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Races, booze and arrest... jockey Carberry reveals all

HE'S ridden 1,500 winners in his illustrious career but Paul Carberry has set his sights on a new goal -- top of the bestsellers list.

The hell-raising jockey, who was famously arrested in 2005 for setting fire to a fellow passenger's paper on a flight back from Spain, charts his monster success in the saddle and his battle with addiction.

One Hell Of A Ride regales readers with tales from the track while also looking at the darker side of the turf -- and the battle with the booze which almost cost Carberry his career.

The explosive new book, written with journalist and former Star Sunday editor Des Gibson, lifts the lid on National Hunt racing and shows the lighter side of our favourite pastime.

Described as the only sport in the world where the participants are followed by an ambulance, trainer Noel Meade paid tribute to his No 1 rider.

"Like the Grand National we've had our fair share of ups and downs -- more ups thankfully," he said recalling some of the legendary victories including 11 at Cheltenham, and the British and Irish Grand Nationals.

The collection of stories include the events of the fateful day when he set the paper alight and the bizarre night he rode a horse into a bar and ordered a round of drinks.

The great and the good of the racing world turned out for the book launch at the Shelbourne Hotel including fellow jockeys Barry Geraghty, Davy Condon, Davy Russell and Robbie Power.

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