Racing: Dwyer not riding for a fall

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The Independent Online
Mark Dwyer, the dual Gold Cup-winning jockey, has announced his retirement from the saddle after spending a year on the sidelines.

"That is it, I have packed up,'' Dwyer said yesterday. ``Basically, I am fit enough to ride but not fit enough to fall - that is the top and bottom of it.''

The 34-year-old Irishman, who partnered more than 800 winners, suffered a compound fracture of his left elbow in a fall at Kelso last December and, despite two operations, his arm is still not right.

Dwyer, who has a thriving livery yard near Malton, North Yorkshire, added: "Training is not a consideration at the moment.''