Famous jockeys infographic

The world of horse racing is fast and furious, and it can be hard to keep up with what’s going on! There are some jockeys, though, who stand the test of time, and at The Insurance Emporium, we’re shining a light on some of the most memorable! Take a look at our infographic of five famous jockeys you need to know!

Lester Piggott

One of the most memorable names in racing, his nickname was ‘The Long Fellow’ due to his height of 5ft8, rather tall for a flat race jockey! However that didn’t stop him from gaining his first of nine Derby wins aged only 18!

Frankie Dettori

Still racing, Dettori’s skill in the saddle is overshadowed only by his enormous personality! His greatest achievement to date having been the Ascot meeting in 1996 where he won all seven races – often dubbed ‘The Magnificent Seven’!

Charlotte Budd (née Brew)

Budd never pursued a long-term horse racing career, but she was the first woman to start the Grand National! Unfortunately for her on the day, she was unable to finish the race as her horse tired towards the final few jumps.

Sir A P McCoy (aka Tony McCoy)

McCoy holds the absolute record in the UK for having rode the most winners – 4,000! He managed to achieve greatness despite his long list of serious injuries, which would have seen lesser riders dwindle to the side lines!

Walter Swinburn

Swinburn didn’t have the longest of careers, especially after spending four days in a coma after a particularly nasty fall. He’s best known for his victory riding the infamous Shergar – beating the rest of the field by 10-lengths aged just 19!

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