Robbie Energy retires: Gold Cup and Grand Nationwide-winning rider to retire after Punchestown Champion Hurdle on Friday

Gold Cup and Grand Nationwide-winning jockey Robbie Energy has introduced he’ll retire from the saddle after driving Teahupoo in Friday’s Punchestown Champion Hurdle.

Energy, 40, has loved large success in each Eire and the UK in his 21 years within the saddle, driving Jessica Harrington’s Sizing John to Gold Cup success in 2017.

In 2007, he linked up with then 29-year-old coach Gordon Elliott to win the Grand Nationwide at Aintree on Silver Birch.

Having returned from a prolonged absence with a again harm in January 2021 he was then out between October final 12 months and January 2022 when he fractured his hip.

Winners have been laborious to come back by since his return – however he nearly went out in type when ending second within the Gold Cup at Cheltenham on Minella Indo.

Energy jumps the final on Magic Daze to win the Handicap Chase at Punchestown

Energy, who thanked Harrington for being his greatest supporter all through his profession, has additionally loved multiples successes with Elliott and had a brief spell within the UK with Colin Tizzard.

Talking after driving Magic Daze to victory on the Punchestown Competition on Thursday, Energy stated: “It is right down to the accidents. I had my again operated on final summer season, obtained again in October after which I fractured my hip. I am 41 subsequent month and I am not getting any youthful. I had injections in my hip however it did not actually work.

“The entire household are coming tomorrow and I’ve obtained a few good rides left. My spouse knew and my agent knew, however my father at all times instructed me in case you inform one individual you have instructed one individual too many so I used to be making an attempt to maintain it as quiet as doable.

Jockey Robbie Power kisses the Cheltenham Gold Cup trophy after his winning ride on Sizing John
Jockey Robbie Energy kisses the Cheltenham Gold Cup trophy after his profitable experience on Sizing John

“There’s been a number of days I’ve wakened pondering this was it. If I might gained the Gold Cup I might have gone then, however Punchestown has been fortunate for me so to go right here, the place I rode my first winner and now I am assured to experience my final one right here, that can do.

“It is a reduction to announce it, as even this morning my agent was asking me if I used to be certain. I wished to exit on one thing of a excessive however I’ve to do workouts each morning simply to allow me to experience.

Silver Birch wins the 2007 Grand National at Aintree under Robbie Power
Silver Birch wins the 2007 Grand Nationwide at Aintree beneath Robbie Energy

“I have been doing it 21 years and if somebody stated I might experience the winners I’ve I might have taken it. To experience for Jessica Harrington principally my entire profession, I have been very fortunate. She took me beneath her wing and almost all my massive winners have been for her.

“She stood by me by way of all of the highs and lows and has been an unbelievable mentor to me.”

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