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Suspension Could Cost Doleuze HK Gr1 Glory

Thursday, 7th March 2013

A suspension currently being served by champion French jockey Olivier Doleuze has cost him the ride on ruling favourite Akeed Mofeed (Dubawi-Wonder Why, by Tiger Hill) in the HK$16 million Gr1 Hong Derby, to be run on March 17, reports racing.scmp.com. Douglas Whyte, winner of the past 12 Hong Kong jockey premierships, has been confirmed as Doleuze's replacement on the star colt. Whyte teamed with Akeed Mofeed to trounce his rivals last weekend. It appears the French hoop is jinxed as he also had to abandon the ride on the Richard Gibson trained stablemate, and subsequent Gr1 Classic Mile winner, Gold-Fun (Le Vie Dei Colori-Goodwood March, by Foxhound) to Whyte due to suspension. Gibson commented, "I am massively sympathetic to Olivier… It is one of those tough moments in a jockey's career. It has happened to him twice this year because of suspension. But it is very, very difficult to take off the champion jockey after a performance like that [last weekend]. These decisions are made in sync with the owner."

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