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20 September 2013

NINA CARBERRY is to continue her long association with the Noel Meade stable in a new role, with Ireland's most successful female rider taking up the position of racing assistant to the trainer at his Tu Va stables in County Meath next month.

Meade said yesterday: "Nina has been riding out for me three mornings a week for some time and when I put the idea to her of becoming more involved and being my racing assistant she was very keen to take it up.

"We have a great team in the yard led by headman Paul Cullen and my assistant Damien McGillick, and having Nina on board in her new role will be a really good addition. Her job will be an upfront one and a big part of it will involve going racing and meeting the owners. She'll be starting in the position on September 1."

Carberry, 29, was champion amateur in Ireland in 2005-2006 and again the following season. She rode her first winner on the Meade-trained Sabrinsky at the Curragh in 2001 and has been the trainer's main amateur rider for more than a decade.

A broken collarbone, the result of a fall at Gowran Park on June 23, has kept her sidelined but she expects to resume in about two weeks.

Carberry said yesterday: "I went for a check-up today and was told that, with more physiotherapy, I should be fine to resume riding in bumpers in about two weeks."

She added: "I've had a good working relationship with Noel for about ten years and I'm really looking forward to taking up the new position. The job will involve more responsibility and I should learn a lot. He's got a good team of horses and very good staff."

Carberry achieved her biggest win on Organisedconfusion, trained by her uncle Arthur Moore, in the 2011 Irish Grand National, and has ridden four winners at the Cheltenham Festival.

She took out a licence to train this year but has decided to put that aspect of her career on hold.

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