• The week’s significant milestones
13,000 Jorge Ricardo
Brazil: No wrap-up of significant milestones can go without mention of Jorge Ricardo’s amazing feat in reaching the 13,000-winner mark on Friday [Sept 25] at his home venue, Gavea racecourse in Rio.
Gloriosa Negra was the name of the horse aboard whom the all-time world-record holder in career victories reached the landmark. It was 43 years, 10 months and nine days since Ricardinho’s first victory – at the same venue, on Taim, a horse trained by his father Antonio.
Ricardo turns 59 on Wednesday [Sept 30].
2,000 Stephane Pasquier
France: Former French champion Stephane Pasquier rode his 2,000th winner when he partnered Pascal Bary-trained Calculating to win a maiden at Saint-Cloud on Wednesday [Sept 23].
Renowed as a colourful and exuberant character, ‘Paquito’ won the ‘Cravache d’Or’ with 185 winners in 2007, the season after he landed the Arc on Rail Link.
Calculating, who scored by five lengths, is a three-year-old gelding owned by the Niarchos Family, with whom Pasquier has a long association.
6 Venancio Nahid
Brazil: Pimper’s Paradise ran out a comfortable winner of Brazil’s most prestigious race, the Grande Premio Brasil, at Gavea on Sunday [Sept 27].
Jockey Alexandre Correia rode the five-year-old for trainer Venancio Nahid, for whom this was a record-equalling sixth victory after Flying Finn (1990), Velodrome (2005), Jeune-Turc (2009), Barolo (2015) and My Cherie Amour (2016).
The GP Brasil is a ‘Win and You’re In’ race for the Breeders’ Cup Turf as part of the Challenge series. There has been one previous South American-trained Breeders’ Cup winner: Calidoscopio, who won the now defunct Marathon at Santa Anita in 2012 for Argentina’s Guillermo Frenkel.
Pimper’s Paradise shares his name with a song from Uprising, the final album by Bob Marley and the Wailers to be released before the singer’s death.
1,000 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe
France: Only 1,000 people, including staff and connections, will be present at ParisLongchamp on Arc day after the French Government changed the rules regarding public gatherings amid the COVID-19 spike. Although 5,000 had been the permitted figure, the number has been drastically reduced in a number of urban centres across the country including Paris.