Saturday 25 February 2017

2010

Richard Forristal

Richard Forristal

Gary Carroll/Ben Curtis/Joseph O'Brien

All still making their way at home.

2009

Gary Carroll

See above.

2008

Emmet McNamara

Embarked on a stint in England last summer, but has since returned. Three winners to his name this term.

2005-2007

Chris Hayes

Three-time champion with a lot of flair and a couple of Group wins -- he avoided the drop zone for a couple of years, but is having a tough time now, with just four winners on board.

2004

Cathy Gannon

The first girl to be crowned champion has developed a lucrative association with Welsh handler David Evans. Since relocating from John Oxx's in 2006, she has amassed 180 winners.

2003

Pat Cosgrave

Struggled after landing the title while attached to Ballydoyle, but two Group One triumphs in the past couple of seasons have helped to rejuvenate his career in England.

2001/02

Tadhg O'Shea

On relocating to England, the two-time champion's services were quickly snapped up by Hamdan Al Maktoum, for whom he is a trusty second in command. Was crowned champion jockey in Dubai in 2010.

2000

Tom Queally

Few former champions are in a better place right now than Queally, whose link with Henry Cecil has led to the coveted ride on the mighty Frankel. Firmly established as a big-race pilot.

1999

Jamie Spencer

In a career that has had its hiccups, Spencer's talent has rarely been questioned. He has already won a senior jockeys' championship in Britain, and rides Fame And Glory in next week's Ascot Gold Cup .

1998

Shane Kelly

The big-time has so far eluded him in England, but remains dependable. Is enjoying another solid season with 26 winners up to the start of racing yesterday.

1997

Eddie Ahern

Short-lived tenure as first jockey to Ed Dunlop hit the rocks when it emerged that the owners of the talented Native Khan wanted someone else to ride their horse. Is nonetheless good demand elsewhere.

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