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Last Updated:  Thursday, 27 March, 2003, 17:04 GMT
Paul Carberry
Paul Carberry celebrates victory in the 1999 Grand National
Date of birth:
9 February 1974
Main trainer: Noel Meade
National best: First
Bobbyjo (1999)
2001-2002 wins: 113 (Ire)
2000-2001 wins: 44 (Ire)
1999-2000 wins: 54 (Ire)
Carberry is following in his father's footsteps.

Tommy was one of the leading jockeys in the 1970s, winning the Gold Cup three times and the Grand National once, securing a rare Gold Cup-National double in 1975.

Carberry junior emulated his father's Aintree win on L'Escargot with a victory of his own aboard Bobbyjo in 1999.

He celebrated by hanging from the rafters of the winners' enclosure, and although he has not had the opportunity to repeat the scene, he has time on his side.

Having learnt his trade through hunting, show jumping and point-to-pointing in Ireland, Carberry is now a highly respected and stylish champion jockey.

He took that honour for the first time in Ireland last year where he became the first man since Charlie Swan in 1996-97 to ride a century of winners.

And he looks set to reach three figures again this season and is favourite to land the title ahead of a highly competitve field that includes Barry Geraghty, Ruby Walsh and Norman Williamson.

Carberry made his Aintree debut as a 20-year-old when falling four out in 1994 as only six horses finished.

As well as the victory on Bobbyjo, who was trained by his father, he finished fourth on Buckboard Bounce in 1997.





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