Champions Mile - Jockey profiles

11 May 2005

Jockey profiles

Baster, Stephen


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. 

Brown, Corey

Town Of Fionn

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 career winners.

Chiba, Tsuyoshi

Cosmo Bulk

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 ago.

Coetzee, Felix

Silent Witness

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.   

Darley, Kevin


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.

Delpech, Anthony

Bowman's Crossing

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.

Doleuze, Olivier

Perfect Partner

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. 

Dye, Shane

The Duke

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.

Goto, Hiroki

Meiner Solomon

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 240 starts.

Mosse, Gerald

Bullish Luck

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. 

Prebble, Brett

Ain't Here

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.

Rodd, Michael


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.

Schofield, Glyn

Super Kid

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.

Whyte, Douglas


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.