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Flint calls time on career

Tue, 04 September 2012

Former conditional champion jockey Rhys Flint has said he his to retire from race-riding.

Flint was best known for his fruitful association with the Philip Hobbs-trained Fair Along, who he partnered to win two Grade Two John Smith's Hurdles at Wetherby.

Flint tweeted: "That's me done, won't be renewing my licence in September, good fun while it lasted. I'll (be) going for a training licence, it's something I've always been mad to do."

Speaking on At The Races, Flint admitted the battle to keep his weight down had been a deciding factor in his decision.

He said: "I've had to call it a day, I was getting too heavy. I'm very pleased and grateful for the rides I've had, and very happy for the career I've had. It's been on my mind probably the last two years after my conditional title.

"As I've got older every year has got harder and I don't think I'd be able to do another year.

"It will take a few months to get a trainers' licence, I'll help my dad (trainer John Flint) out until I get my licence, his yard is quite big at the moment.

"He's willing to give me a few boxes at the bottom and I'll probably start training from the same yard in my name."