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WATCH: 2018 Melbourne Cup runner up, terrific in French Gr1! – On Target for 2019!

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2018 Melbourne Cup runner up, MARMELO, was terrific in French Group 1 overnight, the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud over the unsuitable 2400m trip.

The Hughie Morrison trained galloper is bang on target for the 2019 Melbourne Cup, which Morrison & connections have confirmed is again his main aim in 2019!

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Frankie Dettori v Lester Piggott – Who is the best UK based jockey of all time?

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Dettori’s famous flying dismount after winning 2019 Gold Cup on Stradivarius

Is Frankie Dettori the best European jockey ever – even surpassing the legendary Lester Piggott – in racing’s Sport of Kings?

Italian maestro Lanfranco “Frankie” Dettori, MBE, wowed the 2019 Royal Ascot meeting, underlined by riding the first four winners on Thursday’s June 20 card, including the £500,000 (USD $636,970) Gold Cup, on board Stradivarius, who made it back to back Gold Cup wins in the UK’s most prestigious flat race.

“What a horse Stradivarius is – a horse for the big occasion – people love him,” said Dettori, after completing back to back Gold Cup successes.

Stradivarius, trained by John Gosden was heavily backed to win the £283,550 (USD $361,225) first prize.

“It’s great for everyone connected with the horse – every time he runs he delivers. He doesn’t know how to lose. A fantastic horse,” said Dettori.

Dettori had the bookies running scared on Ladies Day, after winning on A’Ali, Sangarius, Star Catcher, and Stradivarius.“Frankie Dettori rode a beautiful race,” said trainer Gosden, whose star stayer won the 2018 Yorkshire Cup, the Gold Cup, the Goodwood Cup and the Lonsdale Cup – to bag a £1m bonus, through the inaugural Weatherbys Hamilton Stayers’ Million.

Going into the 5th and final Day of Royal Ascot 2019 on Saturday, Dettori leads the race to the Champion Jockey’s crown having ridden 7 winner through the 1st four days, 2nd is Ryan Moore who has 5 wins, followed by Daniel Tudehope 1 further back on 4.

So is Dettori the top European Flat jockey ever?

Dettori, 48,  UK’s champion jockey three times, has ridden a total of 712 Group race winners of which 207 have come at the pinnacle Group 1 grade, this includes one of the greatest feats ever, by any jockey, anywhere in the world – riding all seven winners on a memorable British Champions Day at Ascot in 1996.

In 2012 Dettori split from riding with Godolphin racing, after being found guilty of reportedly taking cocaine, of which he was suspended from riding for six months.

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Dettori & Godolphin ended an amazing partnership when they parted company in 2012

Pocket-rocket Dettori, 5′ 4″, and his wife Catherine, live in Stetchworth, Newmarket, with their five children.

Legend Lester Piggott, 83, rode 4,493 career winners, including nine Derby victories, his first being in 1954 on Never Say Die, aged 18.

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Born on November 5, 1935, Piggott certainly lit up the racing world, notching up the British Flat racing champion jockey crown on 11 occasions.

Piggott, who retired in 1985 and became a trainer, was jailed for six months and stripped of his OBE, for tax fraud.

Piggott, who rode his first winner at the age of 12, made a dramatic comeback to the saddle in 1990, prior to officially retiring in 1995.

Piggott was in attendance with Her Majesty The Queen at Epsom Downs earlier this month, where a statue of him was unveiled, in recognition of his services to racing which included a record 9 Derby wins at the famous Epsom track.

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A statue in bronze of legendary flat jockey Lester Piggott was unveiled by Queen Elizabeth II on Derby Day at Epsom Down in 2019

Trainer Mark Johnston believes Dettori is, at very least, on par with Piggott, who has long been regarded as one of the greatest Flat racing jockeys of all time.

“On the big day, Frankie Dettori is special. No disrespect to Lester Piggott – a superhero – but to not call Frankie on the same terms would not be fair on  him. He has been the most fantastic jockey for British racing,” said Johnston.

