Mickael Barzalona has been one of Godolphin’s retained riders for. More than a decade and does the bulk of his riding in France.
That year he landed the world’s richest race for his new employers, when partnering Monterosso to victory in the Dubai World Cup at Meydan, and he also enjoyed a dream first ride in the Ladbrokes St Leger when partnering Encke to a surprise success over Camelot, the odds-on favourite, who was seeking to clinch the Triple Crown.
He is mot famous, though, for his victory aboard Pour Moi in the 2011 Investec Derby for Andrew Fabre.
The winning margin was tight but an exultant Barzalona stood up in the saddle and saluted near the finish.
He had won on only his second ride in Britain a couple of months earlier aboard Ocean War in a maiden at Newmarket.
Barzalona was born in Lyon in August 1991 and is the nephew of dual-purpose jockey Armand Barzalona and grandson of Corsican trainer Christian Barzalona.
He was more interested in rugby as a child but spent four years at the French jockeys’ school in Gouvieux before joining Fabre’s stable, on the recommendation of Sylvain Guillot, in 2009.