First Defense

First Defense and Pierre-Charles Boudot

Jockey Pierre-Charles Boudot chalked up a new European Flat record when a four-timer at Chantilly saw him post his 275th winner of the year.

Sir Gordon Richards famously set a benchmark of 269 winners back in 1947, with German champion Peter Schiergen surpassing that target in 1995 with 271 victories.

Boudot has now topped both, with victories for Ambivalence, Firouzeh, Nalon and Djoko seeing him set the new standard on the level.

Sir Tony McCoy’s total of 289 wins in the 2001/2 jumps season is now in Boudot’s sights, although his agent Herve Naggar believes the rider will be eager to celebrate his new milestone before setting out in pursuit of the National Hunt legend.

Naggar said: “It’s unbelievable. He won four races today which means he has had 275 winners in France this year, which breaks Peter Schiergen’s previous record of 271.

“It’s a great achievement and he will continue riding to the end of the year, so hopefully he can get close to 300 winners or maybe close to Tony McCoy’s record.

“The aim from the middle part of the season was to break the record as whatever he touches seems to win. It’s just been unbelievable.

“You must also remember he is not a light jockey, so it’s not easy to make the weight all the time. It’s very impressive.

“He will ride until the end of the year and he does have rides in Japan this weekend and in Hong Kong, but they will be round trips so he can carry on riding in France.

“For now though, we are just going to enjoy this moment.”

Boudot’s two victories at the highest level this year have come on National Defense for Criquette Head-Maarek in the Lagardere on Arc day and the Andre Fabre-trained Waldgeist in the Criterium de Saint-Cloud.