Royal Ascot 2019: Lay of the Carnival (Day 3 – Thursday)

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Lay of the Carnival

Thursday 20 June 2019

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Royal Ascot

Race 4

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Stradivarius 

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Jockey: Frankie Dettori

Trainer: John Gosden

 

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2018 LONGINES WORLD HORSE RACING AWARDS

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WORLD HORSE RACING AWARDS

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2018: WORLD’S BEST RACE HORSE

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=1ST – WINX (130)

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=1ST – CRACKSMAN (130)

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3RD – ACCELERATE (128)

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2018: WORLD’S BEST HORSE RACE

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2018 QATAR PRIX DE L’ARC DE TRIOMPHE FIELD, ODDS & TIPS

(1:05AM AEDST , 12:05AM AEST – MONDAY MORNING 08/10/18)

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Qatar Prix De L’Arc De Triomphe
€4,999,999 (AU$8,142,552.09)

3yo+

1m 4f

GROUP 1

19 runners

Going: Good to Firm

(1:05AM AEDST , 12:05AM AEST – MONDAY MORNING 08/10/18)

Draw

Horse

Weight

Jockey

Trainer

1

18

DEFOE 59,5kg ANDREA ATZENI R. VARIAN

2

07

SALOUEN 59,5kg OISIN MURPHY S. KIRK

3

04

CAPRI 59,5kg DONNACHA O’BRIEN AP. O’BRIEN

4

10

WAY TO PARIS 59,5kg GERALD MOSSE A. MARCIALIS

5

13

WALDGEIS-T 59,5kg PIERRE-CHARLES BOUDOT A. FABRE (S)

6

09

CLOTH OF STARS 59,5kg VINCENT CHEMINAUD A. FABRE (S)

7

08

TALISMAN-IC 59,5kg MICKAEL BARZALONA A. FABRE (S)

8

05

TIBERIAN 59,5kg WILLIAM BUICK A. COUETIL (S)

9

01

CLINCHER 59,5kg YUTAKA TAKE H. MIYAMOTO

10

06

ENABLE 58 kg LANFRANCO DETTORI J. GOSDEN

11

11

NEUFBOSC 56,5kg CRISTIAN DEMURO MME P. BRANDT

12

02

PATASCOY 56,5kg OLIVIER PESLIER X. THOMAS DEMEAULTE

13

14

KEW GARDENS 56,5kg RYAN-LEE MOORE AP. O’BRIEN

14

19

STUDY OF MAN 56,5kg STEPHANE PASQUIER P. BARY (S)

15

17

LOUIS D’OR 56,5kg ANTOINE HAMELIN T. CASTANHEIRA (S)

16

12

HUNTING HORN 56,5kg JAMES-ANTHONY HEFFERNAN AP. O’BRIEN

17

03

NELSON 56,5kg MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER HUSSEY AP. O’BRIEN

18

16

MAGICAL 55 kg WAYNE-MARTIN LORDAN AP. O’BRIEN

19

15

SEA OF CLASS 55 kg JAMES WILLIAM DOYLE WJ HAGGAS

1.DEFOE:

Trainer: Roger Varian

Jockey: Andrea Atzeni

Odds: $41.00

Group One wins: None

This son of Arc winner Dalakhani was back to his previously progressive form of last season in the wet spring, capped by victory in the Jockey Club Cup at Newmarket in May.

His dislike for fast ground was illustrated by defeat in the Tattersalls Gold Cup behind Lancaster Bomber in May and he was kept at home during the summer.

There is not a lot wrong with his comeback second in the Grosser Preis Von Baden, when surrendering ground on the home turn to finish a neck behind Godolphin’s Best Solution, but looks unlikely to get the testing conditions he needs.

2.SALOUEN:

Trainer: Sylvester Kirk

Jockey: Oisin Murphy

Odds: $67.00

Group One wins: None

Seems capable of ssecuring a place without winning at whatever level he sets his sights at, going particularly close behind Cracksman under a masterful Silvestre De Sousa ride in the Coronation Cup at Epsom in June and ran bravely against Waldgeist at Saint-Cloud in the summer.

Has not gone forward in two subsequent efforts.

Snaffling a minor place, if not out of the question, is the best he can hope for.

