Kelly retires to start fam­ily

Western Daily Press - - Horse Racing -

RECORD-BREAK­ING Na­tional Hunt jockey Lizzie Kelly has an­nounced her re­tire­ment from the sad­dle as she and her hus­band are ex­pect­ing their first child.

Kelly, 27, made turf his­tory by be­ing the first wo­man to win a Grade One race over jumps with Tea For Two in the Kauto Star Novices’ Chase at Kemp­ton in 2015.

She went on to land a se­cond ma­jor suc­cess on the same horse, who was trained by her step­fa­ther Nick Wil­liams, in the Bet­way Bowl at Ain­tree in April 2017.

In 2018, Kelly claimed her first Chel­tenham Fes­ti­val win­ner with Coo Star Sivola in the Ul­tima Chase and en­joyed a se­cond win­ner there in 2019 on Siruh Du Lac in the Brown Ad­vi­sory & Mer­riebelle Sta­ble Plate Hand­i­cap Chase.

“I am an­nounc­ing my re­tire­ment with the news that my hus­band and I are ex­pect­ing our first child,” said Kelly. “I will miss rid­ing in races, the weigh­ing room and ev­ery­one in it.

Hav­ing two Chel­tenham Fes­ti­val winners is def­i­nitely some­thing I will re­mem­ber for­ever.

“The big winners are an im­por­tant part of a jockey’s ca­reer; it’s what you put all your hard work and ef­forts into get­ting. The part of the job I en­joyed the most was rid­ing young horses on their first time on the race­track and look­ing af­ter them – I got a real kick out of that.

“I will re­main heav­ily in­volved in rac­ing and pre-train­ing. The longterm goal is to train, but I am sure there is noth­ing that will re­place rid­ing in races.”

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