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John Reid
"You grow up dreaming of winning the Derby"
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Friday, 28 September, 2001, 06:55 GMT 07:55 UK
Top jockey Reid quits
John Reid is retiring after 28 years
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Derby-winning jockey John Reid has revealed he is quitting the saddle after a glittering career spanning 28 years.

The 46-year-old Ulsterman says he will not ride in a race again.

He won the Epsom Derby in 1992 on Dr Devious and claimed more than 40 top-class Group One races, including five Irish Classics.


At 46, I am still young enough to start a new phase in my life
John Reid

Among his big race victories were the 1988 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe on Tony Bin.

The jockey also won the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes twice on Ile de Bourbon (1978) and Swain (1997).

Reid is the second leading jockey to retire in 24 hours.

Scotland's most successful National Hunt jockey Peter Niven rode his last race at Perth on Thursday.

Reid returns to the Epsom winning enclosure on Dr Devious
Reid on Dr Devious after their Derby win

Reid revealed his decision in an interview with the Racing Post.

"There is no doubt that being a jockey is a young man's game, and I'm not that young anymore," he said.

Reid, who hailed from a farming family in Banbridge, County Down, established a reputation as one Flat racing's most reliable jockeys.

He won the English 1,000 Guineas twice aboard On The House (1982) and Las Meninas (1994), and also scored in the St Leger with Nedawi (1998).

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