AUSSIE BEASLEY EXPECTED TO REPLACE INJURED LEGRIX
Leading Sydney jockey Danny Beasley is expected to crown a sensational April by answering a call to boost Hong Kong jockey ranks following Eric Legrix's season-ending knee injury. Legrix has stood down from rides at Sha Tin today due to a left knee injury, suffered in January last year and aggravated on several occasions since - the latest when dismounting from Nice Memories at Sha Tin on March 29.
'I have damage to the knee, ligament and meniscus damage, and my season here is finished,' Legrix said yesterday.
'I will leave this week for France where I have already spoken to a very well known Paris clinic, specialising in injuries to knees, shoulders and ankles. It is where many of the top French footballers have surgery and where soccer star Ronaldo's knee injury was treated.
'There are some very good people in Hong Kong, but this clinic deals with these joint injuries, nothing else, so they are very experienced in this area. And I know they are able to get these footballers playing again very quickly,' he said. 'Obviously, I want to have the surgery and be ready to ride again as soon as possible. Hopefully I will get a licence again for next season.'
In the past month, the Jockey Club roster has lost Eric Saint-Martin, Olivier Doleuze and now Legrix, while Gerald Mosse is recovering from last Sunday's Sha Tin fall and serves a suspension.
'There will be at least one addition to the jockey roster and possibly even two,' the Club's director of racing, Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges, said. 'With the major autumn racing finishing in Sydney this Saturday, Australian jockeys will become available and so we are looking in that area.'
The Club has not made any name public yet but Beasley is believed to be the front-runner after being one of the stars of the autumn carnival in Sydney, winning the world's richest two-year-old race, the Golden Slipper Stakes on March 29, then following up with the Group One Doncaster Handicap a week later.