It’s All About the Jockey

Hi all, after last month’s piece on Golf, it is time to return to our grass roots of the equine world.

The sheer amount of information that is readily, and often, free can be baffling and at times we can all be guilty of flitting from one source to another especially if the winners have dried up.

During the recent Q&A session with Melissa Jones, Racing Journalist and Chief Tipster for the Daily Express I noted a point relating to jockeys. She mentioned that as part of her daily process she liked to consider in-form jockeys as they thrive on confidence.

My usual day to day study involves aspects of the Racing Post, Geegeez’s and the Inform Speed Ratings but every now and then I pop over to Attheraces and having done the latter towards the end of September I noticed a feature that hadn’t crossed my path to date.

The above explanation is fairly clear, so I started taking a closer look each day at the individual race meetings and one of the aspects piqued my interest, namely the chart detailing the Top Jockeys at the track (last 5 years) who had a ride on today’s card.

Below is the data for the meeting at Epsom on Sunday 1st October. You can see that ranked first is Benoit De La Sayette who became the first apprentice champion trainer John Gosden has hired in 30 years. He subsequently became Champion Apprentice at the end of the 2022 season.

At Epsom on Sunday the young jockey had three rides

The Whipmaster 15:25 finished unplaced 14/1

Burglar 16:00 finished 3rd 11/4


Bresson was 13/2 in the morning markets and I got matched on the Betfair exchange at 7.60.

The next day, Monday 2nd October, Jim Crowley was detailed as having a 40.9% Strike Rate during the latest 5 years at Bath and significantly only had the one ride booked at the meeting. Bear that in mind as the previous day he was a key part of the British contingent at the Arc meeting at Longchamp.

Steve Carter

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