3.CAPRI:

Trainer: Aidan O’Brien

Jockey: Donnacha O’Brien

Odds: $17.00

Group One wins: Irish Derby, St Leger

A missing man for much of this season but as interesting as any of those at a big price.

Won what now looks an outstanding contest in last year’s St Leger and best forgiven beating only one home when reappearing just a fortnight later in the Arc.

Fifth spot behind Waldgeist on a belated comeback in the Prix Foy does not make encouraging reading on paper, but he hit a flat spot and rallied at the end. Capable of much better and is a big price for his achievements.

4.WAY TO PARIS:

Trainer: Antonio Marcialis

Jockey: Gerald Mosse

Odds: $101.00

Group One wins: None

Exactly 30 years since the last Italian-trained Arc winner, Tony Bin, and this would be considerably more of a surprise.

Deserving of a place in the line-up, given he has not been far behind Waldgeist on three occasions this year, most recently in the Prix Foy, but has never looked likely to overhaul that rival and there is no immediately forthcoming reason why that should change here.

5.WALDGEIST:

Trainer: Andre Fabre

Jockey: Pierre-Charles Boudot

Odds: $7.50

Group One wins: Criterium de Saint-Cloud, Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud

No trainer knows what an Arc horse looks like better than Andre Fabre and this son of Galileo appears to have been campaigned as one all season.

Not impressive in the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud when he edged out Coronet, the four-year-old was far more convincing when winning the Prix Foy last month and must be greatly respected.

Whilst the ground is unlikely to be allowed to become lightning fast, it must be a concern whether he is effective on quicker conditions.

6.CLOTH OF STARS:

Trainer: Andre Fabre

Jockey: Vincent Cheminaud

Odds: $26.00

Group One wins: Prix Ganay

Ran a blinder last year to stay on through the field for second behind Enable, but had a much stronger back catalogue of efforts to show than he does this year. Encouragement could be taken from his third behind Waldgeist in the Foy and will have been brought on to peak here but still looks short of what is required.

7.TALISMANIC:

Trainer: Andre Fabre

Jockey: Mickael Barzalona

Odds: $21.00

Group One wins: Breeders’ Cup Turf

Popular performer, not only for his distinctive white markings but for a string of genuine efforts.

Fabre had no complaints with a runner-up placing behind Waldgeist in the Foy but issued some concern about the mile and a half now being a little beyond his capabilities.

Likes to hear his feet rattle, but this is a tougher test than when he won at the Breeders’ Cup.

8.TIBERIAN:

Trainer: Alain Couetil

Jockey: William Buick

Odds: $51.00

Group One wins: None

A fine servant to connections over time, who was a respectable seventh in the Melbourne Cup this time last year.

Unfortunately he is without a win in a year now and a tame fifth in the Grand Prix de Deauville was not a glowing recommendation for his prospects in such company.

9.CLINCHER:

Trainer: Hiroshi Miyamoto

Jockey: Yutaka Take

Odds: $51.00

Group One wins: None

Japanese runners in the Arc always merit respect but not many have arrived with less fanfare in recent years.

A fine third in the Tenno Sho over two miles and has some reasonable middle-distance form, too.

Although his trainer admitted prior to the Prix Foy that he would expect improvement on his next outing, there needs to be an awful lot as he was beaten eight lengths.

10.ENABLE:

Trainer: John Gosden

Jockey: Frankie Dettori

Odds: $2.10

Group One wins: Oaks, Irish Oaks, King George, Yorkshire Oaks, Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe

There was not a more welcome sight all year than seeing this fabulous filly skip to a ready defeat of the high-class Crystal Ocean in the September Stakes at Kempton last month.

A fine winner of the race last year and she ought to strip even fitter after looking as if she had developed into an even more robust specimen on her first run since last October.

Earlier issues with her knees will continue to be a worry but if Gosden has her on the starting line, she will take all the beating.

11.NEUFBOSC:

Trainer: Pia Brandt

Jockey: Christian Demuro

Odds: $34.00

Group One wins: None

Lightly-raced colt who was worn down by Kew Gardens in the Grand Prix de Paris before being put away for the summer. Looked rather rusty under restrained tactics when third in the Prix Niel. Has a lot to prove on form, but represents a shrewd trainer who would not allow him to take part unless she felt he could be competitive.

