Pierre-Charles Boudot has 276 winners in 2016 after Tuesday
PICTURE: Patrick McCann (racingpost.com/photos
By Scott Burton 6:00PM 22 NOV 2016
There may have been some debate about exactly what the target was, but Pierre-Charles Boudot sailed into the record books as the most successful Flat jockey in a European calendar year with a four-timer at Chantilly on Tuesday.
In doing so he moved past the mark set by Arc-winning trainer Peter Schiergen, who during his previous career had ridden 273 winners in 1995.
Success aboard Ambivalence in the fillies’ maiden made it 273 for the year for Boudot, who then scored on Firouzeh in the sixth race to set a new outright record. For good measure he went on to win the last two races on the card to end the day on 276.
“This is a consecration, the cherry on the top of a very successful year when we have achieved great things,” Boudot told the Racing Post.
“I’ve been really going for it all year and in October rode 38 winners, while this month it’s up around 25. When I set out with this ambition I’d envisaged passing Peter Schiergen’s record a little later than this, but I’ve racked up plenty of winners in the last few days and this is really satisfying.”
Sir Anthony McCoy holds the overall jockeys’ record (Flat/jumps combined) for the most wins in Europe in one season – 290, which he chalked up in 2001-02, of which 289 came in Britain and one in Ireland. During the calendar year of 2002, McCoy won 306 races over jumps and one on the Flat.
Boudot was out of luck in the Listed Prix Herod, as were the Richard Fahey-trained Mums The Word and Re Run, who both finished out of the money. Red Onion edged late-charging Charly Nova by a head to score for the father and son training team of Carlos and Yann Lerner.