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Jockey Greg Childs Retires With 72 Gr1 Wins

Friday, 19th December 2008

Jockey Greg Childs announced he will retire after tomorrow's meeting at Flemington in Melbourne. Childs, 46, was born in New Zealand & began riding as an apprentice in 1978 (indentured to Brian Deacon at Hawera) & won the NZ apprentice title in the 1979-80 season. He moved to Melbourne in 1990 & won the Melbourne jockey premiership in both 1991-92 & 1997-98. Overall he has notched 72 Gr1 winners among over 2,100 victories (including overseas success in the US, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia & Dubai), as well as piloting multiple champion racemare Sunline in 21 of her successes. Childs (who has 2 children) told the media: "I have given it 110% over the years, but I've lost the aggression to chase good rides & to get out & make it happen. I've climbed to the top of the mountain, but now the time has come to hang my boots up & go on with other things in my life."

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