Bikala's jockey Gorli dies at 50.
Gorli rose to prominence in the early 1980s alongside fellow apprentices Gerald mosse, Dominique Boeuf and eric Legrix, all of whom were nurtured by trainer Patrick Biancone.
His greatest success came in the 1981 Prix du Jockey Club at the age of 18 on Bikala, while he also enjoyed a fruitful association with future Arc winner All Along.
Unlike Biancone's other 'musketeers', Gorli fought and lost a battle with the scales and quit the saddle barely three years after his Classic success.
Boeuf told Jour de Galop: "I don't just say this because he's no longer with us, but among the four of us Serge was the most talented. He was the first to go out and show us how to beat Yves Saint-martin and Freddy Head."