Noel Meade has appointed Sean Flanagan as his stable jockey following the retirement of Paul Carberry who spent more than two decades in the role. 

Flanagan, aged 28 and from Wexford, has been a professional jockey since 2007.

Speaking on his new position, Flanagan told the Racing Post: "It’s fantastic news. Davy Condon had a great career here as number two and I thought I would get plenty of opportunities even if Paul Carberry came back.

“There are so many horses to look forward to. I galloped alongside Apache Stronghold this morning and he was sound as a pound and looks to be back to himself. Noel has some cracking young horses who have come from the point-to-point field. It’s so exciting. His schooling facilities are the best I’ve ever seen.”