Racing: Roche hangs up his boots

THE JOCKEY Christy Roche yesterday announced his retirement from the saddle. Speaking at Tralee, Roche, 48, the seven-times Irish Champion jockey, said he made his decision while driving to the course for yesterday's racing.

"I decided in the car," he said. "I have had a good innings and have decided it's the right time to quit."

Roche achieved two Classic victories in England when guiding the David O'Brien-trained Secreto to a 14-1 success in the 1984 Derby and partnering the 50-1 rank outsider Jet Ski Lady to win the 1991 Oaks for Jim Bolger.

The jockey was also on the mark with O'Brien's 1982 Irish and French Derby winner Assert, Bolger's St Jovite in the 1992 version of the Irish Classic and the Aidan O'Brien-trained Desert King in last year's running.

Other Irish Classic successes included Ballymore (1972), Nikoli (1980), the filly Triptych (1985) and Desert King (1997) in the Irish 2,000 Guineas.

And, in the fillies' version of the race, he was successful on board Sarah Siddons (1976), More So (1978) and Ridgewood Pearl (1995). He also captured the Irish St Leger in 1974 with Mistigri.

His weighing room colleague, John Reid, yesterday paid tribute to Roche: "I was in Ireland for three years for Vincent [O'Brien] and rode against him and the one thing about Christy is that he's a tough man in the saddle and a tough man out of it. He's not afraid of work - he's the hardest- working jockey and everything he has got, he has deserved.

"This game comes down to hard work and at the end of the day Christy was one of the hardest workers I have ever seen, and I think he will make a great trainer too, because he is not afraid of getting his hands dirty, and he is a hell of a good judge. His record speaks for itself. He has been a fantastic jockey over the years, very consistent right to the end. I rode in Ireland quite a bit and Christy never gave any quarter and hats off to him, he was a great rider."

Bionic was yesterday well backed to win next year's 1,000 Guineas with the bookmakers Coral, who were forced to trim her to 7-1 from 8-1 as the liabilities mounted up.

Only two fillies have so far attracted any support of note for the first 1999 fillies' Classic, the Henry Cecil-trained Bionic and Mick Channon's Bint Allayl, and they share favouritism in Coral's list.

"Bionic has been backed at all rates down from 33-1 and today's support took our liabilities on the filly to well over six figures," reported Simon Clare, Coral spokesman.

"Up until now the 1,000 Guineas ante-post market has lacked strength and depth and we desperately need some exciting performances by the fillies this autumn to explode it into life," added Clare.

1999 1,000 Guineas: Coral: 7-1 Bint Allayl, Bionic (from 8-1), 16-1 Etizaaz, 20-1 Valentine Girl, Fairy Queen, Crystal Charm, 25-1 Circle Of Gold, Kareymah, Pescara, Wannabe Grand, Mother Of Pearl, Mythical Girl.

William Hill: 7-1 Bint Allayl, Bionic, 16-1 Crystal Charm, 20-1 Etizaaz, Kareymah, 25-1 Circle Of Gold, Sakha, 33-1 bar.

RICHARD EDMONDSON

Nap: Navarre Samson

(Worcester 3.30)

NB: Ten Past Six

(Carlisle 3.50)

News
Young Winstone: His ‘tough-guy’ image is a misconception
people
Sport
Adnan Januzaj and Gareth Bale
footballManchester United set to loan out Januzaj to make room for Bale - if a move for the Welshman firms up
Arts and Entertainment
Ellie Levenson’s The Election book demystifies politics for children
bookNew children's book primes the next generation for politics
News
Outspoken: Alexander Fury, John Rentoul, Ellen E Jones and Katy Guest
newsFrom the Scottish referendum to the Ice Bucket Challenge, our writers voice their opinions
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
News
i100
Sport
Yaya Sanogo, Mats Hummels, Troy Deeney and Adnan Januzaj
footballMost Premier League sides are after a striker, but here's a full run down of the ins and outs that could happen over the next month
News
Nigel Farage celebrates with a pint after early local election results in the Hoy and Helmet pub in South Benfleet in Essex
peopleHe has shaped British politics 'for good or ill'
Arts and Entertainment
Pharrell Williams' “Happy” was the most searched-for song lyric of 2014
musicThe power of song never greater, according to our internet searches
Sport
Tim Sherwood raises his hand after the 1-0 victory over Stoke
footballFormer Tottenham boss leads list of candidates to replace Neil Warnock
Voices
Strictly Come Dancing was watched by 6.9m viewers
voicesIt has been hard to form generally accepted cultural standards since the middle of the 19th century – and the disintegration is only going to accelerate, says DJ Taylor
Arts and Entertainment
Roffey says: 'All of us carry shame and taboo around about our sexuality. But I was determined not to let shame stop me writing my memoir.'
books
News
Danielle George is both science professor and presenter
people
News
i100
News
Caplan says of Jacobs: 'She is a very collaborative director, and gives actors a lot of freedom. She makes things happen.'
people
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services
iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Selby Jennings: VP/SVP Credit Quant- NY- Investment Bank

