Robert Winston has retired from the saddle with immediate impact.
The Group One-winning jockey cited an”amalgamation of motives” for his conclusion, with a lack of rides and issues with his weight top of the list.
Winston is looking to keep his attention on the front, and has set up a company rehabilitating horses with his fiancee.
“I am finished as of now,” said Winston on Wednesday morning.
“It’s been brewing for a little while. Horses like Librisa Breeze kept me going for the previous couple of decades, but I was on the verge a couple years ago.
“It is an amalgamation of reasons, (including) a deficiency of rides and difficulties along with my weight – and they are a knock from the terrible harm I had five decades back. I got back problems from that and I have had a niggle in my neck.
“This is not how I want things to be and together with my fiancee, Victoria, we’ve put up a company rehabilitating horses and other bits and pieces.”
Winston has ridden some horses during his profession, but the Dean Ivory-trained Librisa Breeze – champion in Ascot in 2017 of this Qipco British Champions Sprint – stands outside.
He added:”On the trail he would need to be the very best, but I snapped some decent mares, like Short Skirt, who was second in the Yorkshire Oaks for Sir Michael Stoute, also I rode lots of great horses for Barry Hills such as Red Jazz.”
Near being crowned champion jockey in 2004 but to get a season-ending fall at Ayr champion apprentice in 1999, Winston could have gone.
“When I would have been champion that year I don’t understand, but I’d have been in the best two for certain – but there was still a very long way to go,” said Winston.
“I would have been first or second, but I am taking nothing away from Jamie (Spencer) since he earned it that year.
“Obviously I’m depressed it’s all ending, but I feel much happier in my own now.
“I had a profitable career and am thankful for the help and support I’ve had along the way.
“I’ve met some wonderful people and I’ll still be open to other opportunities.”