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Monday, 12 November, 2018

The key stats and figures behind the last three months in British racing

Luke Morris is bidding to regain his all-weather champion jockey title
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No jockey came close to being busier than Luke Morris in the final quarter of the year, according to statistics compiled by the Racing Post.

Morris is attempting to regain his all-weather jockeys' title and is pulling out all the stops judged by his work schedule.

In all he had 405 rides in the last three months of 2017, 166 more than his nearest pursuer for the all-weather championship PJ McDonald. Josephine Gordon was the third busiest Flat jockey during the period with 228 rides.


Click here for a full breakdown of the quarterly stats


Morris did not have his usual break around Christmas and the 155 mounts he took in December meant it was his busiest month in terms of rides in 2017.

Little wonder he tweeted: "Top work by my agent Neil Allan," when thanking owners and trainers for their support during the year on New Year's Eve.

Champion jockey Richard Johnson was the most in-demand rider over jumps with 272 rides.

Richard Fahey, who again reached the 200-winner mark in 2017, was the busiest trainer from either code in the final quarter of the year with 298 runners, 24 more than Dan Skelton with Paul Nicholls in third with 255 runners.

Field sizes remain a point of concern for the sport and there was mixed news on that front from the statistics.

The good news was that the average field size over jumps for the final quarter rose slightly against the corresponding period in 2016 at 8.7 compared to 8.63.

The figure is the highest for the final quarter since 2012.

However, on the Flat the average field size for the period was down to 10.45 compared to 10.56 for the final quarter of 2016.

The overall average field size for the quarter of 9.53 was unchanged compared to 2016.

Morris is attempting to regain his all-weather jockeys' title and is pulling out all the stops judged by his work schedule
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