WEEKEND REVIEW: Grand National winner Leighton Aspell retires

Leighton Aspell retirement

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!

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

 

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