On the record: Sheikh Hamdan, Christophe Lemaire, Daniel Centeno and more …

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3,000 and counting: Daniel Centeno is joined by family in the winner’s circle. Photo: Tampa Bay Downs

8 Sheikh Hamdan

GB: Sheikh Hamdan, who goes by Mr Hamdan Al Maktoum for his racing interests in Europe, retained his owners’ title to land his eighth British title with total prize-money of £2,330,768 from his 116 victories in the truncated 2020 season.

With superstar sprinter Battaash leading the charge alongside fellow G1 winners Nazeef and Mohaather, the Sheikh finished about £156,000 ahead of second-placed Godolphin.

Britain’s champion trainer for the fifth time is John Gosden, with prize-money of £3,130,298 (and 150 wins). 

Oisin Murphy successfully defended his jockeys’ crown according to the parameters of the British title, which ended in November. However, Ben Curtis came out on top on a calendar-year basis with 170 winners.

4.5m Jean-Claude Rouget

France: Arc-winning trainer Jean-Claude Rouget wrested the official title, decided on prize-money, from Andre Fabre with a total of €4,541,132. Rouget topped the winners’ list again, with 128.

Pierre-Charles Boudot wins his third Cravache d’Or (Golden Whip) with 220 victories, 85 more than runner-up Maxime Guyon (135).

In both Germany and Italy, titles are decided on wins only. Henk Grewe (55) and Bauyrzhan Murzabayev (119) retained their titles in Germany, while Alduino Botti (169) and Dario Vargiu (121) did the same in Italy. The latter is winning his eighth title.

204 Christophe Lemaire

Japan: Christophe Lemaire, who in 2017 became the first foreign rider to win the Japan Racing Association jockeys’ title, retained the championship for the fourth successive season with 204 winners. Champion trainer is Yoshito Yahagi with 53 victories.

3,000 Daniel Centeno

USA: When he partnered seven-year-old mare Lucy’s Town to win the tenth race at Tampa Bay Downs – the track at which he is the all-time winningmost rider – Daniel Centeno became the 182nd jockey to ride 3,000 winners in North America. The 49-year-old also won 847 races in his native Venezuela before moving to the US in 2003.

1,000 Carol Cedeno

USA: Carol Cedeno rode the 1,000th winner of her career when she got the best of a three-way finish on Miguel Vera-trained Perpetrate at Laurel on Saturday [Jan 2]. 

“I’m so happy because not too many girls from Puerto Rico come here and do good,” said Cedeno, 31, who made her US debut in April 2007.

A mother of two, she is a six-time leading rider at Delaware Park, where she rode seven winners on a 10-race card in July 2018.

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