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[an error occurred while processing this directive] banner Saturday, 16 February, 2002, 15:01 GMT
Weaver quits the saddle
Weaver wins the 1995 Prix de L'Abbaye on Hever Gold Rose
Weaver won the 1995 Prix de L'Abbaye on Hever Gold Rose
Classic-winning jockey Jason Weaver has announced his retirement at the age of 30.

Weaver said that problems with getting down to riding weight were a major factor in his decision.

"The weight has become a problem," he said.

Weaver rode more than 1,000 winners in a 14-year career, the highlight of which was a win in the 2,000 Guineas on Mister Baileys in 1994.

He is one of only seven Flat jockeys to have ridden 200 winners in a season, which he did when runner-up in the jockeys' championship, also in 1994.

New direction

Weaver said he wanted to stay in racing and will continue to help out at Giles Bravery's Newmarket stable.

"I've had a great time and racing has been very, very good to me.

"I just feel that the time is right for a change of direction.

"I've got to think of it not as one door opening but as lots opening. It's a window of opportunity."

In addition to his Classic win, Weaver rode another seven Group One victories.

He began his career as a 16-year-old with Luca Cumani and became champion apprentice in 1993 with 60 winners.

He then moved north to Middleham to become stable jockey to Mark Johnston.

Johnston and Weaver teamed up to take the 1995 Gold Cup with Double Trigger and they returned to Royal Ascot 12 months later to land the St James's Palace Stakes with Bijou D'Inde.

However, the jockey has been less successful in recent years with only 48 winners from 494 rides last season.

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