• The week’s significant milestones, facts and figures
72 Torquator Tasso
France: At 72-1 on the pari-mutuel (and 80-1 with bookmakers) surprise Arc winner Torquator Tasso was the third-longest-priced winner in the 100-year history of the race.
German predecessor Star Appeal heads the chart with his 119-1 triumph in 1975, when victims included Allez France and Dahlia. Representing Mulheim-based second-season trainer Marcel Weiss and ridden by Rene Piechulek, Torquator Tasso is Germany’s third winner of Europe’s richest race after Star Appeal and Danedream (2011).
100 Hugh Bowman
Australia: Winx’s rider Hugh Bowman became only the fourth jockey in Australian racing history to ride 100 G1 winners when he partnered David Payne-trained Montefilia to win the Metropolitan at Randwick on Saturday [Oct 2].
Bowman, 41, joins George Moore, Damien Oliver and Jim Cassidy in reaching the landmark. “I must admit, I am very proud to have achieved it,” said Sydney-based Bowman. “Obviously one horse was involved in a quarter of those 100 victories, which in itself is amazing.”
200 Mark Johnston
GB: Frankly, you can almost take it for granted but congratulations are due to Mark Johnston, who completed his tenth double century when Dreams Unwind scored under stable stalwart Joe Fanning at Ripon on September 25. Britain’s all-time record holder in career wins has trained at least 100 wins for 28 consecutive seasons.
Newmarket-based William Haggas achieved a notable feat in sending out eight winners on Saturday [Oct 2] highlighted by the G2 victory of Dubai Honour in the Prix Dollar at ParisLongchamp. Haggas also had a treble at Chester plus two winners at Ascot and one each at Newmarket and Wolverhampton.
500 David Hayes
Hong Kong: After a blistering start to the 2021-22 season, trainer David Hayes recorded his landmark 500th victory in Hong Kong with a four-timer at Sha Tin on Saturday [Oct 2].
Hayes, 58, was a dual HK champion during his first stint in the region that ended in 2005 when he returned to his native Australia. He had already posted a treble with Nervous Witness, Lord Thunder and Master Montaro before Super Wealthy put the icing on the cake with a brilliant win under Alexis Badel in the G3 National Day Cup to set himself up for the Hong Kong Sprint in December.
2,000 Gavin Lerena
South Africa: Former champion jockey Gavin Lerena, 31, posted the 2,000th success of his career when promising three-year-old Quantum King scored at Turffontein on September 25. Trained by Johan Janse van Vuuren, the son of Querari landed a 1,200m handicap at the Johannesburg venue.
800 Steve Asmussen
USA: Yet another notch for record-breaking trainer Steve Asmussen, who on Saturday [Oct 2] became the first to train 800 winners beneath the Twin Spires at Churchill Downs.
Two-year-old Dr. Perry was the horse who got him there in the sixth at the venue where 55-year-old Asmussen, all-time winningmost trainer in North America, is a 24-time meet champion. He won his first race at Churchill Downs with Snake Eyes in May 1993.