Horse racing is a lucrative business, with a number of the biggest races in the world being extremely competitive. Those competitive races also see the biggest prize pots available for the winning riders and horses, which means that the best jockeys typically earn more in total earnings from the rides that they have throughout their careers.
These are some of the jockeys that have achieved massive total earnings over the past five years of racing.
There aren’t many jockeys that have had a better two years in the United Kingdom that Oisin Murphy. The 25-year-old has won the British Flat Racing Champion Jockey award in each of the past two seasons and has been a fine advocate for the sport. His success on the racecourse has also been outstanding, as he has won a number of Grade 1 races over the past five years. In 2020, he won the 2,000 Guineas onboard Kameko, and also claimed success in the Cheveley Park Stakes on board.
Other noteworthy wins for Murphy include the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes, Nassau Stakes and Eclipse Stakes. Murphy has also claimed success around the world, with wins in the E. P. Taylor Stakes in Canada, the Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere in France and the Japan Cup and Dubai Turf. Over the last five years, he has had 804 winners from 4784 rides, and has earned total earnings of £17,369,682.
It’s hard to talk about success jockeys without mentioning the legendary Frankie Dettori. The Italian jockey is widely regarded as one of the best of all-time and has won all of the major races in the United Kingdom. Over the last five years, he has won 309 races from 1297 starts and has claimed total earnings of £23,856,004.
That includes winnings in the region of £17,872,811. Dettori has won all the biggest races over the past five years, which includes three Ascot Gold Cups. The Italian has also won the 2,000 Guineas, Champion Stakes, Commonwealth Cup and the Epsom Derby. It hasn’t just been in the United Kingdom where Dettori has ridden winners, as he has also won The Crown Price Cup on four occasions, the King’s Cup on three occasions and the Bahrain Gold Cup on two occasions.
Meanwhile, he has also won three of his six Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe’s in the past five years. Dettori has also ridden winners in the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Germany, South Africa and the United States in the last half-century.
Only one rider can claim to have earned more in total earnings than Dettori over the past five years, and that rider is Ryan Moore. Moore has eclipsed more than £29 million in the past five years, which includes prize money of £19,359,357. He has won 474 of his 2432 rides, with a number of these victories being among the most prestigious races in the world of horse racing. The 37-year-old typically rides for Aidan O’Brien’s Ballydoyle, as well as Her Majesty The Queen and Juddmonte.
Moore hasn’t won the Champion Jockey award in the past five years, with all three of his successes coming between 2006 and 2009. However, he is still one of the riders that has been prominent in the biggest races of the season. In the last five years, he has won the 2,000 Guineas on two occasions, the 1,000 Guineas on three occasions, and the Epsom Oaks twice.
The latter of those was his most recent outstanding success, as he won the Epsom Oaks in 2020. Moore has also enjoyed international success during this time, as he has won the Arc, the Japan Cup and the Melbourne Cup. The British jockey has also won the Breeders’ Cup Turf four times, with the most recent of those wins coming in 2015.
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