Delpech is back and 'raring to go'

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 01 December, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 01 December, 2007, 12:00am

Anthony Delpech returns to the saddle today, refreshed after a break in his native South Africa and ready to get on with business in the countdown to next Sunday's Cathay Pacific International Races.

Delpech has been sidelined as a result of his ride on debutant Space A Dime on September 26, with stewards taking objection to his handling of the John Size-trained gelding and found him guilty on a charge of having not taken all possible and permissible measures to win or obtain the best possible placing.

Delpech prides himself on his record of integrity in racing and didn't accept the stewards charge at all well, fighting it all the way and ultimately having two meetings shaved off at appeal.

That means two meetings to get himself back in prime order for the big date with Horse of the Year Vengeance Of Rain at Sha Tin next weekend.

'I think going home for a couple of things was the right answer, to stop me lamenting the suspension and instead spending time with family and friends,' Delpech said. 'It's been a good mental break and I'm feeling really well, raring to go.'

Delpech may very well bounce back with a winner, as his first ride is on the David Ferraris-trained Faster Faster in race two.

Faster Faster had no luck at Happy Valley 11 days ago under the guidance of Douglas Whyte, who has missed today's meeting to fulfill a commitment to the Super Jockey Series in Japan today and tomorrow.

Faster Faster - the first of six rides for Delpech this afternoon - was a $54 favourite on last night's 6pm tote call.