Nina Carberry: says she looked up to elder brother PaulPICTURE: Alain Barr (racingpost.com/photos)
Nina Carberry: big brother Paul was my idol
NINA CARBERRY spoke on Wednesday of her relief that her brother Paul has retired in one piece, while the clan’s legendary patriarch Tommy also recalled "fond" memories of Bobbyjo’s famous Grand National triumph in 1999.
Carberry, herself a multiple champion amateur rider and one of the most talented practitioners to grace the unpaid ranks in recent times, described Paul, who retired due to medical advice on Tuesday, as her "idol".
"Paul was brilliant," the 32-year-old said of her elder sibling. "He would have been my idol growing up – the person I tried to shape my riding on.
"He was so talented that I don’t think he ever knew how good he was. I was in awe of him. Bobbyjo’s win in the Grand National was a lovely thing for my family to have.
"He has had a fantastic career and it is great that he is in one piece at the end of it, although obviously he hasn’t got a great leg.
"I remember one day at Naas just before Cheltenham when I was a five-pound claimer. I was riding for Eddie Cawley and I thought I had the race won, and Paul came up and literally pipped me on the line. I was, like, ’typical – it would be you!’ He just said sorry after the line and I said, 'yeah, right, you’re sorry – whatever!’ He beat me by a nose, so that taught me a lesson!"
Their father Tommy added of Paul’s retirement: "It is sad, because he enjoyed it and he did it well. No one can go on forever and we all have to put up with that. It was good to see him riding the way he rode.
"We have very fond memories of Bobbyjo; that was a great ride and we were delighted to see him get such a big winner so early in his career. We were all up in the air for a while after that!"
The former dual champion jockey, who has said that he has no ambitions to train at the moment, will now concentrate on his breaking and pre-training operation at his home in Co Meath.