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New Jockey For Australia

Thursday, 14th August 2014

Dual Derby winner Australia (Galileo-Ouija Board, by Cape Cross) will have a new jockey should he run in the Gr1 Juddmonte International next Wednesday, but trainer Aidan O'Brien has warned the colt is no certainty to line up on the opening day of the Ebor meeting at York, reports bloodstock.racingpost.com. O'Brien's son Joseph, Ballydoyle's number one, has ridden the star 3YO in all of his six starts but is unable to make the weight that Australia would carry against older horses in next week's Gr1 feature. O'Brien, who has won York's richest race three times in the last six years, said: "We won't be making a decision about Australia running for another few days. He's being trained with the race in mind, but it's still in the balance if he will travel." He added, "If he does run Joseph won't be riding him as 8st 12lb is below his minimum. We'll wait until we decide about running before confirming a jockey." Ballydoyle stalwarts Seamie Heffernan and Colm O'Donoghue are the likely alternatives.

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