Pioneer Kelly quits the saddle to start family
Lizzie Kelly, one of the most successful British female jump jockeys and the first to ride a Grade One winner over obstacles, has hung up her boots after the news that she and her husband are expecting their first child.
Kelly, 27, first hit the headlines when, as a 20-year-old amateur studying event management at university, she and Aubusson, trained by her stepfather Nick Williams, slopped through standing water to win a novice hurdle at Cheltenham, beating AP McCoy and Richard Johnson in the process. “It’s probably the only winner I’m ever going to ride at Cheltenham,” she said.
Two years later, as a professional, she won Kempton’s Kauto Star Novices’ Grade One Chase on Tea For Two, who she would go on to ride in the Gold Cup. Her Cheltenham Festival wins came on Coo Star Sivola in 2018 and Siruh Du Lac in 2019.
“I have had a career I could never have imagined and I’ve been blessed to be associated with the horses I have ridden,” she said. Kelly has not ruled out the possibility of taking out her licence again.