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Three-time champion jockey Anthony Delpech retires as a result of spinal damage

Three-time South African champion jockey Anthony Delpech has been forced to retire as a result of the spinal damage he suffered in a fall in the SA Classic at Turffontein in April last year. The 49-year-old was initially expected to be off for six to eight months and hopes were raised when he worked a few horses at the Durban training centre at Summerveld last week. But Delpech soon realised something was not right because of the pain in his leg. "The fused disc and the herniated one have healed well but my spine is damaged and this is what is causing nerve pain down my leg," he said. "I actually thought it was okay and I have been going for treatment. My physio suggested I get back to riding work and maybe the body will heal. But the second time I went back it felt so bad that I went to see my doctor. "He checked me out and advised I shouldn’t carry on because, with the nerve damage in my spine, it wasn’t safe to do so – every time I put pressure on it I would have a problem," Delpech added. "He said he would rather I call it a day. In fact he was quite adamant about it, saying, 'I won’t let you ride again. It’s just not safe'. Read The Rest at :racingpost...