Horse racing betting odds tend to focus on the success of a horse. Their previous results, their age but one of the most important aspects of their race, is who saddles them. A jockey can make or break a race, so it’s important for trainers to match their horses with a jockey that are well suited. Let’s take a look at some jockeys who have made a big difference in the industry.
One of flat racing’s most beloved jockeys is Irishman, Kieron Fallon. Starting as a stable jockey, Fallon didn’t have the best of starts to his career. A few media outlets started to notice his poor attitude, and before he knew it, he was given a 10-day ban. Off the track, he has been known for his more than colourful background, all which is documented in his autobiography which was released in 2018.
Although he is now retired, his career welcomes quite the success. 2,253 wins in total, with major titles at the Epsom Derby, Epsom Oaks and Arlington Million. Fallon also won the British flat racing Champion jockey award six times in his career from 1997 to 2003.
Sir Tony McCoy, often referred to as AP McCoy, is one of the best of all time. McCoy managed to win ‘Champion Jockey of the Year’ every year from 1996 to 2015; that’s every year from turning pro up until his retirement. His results on the track have been more than impressive, and they’ve led to an admirable life away from work.
McCoy was appointed an MBE in 2003, followed by an OBE in 2010. He won ‘Sportsman of the Year’ at the British Sports Awards and has three Guinness World Records – one for obtaining the most career jump wins. In 2016, McCoy received a knighthood for his services to racing, and although the jockey had many wins in his time, we’re sure this is up there as one of his greatest personal achievements.
The jockey from Italy has one of the most impressive records of all time after saddling every winning horse on a single day at Ascot on 28th September 1996. You might recognise his name for more than his sporting ventures. In 2013, he appeared on Celebrity Big Brother where he lasted three weeks in the house.
Dettori has won trophies in 24 different countries, including the Ascot Gold Cup seven times and the 1,000 Guineas and 2,000 Guineas three times. His decorated career has been recognised with an MBE award, although that was stolen after a break-in at his home in 2006.
With over 2,700 wins in his career, Walsh is one of the Ireland’s most impressive jockeys by far. He is often associated with the Cheltenham Festival as the Irishman has won at the meet 11 times since 2004.
His most impressive British racing year to date was during the 2007/08 season where from 2,209 runs he won 69 times, giving him a winning percentage of 30%. Over in Ireland, he managed to bump this even higher to 35% in the 2016/17 season.Earlier this year, the family man announced his retirement, intending to spend more time at home. He ended his career with victory in the Punchestwon Gold Cup, riding Kemboy. In a long but impressive 24-year career, the jockey will forever remain in history as one of the greats.