Mosse set for Macau Derby date

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 16 March, 1996, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 16 March, 1996, 12:00am

French star Gerald Mosse will return to the Far East to ride at the Macau Derby meeting on March 31. Mosse, who left earlier this week for Paris after a short stint in Hong Kong, is expected to ride in the $1.4 million Macau Derby. The popular Arc-winning jockey could end up partnering one of trainer George Moore's expected two Derby runners.

The stable elect Winning Touch, who romped home in the Macau Derby Trial by five lengths, will start favourite to win the Classic.

Gary Moore has the ride but Mosse, good friends with Moore, can expect to ride a number of horses for the stable at the meeting. Mosse's quick return is a surprise as the French season is beginning to crank up a gear at that time.

It is another boost for the Macau Jockey Club (MJC) that they have been able to secure his services to add colour to the biggest domestic race on the Taipa calendar. The Club's first Invitation Jockeys' race day was a huge success and received good publicity worldwide. Turnover was up 50 per cent on the day.