Best Horse Jockeys 2020

David Lawrence
• Tuesday, 17 November, 2020
• 7 min read

Our updated list of the world’s top jockeys heading into 2020 includes a couple of newcomers and an old favorite whose resurgence cannot be ignored. He’s still not popular with many punters Down Under, though, after his mount Master Of Reality’s erratic finish in the Melbourne Cup may well have cost IL Paradise victory in Australia’s great race.

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Debtor, based in Britain, had a memorable year in Europe, winning a string of group 1 races including the Coral-Eclipse and the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes on the mighty mare Enable. It was hard to ignore Debtor’s performances as he also landed the Longings World’s Best Jockey title for the third time in its six-year history.

That award is measured on results from what are deemed the top 100 group 1 races in the world, although we like to look more broadly and also reward outstanding performances in domestic jockeys premierships. The likes of Hong Kong superstar ZAC Burton, Kiwi champ James McDonald and French wizard Maxime Guy on only enhanced their reputations in 2019.

The newcomers in our list of the best 10 jockeys in the world are Iraq Ortiz, Jr from the United States and Christophe Lemaitre, the French master who has thrived once again in the cauldron of Japan racing. The likes of Kerri McEvoy, Christophe Bouillon and Joel Rosario make way although they are still heavily in the discussion.

There is little chance of finding consensus among racing fans, and this top 10 list is certain to create more arguments than it solves. They all boast great strike rates, finish high up in their respective riders’ championships and also can step up as needed to compete on the international stage.

No matter where he is racing, Moore demands respect from rivals and rarely puts a foot wrong. Like many of these saddle superstars, Moore was born into a racing family, with his father a trainer and siblings Jamie, Joshua and Hayley all riders.

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Moore has been champion jockey in Britain multiple times and collected most of the big races including a couple of Derbies. In 2014, he even bounced back from disappointment in previous visits to win arguably Australia’s biggest two races: the Cox Plate (Adelaide) and the Melbourne Cup (Protectionist).

But Moore has also won group 1 races in Ireland, Italy, Germany, the UK, France, the UAE, Japan, Hong Kong, Canada and the US. He has already landed titles in the hugely competitive Sydney jockeys premiership in 2013-14, 2015-16 and 2018-19, and was the No.1 rider for Go dolphin in Australia until his career hit a serious hurdle.

Burton has been consistently among the top riders in the red-hot HK arena for more than a decade after rising through the ranks in Brisbane and then Sydney in the powerful Australian racing scene. After his much publicized split with Go dolphin in 2012 as well as a suspension for alleged cocaine use, it would have been easy for Debtor to settle back to a quieter life.

There may be no repeats of his effort to ride all seven winners on the card at British Champions’ Day at Ascot in 1996, but he is still a force to be reckoned with. No less a figure than legendary French trainer Andre Fare once said of this young rider that he had the ability to be one of the greatest jockeys of all.

Guy on plies his trade in Europe but made a massive impact during a short stint in Hong Kong, the most competitive of arenas for jockeys. He collected another Japanese jockeys title last season, and we are always happy to have him steering anything we bet on in Japan or even Hong Kong.

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Lemaitre is the leading jockey in Japan and has made a habit out of winning some of the biggest races in one of the sports the toughest environments. You just know that Go dolphin only allow the best horsemen to don the famous blue colors and Doyle has been retained by the giant training operation since 2014.

Doyle was also the choice jockey of the Queen at the 2019 Royal Ascot meeting, where he rode Magnetic Charm to a second placing in the Sandringham Stakes. The Venezuela-born Castellano has been a phenomenon in recent years in the US, topping the list for prize money earners in 2013, 2014 and 2015 and winning four consecutive Eclipse Awards as outstanding jockey.

Like so many of the very best riders, Castellano was born into the saddle with his late father, uncle and brother all jockeys. Ortiz Jr plies his trade mainly in New York, and collected his first American Classic in the 2016 Belmont Stakes, aboard Creator.

He comes from humble beginnings in Brazil but took Singapore by storm and has become the punters’ pin-up boy in Hong Kong, where weight of support from Chinese gamblers makes almost anything he is on among the favorites. Honorable mentions to the following jockeys (and there are sure to be others who deserve a mention, but we have overlooked): Jose Ortiz, Blake Shine, Damian Lane, Anton Marcus, Damien Oliver, Craig Williams, Jim Doyle, wonder kid ISIN Murphy, Andrea Attend, Japanese legend Lusaka Take, Brazilian whiz Sylvester de Sousa, Mike Smith, Mickael Barcelona, Flatten Prat, Pierre Charles Bought … the list goes on.

