Dean Yendall Jockey Of The Month June 2017
Jockey Of The Month: June 2017 Dean Yendall
All of us who work for a living will certainly have no qualms about our BetsFree.com.au Jockey of the Month, Dean Yendall.
Yendall plies his trade mostly on Victorian country tracks, although he has taken more than a few rides at the metro venues and has ridden for Darren Weir in the past. Weir has hired Yendall on almost 1700 occasions.
What immediately caught our eyes when we began looking for a Jockey of the Month for June was the number of starts, 782, and the number of wins, 135.
Of course, these numbers do fluctuate over the course of the season and they fluctuate rapidly, so by the time this is posted, Yendall could well have taken another 20 rides.
Still, if we use 782 for our calculations and begin with August of 2016, when the current season of the Australian thoroughbred racing calendar began, Dean Yendall has averaged more than 71 rides per month for 11 months. That average puts him on pace to finish the year with over 850 rides.
That proves that trainers have a lot of confidence in him and seek his services whenever he is available.
The 43-year-old has won twice at the Group 1 level and he has made the best of his opportunities. He has won at Group 2 level on five occasions. If asked, he would likely nominate the 2011 Group 3 Lexus Stakes near the top of his list, when he rode Niwot for Team Hawkes to the post, and then took that same horse to an eighth place finish in the Melbourne Cup that same year.
After the 2011 Melbourne Cup, Yendall would relinquish Niwot to Dwayne Dunn. Dunn would manage to notch Niwot’s only Group 1 win in the Group 1 Sydney Cup, but when Dunn rode Niwot in the 2012 Melbourne Cup, his finish in 15th was well back of Yendall’s 2011 result.
Yendall’s work ethic is even more obvious when a few of the past seasons are examined. His win tally in 2010/201111 was 158. In 2011/2012, he pushed 142 across for wins. The next season brought 150, with 145 in the season after that, and 144 wins in 2014/2015.
The best place to find Yendall is at Warrnambool, where he has made almost 1200 starts. He has 172 win there, for a 14 percent winning strike rate.
Trainers would certainly appreciate that since 2000, Yendall has generated about $2.5 million in prize money.
Since 1991, when he took his first ride on Epsilon, he has been the sort of jockey that can be relied upon to get the most out of his ride without creating any excessive drama on the course or in the jockeys’ room.
Congratulations to the BetsFree.com.au Jockey of the Month, Dean Yendall.