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Krystal Bishop To Retire from Riding

Thursday, 9th July 2020

South Australian jockey Krystal Bishop will retire from race riding at the end of the 2019/20 season and will enter a training partnership with John Dunn at Oakbank, reported theracessa.com.au. “Why now? Just all my injuries, all my wasting,” Krystal said. “I just need to look after my body – it’s had a pretty hard go at it. And I’ve set myself up so I don’t really need to do the riding.” A horrific fall at Gawler back in October left her with a shattered face, and she required eight metal plates and 47 screws inserted in her head, as well as a bone graft from her skull to recreate her eye socket. Incredibly, she was back race riding two months later. “That surgery was massive and I’ve got metal in my face for the rest of my life, although you probably couldn’t tell by looking at me,” she said. “If I didn’t have the weight issues, I’d probably keep riding. If I was 3kg or 4kg lighter, then maybe it would be a different story.” Bishop has 277 career wins including a win in Singapore. “I got dux of the Apprentice Academy in the 2012/13 season, so I went over to Singapore, rode at four meetings, and was able to ride a winner there,” she said. “I rode against Joao Moreira on his last meeting before he went to Hong Kong and he rode five winners that night. So to ride next to him that night and be part of that was probably the biggest highlight for me. It was pretty special.” Her best single day was four winners in one day at Kangaroo Island, as well as a treble at Morphettville. She is yet to ride a stakes winner, although rode Disco Rebel (Rebel Raider-Disco Regent, by New Regent) to place in the 2020 Listed Port Adelaide Cup. With regards to the new training partnership, Bishop said, “I’ve been with him my whole time, done my whole apprenticeship with him, and I still worked for him after my apprenticeship. I always had a back-up plan for what I wanted to do, and that was always going to be training. I’m so at peace with the decision and that’s because it’s a natural progression.”

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