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    The retired trio is grateful for the Sandown tribute
The retired trio is grateful for the Sandown tribute
The retired trio is grateful for the Sandown tribute. Source: sportinglife.com

The retired trio is grateful for the Sandown tribute

Even though Paddy Brennan, Jamie Moore, and Aidan Coleman were cut from the 2023–24 season, they were given one final opportunity to shine when they were recognised at Sandown’s season-ending celebration.

During the prize-giving ceremony that took place before the season's last jumps meeting, the three riders commemorated their career highlights and celebrated great moments in the saddle with mementos.

The last of the three to hang up his boots and wave goodbye was Paddy Brennan, who earlier this month led Fergal O'Brien's Manothepeople to victory at Cheltenham.

The top conditional jockey for 2004–2005, who has no regrets about his choice, was thrilled to have his chance to walk across the champions' stage at Sandown.

“It’s lovely to see everyone at Sandown and I’ve never been on the stage before. When I was champion conditional, I had to go to Market Rasen that day and I rode for Martin Pipe,” said Brennan. “I’m so lucky to have got to the end of my career and I have loved it, but I’m definitely ready for the next chapter. I think I was semi-retired for a while anyway, as I wasn’t riding so much, but I was always scared of retiring, as you never know how you’re going to feel. I never wanted to go back once I retired and I’m very happy with my decision.”

After retiring in February, Jamie Moore was ecstatic to be honoured by the course and relieved of some of his best moments at Sandown aboard Sire De Grugy.

“I had a long career and I’ve been overwhelmed by the appreciation I have had just for doing a hobby really,” said Moore. “Sandown means a lot to me and I’ve had some brilliant days here and it’s my favourite track. It’s really nice to get this recognition and I don’t feel like I deserve it, but I’ve enjoyed a brilliant career. To go out with Paddy and Aidan, two lads I’ve known for a very long time, is brilliant and it’s very kind to give us this trophy.”

Similar to Moore, Aidan Coleman's career was cut short due to injury issues, so it was probably appropriate that he shared the spotlight on the day that Jonbon, one of his showpiece rides, put on an amazing show to win the Celebration Chase.

After experiencing incredible triumphs on courses like Paisley Park and Put The Kettle On, the multiple Grade One winner is currently looking for his next chance in the sport.

“I wouldn’t have minded a few more years, but I’m happy with what I’ve achieved, at the same time,” said Coleman. “I’m very grateful to Sandown and it means a lot to myself, Paddy and Jamie. I’m looking forward to whatever might come next and I’m kind of struggling to find a place, but hopefully something will turn up.”

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