Top jockeys of 2017

With many of the season’s big races come and gone, the contest to be Champion Jockey has become a one-horse race, with Silvestre de Sousa streets head of his rivals.

The Brazilian already has 142 winners to his name – 10 more than when he scooped the top prize back in 2015 – with many more rides before the end of the season.

The 36-year-old played down his chances of regaining the title from Jim Crowley at the start of proceedings but has an excellent strike rate of 21.42%.

He is in red-hot form at present, with 11 wins from 32 outings in the week to August 6 including three at Glorious Goodwood, and has also been kind to those who like to bet each-way, with a 42.38 place percentage.

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Luke Morris has to be applauded for his work rate, with an incredible 860 runs this term and 111 winners.

It is due to the volume of work he gets through that he is second on the list of winners as he has a strike rate of just 12.91%.

Joe Fanning has ridden 98 winners with a win percentage of 17.92 but has a battle on his hands to take third place, with Adam Kirby sitting on 94 winners and Crowley on 92.

Ryan Moore has been Champion Jockey on three occasions but will not make it four this year and he is in sixth place at present.

However his win percentage of 23.18 is way ahead of any other jockey who races regularly in the UK.

Frankie Dettori is slightly ahead in that category but the Italian legend has only raced 161 times to Moore’s 358.

It is not just about the number of wins but the quality of races involved and Moore has guided Winter to glory in the Group One Nassau Stakes while partnering Churchill to success in both the 2000 Guineas and Irish 2000 Guineas at the Curragh.

He was on board Highland Reel to claim the Prince of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot and on the same animal when taking Epsom’s Coronation Cup and is clearly someone who can handle the pressure.

Dettori only has 38 winners but those include a couple of Group One victories with the superb Enable.

The filly won both the Oaks and Royal Ascot’s King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes while he also guided Lancelot Du Lac to glory in the Qatar Stewards’ Cup Handicap at Goodwood.

Crowley won 148 races in the 2016 campaign and will not match that number this year but he also has some top-class wins on his CV.

The Englishman rode Ulysses to victory in the Eclipse Stakes, beating Barney Roy in the process, while he tasted further Group One success with Here Comes When in Goodwood’s Sussex Stakes.

William Buick has been in the winner’s circle 66 times from 308 attempts and continues to have success in the biggest races, guiding Ribchester to Group One success in both the Queen Anne Stakes and Lockinge Stakes while he lost out by a neck on board the same horse in the Sussex Stakes.

Mention must also go to Italian Andrea Atzeni who has an excellent success rate of 21.19% and took the Goodwood Cup with Stradivarius.

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