Shea out, Lerena in

JOCKEY Kevin Shea has decided to do duty for Mike de Kock on Eagle Mountain in the Group 2 Cathay Pacific Mile Trial on November 22 at Sha-Tin in Hong Kong.

JOCKEY Kevin Shea has decided to do duty for Mike de Kock on Eagle Mountain in the Group 2 Cathay Pacific Mile Trial on November 22 at Sha-Tin in Hong Kong.

As a result he will miss the International Jockeys Challenge on November 21 at Turffontein.

He will be replaced by the South African team's reserve, Gavin Lerena.

Shea said: "This is a $3million race and an important stepping stone for Eagle Mountain going into the Hong Kong Cup on December 13.

I tried to keep my commitment to the SA team, but wasn't able to get on a suitable flight. I wish young Gavin Lerena well, I am sure it will be a big moment for him."

Eagle Mountain won the Hong Kong Cup in commanding style last year, but hasn't raced since due to injury.

He has recovered, however, and for the last several months has been prepared by De Kock's team at Newmarket in the UK.

Lerena, the three-time South African champion apprentice, is over the moon for the opportunity to represent his country against the best in the world.

He said: "My thanks to Kevin and I hope he does well in Hong Kong."

Lerena, 23, has ridden just under 500 winners and has 15 graded victories to his credit.

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