• The week’s significant milestones, facts and figures
144 Jamie Richards
New Zealand: Dominant trainer Jamie Richards broke the national record for wins in a season when Avantage landed her ninth G1 victory in the NZ Thoroughbred Breeders’ Stakes at Te Rapa on Saturday [April 17] to give him his 144th winner of 2020-21.
Richards, who had moved on to 147 by the end of the weekend, has won 13 of the 21 G1 events on offer in New Zealand this term, with Avantage winning five on her own. The trainer bettered the 143 winners achieved by Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman in 2017-18, while Avantage was ridden by Danielle Johnson, who now has 143 winners herself for the current season.
3,000 Damien Oliver
Australia: Not every jurisdiction keeps exhaustive statistical records, so we are indebted to Bruce Clark for pointing out that veteran jockey Damien Oliver passed the 3,000-winner mark – on February 28, when he partnered Melba Storm to win at Ballarat.
Perth-born Oliver, 48, is a ten-time winner of the Melbourne metro jockeys’ premiership. He has won a multitude of Australia’s top races, among them 122 G1s including three Melbourne Cups (Doriemus 1995, Media Puzzle 2002, Fiorente 2013), two Cox Plates (Dane Ripper 1997, Northerly 2001), four Caulfield Cups, five Queen Elizabeth Stakes and a plethora of Derbys including six Victoria Derbys.
27 Charles LoPresti
USA: Sounding no trumpet before him, Wise Dan’s trainer Charlie LoPresti confirmed last week that he has retired after 27 years with a licence.
In fact, his final starter came last October! “Didn’t want to make a big deal of it,” said LoPresti, 63, speaking to the Daily Racing Form.
A native New Yorker, LoPresti never trained more than a handful of horses during a career starting in 1993. However, he left his mark via the exploits of 11-time G1 winner Wise Dan, who was US Horse of the Year in 2012 and 2013, winning the Breeders’ Cup Mile in both seasons.
Ireland: Dundalk stalwart Togoville, who holds the record for most all-weather victories in Ireland with 14, has been retired.
Trained by Anthony McCann, the grey 11-year-old provided the late Pat Smullen with his final winner in March 2018. His career record of 14 wins at Ireland’s sole AW venue – starting in December 2014 – is four more than next-best Shake The Bucket.
Togoville won 16 races altogether from 76 starts dating back to August 2013, also scoring in a Roscommon handicap on turf and on the beach at Laytown.
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700 Guillermo Arizkorreta
Spain: Guillermo Arizkorreta, Spain’s champion trainer for the last nine years, saddled his 700th winner on April 11 when Copita De Cava won the last race on a six-race card at La Zarzuela in Madrid.
With 11 trainers’ titles altogether, Arizkorreta needs just one more to equal Jesus Mendez’s record mark of 12. He trained his first winner in November 2006 with his first runner Lourival and has about 90 winners outside Spain in France, Morocco, the UAE and Switzerland.