Jane Fonda may not have ridden under Rules, but her 'no pain, no gain' mantra is one National Hunt riders are forced to live their careers in the saddle by, and injury as an occupational hazard is something the now-retired Barry Geraghty won't miss. 

The 40-year-old took to Twitter on Saturday evening to confirm his magnificent career had come to an end, having ridden a whole host of big-race winners, including the Grand National aboard Monty's Pass in 2003 and a massive haul of 43 victories at the Cheltenham Festival.

Jump jockeys can expect to part company with their mounts approximately once every 15 rides, which is why they spend their lives being pursued by ambulances. 

Speaking on Game on RTÉ 2FM, it was clear that while the Meath man may miss the thrills of the sport, the spills will be something he will be happy to live without. 

"I was lucky in that I missed one Cheltenham," he told listeners. "That was probably the hardest. 

"I was fortunate enough that a lot of my other injuries were through the summer season.

Now, I missed 18 months of the last five years, and I missed six months of last year with a broken leg. 

"But I'd two broken arms, two broken legs, eight ribs and a punctured lung - that's what I did in the last five years. 

"But I was lying on the ground in Fairyhouse in the Irish Grand National, and I'm only back 11 days after breaking me ribs and the punctured lung, and I broke my arm, and I'm sitting there thinking 'Jesus, I didn't see that one coming'. 

"And I'm lying on the ground in Aintree and my leg is bent inwards, and i'm thinking 'I didn't see that one coming'. 

"You don't see it coming. 

"It is tough and it's hard to get back from them, but it's just part of it, too and you have to accept it as well. 

"It's part of the game and it's thankfully a part of it I don't have to think about now."

Geraghty replaced the retiring Tony McCoy as retained rider for leading owner JP McManus five years ago and had a lengthy association in England with JP McManus. 

The constant travel across the Irish Sea took its toll. 

"You can't book a holiday, you can't make any plans," he said of his commitments. 

"You could get a phone call tomorrow morning and you're booked to go to England the following day.

"You could be gone for one day, you could be gone for two days, you could be gone for three days." 

The realisation has long-since dawned on him that "there's only so long you can do it". 

Geraghty had flirted with the idea of bowing out at the Cheltenham Festival, but the lure of the other spring festival was too great. Then Covid-19 intervened. 

The end came in more intimate surround, as he revealed: "We had a good few friends around on Saturday night, and we masked it up as a belated 40th and a celebration for the Cheltenham winners, an I just stuck in that it was actually my last Cheltenham and I was officially retired."

Picking a highlight in such a decorated career might prove difficult, but Geraghty didn't hesitate in selecting his victory on Monty's Pass in 2003 in the world's most famous steeplechase. 

"That is the one race - travel the world - people know the Grand National," he said.