.
“It has been brewing for a while. Horses like Librisa Breeze kept me going for the past couple of years, but that I was on the verge a couple of years back.
“It’s an amalgamation of motives, (such as ) a deficiency of rides and issues with my weight – and a they are a knock on from the terrible harm I had five years ago. I’ve still got back problems from this and recently I have needed a niggle in my neck.
“That isn’t how I want things to become and together with my fiancee, Victoria, we’ve set up a business rehabilitating horses along with other bits and pieces”
Some horses have been ridden by winston however the Dean Ivory-trained Librisa Breeze – winner in Ascot at 2017 of the Qipco British Champions Sprint – stands outside.
He added:”On the track he’d need to be the best, however I snapped some excellent mares, like Short Skirt, that had been second from the Yorkshire Oaks for Sir Michael Stoute, also I rode lots of horses for Barry Hills such as Red Jazz.”
Champion apprentice at 1999, Winston could have gone close to being crowned champion jockey in 2004 but.
“Whether I would have been champion that season I really don’t understand, but I would have been in the top two for sure – but there was still a long way to go,” said Winston.
“I’d have been first or second, but I’m taking nothing away from Jamie (Spencer) because he earned it that year.
“Of course I am sad it’s all ending, however I feel much more happy in my own today.
“I had a fruitful career and am thankful for the help and support I’ve had along the way.
“I’ve met some great people and I will still be open to other opportunities.”

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