Mickael Barzalona

Mickaël Barzalona (born 3 August 1991 in Avignon, France) is a French-born Thoroughbred horse racing jockey.

Mickaël Barzalona
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Mickaël Barzalona (At Hanshin Racecourse)
Born (1991-08-03) 3 August 1991 (age 29)
Avignon, France
Major racing wins
Dubai World Cup, Epsom Derby, St. Leger
Significant horses
Encke, Monterosso, Pour Moi


In June 2011, Barzalona rode Pour Moi to win the 2011 Epsom Derby at Epsom, performing a remarkable in-race move from last place to 1st over the final straight, winning by a head. He judged the finish to perfection, causing much comment by standing in his stirrups and celebrating before the race had finished. It provided an iconic image for the 2011 Derby.[1][2] Less than 2 weeks later, Barzelona rode a good race to take 16-1 underdog, Opinion Poll to 2nd place in the Gold Cup at Ascot behind odds-on favourite and defending champion, Fame and Glory.

On 31 March 2012 he comfortably won the $10 million Dubai World Cup, riding 20-1 outsider Monterosso from the Godolphin stable. It was Godolphin's first Dubai World Cup win since 2006.[3]

He won his second English classic aboard Encke in the 2012 St Leger.

Major winsEdit


  Great Britain


  United Arab Emirates

  United States


  1. ^ "Epsom: Pour Moi triumphs in thrilling Derby". BBC Sport. 4 June 2011. Retrieved 7 June 2011.
  2. ^ "Mickael Barzalona and Joseph O'Brien prove youth can triumph over experience". Daily Telegraph. 4 June 2011. Retrieved 7 June 2011.
  3. ^ http://www.thenational.ae/sport/horse-racing/dubai-world-cup-monterosso-ends-godolphin-drought

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