Danny Cook announces retirement

Danny Cook has been forced to retire after the horrific fall he suffered last year that threatened his vision.

Cook, one of the leading riders on the Northern National Hunt circuit, initially claimed 60 stitches in the face following the incident at the Market Rasen in October.

He returned to action in November but fell from one of his favorite horses, Definitly Red, in the rehearsal hunt in Newcastle and gave up his rides the following day. Cook has not ridden since.

“I’m tired of giving it as much time as I could, but it’s been a year now and it’s just not getting any better,” Cook said.

“I have had to face reality and base my decision on moving forward.

“The problem arises when I bend over and tilt my head back. When I rotate my eye to go horizontal, I just lose my sight and cannot see. ”

As for the immediate future, Cook is ready to join his family in the construction industry – but he hopes to return to the racing industry at some point.

“My family are all landscape gardeners, so I’ll probably have to go into it a little bit just to get some money in,” said Cook, 38.

“I would like to go back to racing, but at the moment there is a little more money in landscaping just to time me until I get sorted.”

Cook had some memorable days in the saddle, including a Cheltenham Festival victory at Great Endeavor. But one stands out from the others.

“I have to say my favorite was winning the Cotswold Chase in Cheltenham at Definitly Red. It was the best for me, ”Cook said.

“I got a lot of support when I moved north, Brian Ellison held on to me, and then I built a good relationship with Sue Smith.

“Everything went well and my best years were probably still to come, so it’s a shame the injury came when it happened.”

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