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Irish Legend Mick Kinane Announces Retirement
Star Irish jockey Mick Kinane (who won 13 Irish jockey premierships, 14 Irish Classics & the 1993 Melbourne Cup on Vintage Crop, as well as partnering this season’s 6-time Gr1-winning boom 3YO colt & recently-crowned European Horse-Of-The-Year Sea The Stars) announced in Europe: “I have decided this is the right time to retire from race-riding. At 50 I still feel fit & sharp enough to do any horse justice but, after the season I have just had in partnership with Sea The Stars, I have the privilege of being able to end my career as a jockey on an incredible high & that's what I want to do. I leave with a huge sense of gratitude to all the great horses I have ridden, all the great trainers whose genius developed those champions & everybody else in racing, from the stable lads to the owners, who have made me deeply thankful for my involvement in the game.” Among his many UK triumphs, Kinane won the 2000 Guineas 4 times, plus 3 Derbys, 2 Oaks, a St Leger, 5 King Georges & 6 St James's Palace Stakes; in addition, he won 14 Irish Classics, 7 Irish Champion Stakes, 3 French Prix de l'Arc de Triomphes, a Melbourne Cup, a US Belmont Stakes & 3 US Breeders' Cup races.