Re­tir­ing jockey leaves a won­der­ful rac­ing legacy

Central Queensland News - - SPORT - — Richard Turn­bull

CHAM­PION Queens­land Provin­cial jockey Adrian Coome has re­tired from race rid­ing with im­me­di­ate ef­fect.

He will be a mas­sive loss to the cen­tral high­lands jockey ranks.

Con­stant bat­tles with weight and leav­ing the rac­ing in­dus­try on his terms to pur­sue a new ca­reer path in or­der to put his young fam­ily first are the driv­ing force be­hind Coomes' de­ci­sion to re­tire from the sad­dle.

Adrian had 5295 ca­reer rides for 975 win­ners at a strike rate of 18 per cent and a phe­nom­e­nal 45 per cent place strike rate, that made him one of the most sought af­ter jock­eys in provin­cial Queens­land for the last decade.

Last sea­son, Coome saluted on 80 win­ners to fin­ish fifth on the Qld state premier­ship at a 21.4 per cent strike rate.

Coome rates his win on board Our Boy Malachi in the 2014 Rockhampton Newmar­ket (1300m) as his most mem­o­rable.

Coome won 12 races on board the Cham­pion CQ sprinter be­fore he was trans­ferred to Team Hawkes in Syd­ney.

He is a won­der­fully tal­ented rider who achieved out­stand­ing re­sults in the great game.

All the very best to you and your fu­ture en­deav­ours Adrian.

PHOTO: CHRIS ISON

FAREWELL: Adrian Coome has an­nounced his re­tire­ment.

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