Linda Meech Jockey Of The Month July 2017
Jockey Of The Month: July 2017 Linda Meech
We sometimes are guilty of discounting the role of the jockey in thoroughbred racing, while at the same time expressing admiration for how hard they work and the danger they are exposed to on a daily basis.
When we pick a Jockey of the Month, many factors go into the decision. It is not always a question of a big win or a premiership, but an overall look at a jockey’s contribution to the sport of racing.
July is a quiet month for racing in Australia, in terms of major races at least. At metro and country tracks all over the place, the jockey gets up in the morning, goes to work and comes home at night, and then repeats the process day-in-day-out.
On this basis, our selection for the betsfree.com.au Jockey of the Month was easier than in some recent months and we are pleased to say that our Jockey of the Month for July is Linda Meech.
Meech is within a few wins of Dean Yendall for the Victorian premiership. She trails by nine wins with the final siren ready to sound on the season and she did that with almost 100 fewer starts than number one Dean Yendall. She does not seem to gain the notoriety of some of the other jockeys and a look at the metro premiership standings quickly exposes the reason.
Linda Meech does most of her riding at the smaller venues.
Her only major win to date was the Group 1 Coolmore Classic at Rosehill Gardens aboard Peter Moody prepared Plucky Belle in 2015. She had the better of Blake Shinn and James McDonald on that day, proving conclusively that she is not intimidated by the sport’s big stars.
Her perseverance in achieving that win came after 16 years in the trenches and trainers aside from Moody have used her services, including Ciaron Maher.
Meech had seven wins in July, the most recent at Swan Hill on July 24, when she booted Wild Irish Boy to the post in the Murray Downs Golf & Country Club BM64 Handicap. She notched a double that day, winning on Southern Turf in a Maiden Set Weight race, riding for George Osbourne.
In 17 years’ worth or riding since 2000 (her first ride was in 1999), Meech has paid dividends for her employers. She has brought in over $25 million in prizemoney, which works out to just under $1.5 per season. Quite impressive, given where she works most of the time.
Congratulations to Linda Meech, the betsfree.com.au Jockey of the Month.