Mark Enright punched the air in delight after steering Clarcam to a shock victory in the Galway Plate last August.

It was part of an incredible 1,155/1 double for the jockey, for owners Gigginstown House Stud and trainer Gordon Elliott. But it was the journey to such a high that cloaked those celebrations in poignancy. 

Having publicly discussed his battle with depression over the last couple of years, he thanked Elliott for the role he played in his recovery.

Now, in an interview with RTÉ Sport, the Limerick man has detailed his fight with the illness, and reflected on the turning point, which came four years ago when he was at his very lowest.

"It started out as tiredness," he said.

"I'd heard of depression on the television and the internet but I didn't know what depression was. Over time it got worse and worse until it all came to a head.

"I couldn't find any one trigger to be honest. I didn't want to be in a crowded room. I didn't want to talk to people. I suffered in silence. I didn't know what to tell people. For a long time I didn't know what was wrong with me. 

"I didn't see any point in living on. It just got that bad. I wanted to get out and that was it. I called in to Mark [Walsh, his friend and fellow jockey] for a cup of tea like I do most days.

"I used to say when I was leaving, 'toodle-doo Mick'. Roger Loughran nicknamed him 'Mick' years ago. That's what I planned to do. But I called in and broke down over a cup of tea. 

"He rang Dr Adrian McGoldrick straight away. Adrian came in and he was jotting stuff down on his notepad.  was in an awful state trying to get it all out.

"He rubbed me on the top of the head and said, 'right, that's fine, we'll have you right as rain in not time, this is what's wrong. You're going to have to go to St Pat's for a little while, the mental hospital in Dublin'.

"There was something about his calmness about the whole thing there and then that took a massive weight off my shoulders."

Enright later made the decision to share his story, recognising the importance of highlighting the dangers of depression and urging fellow sufferers to open up and seek help.

"I'd very good friends and family around me. I'd shut them all out and didn't really realise they were all there. I thought I was on my own. Racing was a big help as well, and the people within racing. They kept me going.

"You just need to get the word out. Tell them."