IT’S time to vote for May’s Stobart Jockey Of The Month!
Frankie Dettori, Oisin Murphy and Andrea Atzeni are the final three and hoping to win your vote to secure them the prize.
Three-time Champion Flat Jockey Dettori kicked off the opening month of the 2019 season with 13 victories, including notable wins with Stradivarius in the Yorkshire Cup and then landing the Investec Oaks with Anapurna.
On being nominated, Dettori said: “It was a great month and a perfect way to end it by winning the Oaks. That has to be the highlight for me as it was such a courageous performance by Anapurna.
“It’s an honour to be nominated for Jockey of the Month and thank you to anyone who votes for me.”
Meanwhile Oisin Murphy secured a stunning total of 28 victories in May, meaning he ended the month top of the 2019 Flat Jockeys’ Championship.
Amongst these were trebles at Windsor and Lingfield, plus a total of five wins during Goodwood’s May Festival.
However, the big win in May for Murphy came at York Racecourse in the prestigious Dante Stakes. A fantastic victory aboard Telecaster secured Murphy’s second successive win in the race – the first time a jockey has achieved this since Olivier Peslier’s triumphs in 1996 and 1997.
Murphy said: “First of all, it’s very nice to be nominated, especially as there has been many top riders this month. Telecaster winning the Dante Stakes at York gave me a huge thrill. Hughie Morrison is a great supporter of mine and it’s fantastic to find a great horse like that.
“Another highlight for me was Pondus winning at Sandown under a penalty in a Novice race. He looks something to look forward to. I’d just like to keep riding winners now and keep everyone happy and stay in one piece. That’s the goal!”
Andrea Atzeni saved his best until last in May, with an amazing treble at Epsom Racecourse on the final day of the month.
This began with a win aboard Gossiping in the Investec Mile Handicap Stakes, which was immediately followed by a thrilling triumph with Defoe in the Investec Coronation Cup, part of the QIPCO British Champions Series, and then wrapped-up in the next race with success aboard Mountain Angel.
Discussing his month, Atzeni said: “Obviously the three winners at Epsom including the Coronation Cup was huge for me and something I am very proud of, but it’s been a good month all-round.
“It’s great to be nominated especially against Oisin who is on top form at the moment and Frankie who continues to ride as good as he ever has.”
There is a total of £2000 in prize money up for grabs for the jockeys with the winner receiving £1000 (and £500 to a charity of their choice) and both second and third place receiving £500 each.
Head to @GBRacing to vote for your jockey of the month!
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