PAUL Carberry is perhaps best known as that instinctive jockey with hands as light as feathers and a seat to die for, a rider that could get the best out of almost any horse. He will always be associated with Harchibald, Beef Or Salmon or Florida Pearl. These are the great champions of the turf that make up the history of steeplechasing at its best.

However, I would know Paul as one of the great cross-country riders of all time with an eagle eye for country and prepared to have a go, particularly if hounds were running. Always well mounted, he had the advantage of riding at a very favourable weight and fortified with an unbounded ambition to stay with hounds, no matter what the country presented him with.