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Mick Quinn: hangs up his boots from the practice rows
By David Milnes, Newmarket Correspondent
Former Premier League footballer Mick Quinn has ended his 25-year coaching career to ‘get some fresh air’ after his string was reduced to just two horses over Christmas.
The former striker-turned-coach has given his notice to the barn he rents in Rae Guest Yard on Hamilton Road in Newmarket, but is not ruling out a return to the coaching ranks in the future if things go wrong. are improving.
The 59-year-old has been a licensed player since 1997 when he started at Lambourn and has trained nearly 200 winners since, having his joint best seasons in 2005 and 2008 when he recorded 15 wins.
He also won four Listed races with the prolific Angus Newz, including three in Pattern in 2006.
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Most recently, Quinn and her main owner Kenny Bruce combined to win a novice hurdle for Listed mares at Newbury in November 2020 with Pink Sheets.
The former Portsmouth, Newcastle and Coventry striker is stepping down to focus on his media work, which includes pundit roles for Sky Sports and Talksport, and also hopes his after-dinner speaking job will resume now that restrictions on Covid-19 have been relaxed.
Quinn said: “Over the past two years we had been down mainly due to Covid. We had six or seven last year but most of them transferred at the end of the year. year and we only had two of mine left.
“Financially it left me with no choice but to take a step back from training, get some fresh air and try to make some money doing something else.”
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He added: “I financed it myself for most of the last year and my main man Kenny Bruce wanted to get his horses going so I really had no choice.”
Bruce made his money on property site Purple Bricks and owns Larne FC, which play in the NIFL Premiership in Northern Ireland.
Quinn added: “Kenny might well come back at some point and maybe I can coach them or manage them, but that’s a bit further at the moment.”
Quinn is looking forward to a few months off, which he hopes to spend with his family in his hometown of Liverpool.
He said: “I have been in professional sport since I left school 42 years ago. I love racing and am passionate about it, but I had no choice with just two horses. .
“They have since transferred to Northern Racing College where hopefully they can be of use to the industry.”
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