• The week’s significant milestones, facts and figures
153 Oisin Murphy
GB: After a tumultuous season and a tense final week, Oisin Murphy just held on by two winners from William Buick to claim the jockeys’ title for the third year in a row. Buick rode nine winners in the last week to mount a serious challenge to the defending champ, who won 153-151.
Murphy, 26, is the third jockey this century to claim a championship hat-trick, following Kieren Fallon (2001-03) and Richard Hughes (2012-14). “I am over the moon and thrilled to get it across the line,” said Murphy.
The official jockeys’ title race runs from May 1 until Saturday’s British Champions Day meeting. Champion apprentice of 2021 on that basis is Marco Ghiani, with 51 victories; Murphy also leads the way for 2021 overall with 175 wins.
Godolphin claimed the owners’ title for the 14th time while Charlie Appleby sits well clear among trainers, although that championship is decided on prize-money throughout the entire calendar year.
Australia: Melbourne Cup favourite Incentivise took his winning streak to nine with a brilliant performance in the Caulfield Cup on Saturday [Oct 16].
Sent off 13-10 favourite, the five-year-old’s winning margin on 3½ lengths was the longest since Might And Power in 1997.
“We’ve got a very, very special horse on our hands,” said owner Ozzie Kheir, whose Cox Plate winner Sir Dragonet suffered a fatal injury during a routine workout.
Incentivise has now won all three starts, all of them G1s, since moving to Black Caviar trainer Peter Moody for the 2021-22 season. Moody, based at Caulfield for much of his career, had never before won the track’s showpiece race.
100 Alan Munro
South Korea: Derby-winning jockey Alan Munro rode his 100th winner in Korea when he partnered Lovely K to victory in Seoul on Saturday [Oct 16].
Munro, 54, steered Generous to win at Epsom in 1991. He last rode in Britain in 2011 but has continued to ride successfully in the Far East, moving to Korea in February 2019.
400 Vincent Ho
Hong Kong: Ten years on from being crowned HK champion apprentice, Golden Sixty’s jockey Vincent Ho reached the 400-winner landmark when he partnered Jimmy Ting-trained Seasons Bliss to win a 6f handicap at Sha Tin on Sunday [Oct 17].
“It’s been a while, right?” said the 31-year-old. “This season has been very slow. I’ve just got to keep this up now, get on some good rides and do better than last season.”
15m The Everest
Australia: The world’s richest turf race with A$15m (£8.1m) in prize-money took place in Sydney on Saturday with the fifth running of the Everest at Randwick.
Star sprinter Nature Strip claimed the A$6.2m (£3.35m) first prize, holding on by a head from late-charging Masked Crusader after being sent straight to the lead by James McDonald in the 6f contest. It was the seven-year-old’s third run in the race after finishing only fourth and seventh on his two previous efforts.
125 Torquator Tasso
France: Arc winner Torquator Tasso has been given an official rating of 125 for his surprise victory in Europe’s richest race at ParisLongchamp on October 3.
The German four-year-old stands in joint fourth on the Longines World’s Best Racehorse Rankings for 2021 behind Adayar, Mishriff and St Mark’s Basilica, who sit in a three-way tie on top on 127, according to official IFHA handicappers.
200 Sybille Vogt
Germany: Sybille Vogt, the Swiss-born rider who won the first Saudi jockeys’ challenge in 2020, rode the 200th winner of her career with victory on longshot debutant Arturo in the opener at Baden-Baden on Friday [Oct 15].
Vogt’s 27 winners this term were highlighted by the German 1,000 Guineas on Novemba. She completed a double at Baden-Baden on two-year-old Georgios in a €200,000 sales race, the Ferdinand Leisten-Memorial.
45-1 chance Arturo, meanwhile, was a first winner at Germany’s foremost venue for Armin Weidler, who began training in 1991.