Luke Currie Jockey Of The Month January 2018
Jockey Of The Month: January 2018 Luke Currie
Because there is not much high-level racing in January, we gave the betsfree.com.au January Horse of the Month to Sunlight, by dint of her impressive win in the 2018 Magic Millions 2YO Classic.
It would seem logical therefore, to name Sunlight’s rider Luke Currie as bestsfree.com.au Jockey of the Month, but not before we mention that while the gallopers and the big Group racing events are in a lull, the riders are busy every day at country and bush tracks all across the country, not to mention the routine racing being held at the metro tracks.
We are selecting Currie, as his recent body of work shows that he is on a bit on a hot streak. He has almost doubled his career strike-rate of 10 percent to 18 percent over his last 50 rides. That is quite impressive, even for those of us for whom math concepts are challenging.
Currie has been working his trade since 1996, about 22 years by our calculations. He is credited with four Group 1 wins.
Those were the 2002 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (Group 2 at the time) on none other than The Makybe Diva, the 2003 Toorak Handicap on Roman Arch, and he broke his Group 1 duck when he won the 2016 C F Orr Stakes with Savio and Hey Doc in the 2017 Australian Guineas.
We suppose he could claim five if it was prizemoney were the sole determinant, but the Magic Millions 2YO Classic, which carries Group 1 prizemoney, as a Restricted Listed race, does not have the coveted Group 1 label in the name.
At times, Currie has been described as an overnight sensation 20 years in the making. That assessment seems mostly accurate. Currie, as of early 2018, is 36 years of age and has made almost 11,000 starts.
His first ride in 1996 was on Pink Ribbons. He rode her in her final race at Hobart for a fifth place finish. Currie won the 2000 Bletchingly Stakes (1100 m) on Dandy Kid at Caulfield in the rarefied air of a field that included Miss Pennymoney, Sports, Magic Music for horses and Chris Munce, Brett Prebble and Patrick Payne for jockeys. We must include here that Dandy Kid made 87 starts, quite impressive by modern standards.
Currie has done the majority of his riding for trainer Robbie Griffiths, followed by Brian Cox and Robert Smerdon.
He rode almost 200 times for Peter Moody and over 100 for Lee Freedman, so while the name of Luke Currie is not written in marquee lights, the trainers know they can depend on Currie in races of small and large import and of every distance and quality.
Congratulations to Luke Currie, the January 2018 betsfree.com Jockey of the Month