• The week’s significant milestones, facts and figures
5,049 Scott Stevens
USA: Veteran jockey Scott Stevens is set to retire after a recent fall at Turf Paradise. The news was announced last Wednesday [March 3] by his younger brother, the much garlanded Hall of Famer Gary Stevens.
Scott Stevens, 60, fractured vertebrae in a spill at the Arizona track on February 24. Thankfully, there is reportedly “no sign of paralysis” but his career is over after a total of 5,049 victories from 33,447 mounts, according to Equibase.
Stevens, whose career began aged 16 at Les Bois Park in his native Idaho in 1976, hit the 5,000 mark in March 2020 and is one of only 25 riders to reach that landmark figure in US racing history. He was awarded the George Woolf Award in 2019.
147,830 All-Star Mile
Australia: Based on the Japanese original, the All-Star Mile – a A$5m (£2.77m) event where fans vote for the bulk of the field – reaches its third edition at Moonee Valley on Saturday [March 13]. A record total of 147,830 votes were received ahead of the third edition of what is the world’s richest mile, which rotates around Melbourne’s three major venues, with Western Australia star Arcadia Queen leading the way with 15,105 from Behemoth (14,699) and top NZ filly Probabeel (14,503).
Cox Plate winner Sir Dragonet also made the Top Ten, all of whom are set to run in the race alongside five ‘wild cards’ added to the field on March 1.
5 Hollie Doyle
GB: You can’t keep Hollie Doyle out of the news, it seems. Britain’s leading female rider was at it again on Wednesday [March 3] when she lit up a quiet midweek Kempton all-weather card with the second five-timer of her burgeoning career.
Doyle rode a treble for trainer Tony Carroll on Della Mare, Sir Titan and Madrinho, and also scored on Archie Watson-trained Laos and Godolphin’s Highland Avenue, who took the feature race, the ‘Road To The Kentucky Derby’ Conditions Stakes.
Doyle’s first career five-timer came at Windsor in August. But while she is being increasingly talked about as a potential champion jockey in 2021, Doyle’s Kempton exploits will have no bearing on that title as the jockeys’ championship does not officially start until April.
2,000 Arnaldo Bocachica
USA: Arnaldo Bocachica became the latest US-based rider to reach 2,000 when he scored on favourite Never Compromise in the seventh race at Charles Town on Saturday [March 6]. The winner was trained by the jockey’s boss Jeff Runco.
Bocachica, who leads the Charles Town standings for 2021 with 52 wins, has been leading rider at West Virginia bull running for the last three seasons.
13 Charlie Appleby
UAE: Given Godolphin’s overall dominance, there can be no surprises about the identity of the leading trainer at the abbreviated 2021 Dubai World Cup Carnival, which closed with Super Saturday at Meydan.
Charlie Appleby led the way among trainers with 13 winners from his 49 runners across the seven carnival meetings for a 26.7% strike-rate – impressive when it is considered he usually runs multiple horses. Doug Watson came next with 7-46, one more than Saeed Bin Suroor on 6-60.
Top jockey was William Buick with eight wins from Frankie Dettori (seven) and Pat Dobbs (six).