Dual Melbourne Cup-winning jockey Darren Beadman has announced his retirement from riding after struggling with the effects as a result of a fall in Hong Kong in February.
The champion hoop suffered damage to neurons and nerves in his brain as a result of an incident in a barrier trial where he fell when the horse he was riding broke its legs.
Beadman revealed on 60 minutes last night that he will never be able to return to the job he loves despite believing he still had plenty left to offer the sport.
“From what the medical team have told me I’d probably end up in a nursing home if it happened again,” Beadman said.
“Basically my career’s over.
“It’s been a fabulous journey. I’ve been really blessed to be able to do something in life I really wanted to do.”
Beadman has been one of the most successful and well-know jockeys in recent times, booting home winners in Australia’s biggest races.
He burst into the top ranks as a 19-year-old when he won the Group 1 Golden Slipper in 1984 aboard Inspired.
Beadman’s stellar career included a second Golden Slipper win, a Cox Plate aboard Saintly, two Melbourne Cups riding Kingston Rule and Saintly, the AJC Derby with Octagonal and the Mackinnon Stakes and Australian Cup on champion Lonhro.
He won seven Sydney riding premierships and was inducted in the Australian Racing Hall Of Fame before relocating to Hong Kong to join well-known trainer John Moore in 2007.
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