Stevens heads for home

American legend Gary Stevens is to leave his job as number-one jockey to Andre Fabre and return to the United States.

American legend Gary Stevens is to leave his job as number-one jockey to Andre Fabre and return to the United States.

Stevens arrived in France in April to replace Christophe Soumillon and went on to ride 50 winners from 248 rides, although his lone Group One success came not for Fabre but for Tim Easterby on Somnus in the Prix Maurice de Gheest.

“I’m leaving on good terms with Monsieur Fabre,” he said. “I’m slightly disappointed with some of the results we’ve had, perhaps I’ve got to take my share of responsibility for some defeats.

“I’ve been offered a position on a talk show back home, and there might be a part in another movie towards the end of the year,” added Stevens, who played a starring role in the Oscar-nominated film Seabiscuit.

Stevens, who won the rescheduled Group Two Prix de la Nonette at Deauville yesterday on Fabre’s Grey Lilas, plans to continue riding in California.

He said: “I’m looking forward to the Breeders’ Cup.”

Before taking up residence in Chantilly, Stevens rode Fabre’s Polish Summer to land the Group One Dubai Sheema Classic at Nad Al Sheba in March.

Stevens’ agent in Britain Terry Norman added: “He is due to fly back on September 2 and the disappointing aspect is that they wanted him to ride Somnus (in the Stanley Leisure Sprint Cup) at Haydock on September 4.”

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