Jockey Burke splits with Pottses after change in policy
Jonathan Burke: has ridden for the Pottses for over two years
PICTURE: Caroline Norris Burke splits with Pottses after change in policy By Richard Forristal 1:15PM 11 NOV 2016
JOCKEY Jonathan Burke has parted company with Alan and Ann Potts after over two years as the leading owners' retained rider following the recent change in policy that has seen an increasing number of the family's horses trained in Britain.
Potts' preference for using British-based riders on those that are trained by Colin Tizzard is at the root of the break-up, but Burke was keen to stress that it was an amicable split.
At Cheltenham on Saturday, the change in policy has resulted in both Sizing Platinum and Sizing Granite – on whom Burke won the Maghull Novices' Chase at Aintree in 2015 – contest the BetVictor Gold Cup under other riders, namely Daryl Jacob and Tom O'Brien, respectively.
"In light of the way that things have developed with more of Alan and Ann's horses now being based in England, I have decided to explore other opportunities," Burke told the Racing Post.
"I would like to thank them both for the opportunity that they gave me at such a young age. We had some great days, and there has been no falling out whatsoever.
"I'd also like to thank all the trainers involved. Henry de Bromhead, Jim Dreaper, Mouse Morris and Jessica Harrington have been brilliant to ride for, as was Colm Murphy for short time."
At the end of August, the Pottses ended their long association with De Bromhead by removing 13 horses from his Waterford yard. Those horses were dispersed between Dreaper, Morris, Harrington and Murphy.
However, when Murphy announced his shock retirement just a few weeks later, a large delegation of Potts horses were transferred to Tizzard's Dorset stable. Aidan Coleman is now set to take the lion's share of the rides for the owners.
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