Rising young French star who initially made his name over jumps before switching to the Flat.
Cheminaud shone as a teenager and at the age of 20 was champion jumps jockey in his native country. His major wins included victory in France’s biggest race over fences – the Grand Steeple-Chase de Paris – on the Guillaume Macaire-trained Storm Of Saintly.
He also enjoyed Grade 1 glory for Paul Nicholls (on Zarkandar) and looked set to dominate in that sphere for years to come.
However, with weight not being an issue and the financial rewards being much greater, he experimeneted with the Flat at the end of 2014.
And in June 2015, when still an apprentice, he demonstrated he was just as effective on the level by guiding the Andre Fabre-trained New Bay to victory in the Prix du Jockey Club (French Derby).
A few days later Cheminaud announced he would be concentrating on the Flat.
“Jump racing carries a lot of risks and a horse like New Bay doesn’t come along every year,” he said. “It’s New Bay who has called me.”
He rode at the 2015 Shergar Cup meeting at Ascot – “the best racecourse I have ever seen” – and a couple of months later steered Flintshire to a Grade One success in Saratoga.
The 22-year-old rode in his first British Classic in 2016 aboard Midweek in the QIPCO 1000 Guineas. The combination finished eighth of 16.