British jockey Richard Hills set for farewell at Dubai World Cup

by | 03.26.2012 | 10:28am

After 33 years, British jockey Richard Hills plans to ride his last race Saturday on Dubai World Cup night.  His retirement also means the end of a 15-year stint as the go-to jockey for Sheikh Hamdan, Deputy Ruler of Dubai.  In an interview with Gulf News, Hills talks about his love of racing and his plans for the future:

“Look, I've worked in racing for 30 plus years you just can't switch off. Riding work in the morning has been very important for me and I thoroughly enjoy it.”

“Sitting on young horses and trying to predict what they can be and trying to help the trainers and everybody to guide them in the right direction, is so much fun.”

“I still do that I'm still fit and go racing and enjoy it. But there comes a time when you just can't do the riding any more. But like I said having been in racing for 30 years you just can't walk away. I'll be around.”

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