With all the news lately being of young talent leaving these shores, it’s cheering to report that battle hardened multiple G1 winning jockey Bernard Fayd’Herbe is heading back home after a year in Mauritius.
And going to the Island again has been a decision he has no regrets over.
“It’s been very good. My first winner was one of the classic races here – the Duchess Of York Cup on Twist Of Fate. And I also signed off on him when he was a close up third in the Maiden Cup on Sunday, my final meeting.
“I had a hard race – the horse on my inside was knocking me out wide. But he still put in an excellent effort.
Indeed it is appropriate that the former Joey Ramsden trained galloper bookended Fayd’Herbe’s Mauritian stint, as he won at G2, G3 and Listed level on the Master Of My Fate gelding here in SA.
He has ridden for top local conditioner Vincent Allet throughout his time there.
“Last season we fired, but due to COVID confinement we couldn’t get in all the horses we wanted. And in Mauritius without new stock coming in you will struggle. So a lot of our horses were in their place, but have still run well. But here it’s winning – nothing else counts.
“The only downside is that we have had a couple of shutdowns due to COVID, so I have been here for two seasons, but both have been like half-seasons.
“But Mr Allett and his owners have looked after me very well and given me a great place to stay. It’s been a successful trip. I’ve also made some very good friends.
“I’m leaving here on the best of terms, and I’m sure I will return at some stage.”
And he is looking forward to making a big impression back in SA.
“It’s the right time for me to make a move, as the Cape and Highveld seasons are about to hit full swing, and I can work on getting some top rides.
“If I had left it any longer it would be very difficult, so I am giving myself the best opportunity possible to get good rides in the big races.”
Of course Bernie has won multiple G1’s for Snaith, Crawford, Bass, De Kock and Soma among others in the past, so he certainly has the pedigree in terms of our elite conditioners.
His long term partner Roxy Joubert has popped over to the Island as they both take a well -earned break before they returning next Wednesday (the 13th).
Unsurprisingly Fayd’Herbe utilises her Jock line of jockey attire, as do many of our top riders.
He plans to start riding again locally from about the 20th.
In parting Bernie says he is going out on a ski-boat or catamaran trip later in the day.
I advise him to make it the ski-boat – catamarans and SA jockeys don’t seem to be a good combination in Mauritius….. -tt