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Latest News on the Flat Jockeys' Championship
The Top 5 Champion Flat Jockey contenders 2021. Source: Great British Racing

Latest News on the Flat Jockeys' Championship

As the thrilling journey to Ascot's Qipco Champions Day continues, triple champion Oisin Murphy is leading the pack. With months remaining until the grand finale, the competition remains fierce between the best jockeys. Here’s an in-depth look at how the season has unfolded for the main contenders so far.

Oisin Murphy: A Stellar Start

At 28, Oisin Murphy has launched himself into the pole with a sensational beginning to the season. His exceptional performances, including trebles at Lingfield and Windsor, and a remarkable four-timer on Newcastle’s all-weather track in early May, have set him apart from his competitors. Murphy's strike rate stands at an impressive 23 per cent as he chases his fourth Flat Jockeys’ Championship, following his victories in 2019, 2020, and 2021.

Oisin Murphy. Source: Horse & Hound
Oisin Murphy. Source: Horse & Hound

Murphy's success can be attributed to his long-time collaboration with trainer Andrew Balding. However, his versatility is evident as he has secured wins for 18 different trainers this season. With over four months remaining, Murphy remains the jockey to beat.

Rossa Ryan: Rising Star

Rossa Ryan solidified his reputation as one of Flat racing’s top jockeys last season by finishing third behind William Buick and Oisin Murphy. This year, despite a gradual beginning, Ryan has gained momentum, mirroring the improving shape of his principal follower, Ralph Beckett.

Rossa Ryan. Source: The Owner Breeder
Rossa Ryan. Source: The Owner Breeder

Ryan’s season took off with a couple of wins at Epsom on Derby day. The 23-year-old followed this with doubles at Windsor and Chelmsford, showcasing his growing prowess. Known for his exceptional riding skills, Ryan is poised to be a formidable competitor for the Champion Jockey title this season.

William Buick: Defending Champion

Defending Champion William Buick has had a promising start to his campaign. His win on Notable Speech in the Qipco 2000 Guineas on the season's opening day signalled his intent to retain the title. Despite securing six wins within four days in mid-May, Buick's progress has been slightly hindered by his Godolphin chief Charlie Appleby not hitting top form yet.

William Buick. Source: British Champions Series
William Buick. Source: British Champions Series

Buick's commitments abroad, including a successful trip to Hong Kong to win a Group 1 race at Sha Tin, could influence his title defence. Nevertheless, his early successes indicate that he remains a strong competitor.

Tom Marquand: Consistent Performer

Tom Marquand has firmly established himself among the elite of Flat jockeys. He began the season with three wins during Newmarket’s Qipco Guineas meeting and has maintained his winning streak. Highlights of his season include Economic’s triumph in the Dante Stakes at York and guiding Tiber Flow to triumph in Haydock’s John Of Gaunt Stakes.

Tom Marquand. Source: Horse & Hound
Tom Marquand. Source: Horse & Hound

With strong support from William Haggas and various other trainers, Marquand is well-positioned to continue his successful run.

Danny Tudhope: Northern Contender

Danny Tudhope, a top rider from the north, has gotten off to a strong start this season. Supported by trainers David O’Meara and Karl Burke out of Yorkshire, Tudhope remains in contention for the Champion Jockey title. Operating mainly distant from his primary competitors, Tudhope's consistency and reliability make him a significant challenger.

Danny Tudhope. Source: Sky Sports
Danny Tudhope. Source: Sky Sports

Connor Beasley: Remarkable Comeback

Connor Beasley’s career faced a significant setback nine years back due to a severe injury that required a long almost 10-hour surgery to repair his cracked skull and broken spine after a fall at Wolverhampton. Despite this, Beasley has made a triumphant return to emerge as a top jockey in the north.

Connor Beasley. Source: Horse & Hound
Connor Beasley. Source: Horse & Hound

Beasley has enjoyed a strong start to the season with trebles at Thirsk and Catterick, bolstered by the good form of his primary backer, Michael Dods. If he maintains this momentum, Beasley could emerge as a surprise contender in the championship race.

The Journey to Ascot

As the season progresses, each jockey's journey to the top is marked by incredible performances, unique challenges, and unwavering determination. From Oisin Murphy's commanding lead to Connor Beasley's inspiring comeback, the race for the Flat Jockeys’ Championship is a testament to the skill and resilience of these top athletes. With months still to go, the excitement continues to build towards the sparkling conclusion at Ascot's Qipco Champions Day.

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