One day after Katie Walsh announced her retirement, fellow jockey Nina Carberry has called a halt to her spell in the saddle at Punchestown this afternoon.
Like Walsh before her, Carberry had the good fortune of seeing out her career on a positive note too; she won her final race on the Enda Bolger-trained Josies Orders.
As with her sister-in-law Walsh, Carberry's announcement has garenered a warm response from those wishing to celebrate her memorable career.
— Matt Chapman (@MCYeeehaaa) April 28, 2018
Always knew this day would come soon, but still have a lump in my throat and tears in my eyes thank you @ninacarberry and @katiewalsh9 for the joy you brought to me and so many throughout your inspirational careers. Never did fulfill the dream of having one of ye ride a horse
— Brendan Boylan (@BrendanBoylan) April 28, 2018
Legendary jockey Nina Carberry has decided to retire after a stellar career in racing and on the back of her win today. We wish you the very best of luck Nina!
— Horse Racing Ireland (@HRIRacing) April 28, 2018
And there it is. @punchestownrace was awash with rumours all week that Nina Carberry would retire. Then Katie Walsh shocked us all yesterday, going out on a winner. Now Nina goes out on a winner. Rare you get to go out that way. Fantastic jockeys and role models
— Daragh Ó Conchúir (@RebelDevil71) April 28, 2018
Happy retirement to Nina Carberry! 👏
Announces her retirement a day after Katie Walsh! pic.twitter.com/HirBGkZXR2
— Racing TV (@RacingTV) April 28, 2018
Carberry received a warm welcome on the back of her final winner, and sat down with Walsh to discuss her successful career:
Obviously it was a thing I was thinking about for a while, and Saturday was kind of the time I'd chosen, to ride a winner over the banks for Enda [Bolger] and J.P. [McManus], that was special.
Speaking of their joint exit, Walsh alluded to the good fortune both had had in departing in such exalted circumstances.
As she considers her departure, Carberry now reveals that it has been an experience and career that "she would never swap for anything." Like Walsh yesterday however, she is now going to concentrate on the "next chapter."
You can watch the entirety of their joint-interview below.
Katie Walsh and Nina Carberry have retired in the last 24 hours.
— RTÉ Racing (@RTEracing) April 28, 2018