Born on 3 January, 1968, Gerald Mosse is the son of a trainer from the south of France and first sat on a horse at the age of three. He rode 20 winners in 1983, his first year as a jockey.
Mosse won the French apprentices’ championship while attached to trainer Patrick Biancone’s yard and was subsequently retained by trainer Francois Boutin and owner Jean-Luc Lagardere. He was then the retained rider for owner the Aga Khan in France for eight years up until 2001, when he left for Hong Kong to ride on a full-time basis.
Mosse is no stranger to the former British colony, having ridden there in 1991, attracted over by Biancone, and has been a regular visitor since, winning the 2003 Hong Kong Derby on Elegant Fashion.
The jockey’s first major wins came in 1988, including Prix de Diane on Resless Kara while he partnered Saumarez to land the 1990 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe and has since recorded a string of big-race wins including the French Derby (1994 Celtic Arms, 1996 Ragmar). Mosse has won each of the French Classics at least twice. He also partnered the outstanding juvenile Arazi to five straight victories in France in 1991 before the colt won the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile under Patrick Valenzuela.
The rider has also enjoyed plenty of overseas success. He captured the valuable Dubai Duty Free at Nad Al Sheba in March, 2001, with Jim And Tonic, on whom his other successes included the 1999 Hong Kong Cup. He has also partnered superstar sprinter Sacred Kingdom to four wins.
His biggest British victories have come at Ascot, when winning the 1999 St James’s Palace Stakes on Sendawar and the Coronation Stakes six years earlier on Gold Splash. Mosse also finished second in the 1999 Derby on Daliapour and landed the 2001 Haydock Sprint Cup on Nuclear Debate.
He won the Silver Saddle for being the leading rider at the 2008 Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup and this season has returned to France to ride in that country on a full-time basis.
2009: Previous Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup wins (3): 2001 Flying Millie; 2004 Tychy; 2006 Young Mick, 2008 Shifting Star, Perfect Star
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