Amo Racing supremo confirms split with jockey Rossa Ryan after high-profile rift

Rossa Ryan pictured at Brighton August 2021
Rossa Ryan: has parted ways with Amo RacingCredit: Alan Crowhurst (Getty Images)

Amo Racing and jockey Rossa Ryan have ended their partnership by mutual consent, the high-profile owners' supremo Kia Joorabchian confirmed on Thursday.

The 22-year-old has not ridden for Amo since August 19 and the split was confirmed via a statement on Thursday. Joorabchian said: "I would like to thank Rossa and I'm happy and proud at everything we achieved together.

"We found Rossa as a young apprentice who looked hungry for success. He came on board the Amo team with little experience and has since developed into a wonderful jockey with a massively bright future who I have no doubt will be among the best in the world in the near future."

Ryan announced he had split from Amo after riding the Ralph Beckett-trained State Occasion to victory at York's Ebor festival, but that was subsequently refuted by Joorabchian pending an internal investigation, which focused on why the jockey had ridden at York rather than at Newbury, where the owner had expected him to ride Amo's horses.

Joorabchian added: "He has become part of our family in the last two years and he is very dear to our hearts. It is for this reason we respect the fact he now wants to explore wider pastures so he goes with our full blessing and we hope he will ride for us again in the future."

Go Bears Go and Rossa Ryan win the Phoenix Sprint Stakes at the Curragh
Go Bears Go and Rossa Ryan win the Phoenix Sprint Stakes at the CurraghCredit: Caroline Norris

The pair's highlights include Group 2 successes with Go Bears Go, Hello You and Persian Force, but Ryan referenced a desire to "explore new experiences".

He said: "I would like to thank Kia for taking me from obscurity and placing me at the head of Amo Racing. It was a huge gamble for him to give such a mammoth opportunity to someone so young.

"Thankfully we've had fantastic success throughout our partnership. Personally, I wish him and Amo Racing the best of luck in future – no doubt they will continue to be hugely successful.

"As a young jockey, I wish to explore new experiences. Leaving Amo has been a difficult decision, and I will consider it an honour should they call on me in future. On a personal level myself and Kia remain the closest of friends, so I wish him and all at Amo Racing the very best of luck."

Ryan is currently 14th in the jockeys' championship on 45 winners and has enjoyed success for a range of trainers, among them Beckett, who trained horses for Amo Racing before they were removed following a falling out last year.

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Maddy PlayleDigital journalist
Published on 1 September 2022Last updated 12:52, 1 September 2022