Mick Fitzgerald: Episode 184
With more than 1,300 winners, including the 1996 Grand National, Mick Fitzgerald is widely regarded as one of the greatest Irish national hunt jockeys ever to have lived. This week, Mick joined Jarlath to talk about how it all began with a life-changing thirty second experience at just 13 years of age (3:00). Mick explains the truly addictive nature of winning (17:00), why jockeys must exhibit some form of madness (22:00), while also offering his thoughts on those in the game who are “ahead” of the drug testers (49:00).
We hear in riveting detail how he was forced into retirement for his own safety only to then contract MRSA and was barely able to eat for 4 months (27:00). His account of the career-ending fall that left him unable to move his legs (31:00) has Jarlath’s jaw on the floor. There's so much in this episode, whether you're a horse racing fan or not. From why he compares A.P. McCoy to Lionel Messi (26:00), to his unsettling meeting with an IRA member while investigating the disappearance of Shergar (44:00) and outlining the ongoing battle to keep the public image of horse racing spotless (53:00), this episode is a fascinating listen with a true Irish sporting legend.
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