Mirco Demuro: World Cup-winning jockey planning to quit BritainPICTURE: Masakazu Takahashi
Demuro quitting Britain for new start in France
MIRCO DEMURO looks set to abandon Britain in favour of a new start in France, having signed up with agent Jules Susini.
The Dubai World Cup-winning jockey enjoyed a mixed 2012 after relocating at the beginning of May from his native Italy, scoring 20 times from 144 rides.
The low point in his time in Britain undoubtedly came when being banned for 12 days in June by Wolverhampton stewards after riding a finish a circuit too early on the Mark Johnston-trained The Bells Of Peover.
Susini's growing stable of young talent includes Prix du Jockey-Club-winning rider Antoine Hamelin, and the agent says his new client will begin his French education at Cagnes-sur-Mer in January.
"The aim is to acclimatise to French racing in order to better prepare for the rest of the season," Susini told Jour de Galop.
"He'll be working for Jean-Claude Rouget and Fabrice Vermeulen as well as some German trainers."
Following his stint on the Cote d'Azur, Demuro plans to establish himself in Chantilly, where David Smaga and Francis Graffard are among the trainers who have already pledged their support.
Demuro has enjoyed a fabulous end to the year in Japan, landing a pair of Group 1 prizes.
After winning the Tenno Sho aboard Eishin Flash, the 34-year-old sealed the approval of the Japanese racing public by dismounting and bowing on bended knee before Emperor Akihito.
Demuro's greatest international success came aboard the Japanese-trained Victoire Pisa in the 2011 Dubai World Cup at Meydan.