Nina Carberry and Katie Walsh have hung up their racing boots after both brilliant jockeys ended their remarkable careers on winners at Punchestown.

Nina Carberry announced her retirement from the saddle after riding Josies Orders to victory at Punchestown.

The news comes just a day after weighing-room rival and sister-in-law Katie Walsh revealed she too was bowing out.

Josies Orders, trained by Enda Bolger and sent off the 6-5 favourite, was narrowly beaten in the La Touche Cup just two days ago but had no trouble winning the Dooley Insurances Cross Country Chase.

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Carberry has been one of the top riders in the amateur ranks for well over a decade, partnering her first Cheltenham Festival winner when Dabiroun took the Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle back in 2005.

The 33-year-old went on to ride a further six Festival winners and also claimed the Irish Grand National aboard Organisedconfusion in 2011.

Katie Walsh proved something of a showstopper on an already dramatic evening when announcing her retirement moments after coming out on top of a titanic battle with Barry Geraghty in the penultimate race on the card, the 2m novice hurdle

Walsh had come in for a spare ride on Antey for Willie Mullins and in a thrilling finish the duo nailed Geraghty and Shady Operator by a nose.

Katie Walsh

The 33-year-old said: “I’ve been thinking about it for a while and it’s on to the next chapter in life.

“I wanted to go out on a winner and I said to myself that I’d retire whenever I rode my next winner, whether it be here at Punchestown or wherever.

“It was just the way it worked out to get a spare, and especially to ride it for Willie Mullins made it extra special. It’s just the way racing goes and it all worked out all right – I didn’t think I was going to win down the back straight, that I can tell you.”

Just last month Walsh won the Champion Bumper at the Cheltenham Festival on Relegate. That was her third win at the meeting following a double in 2010 on Poker De Sivola (National Hunt Chase) and Thousand Stars (County Hurdle).

She also rode several times in the Grand National, often attracting significant support from punters. In 2012 she finished third on Seabass, which remains the best-ever result for a female rider in the National, and in 2015 she recorded the biggest success of her career when landing the Irish Grand National on Thunder And Roses.

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