By Jon Lees
Germany: Bauyrzhan Murzabayev, the German champion jockey, has been appointed stable jockey to Arc-winning trainer Peter Schiergen.
The Kazakh will move to Cologne in February to start his new role after spending the last three seasons with Andreas Wohler.
Murzabayev is assured his second jockeys’ championship having ridden 115 winners, nearly double the amount of his nearest pursuer Maxim Pecheur.
“We are very happy that he has accepted this challenge and is coming to us,” said Schiergen, who saddled Danedream to win the 2011 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.
The 28-year-old Murzabayev, known as ‘Borschan’ to his fans, won the G2 Oleander-Rennen on the Schiergen-trained Quian this month.
He told Deutscher Galopp: “I had a great time with Andreas Wöhler, so the decision was not an easy one for me. I received every form of support that was important for my development. I am extremely grateful for that. Now I’m really looking forward to my job at the Asterblüte stable in Cologne.”
Wohler confirmed the news from Australia, where he supervised Ashrun’s Melbourne Cup challenge, and said on his website: “As soon as the trainer left for Australia, the first rumours were already circulating and now it is unfortunately official – Bauyrzhan Murzabayev will leave the Wöhler racing team at the end of the season after three years of successful cooperation.
“There was simply no coming against such a lucrative offer on our part,” Wohler added. “In his first year at Ravensberg, the young Kazakh had already developed his riding skills in a turbo-like manner, and coupled with his killer instinct, which he repeatedly reveals in the race, that makes him almost unbeatable.
“But he is not only a great rider, we have also come to appreciate him as a very lovable, humorous character. We, and the whole team, regret his departure, wish him all the best and are now looking for new reinforcements.”