Not an obvious winner, but not one to underestimate.

12.PATASCOY:

Trainer: Xavier Thomas-Demeaulte

Jockey: Olivier Peslier

Odds: $34.00

Group One wins: None

Appeared from out of the provincial tracks to run a blinder in the French Derby, finishing second behind Study Of Man from a wide draw. Unfortunately, that has not looked much of a race and although his comeback in a tactical race behind Knight To Behold at Deauville was perfectly OK, he just does not look good enough.

13.KEW GARDENS:

Trainer: Aidan O’Brien

Jockey: Ryan Moore

Odds: $11.00

Group One wins: Grand Prix de Paris, St Leger

Had begun to look one to avoid in the Derby trials only to summon a dramatic turnaround, barely looking back since his towering win in the Queen’s Vase at Royal Ascot. The change in tactics from a prominent role, to one being held-up seems to have made all the difference.

Produced an admirable victory in the St Leger and very much deserving of a chance at this level.

Main worry is that following up here after the demands of Doncaster has been beyond other Ballydoyle runners such as Leading Light, Scorpion and Capri and he is not an obviously different specimen.

14.STUDY OF MAN:

Trainer: Pascal Bary

Jockey: Stephane Pasquier

Odds: $34.00

Group One wins: Prix du Jockey Club

Showed a willing attitude in winning the French Derby but has not been smooth sailing since then, suffering fairly heavy defeats in both his Deauville comeback and in the Irish Champion Stakes.

Untried beyond a mile and a quarter and pedigree does not exactly scream that he wants the trip either, so fairly quickly passed by.

15.LOUIS D’OR:

Trainer: Tony Castanheira

Jockey: Antoine Hamelin

Odds: $101.00

Group One wins: None

One win at conditions level in 13 starts probably sums up the prospects of this fellow.

A career-best when outrunning huge odds to be third in the French Derby but has not built on that when his sights have been lowered and seemed not to stay when tried at this trip last time in the Prix Niel.

16.HUNTING HORN:

Trainer: Aidan O’Brien

Jockey: Seamie O’Brien

Odds: $51.00

Group One wins: None

Made a valuable contribution to the O’Brien yard this year, not only winning the Hampton Court Stakes in fine fashion but taking third in the Belmont Derby and struggling to overcome a wide draw in the Secretariat Stakes.

Defeat to Brundtland in the Prix Niel, though, is not Arc-winning form and surely only included as back-up to Kew Gardens.

17.NELSON:

Trainer: Aidan O’Brien

Jockey: Michael Hussey

Odds: $101.00

Group One wins: None

Been on pacemaking duties for Ballydoyle for most of the year and that is the only feasible reason for his inclusion in the field.

18.MAGICAL:

Trainer: Aidan O’Brien

Jockey: Wayne Lordan

Odds: $51.00

Group One wins: None

Might well have got closer to Laurens in the Matron Stakes, but for meeting interference and looks to have been primed to pick up a big prize before the year is out.

However, managing that in such a distinguished line-up would be a lot to ask and although full-sister Rhododendron stayed a mile and a half, she has barely set foot beyond eight furlongs yet.

19.SEA OF CLASS

Trainer: William Haggas

Jockey: James Doyle

Odds: $4.50

Group One wins: Irish Oaks, Yorkshire Oaks

Missed the Oaks at Epsom but certainly made up for lost time and has really gelled with the confident riding of James Doyle.

Bred for the challenge and even his often cautious trainer has warmed to the idea of Paris.

Will not mind the dry spell and although this is a very different assignment to what she has experienced before, she ought to be ready for it.

TIPS:

10.ENABLE*****

19.SEA OF CLASS

14.STUDY OF MAN

13.KEW GARDENS

6.CLOTH OF STARS

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BOWMAN RATED CLEARLY WORLD’S BEST JOCKEY IN 2017

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It’s been a question that many a punter & racing fan would have pondered at one point or another while watching the local races down at the track or watching a huge international racing day / carnival from across the other side of the globe on live telecast.

