Racing - Soumillon sets new European mark with 306 winners

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(FILES) This file photo taken on March 26, 2016 shows Christophe Soumillon congratulated by his staff after winning the Dubai Gold Cup race at the Meydan racecourse in the United Arab Emirate of Dubai. (AFP Photo/MARWAN NAAMANI)

Racing - Soumillon sets new European mark with 306 winners

(FILES) This file photo taken on March 26, 2016 shows Christophe Soumillon congratulated by his staff after winning the Dubai Gold Cup race at the Meydan racecourse in the United Arab Emirate of Dubai. (AFP Photo/MARWAN NAAMANI)

- Two-time Arc de Triomphe winning jockey Christophe Soumillon set a new European mark for winners in a calendar year with 306. The 36-year-old Belgian-born France-based star achieved both his goals this year of winning a ninth French jockeys title and breaking Pierre-Charles Boudot's record of 300 winners set in 2016. Soumillon rode almost daily riding in 1,635 races -- a distance of over 3,000 kilometres -- on 965 different horses. "I have maintained a crazy rhythm," Soumillon told AFP. Soumillon, who is married to a former Miss France, said it was simple to nominate which victory meant the most to him. "The 301st which I won at the Lyon La Soie racecourse (on December 16th) because all my fmaily and friends were there to share my joy in what was a crazy atmosphere."


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