Rankings show U.S.-based riders lead the world for strength in depth

Untapable wins the Longines Breeders’ Cup Distaff, one of the highlights of Rosie Napravnik’s fine 2014. Photo: Breeders’ Cup/Ben Van Hook

Britain may have the top jockey in the world on TRC Global Rankings at the moment in the shape of Ryan Moore, but the stats illustrate what an impressive spread of high-performing riders there is across the rest of world.

As the table below illustrates, the United States particularly has a formidable record.

TRC Global Rankings rank every Jockey, Trainer, Owner and Sire over a rolling three-year period based on their results in all Group and Graded races recognised by the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA). But here, the algorithm has instead isolated every jockey’s final total points by single year for each of the past six years (back to the start of the rankings database). The table ranks the best 100 annual performances in order.

Moore’s remarkable 2016, in which he rode the winners of 20 G1s, comes out top, of course, but it’s America that stands out as the nation with the most strength in depth.  

No less than 32 of the 100 best years are by U.S.-based riders, headed by Javier Castellano’s 2015. John Velazquez also features prominently with three totals in the top 15.

America’s 32 (from 14 different riders) outranks Australia’s 25 entries in the 100 (from 11 different people). Aussie Nash Rawiller’s 2012 is the second best annual total there has been. Great Britain has 18 entries (from 8 riders), France 9 (from 4) and Japan 8 (from 6). Also represented are Ireland 6 (from 2) and Argentina and New Zealand (one each).

The U.S. also has the distinction of having the only female with a year in the 100 - Rosie Napravnik’s 2014 comes in at #95.

