George Chaloner, Ascot winning jockey has retired at the grand old age of 25! He had successful career and won the Wokingham Handicap and Northumberland Plate. However, after an awful 2017, when he was involved in two serious falls , the second of which was in the first race after his three month recovery period from the first, he sustained a broken foot and T8 vertebra. After that and being diagnosed with PTSS as a result of the falls, he decided to call it a day. This highlights the dangers that jockeys, particularly those riding over hurdles, face on a daily basis.
Fortunately after announcing his retirement, George, now has a new job in racing. He will be working on the promotional and marketing side at Pontefract racecourse, but will also train as a clerk of the course. This is heartening to hear as it give hope to jockeys that there is a life after retirement within the racing industry and it is great that racing is looking after it’s own! I’m sure that there are also many transferable skills.
Best of luck to George in his new role!