Soumillon’s ‘Everest’: Jockey Sets New European Record For Single-Season Wins

by | 12.17.2017 | 1:15pm
Thunder Snow and Christophe Soumillon after their Prix Jean Prat victory

French jockey Christophe Soumillon has set a new record in Europe, riding 302 winners in a calendar year to best the tally of 301 set by Pierre-Charles Boudot in 2016. According to, the 36-year-old Soumillon plans to continue riding for at least another decade.

“I can't explain exactly why,” Soumillon said when asked why he pursued the record. “Ask why people try to climb Everest when they know they're going to die, they just do it because they have a feeling they have to do it.”

In 2017, Soumillon has ridden 1619 races on 956 different horses, winning Group 1 events with Zarak (Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud), Shakeel (Grand Prix de Paris), Vazirabad (Prix du Cadran) and Thunder Snow (Prix Jean Prat).

“When you have the chance to ride good horses, you keep yourself motivated,” the rider continued. “I've never felt as strong as I am and I hope I will be the same in 10 years' time because I really have that target to go for 10 more years.”


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