TOP FESTIVAL JOCKEYS - 2013 to 2017 - Walsh 22 wins, Geraghty 9, Russell 9, Scudamore 8, Cooper 8, Twiston-Davies 6, de Boinville 6, Townend 5, Codd 5. AP finally leaves the list. Davy, Tom Scu, Bryan and Sam stay steady. Nico supported by Nicky's firepower moves up. Barry was injured last year but it seems some time since he won top jockey in 2012. D Russell +£69, T Scudamore +£31, JJ Codd +£20 to £1 stakes on Festival rides over past 5 yrs. R Johnson clings on to top 10 on this leaderboard with a welcome double last year. Still minus £28 to a £1 over that time, N Fehily minus £48. JJ Codd best 5 year Festival strike rate in the top ten with five winners from his last 17 rides. Percentages wins to rides - Ruby 26%, Barry 14%, Davy 18% Tom Scu 13%. Ruby has finished as top jockey in 9 of the last 10 Festivals (B Geraghty, obviously). Since 2013 Ruby/W Mullins have a 30% strike rate. Ruby best 5 yr Cheltenham Course strike rate on 25%, Nico 21%, Harry Cobden 20%, Barry on 15%.
Bryony Frost currently best course strike rate with 5 wins from her 14 rides. That's good.
All Time Jockeys Festival Wins - Walsh 56, Geraghty 34, McCoy 32, Taaffe 25, Johnson 22, Dunwoody 18, Russell 18, Swan17. Davy keeps sneaking up the table. He has ridden a Festival winner in the last 12 consecutive seasons. That's impressive.
Jockeys Festival Rides Cold List - (This does sometimes mirror stable form) Since it wasn't Aidan Coleman's fault that Any Currency was disqualified it is perhaps a little unfair to keep him on this list. But it is the official one. For want of a better word then the current 'leaders' in this category therefore are A Coleman 81, P Brennan 52, W Hutchinson 28, A Lynch 28, T O'Brien 29, Mr P Mullins 21. After only three wins since Cheltenian's Bumper in 2011 including Balthazar King twice in the cross country, R Johnson was over the 40 losers until the chance ride on Flying Tiger for Nick Williams followed by Defi Du Seuil. Relief indeed, for a man who along with Ruby and Barry are the only three currently riding who have won all four championship races. Philip Hobbs has provided him with the other nine of his Festival winners since 2007.
Sam Waley Cohen hasn't ridden a course winner in nearly 5 yrs from 41 rides. Mark (the Couch) Winstanley might be right about him?
CONDITIONAL JOCKEYS - The record of Conditional Jockeys is addressed in each individual race
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