Barry Geraghty has revealed how Ruby Walsh’s happiness at retiring inspired the decision to call time on his own career.
The 40-year-old said watching how his former weighing room colleague dealt with quitting the saddle showed him the way forward.
After a stellar career and 121 Grade One winners, Geraghty announced his retirement at the weekend.
Walsh hung up his boots in May 2019 after scooping the Punchestown Gold Cup prize on Kemboy.
He rode over 2,500 winners and both sportsmen spent a long and distinguished 24 years in the business.
“Probably one of the biggest bits of inspiration I got was how Ruby walked away last year,” Geraghty said.
“I couldn’t see how he could stop at the top like he did and be so happy.
“And it has only really come to me in the last few months and that’s how it is and he even texted me on Saturday night that he hopes that it was as easy for me as it was for him in the finish.
“And I replied to him that it was and it has been that way.
“It has been brilliant, I didn’t think that it was possible. I didn’t think I would be able to stop and be happy about it.
“But I really am.”
Geraghty became the Cheltenham Festival’s top jockey with 43 winners after Walsh bowed out – and five of those came last March.
Saint Roi in the County Hurdle on Gold Cup day ended up as his last, at a meeting where he took the first day feature race, the Champion Hurdle on Epatante.
It was his third success in the contest and he also celebrated Gold Cup victory twice.
He told At The Races he has most affection for 2013 hero Bobs Worth, a horse he bought and nurtured from a yearling.
Geraghty said it was a dead-heat between top two milers Sprinter Sacre and Moscow Flyer for the classiest horses he has ridden.
The top races at the minimum distance are the ones he will miss the most, he added.
“Two mile chases in particular, I loved a good two mile chaser,” he said.
“Moscow, Sprinter, Finian’s Rainbow, Big Zeb. I was lucky I won four Arkles and five Champion Chases and four Tingle Creeks I think.
“Defi Du Seuil was the one in recent times. And I just loved ripping down over the last three or four (fences) in a two mile chase.
“To me that’s the buzz I will miss the most.”