Paul Gatt Jockey Of The Month September 2017
Jockey Of The Month: September 2017 Paul Gatt
Obviously, heavy is the head that wears the crown, but in as far as it is possible for us, we take our responsibility in naming a betsfree.com.au jockey of the month somewhat seriously.
Our selections get nothing, other than perhaps something he or she can show to his or her mum that she can add to his or her shrine, or to his or her da, who always wanted him or her to do something more worthwhile than pilot horses around an oval. Kudos to us, by the way, for avoiding any perception of gender bias.
There may be some minor bragging rights as well, but those vanish as soon as the calendar page flips to the new month.
We strive not to repeat ourselves, although there are certainly times when a hoop is deserving of repeat recognition, but for the month of September 2017, that is not the case, as our pick is South Australia’s Paul Gatt.
Our figures shown that in the 2017 – 2018 Australian Thoroughbred Racing season, Gatt has made 50 starts and notched nine wins, which puts him at the head of the pack by quite a margin in those two criteria.
Something those of us of the older set always appreciate is career longevity and Gatt has been in the game since 1995, when he took his first ride on Autumn Thunder. The horse retired in 1997, but Gatt soldiered on. Gatt may not be the most well known jockey, except to those who have received the benefit of the $25 million haul Gatt has to his credit since the calendar flipped from the 20th to the 21st century.
Gatt was the only rider who could get De Lago Mist to the post, although notables such as Glen Boss, Craig Williams, Larry Cassidy and Dwayne Dunn all held the reins at one point or another.
Gatt and De Lago Mist won the Group 3 Marsh Breeders’ Stakes at Morphettville, bringing the horse home at $17, the longest odds in the race, save one.
The pair then went north to Flemington to win the Group 2 VRC Sires’ Produce Stakes at $10 for David Hayes.
In 2013, Gatt was aboard The Voice (renamed Modern Tsar) in the Group 3 SA Sires’ Produce Stakes at Morphettville Parks. Gatt notched a treble at that meeting, along with a second and a third.
For his career, Gatt has ridden almost 11,000 races and carries a respectable 13 percent winning strike rate. He placed in 35 percent of his races and is a regular rider for Richard Jolly, as well as Tony McEvoy and David Hayes, so while Gatt may not be a household name and is definitely not the man after whom the Gatling gun is named, the trainers know he can be trusted to take his horse round and come back again.
Congratulations to the betsfree.com.au Jockey of the Month, Paul Gatt.