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Murtagh ends racing career

Multiple Group One-winning jockey Johnny Murtagh has announced he is to retire from race-riding to concentrate on his training career.

Crowned Irish champion jockey on five occasions, the 43-year-old is widely regarded as one of the greatest riders of the modern era and partnered countless big-race winners in all corners of the globe.

Murtagh said: "The training side of things is getting bigger all the time and I wasn't happy giving the riding 50 per cent and the training 50 per cent.

"It's the right time to call it a day with the riding and put everything into the training side of things."