Luke Morris crowned leading jockey for most wins in 2015
Luke Morris has won the inaugural Stobart-backed award for riding the most winners in a calendar year. Morris has notched up 189 winners from over 1,500 rides at a strike rate of 12%, putting him an unassailable 13 winners clear of his nearest rival, Adam Kirby, on the final day of 2015. He will be presented with a commemorative picture frame and the £15,000 in prize money early in the New Year, once he has returned to the UK after well-earned holiday.
Luke Morris said: “I am delighted to have ridden the most winners in 2015. Many thanks to all the Owners and Trainers who have supported through the year and my agent Neil Allan for all his hard work. Also to the Sponsors, Stobart for supporting the Jockeys’ Championships. Without these people I wouldn’t have had such a fantastic year. Hopefully 2016 can be equally as good.”
Neil Allan, Luke Morris’ agent, said of his achievement: “Luke is the ultimate professional, never looks back and he always wants to win. He is very lucky to have a good core of trainers who continue to support him. Sir Mark Prescott Bt would be his main backer, but there are so many other trainers who provide him rides and they are all so understanding about his commitments. He’s a pleasure to work with, he’s still young and hopefully the winners will keep coming.”
Sir Mark Prescott Bt said: “I am delighted that Luke Morris has won this award. No one could be more deserving. It is good to see skill, toughness, professionalism and an appetite for hard work, so justly rewarded.”
Morris’ incredible work ethic, popularity around the industry and ability to ride at light weights means he is often in high demand from trainers and owners. This has resulted in Luke riding in over 400 more races than any of his weighing-room rivals, and winning more than £1.5 million in prize money. He rode two or more winners in a day on 40 occasions in 2015, including 29 doubles and 10 trebles. He also rode a remarkable 31 winners in January alone, including a four-timer. He consistently drives more than 60,000 miles a year travelling to hundreds of races the length and breadth of the country and thinks nothing of driving 250 miles for one race – his monthly fuel bill alone regularly tops £1,100.
You can view the complete full-year standings in our Championships section.