Enda Bolger admits he will miss Nina Carberry “big time” after the top rider announced her retirement from the saddle.
Carberry joined sister-in-law Katie Walsh in calling time on her ground-breaking career following winning rides during an epic week at Punchestown.
Bolger, who trained the Carberry-ridden Josies Orders, said: “I watched the race with Nina’s mum and the final 200 yards were the longest 200 yards I’ve ever seen.
“She gave everything 110 per cent and you never needed to give her instructions in a race, you just leave it all to her. She’s a Carberry and they are natural horsemen.
“Herself and Katie Walsh have done Irish racing proud, great women and I’ll miss her big time.”
Like Walsh, Carberry is from an illustrious racing family, and her brother Paul said: “I’m very proud of her. She texted me saying that she was going to do the same as Katie and I thought she was messing. I rang Mum, who said I should come racing.
“She’s had a great career and I’ve loved watching her and it’s great that she’s bowing out safely.
“There’s a lot of good memories and we rode in the National together a few times. She had a lot of good winners and will be a big loss for Noel (Meade).”
Gold Cup-winning rider Robbie Power added his tribute to the pair, saying: “The two best female riders of all time have gone in the same week.
“It’s fitting that Nina went out in the race she did because she has long been queen of the banks courses at Punchestown and at Cheltenham. She’s a natural over obstacles.”