• The week’s significant milestones
1,000 Oisin Murphy
GB: Champion jockey Oisin Murphy rode the 1,000th winner of his career in Britain when completing a double on the all-weather at Southwell on Tuesday [Oct 27] with the victory of Michael Dods-trained Perfect Sign. The two-year-old carried the colours of Murphy’s retainers, Qatar Racing.
“Hopefully I can ride 1,000 more in the future,” said Murphy, 25. “I ride good horses all over the world and I’m very privileged to do that.”
8 Almond Eye
Japan: Almond Eye’s second victory in the Tenno Sho (Autumn) on Sunday [Nov 1] at Tokyo racecourse was the mare’s eighth G1 success on turf, setting a new mark for a Japanese-trained horse.
She has won seven JRA G1s, plus last year’s Dubai Turf. Almond Eye is the seventh horse to win seven JRA G1s after T M Opera O, Symboli Kris S, Deep Impact, Vodka, Gentildonna and KItasan Black.
73 Denis Pagan
Australia: Former Aussie Rules coach Denis Pagan led North Melbourne to two AFL premierships in 1996 and 1999. On Saturday [Oct 31], just four months after taking out a training licence, the 73-year-old saddled 20-1 shot Johnny Get Angry to win the A$2m Victoria Derby, Melbourne’s senior race for three-year-olds at Flemington.
The gelding, whom he also owns, was Pagan’s second winner since he started training a small team in July. He was the stable’s 12th runner, from just three individual horses. Apprentice Lachlan King got the leg-up.
On the same card, Gai Waterhouse trained her 144th G1 winner with Shout The Bar in the Empire Rose under Damien Oliver. The jockey now has 121 G1s to his name.
7.5m Golden Eagle
Australia: The Melbourne Spring Carnival tends to dominate discussions about racing down under at this time of year but last weekend’s most valuable race took place in Sydney with the second running of the A$7.5 million (£4.07m) Golden Eagle at Rosehill.
Godolphin filly Colette revelled in the mud to short-head Icebath and claim Australian racing’s third-richest prize (after the Everest and Melbourne Cup) under Koby Jennings, a country rider whose previous biggest success had come in the 2019 Provincial Championship Final.
500 Tom Amoss
USA: Tom Amoss became only the fifth trainer to reach the 500-winner mark at Churchill Downs when Cave Run recorded a narrow victory in Wednesday’s opener [Oct 28] at the Kentucky Derby venue. D Wayne Lukas, Bill Mott, Steve Asmussen and Dale Romans are the other trainers to accomplish the feat.