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Maxime Guyon and Andre Fabre

Maxime Guyon rides as first jockey in France to Andre Fabre

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French star Guyon to ride in South Africa

South Africa: French star Maxime Guyon will ride in South Africa for the first time at the end of the month. His visit is intended to stimulate French interest in South African racing and is being organised by Phumelela racing executive Patrick Davis, formerly chief executive of Plumpton.

Davis said: "The French PMU has significantly expanded its usage of South African and will take the first four races on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays during the European winter as well as selected major races on Saturdays throughout the year."

Guyon will be in action at Fairview in Port Elizabeth on January 30 and February 1, Clairwood in Durban on January 31 and at Kenilworth in Cape Town on February 2 when he ride at the famous J & B Met Meeting.

Guyon, 23, runner-up in the French jockeys championship for the past three seasons, won the 2010 Poule d'Essai des Poulains and Prix du Jockey-Club on Lope De Vega as well as that year's Prince of Wales's Stakes on Byword.

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