For 100’s of year’s since organised thoroughbred races were commissioned, no doubt there would have been more than just an odd few heated arguments, pondering the answer to a seemingly simple question: 

 

Who is the best jockey in the world?

 

The problem was that there was never a right or wrong answer to the somewhat intriguing question, as it was a totally & purely subjective question where a punter’s inevitable answer would be his favourite hoop from his home town or the rider who had just ridden the nice priced winner to victory that he’d backed.

However after the roaring success of a year long competition created by the “International Federation of Horse Racing Authorities” in 2008, known as the “LONGINES WORLD’S BEST RACE HORSE RANKING’S”. It was inevitable racing fans would want to know not only who the world’s best horses were they wanted to know also who was the world’s best race rider.

It took a while but and much after much debate & internal planning about what the competition rules would be & how the contest would work properly by providing equal point scoring opportunities  & fairness for all jockey’s no matter which racing jurisdiction they called their home base.

In 2015, the inaugural “LONGINES WORLD’S BEST JOCKEY” competition was launched, with every single jockey from every racing jurisdiction fully eligible to take part.

The beauty of the global jockey challenge, was in the simplicity of it’s rules which were simplified right down from original idea’s to ensure horse racing enthusiasts could keep up to the minute with the progress of the competition.

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THE RULES WHICH HAVEN’T BEEN ALTERED SINCE THEIR INITIAL CREATION IN 2014 ARE AS FOLLOWS:

 

LONGINES WORLD’S BEST JOCKEY OFFICIAL RULES

(i) The LONGINES WORLD’S BEST JOCKEY award is given to the jockey who has achieved the most points in the 100 highest-rated Group 1 and Grade 1 races as established for the year by the LONGINES World’s Best Racehorse Rankings Committee. The scoring will incorporate races from 1st December of the previous year until 30th November of the current year.

(ii) Jockeys are assigned points riding the 1st, 2nd and 3rd horses, as follows:

~Jockey riding the 1st horse: 12 points

~Jockey riding the 2nd horse: 6 points

~Jockey riding the 3rd horse: 4 points

(iii) Provision’s for points distribution in the event of a dead heat for either 1st, 2nd or 3rd were also made in that event a dead heat amongst the top 3 should occur in any of the 100 points earning races.

 

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THE LIST OF THE 100 ELIGIBLE GROUP/GRADE 1 RACES TO ACCRUE POINTS IN DURING 2017

 

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2014 LONGINES WORLD’S BEST JOCKEY

CHAMPION: RYAN L. MOORE – 94 POINTS

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2014 – FINAL POINTS TABLE

Jockey 1st Place(s) 2nd Place(s) 3rd Place(s) 1st Place Points 2nd Place Points 3rd Place Points Total Points
Ryan L. Moore 5 3 4 60 18 16 94
Christophe Soumillon 4 4 4 48 24 16 88
Joseph P. O’Brien 3 4 3 36 24 12 72

 

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2015 LONGINES WORLD’S BEST JOCKEY

CHAMPION: LANFRANCO “FRANKIE” DETTORI – 100 POINTS

 

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2015 – FINAL POINTS TABLE

Jockey 1st Place(s) 2nd Place(s) 3rd Place(s) 1st Place Points 2nd Place Points 3rd Place Points Total Points
FrankieDettori 5 4 4 60 24 16 100
Victor Espinoza 6 3 0 72 18 0 90
Ryan L. Moore 4 5 3 48 30 12 90

 

 

2016 LONGINES WORLD’S BEST JOCKEY

CHAMPION: RYAN L. MOORE – 166* POINTS

(*RECORD TOTAL SEASON POINTS SCORE)

 

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2016 – FINAL POINTS TABLE

Jockey 1st Place(s) 2nd Place(s) 3rd Place(s) 1st Place Points 2nd Place Points 3rd Place Points Total Points
Ryan L. Moore 8 9 4 96 54 16 166
Christophe Soumillon 5 5 2 60 30 8 98
Hugh Bowman 6 1 4 72 6 16 94

 

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2017 LONGINES WORLD’S BEST JOCKEY

