Paul Carberry has been one of the busiest of all riders in the Grand National and won the race in 1999 on Bobbyjo for his father Tommy Carberry.
This year Paul rides the recent Cheltenham Festival winner Cause of Causes for trainer Gordon Elliot.
2015 Ride Cause of Causes
Breeding: b g Dynaformer (USA) - Angel In My Heart (FR) (Rainbow Quest (USA))
Breeder: Flaxman Holdings Limited
Born: February 17, 2008 Owner: J P McManus Trainer: Gordon Elliott IRE Jockey: Paul Carberry
*Stayed on well to win the four-mile National Hunt Chase by a length and a half at the Cheltenham Festival on March 10, only his third run of the season after an unplaced effort in a Grade One novices’ chase at Fairyhouse in November and a warm-up over hurdles (last of five) at Gowran Park in January.
*Went close in two competitive handicaps last season, finishing second in both the Paddy Power Chase at Leopardstown and the Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Handicap Chase at the Cheltenham Festival.
*Purchased by J P McManus after coming seventh to Champagne Fever in the 2013 Supreme Novices’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival.
*Won the valuable Ladbroke Hurdle over two miles at Ascot in December, 2013.
*Flat-bred, and very well bred to boot.Won the first of his two Flat races in France & a half-brother to 2003 Derby winner Kris Kin.
Born: February 9, 1974, Background: Paul Carberry has inherited a wealth of riding talent from his father Tommy, who won the 1975 Grand National on L'Escargot. He followed in his father's footsteps when partnering Bobbyjo, trained by Tommy, to a popular victory in the 1999 Grand National. That success came two years after he lifted the Topham Trophy over the big Aintree fences aboard Joe White. His brother Philip is also a successful rider, while his sister Nina is a leading amateur rider. For the last 20 years, Carberry has forged a reputation as one of the most stylish jockeys - a talent nurtured through hunting, show jumping and point-to-pointing in Ireland. He rides principally for Noel Meade and Gordon Elliott in Ireland. Carberry was Irish champion in 2001/02 and 2002/03. Nicknamed ‘Alice' in the weighing room, Carberry was a renowned party person and once suffered a bizarre injury when being head-butted in the stomach by a deer while out hunting. He has been successful aboard numerous high-class horses including Harchibald, Iktitaf, Direct Route, Dorans Pride, Beef Or Salmon, Limestone Lad, Go Native, Looks Like Trouble and Pandorama. He has partnered 14 winners at the Cheltenham Festival, including Solwhit in the 2013 Ladbrokes World Hurdle and Very Wood in the 2014 Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle. Carberry made the headlines for the wrong reasons in 2006 when he was sentenced to two months imprisonment for setting fire to a newspaper on an Aer Lingus flight, although this was reduced to community service on appeal. In October, 2009, he failed a breath test for alcohol before riding at Naas and was banned from riding for 30 days. He then resolved not to drink again until his riding career was over and recorded the highs and lows of his life to date in the autobiography “One Hell Of A Ride”, which was published in October, 2011. His Grand National success apart, he has completed the course on five other occasions, most recently when seventh last year on Monbeg Dude and also been second, fourth and sixth
Paul Carberry Crabbie’s Grand National Record:
1994 Rust Never Sleeps (FELL 27th); 1996 Three Brownies (6th); 1997 Buckboard Bounce (4th); 1998 Decyborg (PU 27th); 1999 BOBBYJO (WON); 2000 Bobbyjo (11th); 2002 Ad Hoc (BD 27th); 2003 Ad Hoc (UR 19th); 2004 Joss Naylor (PU 19th); 2005 Colnel Rayburn (PU 27th); 2006 Sir Oj (FELL 22nd); 2007 Dun Doire (PU 27th), 2008 King Johns Castle (2nd), 2010 King Johns Castle (Refused to Race); 2011 Backstage (10th); 2012 Chicago Grey (BD 5th); 2013 Chicago Grey (PU 30th); 2014 Monbeg Dude (7th).