Nationality: Puerto Rican Home base: New York Johnny V fits into the veteran category of jockey but sits comfortably in the list of the all-time greats. Velazquez was inducted into the US Horse Racing hall of fame in 2012 but has a few years left yet among the top echelon of riders.

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Nationality: Australian Home base: Sydney (Australia) Bowman is a master judge of pace and a true horseman. It has not always been smooth sailing, but in recent years he has been pushed to greater heights in Sydney with the arrival of the likes of James McDonald.

Nationality: Norwegian/British Home base: Britain Buick is at the peak of his powers and has been destined for the top of the jockey ranks since a young age. His Scottish father Walter was champion jockey in Scandinavia eight times, while mother Maria was an outstanding equestrian rider in show jumping and dressage.

Buick holds dual Danish-British citizenship and was sent to Britain early on and rode his first winner as a teen in 2006 at Salisbury. Nationality: Australian Home base: Sydney It has become impossible to ignore Kerri McEvoy’s record of consistently finding successes in the biggest races in Australia.

The kid from Streaky Bay in South Australia burst on to the scene as a youngster when he won the 2000 Melbourne Cup in Brew, aged just 20. Since then, he has added two more victories in Australia’s greatest horse race, winning on Aladdin in 2016 and Cross Counter in 2018.

And probably also to that intangible quality all the riders on this list possess: the ability to effortlessly coax horses to adopt a high cruising speed before they are even asked for the ultimate effort. Nationality: Belgian Home base: France Born in Brussels in 1981, Bouillon is a regular at the biggest race meetings in the world and rarely leaves empty-handed.

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The import from the UK was a $9 shot and Boss ran the Maker and Estate runner like he should have been race favorite. It topped of an impressive year when trainers sat up and realized if there was a Group 1 race to be run Boss needed to be an option.

Bursting onto the scene in the 12/13 season when winning the South Australian Jockeys premiership Key has continued each year to improve and develop in an industry dominated by males. Claiming big wins through Spring Key rode out winners in The Gillie Handicap, The Mooney Valley Gold Cup and The Wakeful Stakes on the biggest race days.

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On a day when he won 4 races on the card his greatest success was taking out the Caulfield Guineas aboard the big 3yo colt. His win aboard Ole Kirk showed his true talents as a jockey by getting the job done when a mile back in the field.

The WA favorite left his comfort zone at home to travel through quarantine to compete against Australia’s best. Likewise, if there was a comeback award Boss has that down pat all day but for us Pike put himself in a tough situation in order to compete and went on to thrive.

Cummings’ top performers this year have had to be those 3 Group 1 winners with Colette winning the Australian Oaks in the Autumn as well as the $7.5m Golden Eagle in the Spring. The standout has to be fellow duel Group 1 winner in Bivouac who smashed the field when winning the Newmarket Handicap in Autumn only to return to the Spring and do the same in the Arc Sprint Classic.

He will be most noted though for runner Johnny Get Angry who finished 3rd in the TAJ Rossi Final as his very first training appearance. Many considered it a boil over in the race where Johnny Get Angry at $21 won beating home short priced favorites Young Weather and Cherry Tortoni.

As we only picked out our best three trainers in 2020 honorable mentions have to go to Chris Waller in a year when Very Elegant was very dominant however you expect him to be on top. Starting the year off with a disappointing Magic Millions' performance where you could argue he got no luck the youngster returned in great form through the Autumn.

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An extremely professional colt for Adrian Both and Gas Waterhouse, the big fella bounced back in Autumn going unbeaten in Sydney during the Carnival. The only blot on Aryans copy book was the ridiculous ride Hugh Bowman gave the colt in The Run To The Rose where he ran the Both and Waterhouse runner into the ground allowing Roth fire to triumph.

We got the news at the start of Spring that the Maker and Estate runner was to be retired due to injury and all racing punters had a sigh of sadness at the loss of a promising young talent. Despite not seeing out the second half of the year Loving Gaby makes our top three through her Autumn performances alone where she competed in 4 Group 1s, placed twice and won 1.

Heading into Spring the Waller runner took out her second G1 of the year winning the Win stakes and arguably should have followed that up with the George Main but never got any luck when running on late. Rounding out her year with a 7th in the Melbourne Cup it will be exciting to see if she can reach undefeated Win level runs in 2021.

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