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Sunday 22 October 2017

Barzalona slips down pecking order in Godolphin overhaul

Trainer Dermot Weld
Trainer Dermot Weld

JA McGrath

The ongoing overhaul of Godolphin in the wake of the Stevens inquiry continued yesterday when Mickael Barzalona, one of the stable's two retained jockeys, was told by trainer Charlie Appleby that he will not have first call on all the horses.

Godolphin have lost confidence in Derby-winning jockey Barzalona, who joined the 'Royal Blues' in March 2012, only weeks before he landed the Dubai World Cup aboard Monterosso.

This year, Barzalona has just four winners from 56 mounts, with his record for Appleby a paltry three from 27. Appleby has discussed the situation with Barzalona.

"Mickael is a very sympathetic rider, who likes to come from off the pace. But that does not suit every horse. You have to match the jockey with the horse, and that is what we will be doing," he said.

Recently, Godolphin's second trainer Saeed bin Suroor brought in Kieren Fallon to share first slot with Silvestre de Sousa. Sources suggest that Fallon's reports to the trainer are considered invaluable.

Barzalona's long journey to Redcar for one ride yesterday resulted in a second on Hughie Morrison's 5/4 favourite Discreetly.

Meanwhile, no decision will be made over Tarfasha's participation in next month's Epsom Oaks until as "late as possible".

Trained by Dermot Weld, the Teofilo filly landed the Group Three Blue Wind Stakes at Naas on her return to action, looking a three-year-old destined for a big future.

However, she is owned by Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum who is also lucky enough to have the current ante-post favourite for the Oaks in John Gosden's Taghrooda.

Weld was keen to go for the Oaks after her Naas win, but Sheikh Hamdan's racing manager Angus Gold said: "There will be no decision until as late as possible.

"It's one where there is nothing to be gained by making an early call and it will be left entirely up to Sheikh Hamdan whether he wants two runners in the race.

"We'll just see how they both are nearer the time and then Sheikh Hamdan will decide. It's a nice problem to have." (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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