Brian Toomey: did not sign off with a winner
PICTURE: Stephen Davies
By Andrew King 2:52PM 14 JUN 2016
BRIAN TOOMEY did not enjoy a fairytale farewell from his career in the saddle, as the miracle jockey was brought down in his final ride at Stratford.
Toomey was given just a three per cent chance of survival after suffering terrible head injuries in a Perth fall during the summer of 2013.
Having spent 157 days in hospital the 27-year-old completed an astonishing recovery when returning at Southwell in July last year but found opportunities limited and decided to retire as a jockey.
Toomey partnered City Dreams for Philip Kirby at Stratford, but the pair came down at the fourth flight, with the mare sadly suffering a fatal injury.
‘It might just sink in how lucky I have been’
Speaking post-race, Toomey said: “That’s me done now as I am going back to Ireland to hopefully get some support as I would dearly love to stay in racing in one way or another but I will not be riding again
“It’s such a shame the last ride had to end this way with the mare being fatally injured as she definitely did not deserve that as she had jumped and travelled better until we were brought down
“Obviously I was wishing for the fairytale ending but it was not to be and when everything has dies down and I can reflect properly on what has happened it might just sink in how lucky I have been just to be here.”