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Richard ‘Rossi’ Fourie!

He has a top-class book of rides on Saturday

After his devastating ride on Belgarion in the Vodacom Durban July, it’s not surprising Richard Fourie feels like the multiple MotoGP World Champion, Valentino Rossi!

Yet behind his competitive exterior, is jockey who adores his horses.

Fourie has a full book of top class rides on Saturday: R1 Nexus, R2 Bwana, R3 Keep The Lights On, R4 Erik The Red, R5 Trickster, R6 Native Tongue, R7 Magnificent Seven, R8 Kasmir, R9 Crown Towers and R10 Miyabi Gold.

Watch his interview with Michele Wing

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6 comments on “Richard ‘Rossi’ Fourie!

  1. Marina Munro says:

    What a nice guy. Lovely to see his interaction with the horses. It’s also interesting to hear that he’s happiest at home, going for quality and not quantity.

  2. Selwyn Elk says:

    Richard Fourie was a young apprentice who had only ridden a couple of winners when I was on a panel discussion with Tony Rivalland, Deez Dyanand and Chad Cooke and I compared the then young apprentice to the late and in my opinion one of the best jockeys this country has ever produced, Martin Schoeman. A young man who has fulfilled the promise that he showed earlier in his career, well done and keep up the good work.

  3. Hamisj Stewart says:

    Absolute gentleman and value for money.rides them to the line unlike another top jockeywho cost owners and punters thousands when he realises he cannot win and gets away with it day in and day out. Bookmakers will never get to this gentleman.

  4. Jean says:

    There is no argument regarding Richard Fourie being one of the top jockeys in SA. But to say “after his devastating ride in the VDJ” I believe is going overboard. In truth, he was sitting on the best horse in the race, and the main reason why Belgarion won is because of the class and brilliance of THE HORSE, 8 wins out of 10 starts is a clear indication of that.
    I also believe that a wide draw is not as bad as what people think, especially over 2200m. There was virtually no chance of the horse being boxed in.
    Also the fact that Belgarion is trained by Justin Snaith & Co is another big plus.
    Living in Cape Town I have seen Richard win many
    big races with better rides than this year’s July.
    He and Kevin Shea both admitted after the race that he was on the best horse.

  5. MichaelMGJ says:

    For some reason, I always think of the late “Rooies” Fourie when I think about Richard Fourie. Both such enigmatic jockeys, thinking on their feet and assessing the situation that presents itself! Likeable guys.

  6. Anand Chetty says:

    Richard was always very friendly, pleasant, and respectable in my interactions with him. He deserves every success and is a role model in the jockey ranks.

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