Kerry jockey, Culloty calls it a day for health reasons

Killarney jockey Jim Culloty has decided to retire from race riding for health reasons. The three-time Cheltenham Gold Cup winner aboard Best Mate announced last season that he would step down as stable jockey at Henrietta Knight`s Lockinge yard but would continue to ride freelance and partner Best Mate in his outings. But following a recent spate of falls which have left the Kerryman more dazed than usual, he has decided to put his health before his love of riding and call time on his career. The 31-year-old, also won the Grand National on Bindaree in 2002. Jim’s brother Michael Culloty says the family were aware for sometime that he had planned to retire.