Sunday marked the opening day of the flat season at the Curragh where a fine attendance turned up in bright sunny weather with the Lincolnshire the feature race of the day.
While the racing was top class, Curragh trainer Dermot Weld and jockey Pat Smullen taking the honours, it was also the day when the Curragh management marked the end of a brilliant career of former champion jockey Johnny Murtagh when presenting him with a framed picture montage of some of his greatest successes. A specially compiled 10 minute video of some of his big success was also shown on the day.
The Meath man announced his retirement from the saddle a few weeks ago bringing an end to one of the most distinguished careers in the saddle in the history of racing.
Murtagh will now concentrate on his training career.