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How the race for the Flat Jockey’s Championship is shaping up as the end of the season approaches

As the end of summer rapidly approaches, the flat season’s thrilling finale is in our sights. The curtain will be drawn on what has been a fantastic campaign at the iconic British Champions Day meeting at Ascot on October 15th, and as well as the five world-class races on the card, this year’s top rider will be awarded the sought-after Flat Jockeys’ Championship trophy.

At this stage of the season, the race for the title is already all but wrapped up — with one man streaking lengths clear of the competition. But while it’s been a foregone conclusion for a while, it’s still worth taking stock of the standings as we enter the business end of the 2022 campaign. So, without further ado, read on as we take a look at the current Flat Jockeys’ Championship table. 

William Buick

For those that closely follow the horse racing betting markets, it will come as no surprise that William Buick is leaps and bounds ahead of everyone else in the standings. The Godolphin rider almost caused an upset on Champions Day last year, closing in on Oisin Murphy in dramatic fashion, but he was just held off by the Irishman. 

With Murphy serving a ban this season, it was feared Buick would have no competition in the Championship and it has ultimately panned out that way. The 34-year-old boasts 107 wins from 438 rides, a strike rate of 24%, and total prize money upwards of £3.7m. 

He might have hoped for more Group 1 victory this season though, with his only top-group win on British soil coming in the St. James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot aboard Coroebus.

Hollie Doyle

It has been another season to remember for Hollie Doyle, as she smashes through glass ceiling after glass ceiling with records being broken and history being made on a regular basis — firmly establishing herself as one of the best in the business. 

And, the 25-year-old looks set for a career-high finish of second in the Flat Jockeys’ Championship. Doyle has 73 wins from 429 rides, a strike rate of 17%, and total prize money in excess of £2m for the season so far. 

Her biggest win of the season on home turf came in the Nassau Stakes in July, winning atop Nashwa for John & Thady Gosden to become the first female rider to win a Group 1 at Glorious Goodwood.

Ben Curtis

Up in to third in the standings after picking up an impressive nine wins in the last 14 days, the in-form Ben Curtis is ensuring that Doyle can’t rest on her laurels just yet — closing the gap between third and second to a mere five victories. 

It’s been a sensational season for the 33-year-old, who not many would have backed to be so high up the standings before the season got underway with the Guineas Festival at Newmarket back in May. 

Curtis, whose total winnings this season are just over £1.1m, made the headlines earlier this month as he landed an incredible four-timer at Beverly, winning atop Emily’s Eclipse, Qipao, Andaleep, and Golden Keeper for four different trainers.

Tom Marquand  

Another jockey who might have Doyle in his sights is her own husband, Tom Marquand. The 24-year-old is on 65 wins from 427 rides, boasting a win rate of 20%, and we’re sure he’ll fancy his chances of closing that gap on his wife before Champions Day. 

It’s been a fantastic season for Marquand as well, with big-money Group 2 victories in the Langtry Stakes (£170,130) at Glorious Goodwood and Lonsdale Cup (£141,775) at the York Ebor Festival helping bolster his total prize money for the year over the £2.4m mark. 

His most memorable win of the season arguably came in Ireland though, as he won the Tattersalls Gold Cup in the saddle of Alenquer at the Curragh for William Haggas — who could be on course to pip Charlie Appleby to his maiden Trainers’ Championship. 

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