Two-time Cheltenham Gold Cup-winning jockey, Barry Geraghty has been named as The Festival ambassador for 2021 and is the latest star to be welcomed into Cheltenham Racecourse’s Hall of Fame, a statement by the Racecourse this afternoon confirms.
The statement goes on , “Riding 1,920 winners during his career, 43 of them at The Festival™, he announced his retirement earlier this year after completing his most successful Cheltenham Festival with five winners.”
The statement adds,”Following his retirement, The Jockey Club has named Geraghty as their Ambassador for the Cheltenham Festival 2021 as well as inducting him in the legendary Hall of Fame, alongside the likes of Willie Mullins, Best Mate and the late ‘Voice of Racing’, Sir Peter O’Sullevan.”
From Drumee in County Meath, Geraghty is considered one of the greatest jockeys of his generation, and finished his career while in one of the most coveted jobs in racing as retained jockey to JP McManus, a role he inherited from Sir AP McCoy in 2015.
The Hall of Fame museum at the racecourse displays over 60 years of history that hangs from the ceiling in iconic Cheltenham fashion, telling the story of the Home of Jump Racing.
A delighted Barry Geraghty is quoted as saying, “It is an honour to be welcomed into Cheltenham’s Hall of Fame and to be amongst legends of our sport.
“The place is very special to me, and I have had some of the best moments of my career there. It was the fairy tale ending in 2020 to have my final Festival with five winners.
“I am delighted to be able to continue to be associated with the event as the ambassador for 2021. Those four days are the most important in the Jump racing calendar and although ‘Cheltenham eve’ will feel a little different this year, you won’t be able to keep me away.”
Regional Director of The Jockey Club, Ian Renton said: “Barry has been a favourite for racing fans since he won at The Festival in 2002 on Moscow Flyer. We’re delighted to have him back for 2021 as our ambassador – I couldn’t think of anybody better for the role.
“Barry’s place in the Hall of Fame felt like an obvious choice after his glittering career. With two Cheltenham Gold Cups, and multiple Champion Chase and Champion Hurdle victories to his name, he has and continues to be a fantastic ambassador for our sport.”