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Monday, 12 November, 2018

Former champion jockey Sanders now work-rider for Godolphin

Seb Sanders all smiles after his success on Hooray in the Group 1 Cheveley Park Stakes in 2010
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Seb Sanders looks to have finally hung up his race-riding boots after joining Godolphin as a work-rider for Charlie Appleby.

The 45 year-old, joint-winner of the jockeys' title with Jamie Spencer in 2007, was last seen in action in the saddle in Qatar during their 2015-2016 season, and last rode there in May last year.

Sanders last appeared domestically at Newmarket in August 2015, before which problems with his weight led him to riding in socks rather than boots on many occasions.

The Birmingham-born jockey, who rode his first winner on the Brian McMahon-trained Band On The Run at Pontefract in 1990, became champion apprentice in 1995 and rode more than 2,000 winners in Britain and overseas, enjoying Classic success aboard Look Here in the Oaks in 2006. He also won the Irish 2,000 Guineas on Bachelor Duke in 2004.

After taking some time out, Sanders has recently filled a position with Charlie Appleby at Moulton Paddocks in Newmarket, where a host of old faces from the weighing room were there to greet him.

Appleby said: "Seb joined us recently and brings a wealth of experience to the team. He knows his way around the Newmarket gallops that's for sure and his feedback is invaluable.

"I'm sure he'll be a big asset to Moulton Paddocks and joins a host of of other ex-jockeys we have here such as Willie Ryan, Oscar Urbina, Jamie Mackay and Kirsty Milczarek."

Sanders, who topped 100 winners in a season ten times between 1997-2010, won six Group 1s in all, including the July Cup on Compton Place in 1997. He enjoyed his best spell as stable jockey to Sir Mark Prescott, in which role he succeeded George Duffield in 2004.

Sanders provided Prescott with a first Classic success on Confidential Lady in the Prix de Diane in 2006 and had what turned out to be his final winner at the top level on the same trainer's Hooray in the 2010 Cheveley Park Stakes.

Seb joined us recently and brings a wealth of experience to the team. He knows his way around the Newmarket gallops that's for sure
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