Saturday, 16 March 2019

Profitable Courses for Flat Jockeys (Part 1)

Ben Curtis (Jockey) riding a winner at York
Before the 2019 flat season gets going it's worth getting your ammunition ready, so after finishing my trainer profile series, it’s time to find some profitable jockeys. Italian jockey Andrea Atzeni in my view is one of the best jockeys around, who has won many big races and is currently stable jockey for Roger Varian. Salisbury is a course with a nice profit, so over the past three years with three-year-old horses and over, he had 15 rides with 7 winning, giving a 46.7 per cent win strike rate and 282.7 per cent win return at starting price.

Am not really one for betting on handicap races as it just baffles me but if I can find a statistic with profit that will do for me, so the next jockey on the list is Charles Bishop. I would say he’s improved so much in recent years and by following him over the past three years in handicap races at Epsom it would give you a tidy profit. The statistics back this up, 15 rides with 9 wins, giving a 60.0 per cent win strike rate and 212.6 per cent win return at starting price on three-year-old and over horses.

2016 champion jockey Jim Crowley is another great jockey who has popped up on my radar, he loves nothing more than a few winners at Nottingham. Taking a quick look at the statistics he seems pretty consistent each year, so let's have a look at the profit over the past three years. I have narrowed it down. handicap and novice races only, any age or distance would have seen him have 59 rides with 22 winners giving a 37.3 per cent win strike rate and a nice 239.3 per cent win return at starting price.


I had a feeling this jockey and course would be on my list even before I looked at the statistics. When I think of Ben Curtis (pictured) I always think of Carlisle racecourse so it’s no surprise to see it’s a profitable racecourse for him, so over the past three years in maiden and novice races only, see him have 31 rides and winning 14 with an impressive 45.2 per cent win strike rate and an even more impressive 341.6 per cent win return at starting price, look out for Ben Curtis riding for trainer Karl Burke. 


James Doyle is a jockey that oozes class and when you back one of his horses you know he will give his best shot, last seasons strike rate at Wolverhampton was unbelievable with 14 wins out of 20 rides over all distances, race types and age of horses with a 70.0 per cent win strike rate and a 241.3 per cent win return at starting price. It will be interesting to see if he can do it again this season but I will be checking the results. As always, there are no guaranteed winners but a few pointers in the right direction.

Good luck and look out for my next Profitable courses for flat jockeys
(part 2).