Champions Mile - Jockey profiles
11 May 2005
Stephen Baster Born 22 November 1974 in Queensland but has
forged his reputation in Victoria as an accomplished lightweight
jockey. He began riding in 1992 and his career is fast approaching
1000 winners. He has secured six Group 1 wins, including Rubitano
in the Newmarket Handicap and The A Train in the Adelaide
Cup. Rode 6 winners in Hong Kong in the latter part of 1999/2000
and returned in 2001/02 only to cut short an unsuccessful retainer
with trainer S T Wong.
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Corey Brown, born June 15, 1976 in Sydney, was licensed as
a Club Jockey in Hong Kong during the 1999/2000 and 2000/2001
racing seasons, winning 25 races from 370 rides, at a strike-rate
of 6.8%. After returning to Australia, he won the 2001/2002 Sydney
Jockeys Championship and has been runner-up in the three subsequent
racing seasons. He has ridden several Group 1 winners and
completed the Derby-Oaks double at the Sydney autumn carnival
on Eremein and Dizelle. He has ridden around 1,150
Tsuyoshi Chiba, 40, has been riding for 23 years. He rode 56
winners in Hokkaido last year and placed third on the earnings
list with perhaps his win in the Hokkaido Nisai Yushun (Gr.3)
on Moere Admiral the highlight. He has three winners
from 19 rides since the new Hokkaido season began three weeks
Felix Coetzee, born March 7, 1959, is a former champion jockey
in South Africa. Has ridden approaching 500 winners in 13 Hong
Kong seasons and had a phenomenal 2003/04: thanks to Silent
Witness, Lucky Owners and Bullish Luck he won seven
Gr.1 winners in total, including the Hong Kong Sprint (he won
it again this term on Silent Witness, whom he partnered
to achieve a record of 17 straight wins), Hong Kong Mile and Mercedes-Benz
Hong Kong Derby. His working relationship with trainer Tony Cruz
has long been the most stable in Hong Kong and he is enjoying
his best ever Hong Kong season, lying a clear second in the jockeys'
championship behind Douglas Whyte.
Kevin Darley, born August 5 1960, was crowned champion jockey
in Britain in 2000, the first northern-based rider to achieve
the feat in almost a century. He rode his first winner in 1977
and was champion apprentice a year later. His first championship
win was in the 1995 French Derby aboard Celtic Swing, has
won a handful of Gr.1 wins including the 2002 St Leger (Bollin
Eric) and last year's landmark English/Irish 1000 Guineas
double aboard Champions Mile mount, Attraction.
Anthony Delpech, born February 10, 1969 in the Seychelles,
moved to Durban, South Africa, aged 13. He was South Africa's
champion rider in 2002/03 and in 1998/99 when he bagged a record
haul of 333 winners. He has twice won South Africa's most prestigious
event, the Durban July, most recently last year aboard APQEII
challenger, Greys Inn. Enjoying an excellent second season
locally, lit up especially by his successes on Vengeance Of
Rain in the Mercedes-Benz Hong Kong Derby and AP QEII Cup.
Olivier Doleuze, born 19 April 1972, was the Champion Apprentice
of France in 1989 under the tutelage of Criquette Head-Maarek
for whom he later served as retained rider, enjoying considerable
success most notably with French Classic winners, Green Tune
and Egyptband. Doleuze has also ridden with success in
Singapore where a 2001 Singapore Krisflyer Sprint win on Iron
Mask stands out. Doleuze was a huge hit in 2001/02 in his
first Hong Kong stint when he rode 26 winners from 134 rides -
an excellent strike-rate of almost 20%. Has bounced back well
from serving six-month worldwide ban in 2003 and recently rode
his 100th local victory.
Shane Dye, 38, was born in New Zealand but moved to Sydney
in 1985 and has since become the second most successful jockey
ever to ride in Australia behind Mick Dittman. Dye has ridden
the winners of over 90 Gr.1 races including the Melbourne Cup
(Tawriffic), Cox Plate (Octagonal), and four consecutive
Golden Slippers. Also won two Sydney jockeys' premierships. This
is his fifth full season riding in Hong Kong where the best horses
he has ridden include the 2002/03 Horse of the Year Grand Delight
and last season's Champion Stayer, Super Kid.
Hiroki Goto, born March 19 1974, began his riding career aged
18 and to date has posted over 700 career victories. He won the
2001 Yasuda Kinen on Admire Cozzene. His other top-level
success came last year in the Asahi Hai Futurity Stakes on Meiner
Recolte. His most recent graded stakes win was the G3 Fukushima
Himba Stakes on Meisho Oscar, April 24. He currently
ranks 18th in the JRA jockeys' table with 19 wins from
Gerald Mosse, born January 3, 1968, was French Champion Apprentice
in 1984. Rode his first Gr.1 winner in Florida in 1988 and has
since ridden well over 40 Gr.1 winners in Europe. Career
highlight remains his triumph on Saumarez in the 1990 Arc
and has won all the French Classics, including five Oaks and two
Derbies. Retained as Aga Khan's rider in France for eight years.
Is in his 12th season riding in Hong Kong and he has
ridden over 300 winners here including three Hong Kong Derbies.
His biggest money-spinner was Jim And Tonic, on
whom he won the Hong Kong Bowl, Hong Kong Cup and AP QEII Cup.
He also won the Hong Kong Sprint in 2002 on All Thrills Too.
Brett Prebble, born September 23, 1977, was champion Victorian
apprentice for three consecutive seasons, has twice won the Victorian
Jockeys Premiership and has twice set a record of nine wins over
the four-day Melbourne Cup Carnival. In Hong Kong he won the ING
Hong Kong Champions & Chater Cup (Gr.1) on Precision
in 2003, and has been going well on Hong Kong horses internationally
this year, winning the Hong Kong Macau Trophy on Helene Pillaging
and the Australia Stakes (Gr.1) on Cape Of Good Hope.
Michael Rodd, born January 19 1982, has experienced a meteoric
rise to the top. Born in New South Wales, he rode his first winner
at Grafton in 2000 and quickly followed up with four straight
Champion Apprentice titles in Queensland and a Brisbane Champion
Jockeys' title. Highlights to date include a Magic Millions victory
on Regimental Gal and a few Group 1 wins elsewhere in Australia.
Rodd has ridden 17 winners to date in his first full season in
Hong Kong with many of those wins coming for trainer John Moore.
Glyn Schofield, born in England on January 25 1967 - but raised
in South Africa íV has been doing particularly well in Hong Kong
where he is now in his third full term with over 100 winners already
recorded, the highlight being his long-priced success on River
Dancer in the Audemars Piguet QEII Cup last year. Has won
stacks of races in South Africa (including the South African Derby),
and many more in Mauritius, Australia and Singapore.
Douglas Whyte, born November 15 1971, from Durban, South Africa,
has been champion jockey in Hong Kong for the last four seasons
and is in pole position for another title in 2004/2005. Heading
towards 700 career winners in Hong Kong, including Gr.1 events
such as the Hong Kong Gold Cup and Hong Kong Vase (Indigenous);
Audemars Piguet QEII Cup (London News), Chairman's Prize
(Oriental Express); Centenary Cup (Best Of The Best);
but perhaps his greatest Hong Kong achievement to date arrived
last term when he became the first jockey to break the 100-winner
barrier, riding 106 in total.