#JockeyChamps update: Moore’s Ascot record extends lead
A record-breaking week for Ryan Moore saw him extend his advantage over Richard Hughes to nine wins in the Stobart Jockeys’ Championship.
Moore’s nine wins at Royal Ascot broke the modern-era record of eight, set by Lester Piggott over 50 years ago and more recently matched by Pat Eddery, and took his tally of winners for the season to 44 from 190 rides (23.16% strike rate).
Riding at his last Royal Ascot before his retirement, Hughes notched up two winners and has since followed up that success with a winner at Lingfield to give him 35 winners for the season from 223 rides.
Wins for the impressive colt Buratino and Charlie Appelby-trained Space Age has kept William Buick in the hunt for the Championship and he sits level with Silvestre De Sousa on 31 wins for the season. Buick (third) nudges ahead of the Brazilian (fourth) due to his superior strike rate, with the Godolphin man operating at a strike rate of 19.38% compared to De Sousa’s 18.67%.
Whilst other jockeys were focused on the high-profile races at Royal Ascot, De Sousa spent the evenings racing at courses such as Chelmsford, where he landed a double, Lingfield and Pontefract, where he picked up a winner apiece to claw back the deficit a recent suspension had left him with.
Paul Hanagan’s sole ride last Saturday was on Mahsoob, who justified his favouritism to land the Wolferton Handicap. That success was his only winner at Royal Ascot, but the Liverpudlian jockey also notched up a victory at Newmarket the evening before to take his tally of wins to 30 from 190 rides – leaving the two-time former champion jockey in fifth place in the standings.
Another jockey who forewent Ascot week was Yorkshire-based P J McDonald who was instead riding a winner at each of Ripon and Pontefract, as well as six second-placed finishes across the last week to leave him in sixth place with 27 wins from 176 rides (15.34% strike rate).
George Baker’s impressive strike rate for the season continued as he rode two winners from just 14 rides last week, including the high-profile success aboard Interception in the Wokingham Stakes to leave Baker in seventh position on 25 wins from 109 rides. He pips Phillip Makin (eighth) due to a higher success rate, with Baker’s 22.94% better than Makin’s 17.48%.
Also on 25 wins are ninth-placed Pat Cosgrave (17.36%) and James Doyle, whose 16.03% strike rate sees him complete the top ten.
To view the current standings, check out the Stobart Jockeys’ Championship.
(Figures correct as of 12:00pm, Wednesday 24th June).