Racing: Carberry to go freelance after Ogden split

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LAST season's champion jumps owner, Robert Ogden, yesterday announced the end of his partnership with the jockey Paul Carberry.

The pair's widely expected split, arrived at "by mutual agreement", comes after a three-year association during which the pair have teamed up to win the Tote Gold Trophy, Great Yorkshire Chase and several other big prizes.

Carberry, out of action for the rest of the season after breaking a bone in his leg in a fall at Wetherby on Wednesday, will ride as a freelance, dividing his time between Britain and Ireland.

Speculation is now bound to grow over the identity of a possible replacement rider for Ogden's powerful string - expected to number 40 horses next season.

"The retainer under which Paul Carberry has ridden for Robert Ogden for the past three years has ended by mutual agreement and will not be renewed," Ogden's racing manager, Barry Simpson, said in a statement. "Paul's career has blossomed since joining Mr Ogden and the partnership has been a happy and successful one.

"The decision to part company was taken some days ago, before Paul's unfortunate accident at Wetherby on Wednesday.

"Mr Ogden would like to take this opportunity to wish Paul a speedy recovery.

"In due course Mr Ogden, who will have about 40 horses in training in the 1998/89 season, expects to engage the services of a new retained jockey.

"A number of extremely well-bred young stock will be brought out in the new season and the constant search for high-class proven horses and young stock will continue over the coming months."

Prior to his injury, Carberry had ridden 63 winners in Britain this term. His biggest success success came on Bobbyjo for his father Tommy in the Jameson Irish Grand National at Fairyhouse last month. He scored at the Cheltenham Festival on Unguided Missile and on Direct Route at both Aintree and Punchestown in April.