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Diego Takes An Island Contract

Replaces Piere Strydom

Another talented South African jockey will be riding in Mauritius for the balance of the season.

After the news broke this week of Randall Simons taking up a contract with the Preetam Daby yard, Gr1 Cape Derby winning rider Diego De Gouveia flies out on Friday to take up a position recently vacated by multiple SA Champion, Piere Strydom.

Diego chats to Angus Gold and Mike de Kock after his Gr1 Cape Derby victory on Atyaab (Pic – Chase Liebenberg)

Diego, aka ‘Digz’, confirmed the decision to the Sporting Post and said that he was looking forward to the challenge.

“I am young and feel that I should take my chances. I would really like to thank all the local owners and trainers who have given me so many great opportunities,” he said as he packed his bags on a trip that could set the standard for his future career. Whatever the outcome, the experience is likely to be a value-add!

Like dual SA champion Lyle Hewitson, Diego came through the tough school of the workrider ranks. He rode for a year in Zimbabwe and attended the British Racing School in 2016.

The Rameshwar Gujadhur yard are currently the top-ranked Mauritius stable on stakes. They have saddled 21 winners to date and have finished in the top three in the past three years.

Their top horse is former Brett Crawford charge White River, who was placed in the 2018 Cape Guineas. A winner of all four of his starts there, he is the top earning horse on the island this season.

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5 comments on “Diego Takes An Island Contract

  1. Titch says:

    Sadly they will both be back sooner rather than later with an unsubstantiated tarnished reputation and suspension which will be dished out as per normal by the draconian mob that run racing there… this is absolutely inevitable no matter what….all it will take is a favorite to be beaten and all the accusations will start to fly…..im looking for evens that they are back before their postcards…anyone interested in a wager???

  2. Mark Jarvinen says:

    Congratulations Diego, best wishes and good luck while your in Mauritious! Hope you ride lots of winners. Mark says “ Go you good thing! Damn Straight”!

  3. Donald says:

    Hey Titch – you got that wrong ! The stipes in Mauritius do their jobs which South African jockeys find hard to comprehend as they are used to being big pals with all at the N.H.R.A. – no such luck in Mauritius so I have to decline your offer of even money because I think you will be proved correct in your last sentence !

  4. Abhishek says:

    Diego will struggle there. The stable Rameshwar Gujadhur only have White River as top horse. They are top in the championship because of White River and the 10 wins/12 places from Strydom on very average horse.
    When Diego will win, the media will hail him, when he will lose, the “experts” Leckraj Nitin, Ramdin Santosh will talk about “bad ride from Diego”.

  5. Titch says:

    Abhishek you are 100000000% correct…Wins will be because of the horse and loses will be the Jockey fault

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