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Zechner Moves To Australia

Decision made after traumatic incident

Gauteng jockey Karl Zechner has moved to Australia after his family were the victims of a robbery on a Johannesburg highway just before Christmas.

Karl Zechner – taking no chances

“My wife, with my young son, were held up at gunpoint on a highway around Christmas time. We had been contemplating moving to Australia but the decision was completed after this,” Zechner told Racing.com.

“After such a traumatic event I immediately got the ball rolling for my visa and this will see me based in South Australia for at least two years,” he said.

Zechner, 32, has ridden in New Zealand and Mauritius and is following in the footsteps of former SA champion jockey Jeff Lloyd whose move to Australia proved an outstanding success.

In 2016, Zechner and trainer Mike Azzie were the toast of racing fans when three-year-old Abashiri won the Triple Crown in the colours of owners Adriaan van Vuuren and his wife Rika.

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6 comments on “Zechner Moves To Australia

  1. jai says:

    good luck karl things happen for a reason there is no future with south african racing .
    you will be better off there

  2. Cecil Pienaar says:

    Karl was a popular jockey in Kzn as well. Do what is best for you & family. All the best in Aus, mate.

    Abashiri, that last race was close, just held on to win the Triple Crown.

    Mr Ed, Pls can you post the link, if avail.

  3. Cecil Pienaar says:

    Thank You Mr Ed.

    What a 3yr old, never the same after The July.

    1. Editor says:

      Cheers Cecil
      Was good to watch the race again

  4. Barry Dunnett says:

    A very sensible move, all round. He wont regret it. South Australia – less competitive – will provide a great lead into Australian racing, without question.

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