CHRISTOPHE Soumillon became the most successful jockey in French history at Compiegne Racecourse on Wednesday.

Soumillon, 38, won his 3315th race in France aboard the Aga Khan-owned Valeya in a 2400metre four-year-old conditions race, surpassing the total of wins established by Yves Saint-Martin.

“I am very happy and very proud of this new record,” Soumillon told Equidia.

“Yves Saint-Martin was a legendary jockey, in France and even around the world.”

The Belgian-born jockey has won ten French jockeys premierships – known in France as the Golden Whip – but trails Saint-Martin who has won 15 titles.

Soumillon extended his winning haul with his 3316th winner aboard Ulan later on the card at Compiegne which was held behind closed doors due to coronavirus cases prevalent in the French department of Oise.


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