By Jon Lees
GB: Martin Dwyer has landed a job as second jockey for Imad Al Sagar and Blue Diamond Stud.
The Derby-winning jockey will be understudy to Hollie Doyle, who will continue to be first-choice rider.
Dwyer, 45, will bring vast experience to the role having earlier this month completed the full house of Epsom G1s, when adding a Coronation Cup success on Pyledriver to victories in the Derby on Sir Percy in 2006 and Oaks with Casual Look in 2003.
“I am looking forward to riding for Imad Al Sagar and excited to be part of a good team,” he said. “Imad Al Sagar is breeding and racing some lovely horses and it’s exciting to be riding for an owner-breeder at that level – as a jockey, that’s what you strive to do.”
Al Sagar has enjoyed a long and successful association with the sport, notably as the co-owner, with Saleh Al Homaizi, of 2007 Derby winner Authorized, Irish 2,000 Guineas winner Araafa and Decorated Knight, whose G1 wins included the Irish Champion Stakes.
He was among the winners at Royal Ascot last week where the homebred Amtiyaz gave Doyle her second royal meeting victory in the Copper Horse Stakes.
Last season’s highlights included two G3 wins with Extra Elusive, both recorded under Doyle. The gelding went on to contest the $20 million Saudi Cup this year.
Blue Diamond Stud, based near Newmarket, is home to 38 mares including Pearling, the dam of Decorated Knight, Nouriya, dam of Royal Ascot winner Aljazzi, and Nessina, dam of the Gimcrack Stakes winner Ajaya and Extra Elusive. It also stands Decorated Knight at the Irish National Stud.
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