WEEKEND REVIEW: Grand National winner Leighton Aspell retires
Back-to-back Grand National winning jockey Leighton Aspell retired on Sunday at his home course – Fontwell. Aspell may not have had the fairytale ending yesterday with a win but his colleagues and fans gave him a brilliant and well-deserved send off.
Aspell is most well-known for incredible back-to-back victories in the world’s biggest race – the Grand National – in 2014 and 2015 aboard Pineau Du Re and the late, great Many Clouds. He also recorded over 900 winners, a Grade 1, and 12 Grade 2 winners!
🏆 Pineau de Re (2014)
🏆 Many Clouds (2015)
Winning the @RandoxHealth Grand National is a feeling like no other.
But winning it back-to-back is the stuff of legend for jockey Leighton Aspell… pic.twitter.com/kdbPIyv354
— Aintree Racecourse (@AintreeRaces) March 25, 2019
A hugely respected jockey in the weighing room, Aspell was well-known for being very strong in a finish and making the right decision at the right time while making very little mistakes.
The Irishman reflected on his final day at Fontwell, talking to Racing TV he said, “It was emotional – as it was the last time I was going to leave that weighing room and stop doing something I had done for years, and something I’ve enjoyed.
“I’ve had great support from my friends and colleagues all day, and it has been a super day.
“I’m delighted I’m leaving racing very much in love with it.
“We will have some time out, but I will always follow racing, and we will see what unfolds when the next chapter starts.”
REACTION: Huge praise for Aspell
Happy retirement to Leighton Aspell a fantastic career and true legend of the weighing room on and off the track. 🏇
— Richard Johnson (@dickyjohnson77) February 23, 2020
Leighton Aspell – Poetry in motion. Two Grand Nationals and close to a thouasnd winners. We will miss him 🙌
— Paddy Brennan (@PaddyBrennan81) February 22, 2020
— At The Races (@AtTheRaces) February 23, 2020
Camaraderie at its finest. Congratulations Leighton Aspell! https://t.co/1iemajsVqs
— Nicky Henderson (@sevenbarrows) February 23, 2020
Happy Retirement Leighton Aspell, Thankyou for the winners. Best of luck for the future pic.twitter.com/abAy4fSVtt
— Evan Williams (@EWilliamsRacing) February 23, 2020
Huge congratulations to Leighton Aspell on a fantastic career.
Leighton had 4 rides for us here at Jackdaws and was successful on 2 of those – Taquin du Seuil for Sir Martin Broughton and Tell Me Y for Trevor Hemmings.
We wish him all the best success in the future. pic.twitter.com/iQbyJuUXpH
— Jonjo O'Neill (@JonjoONeill) February 22, 2020
Happy retirement to Leighton Aspell. A fine jockey & gentleman
— Philip Hobbs Racing (@PJHobbs1) February 22, 2020
Leighton Aspell is the best horseman around but you wouldn’t meet a better person. Happy retirement Lash https://t.co/AkwbcaEsd6
— Nick Scholfield (@Nick_Scholfield) February 22, 2020
Happy retirement to Leighton Aspell 👏👏👏 pic.twitter.com/VBnVkkKN6k
— Fontwell Park (@FontwellPark) February 23, 2020
— Anaglogs Daughter (@AnaglogsDaughtr) February 22, 2020
Leighton Aspell retires tomorrow, Class act and such a professional bloke, Happy retirement as from tomorrow Champ 🌟
— Jake Russell (@JakeRuss1000) February 22, 2020