Davy a gifted rider who will be missed
IT'S all flat racing this weekend as everyone builds up to the Punchestown Festival next week but there was some sad news to end the week yesterday with confirmation coming that Davy Condon has been forced to retire.
It's been a tough couple of weeks for the sport and while there was probably nobody surprised with the announcement that he won't be able to ride again, it still came as a bit of a shock when you saw it confirmed.
Davy is sure to be very upset, and that is only natural, but in light of the other injuries lads have picked up in the sport over the last few years, Davy is fully aware that he could be in a worse situation.
It's a huge shame however, as he really was a very talented rider. He was very strong and was just an all-round savage jockey and race riding is something that he did very effortlessly and came very naturally to him so it will leave a big void in his life and he is a great character so he'll be missed from the weighroom.
Davy rode a lot of big winners for Willie Mullins including a Cheltenham winner and he rode in a Melbourne Cup for Willie as well and along with Gordon Elliott and Noel Meade, they are the three top trainers in Ireland who used him all throughout his career so that just speaks volumes about how good he is. Davy is a good friend of Robbie McNamara's and it is good to hear Robbie's determination.
I was away at the sales in Doncaster this week but speaking to people who were up with him he's in great spirits and working hard on his recovery so hopefully it is a speedy one.
On another note, Tony McCoy will retire at Sandown tomorrow afternoon and that's already a sell out. He has obviously had a fantastic career in the sport and I don't know what he's going to do next but I'm sure he'll probably take time out and play some golf and take it easy for a while.
He has always been a very driven and successful man and I'm sure that'll be no different in whatever he puts his hand to next.