Ben Curtis secures 50th victory of the season

News | 4th August 2020

Ben Curtis secured his 50th winner in the 2020 Flat Jockeys’ Championship today following victory aboard Pull Harder Con at Beverley Racecourse.

Ben Curtis now sits in fourth position in the title race, one win behind third place William Buick, and four behind second-placed Tom Marquand (54).

Curtis is eleven victories adrift of leader and reigning Champion Jockey, Oisin Murphy (61) in the title race.

Curtis said: “It’s fantastic to have reached 50 winners for the season. The Flat Jockeys’ Championship is developing into a really exciting title race and I’m very lucky to be in amongst it.”

“I don’t think there will be a runaway winner of the Championship this year, so I’ll be doing my upmost to come out on top. I’ve been able to get on some great horses so far this year, riding for various trainers and owners, which is brilliant, so hopefully that continues.”

Amongst Curtis’ 50 victories this season includes success with Dandalla with his first career Group 2 in the Duchess Of Cambridge Stakes at Newmarket which quickly followed the pair’s win in the Group 3 Albany Stakes. The Albany was Curtis’ maiden win at the Royal meeting.

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Ben Curtis winning with Dandalla. Albany Stakes - left. Duchess of Cambridge Stakes - right.

Curtis continued: “The standout win amongst the 50 would have to be Dandalla at Royal Ascot being my first Royal Ascot winner.”

“Although wins like today at Beverley are just as special, I was leading rider at Beverley for a few years and obviously being local to the Yorkshire tracks makes those wins feel extra special.”

Ben Curtis’ most successful trainer partnership so far this season is with Karl Burke, with the pair enjoying 17 victories together, and his top performing track of the season so far is Newcastle where he has secured 25 wins.

Flat Jockeys' Championship 2020