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‘Jocks Are One Fall From Retirement’ – De Kock

Pays tribute to his former top man

Following Anthony Delpech’ retirement last week, Mike de Kock has paid tribute to his 49-year-old former stable jockey on his website, www.mikedekockracing.com

Mike commented on Friday: “Anthony and I had much success together, he won three July’s, a Met and a Triple Crown for me, and many other Gr1 races.

July joy for Delpech and Di and Mike de Kock

“When Anthony was injured and not riding for the stable it was a big loss to us. As so often happens in life, one realises and appreciates the value of individuals and their expertise when you lose them. His big-race experience and professionalism is being missed by Mike de Kock racing and I’m sure also by Mary Slack who had built up a good relationship with him before his injury.

“Many of us forget that being a jockey is a dangerous profession. One knows that you have a dangerous job when you are followed by an ambulance while you are doing it, this speaks for itself!

“There are many armchair critics of jockeys (as we’ve seen of late), and I’ve also been one in my time, but one forgets that they are sitting on a 500-plus kg animal with its own mind travelling at 60km an hour, controlling them is already almost a miraculous act.

“As we’ve seen with Anthony, and other jockeys injured in recent times, they are always just one fall away from retirement. They’re always on the edge of danger.

“I think Anthony should look back at what he has achieved, instead of looking ahead in time to what he will be missing. He is still young, he is still healthy and has a lot to offer the game, I hope that racing won’t lose his expertise.  I trust we’ll see a lot of him in future.

“We wish Anthony, Candice and their family well, it won’t be easy given what has happened, but I am sure he will get through this.”

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7 comments on “‘Jocks Are One Fall From Retirement’ – De Kock

  1. Mike du Toit says:

    Well said Mike de Kock..

  2. Mac Naidoo says:

    I can’t agree more Mike he is or was one of the best. When I look at the steeple races overseas I cringe when a jockey falls of a horse when there’s a whole pack still to clear the hurdle. You can look back on a great racing achievements Anthony. Enjoy your new life

  3. Kenzo says:

    Top jockey, it’s sad to lose him.

  4. Ian Jayes says:

    He certainly was one of the best.

  5. Geoff Logan says:

    What a compliment to Anthony coming from Mike De Cock Anthony one of the absolute best and I have followed racing from the 60’s.As Mike says enjoy what is to come and reflect on what you have achieved You have been seriously good

  6. Kenny says:

    One of the best

  7. Chris says:

    Ant rode my first winner, I will always cherish, I followed him with the same passion he showed in the saddle, huge loss to the punter, let’s hope not to the industry, we need guys like this to stay in the industry and so will it thrive!

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