Path cleared for Doleuze return

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 18 September, 2002, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 18 September, 2002, 12:00am

We can expect to see Olivier Doleuze (above) and Andreas Suborics on the next list of Club riders, and interestingly the pair have been at the centre of jockey movements in Europe.

Doleuze, the outstanding find among the riding ranks last season, could become a more permanent fixture following the signing of Olivier Peslier as retained jockey for the Wertheimer brothers. Peslier thereby supplants Doleuze's role as stable rider to trainer Criquette Head-Maarek, whose main clients are the Wertheimers. Doleuze did not seem too disappointed, however, and indicated in the press that he welcomed the move as he was looking for a switch to Hong Kong.

A longer-term contract for Doleuze could only be a good thing after his stunning impact last season and would give Hong Kong more top French riders than France itself. Only Peslier and Thierry Jarnet - along with Belgian-born rising star Christophe Soumillon - are in the same class as Eric Saint-Martin, Eric Legrix and Gerald Mosse.

In Germany, meanwhile, Suborics has won the contract to ride for the powerful Von Ullmann family, whose horses are stabled mainly with Andreas Schutz. The move reduces the opportunities for disgraced jockey Andrasch Starke, now back in the saddle after his ban for cocaine, but should leave Suborics free to ride in Hong Kong again from December to March.