FORMER South African Champion jockey Anthony Delpech has been booked to ride the J&B Met winner Smart Call in the Gr1 Sun Chariot Stakes at Newmarket on 1 October.

Sporting Post reports that the Wilgerbosdrift-Mauritzfontein retained rider may also partner the star daughter of Ideal World at Santa Anita in the Gr I Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf.

Delpech, overjoyed, commented. “I got the call yesterday afternoon.  I never had the chance to ride Smart Call in South Africa, but Mary and Jessica (Slack) are my sponsors and it will be the first time I’ll be riding in England, so I’m really looking forward to it.

“I’ve been to Newmarket before on holiday, but have never been to a race meeting in England.  I’ll obviously need to walk the course and find out a bit about it, so I arrive next Wednesday afternoon and will most probably give her a sprint up on Thursday and then we race on Saturday.  It’s intended to bring her on for the Breeders’ Cup, but Frankie is very happy with her and if she’s good enough to win, so be it.”



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