Donovan Dillon, one of those under consideration for the Plattner Racing stable jockey position, has an important meeting with Andre Nel and Sabine Plattner tomorrow.
Dillon, 23, reckons he has benefitted from his recent two-month stint in Mauritius where he rode six winners from 51 mounts, saying: “I gained plenty of experience and I learned a lot.”
Some press reports have indicated that trainer Gilbert Rousset cut short his contract but in fact it was the other way round.
Dillon explained: “They wanted me to stay a bit longer but the Cape season is getting going now and I needed to be back. Also things aren’t looking good for jockeys in Mauritius at the moment and I have too much going for me in South Africa to risk something stupid.”
He was referring to the recent headline-making incidents in which Muzi Yeni, Brandon Lerena and Raymond Danielson were accused of associating with people the Mauritius Jockey Club did not believe they should. All three were exonerated of any wrongdoing but decided to return home.