Jockey Roger Loughran, perhaps best remembered for his association with that smart two-miler Central House, has announced his retirement as a jockey, after a career spanning over 20 years.

He had his last rides at Down Royal on January 29th and is now set to concentrate on pre-training young horses.

Loughran partnered his last winner at Wexford in October when scoring on Peregrine Run for Peter Fahey.

Loughran rode the same horse to victory in a Grade 2 at Cheltenham in November 2016.

He said today:- “I’m happy to announce my retirement from race-riding today.

“I started riding over 20 years ago and want to thank every trainer and owner for their support over those years, especially the late Dessie Hughes, Sandra Hughes and Peter Fahey.

“I’m really looking forward to developing my pre-training establishment into the future. I’ll also continue to ride out.”