Shea heading to Dubai

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 06 December, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 06 December, 2007, 12:00am

South African jockey Kevin Shea has asked for a release from his contract after securing the job as stable rider for Mike de Kock in Dubai.

The going has been tough this season for Shea, 44 (pictured), despite support from Tony Millard, for whom he rode his fourth winner on Taiji Spirit last Saturday.

But with the competition only getting stronger since the start of the season, with Darren Beadman and now Christophe Soumillon added to the roster, Shea has decided it's time to go.

'I've loved the experience here and, if I was 25, I would probably stick it out a bit longer,' Shea said. 'But it is very hard to get going and I am not seeing a lot of progress.'

Shea has asked the licensing committee to release him from his club jockey position after December 15.

'So, I will be here for another week or more and hopefully will get to sneak another one or two before I go,' Shea said yesterday.