Racing: Jimmy Frost ends riding career on a winning note

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The West Country jump jockey Jimmy Frost hung up his boots yesterday after winning on Bohill Lad, whom he also trains, at Exeter. On returning to unsaddle Frost, 43, hurled his skull cap into the crowd and declared: "That's it! I'm going out on a winning note at one of my local tracks which is brilliant."

Frost's major successes came on Little Polveir in the 1989 Grand National and on Morley Street in the 1991 Champion Hurdle. He partnered more than 500 winners in his riding career and started as an amateur in point-to-points at the age of 13.

He added: "Every story has to come to an end and I thought I might just go and do it at Newton Abbot next week. But you've got to make a decision and I had the perfect ride to win the race and I decided to go as I'd been thinking about it for the last five years.

"I got a great reception from the crowd, which is fantastic, and this horse was also my 500th winner, so he's been very good to me as now he's also my first winner as a trainer, as I took over my father Richard's licence at the beginning of this month."

Frost was presented with a bottle of champagne by the course executive and was joined by weighing room colleagues including Tony McCoy, Richard Johnson, Andrew Thornton, Dean Gallagher, Jimmy McCarthy and Tom Scudamore at the presentation.

* Carlisle will hold another inspection at 8.30am today to decide whether tomorrow's card can go ahead. Following yesterday's inspection clerk of the course Jonnie Fenwicke-Clennell said: "We're still heavy, waterlogged in places so we'll have another look tomorrow. It's very doubtful but we've just got to give it every chance but the forecast is appalling."

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