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Leading jockey Fourie quits top job with Snaith

04 January 2012


Fourie, 26, has been sharing the Snaith rides with Felix Coetzee and has had a long association with the stable, winning four Grade 1 races for them.

He would not explain his decision, saying only: "It was my choice but I would rather not say anything more."

Snaith, who unsuccessfully tried to persuade Fourie to change his mind, added: "We told him it wasn't a good idea but his mind was made up. I think he is mad."

The stable believes that Fourie took exception to their criticism of his riding of Gimmethegreenlight in the Cape Guineas and in the  Selangor Cup, and to their having considered replacing him on the colt in Saturday week's Queen's Plate.

Karl Neisius was among those approached - but Fourie had been told that he would keep the ride before heinformed Snaith that he was quitting.

Fourie has ridden 66 winners this season and is third in the table, five behind leader Anthony Delpech.

His championship odds have been cut from 33-1 to 5-1 in recent weeks but are expected to lengthen without the backing of the Snaith stable which has one of the biggest strings in the country.

Snaith has saddled 66 winners this term, second only to Mike de Kock (68).

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