Sport: End of Steve

For a quarter of a century British racing crowds have shouted themselves hoarse, exulted, wept, torn handkerchiefs and smashed toppers for a bandy-legged, wizened little Irishman who always responded to an imploring "Come on, Steve!" Last week in London, Steve Donoghue, still going strong at 52, announced that this, his 31st year as a jockey, would be his last.

Steve Donoghue's first mount, Turkish Delight, at Dublin's Phoenix Park in 1907, was a winner, but Jockey Donoghue did not become a familiar figure to British enthusiasts until he won the Cambridgeshire at Newmarket...

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