Paul Carberry after winning the 2007 Fighting Fifth Hurdle
|Born||9 February 1974|
|Harchibald, Sausilito Bay, Nicanor, Florida Pearl, Beef or Salmon, Solerina , Harbour Pilot, Hairy Molly, Bobbyjo|
Paul Carberry is a retired Irish National Hunt jockey.
He was born on February 9, 1974. He hails from a racing family. He is the son of jockey Tommy Carberry, who was a famous National Hunt jockey in the 1960s and 1970s. His uncle is Arthur Moore, one of Ireland's leading National Hunt trainers. His younger siblings, Phillip and Nina, are also successful Irish riders.
Apprenticing for Jim Bolger, Carberry earned his first win in August 1990 on Petronelli. He was also the jockey for racehorse owner Robert Ogden. Carberry learned his trade through hunting, show-jumping and point-to-pointing in Ireland and many view him as one of Ireland's leading jump jockeys along with Ruby Walsh, Barry Geraghty, Davy Russell and Andrew McNamara. In 1993, atop Rhythm Section, Carberry won the Champion Bumper – his first win at the Cheltenham Festival. Arguably the biggest win of his career was when he followed in his father's footsteps and won the Grand National at Aintree Racecourse aboard Bobbyjo in 1999.
Of all the horses Carberry has been paired with, perhaps the most successful partnership has been with Harchibald. The two went on to win five Grade 1 races, with wins in the Fighting Fifth Hurdle (2004, 2007), Christmas Hurdle (2004, 2008) and the John James McManus Memorial Hurdle (2005). However, the pairing is most known for their battle with Hardy Eustace at the 2005 Champion Hurdle. In the race, Harchibald looked certain to win, only to be beat by Hardy Eustace at the finish line.
Carberry has been associated with many great horses throughout his career, including Sausilito Bay, Nicanor, Florida Pearl, Beef or Salmon, Solerina, Harbour Pilot, Harchibald, Hairy Molly, Go Native and Bobbyjo. He has won 39 Grade 1 races in his career. In January 2013 Paul returned to the big-race winners enclosure in Britain when winning the Welsh National at Chepstow on Monbeg Dude, beating Tony McCoy close to the line after a classic Carberry hold-up-and-creep ride.
Carberry was stable jockey to Noel Meade for many years up to his retirement. He has a brand of racewear selling a variety of racing equipment named after him.
Despite all of his success in National Hunt racing, Carberry has faced problems outside off the track. In 2005, he was arrested and charged over an alleged incident which took place on board an Aer Lingus flight from Málaga to Dublin. According to reports, Carberry supposedly set fire to a newspaper on the flight. He was sentenced to two months in jail as a result of the incident. In 2009, Carberry was suspended for 30 days by the Referrals Committee of the Turf Club after he failed an alcohol breath test at Naas on 31 October 2009. The suspension caused Carberry to miss the 2009 Fighting Fifth Hurdle and Christmas Hurdle. His replacement, Davy Condon, rode Go Native to wins in both races.
After serving his suspension, Carberry and Go Native were paired together for the 2010 Champion Hurdle. A win in the race would have landed Go Native the Triple Crown of Hurdling and Carberry would have secured £150,000 as his share of the £1m bonus offered by WBX. However, Go Native was unable to capture the win, instead finishing in 10th place after being eased when beaten on the run from the final hurdle. Afterwards, Carberry said that Go Native dived after the second hurdle and was never the same moving forward.
Following his suspension, Carberry vowed not to drink again until his career as a National Hunt jockey was complete.
