McDonogh takes up Aga Khan role

  • Last Updated: November 28 2012, 20:21 GMT

Jockey Declan McDonogh has been confirmed as the Aga Khan's Irish retained rider next season.

McDonogh: Will ride in 2013 for the Aga Khan
McDonogh: Will ride in 2013 for the Aga Khan

McDonogh takes over from Johnny Murtagh, whose contract was terminated in August.

The 2006 Irish champion jockey, 32, said: "I'm delighted to have been given this amazing chance.

"It's a huge honour and a huge privilege to be riding for His Highness."

McDonogh had already been given a chance to shine aboard the Aga Khan's horses following Murtagh's departure.

He partnered the exciting juvenile Zand, trained by John Oxx, to victory at Leopardstown in October.

McDonogh added: "I've been speaking to Pat Downes, who is His Highness' Irish stud farm manager, for a few days now and I can't wait to get started.

"I already have a bit of an idea about some of the great horses I will hopefully be riding.

"Mr Oxx has already given me some good chances, like when Zand won at Leopardstown.

"It's a great opportunity for me."


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