CHAMPION: TO BE DETERMINED ON NOVEMBER 30, 2017

2017 WORLD’S BEST JOCKET POINTS TABLE (INTERIM)

Jockey 1st Place(s) 2nd Place(s) 3rd Place(s) 1st Place Points 2nd Place Points 3rd Place Points Total Points
Hugh Bowman 6 3 1 72 18 4 94
Ryan L. Moore 4 3 2 48 18 8 74
Joao Moreira 3 2 3 36 12 12 60
Tommy Berry 3 2 3 36 12 12 60
Zac Purton 3 2 0 36 12 0 48
William Buick 3 0 2 36 0 8 44
Javier Castellano 3 1 0 36 6 0 42
James Doyle 2 3 0 24 18 0 42
Andrea Atzeni 1 1 2 12 6 8 26
Brad Rawiller 2 0 0 24 0 0 24

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Super Star Australian jockey Hugh Bowman is a short priced, odds-on favourite to continue his stellar 2017 form for the rest of Year & become not only the first Aussie to be awarded the prestigious honour on November 30 by the “International Federation of Horse Racing Authorities” at the gala awards night, but he’d also become the first non European winner in the competitions 4th year.

Bowman know’s he’s had a brilliant 2017 to date, mainly thanks to his world champion mare Winx, but despite the comfortable 20 point buffer he holds over Ryan Moore currently, he knows Moore will keep on winning big races around the world, so Bowman admits he will have to return serve & keep piling on the points, if he’s to prevent the Englishman, Ryan Moore from winning the coveted award for the 3rd time in just 4 years on the concept.

This great new concept that has been terrifically received by jockeys world wide, and it’s already widely regarded amongst the jockey fraternity as the highest single individual honour available to every jockey in the world.

“Hughy” knows he’s still got plenty of winning at the Group 1 level to do for the remainder of 2017 if he’s to take out the gong despite the handy points buffer he has at this point in time which is well past the half way point of the 2017 competition.

Ryan Moore will take a power of beating, as was evidenced by the mammoth 166 points he accumulated in taking out the 2016 award. Christophe Soumillion who was the 2016 runner-up was an astronomical 68 points off the champion in 2nd spot.

However, Bowman has several aces up his sleeve coming into Spring time in Australia. He’ll again ride champion mare WINX at all her starts & that appears that it’ll convert into easy points for Bowman who has partnered the mare at the last 16 wins out of her stunning 17 consecutive victories,

It’ll go right down to the wire but our bipartisan view on the race for the prize, is that with Winx in his corner Hugh will prove to hard to run down even with three elite jockeys still within a points striking distance:

  • Ryan Moore (2nd – 20 points adrift)

  • Jo Moreira (=3rd – 34 points adrift)

  • Tommy D. Berry (=3rd – 34 points adrift)

 

 

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The top 10 leaderboard makes pleasing reading for the Australian horse racing industry with, 4 of the spots filled by Australian born & bred jockeys:

  • Hugh Bowman, 1st – 94 points

  • Tommy Berry, 4th – 60 points

  • Zac Purton, 5th – 48 points

  • Brad Rawiller, 10th – 24 points

 

Progress of other Australian riders outside the top 10:

  • Corey Brown, 13th – 20 points

  • Brett Prebble, =14th – 18 points

  • Damien Lane, =14th – 18 points

  • Glyn Schoefield, =14th – 18 points

  • Blake Shinn, =19th – 14 points

 

The 2017 instalment of the LONGINES WORLD’S BEST JOCKEY” championship has been by far and away the best collective effort by our Australian contingent of jockeys, who have been able to rack up plenty of meaningful points throughout the 1st, 2/3rds of the 2017 points race.

Whether they’re based at home or abroad. It’s clear too see that Australia has the most amount of jockey’s earning points of any country globally.

We really do produce the world’s best riders as a collective whole, I believe whole heartedly – I’m not just wearing my Aussie rose tint glasses.

It’d be terrific for Australian racing if “Huge” Hughy Bowman could go on and build on his buffer to take out grand 1st place award, because he’s long been one of our favourite son’s.

He’s a humble outback kid hailing from country New South Wales, if he could come from such humble beginnings and go on to become the official Best jockey on the Globe he’d inspire hundred’s of country kids, who would dream of travelling a similar path. 