Cheltenham Festival winners (14)
- 1993 Champion Bumper – Rhythm Section
- 1998 William Hill Trophy Handicap Chase – Unguided Missile
- 1999 Royal & SunAlliance Chase – Looks Like Trouble
- 2000 Supreme Novices' Hurdle – Sausilito Bay
- 2002 William Hill Trophy Handicap Chase – Frenchmans Creek
- 2005 Pertemps Final – Oulart
- 2005 Grand Annual Handicap Chase – Fota Island
- 2006 Royal & SunAlliance Novices' Hurdle – Nicanor
- 2006 Champion Bumper – Hairy Molly
- 2008 Fred Winter Juvenile Novices' Handicap Hurdle – Crack Away Jack
- 2009 Supreme Novices' Hurdle – Go Native
- 2012 Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Chase – Bellvano
- 2013 World Hurdle – Solwhit
- 2014 Spa Novices' Hurdle – Very Wood
Other Grade 1 winners
- 1994 Royal Bond Novice Hurdle – Gambolling Doe
- 1995 Drinmore Novice Chase – Johnny Setaside
- 1996 Deloitte Novice Hurdle – Bolino Star
- 1998 Deloitte Novice Hurdle – Native Estates
- 1998 Swordlestown Cup Novice Chase – Direct Route
- 1999 James Nicholson Champion Chase – Florida Pearl
- 1999 Lexus Chase – Doran's Pride
- 2000 Arkle Novice Chase – Frozen Groom
- 2000 Hennessy Gold Cup – Florida Pearl
- 2000 Supreme Novices' Hurdle – Sausilito Bay
- 2001 Hatton's Grace Hurdle – Limestone Lad
- 2002 Dr P. J. Moriarty Novice Chase – Harbour Pilot
- 2002 Drinmore Novice Chase – Harbour Pilot
- 2002 VC Bet Champion Novice Hurdle – Scottish Memories
- 2002 Champion Stayers Hurdle – Florida Pearl
- 2003 Deloitte Novice Hurdle – Solerina
- 2003 Powers Gold Cup – Thiari
- 2004 Fighting Fifth Hurdle – Harchibald
- 2004 Royal Bond Novice Hurdle – Wild Passion
- 2004 Drinmore Novice Chase – Watson Lake
- 2004 Christmas Hurdle – Harchibald
- 2004 Lexus Chase – Beef Or Salmon
- 2005 Dunboyne Castle Hotel & Spa Champion Novice Hurdle – Asian Maze
- 2005 VC Bet Champion Novice Hurdle – Wild Passion
- 2005 Royal Bond Novice Hurdle – Iktitaf
- 2005 Lexus Chase – Beef Or Salmon
- 2006 Deloitte Novice Hurdle – Mr.Nosie
- 2006 Hennessy Cognac Gold Cup – Beef Or Salmon
- 2006 Morgiana Hurdle – Iktitaf
- 2006 Barry & Sandra Kelly Memorial Novice Hurdle – Aran Concerto
- 2007 Deloitte Novice Hurdle – Aran Concerto
- 2007 Fighting Fifth Hurdle – Harchibald
- 2007 Royal Bond Novice Hurdle – Muirhead
- 2007 Hatton's Grace Hurdle – Aitmatov
- 2008 Powers Gold Cup – Conna Castle
- 2009 Powers Gold Cup – Aran Concerto
- 2010 Lexus Chase – Pandorama
- 2010 Bord na Mona with Nature Novice Chase – Realt Dubh
- 2011 Arkle Novice Chase – Realt Dubh
- 2011 Powers Gold Cup – Realt Dubh
- 2013 Liverpool Hurdle - Solwhit
- 2014 JNW.com - Road To Riches
- 2015 Flogas Novice Chase - Apache Stronghold
- Paul Carberry: BBC Sport, news.bbc.co.uk, 27 March 2003, accessed 20 February 2010.
- BBC profile – Paul Carberry
- Paul Carberry: Go Racing Profile, goracing.ie, accessed 20 February 2010
- Carberry has Grand reason to party
- Harchibald Profile, racingpost.com, accessed 20 February 2010.
- Paul Carberry: Get me on the horse and I'll be enjoying myself, guardian.co.uk, 16 March 2010, accessed 21 March 2010.
- "Paul Carberry forced to retire from the saddle with leg injury". Guardian. 9 August 2016. Retrieved 10 August 2016.
- Carberry to appeal jail sentence
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- Condon steps in to ensure Go Native stays in hunt for £1m, yorkshirepost.co.uk, 28 December 2009, accessed 20 February 2010.
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