Jimmy Fortune gained his initial grounding in racing with Jim Bolger in Co Carlow, before coming to Britain in 1988. He was champion apprentice in 1990 and his early highlights included a pair of victories in both the Ayr Gold Cup and the Stewards’ Cup.
After spells riding for Luca Cumani, David Barron and Lynda Ramsden, Fortune was appointed retained jockey to Robert Sangster in 1998 and the partnership enjoyed almost instant success as Commander Collins won that season’s Racing Post Trophy.
His link-up with the owner came to an end in 2002, but Fortune continued to ride predominantly for one of Sangster’s leading trainers John Gosden – an association that gave the jockey a first Classic success in 2007 courtesy of Lucarno in the Ladbrokes St Leger.
William Buick may have taken over as number one jockey to Gosden, but Fortune is always heavily in demand with trainers and he linked up with his former boss to ride Starscope to fill the runner-up spot in the QIPCO 1000 Guineas at Newmarket in May 2012 and the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot in June that year, two of the four second places that he achieved in QIPCO British Champions Series races that season.
2013 was not a good year for him as he managed just 29 winners, his lowest total for 20 years. In 2014 he managed 34, then in 2015 his haul was again 29.
QIPCO British Champions Series Victories
BCS Career statistics
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