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Bradburne retires

January 05, 2012 02:27:35 PM

Former Cheltenham Festival-winning jockey, Mark Bradburne has retired from racing at the age of 35.

During a glittering career in the saddle, Bradburne won many titles including the Grand Annual on Palarshan, as well as the National Hunt Chase with Relaxation.

Having worked closely with the trainer Henry Daly, he got the opportunity to ride such horses as Behrajan, Young Spartacus and Hand Inn Hand.

The son of Fife trainer, Sue Bradburne, he admits that now is the right time to hang up his boots and focus on a very different type of career.

“After 19 years in the saddle I feel it is the right thing for me to stop riding and devote more time to my business,” Bradburne admitted.

“I have loved my riding, both as an amateur and as a professional. I've had a great time.

“I have some special memories to treasure including two Cheltenham Festival winners, finishing third in the Grand National on Lord Atterbury trained by Martin Pipe, winning the Grade One Ascot Chase on Hand Inn Hand and most recently just being denied a winner in the Gold Cup.”

Part of Bradburne's decision to announce his retirement will undoubtedly come from the fact that his body is no longer able to recover from some his injuries like it it used to.

During his career he has suffered very serious back injuries that not only threatened his career, but his life.

He added: “I have come back twice from a broken back but now it's the right time to move on.

“Over the last three years during periods of injury, JETS (Jockeys Employment & Training Scheme) have helped me to retrain as an electrician and that business is growing.

“This is the right thing for me, for my wife and children and for our long-term future.”

Bradburne, who lives in Lambourn with his wife Gee officially announced his retirement just after Christmas.

His wife is the former top lady rider, but now works closely alongside Tony McCoy as his personal assistant, and is known to have been planning the couple's future away from racing for some time now.

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