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Racing: Hogan on last lap.

DERMOT Hogan, at 50 Ireland's oldest jockey, reckons he rode into the winner's enclosure for the last time when he partnered Lookout Point to victory at Leopardstown a week ago.

He will hang up his boots when he starts training in the autumn and believes he won't have another winning opportunity in the saddle. "I only ride the odd horse now and again these days and I've had training in mind for the past three or four years," Hogan explains.

"I bought a place on the Fox Cover side of the Curragh - near John Oxx and Kevin Prendergast - about 12 years ago.

"John used it when the Aga Khan took his horses out of England and I've steadily built it up to 30 boxes.

"I have four or five owners interested in having horses with me. I aim to buy a few horses at the sales and start training in October." Hogan, brother-in-law of Christy Roche, rode his first winner at Navan 32 years ago and has ridden well over 400 since.

He has a string of Pattern race victories to his credit - including the Moyglare, Pretty Polly, Gladness, Tetrarch and the Curragh Stakes four times.

"Most of my big wins were on two-year-olds and the highlight must be riding Godswalk to capture the Norfolk Stakes at the 1976 Royal Ascot meeting. That gave me a great buzz as did winning the Phoenix Stakes on Noble Mark three years earlier."

Hogan was apprenticed to Stephen Quirke and spent 16 years in all with him. He also had a season with Vincent O'Brien and he's been with Oxx since 1983.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Author:Clower, Michael
Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:Aug 29, 1999
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