Life as a jockey can be tough. Not only do they work incredibly long hours, they need to watch their weight on a daily basis, travel thousands of miles around the world each year, and they have decisions to make during a race where they have less than a second to think about their move. The best in the world make the latter look easy and it is why they are trusted with the jobs from the big stables and owners. Here is a look at who are the best three riders in the world at the moment.
Ryan Moore (ENG)
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English jockey Ryan Moore has been Champion Jockey three times in the UK and won an incredible 10 British Classics already, despite only being 34. He is now the retained jockey for Aidan O’Brien who is in charge of the Ballydoyle operation in Ireland. Moore travels all over the world for the leading Group One races and has been successful in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, Melbourne Cup, Breeders’ Cup Turf and Japan Cup. One of Moore’s biggest attributes is his strength in a close finish. He can often find a little bit more from his horse, which can be the difference in a tight finish to a contest. Moore is set to partner Highland Reel in the Breeders’ Cup Turf this year in Del Mar so will be seen once again in the States. He is the +350 favourite to win that race and also has a number of leading chances across the meeting so look out for all the horse racing enhancements and accumulators at the two-day event. Some websites, like Betsafe, maintain daily picks for the races.
Frankie Dettori (ITA)
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Italian Frankie Dettori is arguably the most famous jockey around the world today. The 46-year-old has won over 500 Group One races in his career and has had success in just about every major country where horse racing takes place. In 1997, he rode seven winners in one meeting at Ascot, a record which is unlikely to ever be beaten again. The Italian was recently successful onboard Enable in the 2017 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe. Dettori is a stylish jockey in the saddle and when he retires, he will go down in the Hall of Fame as one of the greatest ever in the sport.
Mike Smith (USA)
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52-year-old Mike Smith has been riding in America since the early 1990s yet he is still having success at the highest level. To have a career that has lasted that long at the top suggests Smith has not only done a great job looking after his body, he is trusted with all the top owners and trainers in the USA. Last year Smith won the http://www.nbcsports.com/video/arrogate-shocks-california-chrome-win-breeders-cup-classic. He has been victorious in more Breeders’ Cup races (25 wins) than any other jockey in history. His biggest strength is how he calculates the sectionals in the race so he knows exactly when to step up the speed of his horse.
Moore, Dettori, and Smith will all be riding at the 2017 Breeders’ Cup Classic which begins on November 3 in California.