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Hollie Doyle: she’s a record breaker – again. Graphic: Great British Racing

152 Hollie Doyle

GB: Hollie Doyle has broken her own record for victories in a calendar year – again. The dual G1-winning jockey rode her 152nd winner of 2021 with the Chris Wall-trained Mustazeed at Doncaster on Friday [Oct 22], thereby surpassing last year’s mark of 121.

Doyle, 25, first established a new record in 2019 with 117 wins, 11 more than the previous-best mark set by Josephine Gordon’s 106 wins in 2017.

“It is a great feeling to pass last year’s total and set a new record,” said Doyle, who landed the second G1 victory of her career via Trueshan’s Goodwood Cup. 

“I am really grateful to all owners and trainers that have supported me this year and I hope that things keep moving forward as they have been,” she added.

“Each year I aim to ride more winners and I want to improve in what I do all the time. I’m delighted to have achieved that goal and am pleased with how things have gone so far this year.”

4,300 Yutaka Take

Japan: Yutaka Take, the winningmost rider in JRA history, recorded his 4,300th victory on Japan’s premier circuit on Sunday’s Kikuka Sho card at Hanshin.

Take, 52, partnered three-year-old filly Super Wooper to win in the ninth race by a half-length for globe-trotting trainer Hideyuki Mori – at the track where the legendary jockey had recorded his first career success on Dyna Bishop in 1987. Take has 56 wins this year in Japan, where reigning champ Christophe Lemaire leads the way again with 157.

Titleholder claimed the Kikuka Sho (Japanese St Leger) with a five-length wire-to-wire effort for trainer Toru Kurita and jockey Takeshi Yokoyama. The latter was landijng his second Classic of 2021 after the Satsuki Sho with Efforia, where Titleholder was runner-up.

7,000 Mario Pino

USA: Veteran jockey Mario Pino retired after racing Friday [Oct 21], having reached the 7,000 career-winner milestone the previous day at Presque Isle Downs in Pennsylvania.

Delaware-born Pino, 60, rode a double on the Thursday card to hit 7,000, the crucial victory coming in the fourth race on Enjoy The Music. Pino, who rode his first winner at Bowie in Maryland in January 1979, rode another winner on Friday to take his final total to 7,001.

Having spent the majority of his long career in the mid-Atlantic region, he stands tenth on the all-time list in North America, where only two active riders – Perry Ouzts (7,241) and Edgar Prado (7,105) – have ridden 7,000 winners. Russell Baze is all-time leader in career victories with 12,842.

10 Aidan O’Brien

GB: Luxembourg confirmed his status as favourite for next year’s Cazoo Derby at Epsom with a solid victory in the Vertem Futurity, the final G1 of the season in Britain at Doncaster on Saturday [Oct 23].

The son of Camelot, who won the same race in 2011, was a record-equalling tenth winner of the two-year-old contest for trainer Aidan O’Brien. Sir Henry Cecil also won ten times in its former guises as the Observer Gold Cup, William Hill Futurity and Racing Post Trophy.

O’Brien’s ten winners are: Saratoga Springs (1997), Aristotle (1999), High Chaparral (2001), Brian Boru (2002), St Nicholas Abbey (2009), Camelot (2011), Kingsbarns (2012), Saxon Warrior (2017), Magna Grecia (2018) and Luxembourg (2021).

125 Niarchos family

France: The Niarchos family has been selected to receive the Longines-sponsored 2021 International Award of Merit, given annually by the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities to recognise distinguished horsemen and horsewomen for lifelong contributions to the sport.

Maria Niarchos-Gouazé will accept the award on behalf of the leading owner-breeders, responsible for more than 125 G1 winners worldwide, at a special ceremony at Del Mar during the Breeders’ Cup meeting on November 5-6.

Originally established by the late shipping magnate Stavros Niarchos in the 1950s, the family’s operation left an indelible mark on racing and breeding via the hugely influential Nureyev, the sire of dual Breeders’ Cup winner Miesque. Niarchos was the leading owner in France in 1983 and 1984 as well as the leading breeder in 1989, 1993 and 1994.

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