Saturday, 17 May 2014


Happy Birthday to Michael Roberts 60 to-day.  May all your dreams come true.
 Global Flat Turf Rider Champion jockey in South Africa and in Britain.

Read about some of Michael’s dreams that have already come true in Clive Brittain's book.

Read in Clive’s book Chapter 12 Page 145  “Working Marvels With Mystiko”
“Clive says “You don’t win races with wooden horses. They must have fire and passion and it’s our job to control it”  .
Michael rode Mystiko out himself nearly every day at Clive’s in Newmarket.
 Page 145
Clive says:  “Mystiko wouldn’t have won a Classic with just an ordinary jockey. He was a tearaway. There were only so many gallops in him. Michael Roberts got on well with the colt.

“As for his rider,  Clive said of Roberts at the time: “He wins a lot of races before the finish with his tactical skills during the race. As a man he has great character. He always gives you 100 per cent. Nothing is too much trouble. If there is a problem with a horse, say with his temperament, he makes light of the difficulty He is a tremendous horseman  And if you listen he is always there with something worthwhile to say “

“South Aftica’s Sunday Tribunal  greeting Mystiko’s victory in the 2,000 Guineas of 1991 with the headline ‘Our champion!’ saying that the victory of jockey Michael (Muis) Roberts ‘took South African racing to the top of the world’ . The South African racing champion, who had ridden the winners of 16 Classics in his home country, was described  as having ridden the race of his life after driving Mystiko to rally over the last 50 yards of the race and deny Steve Cauthen on the French raider Lycius by a head in a photo finish. The pair were six lengths clear of another French runner, Ganges, in third place.

“Although Mystiko had gone clear of his field with 220 yards to go the American ace had come hurtling out of the pack to give chase and had  headed Mystiko late on. But Roberts had kept just enough in reserve to galvanise one further effort out of his grey mount to ensure an exciting victory" .

Roberts has had a successful career, winning many English and South African races multiple times. He was British flat racing Champion Jockey in 1992.
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