Following the retirement of Anthony Delpech, trainer Mike de Kock has praised the important role the jockey has played for the stable over a number of years. Commenting on his website, De Kock said: “Anthony and I had much success together. He won three Julys, a Met and a Triple Crown for me and many other grade 1 races. “When Anthony was injured and not riding for the stable it was a big loss for us. As so often happens in life, one realises the value of individuals and their expertise when you lose them. His big race experience and professionalism is being missed by MD Kock Racing and I’m sure also by Mary Slack who had built up a good relationship with him before his injury. “Many of us forget that being a jockey is a dangerous profession. As we’ve seen with Anthony - and other jockeys injured in recent times - they are always just one fall from retirement. They’re always on the edge of danger,” he said. Delpech, who won the Durban July four times, turns 50 on Sunday and is sad t...

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