Dual Grand National winning jockey Leighton Aspell set to retire after Sunday’s meeting at Fontwell
- Grand National winning jockey Leighton Aspell will retire after riding at Fontwell
- Aspell, 43, will ride Ventura Dragon and Itsnotwhatyouthink on Sunday
- Aspell landed back-to-back Grand National triumphs in 2014 and 2015
Dual Grand National winning jockey Leighton Aspell will retire after riding at Fontwell on Sunday.
Aspell, 43, will ride Ventura Dragon (4.20) and Itsnotwhatyouthink (5.20) for two of his biggest supporters, Oliver Sherwood and Nick Gifford.
Aspell landed back-to-back Grand Nationals on Dr Richard Newland-trained Pineau De Re (2014) and Sherwood-trained Many Clouds (2015).
Dual Grand National winning jockey Leighton Aspell will retire after riding at Fontwell
His other big wins included the 2014 Hennessy Gold Cup on Many Clouds plus two Welsh Nationals – Supreme Glory in 2001 and L’Aventure (2005).
Aspell initially hung up his saddle in 2007 but returned to the weighing room in 2009 for a glorious second half to his career.
The jockey said: ‘Retiring has been on my mind for a while and I thought I’d do it at my local track.’
‘This is for definite. I’ve had a brilliant second innings at it with the Hennessy and two Grand Nationals and many graded races for Oliver.
Aspell, 43, will ride Ventura Dragon (4.20) and Itsnotwhatyouthink (5.20) on Sunday
‘It is something that has been on my mind for a while. I could have gone on until the end of the season, I could have done it when I reached 50 winners.
‘When the entries came out for this week and I saw it was Fontwell, a local track, and I saw I had some rides there I thought I would do it then.’
Aspell enjoyed his best season when riding 65 winners in 2013/14, while he has 47 to his name this season.
On his future, Aspell added: ‘The time has come to move on. I am very interested in handicapping, form analysis and race-reading. I’d like that line of work if it was available.’