The Belgian-born ace has been champion jockey in France ten times and has scooped many of the biggest races all over the world. And not just on the Flat. He rode the winner of the French Champ[ion Hurdle in 2010 on Mandali plus the 2013 Grand Course de Haies on Hippomene.
He turns 40 in June of 2021 but remains among the best in the world.
Few of France’s top races have eluded him, including the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe. He won the 2003 renewal on Dalakhani and 2008 running on flying filly Zarkava., when the retained jockey to the Aga Khan in France.
Zarkava in each of her seven races, winning five Group 1 contests.
The Champions Series began in 2011 and Soumillon made an instant impact by winning the QIPCO Champion Stakes that year on the wonderful Cirrus Des Aigles, who would chase home Frankel when defending his crown a year later. He also won the 2014 Investec Coronation Cup on Cirrus Des Aigles
Soumillon’s most recent Series victory came in 2016 when he steered Almanzor to a superb win in the QIPCO Champion Stakes. Almanzor had previously won the Irish version in great style, and proved too strong for Arc winner Found at Ascot.