Persecuted Carson hints end is near
Saturday 25 May 1996
Carson was shaken by the calls for him to retire since he threw a race away at Lingfield last Saturday night, dropping his hands near the line on the heavily backed 4-5 favourite Kamari, and getting caught by Major Dundee, ridden by the apprentice Dane O'Neill
"My pride has been absolutely devastated," Carson said. "It's one of the worst things that's happened in my racing career because there was virtually no excuse for it.
"I got caught napping by a horse I hadn't realised was there. It was a terrible mistake, but we all make mistakes. The way the press have been going on about it you'd think I'd done it on purpose."
Answering allegations that he is not as sharp as he used to be, Carson said: "It was me making a bloody awful mistake - I don't think age had anything to do with it."
Carson hinted the end was not far away, saying: "A retirement date has never been set but we won't be going on much longer." He added he would finish "when I think I am not doing the job or cannot do the job or get frightened doing the job which I haven't done at this present time.
"This will probably be my last Derby though I saw in The Sporting Life there was a poll and 84 per cent were in favour of me still riding. The Government would love to have that majority wouldn't they?"
Latest in Sport
Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao: The biggest fight of all time, or maybe just the most lucrative?
Andy Murray tells how coach Amélie Mauresmo revealed her pregnancy
What time does Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao start?
Everton 3 Manchester United 0 player ratings: Who scored lower - Marouane Fellaini or Radamel Falcao?
Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao: What time does it start and where can I watch it?
- 1 Migrant crisis: Greek soldier saved 20 people singlehandedly off Rhodes beach
- 2 Sofyen Belamouadden murder: The inside story of a crime that horrified Britain
- 3 UK weather: Britain braced for snow as arctic air mass moves in
- 5 'Isis' schoolgirls: Missing British teenager tweets picture of her Syrian takeaway
General Election 2015: Chuka Umunna on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband
The sickening truth about food banks that the Tories don't want you to know
Migrant boat disaster: Ukip candidate mocks victims in sickening Twitter post
Nigel Farage wants the BBC to stop making programmes like Doctor Who, Strictly Come Dancing, and Top Gear
Global warming: Scientists say temperatures could rise by 6C by 2100 and call for action ahead of UN meeting in Paris
General Election 2015: Britain would become a 'communist dictatorship' under Ed Miliband and Nicola Sturgeon, claims wife of Michael Gove
£16000 - £35000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: An ambitious and motivated Sale...
£20000 - £23000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A Gas Installation Support Engi...
£29000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A Gas Installation Engineer is required ...
£15000 - £70000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is a great opportunity to ...