SOUTH African Donovan Mansour (red silks on photo) has secured his first Jockeys’ Title in Mauritius, ending the season with 43 winners, a 31% winning strike rate and 10 winners clear of Rye Joorawon. Another South African Bernard Fayd’Herbe finished fourth with 23 winners. Dereck David and Ian Sturgeon also made the Top 10 from limited rides.
“Thank you for the support, the season is wrapped up. The next international meetings don’t count for the Championship,” said Mansour, who along with Fayd’Herbe will be competing in Saturday’s International Jockeys Challenge, featuring other accomplished names like Maxine Guyon, Brad Rawiller, Martin Harley and Jamie Spencer.
Mansour and his family will be taking a deserved break and he said: “We’re staying in Mauritius for Christmas and New Year’s, we’re not coming home. We’d like to experience something new, we might come back some time in January and then probably return to Mauritius for the new season, end of March 2017.”
Fayd’Herbe, in turn, will leave Mauritius for Dubai immediately after the contest on Sunday, where he will be based for the duration of the 2017 International Carnival, riding work for the likes of Mike de Kock and looking to secure Carnival mounts.
“If owners want to fly me to South Africa for graded races while the carnival is in progress I will consider,”” said Bernard on Thursday.
He intends to return to Mauritius after the Dubai Carnival to compete in a full season on the island, hoping to give Mansour a solid challenge for the 2017 title.