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Smullen 'very happy' with Weld

Pat Smullen has ruled himself out of the vacancy at Ballydoyle left by the departure of Johnny Murtagh.

Smullen, 33, was installed as favourite to become number one for Aidan O'Brien and the Coolmore horses following Murtagh's surprise statement on Monday, but he is to remain as stable jockey to Dermot Weld.

"I've got a very good job and I ride for some very good owners so I'm happy where I am," he said.

"I'm staying with Dermot and very happy to do so. He's a world-class trainer and he's got some great owners. I'm very happy in the position I am at the moment."

Paddy Power make Christophe Soumillon even-money to get one of the biggest jobs in racing, but have also seen some interest in French-born former US champion apprentice Julien Leparoux and have introduced him into their betting at 10-1.

Paddy Power said: "We were contacted and asked for a price about Julien Leparoux.

"The enquiry came from someone whose judgement we respect and Leparoux won the same Eclipse award as Steve Cauthen and Cash Asmussen did as an apprentice.

"Later we saw a spate of cash for Christophe Soumillon at 5-2 around the time of Dermot Weld's statement that his jockey would be staying put, and had to cut him to evens."


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