Joe Fanning: Lingfield double seals all-weather jockeys' championshipPICTURE: Getty Images
Joe Fanning claims all-weather jockeys' title
JOE FANNING tied up the all-weather jockeys' championship in authoritative style on Friday after notching a double at Lingfield.
Fanning started the last day of the all-weather season on 87 wins - just one clear of Luke Morris - but victories on Ostentation (2.20) and Danube River (4.00) meant Morris had to score on Mister Green (4.30) to stay in contention.
Mister Green finished unplaced, leaving Fanning to take the spoils following a record-breaking battle.
"It's obviously grand," said Fanning. "It's been a long old winter but with the support of Mark [Johnston] and Keith [Dalgleish] and all the other trainers that have supported me I've been able to do it.
Morris said: "I said to my agent this morning win, lose or draw we've had a fantastic all-weather season. Hopefully this sets me up for the turf."
Both riders sailed past Chris Catlin's previous best haul of 72 winners in the 2007-08 all-weather campaign, in the process amassing more than 1,000 rides between themsince the championship began on November 9.
>> Last-day breakdown
Joe Fanning (89 wins) - five rides
Ostentation - 2.20 Lingfield 1st
Danube River - 4.00 Lingfield 1st
Galician - 5.05 Lingfield 3rd
Blown It - 8.25 Wolverhampton
Avonrose - 8.55 Wolverhampton
Luke Morris (86 wins) - six rides
Quinsman - 2.20 Lingfield 2nd
Tuxedo - 2.50 Lingfield 2nd
Diamond Twister - 3.25 Lingfield 8th
Mister Green - 4.30 Lingfield 8th
Whipphound - 8.25 Wolverhampton
Satwa Laird - 8.55 Wolverhampton