Joanna Morgan calls time on training career
One of Ireland’s most respected trainers, Joanna Morgan has decided to retire from training. The Meath based handler will have her final runner Duchess Of Andorra at St. Moritz on Febuary 22nd.
Morgan, who began her training career in 1997 after having a distinguished career in the saddle, trained some talented horses including the high class sprinter One Won One who won 11 races and competed in Dubai, Hong Kong and the United States. Morgan also saddled a winner at Royal Ascot when Roca Tumu landed the Britannia Handicap in 2013.
Morgan was a one of the first leading female riders and she rode over 200 winners including being the first female rider to ride in the Irish Derby as well as being placed in in an Irish St. Leger, she also rode a winner on every continent.
“I’m giving it up for no real reason except that my heart wasn’t in it. I don’t know why. You have to be so passionate and it’s such a commitment,” she said.
“I just felt I couldn’t tackle it for another season. Having said that, I’ve never had as good as owners or a nicer bunch of horses going into next year, but I just couldn’t hack it.”
The 61 year old plans to stay in the racing industry in some capacity.
JJ Slevin 20/1/15
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