Thursday, January 31, 2008

foreign jockies now in india

following famous jockies abroad are coming this weekend to mumbai to ride on the derby classic
mcdowell indian derby on sunday 03 feb 2008
Probably the most recognized man on a horse anywhere in the world. Born in 1970 in Italy, he was the first teenager to ride 100 winners in a season in England. Dettori is retained for the Godolphin racing stables and is well known for his distinctive "flying dismounts". Frankie's amazing seven wins on a day at Ascot in 1996 was an astounding feat. In 2000 he was awarded an MBE by the Queen. He won the Epsom Derby in 2007 on Authorized. Dettori has won major classics all over the world (incl the Epsom Derby, French Derby, Irish Derby, UAE Derby and several Breeders' Cup races in the U.S.) This is his first visit to India.


Born in 1959, Mick has 13 jockeys championships in Ireland, his home country. Mick is the only jockey in the world to have won The English and Irish Derbies, The Belmont Stakes, The Arc, The Japan Cup, The Melbourne Cup, The Breeders Cup Juvenile and Turf. In 2003, Mick rode his 100th Group 1 win and bred the 2007 Epsom Derby winner, Authorized. Mick has ridden with distinction in India having won two Indian Derbies and classics all over the world.


Richard first rode at the age of five and at 5ft 9in is rather tall for a flat race jockey. He first rode for Richard Hannon, who is now his father in law and from 2001-7 was retained jockey for Prince Khalid Abdullah. Richard won the Indian Derby on Smart Chieftan in 2000. Hughes is the only big name flat jockey to have ridden regularly over hurdles. Richard has won classics in France and the Derby Italiano.


Ryan was born in 1983 and was champion jockey in 2006. Ryan had a tremendous season in 2003 notching 59 winners and claiming the leading apprentice title. Ryan has been riding for Sir Michael Stoute and had 180 wins in 2006 which got him the jockeys championship in Britain.


Richard was born in 1976 and started as an apprentice to Michael Bell. Mullen arrived in Dubai as a work rider in 1998 and in 2002-3 ended the season as joint champion with Ted Duncan with 39 wins. Richard Mullen is based at Sheikh Rashid's Millennium stables in Dubai.


Martin was born in 1975 and won the 2006 Vodafone Epsom Derby on Sir Percy. He had won the Epsom Oaks in 2003.In India Martin had won the Invitation Cup on Zurbaran. Martin is nicknamed Live Wire and was strongly influenced to become a flat jockey by champion Pat Eddery. His first winner was in 1993.


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