Top 100 best individual seasons by jockeys over the last six years

RankYearNameModal countryRnrsRunsIVtRPRG1sG2sG3sPts
12016Ryan MooreGreat Britain1011891.75102.85209171205
22012Nash RawillerAustralia751181.7697.41118111179
32011Frankie DettoriGreat Britain761281.6299.46119101176
42015Javier CastellanoUSA1051711.6199.521710181164
52015Hugh BowmanAustralia881471.6897.11912101157
62016Hugh BowmanAustralia1011551.5798.83121071155
72014Ryan MooreGreat Britain1121671.46100.1815881147
82011John R VelazquezUSA1001641.35100.53815121146
92012John R VelazquezUSA971551.3999.97141391146
102015Ryan MooreGreat Britain951361.4999.2415941146
112015James McDonaldAustralia1001591.5997.2789141146
122011Luke NolenAustralia621171.4697.438581140
132015Frankie DettoriGreat Britain771171.5397.578991140
142015Christophe SoumillonFrance701131.5697.0069141140
152013John R VelazquezUSA891411.4798.801313111138
162012Luke NolenAustralia561121.4696.6010731133
172012William BuickGreat Britain681281.3897.999881131
182013Joseph O'BrienIreland50901.5895.3174161128
192011Kenichi IkezoeJapan31541.7090.476441125
202012Javier CastellanoUSA951551.3098.6289161125
212016James McDonaldAustralia1011701.3698.08412111123
222016Javier CastellanoUSA1151751.3398.63912141122
232011Javier CastellanoUSA951371.2398.8711881118
242013Mike E SmithUSA711171.4097.0615941118
252013Joel RosarioUSA1111541.3198.51512141116
262016Frankie DettoriGreat Britain871411.2998.4171071116
272011R A DominguezUSA841301.2498.22105111115
282011Craig A WilliamsAustralia871291.3096.997561115
292016Florent GerouxUSA951451.4096.02104161114
302014Christophe SoumillonFrance641111.3597.107691112
312011Joel RosarioUSA851361.1599.339881111
322013Ryan MooreGreat Britain1091641.2798.5291061111
332014John R VelazquezUSA1011561.2898.01136111109
342014Altair DomingosArgentina55891.7089.9168131108
352015John R VelazquezUSA1061711.2698.13106151108
362011Nash RawillerAustralia53921.3295.354761107
372014Mike E SmithUSA831271.3296.91712101107
382011Michael RoddAustralia61881.3694.465371106
392012Joseph O'BrienIreland45881.3395.2610291106
402012Hugh BowmanAustralia571081.3495.094871106
412011Kerrin McEvoyAustralia661171.2496.758451105
422012R A DominguezUSA761261.2197.5710791105
432012Yasunari IwataJapan44691.4991.998141105
442014Javier CastellanoUSA1121581.2797.65910111105
452014Joseph O'BrienIreland541061.3496.2574121105
462011Ryan MooreGreat Britain881221.1598.385661104
472013Nash RawillerAustralia50911.4993.197661102
482016Julien R LeparouxUSA761211.3096.236991102
492016Christophe SoumillonFrance711201.2597.1066101102
502011Maxime GuyonFrance53831.3593.8563101101
512014James DoyleGreat Britain53851.4194.3871111101
522016Mike E SmithUSA691011.2796.5810841101
532014Joel RosarioUSA1131681.2198.12111351100
542012James McDonaldAustralia641071.3394.218551099
552013Kerrin McEvoyAustralia801341.4094.3893101099
562011James McDonaldN Zealand47751.4890.783571098
572011Christophe SoumillonFrance59961.2395.834581098
582012Rafael BejaranoUSA861211.1797.1895101097
592012Christophe SoumillonFrance60991.1996.163581093
602014Damien OliverAustralia911371.3294.9347101093
612011Richard HughesGreat Britain60891.2794.1921151092
622011Rafael BejaranoUSA691091.1895.9351351092
632012Julien R LeparouxUSA1021451.1596.88012131092
642016Kerrin McEvoyAustralia941391.2795.197581091
652016Brad RawillerAustralia29581.5190.5741101091
662016Mirco DemuroJapan45681.4691.404451090
672011Olivier PeslierFrance641081.1596.184491089
682015Yasunari IwataJapan41761.4691.361481089
692016Blake ShinnAustralia801271.2794.6517111088
702016Keita TosakiJapan42611.5589.3612101088
712011Julien R LeparouxUSA1101541.0498.133991087
722012Craig A WilliamsAustralia951411.1296.635471087
732015Gary StevensUSA52851.3293.8551061087
742011Martin GarciaUSA48841.2294.187761085
752012Christophe LemaireFrance56981.2094.746471085
762012Mike E SmithUSA621031.1296.467841085
772011G K GomezUSA1031521.0198.1631171084
782014Pat SmullenIreland41701.4191.9404151084
792014Hugh BowmanAustralia651001.3093.997461084
802015Paul HanaganGreat Britain51861.2794.293571084
812015William BuickGreat Britain851211.1995.9636101084
822013Christophe SoumillonFrance631081.1696.353771083
832013Richard HughesGreat Britain681021.2395.089351083
842013Johnny MurtaghGreat Britain46741.3293.385291082
852013Javier CastellanoUSA1061551.0598.12410101081
862011Tom QueallyGreat Britain31691.1993.986351080
872011Yuichi FukunagaJapan41701.3490.951461080
882012Pat SmullenIreland36631.3191.8003151080
892016Jose L OrtizUSA751161.2194.7144151080
902013Jim CassidyAustralia50931.3692.115831079
912013Yutaka TakeJapan38701.4191.192461079
922015Victor EspinozaUSA691021.2294.6011631079
932011Damien OliverAustralia53861.1594.374531077
942016William BuickGreat Britain651091.1395.814571077
952014Rosie NapravnikUSA67931.2593.745771076
962015Mirco DemuroJapan35561.4489.904251076
972014Frankie DettoriGreat Britain59911.2394.015371075
982014Blake ShinnAustralia52861.3491.862781075
992015Pat SmullenIreland52861.2194.124491075
1002014James McDonaldAustralia941391.1695.1943111074
 

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