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UK Jockey Philip Robinson Retires After 33 Years
UK rider Philip Robinson, “widely acknowledged as one of the most tactically astute jockeys of the modern era, has drawn stumps on a 33-year career that was highlighted by Classic success at home & abroad,” reported racingpost.com. “Although a move into the training ranks is a possibility”, Robinson, 50, “who signs off with approaching 1,400 British winners to his name, is keeping his options open”. Robinson rode his 1st winner at Yarmouth in 1978 & went on to be champion apprentice twice before winning the 1984 Gr1 English 1000 Guineas on Pebbles. The following season he won the Gr1 Irish 1000 Guineas on Katies, before spending 6 years in Hong Kong (where he was twice champion jockey). He returned to Europe & won the 2000 Gr1 French Derby on Holding Court, followed by a 2nd Gr1 English 1000 Guineas on Ameerat in 2001. He also won the St Leger on Bob's Return & both the Gr1 Champion Stakes & Gr1 Queen Elizabeth II Stakes on Rakti.