Reigning Champion Jockey Silvestre De Sousa has sent a clear signal to his rivals during the first month of the Stobart Flat Jockeys’ Championship, riding an impressive 25 winners since the title race kicked off on QIPCO 2000 Guineas Day.
He is now six winners clear of his nearest rivals, William Buick and Ryan Moore, with trebles during the month at Newmarket, Bath and Kempton positioning the Brazilian-born jockey at the summit of the table.
Standings pre-racing on Tuesday 31st May 2016
De Sousa bagged his first Stobart Flat Jockeys’ Championship last year and commented: “I said at the start of the season I was in no hurry to give up my title and I’ve been delighted with how of I’ve started. 25 winners since the end of April was just how I wanted to kick off. I just need to keep working hard, avoid injuries and hopefully on QIPCO British Champions Day I’ll be collecting the trophy again.”
So far during the Championship De Sousa is operating at a strike rate of 17% having ridden in 146 races, 14 more than Luke Morris in 8th position who is 14 wins from 132 rides.
William Buick shares second position with three-time Champion Jockey Ryan Moore, each with 19 victories so far. A four-timer at Goodwood on 19th May was followed by a week’s break, before doubles at Haydock and Pontefract. Retained by Godolphin but with support from Mark Johnston and other leading trainers, the son of Scandinavian Champion Jockey Walter Buick is operating at the highest strike rate amongst the top ten riders with 23%.
In the Stobart Champion Apprentice title, up-and-coming rider Josephine Gordon has enjoyed an excellent start to the Championship with eight winners, just two adrift of last year’s Stobart Champion Apprentice and BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year finalist, Tom Marquand (10). Despite almost packing in her riding career eighteen months ago, perseverance and hard work has seen Josephine build up a useful book of contacts, riding for over 50 different trainers already in 2016.
Josephine Gordon said: “I’m over the moon with the how the season has gone so far. I couldn’t ask for more, I never expected it to go half as well. The highlight so far has to be either of my wins on Indira at Newmarket and Chester. I’d never ridden at either of those racecourses before and was happy just to get a ride there, let alone a winner. Ultimately my main aim is to win the Stobart Champion Apprentice title this season.”