Known as one of the most impressive jockeys of his era, Michael Fitzgerald won over 1,300 races in a career that almost never took off. The barren spell of the late 80s and early 90s nearly forced him out of the game, but success soon came. Before long, he was one of the most revered and respected jockeys on the planet.
Major wins at he likes of the Grand National and Cheltenham seen him rise up the ranks and become a name who is truly revered in the sport that he loves. Despite nearly giving up and moving to the less competitive Australian circuit, Fitzgerald stuck it out and in time became a jockey who, to this day, many still look up to.
From his first big win at the Grand National in 1996, Fitzgerald went from a contender to one of the best in the business. However, despite the incredible promise of his career, injury was always a problem for him. He had found injuries overly common for a jockey, and his last action was to sustain spinal problems during the 2008 Grand National. At just 38, he had to call it a day with the threat of one day becoming paralyzed if he continued.
Planning to retire in 2007, he stayed on for one more year before calling it quits and now works as a presenter and analyst in the racing circuit. He also is a coach at the British Racing School. He also works with Nicky Henderson, a long-time associate, who he works with to mastermind new race tactics and the like.
Achievements & Highlights
Major Wins – 1,300 career wins. Grand National (1996), Cheltenham Gold Cup (1999), Hennessey Gold Cup (2005).
Associations – See More Business, Trabolgan, Rough Quest, Nicky Henderson.
Earnings – ?