Robbie Power Announces Retirement From Saddle: “I Enjoyed Every Minute”
Jockey Robbie Power has announced he is calling time on an illustrious career in the Punchestown Champion Hurdle on Friday as he attempts to end the unbeaten record of super mare Honeysuckle on board Teahupoo.
Power has already saddled two winners at Punchestown this week to close out a career highlighted by victories in the Aintree Grand National on Silver Birch, the Cheltenham Gold Cup on Sizing John and the BoyleSports Irish Grand National on Our Duke.
🗣️ "I didn't want to go out on a fall in Tramore, so I had to fight to get back and go out on a high!"
— BoyleSports (@BoyleSports) April 28, 2022
Speaking to Leon Blanche of BoyleSports from the County Kildare track on Thursday, Power said:
“It’s a relief because I’ve been thinking about it for the past while. I’ve been plagued with injury over the last year and the last couple of months have been hard work with the pain. It was great to ride a winner here, I rode my first winner at Punchestown and now it’s guaranteed my last one will be at Punchestown too.”
“There was never any time when I returned from injury that I wanted to retire, even after my eye injury in 2016. But when I lay on the ground in Tramore in October after fracturing my hip it entered my mind that it was time to go.”
“I didn’t want to go out on a fall at Tramore, so I had to fight to get back and go out on some sort of high. It’s been a fantastic career with a lot of highs and lows, but the highs outweigh the lows and I enjoyed every minute of it.”
Leon Blanche, Head of Communications at BoyleSports where Power contributes as Horse Racing Ambassador, paid tribute to the retiring jockey, saying: “It’s probably the only sport in the world where two ambulances follow the guys around, you’ve got to be made of stern stuff and Robbie certainly is.”
“He has been an absolute pleasure as our Horse Racing Ambassador and a dream to work with since the first day he was associated with the company, so from all of us at BoyleSports we wish him all the best at whatever he decides to do after a glorious career in the saddle.”
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR ROBBIE POWER
Robbie ‘Puppy’ Power is BoyleSports’ Racing Ambassador and a successful National Hunt jockey with a number wins and achievements under his belt.
These include the English Grand National at Aintree, the Gold Cup at Cheltenham and the BoyleSports Irish Grand National.