• The week’s significant milestones, facts and figures
100 Jamie Kah
Australia: Jamie Kah, the world’s #1 female rider, became the first jockey ever to ride 100 winners in a Melbourne season at Caulfield on Saturday [July 10].
Kah, 25, reached the landmark on half-length winner Deep Speed, trained by Tony & Calvin McEvoy to claim the second race on the card, a 1,100m handicap. She moved onto 101 when the favourite Red Santa won the sixth. The previous best in a single season in metropolitan Victoria was 99.5 by Brett Prebble in 1999-2000 (dead-heats are counted as a half-win).
“Big relief – it’s been a very, very long week and I’ve had some really good people around me getting me through it,” said Kah, speaking to racing.com, after being marooned on 99 for a few meetings.
250 Lyle Hewitson
South Africa: Lyle Hewitson, who has an unassailable lead as he chases his third jockeys’ title, had a treble at Turffontein on Saturday to pass 250 winners for the season.
Hewitson, still only 23, reached the milestone on Sean Tarry-trained Rain In Holland in a two-year-old contest over 1m at the Johannesburg venue. He also won the fifth and sixth on Visiway and Victoria Paige to move onto 252. By close of play on Saturday, he’d had 1,629 rides.
127 St Mark’s Basilica
GB: According to the official IFHA handicappers, St Mark’s Basilica produced the highest-rated performance of 2021 so far with his victory in the Coral-Eclipse Stakes, for which the Aidan O’Brien-trained colt received a new mark of 127.
The dual French Classic winner duly claimed top spot in the latest edition of the Longines World Best Racehorse Rankings, for races until July 4. Top miler Palace Pier and Australian sprinter Nature Strip share second place on 125.
Palace Pier remains #1 on the Thoroughbred Racing Commentary’s Global Rankings, which better assess career achievement rather than individual performances.
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1,000 Eddie Kenneally
USA: County Waterford-born trainer Eddie Kenneally hit the 1,000-winner mark in North America when Brian Hernandes partnered He’s Pretty Lucky to win the fifth race at Ellis Park on Saturday [July 10].
Kenneally, 55, had his first career win with Mertensia at Turfway Park in December 1993. He won the Dubai Golden Shaheen in 2007 with Frankie Dettori-ridden Kelly’s Landing, a year after three-year-old filly Bushfire landed a G1 treble in 2006 in the Ashland, Acorn and Mother Goose.
1,500 Jareth Loveberry
USA: A treble at Arlington Park on Saturday [July 10] took the track’s leading jockey Jareth Loveberry to a career total of 1,500. Daddy’s Boo, a ten-year-old trained by Larry Rivelli, brought up the milestone in the tenth, a one-mile optional claimer on the turf.