Former SA champion jockey Weichong Marwing will ride for the Gilbert Rousset yard in the forthcoming 2018 Mauritius racing season.

One of our most accomplished and experienced jockeys, Marwing rode on the island for the former Koon Stable in 1991 and also at the international meetings of 1997, 2006 and 2007.

The 47 year old was SA Champion Jockey in 1996/7 and rode 6 winners on the Turffontein card on 1 January 1992 – a feat he repeated at the Vaal on 8 April 2004.

He rode champion filly Irridescence to victory over the great Ouija Board in the 2006 Queen Elizabeth II Cup at Sha Tinn Hong Kong. In 2007 he won his second United Arab Emirates Derby at Nad Al Sheba Racecourse aboard the Mike de Kock-trained Asiatic Boy, a horse he says is the best he has ever ridden.

The veteran Rousset has been training for 30 years and was champion in all of 1987, 2009 -11, 2013, 2016, and was champion last year with 40 winners.