JOCKEY Anton Marcus will be riding Rainbow Bridge in the 2019 Sun Met, following trainer Eric Sands’ decision to replace Bernard Fayd’Herbe after Saturday’s Gr1 L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate.

Colin Gordon, speaking on behalf of Rainbow Bridge’s connections, said: “Rainbow Bridge is a difficult horse and with Bernard not available in the run-up to the Sun Met, Eric felt it better to use a jockey that is available for his work schedule. There are no ill feelings, everything was done amicably.”

Fayd’Herbe was immediately snapped up by Justin Snaith to ride his former partner Oh Susanna, the winner of Saturday’s Gr1 Cartier Paddock Stakes and he said: “I am grateful to the connections of Rainbow Bridge, he is a top horse. I couldn’t have asked for a better replacement ride than Oh Susanna.”

Fayd’Herbe has left for Dubai, where he will be doing some work riding and he has a few rides scheduled. He has been booked for Marinaresco by Mike de Kock on 24 February and told Turf Talk that he hopes to be riding a Carnival runner for former South African trainer Bart Rice, who is now based in Korea.

“I will be back in South Africa on 25 January and I am looking forward to a big Met day,” he said.

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