Frankie Misses Bus In End

This international team lacks real star appeal

Frankie Dettori – missing

Frankie Dettori is just one of a few notable absentees from the International team to take on South Africa in the Air Mauritius International Jockeys’ Challenge which is being held at Turffontein on Sunday 19 November.

It was reported in August this year that when the legendary Dettori  had learnt that RA CEO Larry Wainstein was contacting potential team members he rang the Racing Association boss and asked: “Is there a seat left on the bus?”

Read ‘When Frankie Phoned Larry’

Dettori also took part in last year’s competition and rode a double at Turffontein.

Karis Teetan – also a no show

In the report carried on the Gold Circle website it was said that the other internationals to have accepted were Hong Kong-based Mauritian Karis Teetan, Brazilian Silvestre de Sousa, British-based Italian Andrea Atzeni and Australian Hugh Bowman.

Together with Dettori, none of these gentlemen are listed in the final team and there has been no explanation tendered by the organisers for their absence.

South Africa will be captained by reigning champion Anthony Delpech and they must be favourites to lift the trophy as the International team, which differs markedly from the pre-publicity frankly (no pun intended!), lacks star appeal.

South African

Anthony Delpech (Capt)

Greg Cheyne

Gavin Lerena

Anton Marcus

S’manga Khumalo

Craig Zackey


Pat Smullen (Capt)

Seamie Heffernan

Corey Brown

Martin Dwyer

Thierry Thulliez

PJ McDonald

Have Your Say - *Please Use Your Name & Surname

Comments Policy
The Sporting Post encourages readers to comment in the spirit of enlightening the topic being discussed, to add opinions or correct errors. All posts are accepted on the condition that the Sporting Post can at any time alter, correct or remove comments, either partially or entirely.

All posters are required to post under their actual name and surname – no anonymous posts or use of pseudonyms will be accepted. You can adjust your display name on your account page or to send corrections privately to the EditorThe Sporting Post will not publish comments submitted anonymously or under pseudonyms.

Please note that the views that are published are not necessarily those of the Sporting Post.

Notify of
Newest Most Voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments



Popular Posts

Kabelo’s Ride Of The Day!

Just a month after celebrating their maiden Gr1 success together, trainer Robyn Klaasen and owner Stincky Pooe raised a toast to jockey Kabelo Matsunyane who produced the ride of his life to keep the favourite Purple Pitcher rolling down the long Turffontein straight to score a heart-stopping victory in the TAB Gr1 SA Derby

Read More »

Seventh Heaven!

A decision to sidestep a possible SA Triple Tiara crown and rather take on mixed age opposition in the TAB Gr1 Empress Club Stakes at Turffontein, paid dividends for Mike de Kock and the connections when Gimme A Nother kept her perfect record intact and made it 7 from 7

Read More »