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Jockey 'wants better' for horse

Anthony Knott
Knott first raced at the age of 16, and won for the first time aged 44

A jockey who retired on the back of his first win in 28 years of racing has implored the horse on which he won to "go on to better things".

Anthony Knott, 44, whose day job is as a dairy farmer in Dorset, rode Wise Men Say to victory in Thursday's Novices' Handicap Hurdle at Wincanton, Somerset.

"I don't think I could ever do it again, I'm finished. I'm retiring," Knott told BBC Radio 5 Live.

"It's all I wanted to achieve. I'll let a professional jockey ride it now."

Knott purchased six-year-old Wise Men Say from trainer Colin Tizzard, and will now hand over the reins to Tizzard's son, Joe.

I used to sit and watch the Seabiscuit film when I was on a low, it gave me the inspiration to keep going

Anthony Knott

"The horse really helped me out," said Knott.

"It had been lame for the last year and a half, I bought him cheap, nursed him back and it's paid dividends."

Knott, who first competed at the age of 16, had always insisted he "had one race" in him, and hailed the popular tale of unexpectedly successful US thoroughbred Seabiscuit as his motivation.

"I used to sit and watch the Seabiscuit film when I was on a low, it gave me the inspiration to keep going," he said - but he rejected the suggestion that he had quit while he was ahead.

"I'm not ahead," he pointed out. "I've never been ahead."



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