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South African Champion Jockey Gavin Lerena will ride for the Mauritzfontein team as a retained jockey. He will ride horses owned by both the Mauritzfontein and Wilgerbosdrift studs.

“Gavin is a true professional and we could not be more excited to have him join our team. I have no doubt that he will be a huge asset and we look forward to the upcoming racing season,” said Mauritzfontein owner Jessica Slack.

Lerena, who has been riding at a remarkable strike-rate since his return after a five-month injury break, says the job with the powerful breeding operation was a privileged position for any jockey.

“I am excited and very honoured to have been given the opportunity to ride for this well-established, powerful team. They race top-class horses with leading yards across the country and I look forward to adding value from the saddle.”