• The week’s significant milestones
2,000 Maxime Guyon
France: With a double at Deauville on Tuesday [Oct 20], reigning French champion jockey Maxime Guyon reached 2,000 career victories.
Guyon, 31, scored in successive races on Chasselay and Be Ahead to reach the landmark. “When I started my career 15 years ago, I could never have expected to win so many races so quickly,” said the jockey, who has 35 G1 successes to his name, including five with Solow.
87 Glen Boss
Australia: Sir Dragonet’s Cox Plate victory was the 87th G1 success of veteran jockey Glen Boss’s career. ‘Group 1 Glen’, 51, was riding his fourth winner of Australia’s greatest weight-for-age race after Makybe Diva (2005), So You Think (2009) and Ocean Park (2012).
Jack Purtell, Brent Thomson and Hugh Bowman also have four Cox Plate victories; the record is held by Darby Munro with five.
GB: Four-time G1 winner Ghaiyyath was retired last Monday [Oct 19] and will miss the Breeders’ Cup Turf. With an official rating of 130, Godolphin’s son of Dubawi is the highest-rated horse in the world for 2020.
Trainer Charlie Appleby explained: “It is obviously disappointing not to be taking him to the Breeders’ Cup but the exertions of a long season, which started in Dubai in January, were starting to show and the decision has been made to retire him.”
200 Pierre-Charles Boudot
France: Dual champion Pierre-Charles Boudot has a runaway lead in the 2020 title race and is certain to reclaim the Cravache d’Or. The 27-year-old rode his 200th winner of the season at Clairefontaine on Friday [Oct 23] when he partnered Go Fast Traou Land to win a two-year-old maiden over a mile for trainer Adrien Fouassier.
Japan: Contrail became the eighth colt to complete the Japanese Triple Crown with his victory in the Kikuka Sho (Japanese St Leger) on Sunday [Oct 25]. The previous seven horses to complete the sweep are St Lite (1941), Shinzan (1964), Mr C.B. (1983), Symboli Rudolf (1984), Narita Brian (1994), Deep Impact (2005) and Orfevre (2011).
Contrail is only the third unbeaten horse to win the Triple Crown; the other two are his legendary sire Deep Impact and Symboli Rudolf.
A week earlier, Daring Tact became the sixth filly to complete the fillies’ version in the Shuko Sho following Mejiro Ramonu (1986), Still In Love (2003), Apapane (2010), Gentildonna (2012) and Almond Eye (2018).