Pi­o­neer Kelly quits the sad­dle to start fam­ily

The Daily Telegraph - Business - - Sport | Racing - By Mar­cus Army­tage

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.

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