Nina Carberry rode her first ever winner when she partnered Sabrinsky to success for Noel Meade in the Ladies Derby at the Curragh in 2001. That was the start of a beautiful friendship as they say in Casablanca, one which has progressed over the years.
Carberry has ridden as the main amateur jockey for Meade throughout the past 12 years, and their combination was a major contributory factor to her winning the champion amateur title in Ireland in both 2005-06 and the season after. Now, looking to the future, she is to take on a role as racing assistant to Meade.
The trainer welcomed her into the new post yesterday, telling the Racing Post, “Nina has been riding out for me three mornings a week for some time and when I put the idea to her of becoming more involved and being my racing assistant she was keen to take it up. We have a great team in the yard led by head man Paul Cullen and my assistant Damien McGillick, and having Nina on board in her new role will be a really good addition. Her job will be an upfront one and a big part of it will involve going racing and meeting the owners. She’ll be starting in the position on 1 September.”
The news gives Carberry something else to look forward to as she continues her recovery from a fall at Gowran Park in June in which she sustained a broken collarbone. She’s been given the go ahead to start riding in bumpers in a couple of weeks time, so suddenly it will be all systems go for her.
She said, “I’ve had a good working relationship with Noel for about ten years and I’m really looking forward to taking up the new position. The job will involve more responsibility and I should learn a lot. He’s got a good team oh horses and a very good staff.”
She takes up the new job with an eye to the future she sees for herself as a trainer. She already holds a licence to train, though has no immediate plans to follow in the footsteps of Johnny Murtagh and combine riding and training.