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Hugh Bowman in the colours of his world champion mare Winx. It could be this dynamic combination that see’s him win the 2017 World’s Best Jockey title

 

2015 Longines World’s Best Jockey Award

The 2nd annual world’s best jockey award has been decided with the great Frankie Dettori winning the 2015 title in large part thanks to his association with champion Colt Golden Horn, who amongst others races claimed the top huge one’s the Epsom Derby and the Arc.
  

Dettori scored 100 points for the year. The points system is an easy one to grasp and is equally fair to jockeys from every racing jurisdiction around the globe. 

The International Horse Racing Federation has come up with a list of the 100 best Gr1 races annually from every corner of the globe. These 100 races provide the basis of deciding the ‘world champion’ with 12 points awarded for winning one of the 100 races. 6 points for finishing runner-up and 4 points for finishing in 3rd place. The most points after the 100 annual races wins the award.

American Victor Espanoza, jockey of historic triple crown winner American Pharoah was the award runner up. He was 10 points back of Dettori with 90 for the year.

Last year’s innugural world champion jockey Ryan Moore finished in 3rd, also on 90 points which was equal with Espanoza, but Espanoza won the tie-breaker having won 6 races to Moore’s 4.

Australiasian jockeys did us terrifically proud, headed up by kiwi come Aussie James McDonald who finished in 6th spot on 82 points for the year.

Tommy Berry finished 8th polling 56 points overall, whilst Hugh Bowman was also in the top 10 at number 9 with 54 points.

We had a further 4 jockeys finish up in the top 20 of the rankings, funnily enough they finished in order from 17th to 20th.

Michael Walker was 17th. Damian Oliver was 18th. Craig William 19th. And Ben Melham 20th.

I think we’ve done extremely well as a region to have 7 of the top 20 world jockeys, it really does support our argument that we produced some of the world’s best riders. 

Dettori will have a special presentation ceremony conducted in his honor to present the award at Sha Tin on Hong Kong International Day. 

OSAILA MAKES IT FIFTY FOR DETTORI

Updated 17 Jun 2015

Frankie Dettori claimed his 50th winner at Royal Ascot as Osaila got up late in the Sandringham Handicap.

  
The popular Italian settled Richard Hannon’s well supported 13-2 chance in the middle of the pack for much of the straight mile journey and she was still on the bridle entering the last two furlongs.

Dettori tried to weave a passage between the pacesetting Sulaalaat and 2-1 favourite Always Smile soon after, but the door was swiftly shut in his face as the latter started to edge left.

Always Smile still looked likely to deliver at that stage, but her waywardness got progressively worse in the final furlong, giving Osaila a chance and they flashed by the post almost as one.
  

After a brief wait, the judge called Osaila the winner by a nose from the market leader, who surely would have won had she charted a straight course.

The Queen’s Touchline just beat Jellicle Ball to third spot.

Dettori said: “I feel great, especially as it is for my boss (Sheikh Joaan, Al Shaqab Racing) and he’s here.

“This was one of my best rides this week and it came off.

“Sheikh Joaan saved my career and I’m very grateful, Ascot is my place and I love it.

“I think she got too hot in the Guineas, perhaps we overshot the target but it doesn’t matter now.

“I was quite happy this morning, but then everything went wrong, Euro Charline wouldn’t go in the stalls and I felt it was going to be one of those days.

“It’s all OK now, I’ve got it off my back.

“James (Doyle, on Always Smile) tried to get first run on me, but she stuck to it really well.

“Fifty is a big number, to join the great like Lester Piggott and Pat Eddery means a lot. I was getting a bit worried because I had some good rides today, but now I’ve done it.”

Hannon said: “We always thought she was very good but she didn’t run her race in the Guineas.

“We’ve got her back now, she put on a lot of weight, she travelled really well and is obviously a very good filly.

“She’s very brave and she battled well as the other filly had gone clear.

“She’s seen out the mile really well but she does have a lot of speed which always worries me when we ask her to go a mile.

“Royal Ascot winners are worth 10 of any other winners.

“She’s won two Group Threes and a Listed race now and there’s no question she’ll go back there (Group One level).”
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