Olivier Doleuze, Top French Jockey
Part of this article kindly lent by France Galop.com

Born in April, 1972, the son of top French jockey now-turned trainer, Georges Doleuze.

Olivier has always ridden for Criquette Head where he started his apprenticeship at the age of 14.

I first noticed him when he rode a horse called Mad Tax to break the mile track record in Madrid back in 1992.

At the time he was a very chirpy individual who always seemed likely to succeed and he sure has.

I rate him as technically amongst the top two jockeys in France with a good attitude on and off the piste together with a power packed finish in the saddle.

With the retirement of Freddie Head in 1997, Olivier became Criquette's stable jockey and one regularily sees him riding the classics in the famous Wertheimer silks.
This along with rides for his father means that he does not obtain that many "outside" rides in France.
It was in the Wertheimer colours that he lifted the 1994 French 2,000 Guineas on Green Tune in a very exciting finish.

His best career total in France was in 1997 with 87 winners where he also lifted two Group races on Arc weekend.
The first of these was on Chief Contender for Peter Chapple Hyam in the Prix du Cadran and Loving Claim in the Prix Marcel Boussac.

In the winter of 1999, he ventured to Singapore where he had a very successful season and he again reached the 74 winner mark in France in 2000.
The crowning moment of his career so far has come aboard the outsider Egyptband to win the French Oaks, something his father had also acheived 21 years previously on Dunette.

It was aboard Egyptband that Olivier chased home Sinndar to finish 2nd in the Arc de Triomphe.

Whereas in France in 2001, the season was a little below par, the winter of 2001/2002 in Hong Kong has been very successful for him where he has ridden a string of big winners and earned a high strike rate.

Colleagues of Olivier's such as Peslier & Mosse have ventured frequently & successfully to UK waters in recent years and I am sure that Olivier would prove a hit on British racecourses.
Let's hope that Criquette lets him sneak out once in a while !

Between 1992-2001, Olivier's mounts earned FRF 131 million in prizemoney.

In 2002, sure enough, Olivier broke up with Criquette, on very good terms, and decided to venture to Hong Kong.

However, in April, 2003, Olivier succombed to substance abuse and was caught by the authorities in Hong Kong. He admitted to the offense straight off and the stewards were as lenient as they could be....giving him 6 months off.

It is without question that he will never be allowed to ride there again. Let's hope he concentrates on doing what he does best and returns to the straight & narrow.

Biographical information & Statistics sourced from FranceGalop.com

Year Wins Rides Position
1992 65 523 9th
1993 52 539 15th
1994 74 673 6th
1995 66 688 8th
1996 67 558 6th
1997 81 626 6th
1998 85 680 6th
1999 61 602 13th
2000 74 608 6th
2001 45 476 17th
2002 39 429 18th
Total 709 6,402 --



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