• The week’s significant milestones, facts and figures
900 Hayley Turner
GB: 21 years after her first victory on Generate at Pontefract in June 2000, Hayley Turner on Friday [Sept 24] became the first female jockey to ride 900 winners in Britain. She cruised to the landmark with a seven-length victory on Emma Lavelle-trained Master Milliner in a 2m½f handicap at York.
Turner, 38, has three G1 wins to her name and became the first woman to ride a century in Britain in 2018. “I’m absolutely over the moon to reach the milestone of 900 career wins – but I’d be happier if it was 1,000!” she grinned.
2,500 Yuichi Fukunaga
Japan: Top jockey Yuichi Fukunaga partnered the 2,500th victory of his career on the JRA circuit on when two-year-old Dry Stout won the fourth at Chukyo on Sunday [Sept 26].
Fukunaga, 44, also won the last on Osumi Muteki to end the weekend on 107 winners for 2021, enough for third in the current JRA title race behind Christophe Lemaire and Yuga Kawada.
With a multitude of G1 wins to his name, Fukunaga is the regular rider of last year’s brilliant Triple Crown winner Contrail. Indeed, he has ridden three of the last four winners of the Tokyo Yushun, and also boasts top-level international success in Hong Kong, Dubai and the US among his achievements.
94 Arlington Park
USA: Let the record show that Sister Ruler, a five-year-old mare trained by Michele Boyce and ridden by Constantino Roman, will go down in the form book as the final horse ever to win a race at Arlington Park after taking the ninth race on Saturday [Sept 25] – the final day of what looks sure to be the Chicago track’s last-ever meet.
Amid much consternation, Arlington has applied for no racing dates in 2022 as owners Churchill Downs Inc look to sell for redevelopment after 94 years, the track’s having opened in October 1927.
100 Chad Brown
USA: According to Equibase, four-time Eclipse Award-winning trainer Chad Brown won his 100th graded stakes at Belmont Park when Pocket Square took the G3 Athenia on Saturday’s card [Sept 25] at the New York track.
A G3 winner at Deauville for former trainer Roger Charlton, the Juddmonte filly rallied under Irad Ortiz to beat Brown-trained stablemate Miss Teheran on the inner turf.
Elsewhere in the US, reigning Eclipse Award winner Brad Cox has reached the 200-winner mark for 2021, while the prolific Karl Broberg has now topped 300.
21 Aidan O’Brien
Ireland: Luxembourg is the new favourite for next year’s Derby after winning his second race in as many starts with a near five-length success in the Beresford Stakes at the Curragh.
Remarkably, the son of Camelot was trainer Aidan O’Brien’s 11th consecutive winner of the G2 contest, and his 21st overall in a race he first won with Johan Cruyff in 1996. None of O’Brien’s previous winners scored at Epsom the following year – but Sea The Stars won both races for John Oxx in 2008-09.
New Zealand: Nine-time G1 winner Avantage achieved a new world-record price for a horse sold at an online auction when Coolmore’s Tom Magnier went to NZ$4.1m (£2.1m) to secure the daughter of Fastnet Rock via New Zealand Bloodstock’s online platform Gavelhouse Plus. The six-year-old’s racing career was recently ended by a tendon injury.
7 Monomoy Girl
USA: Monomoy Girl, retired last week after sustaining an injury in training, never finished worse than second in 17 career starts, winning 14 of them. Trained by Brad Cox, the brilliant daughter of Tapizar won seven G1 events, including two editions of the Breeders’ Cup Distaff (2018 and 2020).
Given that one of her defeats was a DQ after passing the post first, she was only ever beaten twice – by a neck as a two-year-old and a nose by Letruska on what was to be her final start in the Apple Blossom in April. The six-year-old will now take up broodmare duties at Spendthrift.