Want a guide to every British racecourse? Joe Fanning is your man. One of the senior jockeys in the weighing-room has been riding for three decades and enjoyed at least one winner at every venue, plus plenty more in Ireland and around Europe!
Heading into 2021, the 50-year-old has ridden more than 2,600 winners. Among current jockeys, only Frankie Dettori has enjoyed more.
Fanning has never had fewer than 63 winners in a year going back to 1999 and has ridden for Mark Johnston, Britain’s winning-most trainer, for 30 years.
After reaching 2,500 winners in August 2019, Fanning said: “It’s a brilliant achievement, and I’m very pleased to have reached it. To win 2,500 times in any sport is massive. I’ve been lucky enough to ride some great horses over the years.
“There have been some great wins over the years. The Last Lion win has to be up there. But I have been lucky enough to enjoy many good days, particularly with Mark Johnston – he has been great for me, and I thank him and all the trainers that have supported me.”
The Dublin-born jockey has yet to win a Champions Series but does have a couple of Group One wins to his name.
He won the 2016 Middle Park Stakes aboard The Last Lion and in 2020 scooped the Prix Royal Oak aboard Subjectivist.
His other exploits include winning the winter All-Weather Jockeys’ Championship twice (2009-10 and 2011-12).