• The week’s significant milestones
3,315 Christophe Soumillon
France: When he partnered the Aga Khan’s Valeya to claim a minor event at Compiegne last Wednesday, Christophe Soumillon became the all-time winningmost jockey in France with the 3,315th winner of his career in the country.
A ten-time winner of the cravache d’or (golden whip) as French champion jockey, the Belgian 38-year-old, twice an Arc winner with Dalakhani (2003) and Zarkava (2008) surpassed the mark achieved by the legendary Yves Saint-Martin upon his retirement in 1987.
Owing to notable successes around the globe, Soumillon’s total number of career victories far exceeds the 3,315 in France. Either way, he did not waste much time adding to his tally, as he completed a double later on the card at Compiegne by riding his 3,316th domestic winner on Ulan.
1,000 Robert Havlin
GB: Robert ‘Rab’ Havlin, for so long integral behind the scenes as senior work rider at John Gosden’s operation, reached a significant landmark of his own at Lingfield last week when he rode the 1,000th winner of his career in Britain on Pitcher’s Point.
The popular 46-year-old Scot, who rode the likes of Enable and Cracksman to their maiden victories before Frankie Dettori took over, rode his first winner in June 1991 at his home track Ayr on the John Wilson-trained Diet.
1,577 Kiaran McLaughlin
USA: Godolphin trainer Kiaran McLaughlin is set to retire to become jockey Luis Saez’s agent at the end of the current Gulfstream Park championship meet at the beginning of April. Best known for the exploits of Sheikh Hamdan’s world champion Invasor, who won the Breeders’ Cup Classic and Dubai World Cup, McLaughlin had won 1,577 races in the States – plus plenty more abroad as a former UAE champion trainer – by close of play on Sunday.
47 Aidan O’Brien
GB: A total of 139 horses remained in the Investec Derby at last week’s forfeit stage for the world’s premier Classic. No fewer than 47 of them – over a third – are trained by Aidan O’Brien, who is clearly leaving few stones unturned in his bid for an eighth victory at Epsom in Britain’s richest race on June 6.