Jockeys of 2015 Chengdu Dubai International Cup

Authors: Go Chengdu

2015-04-02

Adrie de Vries
Adrie de Vries
Born July 27, 1967, he is the Netherlands' most successful jockey. De Vries has made a name for himself on both Purebred Arabians and Thoroughbreds. He has won the Netherlands Derby ve times as well as a string of Group victories in Europe and some of Qatar's biggest races. In the UAE he has won the Dubai Kahayla Classic twice with Jaafer in 2010 and TM Fred Texas 2011. He also landed the Group 1 Purebred Arabian Al Maktoum Challenge Round 2 in the 2015 Dubai World Cup Carnival with Richlore.
Ahmed Ajtebi
Ahmed Ajtebi
Born 27 December, 1981 in the United Arab Emirates. He started riding camels in races at the age of seven and rode approximately 200 winners during a 3,000 ride career. On the advice of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, switched to riding horses. Rode his first big winner in Britain at the 2008 Royal Ascot meeting aboard Regal Parade in the Buckingham Palace Handicap. Career highlighted by Dubai World Cup night in 2009, when he won the Dubai Duty Free on Gladiatorus and the Dubai Sheema Classic on Eastern Anthem.
Jesus Rosales
Jesus Rosales
Born 10 May, 1982 in Tucaman, rural northern Argentina. Rosales grew up on a farm as part of a large family. He started his riding career by competing in quarter-mile races. He was later based at the Buenos Aires tracks Palermo and San Isidro before moving to the UAE. He first came to the UAE in 2009/10 and has ridden for Mubarak Bin Shafya and Majed Al Jahouri and is now based at Abdullah Bin Huzaim's Al Emaar Stables. He plies his trade mainly on the Purebred Arabian circuit and rode six winners in the 2013/14 UAE season and seven in 2014/15.
Patrick Dobbs
Patrick Dobbs
Born 6 February, 1978 in Ireland. Dobbs attended Ireland's famous RACE jockey school before serving his apprenticeship at the yard of Dessie Hughes. In the UK he often rides for Richard Hannon. In Dubai Dobbs rides for Doug Watson at Red Stables and has enjoyed much success on the UAE domestic circuit. Dobbs claimed two victories in the 2014 Dubai World Cup Carnival and had his best ever season in 2015 with five Dubai World Cup Carnival winners.
Richard Mullen
Richard Mullen
Born 15 April, 1976. He rode his first winner in August 1995 on Burnt Sienna at Windsor and won the 2003 and 2004 Steve Cauthen Award for riding excellence. He was the narrow runner-up in the 2003-2004 UAE Jockey Championship. Mullen has enjoyed a long and successful partnership with Dubai trainer, Satish Seemar. He claimed his first G1 on Dubai World Cup day 2013, when he rode Reynaldothewizard to Dubai Golden Shaheen victory. He was UAE Champion Jockey in 2014-15 season with 44 winners.
Royston Ffrench
Royston Ffrench
Born 5 September,1975. He went to the British Racing School in 1994, and was awarded the Twelve Club Award for the most promising trainee of his year. A muchrespected long-time fixture on the UAE racing circuit, Ffrench has been attached to the yard of former UAE Champion Trainer Ali Rashid Al Raihe for a number of years and has won many of the UAE's biggest races. In 2010 he was aboard Al Shemali when he won the Dubai World Cup day Dubai Duty Free. He claimed 30 winners in the 2014-15 UAE season.
Sam Hitchcot
Sam Hitchcott
Born 16 September, 1982. Hitchcott is from Kent, England. Hitchcott first rode in the UAE during the 2004/5 season then had a break and was back for the 2012/13 and 2013/14 seasons. He rode his sole Dubai World Cup Carnival winner in 2005, when partnering the Mick Channon-trained Compton's Eleven to handicap victory. He rode a total of five winners across all UAE tracks in the 2013/14 season. In the 2013/14 season he rode seven winners.
Silvestre de Sousa
Silvestre de Sousa
Born in Brazil in December 31, 1980, Silvestre de Sousa is the stable jockey for 2014/15 UAE Champion trainer Musabah Al Muhairi. He is a Dubai World Cup-winning jockey having claimed the 2014 Dubai World Cup on Godolphin's African Story. De Sousa's first Group 1 winner was at Capannelle Racecourse, Italy on Hunter's Light. He went on to claim the second and third rounds of the Al Maktoum Challenge on the same horse. He rode 39 winners in the 2014/15 UAE season and was third in the jockey's championship.
Tadhg O' Shea
Tadhg O' Shea
Born 1 February, 1982. O' Shea was twice Irish champion apprentice jockey when he was with Dermot Weld. Frustrated by a lack of opportunities at home in 2006 (14 winners from 207 rides), he moved to England in the middle of the season in search of further opportunities, and rode 15 winners there. He spent a stint as second jockey to Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum in March 2009. He rides for the powerful Al Asayl yard in Abu Dhabi, is a four-time UAE champion jockey and was runner-up in the 2014/15 UAE Jockey's Championship with 40 winners.
Wayne Smith
Wayne Smith
Born 27 July 1971 in Ireland. He first came to the UAE in 1997 and was crowned UAE champion jockey in 2010/11 after riding 26 winners over the season. He made the history books when riding the record-breaking Treble Jig and Russian Rock to win between them the Jebel Ali Sprint (Russian Rock) and the Mile and Stakes (Treble Jig) for two consecutive years, the first time this has ever been achieved. Smith has had two victories on Dubai World Cup night, Victory Moon in the UAE Derby and Nez Do'r in the Dubai Kahayla Classic.
Xavier Ziani
Xavier Ziani
Born 24 June 1982 in France. Ziani was first licensed in UAE in 2006. His only Dubai World Cup Carnival win came aboard Iguazu Falls in 2012. He rode four winners in the 2014/15 UAE season.
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