Thanks to international horseracing media rights, the sport has gained fans from over 100 countries, and there have been lots of inspirational stories to tell. From horses, racecourses, and jockeys, there have been several stakeholders who have helped to shape and home the sport’s image. In here, we’ll look at the top five flat-racing riders in the game today.
5 Greatest Jockeys
When it comes to choosing the best players in any sport, it has never been an easy task given there are lots of variables to consider. Nonetheless, their resilience, skills, and overall form are among the denominators that we can rely on to help narrow down the list to who we believe to the top flat-racing jockeys in the sport today.
1. Ryan Moore
A Britain international, Ryan Moore is arguably the best jockey in the world. Ryan was based in Dubai at the Zabeel Stables during the early days of his career, and he has grown into the man that every horse owner or trainer would like to see on his horse. Even better, Ryan’s reputation as the most reliable rider on the planet stems from his uncanny ability with the saddle. It’s no wonder the crowds love him, while other jockeys revere him.
2. Christophe Soumillon
Christophe Soumillon is among the most famous jockeys in France, where he has claimed several championships. Soumillon is admired for his powerful finish and flair, making him a leading figure in most major races worldwide. The French rider was born in the sport, being the son of legendary jumps jockey Jean-Marc Soumillon.
Soumillon rose to fame when riding for Andre Fabre, a legendary French trainer who helped win some of the biggest races in the sport. He also rode five winning horses at the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe. He also recently teamed up with Saeed Bin Sorour (Godolphin’s handler), who made history by winning the Dubai World Cups back-to-back with Thunder Snow.
3. Frankie Dettori
An Italian-international and a Britain-based jockey, Frankie Dettori is among the best flat-racing riders in the world. Dettori is a big crowd favorite with excellent skills in the saddle, embodying all the characteristics of a charismatic and successful sportsman.
Since Dettori was groomed to be the star he is today by trainer Luca Cumani, the Britain-based jockey picked up the gauntlet and carved out a career that made his name recognizable in the sport. He is fiercely ambitious and has continued improving since his unique moment at the 1996 Ascot when he rode all the seven winners.
4. James Doyle
Though his resume isn’t as impressive as Moore or Dettori, James Doyle remains a high-class jockey in the world. He’s not short of skills as he’s capable of matching the best jockeys in close finishes, making him among the new breed of riders.
Since 2014, Doyle has been riding Godolphin, which goes to show his temperament and skills. He has also been a jockey for The Queen at the Royal Ascot, saddling Magnetic Charm to secure the second place during the Sandringham Stakes.
5. John R Velasquez
John Velasquez’s career took off in 1990 after moving to New York. By 2005, he had managed to be the champion jockey in terms of earnings, and he took the coveted Eclipse Award for two years for being an outstanding jockey. In 2012, Velasquez was inducted in the Horse Racing Hall Of Fame, and in 2013, he rode his 5,000th winner.