Multiple Group One-winning trainer Jeremy Noseda is to quit after more than two decades with a licence, he announced on Thursday.
Noseda, who has trained at Shalfleet in Newmarket since 1998, enjoyed Classic success when he won the St Leger in 2006 with Sixties Icon.
He had landed the Sussex Stakes the previous year with Proclamation and in 2007 scooped the Golden Jubilee Stakes with Soldier's Tale.
He also tasted glory on the international stage with Wilko at the Breeders’ Cup as well as enjoying several high-profile Royal Ascot winners with such as Araafa, the 2006 St James's Palace winner.
Noseda spoke to Niall Hannity at York last month after saddling two winners at the Dante meeting
“The time is right for me to walk away,” said the 55-year-old. “I will be leaving the sport with a smile on my face and with a lot of great memories.”
Noseda has a string of about 25 horses and his final winners came at the Dante meeting at York last month. Bomb Proof landed a novice stakes on his debut and Garrus took the Listed Westow Stakes the following day.
The trainer spoke to Niall Hannity about the winners and gave no indication that he was about to bring down the curtain on his career. Instead, he spoke about future races and Royal Ascot ambitions.
Noseda has had four winners from 32 runners this year. Last year he had 19 from 97. His latest runner was Johnny Reb, who finished second at Chelmsford when Evens on May 31.
I have decided to retire from training. The time is right for me to walk away. I will be leaving the sport with a smile on my face and with a lot of— Jeremy Noseda (@JeremyNoseda) June 6, 2019
As seems the modern way, he announced he was quitting via social media.
After six years working for John Dunlop, and five years as assistant to John Gosden, Noseda joined Sheikh Mohammed's Godolphin operation in 1993 just a year after its launch.
He played a significant role in training Classic winners Lammtarra and Balanchine.
Proclamation wins the Sussex Stakes for Noseda
"I would like to thank my owners for their support over the last 20 years and, in particular, I would like to thank my staff for all of their highly skilled work and dedication," he said to the Racing Post.
"If there is sadness at this time it is that I will no longer be here for them. Several worked with me at Godolphin and then for me in Newmarket.
"Indeed there are those who I would count as very good friends. I know that they are among the very best staff in Newmarket and will have no trouble finding good positions within other stables.
Fleeting Spirit gave the trainer more big-race glory in the July Cup
"I have no immediate plans for the future, except for the fact that I will be taking a two-week summer holiday with my sons Richard and James.
“It will be the first time I have enjoyed a proper summer holiday with them and I’m really looking forward to that.”