Irish Jockey Brian O’Connell retires early

The early retirement of Brian O’Connell, Irish Jockey and multiple award-winner in the horse-racing sports arena came as a shock to his fans worldwide.

The retirement of Brian O’Connell

The 31 year-old Irishman suffered injuries to his right shoulder when he fell off his horse. In spite of major surgery and four different interventions on the affected area to try and reattach his ligaments and tendons, his chief medical officer, Dr. Adrian McGoldrick, advised him to quit the sport for good.

Looking back on his career, O’ Connell can boast of some truly impressive wins. He was seven times Grade 1 winner and is mostly associated with Dunguib,with whom he achieved top-level success in the Champion Bumper at the 2009 Cheltenham Festival. O’Connell is also known for another 3 Grade 1 wins in the Fort Leney Novice Chase, the Dr P J Moriarty Novice Chase and the Irish Hennessy with the horse Last Installment. Both Dunguib and Last Installment were trained by Philip Fenton, to whom O’Connell remains grateful for what he learned from him. Another win that will not be forgotten is O’Connell’s riding of Don Cossack in the John Durkan Memorial Chase at Punchestown in 2014.

In spite of this setback, Brian O’Connell remains positive and determined to stay in the industry. Let us see if he makes a surprising comeback as a trainer, rather than a jockey.

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