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Felix Coetzee Career May Be Over
A cloud of uncertainty hangs over the distinguished riding career of top South African-born jockey Felix Coetzee who went into hospital yesterday to undergo a hip replacement operation, reports goldcircle.co.za. It is a real possibility that the champion hoop, who has ridden 3,508 winners in South Africa, Hong Kong, Singapore, Macau, Dubai and Mauritius, may never ride again. Whether he returns to the saddle in a professional capacity will depend upon how successful the operation is in alleviating the chronic pain he currently suffers. "I've tried to make a comeback but the cartilage surgery I had just did not have the desired effect," explained Coetzee. "I went to the gym and did trackwork, but the pain came back too strongly. It just can't be done and even walking around for too long is painful, so the hip replacement operation is necessary." Coetzee has partnered some of the world's best racehorses, including arguably South Africa's best ever filly, Empress Club, Hong Kong's champion sprinter Silent Witness, and also Singapore's greatest ever, Rocket Man.