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McEvoy "Tough Decision" Over Darley Aust Move

Monday, 21st July 2008

Australian jockey Kerrin McEvoy (currently Godolphin's Number 2 rider in Europe) revealed he "faces a 'tough decision' if he is offered the job of retained rider for Sheikh Mohammed's Darley operation in Australia," reported racingpost.co.uk. Speculation "has been rife in recent weeks that McEvoy, 27, is top of the list for the post, which would mean his switching from Godolphin (to whom he is 2nd jockey to Frankie Dettori) & returning full-time to his native country". McEvoy confirmed: "I've spoken to John Ferguson & Simon Crisford & it looks as if I may be facing a tough decision." Darley's retained rider in Australia "will get the leg-up on the best of the 300 thoroughbreds purchased by Sheikh Mohammed as part of his £200 million-plus (A$420m) deal to buy Woodlands Stud, a long-established bloodstock empire, from leading owner-breeder Bob Ingham". However, despite the obvious attractions of the post for McEvoy (especially as his Australian wife Cathy is expecting their 1st child in November) he "stressed that he enjoys his job & loves riding in Britain, where he has notched more than 300 winners (nearly a 3rd of them for Godolphin)". McEvoy (who joined Godolphin in 2004 & has ridden 6 Gr1-winners for the Dubai-based operation) summed up: "British racing is great. Riding for Godolphin for the past 5 seasons has been an honour & a pleasure, so it's not going to be easy to make a choice, if that's what I have to do. There are obvious reasons why going back to Australia would be attractive, but no decision has been reached. It's just been talked about & it will be a while yet before anything's sorted out. All I can say for sure at the moment is that I've been told I'm in the running for the job & that both Sheikh Mohammed & Godolphin have always looked after me very well."

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