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Jimmy Gormley: “It was a tough decision because I will definitely miss racing”

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Written by David Carr

Jimmy Gormley, a never-before-seen trainee who has found life harder since losing his claim, has given up riding the race.

After riding 51 winners from 458 races in 2018, he has won just four of 70 rides this year and admits he is disappointed with the lack of opportunities.

“I’m tired of being vaccinated and not getting enough for it,” said Gormley, who is from Langholm in the Scottish border and has been with Dumfries and Galway coach Ian Jardine for the past six years.

“This is not the life I want to go on for the next few years, doing the same and not going anywhere.

“It was a tough decision because obviously I’m going to miss racing, but I’m over 30 and didn’t want to go on and be in my mid-30s and have nothing to go back to.

“It’s been a struggle for a while now and I knew it was time to say this isn’t life for me right now.”

Gormley, who won the Lanark Silver Bell Sibal And handicap trainee in Ebor day meeting What is gum? He added in his claim days, “I needed to admit what was going on. I wasn’t getting rounds and was sick of not being where I wanted to be.”

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Jimmy Gormley won the Lanark Silver Bell at Sibal

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“I don’t mind if I’m going somewhere for three or four rides. But say I did one in Doncaster: it’s a four-hour drive for me and four hours back, plus two there, so that’s exactly ten hours and once I’ve paid for All you could get for £30, which is horrible.”

The 7-pound and 12-pound Gormley is set to begin work at Morrisons Energy Services this month, with the goal of making headway in electric power.

Looking back on his riding career, he said, “The first three seasons went well but once I went pro and lost my claims, it got even more difficult. I didn’t have the support I needed.

“There are so many happy memories on horses like Sibal and Tor. I’ve won the Ebor meeting in York and rode in the Epsom Dash four times, and rode at Royal Ascot and in Germany.

“My goal was always to get rid of my claim and I did it in a fairly quick time. I’m happy with what I’ve done.”


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First published at 1:30 PM on September 20, 2022