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Monday, 22 October, 2018

French ace Cottin calls it a day at 27 to concentrate on training

David Cottin is quitting the saddle at 27 to concentrate on training
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After a career spanning 11 years, three jump jockeys' titles and nearly 800 winners, David Cottin announced his retirement at Auteuil on Sunday with immediate effect. 

Cottin's only ride of the day was in the Grande Course de Haies aboard Blue Dragon, who led for much of the way but dropped away in the closing stages and was eventually pulled up. 

"I decided over the weekend of the Grand Steeple-Chase de Paris I'd keep going for Blue Dragon in order to try and win one last Group 1," said Cottin, 27.

"Unfortunately that didn’t turn out all that well today. I have been struggling more and more with my weight but I didn’t tell anyone at all that I had decided today would be my last."

David Cottin wins the 2009 G1 Prix Maurice Gillois on future Gold Cup hero Long Run
Champion amateur in 2006 and 2007, Cottin made an immediate impact as a professional when winning his first Grade 1 in the 2008 Prix Cambaceres at the age of 18 aboard future Gold Cup hero Long Run, then trained by Guillaume Macaire. 

Cottin said: "Long Run will always be a horse engraved on my heart. Gemix gave me some unbelievable sensations and then there has been my most recent great champion Blue Dragon. I love perfection and I love winning races and those are the things that have driven me on through my career."

Cottin recently passed his training exams and will divide his time between Chantilly and his father Philippe's base at Andigne in the west of France. 

 

Long Run will always be engraved on my heart. Gemix gave me some unbelievable sensations and then there has been my most recent champion Blue Dragon
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