Jockeys

Jockeys

Some say that the horse is only as good as the jockey, whilst that may be true on the odd occasion, good horses actually demand top jockeys and for astute trainers and race horse owners getting the best jockeys for their horses is paramount. This is particularly evident with flat jockeys, where the top guys can earn fortunes by being the best and riding the best. To get to that standard not only must a jockey be a natural rider, he must have many more characteristics, which include power, determination, knowledge and dedication.

Johnny Murtagh

Johnny Murtagh one of the world's top jockeys and was appointed by Aiden O’Brien as Ballydoyles number one jockey in 2008, where he succeeded, Kieran Fallon. He is renowned for excelling on the big occasion having won many of the big races around the world. His haul includes five Irish Oaks and three Yorkshire Oaks, four Ascot Gold Cup races and two Tattersalls Gold Cups, three Epsom Derbys and two Irish Derbys, three King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes, two English and two Irish 2000 Guineas, an English and an Irish Champions' Stakes and wins in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, Breeders' Cup Turf and Breeders' Cup Mile and Hong Kong Vase. He is most certainly worth following at the Royal Ascot meeting in July where he has scored at least once in all of the Group 1 races staged there.

Frankie Dettori

Frankie DettoriIn 1990 Frankie Dettori became the first teenager since Lester Piggott to ride 100 winners in one season and he has not stopped making the headlines since. His first win came at the age of 16 in Turin, Italy in 1986, further success followed quickly, and as his winners became more apparent he began to get the rides that all top jockeys seek. On September 28, 1996 Dettori achieved the incredible feat of winning all seven races on a single day at Ascot Racecourse. These days he is the retained jockey for the Godolphin racing stables, and is well-known for his distinctive "flying dismounts". The Epsom Derby was the only classic in Britain that Dettori had not won in his career, until his fifteenth attempt in 2007, when he finally won riding the Peter Chapple-Hyam trained Authorised. The following day he won the French Derby on Lawman, notching up a Derby betting double. He has been Champion Jockey in the UK three times, the last time being in 2004.

Kieran Fallon

Kieran FallonFallon an Irish Jockey has been British Champion Jockey on six occasions and is regarded by many as the best jockey in the world. He rode his first winner in 1984 Fallon rode his first winner at Navan. After making a name for himself in Ireland, Fallon came over to England in 1988 to ride for trainer Jimmy FitzGerald and getting his first winner at Thirsk on Evichstar. Fallon has won the Arc de Triomphe twice on Hurricane Run and Dylan Thomas, the Epsom Derby three times; Oath, Kris Kin and North Light in. Sadly Fallon is currently banned from race riding for 18 months for serious indiscretions, which cost him his job at Ballydoyle, however he will return to racing in September 2009. He is currently riding out for Sir Michael Stoute at Newmarket. Kieran Fallon is known for his huge will to win and ability to always be in the right place at the right time in a race. He is universally known as "King Kieren".