• The week’s significant milestones, facts and figures
18 Golden Sixty
Hong Kong: Horse of the year Golden Sixty equalled the all-time record of 18 wins in the territory on Sunday [Nov 21] when he extended his winning streak with a sublime last-to-first success in the Jockey Club Mile.
Unbeaten since July 2019, the Francis Lui-trained six-year-old extended his current winning streak to 15 as he claimed the G2 event by a length from Waikuku with HK Derby winner Sky Darci in third.
Only Beauty Generation, Silent Witness and Super Win have previously won 18 races in Hong Kong; the latter also holds the record for consecutive victories at 17. Golden Sixty will now bid for his 19th HK win when he bids to complete back-to-back successes in the Longines Hong Kong Mile on Dec 12.
1,500 Christophe Lemaire
Japan: Reigning JRA champion jockey Christophe Lemaire partnered his 1,500th winner in Japan when brilliant racemare Gran Alegria signed off with the sixth G1 of her career in the Mile Championship at Hanshin on Sunday [Nov 21].
Gran Alegria goes into retirement on the back of another scintillating display as she overwhelmed a top-class field inside the final furlong, storming home out wide down the Hanshin straight.
The daughter of Deep Impact is the sixth filly or mare to top the ¥1bn mark in career prize-money. “She’s been a special horse since being a two-year-old, winning all those big races and today she showed us again that she’s of a different class,” said four-time JRA champion Lemaire, 42.
1,000 Hitomi Miyashita
Japan: Hitomi Miyashita achieved a major landmark when she became the first female jockey to ride 1,000 winners in Japan with the victory of Real Speed at Nagoya on Thursday [Nov 18].
According to the Japan Times, the 44-year-old Miyashita started riding in 1995. After a five-year hiatus to have two children, she returned to the saddle in 2016 and in 2020 became the first Japanese woman to ride 100 winners in a season. She has also ridden 56 winners in Korea.
Nagoya is a track on the second-tier NAR (National Association of Racing) local-government circuit, where Miyashota plies her trade.
10 Lord Glitters
Bahrain: Popular grey veteran Lord Glitters was winning his tenth race in 42 career starts as he recorded a thrilling last-to-first triumph in the third running of the Bahrain International Trophy at Sakhir on Friday [Nov 19].
It was an 8-7-6 finish as the eight-year-old beat seven-year-old Barney Roy and six-year-old Magny Cours in the £500,000 contest, newly elevated to G3 status for 2021.
Trained by David O’Meara and ridden by Jason Watson, Lord Glitters has now won races in four countries – four in his native France, where he started his career, plus three in the UK, two in Dubai (including the G1 Jebel Hatta) and one in Bahrain. He’s run in six different countries – and that could be seven in the new year, with the Saudi Cup meeting in his sights. A return to the Dubai Carnival is also on the cards.
1,500 David Cabrera
USA: David Cabrera reached the 1,500-winner milestone with a five-timer at Remington Park on Saturday [Nov 13]. Victory on favourite My Golden M in the last race of a nine-race card sealed the deal.
Cabrera, who moved to the US from Mexico in 2013, has been leading rider at the Oklahoma venue for the last three years. He has ridden at least 100 winners every year since 2014, notching double centuries in 2018 and 2020.
He went into last weekend on 196 winners overall for 2021; his career total had moved on to 1,506.