BRIAN Toomey – the jump jockey who cheated death three summers ago before making a miraculous comeback last summer – is to retire from the saddle next week.
Toomey, who was based in North Yorkshire, has not ridden a winner since he made his comeback at Southwell last July and has struggled to pick up rides.
However the 27-year-old, who hopes to ride for long-term supporter Brian Dunn at Stratford on Tuesday, said: “I just wanted the chance to prove I was still capable.
“It’s a big weight lifted off my shoulders. At some point I needed to accept it wasn’t going to happen for me as a jockey.”
Easton Angel will skip Royal Ascot in favour of Saturday’s betstars.uk Scurry Stakes at Sandown.
The Michael Dods-trained filly, who finished second in the Queen Mary at Ascot last year, began this season with a Listed win at York. Her options at Royal Ascot were the King’s Stand Stakes, where she would have had to tackle her elders, or the Commonwealth Cup over six furlongs.
Past winners Rene Mathis and Heaven’s Guest head Richard Fahey’s seven entries for the bet365 Bunbury Cup at Newmarket on July 9. The Malton handler is leaving no stone unturned as he looks to win this prestigious handicap for the fourth time in six years.