Not specified: Selby Jennings: VP/SVP Credit Quant Top tier investment bank i...

Ashdown Group: Senior Marketing Executive- City of London, Old Street

£40000 - £43000 per annum + benefits: Ashdown Group: Senior Marketing Executiv...

Ashdown Group: Marketing Manager

£40000 - £43000 per annum + benefits: Ashdown Group: An international organisa...

Ashdown Group: Internal Recruiter -Rugby, Warwickshire

£25000 - £30000 per annum: Ashdown Group: Internal Recruiter -Rugby, Warwicksh...

Day In a Page

War with Isis: The West needs more than a White Knight

The West needs more than a White Knight

Despite billions spent on weapons, the US has not been able to counter Isis's gruesome tactics, says Patrick Cockburn
Return to Helmand: Private Davey Graham recalls the day he was shot by the Taliban

'The day I was shot by the Taliban'

Private Davey Graham was shot five times during an ambush in 2007 - it was the first, controversial photograph to show the dangers our soldiers faced in Helmand province
Revealed: the best and worst airlines for delays

Revealed: the best and worst airlines for delays

Many flyers are failing to claim compensation to which they are entitled, a new survey has found
The stories that defined 2014: From the Scottish independence referendum to the Ice Bucket Challenge, our writers voice their opinions

The stories that defined 2014

From the Scottish independence referendum to the Ice Bucket Challenge, our writers voice their opinions
Stoke-on-Trent becomes first British city to be classified as 'disaster resilient' by the United Nations

Disaster looming? Now you know where to head...

Which British city has become the first to be awarded special 'resilience' status by the UN?
Finally, a diet that works: Californian pastor's wildly popular Daniel Plan has seen his congregation greatly reduced

Finally, a diet that works

Californian pastor's wildly popular Daniel Plan has seen his congregation greatly reduced
Say it with... lyrics: The power of song was never greater, according to our internet searches

Say it with... lyrics

The power of song was never greater, according to our internet searches
Professor Danielle George: On a mission to bring back the art of 'thinkering'

The joys of 'thinkering'

Professor Danielle George on why we have to nurture tomorrow's scientists today
Monique Roffey: The author on father figures, the nation's narcissism and New Year reflections

Monique Roffey interview

The author on father figures, the nation's narcissism and New Year reflections
Introducing my anti-heroes of 2014

Introducing my anti-heroes of 2014

Their outrageousness and originality makes the world a bit more interesting, says Ellen E Jones
DJ Taylor: Good taste? It's all a matter of timing...

Good taste? It's all a matter of timing...

It has been hard to form generally accepted cultural standards since the middle of the 19th century – and the disintegration is only going to accelerate, says DJ Taylor
Olivia Jacobs & Ben Caplan: 'Ben thought the play was called 'Christian Love'. It was 'Christie in Love' - about a necrophiliac serial killer'

How we met

Olivia Jacobs and Ben Caplan
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's breakfasts will revitalise you in time for the New Year

Bill Granger's healthy breakfasts

Our chef's healthy recipes are perfect if you've overindulged during the festive season
Transfer guide: From Arsenal to West Ham - what does your club need in the January transfer window?

Who does your club need in the transfer window?

Most Premier League sides are after a striker, but here's a full run down of the ins and outs that could happen over the next month
The Last Word: From aliens at FA to yak’s milk in the Tour, here’s to 2015

Michael Calvin's Last Word

From aliens at FA to yak’s milk in the Tour, here’s to 2015