'Anxiety' troubling Marwing

PUBLISHED : Friday, 28 November, 2003, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 28 November, 2003, 12:00am

South African jockey Weichong Marwing will ride again as expected at next Wednesday's Sha Tin all-weather meeting. Trainer Ivan Allan, for whom Marwing does most of the riding, said he had spoken to the jockey yesterday morning and he expected him to board a flight back to Hong Kong on Monday.

'Weichong was suffering from a little anxiety, that's all. He made the right decision not to ride last week in that frame of mind,' Allan said. 'We talked this morning, he told me he has been to a doctor and everything is under control once again.'

The jockey took a leave of absence to deal with the personal problems which led him to tearfully standing down from rides during last week's Sha Tin card. He later denied reports he and compatriot Glyn Schofield had fought in the jockeys' room after an incident in the fifth event, the race after which he had requested permission to relinquish his remaining mounts.

After meeting with Jockey Club officials on Monday, Marwing took seven days' leave and returned home to South Africa this week. He will arrive back on Tuesday and has already been offered rides for Wednesday's all-weather fixture. 'I won't have much at that meeting, but David Ferraris has offered him a couple of rides,' Allan said.