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VETERAN jockey Mick Kinane ended his remarkable 34-year career in the saddle after announcing his retirement from horse racing yesterday.
Kinane, 50, leaves the sport on a high having enjoyed several high-profile wins this year notably partnering Sea The Stars to six Group One wins, including an unprecedented 2000 Guineas-Derby-Arc treble.
"I have decided this is the right time to retire from race-riding," 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.
"I leave with a huge sense of gratitude to all the great horses I have ridden, all the great trainers whose genius developed those champions and everybody else in racing, from the stable lads to the owners, who have made me deeply thankful for my involvement in the game.
"Teamwork is the key to success in racing and I have been blessed with some of the best alliances a jockey could have."
In his memorable career Kinane notched up nearly 1500 winners. - Sapa-AFP