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Paul Carberry

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Paul Carberry after winning the 2007 Fighting Fifth Hurdle

Paul Carberry is an Irish National Hunt jockey. He was born on February 9th, 1974[1]. He hails from a racing family. He is the son of jockey Tommy Carberry,[2] who was a famous National Hunt jockey in the 1960s and 1970s.[3]. His uncle is Arthur Moore, one of Ireland's leading National Hunt trainers. His younger siblings, Paul and Nina, are also successful Irish riders.[3]

Apprenticing for Jim Bolger, Carberry earned his first win in August 1990 on Petronelli. He was also the jockey for racehorse owner Robert Ogden. Carberry learned his trade through hunting, show-jumping and point-to-pointing in Ireland[2] and many view him as one of Ireland's leading jump jockeys along with Ruby Walsh, Barry Geraghty, Davy Russell and Andrew McNamara. In 1993, atop Rhythm Section, Carberry won the Champion Bumper – his first win at the Cheltenham Festival. Arguably the biggest win of his career was when he followed in his father's footsteps and won the Grand National at Aintree Racecourse aboard Bobbyjo in 1999.[4]

Of all the horses Carberry has been paired with, perhaps the most successful partnership has been with Harchibald.[3] The two went on to win five Grade 1 races, with wins in the Fighting Fifth Hurdle (2004, 2007), Christmas Hurdle (2004, 2008) and the John James McManus Memorial Hurdle (2005).[5] However, the pairing is most known for their battle with Hardy Eustace at the 2005 Champion Hurdle. In the race, Harchibald looked certain to win, only to be beat by Hardy Eustace at the finish line.[3]

Despite all of his success in National Hunt racing, Carberry has faced problems outside off the track. In 2005, he was arrested and charged over an alleged incident which took place on board an Aer Lingus flight from Malaga to Dublin.[6]. According to reports, Carberry supposedly set fire to a newspaper on the flight.[7] He was sentenced to two months in jail as a result of the incident. In 2009, Carberry was suspended for 30 days by the Referrals Committee of the Turf Club after he failed an alcohol breath test at Naas on October 31, 2009. The suspension caused Carberry to miss the 2009 Fighting Fifth Hurdle and Christmas Hurdle.[8] His replacement, Davy Condon, rode Go Native to wins in both races.[9] After serving his suspension, Carberry and Go Native were paired together for the 2010 Champion Hurdle. A win in the race would have landed Go Native the Triple Crown of Hurdling and Carberry would have secured £150,000[7] as his share of the £1m bonus offered by WBX. However, Go Native was unable to capture the win, instead finishing in 10th place after being eased when beaten on the run from the final hurdle. Afterwards, Carberry said that Go Native dived after the second hurdle and was never the same moving forward.[10]

Paul has been associated with many great horses throughout his career, including Sausilito Bay, Nicanor, Florida Pearl, Beef or Salmon, Solerina, Harbour Pilot, Harchibald, Hairy Molly, Go Native and Bobbyjo. Atop many of these horses, Carberry has won 39 Grade 1 races in his career.[7]

Carberry is the current stable jockey to Noel Meade. He recently launched his own brand of racewear selling all sorts of racing equipment. His younger sister, Nina Carberry, is also a National Hunt jockey.[11] Following his suspension, Carberry has vowed not to drink again until his career as a National Hunt jockey is complete. [7]


Cheltenham Festival winners

1993 Champion Bumper - Rhythm Section
1998 William Hill Trophy Handicap Chase - Unguided Missile
1999 Royal & SunAlliance Chase - Looks Like Trouble
2000 Supreme Novices' Hurdle - Sausilito Bay
2002 William Hill Trophy Handicap Chase - Frenchmans Creek
2005 Pertemps Handicap Hurdle Final - Oulart
2005 Grand Annual Handicap Chase - Fota Island
2006 Royal & SunAlliance Novices' Hurdle - Nicanor
2006 Champion Bumper - Hairy Molly
2008 Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle - Crack Away Jack
2009 Supreme Novices' Hurdle - Go Native

Grade 1 winners

1993 Champion Bumper - Rhythm Section
1994 Royal Bond Novice Hurdle - Gambolling Doe
1995 Drinmore Novice Chase - Johnny Setaside
1996 Deloitte Novice Hurdle - Bolino Star
1998 Deloitte Novice Hurdle - Native Estates
1998 Swordlestown Cup - Direct Route
1999 Royal & SunAlliance Chase - Looks Like Trouble
1999 James Nicholson Champion Chase - Florida Pearl
1999 Lexus Chase - Doran's Pride
2000 Arkle Novices' Trophy - Frozen Groom
2000 Hennessy Gold Cup - Florida Pearl
2000 Supreme Novices' Hurdle - Sausilito Bay
2001 Hatton's Grace Hurdle - Limestone Lad
2002 Dr P. J. Moriarty Novice Chase - Harbour Pilot
2002 Drinmore Novice Chase - Harbour Pilot
2002 VC Bet Champion Novice Hurdle - Scottish Memories
2002 Champion Stayers Hurdle - Florida Pearl
2003 Deloitte Novice Hurdle - Solerina
2003 Powers Gold Cup - Thiari
2004 Fighting Fifth Hurdle - Harchibald
2004 Royal Bond Novice Hurdle - Wild Passion
2004 Drinmore Novice Chase - Watson Lake
2004 Christmas Hurdle - Harchibald
2004 Lexus Chase - Beef Or Salmon
2005 Dunboyne Castle Hotel & Spa Champion Novice Hurdle - Asian Maze
2005 VC Bet Champion Novice Hurdle - Wild Passion
2005 Royal Bond Novice Hurdle - Iktitaf
2005 Lexus Chase - Beef Or Salmon
2006 Deloitte Novice Hurdle - Mr.Nosie
2006 Hennessy Cognac Gold Cup - Beef Or Salmon
2006 Royal & SunAlliance Novices' Hurdle - Nicanor
2006 Champion Bumper - Hairy Molly
2006 Morgiana Hurdle - Iktitaf
2006 Barry & Sandra Kelly Memorial Novice Hurdle - Aran Concerto
2007 Deloitte Novice Hurdle - Aran Concerto
2007 Fighting Fifth Hurdle - Harchibald
2007 Royal Bond Novice Hurdle - Muirhead
2007 Hatton's Grace Hurdle - Aitmatov
2008 Powers Gold Cup - Conna Castle


  1. Paul Carberry: BBC Sport, news.bbc.co.uk, 27 March 2003, accessed 20 February 2010.
  2. 2.0 2.1 BBC profile - Paul Carberry
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Paul Carberry: Go Racing Profile, goracing.ie, accessed 20 February 2010
  4. Carberry has Grand reason to party
  5. Harchibald Profile, racingpost.com, accessed 20 February 2010.
  6. Carberry to appeal jail sentence
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 Paul Carberry: Get me on the horse and I'll be enjoying myself, guardian.co.uk, 16 March 2010, accessed 21 March 2010.
  8. Shock of severity at Carberry ban, herald.ie, 12 November 2009, accessed 20 February 2010.
  9. Condon steps in to ensure Go Native stays in hunt for £1m, yorkshirepost.co.uk, 28 December 2009, accessed 20 February 2010.
  10. Disappointment for local runners at Cheltenham, meathchronical.ie, 16 March 2010, accessed 21 March 2010.
  11. Katie Walsh: Ladies First, timesonline.co.uk, 21 March 2010, accessed 21 March 2010.

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