Pierre-Charles Boudot achieves record haul of winners
22 Nov 2016
French jockey chalks up 275th winner of year in France to beat record that has stood since 1995.
Boudot could end up with 300 winners before the year is finished. Picture: Racingfotos.com
Pierre-Charles Boudot achieved a new European Flat record on Tuesday when a four-timer at Chantilly saw him post his 275th winner of the year.
Sir Gordon Richards famously set a benchmark of 269 winners back in 1947, with German champion Peter Schiergen surpassing that target in 1995 with 271 victories.
Boudot, who enjoyed British Champions Series glory last year when partnering Esoterique to victory in the Kingdom of Bahrain Sun Chariot Stakes at Newmarket, has now topped both.
Sir Tony McCoy’s total of 289 wins in the 2001-02 jumps season is now in Boudot’s sights, although his agent, Herve Naggar, believes the rider will be eager to celebrate his new milestone before setting out in pursuit of the National Hunt legend.
Naggar said: “It’s unbelievable. He won four races today which means he has had 275 winners in France this year, which breaks Peter Schiergen’s previous record.
“It’s a great achievement and he will continue riding to the end of the year, so hopefully he can get close to 300 winners or maybe close to Tony McCoy’s record.”
Boudot was out of luck in this year’s Champions Series. In all, he had nine rides in Britain last season but failed to manage a win.