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Grylls Nears End Of Riding Career

Tuesday, 25th July 2006

Prominent Kiwi jockey Gary Grylls "has signalled he is in the twilight of his riding career," reported NZ Thoroughbred Marketing. Grylls (who has ridden over 1,200 winners since 1978) confirmed he is considering retirement in the near future: "I've always said I would like to stop riding when I get to 45. Currently I'm 44 & I don't want to ride for too many more seasons. I've got farming interests & I will be happy to devote more of my time to these, as I've always been a farm boy." Grylls boasts 19 Gr1 triumphs, including: the Bayer Classic-NZ 1000 Guineas double in 2001 on Final Destination (O'Reilly-Logical Lady, by Sound Reason); 1986 Auckland Cup aboard Kerry Lane (Super Gray-Tipperary Gold, by Copenhagen II); 2003 Wellington Cup aboard Oarsman (The Son-Virginia Lake, by Royal Loch); & 2002 Railway Handicap on Sound The Alarm (Just Awesome-Double Creole). His late father Johnny Grylls was also a leading NZ jockey, riding over 700 winners during his 35-year career.

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