Racing Post New World Award for Jockey Performance
LONGINES WORLD'S BEST JOCKEY
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A warm welcome to Nicholas Godfrey (GB) (Racing Post)
A Warm Welcome to Stuart Riley today:
"NEW AWARD TO FIND WORLD'S BEST RIDER.
"Performance in top races decides champ. "
"Opportunity to reach audience on a global scale. "
"The introduction of a worldwide jockeys' ranking system should be commended and, while there are one or two flaws that will need ironing out, the potential is massive.
"It will be interesting to see how the rankings evolve over time. A weighting based on performance versus market expectations, a rolling yearly ranking system like golf and tennis, adding a zero or two to the scores to make it sound more impressive and a final end of season International Group 1 with the horses to be ridden by the top-ranked jockeys in market order all spring to mind as possible developments.
"The new championship may reward riding the best horses for the best people as opposed to the best possible ride, but it is a simple and quantifiable method of deciding the most successful jockey each year.
"Racing needs to do far more to put the spotlight on the jockeys. They are by far the most marketable individuals within the sport - young, brave and living a jetset lifestyle, which makes them easier to promote than the horses.
"Jockeys are the stars who can appeal to the wider sporting audience, and this now gives them a platform. "
PERSPECTIVE: GLOBAL HORSERACING ADVENTURE
The Life and Times of Jupiter Island
Page 129 to 143
Japan Cup (G1) 2014
Sacred Sunday November 30
says: “I bought Jupiter Island for
10,000 guineas with one bid. Then Stan Threadwell and Jack King, the King of
Canvey Island (they had all the holiday camps), had the horse between them. He
ran at Wolverhampton (2yo 1981) and Willie Carson rode him. Willie came back
and said “This is one for the sales, Clive, one to get out of” I said, “I don’t
know, I think he could be a decent horse” “Oh no, he didn’t give me a good feel there, “
said Willie. Although I thought about what Willie had said, Wolverhampton was a
turf track then and the ground was soft and with those little pointed feet he
wasn’t going to run on ground like that again. It was too heavy for him. So
then we won a couple of races with him and he developed.