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Richard Burton - NationalHunt Jockey

Richard Burton: "I've achieved everything I've dreamed of"

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Leading amateur jockey Richard Burton retires

RICHARD BURTON, Britain's most successful point-to-point rider and one of racing's greatest amateurs, has retired.

Burton, 35, won four British point-to-point titles after accumulating 414 winners. He also rode three Cheltenham Festival winners and landed Aintree's Fox Hunters' Chase aboard Scots Grey in 2007.

Explaining his decision to retire, Burton said: "My wife Hannah is expecting our second child next month and my business selling equestrian properties is going nicely, so it's time to stop. A huge part of me is keen to keep going, but I've achieved everything I've dreamed of."

Burton's final ride was in June on the closing day of the 2010-11 point-to-point season, and he retires as the reigning British men's champion following 37 winners from 84 rides last term.

He did not suffer one fall, brought down or unseat in his final season.

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