De Sousa and Moore the season’s stars

Silvestre de Sousa is a long way ahead in the race to be Champion Jockey with 142 winners to his name, and will regain the title he first claimed in 2015.

The Brazilian felt he would not be at the top of the leaderboard in 2017 but a win percentage of 21.42 proves that he deserves to be considered as one of the best riders around.

Group One success has proved elusive this season but the same cannot be said for Ryan Moore as the three-time Champion Jockey has been winning the big races for fun.

The 33-year-old has been lucky to sit on board Churchill and claim both the 2000 Guineas and Irish 2000 Guineas, while he partnered the superb Winter to Group One glory in the Nassau Stakes.

Further top-level success came in the Prince of Wales’s Stakes and the Coronation Cup with Highland Reel, and his overall strike rate of 23.18 sets him apart from most of his peers.

Being first-choice jockey for Aidan O’Brien has helped matters and there is every chance that the Brighton-born ace will be Champion Jockey again in the future.

He is in red-hot form at present, with 11 wins from 32 outings in the week to August 6, and make sure you check out the horse racing news from for all the best tips on his upcoming races.

William Buick is 11th on the list of season’s winners with 66 but a strike rate of 21.43% and the quality of his successes proves just how talented he is.

The 29-year-old was on board Ribchester to land both the Group One Queen Anne Stakes and Lockinge Stakes and had four winners at Glorious Goodwood.

Frankie Dettori does not race enough in the UK to challenge for Champion Jockey honours but has 38 winners and a win percentage of 23.6 and, at 46, still knows how to win Group One races.

The Italian legend has found a willing partner in John Gosden’s brilliant filly Enable and the pair won both the Oaks and Royal Ascot’s King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes.

He also guided Lancelot Du Lac to glory in the Qatar Stewards’ Cup Handicap at Goodwood and remains a huge draw wherever he rides.

Champion Jockey Jim Crowley will not match his total of 148 winners from 2016 as he has 92 to his name this year, but he does have two Group One successes under his belt.

He rode Ulysses to victory in the Eclipse Stakes and Here Comes When in Goodwood’s Sussex Stakes and has a decent strike rate of 18.25%.

Luke Morris continues to churn out winners and is second in the race to be Champion Jockey on 111 but with a relatively low 12.91% win rate.

Italian Andrea Atzeni has been in the winner’s circle 64 times from 302 outings which converts to a success rate of 21.19%.

The Sardinian is highly thought of and can boast a number of Group One wins, including this year’s Goodwood Cup on Stradivarius.

De Sousa is likely to be crowned Champion Jockey when the dust settles on proceedings but a glance at what Moore has achieved this summer makes him the most influential Flat jockey around at present.

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