Barzalona will share Appleby rides
Derby winning jockey Mickael Barzalona will no longer be automatic first choice jockey for the Charlie Appleby stable the trainer has confirmed. Barzalona (22), has missed a number of rides for Appleby’s Godolphin set-up in recent times, with William Buick and Martin Lane taking over in the saddle, a trend that may continue in the future.
Earlier in the month, Godolphin’s other trainer Saeed bin Suroor had also taken on Kieren Fallon to share the top jockey job with Silvestre de Sousa and his compatriot has now followed suit, although he confirmed that his relationship with Barzalona has not changed.
“Mickaël was in on Saturday morning galloping horses,” Appleby said in The Guardian. “There’s no fall-out. Mickaël is aware of the situation. I can’t have all those jockeys riding out and not be giving them rides. Ahmed (Ajtebi) rides out for me now and he will be getting rides too.
“I’ve never stated that I’ve got a first jockey. Mickaël rides for the stable, but we’ve opened the pool up a little bit bigger by allowing jockeys to come in and ride out. Not every jockey gets on with every horse and I just feel it allows us as trainers to say that if I feel William Buick, Martin Lane, Ryan Moore or whoever will suit a particular horse, I can put him up.
“From my point of view and the stable’s point of view, it gives me a lot more cards to play with. If I feel a horse needs to be ridden strongly from the front, I can put a certain rider on, or if I want someone a bit more sympathetic… there’s an array of riders out there with different strengths in their armoury. I don’t want to be too one-dimensional and say, I’ve got to have this rider because that’s the way it is.”
By Kevin Walsh / Photo: PA Wire/PA Archive
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