British flat racing Champion Jockey

The champion jockey of flat racing in Great Britain is the rider who has the most wins during a season. For most of its existence, the jockeys championship was decided on the number of winners ridden between Lincoln Handicap Day and November Handicap Day, the traditional flat turf season. In 2015, it was announced that the title would be decided over a reduced timescale – the start of the Guineas Meeting and British Champions Day, roughly 24 instead of 32 weeks.[1]

A prize of £25,000 to the champion jockey and £10,000 to the runner up was also introduced as part of the 2015 changes.[2]

The championship was sponsored for the first time in 2009 by online casino 32Red and is currently sponsored by Stobart Group.

Champions edit

The list below shows the champion jockey and the number of winners for each year since 1840.[3] The seasonal record of jockeys' winners was published for the first time in 1846.[4]

Jockeys are of British nationality unless stated

Records edit

  • Most titles - 26, Gordon Richards
  • Most consecutive titles - 13, Nat Flatman (1840-1852), Fred Archer (1874-1886)
  • Most wins in a season - 269, Gordon Richards (1947)

See also edit

References edit

  1. ^ Rowlands, Simon (16 March 2015). "The Stobart Flat Jockeys Championship 2016". Timeform. Retrieved 20 October 2017.
  2. ^ Cook, Chris. "Jockeys' title race changes backed by Richard Hughes and Frankie Dettori". The Guardian. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  3. ^ Wright 1986, p. 423.
  4. ^ Mortimer, Onslow & Willett 1978, p. 214.
  5. ^ "Proud De Sousa lifts first jockeys' championship". Racing Post. Archived from the original on 16 January 2017.
  6. ^ "Jim Crowley: Championship a dream win". Sky Sports.
  7. ^ Scully, Mark. "Delight for De Sousa as he's crowned champion jockey for second time". Racing Post. Retrieved 23 October 2017.
  8. ^ Hendry, Sam (6 November 2020). "Oisin Murphy crowned champion jockey as Buick comes up short at Newcastle". Racing Post. Retrieved 6 November 2020.
  9. ^ Burton, Scott (16 October 2021). "'I'm over the moon' - Oisin Murphy crowned champion for third successive year". Racing Post. Retrieved 16 October 2021.
  10. ^ "William Buick and Billy Loughnane crowned champion jockeys". Sporting Life. 21 October 2023. Retrieved 21 October 2023.

Bibliography edit

  • Mortimer, Roger; Onslow, Richard; Willett, Peter (1978). Biographical Encyclopaedia of British Racing. London: Macdonald and Jane's. ISBN 0-354-08536-0.
  • Wright, Howard (1986). The Encyclopaedia of Flat Racing. London: Robert Hale. ISBN 0-7090-2639-0.