#JockeyChamps update: Moore wins for Ryan leave him alone in front
Fresh from being awarded the inaugural Stobart Jockey of the Month, Ryan Moore has maintained his lead at the top of the standings after six successes in the past nine days.
Despite being pipped by 50/1 shot Qualify in the Investec Oaks at Epsom last week, Moore guided Stravagante to success on Derby weekend before notching up doubles at Windsor and Haydock earlier this week to give himself a three-win lead in the Stobart Jockeys’ Championship.
With Moore’s focus solely on Epsom over the weekend, second-placed Richard Hughes took advantage by riding a double at Goodwood on Friday evening before returning to the Downs on Saturday to guide Ashpan Sam to glory in the last race on Derby day.
Of his nine wins in the past ten days, Sunday’s success aboard Lady Gibraltar was his biggest-priced winner at 10/1 for trainer Timothy Jarvis. Hughes’ good run of form means he now sits on 29 winners from 173 runs (16.76% strike rate), pushing him three clear of third-placed William Buick.
It was a quiet week for Buick who came so close to Derby delight with Jack Hobbs before seeing victory snatched away by Frankie Dettori and Golden Horn. Earlier in the day, Buick had guided Mark Johnston’s Buratino to a hugely impressive six-length victory to give the Norwegian-born jockey his sole winner over the past week, making it 26 wins from 125 rides this season.
One man who took advantage of his rival jockeys focusing on Epsom was Silvestre De Sousa. After returning from a suspension, the 34-year-old rider fired in eight winners during a nine-day period, including a memorable treble at Epsom last Friday to steer the Mark Johnston-trained trio of Arabian Queen, Gratzie and Al Bandar to glory. The Brazilian is now back up to fourth in the standings with 24 successes from 124 runs – leaving him with a strike rate of 19.35%.
Perhaps the most surprising name in the top 10 is that of P J McDonald who has continued his good form of late. Having rode two slight odds-on shots to glory for trainer Ann Duffield, McDonald scored at Musselburgh on Saturday when partnering the wonderfully-named Kung Hei Fat Choy to glory. McDonald now sits fifth on 23 winners from 130 runs, giving him a strike rate of 17.69% which pushes him ahead of defending champion Paul Hanagan.
The Liverpudlian jockey notched up a quintet of successes across four courses – Wolverhampton, Ripon, Doncaster and Pontefract – in the past week and also has 23 winners, but his strike rate of 15.33% means he falls outside the top five.
Having placed in his first ever Derby at Epsom on Saturday aboard 16/1 shot Storm The Stars, Pat Cosgrave will feel that he has had a memorable week and the addition of three winners at prices of 5/1 (Mister Mayday), 7/1 (Roxy Star), 8/1 (Edged Out) will have only added to that. That leaves the Northern Irish jockey on 22 wins from 105 runs, giving him the second-highest strike rate in the top 10 at 20.95%.
Adam Kirby (eighth) and James Doyle (ninth) both also racked up five wins apiece over the past week as the pressure to ride multiple winners mounts on those jockeys with an eye on a title surge later in the season.
Two wins – including an 11/1 success on Opt Out – means Northern-based jockey Paul Mulrennan makes up the top 10 with 20 wins for the campaign thus far. His earlier form seems to have resulted in him picking up many more rides with a variety of trainers including Alistair Whillans and Michael Easterby, both of whom Mulrennan has ridden winners for over the past week.
To view the current standings, check out the Stobart Jockeys’ Championship.
(Figures correct as of 11:00am, Thursday 11th June 2015)