• The week’s significant milestones
2,000 Jim Crowley
GB: Former champion jockey Jim Crowley reached 2,000 winners in Britain (Flat and jumps combined) when he partnered odds-on favourite Modmin to victory at Goodwood on Sunday [August 30] for trainer Marcus Tregoning.
Crowley is the fifth jockey currently riding on the Flat in Britain to reach the milestone after Frankie Dettori, Joe Fanning, Ryan Moore and Jamie Spencer. “I never dreamed of riding this amount of winners in my career, but it’s fantastic to have done so and to be joining some racing greats in reaching the landmark,” said Crowley, 42.
The all-time British wins record is still held by Sir Gordon Richards, whose career total of 4,870 was a world record when he retired in 1954.
5 Hollie Doyle
GB: Hollie Doyle became the first woman to ride five winners on a single card on Saturday [August 29] at Windsor, where her victories included the feature event, the G3 Winter Hill Stakes, on Extra Elusive for her retainer, owner Imad Al Sagar.
Doyle, 23, set a new record for a female jockey in Britain last term with 116 winners. She now has four Group victories to her name, having broken her duck only last month aboard Dame Malliot at the Newmarket July meeting.
She followed up her five-timer at Windsor with a treble at Yarmouth on Sunday; she has her first G1 ride in Britain on Glen Shiel in Haydock’s Betfair Sprint Cup.
6 Ahmet Celik
Turkey: A truly remarkable achievement from jockey Ahmet Celik, who on Sunday [August 30] won the Gazi Derby, Turkey’s premier Classic, for the sixth year in a row.
Celik landed the 94th edition of the Gazi Derby on Call To Victory, who beat a field of 14 rivals for trainer Orkun Ozelcanat at Veliefendi in Istanbul.
Celik’s previous winners were Renk (2015), Graystorm (2016), Piano Sonata (2017), Hep Beraber (2018) and The Last Romance (2019). First prize for Sunday’s race was 2.95m Turkish lira (about £300,000).
Call To Victory will try to complete the Turkish Triple Crown in the Ankara Stakes on October 24.
• More at the Turkish Jockey Club website
500 Kevin Attard
Canada: Trainer Kevin Attard saddled his 500th winner on Friday [August 28] at Woodbine with Martini Sue.
He is a member of a famous Canadian racing family: his uncle Sid is still going strong with 2,000-plus winners, while Kevin’s father Tino has more than 1,000 to his name. His uncle Joe had 450+ winners when he died from cancer in 2001.
Larry Attard, another uncle, is a dual Canadian champion jockey (1983 and 1986) with a career total of 2,366 winners before he also turned to training.
Kevin Attard had his best-ever season in 2019 with 66 winners including his first G1 success last October with subsequent Canadian horse of the year Starship Jubilee in the EP Taylor.
300 million British racecourses
GB: According to a startling report in the Racing Post, Britain’s racecourses are forecasting a loss of up to £300 million in revenues owing to losses sustained during the coronavirus pandemic.
Although British sport is now beginning trials with crowds, racing has continued behind closed doors with no public admittance since the resumption in June.
“The impact on racecourses of the pandemic is huge with lost revenues likely to be in the range of £250-300 million in 2020 alone,” said Racecourse Association (RCA) chief executive David Armstrong.