Barzalona returns to France

  • Last Updated: June 9 2014, 9:18 BST

The seemingly inevitable has happened and Mickael Barzalona's association with Godolphin's Newmarket base has come to an end.

Mickael Barzalona will continue his career in France
Mickael Barzalona will continue his career in France

The world appeared to be his oyster when the young Corsican burst onto the scene with his premature celebration aboard Pour Moi in the 2011 Investec Derby but, just a day after the anniversary of his biggest moment, his tenure in Britain has come to an end.

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The writing has been on the wall for much of the season with Charlie Appleby given the freedom by Sheikh Mohammed to use jockeys that he felt were best suited to his horses.

The number of rides that Barzalona was picking up dried to a trickle as Appleby looked to the likes of William Buick and Martin Lane and their relationship appeared to hit an all time low when he was overlooked for the Derby rides aboard Sudden Wonder and Pinzolo.

Godolphin broke the news on their website where Sheikh Mohammed's bloodstock advisor, John Ferguson, outlined the strategy behind the 22-year-old's re-location to his homeland.

He said: "Sheikh Mohammed has always maintained that Mickael Barzalona is a world class jockey. He will move back to France where he will continue to ride horses owned by Godolphin and Darley.

"It will also mean that he is re-united with the man who first uncovered his precocious talent as a teenager, Andre Fabre. Not only is Mickael a naturally gifted sportsman, he is also a true gentleman who has handled a difficult time with the utmost professionalism and true class."

Mickael Barzalona has been principally employed by Appleby at Moulton Paddocks, Newmarket and he said: "Mickael and I have enjoyed great success together but since I took over at Moulton Paddocks I have been given greater freedom to use the best jockeys available and be able to pair them to individual horses.

"This has meant that Mickael's undisputed skills have been underused in the past few weeks and it is not right that such talent is squandered.

"Therefore I am delighted that the boss has given him this opportunity which will allow his skills to be showcased once more. I have absolutely no doubt he will flourish with this new move and I am sure he will be riding for us in the future."

Mickael Barzalona, who has ridden 124 winners for Godolphin in the United Kingdom since 2011 including the 2012 St Leger, said: "Following a meeting with John Ferguson this morning (Sunday, June 8), I confirm that I am looking forward to my next adventure in the Godolphin silks.

"I will be returning to France very soon and full of enthusiasm having had some great experiences during my time in England.

"The recent period has been a difficult time but is something that every sportsman can expect to go through and I am sure I will come out of it stronger and even more focused.

"I am only 22 and have a long career ahead of me doing a job that I love."